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Documentary About New Zealand Metal Band Alien Weaponry Features Randy Blythe and Gojira

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A documentary about New Zealand metal band Alien Weaponry is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 6th.

Alien Weaponry: Kua Tupu Te Ara takes an “intimate deep dive beneath the surface” of the band’s “past, present and fast-approaching future,” with a particular focus on the founding brothers Lewis de Jong (guitar, vocals) and Henry de Jong (drums). Directed by Kent Belcher, the doc features appearances from metal luminaries such as Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, Gojira’s Joe and Mario Duplantier, and Testament’s Chuck Billy.

The 97-minute documentary makes it premiere on 8:45 p.m. ET on June 6th at the Village East Cinema as part of the Tribeca Film Festival and be shown at various local theaters for the duration of the festival. The premiere event will include a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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“We are so excited to finally share this documentary we have been working on for years with you,” remarked Alien Weaponry in a collective statement via a press release. “The film captures our journey of navigating the world of music, showing the highlights, the hardships, and everything in between.”

Director Kent Belcher spent six years embedded with the band and the de Jong family, and the documentary will mark his directorial debut.

“What makes our film is the family aspect,” he said via the press release. “The ups and downs, the strains of being on the road with your family and then pulling through because you’ve all got a common goal. They’re an amazing, powerful group of people and they’ve taught me a hell of a lot. I’m so privileged to be part of this. I can’t put it into words how lucky I am to have met these people, be able to film these people and then being able to learn stuff about myself. It has honestly been the best experience of my life.”

For more on the Tribeca Film Festival and to purchase tickets to the screening, visit the fest’s website. Also be sure to revisit our 2021 interview with Alien Weaponry.

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