FILM TO DEPICT ROCK BAND'S STRUGGLE staff
writer Mike Boehm
NC-17 is making a movie that it figures will be rated
The idea, according to singer Frank Rogala, is to
depict the life and times of the long-struggling band from Orange County
and to use its story to illustrate the downside of the Southern
California rock dream.
Filmmaker Dov Kelemer chose NC-17 as his subject after
being impressed with the band when it appeared on "Rock
America," a cable television show he produced. Kelemer already has
shot concert footage at Club 5902 in Huntington Beach. Rogala said the
goal is to make a documentary with broad enough appeal to run on cable
networks or to be given theatrical release.
"This is the story of one band but we're trying
to put it through the lens that there are thousands of other people
going through the same experience," Rogala said. "The director
is really trying to make it a mass-appeal type of thing, a cross between
"Roger and Me" and "Truth or Dare."
Rogala said the film, which is being financed with the
help of NC-17's fans, with involve interviews with music industry
figures, including executives who have turned down the band's bids for a
"Its [about] the insanity of playing music in
Southern California and thinking you're going to get anywhere [given]
the odds." Rogala said, "Everyone flocks here - there's
estimated to the 10,000 artists clamoring for attention, and 97% of the
records that are put out [nationally] fail. Its a
struggling-against-impossible-odds kind of thing. We want to show things
that are the truth, not have any acting, and just let it be real."