AUSTIN, Texas — Lou Pearlman, the man often credited for discovering boy band sensations *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, is also credited for the perpetration of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.
And now, one of the members of those boybands has helped to create a film to bring that story to light.
Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass dropped by the KVUE studios on Wednesday to discuss the new film, "The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story," which is a product of YouTube Originals, Pilgrim Media Group and Lance Bass Productions.
The documentary feature tells the story of the famed Lou Pearlman, and tracks his life from his childhood in Queens, New York, how he discovered the famed boy bands, and chronicles his later life, including details on how he orchestrated his infamous scheme.
For the first time, Pearlman's story will be told by the people who were actually involved: from members of the boy bands themselves, his Ponzi scheme investors, and his childhood friends. Interview subjects include Lance Bass, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC); AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys); and Aaron Carter and Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town).
"This is a story wrought with both truth and lies, and Lance and I, and the whole team at Pilgrim, really took to heart uncovering what was real story amongst all the rumors, half-truths and full-blown falsehoods," said Director Aaron Kunkel. "Lou wove a tangled web."
The film premieres during SXSW on Wednesday, March 13, at The Paramount theatre at 3 p.m. Other screenings include Thursday, March 14, at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar at 1:45 p.m., and Saturday, March 16, at the Stateside Theatre at 4:45 p.m. Click here to find out more information.
It will also premiere on YouTube on April 3.
Producers include Bass, Craig Piligian, Nicholas Caprio and Matthew Charles Ducey. Executive producers include Sabra Das, Gretchen Stockdale, Johnny Wright and Sam Korkis.