I've been fortunate enough to encounter a number of incredibly moving and well-rendered music documentaries over the last few months. Heavy Metal Baghdad is one I've been trying to spread the word about to everyone I know, and I spent many weeks and airline miles researching my recent cover story on the Gits movie.
While spending a much-needed evening at home last night, I came across Heavy Load, a British documentary about a punk band from the Brighton, England area. Three of the five members have severe learning disabilities, but that only seems to fuel their passion to make music on their own terms and take the spirit of that genre even more deeply to heart. It's playing On Demand via Comcast cable and I can't recommend it enough. Here's the trailer:
I also recommend spending some time on the band's website, where you can learn more about their "Stay Up Late" campaign (fighting to allow developmentally disabled residents dependent on support staff to stay out late enough to attend rock shows) and peruse what might be the most beautiful collection of band promo shots I've ever seen. Here's my favorite, a shot of guitarist and singer Jimmy Nichols: