END OF THE CENTURY - THE STORY OF THE RAMONES -MOVIE

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END OF THE CENTURY - THE STORY OF THE RAMONES documentary-movie is directed by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields. It is edited by Jim Fields and John Gramaglia. Producers are Jim, Michael, Diana Holtzberg, Andrew Hurwitz and Jan Rofekamp.

I did searched many different release dates of the End Of The Century DVD. In France, Switzerland and Spain the street date for the DVD was on March 22, 2005, distributed by Warner, in Finland and Denmark (probably also in whole Scandinavia) on March 23, 2005 (by Warner), in Greece March 28, 2005 (Warner), in Germany (Warner) and UK (Tartan Films) on April 25, 2005...
In USA Magnolia Pictures & Rhino Home Video present DVD, the street date was on March 15, 2005.

Michael Gramaglia spent his early years in Mamaroneck, New York. After high school, he worked as a boom and video operator before moving to Rome for three years where he apprenticed under cameraman Vittorio Storaro. Upon his return to the United States, he daylighted in an entertainment financial management firm where he worked with and befriended The Ramones. End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones is his first film.
Jim Fields was born in Manhattan; after graduating from Vassar College, he became an apprentice editor and, later, an editor and graphic designer for television commercials and music videos. End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones is also his first film.

Running time: 112 minutes (movie)/ 150 minutes (DVD).

Subtitles (DVD): England, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain.

DVD extras:
Extras are really great, like Joe Strummer tells earnestly how big influence he thinks Ramones has for our music world. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein tells their memories relaxing way etc.

- End Of The Century trailer.
- Deleted scene-Clem Burke as Elvis Ramone.
- Joey Ramone radio interview excerpts from FM 106.3.
- Marky Ramone drum technique.
- Johnny Ramone interview excerpts.
- Richie Ramone interview excerpts.
- Dee Dee Ramone interview excerpts.
- Joe Strummer interview excerpts.
- Tommy Ramone in Forest Hills interview excerpts.
- Debbie Harry and Chris Stein interview excerpts.
- Neighborhood friend Ritchie Adler interview excerpts.
- Who Wrote What On The First 3 Albums by Tommy Ramone.


* HOMEPAGE OF THE MOVIE
* UK SITE

Description:
The film's timeline begins in 1968, years before the band's formation in the Forest Hills section of Queens, with the boys hanging around the neighborhood playground. It ends shortly after their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002 and Dee Dee's death from a drug overdose. Among the rare footage in the film is a September 1974 performance in which the band is dressed in a more glam-rock fashion than their signature ripped jeans and leather jackets.

Longer description by Colin Geddes:
New York City was caught off guard in 1974 by the angry scream of punk. Raw and unrestrained, it was a sharp contrast to the soothing banality of soft rock and disco. At the forefront of the scene were The Ramones: looking like they had leapt out of a Saturday morning cartoon, they were a grotesque version of The Monkees, strung out on sugar-coated cereal as they ripped through three-chord songs about sniffing glue, the neighbourhood, teenage sex and angst.
End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones is a chronicle of a band whose influence reaches over two generations of musicians. They were kids who grew up together, a gang of misfits united in the belief in salvation and deliverance through the power of rock'n'roll. True pioneers of the punk DIY (do-it-yourself) philosophy, they just picked up instruments and played - talent be damned!
It was a rocky road for the pseudo-brothers: the success that always seemed around the corner continually faded in the distance, as they were robbed of the title of the originators of punk by the British bands they inspired. The film's title refers to their 1980 album of the same name, produced by the infamous, gun-toting, hit song guru Phil Spector - an endeavour that strained the already tenuous relation between band members. Alcohol and substance abuse divided them further and poor record sales turned dreams of rock glory into gigging as a means of employment.
First-time filmmakers Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields shared a love for punk through their high school days and their passion is evident in this candid portrait of a band torn by power struggles and consequences of the lifestyle. Never straying too far from the immediate subject, End of the Century moves from the band's early years, through to the deaths of Joey and Dee Dee and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Together with unseen live and studio footage, extensive interviews with the ex-bandmates, family, friends and figures from New York City's punk scene, End of the Century not only documents an important chapter in music history, but also chronicles the bonds of childhood friendship and their gradual breakdown.
Colin Geddes


