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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tony Pemberton’s Are We Not Men?

One more example of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Tony Pemberton’s Are We Not Men? – the authorized docu on DEVO has been in the works for the better part of three years, and is now set for a 2013 premiere. Pemberton’s history with Park City is limited to a single item – a narrative drama called Beyond the Ocean (Sundance ’00). The doc film could show at Sundance or SXSW or both and Park City’s Main Street would love to greet New Wave sounds and other possible guests as the talking heads in this feature more than just the members of DEVO, but David Bowie, Iggy Pop, David Grohl (more on him later in or predictions list) among others, and digs deep into the band’s history (see clip below).

Gist: The doc takes you into the brains that created the concept, the music, and the spectacle of Devo. Devo the band was more than the highly stylized visual band of the New-wave era and early MTV. They were in fact a lot deeper, more subversive, and political than people realized. Through exclusive interviews and rare archival footage this documentary offers not only a funny and fascinating retrospective story but sheds light on the inner workings and meaning of one of America’s most important, influential and misunderstood bands, DEVO.

Production Co./Producers: Pemberton and Roberta Friedman

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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