2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Hired Gun

Friday, March 18
1:00PM - 2:30PM

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave


Hashtags: #sxsw #HiredGunFilm

This feature length one-off documentary introduces the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. Billy Joel, Whitesnake, P!NK and Metallica are synonymous with their own artistry and success, but who is responsible for their instrumental solos? Who tours with them live? It is the consummate side players who kill it show after show, often playing circles around the actual band members. In “Hired Gun,” viewers learn the firsthand stories from individuals who have mastered their craft and perform on the world’s biggest stages. This film details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of hectic session schedules, and the dedication required to make dreams a reality.

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 90min

Director: Fran Strine

Executive Producer: Jason Hook and Todd Poulson

Producer: Fran Strine, Tim Calandrello

Cinematographer: Gavin Fisher

Editor: Tim Calandrello

Music: The Crystal Method

Principal Cast: P!nk, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, David Foster, Rudy Sarzo, Liberty DeVitto, Justin Derrico, Steve Vai, Steve Lukathur, Brad Gillis


Fran Strine started his career as a touring photographer/videographer with radio titans Nickelback, Staind, Dolly Parton and dozens of other A-List artists. Tired of the grind of touring Fran put his focus on film making and directed his first non-music Doc BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND, A Doc on the effects of PTSD in Veterans.

Public Film Contact
Fran Strine
Hired Gun LLC

Publicity Contact
Tiffany Malloy



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