Do It for Johnny

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Do It For Johnny
Directed by Haylar Garcia
Produced by
  • Scott Baxendale
  • Haylar Garcia
  • Tarik Heitmann
  • Page Ostrow
  • Darcy Grabowsk
Written by Haylar Garcia
Starring Haylar Garcia
Scott Baxendale
Music by Scott Baxendale
Daddy Bruce Lee
Cinematography Jeff Deel
Edited by Haylar Garcia
Tao Engine Philms
Release date
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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".[1][2]


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.[3]


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.[4]


When the film debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Variety referred to it as a "notable premiere".[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won "best documentary" at the 2007 Rainier Independent Film Festival.[6]


  1. ^ American Lutherie: The Quarterly Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers, Issues 89-92. Guild of American Luthiers. 2007. pp. 24–26. 
  2. ^ Siwek, Daniel (January 1, 2007). "review: Do It For Johnny". DVD Talk. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Betty Jo (December 2007). "Johnny Depp, Where Are You?". Reel Talk. Retrieved March 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Betty Jo. "Johnny Depp, Where Are You?" (audio file). December 9, 2007. Blog Talk Radio. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 3, 2007). "Carrey's 'Number 23' to screen at festival". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Whittaker, Win. "2007 Festival Wrap: Here are the films that received top honors at the 2007 RIFF:". Rainier Independent Film Festiva. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 

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