A Band Called Death

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

June 28 - July 10, 2013

Before there was punk, there was a band called Death. This electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle follows three brothers in 70s Detroit whose pioneering group remained undiscovered for over 30 years.

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 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: Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
  • Principal Cast: David Hackney, Bobby Hackney Sr., Dannis Hackney,
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • 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