Of the genesis of the film, Bialis told Indiewire: “I was reading emails one day in my LA apartment, and a friend in Israel sent me articles from the Israeli press about Sderot — a town that was being bombarded with rocket fire for years. As someone who had been to Israel many times, I was surprised that I had never heard about it. The stories sounded totally crazy: an alarm that gave residents 15 seconds to run for cover blasted ‘Color Red! Color Red!’ to warn of an incoming rocket attack. When I discovered that Sderot was also famous for music, I was intrigued. That same week, Teapacks, a famous Israeli band (who happened to be from Sderot) performed in the Eurovision song contest. The lyrics of their song had to do with what was happening in Sderot. I began to wonder about the musicians living in this place: what was it like to make music in a conflict zone? I wanted to really see that process.”
“Rock in the Red Zone” is being distributed by Abramorama and will come out in New York on November 12 and Los Angeles on December 2, with additional dates to be announced. Check out the exclusive poster below.