Finnish Heavy Metal Film at Los Angeles Film Festival

March 29th, 2011
by EvilG

Finnish Heavy Metal Film - Promised Land of Heavy Metal

Finnish Heavy Metal Film - Promised Land of Heavy Metal

Indie documentary feature film “Promised Land of Heavy Metal” will be shown at the first ever Heavy Metal Film Festival in Los Angeles USA, from 31st March to 3rd April at the Downtown Independent Cinema. Films including “Meshuggah Alive”, “Anvil – the story of Anvil” and “Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie” about Saxon are also featured at the festival.

The official website for the LA film festival is: www.heavymetalff.com

About “Promised Land of Heavy Metal” Documentary:

Promised Land of Heavy Metal is a HD TV feature documentary film about the history and philosophy of Heavy Metal and how it became such a big deal in a small country called Finland.

We tell the story of Finnish Metal, from it’s early “underground” days to the present success stories, by interviewing famous – and infamous – musicians, experts and events organizers, a psychiatrist, a priest and a doctor of theology. Can metal survive when it becomes mainstream, and Eurovision and Pop Idol competitions are won by metal? Metal has even entered the Finnish Lutheran church, that organizes metal masses.

The film includes all the big stars of Finnish Metal (HIM, Lordi, Sonata Arctica, Nightwish…) many international celebrities (Entombed SWEDEN, Dimmu Borgir NORWAY, Killswitch Engage USA, Carcass UK…) and finally Madam President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

The film takes us – literally - from the graveyard to the Finnish President’s palace!

“Promised Land of Heavy Metal” is narrated by Kimmo Kuusniemi, a filmmaker and forefather of Finnish Metal. After forming the pioneering metal band Sarcofagus Kuusniemi left his homeland 18 years ago despairing of it’s apathy towards the music he loves. Now based in Britain Kuusniemi sees the current popularity of Finnish Heavy Metal as a surprising phenomenon, after all he was the one fighting for the cause more than 30 years ago. And now, in “Promised Land of Heavy Metal”, he sets out to discover what exactly happened to Metal in Finland while he was gone.

The documentary is entirely in English. It’s co-produced by Finnish TV YLE.

The film has had great reviews and is well received and known all around the world.
The documentary was the first feature film available as an App for iPhones from the Apple Store (as noted by The Wall Street Journal USA).
Multilingual European DVD distribution by Cyclone Empire, Germany.
The USA representation by MDI Distribution.

More information at:

LA Heavy Metal Film Festival: www.heavymetalff.com

Official film site: www.promisedlandofmetal.com Email film makers: press@promisedlandofmetal.com

USA film representation by MDI/Laurie Montgomery  Laurie@mdidistribution.com Telephone Laurie: +1 404 934 9226

Film App Link (USA): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/promised-land-of-heavy-metal/id347890175?mt=8

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