Special screening of the film ‘A Band Called Death’ at WTA’s Gateway

A_Band_Called_DeathWhat: Documentary Film ‘A Band Called Death’
When: Saturday, April 19 at 7:30pm
Where: 329 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Va
Tickets: Free Admission ($5 suggested donation)

WTA’s Gateway will present the documentary film, ‘A Band Called Death’ by Waynesboro’s own Jeff Howlett, co-director, and scored by Sam Retzer.  The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012 and was well received by film critics.A Band Called Death is an American documentary film about the 1970s rock band Death and their new-found popularity decades after the group recorded their music.  This special screening will be on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30pm at 329 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  A $5 donation is suggested.


A Band Called Death is the story of three musician brothers, born to a Baptist preacher and his wife in 1950s Detroit. In their teenage years, the three brothers emerge as, first, a budding rock/funk band, and ultimately evolving into the punk band, Death. Influenced by music by Alice Cooper and The Who, the group was heavily-steered by the guidance and decisions of visionary eldest brother and guitarist, David Hackney. The story follows the brothers’ unsuccessful attempts to get radio airplay and a record deal, largely due to David’s adamant refusal to change the name from Death. An eventual trek east finds the boys in Burlington, Vermont, living with relatives and reflecting on the failure of David’s vision. The film explores post-Death projects in The 4th Movement, a gospel/rock band with the same line-up. However, after two years of being homesick, David returns to Detroit, leaving Dannis and Bobby to form a lively reggae band called Lambsbread. The film also focuses on the intense brotherly bond between the group members, and their personal lives, including David Hackney’s battle with alcoholism, his death in 2000 and his family members’ reactions to these events. The film follows the re-discovery of the group through record collectors leading to an eventual release of Death’s album…For the Whole World to See by the Drag City record label and the group’s eventual reunion and touring with a new guitarist.


The evening is sponsored by Steve and Sara Howlett.

Admission is free to the Saturday, April 19th event.  A $5 donation is suggested.  Doors will open at 7:00pm at WTA’s Gateway located at 329 West Main Street, downtown Waynesboro.  The film will start at 7:30 pm.  Seating is limited.


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