Trailers:
Windows Media Player:
http://www.rhino.com/videoplayers/ramones/970399_trailer_400.asx
http://www.rhino.com/videoplayers/ramones/970399_trailer_100.asx
http://www.rhino.com/videoplayers/ramones/970399_trailer_56.asx

Quicktime:
http://www.rhino.com/videoplayers/ramones/970399_trailer.mov



Some screenings:

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92YTribeca (New York, USA) has a screening of End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones on May 1, 2009 at 8PM. Venue: 92YTribeca Screening Room (200 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013). Directors Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia in person for post-screening Q&A.

- Rokumentti - Rock Film Festival will be held in Joensuu, Finland from 16th to 18th November, 2007. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones will be shown there and also another director Michael Gramaglia will be there.

- Shortened one hour version of the End Of The Century will be broadcasted on public network in The Netherlands on Tuesday Feb 14, 2006 at 20.25h ( NPS, Ned. 3).

- Swedish National TV will be showing End Of The Century movie at 22.35 (11.35PM) on January 11, 2006.

- And in Finland TV2 will be showing End Of The Century movie at 22:05 (10:05PM) on April 5, 2005. Second time it was shown in Finland on July 21, 2007.

* More North-America/ UK Dates
January 17-18, 2005, Royal Cinema, Toronto, ON
January 14-17, 2005, Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB
January 20-23, 2005, Regina Public Library Theatre, Regina, SK
January 28, 2005, IFI, Dublin, UK
February 2-3, 2005, Bookshelf Cinema, Guelph, ON
February 4, 2005, Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, UK
February 4, 2005, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
February 8, 2005, Cinecenta, Victoria, BC
February 9-10, 2005, Fox Cinema, Toronto, ON
February 14-15, 2005, Paradise Cinema, Toronto, ON
February 19-20, 2005, Revue Cinema, Toronto, ON
February 27-March 2, 2005, Bytowne, Ottawa, ON

* See Japan dates here.
- Tokyo, Cine Saison, November 27, 2004 - February 11, 2005
- Osaka, Theatre Umeda, January 8, 2005 - February 11, 2005
- Kyoto, Kyoto Minami-Kaikan, February 19, 2005 - March 4, 2005
- Fukuoka, Cine Libre Hakata-Station, Spring 2005
- Kobe, Cine Libre Kobe, TBA
- Nagoya, Nagoya Cinematheque, TBA

* End Of The Century is in first Mar Del Plata International Independent Film Festival in Argentina. Festival is between December 1-10, 2004. End Of The Century is on December 6 at 21:30 (Paseo Diagonal 3), December 7 at 21:30 (Paseo Diagonal 3) and December 8 at 14:00 and 21:30 (Paseo Diagonal 2).

* End Of The Century movie plays in Holland on IDFA documentary festival in Amsterdam. Dates and places are: November 20, 2004: FM Cinerama 2 (3doc12 programma) at 19:00 (7PM), November 22, 2004: City 2 at 10:00 (10AM) and November 27, 2004: City 2 at 21:30 (9:30PM).

* End Of The Century movie is being shown in Derry, Northern Ireland on November 27, 2004. It's being shown in the Strand Cinema at 2:30PM, as part of the Foyle Film Festival.

* Denmark premiere of End Of The Century is in CPH:DOX, it is the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. First show is at Cinemateket on November 6, 2004 10PM, next shows are at Vester Vov Vov on November 9, 2004 7PM and at Cinemateket on November 13, 2004 9:45PM.

* End Of The Century is in Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden. Festival is between November 18-28, 2004. End Of The Century is on November 20, 2004 (7PM, Bio Mauritz), November 21 (9PM, Bio Mauritz) and November 22 (10PM, Bio Victor). Tickets are 55 kronor.

