14-year-olds Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins make up the metal band Unlocking the Truth. Though they started out playing to Times Square crowds, they eventually acquired a manager, a huge record deal, and became the youngest band to ever play Coachella. Luke Meyer’s music documentary “Breaking a Monster” follows the boys’ rise to fame and the troubles they face as they struggle with early adulthood and the pressures of stardom. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film first premiered at South by Southwest in March of last year before traveling on the festival circuit. After the band underwent a contract dispute with Sony Music Entertainment, the film was in a holding pattern for over a year. Meyer and producer Tom Davis eventually started a Kickstarter campaign to help self-release the film with Abramorama. They were successful and the film was released in select theaters this past June.
Meyer is best known for his documentary films “Darkon,” about a group of fantasy live-action role-playing (LARP) gamers who live and play in Baltimore, and “New World Order,” about the activities of conspiracy theorists determined to bring down the Bilderberg Group.
“Breaking a Monster” is currently available to purchase on iTunes. It will be released on Digital, VOD, and DVD on October 11th.