There was no red carpet in sight at the Dying Famous film premiere Saturday night, Oct. 15.
An hour before the first official screening of Michael D. Gough’s latest documentary, which profiles local rockers Dying Famous, leather-clad band members mulled around the Egyptian Theatre lobby. The scene was more weathered black T’s than little black dress, and attendees rocked 3/4-inch gauge earplugs over three-inch heels.
A former Egyptian employee, Dying Famous vocalist Zane McGinley, was psyched to finally make it onto the big screen himself.
“I met Michael Gough, the director, when he premiered his first film Autumn Angel here in 2006,” said McGinley. “He’s the first independent filmmaker to sell out the Egyptian, actually, from Idaho.”
Though McGinley admitted it was uncomfortable to have a camera in his face for seven months as his band toured through California and played the Whiskey a Go Go, he was ultimately pleased with the finished film.
“Some of it makes me uncomfortable, but I couldn’t request any kind of censoring; you gotta be honest and get out of the way and let Michael do his thing,” said McGinley.
Gough stood out from the rest of the rock ’n’ roll crowd Saturday night in a tailored suit and tie. Though he was excited for the film’s premiere, he said it had been a long time in the making.
“I basically had to join the band and join the lifestyle in order to understand the lifestyle … I had to really live the same way that they lived, which was just barely making it,” explained Gough.
Though his previous films have tackled varied topics—suicidal vampires (The Sanguinarian), cursed teens (Autumn Angel)—Gough joked that he might choose a more bourgeois subject for his next movie.
“There’s method actors, I think maybe I’m a method director,” Gough said, laughing. “I need to start making movies about rich people.”