Breaking a Monster


Throckmorton Theatre Sun, Oct 11, 2015 2:15 PM
Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Focus: The Beat Goes On(screen)
Running Time:93 min
Director:Luke Meyer
Producer:Tom Davis
Molly Smith
Thad Luckinbill
Trent Luckinbill
Screenwriter:Luke Meyer
Brad Turner
Cinematographer:Ethan Palmer
Hillary Spera
Editor:Brad Turner
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Malcolm, Jarad, and Alec are talented musicians on the brink of rock-god stardom. They have an agent, a record contract, and have performed in front of thousands of screaming fans. They’re also in middle school. These boys are Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn metal band who gained a massive online following after posting videos of their street-corner performances. Breaking a Monster follows the band over the course of a yearlong industry roller coaster ride. These are thoughtful kids who often seem more down-to-earth than the giddy record execs. The film documents UTT’s passion and excitement and witnesses absurd versions of music business tropes (like agent Alan Sacks putting his foot down when his guitarist demands more Coke…the kind in a red-and-white can). Through everything the band’s spirit shines through. This is more than a portrait of three artists as young men; this is the future of rock.

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Additional Information

Luke Meyer’s first feature documentary, Darkon, won the Documentary Audience Award at SXSW in 2006, and aired on IFC in 2007 after playing in theaters across the country. He directed the documentary New World Order, which started airing on IFC in 2009, breaking the channel’s records for documentary VOD numbers. He has edited, written, and produced other award-winning films (King Kelly, Alice Neel, The Feature) and is part of SeeThink Films in New York.