Ministry’s Al Jourgenson Sues to Stop Documentary Release
Ministry founder Al Jourgenson is trying to stop the distribution of a new documentary on the band, alleging that the film’ producers failed to get the singer’s approval on its final cut.
‘Fix: The Ministry Movie’ promises to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at Jourgenson and company. The documentary premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival this past April. Jourgenson accuses director Doug Freel and producer Edward Bates of screening the film without his permission.
“The bottom line is this: it boils down to breach of contract in a lot of different ways,” Jourgenson told the Los Angeles Times. “In any contract signed throughout the history of the filming of this, it was understood and in writing and approved and signed by everyone that I would have final cut approval of this film being shown anywhere, let alone being released. I never got that.”
He adds, “I have no problems with that film ever being released, if it’s done properly and I’m paid for it. It’s not like I’m doing this because I’m ashamed, or anything like that.” Jourgenson is seeking $250,000 in damages and has threatened to file an injunction against the release of the film.
Besides chronicling the band’s influence on the modern music scene, ‘Fix: The Ministry Movie’ also details Jourgenson’s battles with drug addiction and features interviews with Trent Reznor, Tool, and Lemmy Kilmister.