Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma are lynchpins of New York Hardcore (NYHC), and their band Agnostic Front played a key role in defining, shaping and establishing the sound and cultural code of conduct for the still-thriving movement. Unlike the dozens of bands that have come and gone, leaving their indelible footprint along the way, Agnostic Front are still going strong, 11 studio albums into their 30-plus year career.
In a landscape of increasing apathy and complacency, the messages Agnostic Front presents are as relevant today as they were in the ‘80s when the band members were impoverished, scrappy and ambitious, often fighting for their very survival as well as the perseverance of their volatile but highly inspirational band.
Roger and Vinnie remain the very embodiment of hardcore, representing endurance, perseverance, brotherhood, strength against oppression and the will to keep going, obstacles be damned. Agnostic Front exist on a level all their own. . . a level of their own creation.
Having started his career as a professionally touring musician and then a film editor, Ian brings a particular understanding of structure, music, pacing, and emotion to his projects. He has created Emmy nominated and award winning documentary work that is not only intimate in tone but his access into their lives has shown a unique way of peeling back layers of his subjects’ personalities and bringing forth a true sense of who they are through beautiful imagery and meaningful reflection of the human condition. Full bio click here.
Partner at McFarland and Pecci Films, Mike is a longtime collaborator with Ian McFarland. Over the past 12 years they have together they have created numerous award winning films and music videos and continue to push their creative limits. Recently Mike signed as a Director/Producer by LA based The Gotham Group and is represented by The United Talent Agency.
Skip is a former partner at Lakeshore Entertainment, where he produced several films including the “Underworld” and “Crank” film franchises. Additionally, he is the founder of two records labels, including the multi-Grammy-nominated soundtrack label Lakeshore Records. Currently he serves as Chief Creative Officer for Project M Group with is a digital media and e-commerce company which most recently purchased and rebranded Revolver Magazine as a digital media platform for hard rock.
Tony has been working with McFarland & Pecci Films for the past 6 years and has brought with him a passion and drive for storytelling in both narrative and documentary filmmaking.
Jeff comes with over 25 years of experience in music management, founding Cast Management in 1992 and Dangerbird records in 2004 – as well as serving as head of Elektra Records from 2012 – 2015. Through the years Jeff has worked with acts such as Dropkick Murphys, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, and Air among other notable names.
Anthony Jarvis is a visionary cinematographer, DP and editor who use both the lens and the edit suite to paint a compelling picture of all subjects and subject matter. Whether he’s capturing the essence of products while shooting commercials or presenting a highly stylized reality in music videos and documentaries, Anthony’s work always keeps the audience’s attention focused on the screen. His versatile skill set and years of on set and behind-the-scenes experience make him an invaluable asset on all productions.
Brandon Van Auken
Brandon is a multi-disciplined generalist from the Bay Area. He has done motion graphics and visual effects for national commercials, music videos, short films, major corporations, video games and feature films. Brandon founded Shadowgraph Studios in 2011 and has been freelancing ever since.
Aaron has scored everything from feature films and wide-release movie trailers to television commercials and PSAs. A classically trained pianist, Drake earned his MFA in Music Composition from CalArts. His sound art and experimental work has been presented at LACMA, REDCAT, ICA, OCMA, ZKM and the Hammer Museum, among many other venues. Aaron Drake founded Sound in Space in Los Angeles, CA. He “believes in the spirit of exploration and the value of collaboration.”
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Jay Reason is an independent music professional with a focus on the digital landscape and independent artists. Producing over 100 projects for Sony Music’s largest artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Miles Davis; RCA Records, Legacy Recordings, Google and Grand Visual. Reason was frontman for Connecticut bands The Distance and Voice of Reason.
Bice is a multi-instrumentalist and singer who has worked almost 2 decades as a recording and mix engineer. Having spent years as a professional touring musician, an engineer in studios in NYC and Boston, and graduating from The Conservatory in Phoenix, he brings a unique perspective to each project in which he’s involved. Drawing from his experience working with bands and musicians across many genres, his approach to sound in film has resulted in collaborations with McFarland & Pecci on many projects to date.
Rolling Stone – “Agnostic Front Doc Shows a Band of Hardcore Brothers Who Never Gave Up“
In Effect Hardcore – “The Godfathers Of Hardcore simply oozes over with tons of insightful and extremely interesting information on Roger and Vinnie while telling the Agnostic Front story from many angles“
Breaking Bread with Ben Grim – “It was f**king great!“
“Godfathers acts as a dynamic, crucial companion piece to American Hardcore, The Decline of Western Civilization and other films chronicling the evolution of Eighties punk.”
“This film delivers the unexpectedly human side of hardcore while meditating on longevity and authenticity.” McFarland uses his craftsmanship along with rare access to weave The Godfathers of Hardcore into something more than a rock doc. The camerawork gives Roger and Vinnie space to contemplate while the pacing carries each scene, into what ultimately becomes a story of kinship and love.”
Eric Gulliver – Producer, PBS American Experience
“This film is not only an important piece of hardcore music history but it also tells the story of friendship, honor, perseverance and truth. Art and music that changes the course of humanity comes from real genuine struggle and passion. This film captures that passion that struggle that defines a genre of music, sealed the bonds of friendship and family. The Legendary band Agnostic Front is finally recognized for who they are and their impact of music as a whole. It’s easily one of the most powerful and important musical documentaries of the hardcore culture of our lifetime. Hardcore culture and hardcore pride captured is captured in this film. Respect due!”
Jesse Leach – Killswitch Engage
“The Godfathers of Hardcore tells the story of NY Hardcore with respect and true historical context. It digs through the gritty, aggressive layers to the graceful humanity that drove a bunch of street kids to form a scene accepting of everyone regardless of race, color,or creed. Known for being simple and brutal in it’s music and message, McFarland reveals a bond of love and brotherhood that has survived decades on the underground, and continues today.”
CJ Ramone – The Ramones
“A unique and intimate look at the faces of one NYC’s strongest counter cultures. Well done!” A superbly crafted story chronicling the relationship between two of New York Hard Core’s most iconic figures. McFarland has masterfully peaked behind the curtain of one of New York City’s strongest counter cultures and revealed the love and sacrifice that is shared between two of it’s most iconic faces. He has been able to put a human face on music documentary.”
Sean Stack – Executive Producer, National Geographic
“Standing leagues above the standard rock-n-roll origin tale, The Godfathers of Hardcore artfully examines two legendary examples of that rarest of breeds- youthful rebels whose circumstances and convictions first compel them to exist on the fringes of normal society, then continue to sustain them after they refuse to capitulate to the status quo well into middle age. Given the abrasive nature of the music that shaped its subjects, The Godfathers of Hardcore is a weighty and strangely beautiful film, leading the viewer to consider both mortality and meaning in their own existence. Highly recommended!”
D. Randall Blythe – Lamb of God / Author of the national best-selling memoir, Dark Days.
I have been a fan of AF since seeing them in ’84. This film is the “golden ticket” to a time machine ride through the early days of American Hardcore, seen through the eyes of two of it’s most influential forefathers. If you were not there, here is the next best thing!!! Whatever you do see this movie! No Rockumentary has ever connected with me on so many levels! What ever you do, see this film!!!! This film is a must see!!!!
Al Barr – The Dropkick Murphys
“Having seen Agnostic Front countless times in the early 80’s at Great Gildersleeves, A7, CBGB’s, and other NYC venues I’m so happy that the filmmakers did such an amazing job capturing and representing both the band and the scene they came from.”
Moby – Electronic Artist
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