Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story (Q&A with director Adam Dubin)
- Thu Nov 7
Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!
Post screening Q&A with director Adam Dubin, moderated by Howie Abrams.
Director: Adam Dubin Run Time: 92 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR
Release Year: 2019
In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash. From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement.
Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed, CrumbHead and many more. Narrated by Brian Posehn.
Adam Dubin directed the multi-platinum selling “A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica Parts 1 & 2” feature length documentaries for Metallica and their music video “Nothing Else Matters.” Adam has directed numerous documentaries for Metallica over 25 years including “Hit The Lights: The Making of Metallica Through The Never” and “Freeze “em All: Metallica in Antarctica.” Adam has directed many comedy specials including Lewis Black’s “Stark Raving Black,” “Basic Black” and “In God We Rust.” In 2015 Adam directed Jim Breuer’s “Comic Frenzy.” Adam co-directed the classic Beastie Boys music videos “Fight For Your Right To Party” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”
Howie Abrams is a former music business executive turned author, having worked at labels such as In-Effect Records, Roadrunner Records, Jive Records and Warner Music. He co-authored The Merciless Book of Metal Lists, Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains, Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour, the forthcoming ABCs of Metallica and The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of it All’s Koller Brothers. He also co-hosts a radio show called Merciless with rapper ILL BILL.