Punk icon Stiv Bators documentary announced

STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy is an upcoming feature-length documentary on legendary punk icon, Stiv Bators. It will be the first film ever made about the rowdy and controversial performer, and his life will be documented through archive footage, photography, music and all-new interviews with the people who knew him.

Stiv Bators was one of the early American punk pioneers, and is primarily known for his work with
The Dead Boys and The Lords Of the New Church. Classic songs like “Sonic Reducer” and “Ain’t It Fun” continue to inspire fans and musicians from all walks of life.

Acclaimed director Danny Garcia will helm the project, and already has numerous punk documentaries under his belt, such as The Rise and Fall Of The Clash, Looking For Johnny, and Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid and Nancy. He set up an Indie Go Go page to let fans help fund the film.

“Some of you might wonder: A film on Stiv Bators? Or even: Who the f*ck was Stiv Bators?” Garcia writes.

“And that’s precisely why we’re doing this, to show the world who Stiv was (besides being the singer of the Dead Boys, The Wanderers and The Lords of The New Church) and finally get to know the real man behind the myth.”

Production began in November 2016 in London with interviews with The Lords’ Dave Tregunna, Danny Fury and Grant¬†Fleming, Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s Neal X, author Nina Antonia and photographer David Arnoff.

Garcia is looking to raise more than $30,000 to license all materials (including music and photos), and interview the likes of Jimmy Zero, Johnny Blitz, Cheetah Chrome, Frank Secich, Eddy Best, Cynthia Ross, Nicky Turner, David Quinton Steinberg, Genya Ravan, and hopefully others like Bebe Buell, John Waters or Iggy Pop. The filmmakers will return to Paris to wrap shooting.

Following in the same gritty underground style that has become Garcia’s hallmark, STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy has a tentative release date of May 2018.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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