In the fall of 2010 we sat down for the first of more than 50 interviews and dozens of live shows in an attempt to tell the story of not only our favorite band but some of the most under documented people in music history. FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL is a feature length documentary that tells the story of this band's 30+ year career.
Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come.
FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes himself and a rotating door of band-mates to “achieve ALL,” his relentless philosophy of “going for greatness, the utmost possible” despite any and all setbacks.
Shortly after proving themselves to the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore scene, guitarist Frank Navetta sets fire to his gear and disappears, bassist Tony Lombardo rejects life on the road in favor of a suburban home, and iconic nerd frontman Milo Aukerman goes to college to become a scientist. Stevenson, however, remains. Unfazed and hellbent on his quest, he charges ahead three decades, dragging along a new crop of tireless cohorts to zigzag the globe and serve up countless caffeinated love songs against impossible—and life threatening—odds.
Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and many more reveal the untold tale of one of the most overachieving and influential bands in punk, serving as a reminder to always “go for greatness," because sometimes you're gonna get it.
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Matt Riggle - Director, Producer, Writer
Deedle LaCour - Director, Producer, Editor
James Rayburn - Editor, Producer
Justin Wilson - Director of Photography, Editor, Producer
Caryn Capotosto - Co-Producer
Stefany Strah - Co-Producer
Marissa LaCour - Co-Producer
Stefany Strah is a broadcast producer from Dallas, Texas. During her 13 years in advertising she has worked all over the world with clients like American Airlines, Lowe's, 7-Eleven, Bausch+Lomb, Texas Lottery and with a wide range of athletes, celebrities and musicians. She is a frequent traveler, a pretty decent present-tense French speaker, and a newly crowned Descendents fan. FILMAGE is her first documentary.