The corporatization of radio and the major labels over the past decade, along with illegal file-sharing, have decreased revenues to the point where ‘the industry’s superhighway to success has been narrowed to a one-lane dirt road.’
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013
Released today on iTunes, BREAKING: LOS ANGELES is a gritty and intimate documentary that chronicles the struggles facing unsigned bands in LA’s contemporary rock music scene. The feature-length film explores the barriers-to-entry for emerging musicians, offering an uncensored look at the music scene’s “dirty little secrets” including scarce revenue sources and “pay-to-play” bookings.
Conceived of and produced by independent film company Unlikely Hero Productions – and presented in partnership with Yale Chiang and Ryan Kuper and with SONY Music’s The Orchard and film distributors, EyeFilm Releasing-- BREAKING: LOS ANGELES shows what it is really like to be an unsigned rock band in L.A. Shot over the course two-and-a-half years, the documentarians captured performances of nearly 100 bands in LA and interviewed more than 40 of the industry’s top professionals including Grammy-winners David Kershenbaum, Warren Riker, and many storied industry veterans, including Michael Rosenblatt, Michael Howe, Michael Steele, and Julie Pilat.
“The corporatization of radio and the major labels over the past decade, along with illegal file-sharing, have decreased revenues to the point where ‘the industry’s superhighway to success has been narrowed to a one-lane dirt road,’” says Joe Brocato, founder of Unlikely Hero Productions. “We shot BREAKING: LOS ANGELES to offer bands looking to break in and break through, a road map to navigate this new and confusing landscape.”
"BREAKING: LOS ANGELES is a film about passion. Every voice in this documentary has a commitment to music, to art – to a dream,” says Alex Saveliev of EyeFilm Releasing. “In addition to exposing the harsh realities of a glorified LA music recording industry --which has changed almost beyond recognition in this digital age-- Unlikely Hero Productions’ film tells a universal truth about all dreams: To pursue one is to struggle -- and that struggle makes a great story."
The film will premiere on iTunes today. It will be available on Amazon Instant Video as of October 29, and then on Vudu, Google Play, Playstation and XBox on November 12.
BREAKING: LOS ANGELES serves as an exceptionally useful guide for unsigned bands and for any artist considering a move to Los Angeles, but the film speaks to all who have sought to make their mark in industries in flux - where even the most talented and devoted struggle to stay true to their creative vision yet appeal simultaneously to profit-hungry, established interests looking for the next sensation. Can creative brilliance survive in an industry consumed by the conflicting pressures of raw capitalism, do-it-yourself production and distribution, and rampant file-sharing?
For more information, visit http://www.breakinglosangeles.com.
ABOUT UNLIKELY HERO
Unlikely Hero Productions, LLC is a motion picture production company that cultivates screenwriters and stories to produce films about those among us that inspire the human spirit, promote understanding, and move people to action. Founded in early 2009 by Joe Brocato and Cesario Tio, the sole purpose of this motion picture production company is to find and develop stories about unlikely heroes who take action against seemingly insurmountable odds. In addition to their development and production of BREAKING: LOS ANGELES, the team is currently producing two documentaries: "Skipping Joy" and "The Next Greatest," and was a consulting producer for the award-winning documentary, "My Name is Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic."
ABOUT EYE FILM RELEASING
Eye Film Releasing is a full service distribution company headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. Robert Feinstein, company president and founder, has over 25 years' experience in video, DVD, and independent feature film distribution. We passionately champion films through all venues and license all available rights from theatrical and television to VOD/Digital Media. Some of our current releases have been featured in various independent film festivals. We also released "Wreckers," a film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy.
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