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Music Box Films Picks Up Rights to Punk Doc “Revenge of the Mekons”

Music Box Films acquires U.S. and Canadian rights for REVENGE OF THE MEKONS, acclaimed documentary about groundbreaking British punk band. Read the press release below:

Chicago, IL (September 23, 2014) – Music Box Films announced today that it has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to REVENGE OF THE MEKONS, Joe Angio’s lively look at the unlikely musical career of one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk bands. The film had its world premiere at DOC NYC in 2013 and will have its theatrical premiere at New York’s Film Forum on October 29. Touted by rock critic Lester Bangs as the “most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll”, the Mekons are many things: political provocateurs, social agitators, punk’s reigning contrarians.  Emerging from the first blast of 1977 U.K. punk rock, they are notorious, as critic Greil Marcus noted, for being “the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Charting the group’s progression from socialist art students with no musical skills through its reinvention as rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams, REVENGE OF THE MEKONS proves how, four decades into a still-evolving career, they continue to make original, genre-defying music while staying true to the punk ethos. The documentary features musical performances by the band, as well as commentary by fans such as Jonathan Franzen, Fred Armisen, Will Oldham, and Mary Harron. “As a native Chicagoan, and given the Mekons’ own connections to the city, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Music Box Films,” states director Joe Angio. “I’m proud and more than a little humbled that REVENGE OF THE MEKONS will be included among the likes of IDA, THE STORY OF FILM and MESRINE on Music Box’s formidable roster of releases.” “We love this documentary and we love the Mekons,” states Music Box Films’ Managing Director Ed Arentz. “This is a film not just for fans but anyone who somehow hasn’t gotten around to jumping on the Mekons bandwagon.” Following the October 29 theatrical premiere at Film Forum, Music Box Films plans an early 2015 platform rollout. A release on all home entertainment platforms will follow. In celebration of the film’s opening, Columbia University will host a symposium on October 30 at 7:30pm to discuss the band’s ethos of collaboration, collectivity and devotion to multi-genre art. Music Box president William Schopf negotiated the deal directly with the filmmaker. Read more at Deadline.

For news and updates, check out the Music Box Films and the Revenge of the Mekons Facebook pages. Don’t forget to use #MekonsMovie to chat about the film!

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