Rob Stefaniuk’s SUCK premieres in NYC at MoMA March 19 + 22

Hey New York City! Get ready to fang-bang at the MoMA
Hey New York City! Get ready to fang-bang at the MoMA

Directed by Rob Stefaniuk
Screens in New York City at MoMA as part of Canadian Front 2010

rock’n’roll never dies

Friday March 19, 2010, 7:15pm
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1)

Monday March 22, 2010, 7:00pm
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1)

The Museum Of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-708-9400
Adult $10, Seniors $8, Students $6, Members Free

Tickets available at the door or purchase online:


Rob Stefaniuk  | Jessica Paré  |  Malcolm MacDowell  |  Dave Foley  |  Barbara Mamabolo | Paul Anthony  |  Chris Ratz  |  Mike Lobel  |  Nicole de Boer  |  Iggy Pop  |  Alice Cooper  |  Henry Rollins  |  Moby  |  Alex Lifeson  |  Carole Pope  |  Dimitri Coats  |  Calico Cooper

RT: 90 minutes

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Rob Stefaniuk, Barbara Mamabolo, Paul Anthony, Carole Pope, and others  will be in attendance at the Friday March 19 screening.

 Hey, New York City! Get ready to fang-bang in the Museum Of Modern Art.

Coming to America, the darkly-funny vampire rock-musical  SUCK will have its New York premiere at the MoMA next week, as part of the Museum’s annual Canadian Front film showcase. 

It’ll be a second MoMA appearance for SUCK director/actor musician Rob Stefaniuk, following his earlier comedy Phil The Alien.

“Participating in the Canadian Front is a singular honour for any Canadian filmmaker,” says Stefaniuk, “and for a director to have his work shown at MoMa in New York City is very cool.”

SUCK is a psychedelic comedy with a kick ass soundtrack featuring 11 original songs, and classics from Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones.

Joey Winner (Stefaniuk) is a down and out musician, whose band has been playing to empty clubs for over a decade. When his manager (Dave Foley) advises him to fire his manager, his girlfriend (Nicole deBoer) dumps him, and a mysterious bartender (Alice Cooper) suggests he should kill himself, he’s about ready to call it a night. Everything changes however when bass player (Jessica Pare’) goes to an afterhours party with rock and roll vampire (Dimitri Coats).  

When Jennifer returns she’s different. She has a charged, sexual, death energy that is perfect for rock.  People start turning up to the gigs and seem hypnotized by the new and improved line up. As the band tours down this highway to hell, the body count rises with the ticket sales. The band assumes Jennifer keeps getting sick in the sun and disappears at night because she’s on drugs.  Once they get past the American border guard (Alex Lifeson) they play shows with the likes of Beef Bellows (Moby), record with an artist in exile named Victor (Iggy Pop), and wind up on The Rockin’ Roger Morning Show (Henry Rollins). But The Winners are not at the top yet and if Eddie VanHelsig (Malcolm McDowell) has anything to say about it they never will be. When the mysterious bartender returns with an offer for Joey, we realize why so many bands nowadays suck.

SUCK marks Stefaniuk’s second feature turn as director, writer and star. In addition he co-wrote seven of SUCK’s 11 soundtrack songs. The movie is produced by Robin Crumley, Vice President of Capri Vision and by Jeff Rogers. Co-Producer is Victoria Hirst. Executive Producer is Gabriella Martinelli.  Other Executive Producers include Jeff Sackman, Brad Peyton and Terry Markus. Director of Photography is D. Gregor Hagey.

Capri Vision Inc., a division of Capri Films, has rock and rolled SUCK to acclaim since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It subsequently won the People’s Choice Award at the Whistler Film Festival and will make its U.S. debut at SXSW this weekend. It will continue on to the River Run Film Fest and Newport Beach Film Fest. Alliance Films, who own the Canadian rights, are looking at a late summer theatrical release in Canada.

“Needless to say, we are stoked,” says Capri Vision Producer Robin Crumley. “At first glance, you don’t expect to see a genre film in a museum. But the MoMA is a transcendent venue and SUCK is a smart, funny, tradition-busting movie, one we’re immensely proud to see displayed in an artistic environment.”