Party Dream (2022)
The story of Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – the craziest live band you’ve never seen. We follow Ultimate Donny and Gil Mantera’s life as unlikely step-brothers, growing up in hard-scrabble Youngstown, Ohio. Footage from their insane live show provides a vicarious thrill, fueled by electronic rock, ridiculous fashion and no small amount of booze. As Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) says in the film, “A few of their shows were some of the funniest things I’ve ever seen happen in person. It was all pretty genius.” Once the party starts to fizzle, we witness two brothers driven in opposite directions by the hard reality of the music business. One, a mysterious figure. The other, a gregarious frontman searching for new beginnings. Could there ever be a chance at a reunion? Or is it too late to grasp the Party Dream?
Director: Aaron Hagele, Tim Slowikowski
Producer: Aaron Hagele, Tim Slowikowski, Leo A. Kovalik, Jr., Callin Passero, Melissa Burns, Stacey Goldschmidt, Gabriel Cullen
Cast: Richie aka “Ultimate Donny”, Glen aka “Gil Mantera”, Patrick Carney, Tony Paterra, Brian James Gage aka “Tartron”, Jarrod Weeks aka “Lord Grunge”, Jackson O’Connell-Barlow, Aspasia “Elmsworth” Bernacki, Sean O’Malley, Andrew Skikne