Earlier this month, Examiner ran a story on Banger Films, the producers of the Metal Evolution documentary series that aired on VH1 and other networks, establishing a campaign to fund the production of a 12th installment into the Metal Evolution series: the ‘lost’ episode on extreme metal.
Extreme metal is an enormous part of the heavy metal lexicon and has been the primary agent for progression within the genre since the early 80s with bands such as Venom, Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost, Bathory, and others.
Now, Sam Dunn, the director of this documentary and others, sat down to answer some questions about Banger Films and this latest project, and why it is important. Here is the exclusive interview with Mr. Dunn.
Matthew Marczi: Greetings, Sam. How are things going over at Banger Films?
Sam Dunn: Things are going very well at Banger, thanks. We’re in post production on two feature docs right now. One is about Alice Cooper’s life and career, from the beginning of his life to his big comeback in the mid 80s. The style we’re using is something we’re calling a “doc opera” so we’re pretty excited about that. The other film is about the cultural history of the Devil, from the 60s to the present. It explores why the Devil is such a pervasive character in film, TV, music, literature and popular culture. This film is really exciting because it goes beyond music and metal – it’s a much bigger subject for us. We’ve also launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money to create the final, “Lost Episode of Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal”. You can check out indiegogo.com/extrememetal for info on the campaign. We’re appealing to the metal community around the world to help us make this episode a reality!
MM: You are best known for your dual passions of anthropology and heavy metal, and have obviously made a bit of a name for yourself via this combination over the better half of this past decade. How did you become interested in anthropology, and was it simply natural to have that anthropological mindset about a living genre of music like heavy metal?
SD: My interest in anthropology probably starts way back when I was a kid and I used to sit for hours looking at maps and National Geographic and thinking about what far away peoples and places were like. I grew up in Victoria, Canada which is a small city on an island on the west coast, so it was pretty isolated and felt far away from other cultures and ways of living. So when I got to university I realized that anthropology was a discipline that I had a huge passion for. Using anthropology to study heavy metal was not necessarily natural at first, it was Scot [McFayden]’s idea to bring my anthropology background into the story of Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. But once we started exploring this approach we realized that anthropology could be used as a great perspective for the film that would especially help non-metal fans understand the music and its culture.
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