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Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man


John recently wrapped filming on his first feature film as the lead actor, a starring role in Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man. In a role originally slated for Eric Roberts, John portrays real-life musician and youth advocate, Buzzy Martin. Buzzy’s story is a fascinating one: After years of chasing the elusive rock and roll dream, Buzzy found his purpose in life teaching music to at-risk youth. Then, a 12-week contract to teach music to inmates at San Quentin led to a 3 1/2-year mission of ‘salvation through music’ at the Q. Buzzy’s mantra of “Educate, Don’t Incarcerate” is a message that’s never been more relevant in today’s world of prisons for profit and wild inequities in how social justice is meted out on the streets.

Director Rocky Capella (center) and some of the incredible "Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man" crew inside San Quentin.

Director Rocky Capella (center) and some of the incredible “Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man” crew inside San Quentin.

Along with a cast of up and coming Bay Area talent, John also shares the screen with notables such as Mark Rhino Smith (Zootopia, Batman Begins) and Charlie Musselwhite (Grammy-award winning blues musician). The film will be released some time in 2017, with an eye towards the festivals.