Report: METALLICA Land Distribution Deal For 'Monster' Documentary

February 23, 2004

METALLICA's much-anticipated documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" has been picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by IFC Films, according to

The film, which is owned by METALLICA, was directed and produced by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.

The filmmakers and the band agreed to pursue an unusual way of managing the release of the movie, opting for a more unconventional approach in which METALLICA will oversee and pay for all of the marketing costs. As part of the deal, IFC plans to match METALLICA's P & A (prints and advertising) funds and partner in the endeavor.

This new strategy could bring more independent films to a wider audience, further integrating art-house audiences with mainstream fans.

"It's an almost unprecedented opportunity to bring together the resources of the world's most successful hard rock band with savvy distribution partners such as IFC and Paramount," says Berlinger.

"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" marks the fourth feature-documentary collaboration between Berlinger and Sinofsky. Their previous films include the self-distributed "Brother's Keeper" and "Paradise Lost".

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