Abramorama released Luke Meyer’s music documentary, “Breaking a Monster,” in a limited theatrical release over the summer, opening the critically-acclaimed film on June 24 in NYC, and in Los Angeles on July 1, 2016, expanding throughout the country afterward.
Now available on home video platforms, more audiences have access to the documented coming of age story that follows the breakout success of Unlocking the Truth, a teen heavy metal trio from Brooklyn who skyrocketed to fame after a video of their performance in Times Square went viral.
“This is an exceptional, crowd-pleasing, insightful film crafted with great thought and sensitivity. It appeals to a cross-section of demographics that make us excited about broadening the traditional art-house audience. It’s films like this that give us all hope about the future of the movie-going experience,” said Richard Abramowitz, President of Abramorama, at the time of the film’s acquisition.
“As a filmmaker, this is the type of film you always hope to get to make,” says director Luke Meyer. “We were able to get extraordinary access to a fascinating story at a fleeting and unrepeatable moment in time.”
“Breaking a Monster” begins as the three members of band Unlocking the Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square – often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8 million record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry.
Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time – “Breaking a Monster” is the story of this rapid transformation.
Unlocking The Truth’s debut album, “CHAOS,” was released on June 17, 2016 via premiere independent music distributor, Tunecore.
With the film now out on DVD, Shadow & Act has been granted 3 copies of the disc (which comes with special features – deleted scenes), to give away to readers! So if you’d like to win one of the 3 DVD copies, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Breaking a Monster Giveaway” in the subject line. That’s it! No need to write anything within the body of the email. Just include “Breaking a Monster Giveaway” in the subject heading. And be sure to use an email address that you access regularly, because, if you are selected to win, that’s the email address that will be used to notify you.
You have until tonight, October 3, 2016, at 11:59pm EASTERN time, to send your emails to email@example.com. Some time tomorrow, 3 winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, and you’ll all be notified via email by the end of the day tomorrow, October 4.
Watch a trailer for “Breaking a Monster” below: