'A Band Called Death,' 'The Punk Syndrome' Win SXSW Film Audience Awards

"A Band Called Death,"  Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett's film about the punk progenitors Death, received the audience award in the 24 Beats per Second category at the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday.

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Another punk-oriented film, "The Punk Syndrome" from directors Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi, won the audience award in SXGlobal category. Released theatrically in Finland 10 months ago, the film has won the Jussi Award, the Finnish equivalent of the Oscars, for best documentary this year.


No music-oriented film won any jury awards.

"A Band Called Death," which had its world premiere at last year's Los Angeles Film Festival, was acquired by Drafthouse Films in February and had a June 28 theatrical release targeted.

The Band Death was three teenage African-American brothers who, in the early '70s, played gigs in their hometown of Detroit and pressed a single but broke up before completing an album. A demo tape made in 1974 found an audience three decades later that a new generation determined made Death the first punk band.

"The Punk Syndrome" is about Finnish band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a quartet of men with intellectual disabilities together since 2009. They have released two EP and toured Finland, Germany and Norway.