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"Play like the music doesn’t matter." ALICE COOPER narrates: True story of a band gaining popularity despite complete lack of talent.

SkumROCKS! 

"Play like the music doesn't matter." 

An apropos slogan for this band, who rose to popularity despite a complete lack of musical talent or knowledge. They didn't even know how to play their instruments, so their primary challenge was to devise new and inventive ways get off stage without having to actually play.  

They'd book venues near hospitals, libraries, or residential neighborhoods where they'd hope noise ordinances would shut them down prior to their taking the stage.  If that didn't work, they'd toss beers out to the college crowd and then call the cops on themselves to report underage drinking. 

These guys were shameless, yet somehow they remain likable, and that's a story I can't help wanting to tell...

Who Am I?

My name's Clay Westervelt, and I've worked as a Cinematographer and Director since graduating from USC's MFA program in film. I'm currently shooting and producing a doc for HBO, and have done others for the Sundance Channel and National Geographic. I've worked on music-based fare in the past, shooting the pilot for A&E's hit Gene Simmons' Family Jewels , as well as the Grammy-nominated Johnny Cash's America. The last doc I shot (The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club) won an LA Emmy but I think this one has a bit of a different personality...

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003206/

What Happened?

So here's the story. VH1's new series profiling imploding rock groups, Disaster Bands, hires me to direct the pilot episode showcasing East-Coast 80's sensation SKUM. Early research is confusing and contradictory, with some musicians praising Skum while others condemn them as hacks. The discrepancies eventually lead to one conclusion: These guys built their reputation on repeated, masterful lies

It all comes to a head when we discover that the mansion in which we're filming does not belong to guitarist John Eaton, but in fact the bandmates had broken in to the house (lead singer Hart Baur had done some gardening there and knew the owner would be away on vacation), so they could perpetuate their rockstar personas. 

After VH1's lawyers got the mess untangled, they advised cancellation of the entire Disaster Bands series. At that point, I figured we're on to something and I knew this would make a great documentary. 

Disaster Bands Cold Open: 

The Documentary

The crew had had enough and abandoned me in Miami (If you've ever seen the inside of the Miami jail you won't fault them in the least) even though I'd been able to secure rights to utilize our completed footage. This left me with an unfunded doc on my hands with plenty of determination but very little support. After finding young, hungry filmmakers to assist with the videography (Special thanks to Sunset Elementary's video class and Mr. Wiggins), I was able to track down the band members to find the truth behind their lies. 

The Lies

The story pieced together into the most horrifyingly hilarious tapestry of wit and irreverence ever encountered. Four soccer players thought they could get more girls if they were in a band and set out to prove themselves right, without the slightest thought given to learning how to read music or play their own instruments. 

They concentrated instead on shopping at big and tall women's stores for their rock garments and on making inroads through the popular media.  They'd throw their own parties with themselves as headliners, then hire well-known and talented musicians to open for them. Their challenge became inventing new and creative ways to get thrown off the stage without having to actually PLAY. 

This story was bizarre and brilliant, and we got every bit of it on tape.  

The Celebs

Word leaked out, and celebs started contacting US to appear on the record. A partial list of those included showcases both Rock and Hollywood royalty: 

Paul Stanley (Kiss), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns n Roses), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Debbie Gibson, Martika, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Broderick, Chris Noth, Christina Ricci, Joyce DeWitt, Sharon Lawrence, John C. McGinley, Gabrielle Anwar, Edie Falco, Jamie Lynn-Sigler, Steve-O, Jon Stewart (Daily Show). 

Even more strangely, we've got Bob Barker (Price is Right) and Phil Donahue. I'm still awaiting a call back from Larry King.  

Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, originally signed to do the narration for the Disaster Bands series, offered to come back on to finish the narration for the final film once he heard the story - he said these jokers did exactly what HE did back in high school - his original band was composed of guys from his cross country team. 

The Plea

It's time to put an end to filming though, and get this beast out there. We've got everything we need and our call is for the final $10k that'll get all this disparate footage patched together in reasonable quality.  Some of the old stuff is terrible, and some of the new stuff is even worse (Sorry, Mr. Wiggins, but some of those sixth-graders did NOT deserve a passing score). 

Please help us finish this film. We'll give you whatever we have to offer (see rewards).  If the movie turns out great, you can pat yourself on the back for bringing it to the screen.  And if it turns out to be an embarrassment, you can say that you too were swindled by those guys in SKUM... just like all the other celebrities. 

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Finishing a film is always tricky, and often the deadlines push back. Our intent is to have the film fully mastered and finished by the end of December so that its ready in plenty of time for the first of the year.

Just in case there's any delay with the film, we've purposely structured the giveaways so that there are sufficient additional awards that can definitely be delivered on time, including digital downloads and magazines etc. that are already available. At Imaginaut we've already built a delivery structure for our previous documentary, "Popatopolis", and handled personally the delivery of all DVD and poster sales right out of our office, so we're well-prepared for the demand.

