Rock ‘n’ Roll, Murder and Hair Tangle in Indie Film Seeking Funding

The poster for 'Shampoo and Death'

Rock ‘n’ roll, hair and murder are some of the key ingredients in an upcoming film, Shampoo and Death, written and directed by Harley Di Nardo, best known as the owner of Downtown Jersey City salon, Shampoo JC.

Di Nardo, inspired by his days as a stylist and also as lead singer for rock band White Light Motorcade, says the movie will be partially filmed at his salon, located at 107 Columbus Dr., with classic rock ‘n’ roll pieces by local artists as part of the backdrop.

Here’s a brief synopsis: The year is 1977 and David Tangier’s sense of identity is all but destroyed as he is living the life of a hairdresser to provide a comfortable life for his wife, when all he ever wanted to do was become a famous musician. When talented, handsome, punk rocker Javy Bates shows up for a job at David’s salon, however, this old-time rocker thinks he has found a solution to his alienation. Attempts at collaboration, accusations of music theft and chaos ensues.

Di Nardo gives an even briefer summary: “It’s a murder mystery planted in the history of rock.”

To help boost the film, Di Nardo launched a Kickstarter campaign which aims to raise $77,000 by June 4.

The campaign will fund casting, costume and props and more for the film. It will also go toward its original soundtrack, which will feature Di Nardo himself, plus Jody Porter from Fountains of Wayne, Derrek Hawkins formerly of Stabbing Westward and Jonny Dubowsky of Jonny Lives.

In return for their pledges, project backers can get several rewards including a signed copy of the DVD, a Shampoo and Death, a 12-inch vinyl of the film soundtrack, art prints and more in different combinations n return for different amounts. If you’ve got $10,000 to spare, you get all of the available rewards and the production crew will have a sit-down meal with you in your home catered by the restaurant of your choice followed by a private screening. Also, whoever throws down 10K can get a 20-minute short film screenplay written for them based on their personal life story.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter page for Shampoo and Death. You can also see a teaser for the film (designed to show the intended vibe of the project, but not necessarily representative of the final product) here.

Image courtesy of Harley Di Nardo

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.