Chimaira’s Mark Hunter To Be Featured In New Short Film About The Connections Between Creativity & Mental Illness

Chimaira’s Mark Hunter is the subject of a new short film created by director Nick Cavalier. The documentary, which is named after the band’s track “Down Again,” focuses on the connections between creativity and mental illness. Cavalier was inspired to make the film after he met Hunter and the Medical Director at Centers For Family And Children, Dr. Patrick Runnels, who were running a panel with a similar theme at Acting Out!. You can see some pictures from the movie at nickcavalier.com and read a statement from the director below.

Cavalier said the following:

“In September Marty Geramita, manager of Derek Hess and my good friend asked me to participate on a panel for Acting Out! to discuss mental health and creativity. I was honored to do it and the panel was a great success.

One of the coolest things about this panel was I got to meet two exceptional people, Dr. Patrick Runnels (Medical Director at Centers for Family and Children), and Mark Hunter (Chimaira vocalist and photographer) This panel sparked an idea for me, a deep exploration of the subject matter discussed, inspired a short film on the connection between creativity and mental illness. It’s something I’m passionate about and I am personally affected by.

I believe bipolar, depression or other mental afflictions have inspired some of the greatest art ever created. I know in my case, bipolar is not only a burden, a callus monster you have to harness, but a source of great power. It’s a disease that forces you to look inward, sometimes in painful ways, but ultimately providing a deeper connection to the human condition. If you can harness that and translate it into any medium, then we are talking about a giant creative advantage.

After hearing Mark’s story at the panel, I approached him to create a documentary portrait about his issues and his art. He was kind enough to let me explore this topic through his art and his experiences. I am calling the piece Down Again, after Chimaira’s hit song. The title and song have a much deeper meaning which will be explored in the doc piece. On a personal note, Chimaira’s music was something that helped me through dark times when I was an angsty teenager, So I played this one pretty close to the chest.

We wrapped the first leg of our principle photography around Chimaira’s 7 year reunion show on December 30th at the legendary Agora. I wanted to interview Mark leading up to the show as it was bound to stir up some feelings, as well as using that time as an opporitunity to gather interesting B Roll around the band practicing and re-uniting for the big show.

Metal music by its nature is intense, and this piece is shaping up to be a window into that world I feel no one has opened before. Metal musicians and metal fans are often misunderstood and I hope to change that. As a fan of metal myself, and a fan of music and how it affects people, I really want to pour myself into this one. It’s deep, it’s moody and it will hopefully be profound.

It was awesome to see how the band approaches music in such a professional way. The setlists were rehearsed religiously, the songs were played to a click track live, and every detail from lighting to sound was meticulously managed and thought through in advance.

I am also putting together a short film around Chimaira’s return to commemorate an awesome evening I will never forget. The crew was on point and the band absolutely crushed. It was a barn burner of a show.

Huge thanks to Mark and all the fellas in the band for letting me into their world. It was an honor to be a part of the Chimaira family and share such an amazing night with such awesome people. You guys are the best dudes, and should be very proud of what you built with the band and the music and how it’s touched fans around the world.

Big thanks to the crew, Tyler Clark for his vision and eye for making the piece moody and atmospheric. Luke DeJeu for running audio and assisting with camera needs. Mikey Tell for wearing all the hats and helping with whatever we needed. Nolan for his assistance on camera and helping with gear on the shoot. Magan for her looks, charm and the Miller High Life. And lastly James Waters for putting this together last minute in a classic hail mary fashion as only he can do.

I am really proud of what we have so far, and am excited to start putting something together. We will be shooting the remaining content in March and the piece will be edited sometime in April. Stay tuned!”

[via The PRP]

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Watch Footage From Chimaira’s Reunion Show

Chimaira, feturing Mark Hunter, Rob Arnold, Matt DeVries, Jim LaMarca, and Chris Spicuzza, reunited for a special show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH last night (December 30), and now some footage from the performance can be seen below. Andols Herrick was supposed to take part in the event as well, but due to his “debilitating digestive issues,” Austin D’Amond (DevilDriver, ex-Chimaira), filled in.

Setlist:

“Pictures In The Gold Room”
“Needle”
“Six”
“Power Trip”
“Nothing Remains”
“Save Ourselves”
“Down Again”
“The Flame”
“Army Of Me”
“Eyes Of A Criminal”
“The Venom Inside”
“Lazarus”
“Resurrection”
“Implements Of Destruction”
“The Dehumanizing Process”
“Salvation”
“Pure Hatred”
“Jade”

[via The PRP]

Drummer Andols Herrick To Miss Chimaira’s Upcoming Reunion Show

Chimaira’s original lineup, including Mark Hunter, Rob Arnold, Matt DeVries, Jim LaMarca, Andols Herrick, and Chris Spicuzza, were supposed to reunite for a show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH on December 30, but now it appears Herrick will be missing the performance due to his “debilitating health.” Austin D’Amond (DevilDriver), who has served as the band’s drummer before, will be filling in. Chimaira commented:

“We are extremely disappointed to report that as a result of debilitating health, Andols Herrick is unable to perform at this year’s Christmas show. We are fortunate and grateful, however, that Chimaira veteran Austin D’Amond will step up to command the absent throne. Our sincerest apologies are in order for the disruption, but we are confident the night will absolutely crush.”

Chimaira’s Original Lineup To Reunite For December Cleveland, OH Show

According to The PRP, Chimaira’s original lineup, including Mark Hunter, Rob Arnold, Matt DeVries, Jim LaMarca, Andols Herrick, and Chris Spicuzza, will reunite for a show at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH on December 30, 2017. Stay tuned for more info.

Chimaira Officially Call It Quits

Chimaira have officially called it quits. This news comes right after everyone in the band, except vocalist, Mark Hunter, parted ways with the band. This was the second time this has happened, and this time it resulted in Hunter ending the band.

An official statement was posted on the band’s site:

“After fifteen full-blown ass-ripping years, it is with great honor to announce the end of Chimaira. Thanks to everyone that supported the group in any way shape or form. Everyone involved with the band, from members to fans, put their heart and soul into this project. We achieved a lot. We bled a lot. It fucking ruled.”

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Rest Of Chimaira Quit Following Guitarist’s Departure

Yesterday, it was reported that guitarist, Emil Werstler, had quit Chimaira, and now, according to The PRP, the rest of the lineup has done the same. Guitarist, Matt Szlachta, keyboardist/vocalist, Sean Zatorsky, bassist, Jeremy Creamer and drummer Austin D’Amond are all out of the band, leaving vocalist, Mark Hunter the only remaining member.

Szlachta, Zatorsky, Creamer and D’Amond issued the following statement:

“In light of recent news, the rest of the band have decided to part ways with Chimaira. For us this was a great stepping stone, and an honor to play these songs live, and fulfill an incredible legacy. This was an an excellent platform to help continue playing music, when our collective bands either ended or went on a hiatus. Chimaira was an amazing experience and we look forward to future music endeavors with eachother.”

This is the second time, within a few years, that the band has undergone a drastic lineup change.

(Image from Chimaira's Facebook)

(Image from Chimaira’s Facebook)