Vision Films has partnered with leading event cinema distributor Fathom Events to bring rock documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight” to select U.S. movie theaters this summer, with an exclusive one-night theatrical event on June 29, 2017, featuring a Q&A and other exciting added materials.
The feature-length documentary, which has been screened to both critic and audience acclaim at SXSW Festival, Glastonbury Festival, MIFF, Calgary International and Noise Pop, introduces music fans to some of the world’s unsung heroes of the music industry through exclusive interviews and performances. These artists have played with musical legends such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Billy Joel, P!NK, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Bon Jovi and many more.
(Eva Gardner jamming with Kenny Arnoff)
“Hired Gun” is the story of the musical talent responsible for the most famous instrumental solos in the world, who have toured with the musical legends who hired them. The hired gun community lives and breathes music, and, for the first time, its members share their incredible stories and exclusive musical performances with the world in this inspiring new documentary.
They are recognized as some of the best musicians in the world, and include Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Justin Derrico (P!NK), Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Eva Gardner (Pink), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Glen Sobel, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, Toto), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Chris Johnson (Rihanna), music producer David Foster and featuring Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie and more! These “hired guns” have mastered their craft and performed on the greatest stages and in high-intensity recording sessions, yet rarely receive credit for their work. In the vein of the 2014 Academy Award©-winning doc “20 Feet from Stardom,” “Hired Gun” details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of session schedules, and the dedication required to play backseat to some of rock’s most iconic musicians.
“Hired Gun” was filmed in stunning 4K, sound mixed at Skywalker Ranch by Emmy Award-winning mixer Scott R. Lewis, and contains original music and live performances by the ‘hired guns’ which was recorded at the legendary East West Studios and mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K. The original score for the film was composed by The Crystal Method.
Tickets for “Hired Gun” can be purchased beginning Wednesday, May 24, by visiting www.FathomEvents.com/events/hired-gun or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website at that time. (theaters and participants are subject to change)
Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “’Hired Gun’ is an electrifying and emotional film that appeals to a very broad demographic. The soundtrack is amazing. The audience will end up with an appreciation for how much energy and spontaneous raw talent these extraordinary musicians have.”
“We are excited to partner with Vision Films to bring this epic documentary to a wider audience,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “This event will allow moviegoers the rare chance to experience ‘Hired Gun’ on the big screen while surrounded by fellow passionate fans.”
“Hired Gun” Director Fran Strine says: “We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run and we are delighted that Fathom Events will bring our documentary to movie theaters nationwide on June 29. The music fans who come out to see it should expect an immersive experience with exclusive extra content produced specially for the event! ‘Hired Gun’ is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, without us knowing their faces or names. It’s a music documentary with passion and talent at its core, digging deep and ripping the curtain back to expose what it’s really like to tour and record with the legends.”
Executive Producer and featured hired gun, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook says: “The most important goal in any creative project is to make sure you touch a nerve in the heart of the audience, and our aim with ‘Hired Gun’ is to rip the nerve out of your chest and throw it in a blender! We are stoked about our one-day theatrical event and allowing music fans across the country to come out and experience it.”