The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Icarus Line Must Die

The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic, black-and-white feature set against the backdrop of the modern L.A. music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, frontman of a rebellious L.A. post-hardcore band known as The Icarus Line, as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape.

Joe and his band of punks grapple with potential label deals, play random gigs around town, and handle their personal lives while keeping their musical dreams alive in pursuit of a big record deal, all before they quietly and tragically call it quits.

From millennial-focused, indie-film distributor, Dark Star Pictures—and directed by Michael Grodner—this dramatic “documentary” is a mix of fact and fiction. The film won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival for its hard-biting narrative set against notes of humor, and its exploration into the existential uncertainties that plague the creative process. A must watch for punks and a resounding FU to hipsters, join The Frida Cinema when we screen the 2018 musical-doc, The Icarus Line Must Die.


“It’s a compelling mood piece that thrives on the city, the people, and their music, without glorifying or downplaying the troubles of any of them.” – Tom Bedford, Film Inquiry

“What sets Grodner’s story apart is its intense focus on specific people in the scene who are emblematic of a way of living and surviving in Los Angeles that’s slowly dying.” – April Wolfe, TheWrap

“It’s a sincerely felt experiment, and it has spirit.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times