In 2017, former Daytonian Eric Mahoney started work on his passion project, a documentary on Brainiac. The film explores the beloved Dayton band’s short but powerful career, which was derailed with frontman Tim Taylor’s death in a car accident in May 1997.
Mahoney is financing the documentary himself along with support from crowdfunding. In May 2017, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker raised $40,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign. He recently launched a second Kickstarter campaign for $20,000, which ends Feb. 22.
Mahoney, who hopes to have a rough cut before summer, recently answered some questions about the project.
How is work going on the documentary?
It’s going fantastic. In December, we filmed a tribute show in Brooklyn, which was incredible. Then we had a follow-up gig in Dayton, which was equally remarkable. Those performances and experiences really helped extend the narrative and interject some positivity and closure to the story. It’s been an amazing journey doing this project and such an honor for me personally.
What has been the biggest revelation for you during this project?
The biggest revelation has been that this has somehow provided a sense of closure and healing for the band and for Tim’s family. That has been a completely unexpected byproduct of this film. Almost everyone involved has said to me this has really helped them heal and feel good again about celebrating Tim and the music. That is such a powerful thing and one I didn’t expect to have occur. It gives me such an elevated sense of purpose around this project and makes me personally feel wonderful knowing this film is creating positivity in people’s lives.
What is Brainiac’s legacy?
It’s just exceptional how influential the band has been. Everyone from the National to the Melvins participated and cited Brainiac as being so inspiring to them as artists. Brainiac’s originality and art should be much more well known, and I hope people will catch wind of that through this film. I also believe this is a remarkable story that regardless of one’s musical tastes will resonate with people on a human level.
What has been the hardest part so far?
Financing has been tough and that has forced me to be a one-man operation for a lot of the process. I’m eternally grateful for my editor and producing partner, Ian Jacobs, for jumping in unpaid and taking this journey with me. This is absolutely a labor of love and he and I have made some sacrifices taking large amounts of time off to dedicate to the film. It’s 100 percent worth it, though.
More info: www.facebook.com/brainiacdocumentary.