Last year, Unlocking the Truth — the Brooklyn middle school metal band whose Times Square and NYC subway performances went viral — decided to shuffle off their big Sony contract and go indie. Around the same time, an independent documentary about their unusual rise to prominence, Breaking a Monster, made its world premiere at SXSW 2015.
Now, Breaking a Monster filmmaker Luke Meyer is looking to bring the documentary to a wider audience. To do so, Meyer and SeeThink Films are asking for help via Kickstarter. (The band, meanwhile, plans to self-release its debut album this June.)
“Releasing the film independently helps us maintain certain creative freedoms about how it is presented to the world. We want to tell an honest story that doesn’t conform to clichés found in most movies about musicians trying to make it big,” the Kickstarter page reads. “Now we want to share the film with you and this can only happen with your help raising the necessary funds.”
The filmmakers are looking for $55,000 by the end of April to help bring the film to major American cities.
“Breaking a Monster has already generated tremendous response from people of all ages, particularly with high school students,” the campaign reads. “It is inspiring for teenagers to watch their peers push back at adult conventions and declare their independence. We want to do more screenings at schools around the country! This campaign will help make that possible.”
As for what the money will go toward, the page explains, “We need to raise money to pay for a publicist, advertising, and making the actual copies of the movie to show in the theaters. Contributions at any level help bring this film closer to playing in theaters.”
You can kick some money their way over on Kickstarter and watch a short video about the band below.