Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's rock documentary "A Band Called Death" ahead of its screening at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival in the 24 Beats Per Second category. The film world premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.
The documentary chronicles the rebirth and rise to cult stardom of early '70s African-American "proto-punk" trio Death.
"Howlett and Covino's film rewrites punk history and also transforms a better-than-fiction music story into a moving, emotional story," said Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney. "We are thrilled to be introducing the legacy of Death to audiences around the country."
Producer Matthew Perniciaro added, "I attended my first screening at the original Alamo Drafthouse more than ten years ago and am very excited all these years later to be working with Drafthouse Films. Their passion for this film has been apparent since day one and we couldn't be working with a better partner to get Death's story out into the world."
Drafthouse plans to release it theatrically and onto VOD this summer.