We know why First Run Features is known by that name: Their films and DVDs demand first runs. Yep, That’s how good they are.
On the heels of Judas Priest’s Redeemer of Souls— the band’s first album in eight years and their first Top 10 U.S. debut ever—First Run Features has issued Dream Deceivers (1991) on DVD and VOD. The Emmy-nominated documentary classic, which follows a controversial “heavy-metal suicide” trial against Judas Priest, has never been available on home video until now.
In the winter of 1985, two young men shot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap died; James Vance—severely disfigured—survived. Their parents took metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band “mesmerized” their sons. Accusations of Satanic worship and subliminal messaging were lodged against the wildly popular band in this unprecedented trial, which garnered media attention around the world and drew dozens of Judas Priest supporters to the courthouse spectacle.While Judas Priest was ultimately vindicated in the courtroom, the trial was a watershed for the band. “Now that they’re back on tour and back on the charts,” says director David Van Taylor, “it’s a good time to look again at the place their music holds in our culture, and in the lives of young people. That’s what Dream Deceivers aims to do.”
DVD Special Features: Never-before-seen interviews with David Van Taylor from the POV archives, filmed in 1992 and 2011.
After three decades turning his lens on New York City, taxi driver turned street photographer Matt Weber has seen it all. More Than the Rainbow not only chronicles the life and times of Weber, but becomes a vibrant conversation about the photographic medium, artistic expression, and New York City. There is no telling how many stories Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive. But his quarter century-plus devotion to candidly depicting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, many of them from the fringes of society, has yielded a remarkable document of a New York that most of us will never experience.
Shot partially in gorgeous 35mm and largely scored to the music of Thelonious Monk, More Than the Rainbow interweaves verité, still photography and revealing interviews with Weber and fellow photographers like Ralph Gibson, Zoe Strauss, and Eric Kroll, as well as designer Todd Oldham to create an evocative documentary that is a poetic celebration of the world’s greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.