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Germs Biopic Gets Fall Screenings


By: Spacelab Research Staff

The beleagured Germs movie / biopic, What We Do Is Secret, is finally due for a release in the Fall of 2008. Director and co-writer Rodger Grossman has fought for 10 years to make and release this movie, and it looks like he's close to the finish line.


The film has been picked up by Peace Arch Entertainment and will be shown initially in New York (August 8), Chicago (August 15) and Los Angeles (August 23). The film was recently screened at various festivals, including the Noise Pop Film Festival in San Fransisco and the Philadelphia International Film Festival.


The film features Shane West as Darby Crash and Bijou Phillips as Lorna Doom (cleverly titled after Lorna Doone cookies, one could presume). Shane West took the role to heart, submersing himself into all things Darby to capture the spirit of the role.


"[West] got so close to being Darby that it actually freaked out a lot of the scenesters that came by the set. He committed to doing this role in a way that I've never seen an actor commit to do anything, said Grossman when speaking to Billboard a few years ago.


The Germs played host to a revolving cast of characters over the years, most notably Pat Smear, who went on to be a part of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, as well as the short-lived tenure of Belinda Calisle as Dottie Danger. The band was noted as one of the key players in the L.A. underground, despite having few recorded releases.

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