* More USA/ Canada Dates
August 20, 2004, Angelika Film Center, Manhattan, NY.
August 27, 2004, Landmark Act 1&2 Cinemas, Berkeley, CA.
August 27, 2004, Landmark Lumiere 3, San Francisco, CA.
September 3, 2004, Landmark Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.
September 10, 2004, Landmark Nuart Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
September 17, 2004, Landmark E-Street Cinema, Washington, DC.
October 8, 2004, Starz Film Center, Denver, CO.
October 29, 2004, UA Clovis Town Center Movies 8, Clovis, CA
October 29, 2004, Landmark Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
October 29, 2004, Landmark Varsity Theater, Seattle, WA
October 29, 2004, The Bijou at Crossroads, San Antonio, TX
November 4, 2004, Bijou (University of Iowa), Iowa City, IA
November 5, 2004, Cinestudio, Hartford, CT
November 5, 2004, Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT
November 5, 2004, Landmark Inwood 3 Theatres, Dallas, TX
November 6, 2004, Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
November 9, 2004, Olympia Film Society, Olympia, WA
November 11, 2004, The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
November 12, 2004, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York, PA
November 12, 2004, The Loft, Tucson, AZ
November 12, 2004, Royal Cinema, Toronto, ON
November 12, 2004, Cinema du Parc, Montreal, PQ
November 18, 2004, Guild Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
November 19, 2004, Bloor Cinema, Toronto, ON
November 19, 2004, Paradise Cinema, Toronto, ON
November 19, 2004, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
November 19, 2004, Angelika Film Center Houston, Houston, TX
November 19, 2004, Landmark Greenway 3, Houston, TX
November 19, 2004, Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, SC
November 19, 2004, Times Cinema, Milwaukee, WI
November 25, 2004, Art Center Cinema, Salina, KS
November 28, 2004, Fox Cinema, Toronto, ON
November 30, 2004, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
November 30, 2004, Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, MO
December 3, 2004, Cinema 21, Portland, OR
December 3, 2004, Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles, CA
December 11, 2004, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY
December 15, 2004, Princess Cinema, Waterloo, ON

* On October 1, fans in the U.K. will have the chance to see End Of The Century on the big screen at the 12th annual Raindance Film Festival in London, the U.K.'s largest independent film festival. Second (extra) screening is on Sunday October 3 at 22:30pm at the UGC Shaftsbury Cinema in the Trocadero Centre. For Tickets please call 0871 200 2000.

* Screening at the Punk Congress in Kassel, Germany on September 25, 2004 at 17:40-19:30 in Bali-Kino.

* Edinburgh Internationl Film Festival 2004, Scotland, first screening: Friday August 27, 2004 at 22:00, Cameo 1 and second screening: August 28, 2004 at 17:30, Cameo 1.

* 51st Sydney Film Festival, Australia, first screening: Dendy Opera Quays on June 18, 2004 at 09:30 and second at Dendy Opera Quays on June 25, 2004 at 07:40.

* International Inde Cinema Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. First screening: Wednesday April 14, 2004 at Cosmos cinema ( address: Av. Corrientes 2046, Buenos Aires) 21.45 and second screening: Sunday April 25, 2004 at Hoyts (Sala 8) cinema (address: Av. Corrientes 3247, Buenos Aires) 23.00.
Tickets: On line at www.holacine.com and the festival's website is www.bafilmfest.com

* End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones was shown at Tampere Film Festival in Wednesday March 3, 2004, 10:00PM (hall Plevna 2). Tampere International Film Festival also organised extra screening in Saturday March 6, 2004.
There was also 2 Ramoniac parties in March 3 after End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones movie in Tampere. Soon after movie ended Pojat show started at Pooli Booli bar, there was as a special guest singer Joey Luumaki of Ne Luumaet. Tickets were 3 euros. Juspa of Burning Pipe Harmony informed me in advance that he also play with his friends Ramones covers etc. at Sputnik after movie is ended. Their show was also success :)

* End Of The Century got European premiere at Berlin filmfestival in the 2nd week of February, 2004. Screening dates in Berlin for End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones:
- Sunday February 8, 2004 (CineStar 7, 20:00)
- Monday February 9, 2004 ( CineStar 7, 22:30)
- Tuesday February 10, 2004 (Cinestar 7, 14.30)
- Saturday February 14, 2004 (CinemaxX 7, 22:30)
The film was presented in the PANORAMA DOKUMENTE within the Official Programme of the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2004. The press was invited to the premiere and a press talk with the audience was held directly after the screening in the cinema.

