Former Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Stars in Documentary IT'S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES
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Rainstorm Entertainment has announced that it will produce the biographical documentary IT'S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES, which will be directed and produced by Christopher Duddy ("Cougar Club"). The film will be produced by Steven G. Kaplan ("The Big Empty", "F*CK" and "Sunset Strip") for Rainstorm Entertainment, and by former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, whose life story the film is based on. The start date is scheduled for later this year. Executive producers include Daniel Zirilli ("Locked Down"), Joe Mundo ("Sunset Strip"), Christopher Shelburne and Kati Thomson ("Sunset Strip").
The film, which takes its name from the title of Duff McKagan's best selling autobiography, will document the remarkable life of one of the founding members of both Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. It is the story of his rise to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, his personal crash and burn, and his phoenix-like transformation via a unique path to sobriety and eventual redemption. The book was a best seller in 2011, with the film being targeted at not only that fan base, but to fans of Duff's bands, including Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and Loaded. Combined, these bands have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Said Steven G. Kaplan: "We are thrilled to partner with Duff McKagan on this impactful documentary which transcends the rise, fall and redemption of a rock star and delves into real life issues of addiction and sobriety."
Rainstorm Entertainment also just screened their latest documentary STATE OF CONTROL on October 28th at the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. The film, using a combination of vérité footage and compelling personal stories, documents a never-before-seen side of the Tibet-China struggle.
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Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band who formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The original founding members consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. After their debut album APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION, which contained the hit singles "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," the band went on to continued multi-platinum success with such albums such as G N' R LIES and USE YOUR ILLUSION I and USE YOUR ILLUSION II. Over all, the band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 45 million in the United States alone.
Rainstorm Entertainment is a privately financed development, production, financing and sales company. It was launched in 2002 by Producer Steven G. Kaplan whose credits include "Terror Tract," "The Big Empty," "F*CK," "REd White Black & Blue" and "Sunset Strip." Rainstorm's mission is to produce high-quality, commercially viable, financially responsible and talent-driven feature films by writers and directors who have compelling stories and unique visions. RainStorm Partners with other capital sources, including equity investors, tax credit financiers and distributors, to develop, produce and distribute its original story-driven feature films. Upcoming announced projects include "The First" and "Magnet".