From the official release:
PRYOR, OK—Eighties Rock Band Anvil has been signed on to play Rocklahoma on Thursday, July 9.
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” is the directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi (“The Terminal”) and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham (“The Kite Runner” and “The Motorcycle Diaries”). The film follows Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner and their band, Anvil, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s Metal on Metal. The album influenced an entire musical generation of rock bands, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, who all went on to sell millions of records. Anvil, on the other hand, took a different path—straight to obscurity. The film is both entertaining and touching as it follows their last-ditch quest for the fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.
With the support of VH1 and VH1 Classic, a feature documentary, and an immeasurable amount of will and determination, the band is picking up where they left off twenty-five years ago. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” is distributed by VH1 in association with Abramorama. This fall, VH1 will release the film on television and DVD under its Emmy Award-winning “VH1 Rock Docs” franchise. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. It went on to win the Audience Awards at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, 2008 Sydney Film Festival, and 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, as well as the Best Documentary Feature Awards at 2008 Galway Film Fleadh, 2008 Calgary Film Festival, 2008 Edmonton Film Festival, and 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film was released in the UK to critical acclaim on February 20, 2009.
“This film is so much more than a documentary about the roots of metal. It's a story about the power of perseverance and friendship and the passion that drives them,” said Tom Calderone, President of VH1. “ ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’ has a huge heart and
will resonate with all of our viewers. This is the type of project that drew me into the VH1 fold and makes me especially proud to work here.”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” will be shown in its entirety Thursday Night at Rocklahoma on the jumbo tron screens following the performance of Anthrax.
Rocklahoma July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma has been called by many throughout the world as the “Woodstock” of Eighties Rock Music
The lineup on each of the four days is as follows:
Thursday: Anthrax, Saxon, Overkill, Anvil, Metal Church and Leatherwolf.
Friday: RATT, Night Ranger, Warrant, Danger Danger, Helix and Hericane Alice
Saturday: Stryper, Thin Lizzy, KIX, KEEL, Lizzy Borden and Gypsy Pistoleros
Sunday: Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Great White, Nelson, Bonfire and Vixen