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BEST FEATURE-LENGTH DOC - Big Apple International Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Smithsonian National Museum of the American IndianAmerican Studies • Race, Culture & Ethnic Studies • Anthropology • Artistic Expression & Performance Studies • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement • Film, Journalism & Media Studies • Music Studies • Native American & Indigenous Studies • Social Studies
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 75 minutes | Language: English with English and Spanish subtitles | Captions: Yes | Director: Ashkan Soltani Stone | Producer: Ashkan Soltani Stone
When Navajo heavy metal band I DONT KONFORM sent out a demo album to Flemming Rasmussen, the Grammy Award-winning producer of Metallica, they never imagined that a few months later they would be rehearsing with him inside a hot Hogan on the Navajo reservation. As Rasmussen states after hearing their demo, “a specific technical element wasn’t what stood out for me but the raw emotion and the thematic rage running through their music stood out as something refreshing and unique” – something true to the life of this metal band. REZ METAL explores the thriving heavy metal scene on the Navajo reservation through the remarkable story of I DONT KONFORM and their journey gaining popularity on reservations and recording their debut album in Denmark with one of the music industry's most influential producers.