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monks - the transatlantic feedback

philosophical biopic about the first avant-garde pop band

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Trailer "monks - the transatlantic feedback

Overview

Genre
Music, Arts, Society, History, and Cultural History
Synopsis

The monks were 5 American GI’s in cold war Germany who billed themselves as the anti-Beatles; they were heavy on feedback, nihilism and electrical banjo. They had strange haircuts, dressed in black, mocked the military and rocked harder than any of their mid-sixties counterparts while managing to basically invent industrial, punk and techno music.
The genre-overlapping documentary film not only illustrates the pop music phenomenon in its political, social and cultural historic contexts, but also reveals the monks project as the first marriage between art and popular music
and this months before Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground.
The five protagonists of the film came to cold war Germany in 1961 as soldiers and left the country in 1967 as avant-garde monks.
For more than thirty years they were not able to talk about their strange experience. In the film they recount for the first time their adventure.

Stage
finished
Running time
100 minutes

Credits

  • Dietmar Post ... Producer, Director & DP
  • Lucia Palacios ... Producer, Director & DP

Production Details

Prod. Co.
play loud! productions
Country
Germany
Years of Production
2006-2008
Locations
New York, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Bemidji, Reno, Renton, Murfrees Boro
Prod. Partners
Lucia Palacios P.C.

Distribution Details

Release year
2009
Festivals
Goteborg, Planete Doc, Natfilm, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Leeds, Oslo, Frankfurt, Kassel, etc...
Awards
Adolf-Grimme-Awards, Milan Doc Festival, Wuerzburg International Film Days
Distribution
play loud! productions
Broadcast (Prod.)
3sat/ZDF, Hr
Broadcast (Acq.)
Sundance Film Channel
Language
English, German
Subtitles
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish

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