From time to time films hit the mainstream consciousness that weren’t produced by major motion picture companies… Films that are powerful and moving. Mission To Lars is one such film.

The documentary-style film follows Tom Spicer on his quest to meet his rock n roll hero, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

Tom is no ordinary Metallica fan. He has Fragile X Syndrome, a relative of Autism. When sister Kate and brother William realize their lives have grown apart from Tom, they set out on a journey to do something that wold bring them closer together, something Tom would appreciate. Since Kate is a journalist and William a film maker they use their skills to document their quest… To have their brother meet Lars Ulrich. The threesome pull Tom our of his home care in England and onto the road, headed for Los Angeles and Las Vegas in hopes of meeting the drummer.

“We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in $100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck. We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother.”

Mission To Lars boasts a score by Mike Lindsay of Tunng and Bob Dylan, Devendra Banhart and features Blur on the soundtrack.

Although the film has been shown to Ulrich, no word yet on whether he like it or was touched by it.

Profits from the film will be donated to Mencap, a charity helping those with learning disabilities. The film’s producers have already raised tens of thousands while bands like Kasabian have donated items to raise additional funds.

–Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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