Drafthouse plots fall theatrical release for “We Are X”

The distributor has acquired the U.S. rights to We Are X, director Stephen Kijak's documentary about symphonic speed metal band X Japan (pictured).
August 3, 2016

Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to director Stephen Kijak‘s documentary about rock band X Japan, We Are X.

The distributor will give the film a limited theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles on October 21 and a nationwide release later on.

Produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures (Searching For Sugar Man), the doc was shot over two years and chronicles the symphonic speed metal band’s three-decade career, culminating with their reunion concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2014.

The group is led by drummer, pianist, composer and producer Yoshiki and has sold more than 30 million singles and albums combined. Famous fans such as Marilyn Manson and Gene Simmons of Kiss also appear in the doc.

We Are X world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it won the Special Jury Prize for editing. It has screened at a number of other festivals, including SXSW and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Drafthouse is the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Founder Tim League will work with ex-Radius TWC exec Tom Quinn on the release.

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