Prey For Rock and Roll
Closes San Francisco
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Top to bottom: "Prey for Rock and
Roll" logo; Gina Gershon and Drea de Matteo, who
star in the film; Cheri Lovedog
For musician, songwriter, vocalist, screenplay
writer Cheri Lovedog, the long road from L.A. punk rocker, to
Santa Cruz based tattoo artist, to underground musical in New
York, and finally to feature film starring Gina Gershon and Drea
deMatteo has been quite an excursion. We had the pleasure of working
with Cheri during the period in which her play was first presented
at CBGB's, and the rights to produce a film based on her musical
was picked up by an ambitious independent producer.
The finished film was included in the 2003 Sundance
Festival and received strong notices, and should be released theatrically
later this year. It closes the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film
Festival on June 29th at the Castro Theatre in San
Cheri Lovedog received an honorable discharge
from the coast guard in 1978, where her duties included search
and rescue. She moved to Hollywood and put together the all-girl
rock band known as "Lovedog" and played the LA club scene from
1980-93. Lovedog opened for such bands as Jane's Addiction, Guns
and Roses, Hole, L7, the Lunachicks, the Descendents, TSOL, and
X. Cheri wrote a column for Rock Review called "Hollywood
Trash and Tinsel," a running commentary on band life and the local
club scene. She also promoted and booked some of the first underground
rock clubs in the LA area, most notably Club Hell, Leather Barbies
Rec Room, the Galaxy, 13 Hail Mary's, and Lipstick Fix.
In 1993 Cheri moved to Santa Cruz, California,
where she began turning her experiences into an off-Broadway play
with her own original music. Cheri also opened Lovedog Tattoo
and Art Studio with her partner Robin Prey, both of which have
received the local "Best of Santa Cruz" awards several years running.
Cheri's play, Prey for Rock & Roll, was produced off-Broadway
by FatChance Productions, and enjoyed a successful run at CBGB
NYC the summer of 2000. After the play and original music received
wonderful reviews, Cheri took the next step and wrote the screenplay.
Lovedog got to adapt the original work into
the screenplay herself, as well as having her original songs used
for the film. Alex Steyermark (Hedwig and The Angry Inch)
was brought in to direct and the cast included Gina Gershon, Drea
de Matteo ("The Sopranos") and Lori Petty (Tank Girl).
Joan Jett also makes a cameo appearance. Check it out.