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Watch 5 Clips From Doc On Pioneering Black Punk Band Called Death (Now In Theaters)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 28, 2013 4:43 PM
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Drafthouse Films has officially released the rockumentary A Band Called Death, on VOD, iTunes as well as digital download, and now in theaters (it opened today in select cities - For a full list of screening dates and locations please visit: 

Directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, the film made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, screening in competition, and continued to travel the film festival circuit through this year.

Its synopsis reads:

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.

Of course, the film features David Hackney, Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney.

5 new clips from the film have been made public, and all 5 are embedded for you to watch below:

A Band Called Death [Clip] "NY Times Celebrities" from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

A Band Called Death [Clip] "Introduction" - Now In Theaters & On VOD/iTunes from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

A BAND CALLED DEATH [Clip] "White Boy Music" from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

A BAND CALLED DEATH [Clip] "Rough Francis from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

A BAND CALLED DEATH [Clip] "Neighbors & Family" from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

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  • Kelea | August 10, 2013 3:46 AMReply

    What a wonderful find for them! To be honest it's onluy proof of what (some) folks have been saying for years. Love that they are finally getting some recognition, will check this out as soon as possible.

  • Joe Doughrity | June 30, 2013 1:09 AMReply

    This is an amazing documentary! Don't let the name fool you and think it's not for you just because you don't like punk rock. If you love music, art, creativity and believe in the power of faith this film will move you (the brothers are Jehovah's Witnesses). I hope it gets an Academy nod like "Searching for Sugarman."

  • NinaG | June 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    co-sign on what Joe says. I watched this documentary without seeing a trailer or reading any reviews. Absolutely amazing documentary. I'm planning to see it again this coming week.

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