Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Until the Light Takes Us Coming to Berkeley March 5

By Kathleen Richards
Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

The black metal documentary that’s gained cultish popularity despite hardly any advertising is coming to Berkeley’s Elmwood Theater (2966 College Ave.) starting March 5. Until the Light Takes Us, directed by formerly San Francisco-based filmmakers Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, tells the story of black metal — and, in particular, the ideology behind the music genre that resulted in numerous (and highly sensationalized) church burnings, suicides, and murders in the mid-Nineties in Norway. The filmmakers moved to Norway for several years and interviewed musicians such as Fenriz of Darkthrone, Varg Vikernes (who was convicted of the murder of his Mayhem bandmate), and Frost of Satyricon to understand what this movement is truly about. The documentary had a limited run at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts last year, so in case you missed it, this may be your only chance to see it for a while. The Express is sponsoring this screening.

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