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The Guest List - Documentary

The untold story of America’s deadliest rock concert.

Fates of the innocent and guilty collide in a small New England town when pyrotechnics from an 80’s rock band spark America’s deadliest rock concert.

The Guest List is an epic human-interest story planned as a multi-part documentary. The story explores the aftermath of the horrific, but much forgotten, Station nightclub fire. On February 20, 2003 America’s deadliest rock concert began in West Warwick, Rhode Island, when the band, Great White, ignited pyrotechnics inside a run-down roadhouse. The resulting conflagration killed 100 persons and grievously injured many others. It could fairly be said that music and rock culture drew one hundred innocent people to their deaths in the Station Fire. The Guest List explores how that same music and culture became sources of healing and comfort, at least for some, in the years thereafter.

Many victims of the Station Fire had been seduced by the siren song of rock celebrity. They met Jack Russell in the local Denny’s, a nearby motel or at a tattoo parlor, where he generously added their names to the show’s guest list. For many of those passionate fans, what appeared to be their very luckiest day turned out to be their last. Weeks after the fire, the actual charred, handwritten guest list was recovered from the club’s ashes.

The film contrasts Jack Russell’s post-fire journey, in a search for redemption, with survivor Joe Kinan’s rebirth, courage and inspiration. Along the way, we meet other survivors and victims’ families who have memorialized their loss through pursuits ranging from an exhibit of commemorative body art to re-immersion in the rock culture that initially brought them and their loved ones to the Station nightclub. Throughout this journey we discover what many feel was legal injustice within local and state government.

The film addresses timeless themes of personal responsibility, acceptance forgiveness and redemption. Its central characters struggle to cope in the aftermath of tragedy – some gracefully, and some less so. It is an object lesson in the tragic potential of poor decisions. Young people will always be attracted to live concerts. And bands, promoters, and concert venues remain tempted to cut corners for cheap spectacle. The Guest List remains timely, years after the station fire tragedy, because nightclub fires remain a hazard. The Guest List is based in part on John Barylick’s narrative non-fiction work, Killer Show, the Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert.

Director David Bellino has obtained unprecedented access to Jack Russell in the years following the fire, as he was simultaneously accepted into Joe Kinan’s extended family. The result is poignant footage contrasting these two very different life stories. Not only was a news videographer inside the club on the night of the fire, but news crews were on-scene within minutes. Between that contemporaneous news video and Bellino’s human-interest exploration of the fire’s aftermath, The Guest List is a strikingly visual story. No one who watches The Guest List will enter a concert venue again without first checking for the exits.

Project and story development began nearly five years ago. The three-year production phase has been an amazing, but complex journey. Post-production began in early 2018 and remains one of the most challenging parts of the storytelling process. We are seeking support to help reach our goal in securing archival and music rights/licensing (master-use and publishing) to make the series the best it can be – the soundtrack of our lives. Archival and music rights are expensive, especially for independent projects, but critical in driving the emotion. The producers have set a first-tier goal to secure funds for the initial licensing of audio/visual material. Should we meet this goal, a subsequent threshold may be established in order to secure remaining rights for the desired content.

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AccessPass: AccessPass - Pilot Episode Digital Download

AccessPass - Pilot Episode Digital Download
$10
10.00
Available

You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

√ Included with every order.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Donation

Donation
$25
25.00
Available

If you would like to make a donation towards the completion of the series, you can do that here.

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

The Guest List - DVD

The Guest List - DVD
$39.99
39.99
Available

DVD of “The Guest List” documentary

NTSC or PAL DVD

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Signed 14x20 Poster

Signed 14x20 Poster
$50
50.00
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14×20 Poster Signed by Joe Kinan, survivor of the Station Nightclub Fire. Portion of campaign proceeds donated to the Phoenix Society.

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Screening and VIP Event Experience [2 passes VIP Event]

 Screening and VIP Event Experience [2 passes VIP Event]
$150
150.00
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2 passes to either the Rhode Island, New York City or Los Angeles Screening and VIP Event Experience, including Q&A with filmmakers and subjects in attendance.

- DVD of “The Guest List” documentary
- Signed 14×20 Poster

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Travel and accommodations not included. Venues and dates of VIP event TBA.

The Guest List - Patron

The Guest List - Patron
$250
250.00
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This bundle includes:

- 2 DVDs of “The Guest List” documentary
- Signed 14×20 Poster
- 4 passes to Screening and VIP Event Experience, including Q&A with filmmakers and subjects in attendance.
- A “Thank You” mention on website and social media outlets

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Travel and accommodations not included. Venues and dates of VIP event TBA.

The Guest List - Benefactor

The Guest List - Benefactor
$400
400.00
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This bundle includes:

- A “Special Thanks” in the film end credits.
- 2 DVDs of “The Guest List” documentary
- Signed 14×20 Poster
- 6 passes to Screening and VIP Event Experience, including Q&A with filmmakers and subjects in attendance.
- A “Thank You” mention on website and social media outlets.

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Travel and accommodations not included. Venues and dates of VIP event TBA.

The Guest List - Associate Producer

The Guest List - Associate Producer
$5,000
5000.00
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This credit includes:

- 15 DVD’s of “The Guest List” documentary
- Associate Producer credit in the film
- Signed 14×20 Poster
- 10 passes to Screening and VIP Event Experience, including Q&A with filmmakers and subjects in attendance.

√ You will receive updates about the project, screening information, PLUS a free digital stream or download of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Online store voucher, platform download instructions, DVD, posters and screening tickets will be fulfilled upon release of the film (estimated early 2019).

Travel and accommodations not included. Venues and dates of VIP event TBA.

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