In the mid 90’s the Dayton, OH music scene became a hot spot generating worldwide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there (The Breeders, Guided by Voices). Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor. The band was opening for Beck and slated to sign a major label record deal when Taylor was tragically killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. Over the past two decades Brainiac’s music has gone on to influence the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, The National and countless others. This film explores the band’s music, legacy, massive influence on pop culture and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones.
This feature length documentary, making its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival is directed by Dayton native and Brooklyn based filmmaker Eric Mahoney (Madly, North Dixie Drive) and edited by musician and filmmaker Ian Jacobs. The project, the first from Production Company Hotshot Robot, features interviews from the surviving band members, Taylor family and a slew of musicians including: Fred Armisen, Steve Albini, Matt Berninger, Buzz Osbourne, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Melissa Auf der Maur, David Yow, Stuart Braithewaite, Eli Janney, Gregg Foreman, Scott McCloud and many more…
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
Eric Mahoney is a Brooklyn based director, producer and musician whose debut documentary, North Dixie Drive was called, “A perfect cinematic piece of cultural anthropology” by director Jim Jarmusch. His last release, Madly, an international anthology film premiered and won Best Actress at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Other works from Mahoney have screened at Cannes, Melbourne, Mumbai and numerous other international film festivals.
Ian Jacobs is a video editor and musician living in New York City. He writes and performs music under the moniker Monograms, while his film and TV editorial cuts and credits have aired on VICELAND, Travel Channel, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Discovery Channel.
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