"Dio Dreamers Never Die"
Directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, the documentary Dio Dreamers Never Die offers a poignant look at the life and the music of the late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio. The documentary chronicles Dio's lifelong commitment to music, beginning with the trumpet as a child to singing doo-wop as a teenager in the 1950s to finding his way to hard rock as an adult in the late 1960s with his band Elf. Argott and Fenton's main focus is on Dio's time as the singer of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, his stint as Ozzy Osbourne's replacement in Black Sabbath, and the formation of his heavy metal band Dio, which enjoyed tremendous success in the 1980s before falling out of favor in the 1990s following the advent of grunge. The documentary includes interviews with Dio's wife and manager Wendy Dio, Deep Purple's Roger Glover and Ian Gillian, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, and superfan and Tenacious D rocker Jack Black. Dio Dreamers Never Die will screen during the SXSW Film Festival at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Paramount Theatre. Dio Dreamers Never Die is also available for SXSW Film Festival registrants to stream online for 48 hours beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, March 18. Don Argott and Demian Fenton previously co-directed Last Days Here. Argott previously directed and Fenton edited the documentaries Rock School, The Art of the Steal, The Atomic States of America, Batman & Bill, Believer, Framing John DeLorean, and Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time as well as the narrative feature Slow Learner.
Aired: March 17, 2022.