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Directed by Fran Strine

United States 2016 90 mins. In English

You may know the front men of KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica, but playing in their shadows are the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. These “hired guns” have mastered their craft and performed on the world’s biggest stages and in high-intensity recording sessions, yet receive little credit for their work. 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 reveal the life of the journeyman.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.