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The Mendenhall Experiment Photoshoot


Apr 012019

Things are really heating up for Monster Energy’s The Mendenhall Experiment in 2019, with the recent release of the band’s multi-award winning documentary “Mind Over Matter,” and tour plans taking shape. The film, which made its red carpet debut last month, follows the inspirational story of guitarist Brandon Mendenhall overcoming the adversities of cerebral palsy, and not only learning to play the guitar, but excelling tremendously. With the guidance of mentors James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch and Jonathan Davis of the legendary rock band Korn, Brandon’s band was signed, played some of the biggest festivals in the US such as Aftershock Festival 2016, and continue to rack up achievements and miles on the road.

The film premiere, which took place at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, was graced with the presence rock and metal royalty including the film’s co-star Korn's James 'Munky' Shaffer, members of Suicide Silence , Bad Wolves, Pennywise, Emmure, Kyng, Snot, Twelve Foot Ninja, King’s X, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails and more. Also among the attendees was founder and CEO of Sumerian Films, Ash Avildsen, plus several TV and Radio personalities including Matt Pinfield and the event host, Jose Mangin of SiriusXM.


Speaking on the hugely successful evening, director - Sébastien Paquet commented: “This project started 5 years ago with 2 friends and a camera. To come this far and sell out a theatre in Beverly Hills packed with rock stars and industry VIPs is the greatest achievement of my career, but more importantly a true testament of Brandon’s universally inspirational story. It really is mind over matter".


Adding to this, Brandon Mendenhall, the inspirational subject of Mind Over Matter, says: “I feel like with this film I have been blessed with the unique opportunity to change the world by helping to end the stigma on disabilities with the help of my friends in Korn.”

“Mind Over Matter” has already been the recipient of multiple awards including 'Best Cinematography,' 'Best Screenwriting' and 'Audience' Awards at the 2017 Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Character Award at the 2018 ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ International Disability Film Festival, ‘Audience Award’ at 2018 Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival and more. With the unwavering support of internationally renowned media outlets such as KROQ , Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, The Adam Carolla Show, Loudwire and SiriusXM, this is just the beginning for Brandon Mendenhall's message of inspiration, empowerment and encouragement is being brought to the masses. The Mendenhall Experiment are living proof that if you really put your mind over matter and never give up on your dreams, you can achieve anything. Even what is deemed the impossible. “Mind Over Matter” is available on DVD, as well as streaming from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.


The band’s latest tour supporting Flaw alongside Black Water Rising kicks off on Friday April 5th and will see them hit most of the East Coast.







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