Originally Posted on: May 13th, 2011
Marquis caught up with "Living the American Nightmare" director Pawl Bazile and got the inside scoop on the highly anticipated film of the year!
H-P: Could you tell us a little bit about the film.
PB: Living the American Nightmare is a documentary about things being just out of your grasp. The setting for the film is the goth/punk/death rock world and the main character is Myke Hideous. Myke's favorite band was the Misfits and his dream was to sing for them. After years of paying dues he got his chance and it wasn't what he thought it would be. Along the way, the story explores heavy issues for artists like money, road fatigue, drugs and how much is "too much' to give. We have awesome interviews with tremendous artists to weigh in on this like Bill Ward, Bobby Steele, Merle Allin, J-Sin Trioxin,Argyle Goolsby, the Bouncing Souls, Legs McNeil, Steve Zing, Type O Negative, and Peter Steele giving us his last interview before his passing.
H-P: What inspired you to create this?
PB: i was mainly inspired by reading Myke's book. After hearing him talk about the "rockstar" experience I thought we'd have a slightly different take on the stories we're used to hearing about musicians. We've all heard about the drama, the drugs, ect... but the guy at the end of the story usually ends up getting what he wants. A lot more often you DON'T become famous, you DON'T get everything you worked for. Disappointment is a big part of life and I think everyone can relate to a story about unrecognized talent, and working hard for almost nothing. My mom even relates to it, and she is more in the "I Love Lucy" world than the death rock world.
H-P: Is there something you hope people will get out of this?
PB: The great thing about the film is depending of who's watching it, it will be a very different film. If you're a musician, it will scare the shit out of you. If you're a Misfits fan, its putting light on a small part of the Misfits story that information junkies are going to love, Type O/Peter Steele fans will cry. If you know nothing about any of these bands it will humanize and expose this world, this part of a subculture that a lot of people are unaware exists.
H-P: Who are some of the guests in the film?
PB: Everyone in this film, belongs in it.... we have old members of the Misfits (Bobby Steele, Franche' Coma, and Mr. Jim), We have members and former members of Danzig (Steve Zing and Todd Youth), Members of Overkill (D.D. Verni and Ron). GG Allin''s brother Merle Allin from the Murder Junkies is hysterical. Joey Z (Life of Agony), Paul Bento (Carnivore) and Quincy (Murphy's Law) add real warmth to the film. Loki, J-Sin Trioxin, and JV Bastard from Mister Monster, Argyle fuckin' Goolsby from Blitzkid/Gorgeous Frankenstein...... and that's without mentioning Bill Ward of Black Sabbath. Ground breakers like Legs McNeil who came up with the word "punk", Arturo Vega who designed the iconic Ramones logo, and Michael Alago who is the A&R genus discovered the likes of Metallica and White Zombie. Johnny Kelly (Danzig) Kenny Hickey and Peter Steele (all from Type O Negative) steal this film.... and of corse former Empire Hideous and Misfits vocalist Myke. I still haven't named everyone, we have a loaded roster.
H-P: Will this be in theatres or will it go straight to DVD?
PB: I want to take it to festivals 1st, and then hopefully get it in theaters. it all depends on what kind of distributor we choose... we have lots of options right now.
H-P: Where will people be able to purchase this?
PB: People will be able to purchase this very soon. Shooting for this fall for it to be completely out there.
H-P: What's next for you?
PB: I already have a 5 year plan. I plan on making a number of plays into films, and I want to write and direct a kids show.... but 1st me and my cousin are already planning a 2nd documentary call "Savage" about biker culture, gangs, and our murdered uncle.
H-P: Any final words?
PB: Last words? Motherfuckers, we're not even warmed up yet!
Visit the film online: facebook.com/LivingtheAmericanNightmareFilm