ALIEN WEAPONRY Documentary Film to Premiere at World-Renowned Tribeca Film Festival

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New Zealand’s global metal frontrunners, Alien Weaponry, recently released their sophomore full-length album, “Tangaroa”. This important album — which continues the band’s preservation and amplification of the history and culture of their home country’s indigenous Māori people — followed the trio’s breakout 2018 album, “Tū”.

Its debut led to #1 chart entries and massive critical acclaim, in addition to award nominations and wins. But how did they get there, what has life been like behind the scenes for this fast-rising phenomenon up until now, and where are they headed next?

“Alien Weaponry: Kua Tupu Te Ara”, a new documentary film from director Kent Belcher and producer Nigel McCulloch, provides an intimate deep dive beneath the surface of Alien Weaponry‘s past, present and fast-approaching future. The film features appearances from the metal elite like Lamb of God‘s Randy BlytheTestament‘s Chuck Billy, and Gojira‘s Joe and Mario Duplantier.

Befitting a culturally vital band like Alien Weaponry, the 97-minute documentary will see its global premiere at the world-renowned Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on June 6, 2024, at the Village East Cinema (8:45 PM, 181-189 2nd Avenue).

The premiere will include a special Q&A with the film’s director, writer/producer, and editor. The film will also be shown at various additional local theaters throughout the festival’s duration. For more information on how to catch a showing or the premiere itself, visit THIS LOCATION.

Alien Weaponry says: “We are so excited to finally share this documentary we have been working on for years with you. The film captures our journey of navigating the world of music, showing the highlights, the hardships, and everything in between.”

Director Kent Belcher adds: “After six years of traveling with, living with, and filming the Alien Weaponry family, to finally be able to share that with audiences and showcase Māori culture in a vibrant and heartfelt way is just so rewarding. To have my first film as director premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival is an absolute dream come true.

“What makes our film is the family aspect. The ups and downs, the strains of being on the road with your family and then pulling through because you’ve all got a common goal. They’re an amazing, powerful group of people and they’ve taught me a hell of a lot. I’m so privileged to be part of this. I can’t put into words how lucky I am to have met these people, be able to film these people, and then be able to learn stuff about myself. It has honestly been the best experience of my life.”

“Alien Weaponry: Kua Tupu Te Ara” is an intimate portrait of the most important six years in the life of this band and, in particular, the two brothers at the band’s core — from the release of their debut album, “Tū”, as they take their music to the world, touring through Australasia, Europe, and America. It is an insight into what impact constant touring, teenage angst, and creating music has had on the boys and their family around them.

From the privileged position of being embedded with the band on the road, the film has unique access to the family, their shows, and their touring. This is an exclusive view from the inside, showing a band on the rise. More importantly, this is a portrait of a normal, down-to-earth Kiwi family who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. On the one hand, they are living a life that may see Henry and Lewis realize all of their dreams, but on the other, this could be a path that could ultimately end up changing who they are entirely.


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