Film Chronicling Life, Family and Career of KoRn Founding Member Receives High Praise, Standing Ovation during Texas Premiere
DALLAS, May 11, 2018 – “LOUD KRAZY LOVE,” the unconventional true-life story chronicling the chaotic and unexpectedly uplifting life of guitarist and co-founder of KoRn Brian “Head” Welch, received the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary. The film was one of 35 documentaries shown at the Festival, which ran May 3-10.
“LOUD KRAZY LOVE” subverts the standard sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll narrative. The 86-minute film explores Brian’s identity as a father and the complicated relationship he shares with his daughter Jennea.
The film had its Texas Premiere on May 5 to a sold-out audience and received the first standing ovation of the Dallas International Film Festival. The film’s encore screening on May 6 also played to a sold-out crowd that stayed into the early hours of the morning.
“This film is bigger than just KoRn,” said Dallas International Film Festival Artistic Director James Faust. “It gives a good warm feeling that we can all work together and make a better place. That’s what I loved about the film, and I think that’s what the audience loved about it.”
“LOUD KRAZY LOVE” is directed by first-time Dallas-based feature filmmakers Trey Hill and Scott Mayo and produced by Samuel Ditore of Ditore Mayo Entertainment and John Humphrey of I Am Second Media.
Production covered four years of exclusive access of Brian on tour and at home as well as in-depth interviews with him, his family and his bandmates and two decades worth of never-before-seen material from Brian, his family and KoRn.
“This has been years in the making, so being honored with this award from audiences at the Dallas International Film Festival is both overwhelming and remarkable,” said Trey Hill, director of “LOUD KRAZY LOVE.” “We have an amazing team behind this and are grateful to Brian and Jennea for allowing us to dive into their personal lives – past and present – to tell their intimate story.”
Humphrey, vice president of I Am Second, added, “It has been a pleasure collaborating with this team, from the initial conception to collecting hours of interviews and footage, to create this unique film. We’ve known Brian for almost a decade and are beyond grateful to both him and Jennea that they allowed us to share such a personal and emotional story.”
The sound Brian pioneered with KoRn in the early ‘90s helped provide identity to a generation of misfits and made him a global rock star. Famous, wealthy and worshipped in the spotlight, a relentless self-loathing haunted him in the shadows. Until the day a tiny miracle reset the course of his life.
Seven years later, desperate to kick a devastating crystal meth habit, Brian walked out on a $23 million dollar record deal and severed ties with the band.
“This movie is really special to me,” said Brian. “It’s not really my story, it’s Jennea’s. Rock ‘n’ roll is just the backstory. It starts with her coming into the world and ends with a beautiful restoration.”
“LOUD KRAZY LOVE” takes viewers through a tumultuous coming-of-age journey filled with chaos, doubt, and unconventional faith. The story grapples with teenage depression, the quest for identity, and the dedication of an imperfect but present father willing to do anything for the one he loves.
“You don’t have to be a KoRn fan to love this movie,” said Scott Mayo, director of “LOUD KRAZY LOVE.” “It’s themes are universal – fatherhood, unconditional love, redemption. The fact that the diverse audience of the Dallas International Film Festival voted this Best Documentary Feature proves it is a film for everyone.”
“LOUD KRAZY LOVE” will receive its Southeast Premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on May 11. Wide release of the film is expected in the fall. For additional information, visit LoudKrazyLove.com.
Brian “Head” Welch is a New York Times best-selling author, sought-after speaker, co-founder of the Grammy Award winning band KoRn and proud father of Jennea Marie Welch. (brianheadwelch.net)
Trey Hill (Director/Executive Producer) is a documentary and commercial director. His work has taken him to five continents tell the stories of the planet's most revered and most overlooked people. This is his first feature film. (squarerootofnine.com)
Scott Mayo (Director/Writer/Editor) is a two-time Emmy-nominated filmmaker who’s work across all mediums is unified by emotionally potent, non-fiction storytelling. This is his first feature film.
Ditore Mayo Entertainment is a Dallas-based filmmaking studio with an affinity for pursuing beautiful human experiences through cinema on any size screen. (ditoremayo.com)
I Am Second Media curates and distributes first person storytelling through a variety of platforms, including via its flagship site, iamsecond.com. I Am Second stories can be found in books, blogs, 130 short films, two short documentaries and social media. (iamsecond.com)