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BAND CALLED DEATH, A

USA, 2012 (MIFF 2013, Backbeat)

Director: Jeff Howlett,Mark Christopher Covino

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death.

In the early 70s, three African-American brothers from Detroit formed a band that, despite its unforgettable name, was forgotten by music history. David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney's band, Death, predated the American punk scene by just a few years, yet embodied that movement's ethos of DIY, personal freedom and noisy interpretation.

The brothers distilled and fused Detroit's famed soul music, social conscience and uncompromising anti-establishment stance. Death's raw energy brought major labels courting but the band slid into obscurity after a handful of recordings and the untimely passing of the charismatic and multitalented David.

After 30 years in the musical wilderness, Death was rediscovered by a new generation of music archaeologists. This timely, engaging documentary, which won the 24 Beats Per Second music doco audience award at SXSW, details the band's legacy and the surviving family's journey back to the stage.

"A moving and remarkable true-life account of groundbreaking musicianship … resurrects a seminal African-American rock band." - Hollywood Reporter

D Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett P Scott Mosier, Matthew Perniciaro, Kevin Mann, Jerry Ferrara Dist Madman Entertainment TD DCP/2012

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