Leave it to Canada to have High School teachers that are not only fans of grindcore, but to have one teacher who’s actually making a documentary on the genre. Doug Brown, who teaches film studies and world religions in Toronto, is also a 31-year-old filmmaker, record collector, and a massive grindcore fan. Now, he has combined his interests into one, and is working on a grindcore documentary by the name of Slave to the Grind. Brown seems like the perfect person to do a documentary on the genre, probably, as he says:
“Every single grindcore show that happens in Toronto and that has happened for the last decade, I’ve been there. No matter how big the grind band that tours through, I know every single person that walks through the doors to go see it, because we’re all so dedicated to this.”
“I’m a grind-head through and through, and I’m going to do this genre justice, because it needs to be done from somebody who truly understands it.”
It’s also worth pointing out, once again, that this guy is a High School teacher! It’s almost as if he’s living a double life, where one half of him is just a film studies teacher, and the other is this extreme grind fan
As for the documentary, however, It’s not uncommon for music documentaries to come about nowadays, with sites like pledgemusic that give even the most obscure projects the ability to get funding. There was the Elephant 6 documentary: A Place We Have Been To, the upcoming shoegaze documentary: Beautiful Noise, and all the Sonic Highways episodes from the Foo Fighters. Brown has said the he’ll launch a Kickstarter campaign on February 8th for the project.
Here’s a sort of trailer for the documentary, featuring Ben Falgoust:
You can also read a very in-depth interview that Brown did with Noisey here
And here's Jim Carrey's version of the documentary: