2013 Hit The Lights Films

This year at Orion’s Hit The Lights film tent, Lars is super excited to be focusing on all things “Metallica Through The Never,” the upcoming 3D feature film that is in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27th. You’ll meet the film’s director Nimrod Antal, editor Joe Hutshing, and producers Charlotte Huggins and Adam Ellison. Bob and Jeanne Berney from Picturehouse, a leading independent film distribution company, will be joining us to talk about theatre distribution, marketing, publicity and the spreading of the word…

Our special guests will be on hand to show films they have worked on (all have rather impressive Academy Award winning resumes!), take your questions and of course share behind the scenes info with you on what it was like making the Metallica film.



followed by Q&A w/ Nimrod Antal, Director

Kontroll takes place with the backdrop of the Budapest Metro subway system and refers to the act of ticket inspectors checking to ensure a rider has paid their fare. Released in 2003, the film won numerous awards, including the Award of the Youth at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Hugo (main prize) at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as a European Film Award nomination for Best Director.

Nimrod Antal was born in Los Angeles to parents of Hungarian decent and directed his first feature film, Kontroll, in Budapest, Hungary. He returned to Los Angeles to work on his first American feature film, Vacancy, starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, released in 2007. Prior to writing and directing Metallica Through The Never, he directed the 2010 release Predators.


followed by Q&A w/ Joe Hutshing, Editor

Almost Famous was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone Magazine while covering a fictitious rock band named Stillwater. The film is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe himself had been a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. The film received four Oscar nominations, with Crowe winning one for best original screenplay.

Film editor Joe Hutshing received Academy Awards for Oliver Stone’s JFK and Born on the 4th Of July along with nominations for Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. A true Hollywood pro, he has worked on numerous films including The Doors, Indecent Proposal, Vanilla Sky, Something’s Gotta Give, Lions For Lambs, It’s Complicated and many others.



followed by Q&A w/ Bob & Jeanne Berney, Picturehouse

Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston, Drive is the story of an unnamed Hollywood stunt performer moonlighting as a getaway driver. Released in 2011, the film was critically acclaimed and received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival that year.

Bob and Jeanne Berney are the CEO and President of of Picturehouse, respectively, and were instrumental in the marketing campaign for Drive leading to the film’s huge critical and festival success. As an independent film distribution company, Picturehouse has overseen the releases of two of the most successful independent films ever, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Passion of the Christ. Under the leadership of Bob and Jeanne, Picturehouse acquired and released such acclaimed features as Pan’s Labyrinth (winner of three Academy Awards and La Vie en Rose (winner of two Academy Awards, including best actress for Marion Cotillard) as well as many other cutting edge, critically acclaimed and award winning films.



Hang out, chat with and fire questions to members of the Through The Never team and see clips from other films they have been a part of. Join director Nimrod Antal, producers Charlotte Huggins and Adam Ellison, editor Joe Hutshing and Jeanne and Bob Berney from Picturehouse as they guide you thorough the ups and downs of making and promoting Metallica Through The Never. Your host for the discussion will be Lars Ulrich as for the first time the key players are assembled to dish some behind the scenes stories and take your questions.


Share an intimate cinema experience at Lars’ Hit The Lights film tent during the Orion Music + More Festival June 8 & 9. Met Club members made free reservations beginning Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00AM EDT; reservations opened to the general public the following day at 10:00AM EDT. Seats are now full!


Please arrive 15-30 mins prior to show with ticket. Guaranteed seating with ticket until 15 minutes prior to show. If you are unable to complete a reservation, swing by the tent as we will have a standby line for non-ticketed patrons, who will be allowed in at 15 mins prior to show, as seating permits.


In 2012, Orion fans shared Lars Ulrich’s passion for all things film at the Hit The Lights Films tent with movies all hand-picked by Lars, each with a special connection to him and/or Metallica. The man himself was on hand to personally introduce every movie playing over the festival weekend and sharing stories about his bond to each.

There was the North American premiere of Mission to Lars, the touching story of one family’s journey that leads to Lars and Metallica. Co-directors William Spicer and James Moore were on hand to introduce the film on Saturday, as well as took questions following the Saturday screening. Lars’ portrayal of filmmaker Joris Ivens in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn, filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area, was also featured.

Fans were able to meet Metallica fan and filmmaker Derek Cianfrance before the screening of his film Blue Valentine, Lars’ favorite movie of 2010! Lars’ father Torben Ulrich was also on hand to talk about his film Before The Wall: Body & Being, featuring a soundtrack of unusual sounds all assembled by Lars. Lars was on hand personally introducing every movie playing over the festival weekend and shared stories about his bond to each film and his love of movies.