@ ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
When African American kids just entering adolescence form the band Unlocking the Truth, their YouTube videos go viral, and they appear to be fulfilling a classic dream. Malcolm Brickhouse (guitar, vocals), Jarad Dawkins (drums), and Alec Atkins (bass) appear at Coachella and the Colbert Report, with their novelty leading to a mega-deal with Sony. Along for the ride is filmmaker Luke Meyer and his team, who chart the astonishing push-pull between the neophytes and the tone-deaf music industry. Most of the film’s satirical punch comes from witnessing candid, unfiltered interactions between the skateboard-riding teenagers and their outlandishly old-school manager Alan Sacks, who brought the world “Welcome Back Kotter” and the Jonas Brothers.
Post-film conversation with the filmmaker Luke Meyer and Frank Black.
Pre-show music by Taina Asili & Gaetano Vaccaro who perform Spanish flamenco and some of Latin America’s best loved folkloric classics. Experience some here.
Luke Meyer is a filmmaker from western Massachusetts, known for his films Darkon and New World Order. He is part of the filmmaking collective SeeThink Films along with Tom Davis, Andrew Neel, and Ethan Palmer. He originally majored in writing and got into filmmaking as an extension of his interest in storytelling. He has edited, written, and produced several other films, such as King Kelly, Alice Neel, and The Feature. Breaking A Monster premiered in March at SXSW.
Frank Black is known as the leader of the electrifying, loud-quiet-loud Pixies, credited for inspiring Nirvana, Radiohead and thousands of other bands that came in their wake. For almost 30 years, Frank (also known as Black Francis) has been entangled with record labels including 4AD and Elektra, and has a few choice things to say about the music industry.