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This film is about the two of the most respected men in underground music, Roger Miret & Vinnie Stigma of the band Agnostic Front.
This film is about the two of the most respected men in underground music, Roger Miret & Vinnie Stigma of the band Agnostic Front.
519 backers pledged $38,531 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: 5/10/15 - TGFHC Director of Photography Jarvis check in from Germany

TGFHC- Director of Photography Jarvis landed in Frankfurt, Germany this morning then took a train to Freiburg where he met up with Agnostic Front.    We briefly spoke on the phone with him when he landed and he says he is exhausted from traveling for 16hrs but he and all the gear arrived without any issues.   Director Ian McFarland is scheduled to join him and the band in a few days.

UPDATE 5/05/15 Vinnie Stigma Childhood Footage Found!

We just received the most unbelievable footage.....Vinnie Stigma as a little boy in 1956!!!!

We just reviewed the footage (which is in color) and its unreal!

UPDATE 5/04/15 New Stretch Goal & Incentives!

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UPDATE 5/01/15

We did it and thank you for all joining us in making something very special. Monday we have the biggest announcement yet coming. Get ready because if we hit it, it will blow this film up!

UPDATE 5/01/15  

Ian McFarland Director's Statement Video Released / $29 from hitting $20K stretch goal!!!!

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UPDATE 4/30/15 KICKSTARTER STAFF PICK!!!

Kickstarter officially makes "The Godfathers of Hardcore"  a Kickstarter Staff Pick!!!!

UPDATE 4/28/15 STRETCH GOALS

Special Edition AF Boots Brass Pin, with "The Godfathers of Hardcore"
Special Edition AF Boots Brass Pin, with "The Godfathers of Hardcore"
AF Pendant by our friends at Easter Wolves!
AF Pendant by our friends at Easter Wolves!
                                
Photography by Jason Zucco
Photography by Jason Zucco
Photography by Jason Zucco
Photography by Jason Zucco
 
     

UPDATE 4/28/15  TGFHC Featured on Kickstarter Featured Doc Page!

The Godfathers of Hardcore is now  featured on the front page of the Kickstarter Featured Documentary Section!!!!

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Kickstarter Featured Documentary Page

UPDATE 4/27/15  First $15k Goal Reached!!!!

I'm extremely excited to announce that we just made our $15k Kickstarter goal and in just 4 days!!!! Thank you to EVERYONE that has been part of this project so far! We will be announcing some amazing new incentives and stretch goals very soon so keep your eyes out! 

 Again THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!

ABOUT THIS FILM

Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma are lynchpins of New York Hardcore (NYHC), and their band Agnostic Front played a key role in defining, shaping and establishing the cultural code of conduct for the still-thriving movement.

Roger Miret - Agnostic Front (still from "The Godfathers of Hardcore")
Roger Miret - Agnostic Front (still from "The Godfathers of Hardcore")
Vinnie Stigma - Agnostic Front (still from "The Godfathers of Hardcore")
Vinnie Stigma - Agnostic Front (still from "The Godfathers of Hardcore")

Film and Music Video Director Ian McFarland (Rungs in a Ladder: Jacob Bannon, The Outlaw: Dan Hardy, The Problem Solver:Joe Lauzon, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, Agnostic Front)  is crafting an intimate portrait of the two industry leaders, two of the most respected individuals in the 35-year history of hardcore punk music. In addition to inspiring and nurturing multiple generations of bands that followed their lead, Miret and Stigma have remained close friends through great adversity that sometimes threatened their very existence.

Roger Miret & Vinnie Stigma in 1984 - Photo by Jessica Bard
Roger Miret & Vinnie Stigma in 1984 - Photo by Jessica Bard

As a part of a potent subculture, Agnostic Front probably will never sit beside Aerosmith and the Beatles in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nor have they been showered with platinum records or the rock and roll riches reserved for acts that value popularity over integrity. Miret and Stigma are perfectly happy with the niche they’ve carved for themselves, and the effect they’ve had on an entire subgenre that had infiltrated both the counter-culture and impacted the mainstream. A recent article in the New Yorker about hardcore music quoted was named “United Blood,” after Agnostic Front’s first album. The band continues to play major slots on high-profile international festivals and thier recently-released album, “The American Dream Died,” has earned the band some of its strongest reviews in years.

