Doc’n Roll Film Festival sets up online streaming platform following coronavirus cancellations

Documentaries about Chuck Berry, Sleaford Mods, Melvins and more are now streaming.

Chuck Berry, King Buzzo Twisted Sister

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The Doc’n Roll Film Festival has set up an online streaming platform in lieu of its physical screenings, following the cancellations of its upcoming screenings. The service is offering a large number of music documentaries, totalling 29 full-length films.

The festival announced last month that all of its screenings scheduled between March and May had been scrapped due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Organisers noted that every purchase of a film goes towards helping the filmmakers stay afloat during these tough times, when traditional film events are all but non-existent.

Among the documentaries on the platform are Death By Metal, The Colussus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale, Chuck Berry: The King Of Rock N Roll and We are Twisted Fucking Sister! – view the full list here.

In a statement about the launch, organisers said: “Offering front-row excitement via front-room access, Doc’n Roll TV is a new pay-per-view video on demand platform serving up a wide range of acclaimed music docs to viewers across the UK and Ireland.

“Launching with a menu of 17 feature-length films covering genres as diverse as electronic and dance; soul, jazz, gospel and blues; punk, grunge and death metal, and iconic artists ranging from Sun Ra and Al Green to L7 and Sleaford Mods, and Bad Brains to Gil Scot Heron and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Doc’n Roll TV’s menu of offerings is set to grow rapidly in the coming weeks.”

This year’s Doc’n Roll Film Festival was due to be taking place now across the UK. The festival’s BFI-supported autumn run is, at present, scheduled to return to London from 30 October – 15 November.

Find out more over at docnrollfestival.com. For more music news, click here.

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