New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Cleopatra Entertainment has secured the North American and UK distribution rights to the 2018 SXSW Film Festival Official Selection documentary CONNY PLANK: THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE. The U.S. theatrical premiere is slated for 6:00 PM on Friday, September
28th at the Arena
Cinelounge Theater in Los Angeles, and the film will run the entire week for a seven day engagement. In attendance at the premiere will be the film's co-director and son of the late Conny Plank, Stephan Plank, and the film's Berlin-based producer Milena Fessman, who will participate in an exclusive Q&A following the screening.
One of the greatest studio engineers and record producers of the 20th century, a world without Conny Plank's influence on music is unfathomable. Instrumental in shaping the early sound of Kraftwerk, Plank would go on to work with legends such as Neu!, Cluster, DAF and Devo, eventually breaking through to the mainstream with the likes of Ultravox, The Eurythmics, and the legendary Scorpions. Conny's son Stephan Plank, who co-directed this film with Reto Caduff, set out to discover the side of his father which he did not know, whilst at the same time, through interviews with such luminaries as Michael Rother, Daniel
Miller and the late Holger Czukay, providing an appreciation of a man and his craft.
The 95 minute documentary traces the history of Conny through the viewpoint of the artists he worked with. It also examines the legacy the West German producer, sound engineer and musician left behind following his death at the age of 47. Ranging across progressive, avant garde, electronic and krautrock, Plank was also a regular collaborator with Cluster's Dieter Moebius. Born Konrad Plank in Hütschenhausen in 1940, Conny died of cancer in 1987, leaving behind his wife, the actor Christa Fast, and son Stephan, then aged 13.
"To me, the idea of co-directing the film made a lot of sense since Stephan could approach the artists whom he met as a kid in the studio (his home) differently than a regular documentary director," said Caduff. "My hunch proved correct over and over again. Meeting the artists brought the memories and stories to a complete different level and enabled us to paint a very unique picture of this extraordinary artist behind the mixing desk. I hope we made a film that appeals to the fans who grew up with his music as much as to a younger generation interested in the genesis of electronic music."
CONNY PLANK: THE POTENTIAL OF NOISE will also be released on VOD on October 16th, followed by a DVD release on November 13th.