XLRATOR MEDIA PLUGS INTO NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR DUFF McKAGAN’S (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) “IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES” FROM VISION FILMS

Based on the musician’s New York Times best-selling autobiography

 

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2014) – XLrator Media announced today that it has acquired from Vision Films the North American distribution rights for former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s autobiographical documentary, IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES. The film is currently in production with financing provided by Scatena & Rosner Films. Based on the New York Times best-seller about McKagan’s life, the film is written and directed by Christopher Duddy, produced by Daniel Zirilli, Duff McKagan, Christopher Duddy, and Steven G. Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment, and executive produced by Lise Romanoff, Gato Scatena, Jordan Rosner, Birgit Stein, Hans Stangl and Katherine Thomson.

The deal was negotiated by Vision Films’ Managing Director/CEO, Worldwide Distribution Lise Romanoff, Steven G. Kaplan and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

“Duff’s remarkable life will be the ultimate ‘insider’ rock n’ roll documentary chronicling Duff’s rise as a punk-rock teen prodigy from Seattle, to the heights of super-stardom as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, to the depths of substance abuse and addiction. All of these things have defined Duff and have led him to his current, and most rewarding, life chapter. Everyone will be moved by his story,” said Gordon.

McKagan said: “I’m one of the fortunate ones who survived the trials of severe drug and alcohol addiction. I not only survived, but am blessed with seeing life from a whole different and brighter perspective. This film and stage show from the book, will hopefully expose some stark insight, knowledgeable commentary, and humor of this rock and roll life of mine.”

 

This authorized documentary takes the audience on an incredible cinematic journey from a driven Seattle teenager's meager beginnings to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The man is Michael McKagan, better known to the world as “Duff.”  The band is Guns N' Roses.  The band became the ultimate icons of sex, drugs and rock and roll, causing pandemonium in their wake, but the lifestyle caught up with Duff, leaving him close to death.  Follow Duff's journey through original archival footage and interviews with many of the people who took this wild ride, including a constellation of rock stars that rose to fame alongside him, and the people who inspired him to overcome his addictions.  Duff provides a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own as he takes viewers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and out the other side.

 

IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES began production by capturing one of Duff’s book readings at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.  The film will contain rare archive footage from Marc Canter, who filmed all the early footage of Guns N’ Roses behind the scenes and performances.

 

“Vision Films is excited to be distributing “IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES” globally,” said Lise Romanoff, Managing Director and CEO of Worldwide Distribution. “The film is a one of a kind look into the life of one of the most iconic musicians in Rock history.” 

 

For more information on IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES, visit: http://duff-itssoeasy.com

 

About XLrator Media, LLC

XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) is a multi-platform releasing company founded by industry veteran Barry Gordon. It is focused on acquiring feature films, event programming and libraries, in addition to producing programming for enthusiast genres and categories that are under-served by the major studios and most independents. Recent XLrator Media releases include Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, Bunraku, Killing Bono, Knuckle, We The Party, 96 Minutes, Assassin’s Bullet, Blood Money, Brawler, Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes, Outpost: Black Sun, The Thompsons, Allegiance, Thale, American Mary, Storm Surfers 3D, CBGB, Banshee Chapter, The Machine, and the upcoming Don Peyote, Ironclad: Battle For Blood and Jimi: All Is By My Side.      

 

About Vision Films

Vision Films (www.visionfilms.net) is a worldwide distributor of over 800 independent Feature Films, TV Movies, Documentaries, and Music Specials, and licenses all available rights from Theatrical, Video/DVD/Blu-Ray, Television, and VOD/Digital Media rights to both the International and Domestic marketplaces.  Lise Romanoff is Vision's Managing Director/CEO, Worldwide Distribution.

 

About Duff McKagan

Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (http://duff-itssoeasy.com) is an American musician and best-selling writer who is currently performing with his bands Loaded, Velvet Revolver and Walking Papers.  He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, an American hard rock band who formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The original members consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler.  Since their debut album APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION, which contained the hit singles “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.