Agnostic Front’s past legacy is perhaps even more praiseworthy than their present accomplishments. The movement the band pioneered has had a profound effect on millions of fans and musicians, as well as skateboarders, bikers and other individualists who refuse to accept the status quo. In a landscape of increasing apathy and complacency, the messages Agnostic Front presents are as relevant today as they were in the ‘80s when the band members were impoverished, scrappy and ambitious, often fighting for their very survival as well as the perseverance of their volatile but highly inspirational band.

Photo by - Drew Carolan
Photo by - Drew Carolan

Back in the ‘80s, Miret and Stigma roamed the dangerous streets of NYC’s Lower East Side, fighting those who Photo got in their way and laying down the gauntlet for the music they believed in and were willing to defend with their lives. At the time, they had no idea that the band that meant the world to them and the culture populated by runaways, street kids, punks, skinheads and other social misfits would also resonate with a generation of other music fans and musicians including Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, not to mention Cremaster’s Mathew Barney and electronic guru Moby. Roger Miret, 50 (vocalist), a Cuban-refugee from an abusive home and Vinnie Stigma, 59 (guitarist), a second-generation true-blue New York Italian, found each other on the rough streets of NYC in the early 1980s, becoming fast friends and developing an unbreakable bond. Together, over the next three decades, they became the “Godfathers of New York City Hardcore” - creating a vehicle through which three generations of fans could grow, scream and band together as one in the face of diversity, violence and discrimination. Through the strength and bonds of brotherhood, Roger and Vinnie birthed something larger than themselves – they birthed a revolution.

Roger Miret w/ Phil Anselmo - Pantera & Kirk Hammet -Metallica w/ Vinnie Stigma
Roger Miret w/ Phil Anselmo - Pantera & Kirk Hammet -Metallica w/ Vinnie Stigma

Along the way, they experienced some of the most harrowing blows a band can endure, including various line-up changes, Roger’s incarceration and the subsequent collapse of the band. After Roger was released in the late 1990’s from New York’s Wallkill Correctional Facility, Roger and Vinnie reunited, picking up right where they left off. Still touring and recording today, Agnostic Front is the very embodiment of hardcore: endurance, perseverance, brotherhood, strength against oppression and the will to keep going, obstacles be damned.  Agnostic Front exists on a level all their own   . . . a level of their own creation.

Today Roger and Vinnie are moving into their 50's and 60's, have jobs and families and are gearing up to begin a new touring schedule that will take them all over the world. This film will serve as an up-close-and-personal look into the lives of these different but inseperable musical icons, and in the process will illustrate the tenacity, optimism and enthusiasm with which they both approach their band. Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma have survived in an ever-changing music scene because they refuse to compromise. From day one, they took on the system with fists clenched, and while they’ve aged over the decades, they’ve maintained the power and youthful – if not as destructive – mindset they had in their youth. At the end of the day, they remain wholly united in blood.

We have prepared some exciting rewards for your contributions to this project. Check the sidebar for a full list and scroll below for a description and quick look at some of the incentives! 

GFHC Patch
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Original 11" x 17" artwork by artist Chris X
Original 11" x 17" artwork by artist Chris X
                                                                
Deck by our friends at Real Talk!
Deck by our friends at Real Talk!

Risks and challenges

McFarland and Pecci have a concrete history of producing a long and impressive list of produced shorts, music videos and documentaries. A full service facility that prides itself on meeting deadlines and producing only the highest quality work, M&P handle all editing and post-production needs, in-house, and are backed by a dedicated team of technicians who are willing to donate their time to the quality and completion of this film.
Check out their work at Mcfarlandandpecci.com and the director's personal site ianmcfarlandfilms.com

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