Currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 40oz. to Freedom album, Sublime recently began working with Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag to create a documentary about the iconic band. By weaving multiple story strands together from Sublime’s humble beginnings and friendship to the journey that rocketed them into mainstream success, Guttentag aims to create a dynamic story about the band.
Set for a theatrical release in 2018, Sublime and Guttentag plan to begin production immediately. Furthermore, with full cooperation with band members and the Nowell estate, not only will Guttentag direct the documentary, he will also write it. Granted unprecedented access to Sublime’s archives, including rare music and never-before-seen footage, the filmmakers have chosen to feature rare, unreleased gems on the documentary’s soundtrack in addition to songs that influenced Sublime’s sound.
With the anniversary this year, the band decided it was time to officially tell their story. Drummer Bud Gaugh commented:
“I can’t wait to hand deliver our story to our fans. It has been a long-time coming and now there are literally two more generations of fans who never had the opportunity to see us perform, or don’t know the whole story. I am excited to work with Bill Guttentag, as I am a big fan of his work as well”.
Manager Dave Caplan adds:
“Most legendary bands have an intriguing history, but few have a story equal to Sublime’s mix of struggle, daring, musical pioneering, love, triumph, intense tragedy, and cultural impact. We searched long and hard for the right person to tell this story, and we were very lucky that someone as fiercely talented and credentialed as Bill Guttentag was passionate to come on board to captain the ship for the first official Sublime documentary”.
Bill Guttentag has commented that he feels honoured to work with this iconic band and being chosen to direct their film.