BRAINIAC: Transmissions After Zero Documentary

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Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero, a feature-length documentary about the seminal band Brainiac, will be making its world-wide premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The film was directed by Dayton native and Brooklyn based filmmaker Eric Mahoney (Madly, North Dixie Drive) and edited by musician Ian Jacobs (Monograms).

In the mid ’90s, the Dayton, OH music scene became a hot spot generating worldwide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there (The Breeders, Guided by Voices). Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic frontman Tim Taylor. The band was opening for Beck and slated to sign a major label record deal when Taylor was tragically killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. Over the past two decades, Brainiac’s music has gone on to influence the likes of Nine Inch Nails, The National and countless others. This film explores the band’s music, legacy, and massive influence on pop culture and how people survive and cope with the loss of loved ones.

The project, the first from Production Company Hotshot Robot features interviews from the surviving band members, Taylor family and a slew of musicians including: Fred Armisen, Steve Albini, Matt Berninger, Buzz Osbourne, Melissa Auf der Maur, David Yow, Stuart Braithewaite, Eli Janney, Gregg Foreman, Scott McCloud and many more.