‘Who The F**ck Is That Guy’ Documentary Premieres in NYC and LA

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 at 9:38 am by

At the CBGB Film Festival a little while ago (remember that?), we attended a talk and saw the raw cut of a documentary directed by Drew Stone, called Who the F**k Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago. Tracing the story of a Puerto Rican gay teen who grew up in Hasidic-heavy Borough Park, the film follows Alago’s beginnings as a denizen in the 70s and 80s punk and heavy metal club scene. When he was 19, he talked his way into a job booking bands at The Ritz on East 11th Street. He quickly parlayed that into a music industry executive gig by the time he was 21. By age 25, he signed Metallica. Acts ranging from White Zombie, to PiL, to Nina Simone, quickly followed.

The finished documentary had a screening at Theatre 80 last month, which sold out in a matter of hours. A screening tonight at the Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg has sold out as well. The film is generating a buzz in the music world, and it lives up to the hype. People in the music business have a lot of love for Alago, and everyone also seems to have a great story about him. That Guy includes interviews with Cyndi Lauper, John Lydon, Lars Ulrich, Eric Bogosian, Rob Zombie, Cherry Vanilla, and quite a lot more.

After an upcoming run in Los Angeles this week, the film will screen again in at the Nighthawk Cinema on July 31. It will then head to the ether on Netflix, iTunes, and On-Demand.

You can check out the trailer below and find out more info here.

 

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