By now, hopefully Vermonters are familiar with the remarkable story that is the proto-punk band Death. If you're not, read this and come back when you're finished. We'll wait. (Twiddles thumbs.)
Now that we're all up to speed, earlier this year, Drafthouse Films, a well-regarded film distribution company based in Austin, Texas, picked up the rights to A Band Called Death, a documentary about the band and its unlikely rebirth.
Directed by VT expats Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, the flick has been garnering an increasing national buzz following screenings at major film fests such as the LA International Film Festival and SXSW Film, among others.
So far, the only chance locals have had to see the film was a screening last fall as part of the Vermont International Film Festival. Thankfully, for those eager to check it out, the wait is nearly over. Last week, Drafthouse unveiled a new trailer for the Death doc, along with upcoming Video On Demand and theatrical release dates. (May 24 and June 28, respectively.)
The trailer caused a modest stir online, including a post from Rolling Stone and some Twitterly love from the Roots' Questlove, who tweeted, "if "Sugarman" doc moved you....this will be your music doc of the year." Are you listening, Oscar?
Here's the trailer, which features no shortage of rock-star wattage — Hey, Alice Cooper! — or members of the Hackney family. [Speaking of which, full disclosure: Bobby Hackney Jr., son of Death's Bobby Hackney Sr., is an employee of Seven Days.]