Films & Words – Metalhead
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Fueled by a remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga, director Ragnar Bragason’s intense drama of loss, faith, redemption, Megadeth and Judas Priest begins with a farming accident in the 1980’s that sends a young girl, Hera, and her parents into a tail-spin of grief over the death of her heavy metal music-obsessed older brother. A decade later and Hera is transformed into a sexy, surly headbanger and DIY musician, dressed in black leather and a Slayer t-shirt, clutching her dead brother’s electric guitar as she howls anthems of rage to a barn full of cows. Seemingly trapped in a haunted landscape of slaughterhouses and barren winter fields, making all the wrong choices in her life – including coming on to the local priest and sleeping with her platonic best friend – Hera slowly, painfully comes to terms with her family’s loss and the sound of her own true voice.
Partly inspired by the Norwegian black metal church burnings in the early 1990’s, Metalhead features a soundtrack of 1980’s and 1990’s headbanging classics by Riot, Teaze, Savatage, Lizzy Borden and Megadeth. Winner of 8 awards at the 2014 Icelandic Film Awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, and Original Score. (In Icelandic with English subtitles.)
“A powerful portrait of grief never dealt with … An impeccably crafted and beautifully performed film”
– Todd Brown, Twitchfilm
Nithya Rajendran presents The Implications Of Gender and Non-Conformity in Heavy Metal
Born in India and raised throughout the US, Nithya Rajendran has spent nearly 20 years in music, film and television. Starting as a college representative for Sony Music Entertainment she went on to work for Capitol Records and Universal Music. During her time in the music industry, she toured twice with Ozzfest managing metal bands on Epic and Columbia Records additionally doing A&R for Epic’s metal department. Nithya is also a drummer having played with Philadelphia’s The Elevator Parade and various artists in New York City. She was the host of Brooklyn metal mecca, Saint Vitus, heavy metal karaoke to which she was the subject of a cover story for The Metro (circulation 12 million) in 2014. Switching gears back to her what was her original focus in film, Nithya now oversees the voiceover department for the Screen Actors Guild in New York City. She is a graduate of Drexel University where she studied music, film and gender studies.