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    Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:10:50

    "Revenge of the Mekons" Documentary Complete - It will see release, thanks to 301 financial backers

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    After an outpouring of support from around the world, the Kickstarter campaign for the forthcoming documentary film Revenge of the Mekons has concluded. Not only did the project meet its initial goal of $20,000, but exceeded it by a staggering $15,000! The film will now be completed and see release in the near future thanks to the help of its 301 backers.

    With funding now an overwhelming success, rewards for contributors to the film are now guaranteed. Rewards ranged from CDs from the Mekons extensive catalog to dinner with the band. Two fans even pledged $5,000 and will receive "Executive Producer" credits and tickets to the film's world premiere. Some famous fans of the band have also supported the documentary, including SNL's Fred Armison, Hugo Burnham of Gang of Four, former R.E.M. manager Jefferson Holt and author /comedian John Hodgman.

    Revenge of the Mekons is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Angio, who also directed More Than a Game and How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It). According to Angio, the successful campaign would not have been possible without the great support from the Mekons themselves. Jon Langford said that the Kickstarter campaign "really energized" the band and reaffirmed why the Mekons should keep doing what they do so well.

    Revenge of the Mekons is a documentary about the legendary, rabble-rousing punk band that, four decades into an unlikely career, continue to make unpredictable, critically acclaimed music. The film charts the band's mid-'80s reincarnation as the unlikely progeny of Hank Williams (a development that inspired journalists to coin the term "alt country") and captures the restless imagination that has led the Mekons to create — collectively, individually and in collaboration with others — paintings, sculptures, theater pieces, even a group novel. The film also reveals its subjects as passionate advocates for social justice.

    Do you want to see Revenge of the Mekons?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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