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Mar 14, 2019

The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story: SXSW Reaction

Lou Pearlman is famous for creating iconic boy bands such as The Backstreet Boys, and N*Sync. What he’s even more famous for, are his very public court battles, and subsequent jail verdict.

Pearlman was, the founder and manager of a boy band empire that gave us the iconic Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. He was also the orchestrator of an outrageous Ponzi scheme that funneled hundreds of millions of dollars from investors and ended with him in prison.

Thanks to the presence of Lance Bass as one of the YouTube docu-series producers, The Boy Band Con has assembled a reasonable assortment of artists whose lives Pearlman influenced, elevated and ultimately harmed. Joining Lance Bass in representing NSYNC are Chris Kirkpatrick, J.C. Chasez and, Justin Timberlake’s mom. Backstreet Boy attendance is a little bit sparser, with only A.J. McClean showing up. Contributing insight from deeper in Pearlman’s catalogue are Ashley Parker Angel of O-Town, David Perez of C-Note, Tim Christofore and Nikki DeLoach of Innosense. Aaron Carter is also interviewed, he’s rather terrifyingly intense and raw in his interview.

Aaron Kunkel’s new documentary The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story is a film with its finger on the pulse of one of the biggest non-fiction trends of early 2019. The Docu-Series Occupys a middle ground between the current mania for fraud-driven programming that fueled two Fyre Festival documentaries (Hulu +Netflix), the darker, nostalgia-fueled nightmares of Leaving Neverland or Surviving R. Kelly, The Boy Band Con, is designed to make you shift between fond memories, shock and blatant disgust. The documentary, premiering this week at SXSW will premiere April 3, on YouTube Premium. The Documentary is an entertaining dive beneath the surface layers of a pop culture phenomenon and the strange man who launched it.