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A Band Called Death

Director Jeff Howlett scheduled to attend | May 28

USA | 2012 | 98 minutes | Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino

When their old demo tape is accidentally discovered in an attic, rabid internet attention leads to 1970s Detroit punk band Death’s long overdue recognition as the first black punk band and the pioneers of Afro-punk, in this electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle.

May 18, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 28, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Did punk rock start in England with the Sex Pistols, or in New York with the Ramones? A Band Called Death offers a new theory: Detroit, 1974. It was there that three brothers from a working-class black neighborhood created a pioneering and uncompromising group with the most punk rock of band names: Death. Born to Motown-loving Catholic parents, David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney formed their own rock-influenced funk band, rehearsing daily in a makeshift bedroom studio. Their driving creative force was the energetic and imaginative David. After the tragic death of their father, he embraced a new vision exploring the reality of death in their music and imagery. After recording one scorching single, "Politicians in My Eyes," and an album, David refused to sacrifice the band's controversial name in exchange for a record deal. Thirty years later, Bobby's son discovers that the band's single has become a highly sought after collector's item, and their entire career is reborn. Directors Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's A Band Called Death is the punk version of Oscar®-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, an electrifying tale of musical expression, and a family chronicle of brotherly love.

Director Biography
Prior to making A Band Called Death, musician Jeff Howlett directed music videos. It was on the set of a music video that he met co-director Mark Covino, who was very involved in the local film community. Both went to film school in Vermont.

Sponsored in part by Silver Platters, EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM

Director: Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
Principal Cast: David Hackney, Bobby Hackney Sr., Dannis Hackney
Country: USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Matthew Perniciaro, Scott Mosier, Kevin Mann, Jerry Ferrara
Cinematographers: Mark Covino
Editors: Rich Fox
Music: Sam Retzer, Tim Boland
Website: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/a-band-called-death
Awards: SXSW 2013 (Audience Award Winner)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
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