Drafthouse Films acquired North American rights to the rockumentary A Band Called Death, in February, which is directed by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino.
The film made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, screening in competition, and continued to travel the film festival circuit through this year.
The film’s synopsis reads:
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.
Of course, the film features David Hackney, Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney.
Drafthouse, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has now set release dates for A Band Called Death – first on Video On Demand (VOD) this Friday, May 24th, and then it’ll open in theaters on June 28th.
Watch the new release trailer below from Drafthouse: