James Merendino returns to the wild world of Salt Lake City punk’s underground with his new feature Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2. Garnering a fan following, along with an Independent Spirit Award nomination, for his 1999 cult hit SLC Punk!, Merendino’s highly anticipated follow-up arrives on DVD, Digital HD and Video On Demand March 8 from Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). Additionally, Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 will also be available via early Digital Download February 16.
Partially financed by a highly successful Indiegogo campaign, Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 will be available exclusively February 11 through February 16 (and non-exclusively after that date) to audiences via Tugg screenings in theaters across the country. Interested event hosts can visit www.tugg.com/titles/slc–punk-2 to request a Tugg screening for their community.
Ben Schnetzer (Pride), Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man), rapper/musician Colson “Machine Gun Kelly” Baker (Beyond the Lights), and Sarah Clarke (Twilight, “Bosch”) star in this wildly entertaining exploration of anarchy in “SLC,” while original cast members Devon Sawa (Final Destination), Michael Goorjian (“Party of Five”), Adam Pascal (“Rent”) and James Duval (The Doom Generation), will reprise their roles from the original SLC Punk!.
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 follows Ross (Schnetzer), the teenage love child of the late “Heroin Bob” (Goorjian) and Trish (Clarke), Penny (Marks) and Crash (Baker) on a rowdy road trip through the Utah hinterlands to see a huge punk show. During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook and embraces life. However, when his mother learns that he is in crisis, she recruits his “uncles,” Bob’s old SLC gang, to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships with Bob.
“This is a movie made for the fans,” said Merendino. “It was through their funding the film was able to be completed, and now, with the help of Cinedigm, the story can continue.”
He goes on to say “I am still a kid at heart which makes Punk’s Dead fresh, innovative and culturally relevant to a young audience. However I feel that I have grown up since SLC Punk!, so I approached the characters and story of Punk’s Dead with more maturity and honesty.”
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 was produced by Andrea Kreuzhage and co-producer Severine Ferrari, executively produced by John Bedell, with Branden Steineckert as co-executive producer.
View the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcUY8Jjr9kI