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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.

 

FILM SUMMARY

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.

 

CONTACT US

For correspondence about the film, email filmagemovie@gmail.com

For correspondence about our store, email filmageshop@gmail.com

  

FILMMAKERS

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

 

FILMMAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Matt Riggle is a freelance video editor, writer and musician living in New York. He edited television news for 15 years and has played in the punk band 41 Gorgeous Blocks since 1999. He's from Dallas, Texas.
 
Deedle LaCour has been a creative film and video editor at charlieuniformtango (Dallas and Austin, TX) for over a decade. He has edited countless national TV ads including super bowl spots, music videos and short films working with directors like Stacy Peralta and Jeff Bednarz. Deedle is a musician, record producer, and former recording studio owner. 
 
James Rayburn brings over 10 years of video editing experience at one of the southwest's premiere post-production houses, Dallas based charlieuniformtango. Born in New York, the son of an audio engineer, he veered slightly from his father's footsteps and found a passion for the visual side of storytelling. James is the friendliest of the bunch. Unless he doesn't like you. Then, uh, watch out. 
Justin Wilson is a Texas filmmaker with credits as Director, DP, Editor, & Composer. With experience in both documentary & narrative, Wilson uses his collective knowledge of his craft to also make music videos and commercials, often overseeing the process from conception to finalization.
 
Caryn Capotosto is from Chicago and currently produces music, art and pop culture documentaries at Tremolo Productions in Los Angeles. Recent projects include "20 Feet from Stardom," about backup singers and "Crossfire Hurricane," about the early career of The Rolling Stones. 

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.