If you like American Movie and This Is Spinal Tap, then the documentary duo Driver 23 and The Atlas Moth will hold great appeal. The films, which each won the Minnesota Film Board's annual D.L. Mabery Award (best picture) and various film festival awards, chronicle the incredible (and often futile) adventures of Minneapolis rocker Dan Cleveland as he tries to make it big with his heavy-metal band Dark Horse. Driver 23 also was featured in the prestigious Whitney Biennial. * Watch Dan try to lug heavy equipment out of his basement using a precariously rigged "pulley system." * Watch Dan turn two garbage guitars into a double-necked electro-acoustic monstrosity. * Watch Dan create a bass amplifier so big that it needs to be stored in a barn. * Watch Dan explain his psychological disorder using auto parts and a socket set. * Watch Dan take five years to record a CD. On Tuesday (May 27), Image releases a fantastic DVD ($19.95 MSRP; $15 at discount) that collects both 75-minute films and includes great feature-length commentaries by Dan Cleveland and Minneapolis filmmaker Rolf Belgum, who directed both movies. The disc also includes an audio bonus, a fantastically mixed song by Dark Horse. I highly recommend the movies and the DVD and bring them to your attention only because the films haven't played anywhere but at a few festivals and at the Whitney. (They're not even listed on IMDb, an oversight that needs to be corrected.) But wherever they've played, they've been a huge hit. I interviewed Belgum for this week's DVD column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where I wrote more about the DVD. In addition, you can find a photo of Dark Horse (from left, drummer Jon Mortenson, bassist Sean Cassidy and singer/guitarist Dan Cleveland) with director Rolf Belgum and the double-necked guitar here. If you've seen these Minnesota-made originals, I'd love to hear your thoughts.