Subsource documentary up for Desert Rocks awardBy Alan Golden
April 30, 2012
A FEATURE-length documentary directed by a Guildford filmmaker about local band Subsource will be screened at the international film and music festival, Desert Rocks, in California this weekend.
Subsource: A Dubumentary, which has been nominated for an award at the festival, will be shown on Saturday (May 5).
Director Colin Arnold from production company Figment Productions will attend along with the film’s producer, Dominique Czopor of the Guildford music venue, the Boileroom.
Unlike most music documentaries, which are produced once a band has got to the top, this is one of the very few that captures the journey.
Colin and Dominique went out on the road with Subsource, capturing all the excitement, chaos and humour of their European tour in 2010/11, which included their appearance at GuilFest. Cameras rolled across the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.
Film audiences will witness a rarely-seen rollercoaster of emotions as a year on the road is captured as the band try to build a fan base, release an album through their label and realise their dreams.
Director John Landis, who made The Blues Brothers and Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, described the film as “an insightful look into the truth about rock ’n’ roll”.
A spokesman for the film’s producers said: “Rising against the mainstream hype machines, crowds of the nameless and faceless writhe and twist to the undeniable unique sound of Subsource as it rages out of sound systems in sweat-drenched rooms across continents.
“The snarl of punk, the oscillating sub bass of dubstep, the relentless ferocity of drum ’n’ bass and metal get chewed up and spat out among electronic glitches.”
Colin Arnold said: “I have followed the band across the UK and Europe, from small venues in York to a 3,000 capacity New Year show in Berlin. The cameras have not stopped rolling.
“For anyone wondering what it is like being with the band on a tour, I can tell you it’s nothing like I have experienced shooting other feature films.
“Shooting a documentary, which constantly requires the cameras to be rolling, is very different to anything I have directed before.
“Sound checks can be early afternoon with the actual gig starting at midnight, or if it’s in a club, then even 1am.
“Getting the band comfortable with a camera on them 24/7 was vital for the documentary to work,” he said, adding: “You find yourself sharing the band’s experiences and emotions.”
Dominique Czopor said: “Such is the climate that for a collective such as Subsource to set up their own label, release their own music and tour Europe shows real dedication to their art.
“This film encapsulates the reality of being a musician today and illustrates the inspiring journey of a group of people determined to succeed.”
The Desert Rocks festival highlights independent films, music videos and up-and-coming musicians. More information about the event can be found online at www.desertrocksfame.org.