"The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is a very personal project which encompasses many of the things I love about the movies. If I had listened to what the naysayers thought I should do, the movie would not have gotten started, let alone finished. Thankfully, persistence paid off and I completed my dream project with no major compromises. It is my wish that its images will become a lasting part of your film vocabulary—the stuff that dreams are made of."
Born in Costa Rica, Francisco Bulgarelli enrolled at the Castella Arts School at the early age of nine. He continued his art studies at G.S.U. and UCLA extension. Francisco has shot features, music videos, commercials and short films. Recent projects include Innocence Blood, Juke Box Hero and End Game. Bulgarelli and director Paul Bunnell are featured in the March 2012 issue of American Cinematographer, talking about shooting the last of Kodak’s Plus-X 5231 black-and-white film stock on JOHNNY X. “Cinematography is my craft and artistic pursuit. Using the medium to tell powerful stories about the human condition will always be my passion and aspiration.”
Ego Plum is an American musician, award-winning composer and producer from Los Angeles, CA. His inventive and eccentric musical style caught the attention of Nickelodeon in 2008 when he was hired to compose music for Amy Winfrey’s hit series, Making Fiends. In 2011 Ego received an Ovation Honor from the Los Angeles Stage Alliance for his inventive musical score and songs for the Gogol Project. In 2012 Ego won an AOF Award for Best Feature Score for The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. His next scoring project will be for Richard Elfman's long-awaited Forbidden Zone 2: The Forbidden Galaxy, co-composing original music and songs alongside the illustrious Danny Elfman.
Will Keenan was born in Philadelphia and attended New York University while majoring in theater and studying psychology, philosophy and dance. He started his career in underground and cult movies, performing lead roles in Tromeo and Juliet and the first fully digital feature film, Love God. Some of his other starring and producing credits include Politics of Love, Chop, Terror Firmer, Margarita Happy Hour, Alice's Misadventures in Wonderland, The Love Machine, OMC, Hoofboy, Hisss and Trick. "JOHNNY X is most likely my last big screen starring movie role for quite some time (if not forever!) and it's also the first film in which I sing, but most importantly: it will also probably be the very last black-and-white widescreen musical feature ever-to-be-shot on film."
Creed Bratton became a professional musician during his high school and college years and went on to become a founding member of The Grass Roots where iconic hit songs like “Midnight Confessions” cemented their standing as major contributors to the rock music scene in the 1960s. In 2013, Bratton released an original solo album in three acts, as an audio biography, titled "Tell Me About It" and completed his ninth and final season on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show The Office. Recent film projects include Terri, opposite John C. Reilly and Saving Lincoln, a biography set during the civil war period. "My film 'The Ghastly Love of Johnny X' was named the worst film of 2012. It made a hundred and seventeen dollars. I'm excited, no where to go but up."
De Anna Joy Brooks gives an outstanding performance as "Bliss" in The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. She won the lead role from among three hundred competing actresses—and after watching the movie you'll see why. Her past projects include The Strand with Katherine Helmond, as well as featured roles in Neighborhood Watch and Studio House, alongside such notables as Ruta Lee and Debra Wilson. Brooks has written and starred in several hilarious one-woman shows to rave reviews. De Anna has taken some time off from acting to have a baby, but will return in Paul Bunnell's upcoming Rocket Girl.
Reggie Bannister reunites with director Paul Bunnell, having previously worked together on That Little Monster in 1994. A favorite to horror fans far and wide, Reggie is best known for his work in Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm films, Bubba Ho-Tep, and other cult favorites. An accomplished musician and singer since the 1960s, Reggie was a member of Stone Country, Greenwood Singers, The Young Americans and has appeared in many stage and television shows alongside such greats as Red Skelton, Robert Goulet, Bing Crosby, Carol Channing, Sonny and Cher, and Stevie Wonder.
Les Williams comes from a theatre background in Baltimore and Los Angeles. He is a key member of the legendary Sanford Melsner Theatre Group and continues to work in film and television. His film credits include Kiss The Bride with Tori Spelling, the popular TV show Days of Our Lives, TV movies Sketch Artist II and Enemy Within. In 2002 director Paul Bunnell discovered Les Williams in the independent film Training Wheels during a film festival screening and decided to reserve a part for him in JOHNNY X without so much as an audition.
Jed Rowen has had credited parts in nearly 80 films, and considers his part as “Sluggo” in The Ghastly Love of Johnny X to be his best role to date. In recognition of his wide array of movie roles over the years, Jed was awarded the Golden Halo Film Achievement Award by the historic Southern California Motion Picture Council. His film career was also the subject of a featured article in The Atlantic magazine. Jed had a great time working with Paul Bunnell and the rest of the cast and crew of JOHNNY X, and has high hopes for the film.
British born actress Kate Maberly plays “Dandi Conners” in JOHNNY X, a bubbly young fangirl who gets mixed up with a legendary rock star “Mickey O’Flynn”, expertly played by Creed Bratton. Maberly’s breakthrough film role came in 1993 when she starred as “Mary Lennox” in The Secret Garden. This internationally acclaimed performance paved the way for several subsequent leading roles, including “Wendy Darling” in Finding Neverland, opposite Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Kate's recent projects are Standing Up with co-stars Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell .. and Rites of Passage with co-stars Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff.
Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe winner Paul Williams plays the role of "Cousin Quilty" in JOHNNY X. Although most people came to know him as one of Johnny Carson's recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. His film roles include "Gunther Fry" in Tony Richardson's 1965 dark comedy The Loved One, "Virgil" in Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and "Swan" in Brian De Palma's 1974 cult classic Phantom of the Paradise, in which he not only starred, but wrote the Oscar nominated song score. Be sure and see the new documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive.
Kevin McCarthy is most remembered for starring in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) directed by Don Siegel, and for the original Twilight Zone series, playing the title character in the classic episode “Long Live Walter Jameson.” McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952 for his portrayal of “Biff” in Death of a Salesman and worked with director and star Anthony Hopkins in the 2007 film Slipstream. Sadly, Kevin passed away in 2010, shortly after completing work on JOHNNY X, making it his final feature film appearance.