ABOUT THE FILM
Out of Time: The Material Issue Story is a feature music documentary that covers the biography of the band Material Issue. The film examines the tragic story of a rock band on the cusp of superstardom cut short by front man Jim Ellison’s suicide. The band was literally out of time - sandwiched between the post-punk era of the 1980s and the grunge movement of Seattle, Out of Time: The Material Issue Story tells the story of a band searching for its identity in the gritty world of rock and roll in the early 1990s.
The cast sees a wide variety of Grammy Nominees and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members. The film stars original band members Mike Zelenko and Ted Ansani. Amongst other key players in the story, the film also stars Gilby Clarke (formerly Gun N Roses), Matt Pinfield (MTV), Steve Albini (Producer: Nirvana/Pixies), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Mike Chapman (Producer: Blondie). The film debuts the first ever interviews with the family of Jim Ellison, and includes interviews with notable members of the story like Jeff Murphy, Joe Shanahan, Jay O'Rourke, Jeff Kwantinetz and more.
The film contains a large archive of never before seen footage, photos, and music. Containing some very special memorabilia from Jim Ellison's personal collection.
about the band
Material Issue was an American power pop trio from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1985, Material Issue was the brainchild of frontman Jim Ellison, who also played guitar, sang lead vocals, and wrote. The band also consisted of Ted Ansani (backing vocals and bass) and Mike Zelenko (drums) who have also been equally praised for their musicianship and instrumental talent. The band released four studio albums, toured heavily, and opened the door for many alternative bands in Chicago.
The band have been mentioned in MTV, The Rolling Stone, People, Billboard, The Chicago Tribune, and many others. The band has also played alongside bands like the Pretenders, INXS, Weezer, and the Smashing Pumpkins
Despite albums receiving extremely positive reviews and reception, Material Issue is often overlooked among music of the era. They are often considered to have reached their climax in a misplaced era. In an era of grunge music, the pop-based Material Issue was ahead of their musical times.
The band continues to play in a very limited setting with Chicago musician, Phil Angotti under the alias Material ReIssue.