Directed and produced by Temple University alumnus Tom Grahsler, Welcome to Deathfest is a feature documentary chronicling Maryland Deathfest, the largest independent extreme music festival in North America. The film takes a behind the scenes look at one of the few remaining major music festivals in America that eschews corporate sponsorship.
Grahsler and his crew spent months filming Maryland Deathfest founders Ryan Taylor and Evan Harting as they pulled off the hugely successful festival against seemingly insurmountable odds, securing performances by legendary metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Sleep and Carcass. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with musicians such as Phil Anselmo (Down/Pantera), Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer) and Matt Pike (Sleep/High on Fire); music journalists Lars Gotrich of NPR Music and “Grim” Kim Kelley of Vice; and fans from the world over.
Welcome to Deathfest premieres on Friday, December 12 at PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The multimedia event begins at 8:00 pm with DJ Glenzig. The film starts at 9:00 pm and is immediately followed by sets from Philadelphia’s own Night Raids. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The event is all-ages.
Watch the trailer of the documentary here.