Daniel Strauch, Michael Marx-Gibbons & Luke James Shaffer On The New Film “Bastards’ Road,” Future Projects, Van Halen & More
Published on May 19th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz
The new film Bastards’ Road tells the story of U.S. Marine combat veteran Jon Hancock’s epic healing journey on foot across the United States. Battling PTSD and looking to reclaim his life after a suicide attempt landed him in the hospital, Jon Hancock walked nearly 6,000 miles around the country — starting in 2016 — visiting Gold Star families and he ended that journey in a grand fashion at Camp Pendleton in southern California. Marines stood at attention every 50 feet for a mile as Hancock completed the last steps of his walk with hundreds of people behind him.
Bastards’ Road world-premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival to sold-out audiences and won “Best Documentary.” It also won the Documentary Audience Award at Slamdance Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at DeadCenter Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at Sunscreen Film Festival, the Audience Award and “Best Cinematography” at Loudoun Arts Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Naples International Film Festival, and “Best Documentary Feature” at Franklin International Independent Film Festival. The Bastards’ Road filmmaking team was led by director/producer Brian Morrison, who also lensed and edited the film, while executive produced by Erin Kenway (the award-winning The Prison Within), written and co-produced by Mark Stafford, and co-produced by Nick Kovacic (Brewmore). The film features a haunting original score by Jeremy Griffiths (“Dare Not Walk Alone”) and a transformational original soundtrack by Daniel Strauch, Michael Marx-Gibbons and Luke James Shaffer of the Aliceanna Collective.
On May 19, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Strauch, Michael Marx-Gibbons and Luke James Shaffer via Zoom, as embedded below. Besides Bastards’ Road, we discussed influences and future projects for all 3 of the musicians. More on Bastards’ Road is here, here and here.