Published Sep 15, 2015Back in 2004, pop-punk heroes Green Day enjoyed a resurgence thanks to their landmark album American Idiot. Now, over a decade since that modern-day rock opera, the band are celebrating it with a documentary.
The flick is called Heart Like a Hand Grenade. It was short and directed by filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!) and will come to theatres on October 15. Curiously, the film actually had a one-night-only screening in Los Angeles back in 2009, and it's only now being made available more widely.
That's the poster above. An announcement reads, "More than 10 years after the release of American Idiot, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day present Heart Like a Hand Grenade. This time capsule rock doc takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of their Grammy Award-winning punk rock opera."
It was filmed with a single camera. Roecker wrote in a statement about Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, "I told him he should document the recording of the album and he said they had tried and it never worked. I suggested that he set up tripods around the studio and just have cameras run so it would not be too invasive of the process of the recording (I was hoping he would get my hint!). Then I got a phone call on a Friday night and he said he and the band will be in Los Angeles on Monday and why don't I be the tripod. Thus began my nine months with Green Day."
After the recording was done, the band performed the album in full at a small theatre. Footage from that show is included here.
There's no word as to when or if a DVD version will follow the theatrical release.