Indie Electro-Pop Band FINKEL Embraces Creation and the Cold in New Documentary Islanders

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports & Entertainment Company, and Kamikaze Dogfight present a Slow Blink Studios production and announce the North American VOD and DVD release of the documentary film Islanders on September 27th, 2022. Mistaken for Strangers meets Life Below Zero, Jane and Brian Spencer of the LA-based electro-pop band FINKEL traverse the icy forests of Michigan’s famous Mackinac Island visiting family and friends from the past and recording their new album of the same title.

Islanders is an observational slice-of-life documentary that explores creative immersion, indie songwriting, and returning to your roots. With mellow synthetic beats, haunting vocals, and bespoke animation from Robbie Shilstone, FINKEL embraces the resurgence of the electroclash “now” sound made newly relevant by the likes of Glass Animals, Blood Orange, and Billie Eilish. The film encourages its audience to explore their soul and the drive to create art for art’s sake when the structure of our world leaves everything else in question.


Synopsis: Faced with a rapidly changing music scene and an uncertain future, electro-pop duo FINKEL leave their home in Los Angeles and embark on a journey to the icy forests of Michigan’s famous Mackinac Island. Here Jane returns to her childhood home with partner and bandmate Brian to revisit the people and places from her past. FINKEL must embrace this unique lifestyle as they dive headfirst in the creative process once more. Their goal: write an album inspired by this extraordinary place. Navigating the joys and complexities of returning to a place frozen in the past, Jane and Brian immerse themselves in the sonic landscape of Mackinac and find inspiration for their new body of work.

Jane and Brian of FINKEL shared jointly, “This experience changed us to our core, and showed us the impact that marrying our love of music, film, and animation could have.  The outcome was more fulfilling and fun than we even thought possible… Can we do it all over again?”

Islanders will be available on streaming and cable platforms across the US and Canada on September 27th.

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About Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries.  Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America – over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Queen Bees directed by Michael Lembeck, Our Friend directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and Jason Segel, Vanguard, directed by Stanley Tong and starring Jackie Chan, The Secret: Dare to Dream, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Katie Holmes; For more information, please visit, and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram. 

About Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. is a global multi-platform media company with offices and studios in Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, New York, Kansas City, Cleveland and Toronto. Anthem’s portfolio includes AXS TV, a leading music, entertainment and lifestyle television channel and digital media company; global film distribution company Gravitas VenturesFight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel; IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world’s leading wrestling organizations specializing in original programming and live events; Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s premier all-women mixed martial arts promotion;  Game+, the leader in Esports and gaming content; GameTV, the home of game shows and competition-based reality series; and HDNet Movies, which features theatrically released films and documentaries. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S.

About Kamikaze Dogfight

Kamikaze Dogfight, spearheaded by Producers Andrew van den Houten and Han Soto, is a Los Angeles-based film distribution company focused on releasing cutting edge horror and thriller feature films. With their innate ability to unearth talented independent filmmakers and producers & expertise in film branding, the duo cultivates an engaging creative culture within Kamikaze Dogfight that continues to roll out fan-loved films such as Jeffrey Reddick’s (creator of Final DestinationDon’t Look Back & Christian Nilsson’s (creator of the pandemic buzz Unsubscribe) Dashcam. Learn more at and reach out at

About Slow Blink Studios

Slow Blink is a creative studio founded on the principles of collaboration and craft. Led by partners Craig Harmer and Anna Gustafson, Slow Blink produces thoughtful, subversive media with a signature visual style.

With the release of Islanders, and the upcoming premiere of their co-production Mother, May I? starring Kyle Gallner and Holland Roden, Slow Blink is cultivating a slate of feature-length projects in both documentary and narrative genres. Learn more at or email Follow us on instagram

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