Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Philly-made doom metal doc gets national distribution

"Last Days Here," Philadelphia filmmakers Don Argott and Demian Fenton's documentary about metal icon Bobby Liebling, is picked up by Sundance Selects.

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.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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