What We Do Is Secret

What We Do Is Secret

Director: Rodger Grossman Cast: Shane West, Bijou Phillips, Rick Gonzalez


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What We Do Is Secret

The true-life story of Darby Crash, who became a Los Angeles punk icon before taking his own life in 1980, provides the background for this gritty musical biopic. Not long after getting kicked out of an experimental high school in Los Angeles, charismatic misfit and major David Bowie fan Jan Paul Beahm (Shane West) announces that he wants to form a rock band. With his best friend Georg Ruthenberg (Rick Gonzalez), Beahm creates a group called the Germs, mainly because their first choice, "Sophistif--k and the Revlon Spam Queens" costs too much to put on a T-shirt. Beahm appoints himself lead singer, Ruthenberg becomes guitarist even though he has no command of the instrument, and Beahm creates new stage names for them -- George becomes Pat Smear, and Jan is now Bobby Pyn. After a few less-than-impressive attempts to putting Beahm's "five-year plan" into action, the Germs begin to click with the addition of sweet but musically inexperienced Lorna Doom (Bijou Phillips) on bass and Arizona transplant Don Bolles (Noah Segan) on drums. Bobby Pyn gives himself another new name, Darby Crash, and the Germs become the talk of the Los Angeles punk scene with their reckless but literate songs and Darby's aggressive performance style. The Germs become big fish in the small pond of L.A. punk, but when hard drugs enter into the picture, Darby begins alienating those closest to him, and after the Germs' collapse, he's at a loss for how to bring his grand scheme to the next level. The real Pat Smear served as a music producer for What We Do Is Secret, recreating the sound of the Germs and other seminal L.A. punk groups for the soundtrack, while the surviving members of the Germs played a series of reunion dates following the production of the movie, with Shane West standing in as lead singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2008
UPC: 0625828432101
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Peace Arch Trinity
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 27,555

Special Features

Filmmaker and actor commentary featuring Rodger Grossman and Shane West; Theatrical trailer; Digital copy of the film; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shane West Darby Crash
Bijou Phillips Lorna Doom
Rick Gonzalez Pat Smear
Noah Segan Don Bolles
Ashton Holmes Actor
Chris Pontius Black Randy
Tina Majorino Michelle

Technical Credits
Rodger Grossman Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Ross Albert Editor
Michelle Baer Ghaffari Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Andrew Huebscher Cinematographer
Takehisa Koike Executive Producer
Michael LaFetra Executive Producer
Kevin Mann Producer
Damon Martin Executive Producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
John Mott Production Designer
Stephen Nemeth Producer
Howard Paar Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Perniciaro Producer
Joel Plotch Editor
Jay Scully Casting
Todd Traina Executive Producer
Anna Waronker Score Composer
Shane West Executive Producer
Andy Wombwell Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What We Do Is Secret
1. Circles [7:43]
2. The Orpheum [8:31]
3. Part of It [9:42]
4. Guest List [8:41]
5. An Album [8:00]
6. Amber [7:28]
7. Banned [8:45]
8. No Label [6:34]
9. New Band [6:32]
10. Last Show [:24]
11. Let's Do It [6:31]
12. End Credits [8:07]

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