* End Of The Century in Toronto Film Festival. 1st Screening - Wednesday, Sept 10, 2003 - 11:59pm (Midnight) - Varsity 8 Cinema and 2nd Screening - Friday, Sept 12, 2003 - 6:00pm - ROM Cinema.

* End Of The Century was shown on Thursday May 29, 2003, 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre - 6712 Hollywood Blvd, LA in The Slamdance Film Festival.


Reviews:

Click here to read long, extensive and manysided review by Heiko Gerdes

Review by Annoyed Grunt:
There are two predominant types of music documentaries. They're either a complete love letter to the band or a tell all, behind the music expose. 'End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones" bridges the gap and becomes a tell all documentary about how The Ramones rose to greatness. It's the story of how a lanky kid with obsessive compulsive disorder, a neighbourhood bully and a heroin addict formed a highly influential band, ended up hating each other (but still toured for 16 years) and then ended up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I've racked my brain for a day and I can't objectively review this movie. The Ramones are my favourite band this side of The Misfits, so I'd probably like just about anything they put on the screen. Hell, I even liked Rock and Roll High School, but I didn't expect to like it this much. I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival in the basement of a museum with the subway rumbling by every fifteen minutes. Actually, it added to the gritty, unpolished feel of the documentary and the music itself. When you add in the cost of taking the train in to town, I payed $25 to see this movie and I'd gladly do it again.
To describe the film as a labour of love wouldn't even start to describe the years and years of work the directors put in to the film. They were able to compile interviews with just about everyone who has ever been in the band (with one glaring exception), critics, peers and other various hangers on. The interviews are insightful as Johnny Ramone tries to downplay the friction in the band, but soon has those claims refuted by his wife whop is sitting off screen. He tries to come off cold and uncaring, but every once and a while he lets a bit of emotion slip out. On the other hand, Dee Dee Ramone is open and honest, but is seems to be hopped up on goofballs. He had a history of drug abuse and eventually died of a heroin overdose, so I guess that's to be expected. The only time he isn't forthcoming is when discussing the song "53rd and 3rd", which in itself is very telling. For those who don't know, it's about a junkie who turns gay tricks to pay for his habit, but ends up killing the John. Dee Dee wrote it and for years it has been rumoured that it was partly autobiographical. Even if it is true, it's not nearly as embarrassing or shameful as Dee Dee's solo rap album.
They were also able to dig up some extremely rare footage of the band's early days back when they were playing in front of 10 people. This footage foreshadows the upcoming trouble as the band nearly comes to blows on stage as they argue about what song to play next. They make a point to mention that the early Ramones songs dealt with rather controversial subject matter with songs about sniffing glue and Nazi references. I scoffed at first, but although it may sound tame by today's standards, but as the music blared over the speakers the pretentious critic in thr seat beside me cringed, so I guess it still works.
The title refers to their 1980 album of the same name and it's what sent the band on a slow downward spiral. At that point The Ramones were somewhat successful but highly influential. In fact, the bands that they inspired were outselling tem by a large margin. Hoping to have a huge breakthrough album, they signed Phil Spector to produce. Phil ended up being quite the tyrant as he held them at gun point and spent 13 hours recording the opening chord of "Rock and Roll High School" over and over. Dee Dee walked out in frustration as Joey and Johnny clashed over the direction of the album. Joey wanted to evolve in to more of a pop-ish sound while Johnny wanted the classic Ramones style. Joey ended up winning, but the album didn't do much in terms of sales. After that they were never the same.
However, there are two problems with this documentary, one if which is just a matter of bad timing. Joey Ramone died before they had a chance to interview him and his absence is definitely felt. They tried to fill the void with clips from a radio interview and quotes superimposed on screen, but it's just not the same. The other problem is that the film is a little too rough. Sure, it wouldn't be right to have sleek, over produced documentary about the Ramones but when the time code is still on your clips it makes the film seem almost amateurish. However, the filmmakers plan to polish the film up once they get a distribution deal, and hence the money to pay for it. Despite a few glitches, this is a must seem film for any fan of the Ramones. Non-fans might not be as enamoured, but why the hell would you go see a documentary about a band you didn't like anyway?
Annoyed Grunt

