Until The Light Takes Us
Director: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
Writer: Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
Runtime: 93 min
Company: Until the Light Productions, LLC
Until the Light Takes Us is a feature length documentary chronicling the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal.
Synopsis: Until the Light Takes Us is a feature length documentary about black metal: an ideological movement/music genre comprised of metal musicians, murderers, church-burners, and suicide victims. The film examines the birth and explosive arc of black metal through the eyes of the scene's leaders, who tried to change the world using music and symbolic acts of violence. Three men lead the scene: one is dead, one's in jail for killing him and inciting a wave of church arson, and one continues to release albums in the genre they created. The musicians blur the line between music, art, activism and terror, and successful visual artists (including Harmony Korine, who makes a cameo) are now recontextualizing it as contemporary art in galleries and museums around the world. Part (post)modern art movement, part terrorist movement, and part rock scene, the film tells a story unlike any other.