Your assistance may be instrumental in the production of an independent documentary and/or what will hopefully be a big-budget film starring Johnny Depp. Yeah, THAT Johnny Depp.
I'll give you all the links so you can check out the detail for yourself, but here's a quick synopsis in the meantime:
My friend, Haylar Garcia, wrote a film script called Narcophonic about the crazy and brilliant life of his friend, renowed luthier Scott "Bax" Baxendale. The only person who could do justice to the role of Bax is Johnny Depp. Bax made one of his custom guitars for Johnny with a pocket on the back, in which a copy of the script has been placed. The intent is to find Johnny, hand him the guitar, and ask him to make the film. (Still with me? Keep reading...)
Haylar, Scott, and Tao Engine producer Darcy Grabowski started on a quest to find Johnny. They've been all over the G.D. place, following leads...Johnny conventions, red carpets, even Texas. No dice yet. However, the journey itself became so eventful and hilarious and intense that a documentary called Do It For Johnny developed along the way. Bottom line, they're outta money to finish production on the documentary. So what did they do? Something that has never been done before: they put executive producer rights up for auction on ebay. Yeah. Fucking BRILLIANT. And it's working...two days left on the auctions, and each one is THIS CLOSE to the reserve price. So there's your first opportunity to support independent film. If you have the cash, GREAT! If not, you might know someone who does. OR, you may want to promote the auctions some other way because you are so damn cool. Get the picture? Outstanding!
So, the auction is in process...Here's where your little friend Helen comes in. No, I don't have $5K to hook up my friends. Duh. But I figgered spreading the word couldn't hurt, so I emailed the press release to everyone I know. What came back, thus far anyway, is not money...but it's pretty effing interesting nonetheless.
Yesterday I received an email from JVLBaritone, who had forwarded the press release to some additional folks. The email had been forwarded to JVL by his friend Shawna, who had originally received it from her friend Trish. He's where it gets fucking weird, people.
Turns out that earlier this week, Trish grabbed a cab at 43rd and 3rd right here in New York Fuckin' City with Pier 11 as her intended destination. Who do you suppose was behind the wheel? Johnny Depp, that's who. No shit.
I was understandably incredulous upon reading Trish's account of her alleged encounter with this elusive object of Haylar's cinematic desire...um, Johnny Depp ain't no hack in NYC, honey. Nuh-uh. I hadda hear this from her directly, or I weren't really gonna believe it. Via Shawna, I got Trish's number and rang her up. About 22 seconds into the conversation, I was convinced. Trish is no dummy, crackhead, lush, or starfucker. Johnny was most definitely her cab driver.
Of course, I was immediately on the phone with Darcy and Haylar, as any lead is a good lead when it comes to finding the man. He's all over the place and notoriously hard to track down. He's also notorious for doing freaky shit, such as in driving a taxi in New York, when he's researching his roles.
So here's where YOU, my burgeoning New York fan base (ha ha), have your second opportunity to make your mark on the film industry:
Johnny's here, kids...let's find him! Keep your eyes open...he's gotta show up somewhere. Take more cabs...hang out in the Village and the LES...Be on the lookout. We live in New York...we've all seen The Pretty People shuffling around, and we know how to behave. If you see him, simply do this: Smile politely, look pretty, write www.doitforjohnny.com on a piece of paper, and hand it to him. Don't explain it to him, don't try to talk him into it...he's shy and very private. Let the site speak for itself. BUT DO IT! DON'T LET HIM OUTTA YOUR SIGHT WITHOUT GIVING HIM THE LINK!
Then, after you're done freaking out coz you just met Johnny Depp, contact Darcy (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 720-935-6981 and/or director Haylar (email@example.com) at 720-280-1673 to let them know wha' happened. If your tip makes the final connection between Tao Engine and JD, I'll make sure Haylar thanks you by name in Narcophonic's closing credits.
So there you have it...spread the word...support independent film! DO IT FOR JOHNNY!