The team behind recent documentaries on RUSH, Alice Cooper and the history of heavy metal is making a new film on the career of Seattle grunge rockers SOUNDGARDEN. Banger Films duo Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn is working on the SOUNDGARDEN film with Canadian indie director Reg Harkema, who previously collaborated with them on "Super Duper Alice Cooper".
Harkema said that his film will focus to some degree on the notion of SOUNDGARDEN "having these punk rock ideals and then dealing with becoming 'metal rock stars.'"
Filming for the SOUNDGARDEN documentary began this summer during the band's co-headlining tour with NINE INCH NAILS.
The film will cover the band's entire career, from their early days in the Seattle club scene through their breakup in the late '90s and their reunion in 2010.
As the filmmakers dig deep into the vaults, they are asking their fans to do the same.
Personal photographs, bootleg video and audio, collected concert posters — your rare piece of music history could be the missing piece they need.
If you want a chance for your memento to become a permanent part of SOUNDGARDEN history, send a description of what you've got to [email protected] with the subject "Soundgarden Fan Submission".
SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil told Alternative Nation about the documentary earlier this year: "I haven't seen any footage yet, but we have a general idea, an outline. We imagine it'll be chronological, and maybe a bit autobiographical. [chuckles] I don’t know, I haven't seen anything yet, but I imagine it'll be very good. The guys who I understand are working on it are fantastic; they make some great documentaries."
SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that he thinks his band was key in making alternative music commercially successful. "We were, I think the first band that was on '120 Minutes' and 'Headbangers Ball' at the same time, and that was this moment where you could look at that and think, 'Well, what does this mean? It means something, but we don't know what that is yet,'" he said. "What it meant was commercial rock was gonna change a lot, and it was gonna include what was already included in college, alternative, indie music. Indie music was suddenly going to become the mainstream."
Banger Films' other documentaries include two on heavy metal, 2006's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and 2008's "Global Metal", 2010's "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and 2009's "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", as well as the TV documentary miniseries "Metal Evolution".