WE ARE X WINS SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
X Japan was formed by childhood friends, Yoshiki and Toshi who ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late 80’s with their melodic metal and flamboyant fashion. Their unique appearance and style created a Japanese cultural rock phenomenon known as “Visual-Kei,” a movement that spread globally. X Japan’s success was unprecedented, including 18 sold out nights at the Tokyo Dome (55,000 seats).
With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, X is the most successful rock band in Japanese history. However, their success never translated to the West, despite influencing many popular American bands.
In the fall of 1997, at the height of their success, X broke up - devastating millions of fans and leaving enigmatic leader Yoshiki to battle physical and spiritual demons in a solitary campaign to bring their music to the world.
Twenty years after the tragedy-fueled split, Director Stephen Kijak’s exacting approach traces the arc of X -- from phenomenal origins through tumultuous super-stardom and premature dissolution up to present day, as the band prepares to reunite for a show at the legendary Madison Square Garden while struggling to reconcile a past haunted by suicide, injury and cultish extremism with the insatiable thirst for perfection that has made them legendary.
WE ARE X is the story of the most influential band in the world that you've never heard of…yet.
WE ARE X
‘WE ARE X’ ACCEPTED TO SXSW FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 11-19 IN AUSTIN, TX | SCREENINGS AND YOSHIKI PERFORMANCE CONFIRMED
'We Are X' has been accepted to the SXSW Film Festival happening March 11-19 in Austin, TX. The documentary will be shown as part of SXSW Film Festival’s “24 Beats Per Second” which showcases the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians with an emphasis on documentary and is open to both music and film badgeholders. ‘WE ARE X’ is the only documentary accepted to both the SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals this year.
Friday, March 11
Screening | 6:30PM - 8:04PM
Satellite Venue: Marchesa
Wednesday, March 16
Screening | 10:45AM - 12:19PM
Topfer Theatre at ZACH
1510 Toomey Rd
Friday, March 18
Screening | 5:30PM - 7:04PM
Music Performance by Yoshiki | 7:10PM - 7:50PM
A FILM BY STEPHEN KIJAK
A PASSION PICTURES PRODUCTION
SCREENINGS AND PERFORMANCES AT THE
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
TIME & DATE
FESTIVAL BASECAMP KICK OFF CONCERT (PERFORMANCE)
PROSPECTOR SQUARE THEATRE
ASCAP MUSIC CAFÉ (PERFORMANCE)
RED STONE CINEMA 2
YARROW HOTEL THEATRE
HOLIDAY VILLAGE CINEMA 2
‘WE ARE X’ WINS EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN AUDIENCE AWARD AT SXSW 2016