*A trailer has surfaced for the documentary “Breaking a Monster,” which follows three African American seventh graders from Brooklyn who challenged all kinds of cultural mores by forming a metal band, and eventually scoring a $1.8 million record deal with Sony Music.
The doc follows Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins of the band Unlocking The Truth from the moment their first video went viral on YouTube. Director Luke Meyer captures the middle schoolers as they encounter uneasy demands, stress from parents and friends and tough life decisions en route to their sudden success.
“Originally I was asked to make a short film about the band when they were still gaining traction as street performers,” Meyer told film website IndieWire. “The short focused on what it’s like to be young and have unrestricted dreams about who you want to be in the world. In the case of Unlocking the Truth, because they’re so talented, those dreams didn’t feel as far-reaching as they might for some other kids.”
“Breaking a Monster” will be released this summer nationwide starting with a June 24 release in New York City and a July 1 release in Los Angeles.
Watch the trailer below: