THE STORY OF A BAND
I'll Be Gone
In the mid-90s, a unique counter-culture began to emerge in Sweden. The young people who identified with this movement often smeared heavy black eyeliner around their eyes, dyed their hair black, and teased it into large bouffants. They glued silver stars to their cheeks and dressed mostly in black. Their favorite band was called Broder Daniel, and its precocious teenage singer, Henrik Berggren, was their leader.
Over 20 years later, the subculture continues and evolves, although its favorite band is now long gone. A new generation of musicians carry on the legacy of 'authentic Swedish pop' and the black bouffant hair has expanded its palette to rainbows of neon. But no one knows what happened to the boy at the center of the phenomenon, Henrik Berggren, who had disappeared from the public eye following a string of personal tragedies.
I’ll Be Gone finds Henrik Berggren in his present-day isolation, managing a chronic illness on the outskirts of Swedish society. Through the film, he explains the decisions and events that led him to his current state.
A selection of other characters are profiled, each with their own unique connections and contributions to the story. As the film progresses, a multi-faceted view of the subculture, its significance, and its identity emerges.
Amelia Trask and Sasha Hecht, Basilica Soundscape 2019
photo by Sam Marble
I’ll Be Gone was initially conceived in the fall of 2014 when Brooklyn-based filmmakers Amelia Trask (Director/Writer/Editor) and Sasha Hecht (Producer/Writer/Editor) first heard the story of Broder Daniel from Rasmus Hansén (owner of Luxury Records) and Gustav Andersson (then-member of Makthaverskan).
Trask and Hecht began developing the concept for I’ll Be Gone, and in March of 2015 made contact with the film’s primary subject, Henrik Berggren (former frontman of Broder Daniel). At the time, Berggren has been diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few years earlier and had been living in isolation on the outskirts of his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The filmmakers began conducting weekly phone interviews with Berggren and in October of 2015, the duo traveled to Gothenburg for a 10-day test shoot with Berggren.
The following June of 2016, Trask and Hecht relocated to Sweden for three months and completed the first production of I’ll Be Gone in September 2016. The filmmakers returned to Sweden in February of 2017 and wrapped production on March 3, 2017. Shortly thereafter, the filmmakers became embroiled in a licensing dispute with Berggren’s then-management and label, which was not resolved until May 2017 and resulted in the loss of the production’s financiers and executive team.
In July 2017, Associate Producer Tobias Bauer (member of Agent Blå) relocated to Brooklyn for a month to assist in the processing of the film’s footage and logistical infrastructure. Following Bauer’s departure, Trask and Hecht began teaching themselves film editing software and edit the film in a make-shift home editing suite. In July 2018 the filmmakers completed the pictured-lock cut of I’ll Be Gone.
Still in need of financing for post-production, Trask and Hecht launched a Kickstarter campaign in October of 2018. The campaign failed to raise the funds, however, a few days before the end of the campaign, an investor signed on to finance post-production. The film was finished at Cut & Measure in Red Hook, Brooklyn on January 15th, 2019.
Two weeks later, Trask and Hecht returned to Sweden and premiered I’ll Be Gone at Göteborg International Film Festival on January 29th, 2019 to a sold-out crowd at the historic Draken Theater. Following the premiere, the filmmakers were honored with an afterparty at Auktionsverket Kulturarena with a performance by Agent Blå and a gallery showing of Martin Norberg’s photography which spanned the entirety of Broder Daniel’s career as well as behind-the-scenes of the production of I’ll Be Gone.
On September 14th, 2019 I'll Be Gone saw it's US premiere at Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, NY. Two weeks later the film had it's New York City premiere at Ludlow House on October 3rd, 2019.