GenreDocumentary, Music WriterHaylar Garcia LanguageEnglish
Release dateJanuary 28, 2007 (2007-01-28) (Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
Do it for johnny
Do It For Johnny is a 2007 documentary film developed by Haylar Garcia and Scott Baxendale, and directed by Garcia about how a group of indie filmmakers try to get Johnny Depp to support their unknown and unfunded screenplay "Narcophonic".
In 2002, Colorado filmmakers/musicians Haylar Garcia and Scott Baxendale began work on a screenplay called "Narcophonic", which takes place over a 30-year period in Rock & Roll history, and chronicles the true-life events of Scott Baxendale's life as a guitar maker. Baxendale and Garcia began the search for an actor to play the film's lead, eventually settling on Johnny Depp. As the fourth draft of the script became finalized in late 2004, Garcia and Baxendale decided to show Depp Baxendale's craftmenship by giving the actor one of his guitars. Over the course of the next few months, Baxendale built a custom design, solid-body electric guitar for Depp. In the rear of the instrument he built a special chamber, meant to house and display the film script. But then arose another problem—how to deliver the guitar to Depp.
With the help of their indie production team and Johnny Depp fans around the world, Garcia and Baxendale chronicle their quest to hand deliver the guitar and script to Johnny Depp, all the while filming their journey.
Haylar Garcia as himself
Scott Baxendale as himself
Darcy Grabowski as herself
Jeff Deel as himself
Damon Scott as himself
Portions of this documentary were filmed in Denver, Colorado, Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, California.
When the film debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Variety referred to it as a "notable premiere".
Awards and nominations
The film won "best documentary" at the 2007 Rainier Independent Film Festival.