This short film, entitled Black Metal and directed by Kat Candler, will première at the Sundance Film Festival and is incredibly thought-provoking with a sharp, hard-hitting narrative.
The core issue that Candler appears to be exploring here really got my pulse racing. As one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented sub-cultures, metal (especially black metal) as a genre and community is frequently pinned to real life atrocities and this film depicts an example of such.
Through humanizing the front-man of a black metal band, the film conveys how society so often perceives and represents metal culture unjustly; as violent and harmful to youth. Simultaneously however, Candler manages to let the issues of music’s influential power and personal responsibility linger with the viewer.
Needless to say, I strongly recommend watching Black Metal when it becomes possible to do so.
For now, here is the trailer: