"Anvil" rocks film documentary awards

Fri Dec 4, 2009 11:04pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock on, Anvil. The aging band that never tasted music stardom found a measure of Hollywood fame on Friday when "Anvil, The Story of Anvil" won two film awards, including best documentary, from a key group of moviemakers.

The International Documentary Association, a Los Angeles group that promotes and supports nonfiction film, late Friday awarded its top prize to "Anvil" director Sacha Gervasi for his story about the metal band that for more than three decades has tried, and failed, to score one major hit record.

The IDA also gave "Anvil" its music documentary award.

The movie, which became a cult hit in art house theaters in 2009, harkens back to the Canadian band's origins in the 1970s when its two key members, Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, were on the brink of success playing on the same stages with the likes of Bon Jovi and Poison.

But Anvil never hit the big-time and the movie catches up with the band in the 2000s as Kudlow and Reiner, now aging rockers, pull together one last tour and scrape together cash to make one more album. What emerges is a tale of chasing dreams and testing the bonds of a lifelong friendship.

The IDA is comprised of many key documentary makers and others working in nonfiction film, and because of that, its awards are widely watched leading to the Oscars in March.

Yet, perhaps in keeping tune with Anvil itself, "Anvil" won't be an Oscar winner as it did not even make the short-list

of documentaries to be considered for Academy Awards.   Continued...