Transmission complete: Brainiac doc hits DVD and streaming

It's been over a year since "Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero" premiered at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin and the music documentary received a mass release on DVD and streaming platforms. Currently, the film is available to watch for free on Amazon Prime (for subscribers).

The film about the brief but memorable career of the beloved ’90s underground act from Dayton didn’t initially get a distribution deal so director Eric Mahoney drew on his own indie rock experiences with Murder Your Darlings and took the film on the road. The doc screened at film festivals and special events over the past year before being picked up recently by MVD Entertainment Group.

>> The story of Dayton band’s rise and tragic fall

The DVD, released on Feb. 21, features more than 40 minutes of bonus material such as rare live performances, deleted scenes and unused interviews. You can purchase the DVD here. The film is also available to rent or buy digitally on Amazon,  iTunes, or Vimeo.

Mahoney, a Brooklyn-based Dayton native, recently checked in with an update on the film.

Q: What was it like taking this film to festivals and special screening events?

A: It's been an absolute blast. Watching this with audiences has been so much fun and incredibly rewarding. The events where the band has played have truly been memorable — seeing original fans get to experience that music once again, and new fans who thought they'd never see it live, was so much fun. It's really been an honor and thrill to be able to make this film and celebrate this music and legacy with others.

Q: How does it feel now that the film has gotten a wider release on DVD and streaming?

A: It feels wonderful and is frankly a huge relief. With passion projects like this, it's very hard to accomplish your goals and get this type of work out into the world so I'm so grateful people can watch it. After touring the movie around the country, and the world, for nearly a year, I started to feel like everyone that wanted to see it had seen it. But, lately, I realized the vast majority of people who are interested in the film have not yet had the chance to watch it so I'm so excited that anyone can now experience the film and the band's story.

Q: What has been the most surprising thing to you about putting this movie out into the world?

A: The most surprising thing has been how many wonderful new friends I've made through the process. Whether it was people in the film or fans at the concerts or screenings, I've met so many creative, kind and cool people that I continue to stay in touch with. It's been such a gift and amazing byproduct of doing this.

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