Philly-made doom metal doc gets national distribution

A hit at last month’s South By Southwest Film Festival, Last Days Here, a stormy portrait of doom metal legend Bobby Liebling and his band Pentagram, was acquired by Sundance Selects (a corporate sister of IFC Films) and will get a national theatrical and video-on-demand release later in the year. Co-directors Don Argott and Damian Fenton worked on the project for nearly four years, tracking Liebling’s struggles with addiction and his friendships and fallouts with former bandmates and fans.

Argott, who directed The Art of the Steal, the well-received documentary about the controversial relo of the Barnes Institute from Merion to Philadelphia’s Museum Row, is no stranger to music-themed films. He’s shot music videos - most recently the extended-form “making of” film for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the new ensemble from husband-and-wife musicians Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. And Argott’s first feature was Rock School, the 2005 doc about Philadelphia’s School of Rock founder  Paul Green.