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Anvil! The Story of Anvil Details

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In 1981, Canadian heavy metal band Anvil released their first album, {^Hard 'n' Heavy}, which earned them a potent reputation among discerning headbangers and established them as one of the pioneering acts of the speed metal movement. Anvil had a loyal following in their native Canada and they shared stages with some of the biggest names in heavy rock, but the lucky break that would have elevated them to real stardom never came, and legal troubles helped to derail the group's career in the mid-'80s. Years later, the likes of Metallica and Slayer would cite Anvil as a key influence, but lead vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner struggled to keep the band alive, recording new material for tiny independent labels and trying to organize club tours as they juggled day jobs, families, and adult responsibilities. Documentary filmmaker Sacha Gervasi follows Kudlow and Reiner as they struggle to keep their ambitions alive despite 35 years of missing the brass ring in Anvil! The True Story of Anvil, which paints a sympathetic but warts-and-all portrait of the unexpected consequences of the rock & roll dream. Anvil! received its American premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 10, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Sacha Gervasi Truer Than Fiction Award 2008 Nominee

Crew

Sacha Gervasi
Director
Rebecca Yeldham
Producer
Chris Soos
Cinematographer
Dana Sano
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Renfroe
Editor
Andrew Dickler
Editor
Rick Krim
Executive Producer
Sacha Gervasi
Executive Producer
Chris Soos
Executive Producer
Mat Dennis
Sound/Sound Designer
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