Industrial Accident - The Story of Wax Trax! Records

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USA | 2018 | 95 minutes | Julia Nash

Join Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher on a trip through the '80s underground as their revolutionary Chicago record store transforms into the pioneering label that launched industrial music icons Ministry, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and many more.

Seeking the freedom to reinvent their lives around days filled with live music, alternative culture, and their own romantic relationship, music obsessives Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher moved their small indie record shop Wax Trax! Records from sleepy Denver, Colorado to Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1978. Their passion for discovering groundbreaking artists combined with their embrace of a community of punks, artists, weirdos, and drag queens, quickly made Wax Trax! an internationally recognized home base for the counterculture. After helping to build rabid fanbases for underground musicians ranging from Bauhaus to Divine, Jim and Dannie discovered a musical raconteur named Al Jourgensen, whose experimental dance demos they decided to release under the name Ministry. Thus began Wax Trax! the label, whose name quickly became synonymous with a piledriving new electronic music genre known as Industrial thanks to their groundbreaking roster of artists that included Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Meat Beat Manifesto, Underworld, Revolting Cocks, and KMFDM. Industrial Accident tells this exhilarating and cacophonous story through a mountain of archival photos, concert fliers, and video footage, plus reflections from the pioneering artists, former employees, and the musicians touched by the world of Wax Trax!, including Trent Reznor, Steve Albini, Jello Biafra, Ian MacKaye, and Dave Grohl.

Director Biography
Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records is Julia Nash's first foray into professional filmmaking. She collaborated with her brother, Aaron, and the assistance of public funding through a Kickstarter page to create an intimate documentary of their two fathers' lives. She is also currently the owner of the record store in Oak Park Chicago that serves as the subject of her documentary and works tirelessly to preserve its legacy.

Sponsored by KEXP 90.3 FM, Lux Pot Shop

  • Director: Julia Nash
  • Principal Cast: Richard Jonckheere, Al Jourgensen, Franke Nardiello, Paul Barker, Trent Reznor, Jello Biafra, David J
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA, Belgium, Canada, Germany
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
  • Producer: Julia Nash
  • Screenplay: Mark Skillicorn
  • Cinematographers: Brian Schilling
  • Editors: Drew Angle
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP