The Rock-afire Explosion Documentary

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The Rock-afire Explosion Documentary

Release Date: September 27, 2008
Length: 1:11:37 (2:03:28 w/ Bonus Features)

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Brett Whitcomb - Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Bradford Thomason - Writer, Music, Editor
Jason Connell - Producer
Luke Lukas - Music, Sound
Darren Lindsay - Graphic Designer
Mark Keefer - Re-recording Mixer
Gren Emerson - Opening Montage Editor
Mark Emerson - Opening Montage Editor
Andrew Langley - Opening Montage Editor
Joe Cinocca - Social Media Director
Patrick Maupin - Production Asistant
Luke McKibben - Production Assistant
April Mitchell - Transcriber
(Cast) Chris Thrash, Aaron Fechter, Travis Schafer, Mike Scherpenberg, Damon E. Breland, Kerry Fechter, Paul Teneyuca, Sandy Thrash
(Special Thanks) Matthew Blom, Zack Carlson, David Ferguson, Lina Lee

The Rock-afire Explosion is a documentary released on September 27, 2008[1] about the journey of Creative Engineering's history with the Rock-afire Explosion, and its subsequent fanbase that formed in the early 2000's.

The film focuses mainly on Aaron Fechter recounting his tenure throughout the company's success, while additionally showcasing Chris Thrash as one of the fans keeping the animatronic band alive in his home. Multiple other fans are interviewed, alongside showtape clips being presented.


Original Cut

The documentary would have a test screening on September 18, 2006. This cut contained a different arrangement of the interviews and footage, alongside cut sections that did not make it into the final release. Notably was footage of the Wolf Pack 5 at the 1978 IAPPA convention.[2]

A copy of the cut was later given to Damon Breland, whom has given copies to others- though this release is still publicly lost media.


The film would first be test screened at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival on September 27th, 2008. An additional screening would be done at the Austin Film Festival on October 19th, 2008. The first full screening would be done at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on February 8th, 2009. This event would have promotional flyers made to advertise the screening.

Additional Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival February 14th, 2009 N/A
Boston Underground Film Festival March 22nd & 24th, 2009 Nominated for "Best Feature" award.[3]
Florida Film Festival March 29th, 2009 N/A
Akron Film Festival April 4th, 2009 Winner of "Audience Choice Feature" award.[4]
Wisconsin Film Festival April 2nd & 5th, 2009 N/A
Sunscreen Film Festival May 3rd, 2009 N/A
Los Angeles United Film Festival May 7th, 2009 N/A
San Francisco United Film Festival June 18th, 2009 N/A
Indianapolis International Film Festival July 23rd & 24th, 2009 N/A
Tulsa United Film Festival August 2nd, 2009 N/A
Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek August 12, 2009 N/A
Alamo Drafthouse Mason August 19th, 2009 N/A
Chicago United Film Festival September 23rd, 2009 N/A
New York United Film Festival October 8th, 2009 N/A
Cinefamily November 5th, 2009 N/A
London United Film Festival December 6th, 2009 N/A
Rice Media Center January 16, 2010 N/A
Cinefest January 18 - 24, 2010 N/A
The Nightingale Theater Febuary 28, 2010 N/A
University of Houston - Downtown March 9, 2010 N/A
Purchase College - SUNY April 15th, 2010 N/A
The Exploding Head Film Club April 20th, 2010 N/A
Memphis - Film and Music Festival April 24th, 2010 N/A
Los Angeles United Film Festival May 6th, 2010 N/A
Movies On A Big Screen May 16, 2010 N/A
Tulsa United Film Festival July 29th, 2010 N/A
South Alabama Film Festival November 6th, 2010 N/A
Rockport Film Festival November 4th, 2010 N/A
Greater Park Circle Film Society February 26th, 2011 N/A
Downtown Independent May 18th, 2011 N/A


On September 29, 2009, the film would be released on DVD. This was able to be pre-ordered for $19.99.[5] Throughout 2010 and 2011 it would be on various sales from $16.99 to $14.99 through the movie website.[6] In 2011 in would become available to purchase through Amazon.[7] By 2012 the DVD sales would be moved to a Big Cartel store back at the $19.99 price, and sometime before October of 2014 the last batch of DVDs would be produced.[8]

During 2011 a .mp4 download of the movie would be available on the website for $9.99. Later on the DVD bonus features would also be bundled at the same price. A version to stream through CD Technical as a 24 hour rental for $2.99 was also available. Posters, shirts, and bundle deals would also be available for purchase. These would be removed by the switch to the Big Cartel site.[9][10]

The film would also be released on iTunes in 2011 for an unknown price, and taken down at an unknown time.[11]

On November 8, 2011, the film would be released on Netflix through their Instant Streaming service up until one year later on November 8, 2012.[12][13]

On April 8, 2015, the film would become available on Vimeo to rent for $2.99 or buy for $9.99. Sometime between June 3rd to June 13th, 2017, the film would be taken off the service.[14]

On May 14, 2015, the Kickstarter campaign for the documentary A Life In Waves, directed by the same people as the RAE documentary, would have their $65 support tier give backers a limited VHS version of the RAE documentary. This release would be manufactured by VHShitfest. Only 75 copies were made, but only 69 backers supported the tier. It is unknown what happened to the remaining 6 copies.[15] The film would just contain the main documentary, and none of the DVD's bonus features.

The documentary would be uploaded to YouTube unofficially by Midways & Mai Tais on June 23rd, 2015. It would amass over a million views during its lifetime.[16]

On February 1st, 2024, the film would see a limited edition Blu-Ray release with only 2,000 copies. This variant would replace the DVDs original custom designs for scans of the artwork featured on the Rock-afire Explosion Record 2 and Rock-afire Explosion Record 4 vinyl records. The contents would remain the same as the DVD version, but now preserving the original digital SD master of the film[17]



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