Watch the trailer for ‘Extreme Nation’, documentary about the Indian subcontinent's extreme underground Metal scenes
Chennai based subculturalist, film-maker Roy Dipankar's Extreme Nation is a documentary film about the underground extreme music and socio-political conditions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This film unearths a facet of South Asian music culture which is quite different from the Americas and European countries or in the Far East.
The 81 minute-long film features commentaries from various musicians and people involved in the extreme music scene, including Bangladeshi black metal group Nafarmaan; Primitiv, Plague Throat, Syphilectomy from India; Konflict and Genocide Shrines from Sri Lanka; and Pakistani grind/hardcore punk duo Multinational Corporations. Comments from many obscure bands, metal enthusiasts, members of the underground and journalists as well as internationally touring bands like Impiety (Singapore) and Cult of Fire (Czech Republic) were also documented during their bone-chilling performances.
"It took me five years of travelling across the Indian subcontinent documenting intricate stories of the underground music subculture spanning India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - past conjoint history and the present. It explores many dimensions of extreme music which is not just limited to metal but also discovers noise, power electronics entwined with the occult and political ideology," informs Roy.
He goes on further to explain that:-
"The film delves into known and unknown territories related to music, history, geopolitics, ethnographic and relevant humanitarian issues in a musical way. It's a film about nations. It's a film about dark music. it's a cinematic journey with measured ounces of robust fun & critique of our times - a loud and clear message against hate, new wave nationalism, religious dogma, border conflict with abrasive and shock-inflicting music, imagery and art."
Currently Extreme Nation is being showcased at film festivals globally, selections and awards so far:
Billy Stever’s forthcoming documentary 'Maritime Metal' is rolling ahead to begin principal photography this June. The production team is finalizing details and planning to visit 5 Canadian Maritime cities across a two-week span. To help fund the cost of production, Stever is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign, where fans can discover exclusive perks and interview clips giving a taste of what they’ll see in the finished film.
TheEastMag.com, speaking about the project, writes, "Atlantic Canada’s metal scene is a curious niche in our cultural cornucopia... (with) a near constant presence over the last several decades. Now, one fan and former music promoter is hoping to shed some light on the scene with a Maritime Metal Documentary." The feature-length film is part ‘Maritime Metal’ history and part analysis of how music scenes evolve with changes in technology. Support for the film has been pouring in from bands and metalheads across the Maritimes, from sharing the campaign on social media to donating footage, music, videos and stories for use in the finished movie. “This project keeps getting bigger and bigger, thanks to the community contributions,” says Stever.
The ‘Maritime Metal’ team has already filmed over 10 hours of content, locking down the style and narrative of the film. Among the preliminary interviews are members of (past and present): Centuries of Decay, Of Hatred Spawn, Skullfist, Mokomokai, Zaum, Deformatory, Holy Cost, Hatred Reigns, Realms of Despair, Dichotic, Tolerance, Soul Devourer, Burning Moon, Skinkeeper, Iron Giant, Uigg, and Church.
‘Maritime Metal’ will release in 2020, and is available for pre-order on IndieGoGo until June 30.
LINK TO CAMPAIGN: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/maritime-metal-documentary-round-2/
Maritime Metal is Billy Stever’s first foray into documentary filmmaking. He was a music promoter in Nova Scotia during the 2000s and currently resides in Montréal.
Yacked Media INC, a media production company founded in Montréal, QC by Dan Crowder, is producing the documentary.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
During the longest siege a capital city has faced in the history of modern warfare, and amid the mortars and grenades, a heavy metal band agreed to play a concert…
Scream for Me Sarajevo is the astonishing story of the most unlikely of rock concerts, performed by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994. Risking their lives, they were smuggled into the besieged city to play a concert for its citizens amidst the chaos of war.
The film is far from a straight concert movie and provides an insight into a wider story of the people of Sarajevo taking drastic measures to endure the privations of war and pushing the boundaries to survive. It reflects a thriving underground arts community who were living their lives in the shadow of war and making music in the face of devastating loss, and the huge impact the concert had on the people of Sarajevo at a time when they thought they had been forgotten by the rest of the world.
This must-see documentary includes footage of the gig and the war itself, as well as recent interviews with Bruce and his bandmates. The documentary also follows Bruce making an emotional return to Sarajevo, “War turns the world on its head, but this is an optimistic message”. Speaking of his experience Bruce said, “It changed the way I viewed life, death and other human beings”.*
In addition to the film’s release, via Eagle Vision, the music from the film is being released on CD/double LP via BMG.
Comprising music from the film which spans Bruce Dickinson’s solo career, the album features the rarities ‘Acoustic Song’ (previously only available as a bonus track on the 2001 Best Of Special Edition), ‘Inertia (Live)’ (previously only available as a bonus track on the expanded re-release of ‘Skunkworks’ in 2005) and the album closer ‘Eternal’ (previously only available as Japanese bonus tracks on ‘Tyranny Of Souls’).
Scream For Me Sarajevo the film and album is now available to pre-order exclusively via PledgeMusic at www.screamformesarajevo.com.
Awards: Sarajevo Film Festival: Audience Award; Human Rights Award; Special Jury Prize (Documentary) / Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (USA): Best Feature Documentary / DokuArt Bjelovar (Croatia): Audience Award; Young Jury Award/ dokuMfest (Bosnia & Herzegovina): Best Documentary / Tuzla Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina): Best Documentary
*Taken from Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography, ‘What Does This Button Do?’ available now.
Details of the 'Lo Sound Desert' documentary about the Californian desert music scene have been announced
Lo Sound Desert provides a deep, intimate look into the Low Desert music scene’s history with never-ending jams in the middle of the desert which continues to live on with the same vitality, authenticity and resilience as two decades ago. Lo Sound Desert is narrated by Josh Homme (Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Orquestra del Desierto, Ten East, The Perfect Rat) and many other from bands like Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Mondo Generator, Dali’s Llama, Hornss, Slo Burn, Unida and Fu Manchu.
What was started by revolting punk rock kids throwing parties in the middle of the desert - hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban America in the early 80s, became a movement
over the years.
From endless jams in unconditioned rehearsal garages to wasteland venues to smoked-up European backstage rooms: ‘Desert Rock’, a specific vibe of pure analog rock music, was fostered by the beauty of a surrounding that naturally provides a lot of space. Until nowadays it continued its slow-moving underground spread and became international treasure. In a way Desert Rock never reached extreme popularity like simultaneously grown, commercially hyped Grunge Rock in the early 90’s. But it still seems to be around and inspires new generations of rock bands to carry on.
A release party in Berlin will be held on June 24th 2016 at Kino Zukunft, presented by Rock/Squad, SOL, DesertFest, RockHard, Visions and Monduo Films. Lo Sound Desert will screen at 8pm, followed by concerts of Powder for Pigeons, Vic Du Monte’s Persona Non Grata, Operators, Jan Schwarzkamp, Dj Eggs Delicious and more to be announced.
Info can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/235970100099603
On July 1st 2016 and with the help of UK promoters Desertscene and Desertfest they're celebrating Lo Sound Desert's release and the London premiere with a screening of the long 2-part version (incl. bladder-friendly intermission) at one of the The Desert Fest location's The Black Heart, featuring bands live on stage after the screening and a getting out of hands DJ-party afterwards.
More details here: www.facebook.com/events/1405498493082052
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