Where to start..I have been fascinated with movies and music for over 30 yrs. I have a DIY attitude adapted from getting into punk rock in my late teens. If you want it done right Do It Yourself, make it happen. In 1986, Metallica releases their very first home video "Cliff em all" which consists of live concert footage shot from the fan's perspective(bootleg) instead of the over the top, over produced 10 camera mix, taking away the LIVE feeling. I was blown away how the rawness of a live concert was captured with consumer VHS cameras. Seed planted. Fast forward a few years later i worked, saved up enough money to buy a used VHS camcorder to film punk shows at the Gilman Street Project 89-90 in Berkeley and the band Primus at DVC cafeteria in Pleasant Hill, CA. I was hooked! Documenting the shows i attended from my perspective through a big tape VHS camcorder lens was in a sense, mind blowing. Fast forward couple of months later i bought a small Sony TR7 8mm camcorder to film bigger concerts with or without permission. I was on a mission to document the rock/metal/alternative/punk concerts in the San Francisco bay area from 1989-2001 - https://www.youtube.com/user/fromthenosebleeds/videos
Now i'm here to share this story of how a bunch of fanatical music documentarians used cunning ingenuity, technology to get the show they wanted called "Bootleg Cowboys". This is my first documentary which is on the side of being self autobiographical as i was a bootleg cowboy for 12 years. I fully believe in the project and put up my own money to make it happen. Hired a screenwriter to hash out the story out of my brain to bring it to life.
Name: Gary Shurtleff
Lives in: Walnut Creek, California
Occupation: Filmmaker, Casting Director, Director, Editor and Producer