On Friday, Canadian rockers Billy Talent unveiled the first episode of a multi-part short film titled “Forgiveness”.
The first episode, “Forgiveness I”, features music from the band’s recently released “Forgiveness I + II”, and features UFC fighters Rose Namajunas and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a story set in a bleak dystopian desert.
Billy Talent collaborated with Canadian director Michael Maxxis on the film’s storyline, which is inspired by songs the band will be releasing over the course of the next few months.
“We are so proud of this film,” says Billy Talent’s Ben Kowalewicz. “The spark of this idea was inspired by our new music and developed with our amazingly talented friend Michael Maxxis. This will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before from Billy Talent. We are so fortunate to have Rose and Cowboy be part of this. They are both captivating and riveting. We couldn’t be happier having them be part of the world we created.”
Adds Maxxis: “This project is the result of a progressively minded band wanting to do something different and with depth. ‘Forgiveness’ is a story of apostasy and the unabated commitment to self-mastery. None of this would have been possible without Cowboy’s partnership. He did everything from making weapons, to casting, getting horses, the fight choreography, his own stunts, and providing accommodations for cast and crew at his ranch. It really was a priceless experience. I’ve been blessed to work with brilliant collaborators on this, which is a testament to the band’s vision. The journey of making this film is not so dissimilar from the story itself. Funny how life is sometimes.”
Further episodes will be rolled out throughout 2020.