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Documentary - Completed 2015

As seventh-graders, band members of Unlocking The Truth spend their weekends playing metal music in Times Square -- often to substantial crowds. After signing with a 70-year-old manager, they are soon on their way to a $1.8 million record deal.

& Awards

Hot Docs 2015
CPH DOX 2015
Sheffield Documentary Film Festival 2015
Indie Lisboa 2015
Sydney Film Festival 2015
Stockholm IFF 2015
Zurich FF 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 92 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Luke MEYER
    • Writer(s)
    • Luke MEYER, Brad TURNER
    • Producer(s)
    • J Axel HOLL (Black Label Media), Andrew NEEL, Alan SACKS, Ellen H. SCHWARTZ
    • Synopsis
    • BREAKING A MONSTER begins as the three members of band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square - often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry.

      Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time — BREAKING A MONSTER is the story of this rapid transformation.