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Slave To The Grind is the first feature length documentary on Grindcore
Slave To The Grind is the first feature length documentary on Grindcore
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From Enslavement To Passion...

Slave To The Grind is the first official documentary on Grindcore.  Grindcore exists somewhere between metal and punk.  Grindcore is it's own beast, and this film will show the world how it came to be and why it continues to persist. 

Enjoying Grindcore requires a certain dedication that is not radio-friendly.  Simply put, it is not easy to listen to.  Grindcore is outright abrasive, and though that is part of the appeal, it demands a level of introspection that pop music does not. You need to give a lot to grind - and like anything in life, the more you give, the greater the return.

Director Doug Brown with Dave Witte
Director Doug Brown with Dave Witte


D.I.Y. - Where you come in...

Finding investors to support such an extreme topic is exceptionally difficult.  While we have a production and post-production crew that is dedicated to completing this film, there are expenses that we cannot ignore. 

We are located in Toronto, Canada, and we have been documenting Grindcore as it tours through.  While this is a great way to get a small percentage of the bands that we need, so many seminal Grindcore bands either don't tour, or do not enter Canada.  Every penny from the $12,000 we are asking for will go towards travel expenses.

Shane Embury of Napalm Death signs the 'Grind Your Fucking Head In' poster
Shane Embury of Napalm Death signs the 'Grind Your Fucking Head In' poster

How do you expect to make a film for $12,000?

We don't.  $12,000 will pay for a few film shoots, hard drives, and the cost to create the Kickstarter perks. It doesn't even scrape the surface of the costs that we will acquire with music licensing, film festival submission fees, colour correction, and distribution start-up costs.  This is why we need fans to go above and beyond our $12,000 goal so we can keep this film as D.I.Y. as possible, and avoid turning to studios to help with the release.  


What experience do you have making documentaries?  

This is our second feature length documentary as a team. Director Doug Brown's last documentary was "Never Enough", which was a film on why people collect (everything from My Little Ponies to Cadillacs). Collectively, we have worked on over 15 feature length documentaries, and believe it is the best medium to showcase the history of Grindcore.

Mel Mongeon of Fuck The Facts
Mel Mongeon of Fuck The Facts

Risks and challenges

Making a film involves significant risk. Documentaries are the riskiest.

Having shot a feature doc before, I was able to make most of my rookie mistakes: going over budget, underestimating how long it would take, taking too much on, etc. That said, I was still able to complete, tour, and sell the documentary to a variety of outlets. I am confident that even in these early stages of production, Slave to the Grind will surpass our previous projects.

Risk 1: Subjects refuse to be involved in the project

This has been my fear from day one, but I am happy to say that 95% of the people I have reached out to have been keen on being interviewed. The other 5% are a work in progress. I am very persistent.

Risk 2: Delays

Delays are inevitable, but they should not be seen as setbacks. Ideally, a delay is deliberate and are intended to make the film better. Let's say Lee Dorrian is going to be in my neighborhood performing a solo grind show the day after the film is supposed to be completed. This is when I would push the release back to get what I need. Making a documentary is all about waiting for a story, and while this film will be rooted in grind's history, it is imperative that I am capturing grindcore's present and future development.

Risk 3: Technology

I teach film studies for a living, and most of my day is spent fixing technological errors. Computer crashes, hard-drives frying, broken gear...I can sort out any issue timely and efficiently. We are beyond backed up, and this film will only be stronger as a result of any technological error.

Risk 4: Getting too close

This risk is more for those who make films, than for the grindcore fans out there. What if I lose objectivity as a grindcore fan? What if this just ends up being a fanboy film, and has no social perspective outside of our little community? I am dedicated to making this film the best it can be. Both of my cinematographers do NOT listen to grindcore, and my two editors don't like heavy metal in the slightest. It allows for me (Director, Doug Brown) to guide the film in terms of artistic vision and general 'grind-knowledge' so that grindheads get what they want and let the other team members assist with flow, story, and the human element that makes a good documentary.

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    2. Slave To The Grind sticker

    3. Silk screened patch

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    "SLAVE TO THE GRIND" PACK

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    3. Digital Download of the Self Titled debut by Blurring. Blistering grindcore feature Erik Burke and Dan Lilker of Brutal Truth fame.

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    3. 3 Full Uncut Interviews of the Director's Choosing (Download)
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    2. STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION AUTOGRAPHED POSTER from numerous grind musicians featured in the film. Musicians to be confirmed once the project is funded.

    3. A handwritten thank you letter by the director of the film.

    *The poster may ship earlier than the film is distributed*

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    1. Download of Slave To The Grind

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    ***The delivery of this perk will be dictated by the end of our film festival tour. This perk will then be delivered before it is available to be purchased anywhere else.***

    3. 3 Full Uncut Interviews of the Director's Choosing (Download)
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    4. Your name in the credits of the film

    5. 30 CD's and a T-shirt from the Relapse Catalogue. CD's from:

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    Call of the Void
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