Most people agree that 2008 was a great year for documentaries, but the truth is, I feel like people say that almost every year — it just takes a while for a lot of these movies to get noticed. One documentary that played the festival circuit last year that many people still haven’t had a chance to see is Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil, about the Canadian metal band who never quite managed to make it big. The movie has been compared to This is Spinal Tap, a comparison that is furthered by the odd coincidence that the band’s frontman is named Robb Reiner. Rest assured, however, these guys are for real (this, despite the fact that a cameraman reportedly pulled the director aside at one point and asked if they were all actors).
Sacha Gervasi was a surprise nominee for the Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, and now it looks like the movie will finally be getting a proper U.S. theatrical release. To coincide with that, a trailer has finally hit the web, and not only does it look funny, but it also looks to have some rather touching moments. There’s nothing better than a good real-life underdog story. According to The Playlist, Anvil! The Story of Anvil hits select theatres on April 10th, and will expand from there. I definitely don’t want to miss out on this like I did last year at Hot Docs. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.