“Our first IndieGoGo campaign was a huge success and we were blown-away by the support of the metal community,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “The research, writing, travel and filming is now complete and we’ve captured some amazing interviews and footage. But we need to turn this footage into an episode!” The new campaign kicked off Friday, August 9th. Details of the campaign, including a brand-new trailer featuring exclusive footage from Banger’s Extreme Metal filming trip, can be found here:igg.me/at/LostEpisode
Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s series Metal Evolution presented 11 episodes based on the “Heavy Metal Family Tree” originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of Heavy Metal across its 40+ year history, covering everything from the Pre-History of Metal and Shock Rock to Grunge and Thrash Metal. But one very important episode was left out: Extreme Metal. “Some of the networks felt that Extreme Metal was too heavy or too niche. We’re out to prove that Extreme Metal is metal’s most vital sub-genre and that metal would probably die without it!,” says Dunn.
Tom Gabriel Warrior, legendary frontman for extreme metal bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon, was interviewed by Dunn for the episode: “It was an absolute honour and a pleasure to host Sam and his outstanding team at my place in Zurich. That extreme metal has been overlooked in this series so far is a scandal. This episode is utterly overdue!”
Bands appearing in the episode include Venom, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Slayer, Napalm Death, Carcass, Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Enslaved, Gojira and more. The episode will also feature some renowned locations in the history of Extreme Metal including Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, as well as travel footage from Norway, Switzerland, UK, US, and Hellfest (France), one of the world’s biggest metal festivals.
Contributors’ support for the new IndieGoGo campaign will cover costs of finishing the episode which includes editing, archival and music licensing, onlining, sound mixing and other post-production costs. “People are often surprised by how much making quality film and TV costs. It requires a lot of hard work from a team of talented people to ensure we make the best possible show. Extreme Metal deserves the same high-production value and attention to detail that we gave the other Metal Evolution episodes”, adds Dunn. “I’m not getting paid to make this episode but what matters to me is that the Metal Evolution series is finally completed!”
Watch the 11 episodes of Metal Evolution here:
In Canada: http://www.muchmore.ca/metal-evolution/
In USA: http://www.vh1.com/shows/metal_evolution/series.jhtml
Also available in:
SKY ARTS (UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Overseas Bases)
ACHT / VIEWCOM (Belgium)
TRUE VISION (Thailand)
SPAFAX (Air Canada, Emirates Airlines, Swiss Airlines
DOUBLE V FRANCE
MUSIQUE PLUS (French Canada)
VIACOM (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives)
LENS MEDIA (China)
POLYBAND (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Alto Adige)
BEYOND (Australia, New Zealand)
ATLANTIC FILM (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland)
EAGLE ROCK (UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Japan)
DOUBLE V (France)
About Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn
Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn founded Banger Films Inc. in Toronto in 2004. Their first film, the award-winning Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened in over 30 countries across four continents. Their follow-up Global Metal, was released in the U.S. through Warner Bros., and received critical acclaim from press and audiences around the world. Their third film,Iron Maiden: Flight 666, follows the band on a seven-week tour by plane piloted by the band’s singer Bruce Dickinson, it won the 2009 Juno for Music DVD, the SXSW Audience Choice Award and screened in 42 countries on “World Maiden Day”, becoming the largest-ever simultaneous release of a documentary. Banger’s most recent feature documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage received a Grammy nomination and won the 2010 Juno for Music DVD of the Year and took home the audience choice award at Tribeca Film Festival in 2010. Their first TV production Metal Evolution was the biggest series ever on the history of hard rock and heavy metal, hitting #1 on VH 1 Classic (USA) and MuchMore (Canada) and now airing across Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. Banger Films is currently in post-production on feature-length documentaries on Alice Cooper called Super Duper Alice Cooper and the modern history of The Devil.