Premiering at Sundance will be Kat Chandler’s (Saturday Morning Massacre) short film Black Metal. The synopsis states, “After a career spent mining his music from the shadows, one fan creates a chain reaction for the lead singer of a black metal band.” The 9-minute film features music from Vesperian Sorrow, Horned Almighty, and Pallbearer. The film stars Jonny Mars and Heather Kafka (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
You can watch a trailer for the film here via Twitch.
Below you can find a more detailed description of the film from Chandler, the poster for the film, and the showtimes if you are going to be at Sundance.
1/19/2013 6:00 pm Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City
1/20/2013 6:30 pm Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/23/2013 8:30 pm Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/24/2013 4:00 pm Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City
From director Kat Chandler:
“Making movies you’re always looking for characters and stories you haven’t seen on screen. For some time now, I’ve been intrigued by the metal world. In 2011 I started writing a film called called Death Metal that explored a death metal guitarist dealing with the guilt of a teen who murders his teacher in the name of their band. I was curious about how what we put out in the world as artists comes back to us through audience interpretation and reaction. I spent months researching everyone from Judas Priest and Slipknot to Stanley Kubrick. I’m always interested in the aftermath of tragedy, the idea of responsibility and the notion of “artist’s guilt”. Even if an artist wasn’t holding the gun, is he or she still responsible? And even if they aren’t, how heavy does that inevitable guilt weigh? And for how long?
With Black Metal, I was intrigued by the theatrics of a band on stage versus their reality off stage– especially in older musicians who have families and children. How do they want to be represented getting older? When they become parents? What kind of conversations do they have with their kids about what they do?
In researching and producing the short film, Black Metal, I’m grateful to the musicians and enthusiasts in the Texas metal scene. Don’t let the tattoos, piercings or leather fool you– despite appearances, they’re some of the warmest, kindest people you’ll ever meet.”