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    In honor of the holidays, a postcard with the following message, to be sent to your "friends": 'My gift to you this year: A donation has been made in your name to Skumrocks. (Because I just don't like you that much.)' ALSO, a downloadable version of SkumROCKS! special trailer - to share w/ your friends and let them know you're "in the know"...

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    SKUM book sneak-peak downloadable chapter (Yes, there's actually a BOOK coming out about these guys), Skum band photos, Downloadable short film from Director Clay Westervelt. ALSO: Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Postcard, downloadable trailer (see above)

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    Downloadable vintage SKUM single as MP3 (your ears might bleed). Signed DVD special edition of Director Clay Westervelt's previous award-winning documentary, "Popatopolis", about B-movie maker Jim Wynorski. ALSO: SKUM book downloadable chapter, Downloadable short film from Director Clay Westervelt, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Postcard, downloadable trailer (see above)

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    SKUM album! (Don't say I didn't warn you...) and to ease the pain - SKUM Baseball Hat: Proclaim your foolishness in style. ALSO: SKUM book (unabridged) downloadable version, US Rockstar Magazine (signed by SKUM), Signed DVD special edition "Popatopolis", Downloadable short film, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Postcard, downloadable Trailer (see above)

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    "SkumROCKS" soundtrack - not JUST SKUM songs! (you might actually like these). ALSO: SKUM T-shirt, SKUM book printed and downloadable, SKUM Hat, US Rockstar Mag (signed), Signed DVD special edition Popatopolis, Downloadable short, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Card

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    SKUM Bikini - for your girl, or, when left strategically between the couch cushions, a subtle way to catalyze that divorce... ALSO: SKUM Soundtrack AND SKUM Album, SKUM T-shirt, SKUM book printed and downloadable, SKUM Hat, US Rockstar Mag (signed), Signed DVD special edition Popatopolis, Downloadable short, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Card

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    Appearance in SKUMROCKS. We'll insert you INTO the film (yes, our price is actually this low - no shame.) AND we'll list in you in the film as "Road Crew" [warning - film reveals this group to be drunkards and miscreants.] ALSO: SKUM Soundtrack AND SKUM Album, SKUM T-shirt, SKUM book printed and downloadable, SKUM Hat, US Rockstar Mag (signed), Signed DVD special edition Popatopolis, Downloadable short, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Card

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    MAJOR thanks - Honored by listing in film credits as member of "SKUM Army" (Disclaimer - implies "groupie" status and can be hazardous to your future romantic life). ALSO: "I financed Alice Cooper's latest movie and all I got was this lousy T-shirt" shirt, SkumROCKS Soundtrack AND SKUM Album, SKUM T-shirt, SKUM book printed and downloadable, SKUM Hat, US Rockstar Mag (signed), Signed DVD special edition Popatopolis, Downloadable short, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Card

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    Enjoy a delicious four-star dinner with famed SKUM guitarist John Eaton (location TBD depending on your location). ALSO: "I financed" T-shirt (see above), SkumROCKS Soundtrack AND SKUM Album, SKUM T-shirt, SKUM book printed and downloadable, SKUM Hat, US Rockstar Mag (signed), Signed DVD special edition Popatopolis, Downloadable short, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Card

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    Major contribution - earn an "Associate Producer" title in the film credits. Bolster your resume and standing on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com), and buy a plausible excuse for why you haven't shown up to work for the past three months. Enjoy 1 day and night with famed SKUM guitarist John Eaton at the beautiful Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara (or similar). ALSO: "I financed" T-shirt (see above), SkumROCKS Soundtrack AND SKUM Album, SKUM T-shirt, SKUM book printed and downloadable, SKUM Hat, US Rockstar Mag (signed), Signed DVD special edition Popatopolis, Downloadable short, Thanks in Credits, SKUM Poster, Holiday Donation Card

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    HD COMMERCIAL (featuring SKUM): Got a business or product? Get a 15-second professionally-produced commercial featuring the band SKUM as your own spokes-models. (Price includes local filming in LA or Miami)

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    HD COMMERCIAL (without SKUM): Same offer as above - professionally-produced commercial created by Imaginaut Entertainment, but without any connection to the band SKUM.

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    Executive Producer credit on the film - Yes, you really can buy your way into producing... Its just that simple. You'll get your credit and, well, hell, $9k is a lot of money - you can have whatever else on this list you want!

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    Become the new drummer for SKUM. Turns out, this is how they got the last one, so why not? If you've got $30k, you can be SKUM's drummer. I mean, I've never met you, but if you've got more than three fingers, you've got enough skill to join THIS band. ** Turns out Kickstarter limits contributions at $10k. So, we'll call a $10k contribution a "drummer for the day" and you can play a show with the guys who lied about everything. Just send in your resume (write whatever the hell you want). *** But if you REALLY want the new title, well, let's talk.

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