Breaking a Monster

Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
Teenage African-American heavy metal trio Unlocking the Truth take their first steps toward stardom in Luke Meyer's entertaining docu.


Breaking a Monster

BREAKING A MONSTER begins as the three members of band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square - often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry.

Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - BREAKING A MONSTER is the story of this rapid transformation.
Not Rated
Documentary, Bio-pic, Rock and Roll
Luke Meyer
Malcolm Brickhouse - Vocals/Guitar, Alec Atkins - Bass, Jarad Dawkins - Drums
Nominee, Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
Lanre Bakare, Guardian

In the summer of 2013, footage appeared on YouTube of three African-American kids from Brooklyn playing unnervingly accomplished metal music in Times Square. Less than 18 months later, Unlocking The Truth became the youngest band to sign to Sony, in a deal worth $1.8m. The unlikely rise of Malcolm ...

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