Review by Linda Iorio, USA.
I went to see End Of The Century tonight (August, 2004). Awesome, funny, and sad all at the same time. The film was about 2 hours long. Johnny & Dee Dee seem to have the most time on screen, but all Ramones (including Richie & Clem Burke) are interviewed, and alot of folks associated with the Ramones........ Monte Melnick, Arturo Vega, Seymour & Linda Stein, Mickey Leigh, Charlotte Lesher, Ed Stasium, Gary Kurfist, Roberta Bayley, Legs McNeil, John Holmstrom, Joe Strummer (supposedly his last interview before he died), Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Glen Matlock, Lars (from Rancid), Kirk Hammett, Captain Sensible, and more that I can't remember at the moment. Would have been nice to have Bono interviewed, but no such luck.
From the reviews I've read, I expected Johnny to come across as a self-absorbed jerk, but I didn't get that impression in the film. He does admit that he was tough and not too friendly, but if he wasn't that way, then they wouldn't be the Ramones. I didn't know that he handled the band's financial matters when they were on the road. Dee Dee comes across as the unique individual he was. Without even trying or being aware of himself, he is comical and endearing. He's like the dumb little puppy that you can't help but love. Tommy has quite a bit of air time too. I didn't know that he didn't know how to play the drums when he joined the band!
Don't know what I can say about Joey. He's interviewed as well, but when the movie gets to the point about his death, I can't help but feel sad. I think we all expected Joey to live forever, including Joey himself, as someone in the film said. His brother, Mickey Leigh, really captured what Joey was really like, how shy he was, and how he slowly gained confidence and self-esteem in the band, and how he had no choice but to become a rock star, because of his odd looks.
There is some good early footage of them on stage, including what is supposedly their first time at CBGB's. But the film says that the very first time they played, they threw their guitars down in disgust, and then 2 months later came back and plowed into Blitzkrieg Bop, finally having their shit together.
I thought the funniest scene in the film was when we saw actual footage of one of their famous arguments on stage -- it was hilarious to hear what Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy & Joey were all screaming at each other!
This was a movie that I didn't want to end. I can't wait till it comes out on DVD - hopefully it will. Every seat in the theater was filled, and some people had to sit on the floor in the back. Go to www.endofthecentury.com to see when the film will be coming to your town.
Long Live the Ramones!
Linda Iorio


Article

HERE'S ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BY BILL WERDE. PUBLISHED: APRIL 25, 2004.

Rock Rock, Rock 'n' Roll Standoff

OVER the last 15 months, "End of the Century," a documentary about punk rock's founding fathers, the Ramones, has been shown at major film festivals in New York, Toronto and Berlin. It has attracted a following among influential figures like Nicolas Cage and the director Jim Jarmusch. It has been praised in Variety, Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times for its unflinching portrayal of the dysfunction that both fueled and undermined the Ramones.
About the only thing the film hasn't gained is a release date.
The filmmakers, Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, say the movie has not been released after nearly seven years of work because of the very same tenuous relationships they hoped to document.
With their super-fast, two-minute, three-chord songs, the Ramones almost single-handedly created punk rock in the mid-70's, inspiring bands from the Clash to U2 to Pearl Jam along the way. But while the Ramones presented a united front on their album covers - black leather jackets, canvas Converse sneakers and bowl haircuts - the band was fraught with tension and jealousy among its members. Johnny Ramone, the guitarist, ran the band like a dictator. Dee Dee Ramone, the bassist, was a heroin addict (he died of an overdose in 2002). A cast of drummers came and went because they were either too drunk, too opposed to constant touring or too upset over not getting a larger share of the money from T-shirt sales. And Joey Ramone, the singer, was dumped by his fiancée, Linda, for Johnny in the early 80's. Joey and Johnny did not talk to each other during the 15 more years the Ramones toured until they retired in 1996. Joey and Johnny, in fact, never reconciled before Joey died of lymphatic cancer in April 2001.
"Part of what made the Ramones great was this negative energy they had that really worked for them," said Mr. Gramaglia. "It hasn't always worked so well for us."
When Mr. Fields and Mr. Gramaglia, now both 40, began the project in 1998, they were novice filmmakers, full of passion and completely lacking in any real sense of how to make a movie. They had met in 1980 at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County and bonded over cars and the music they both loved - outcast rock like the Buzzcocks, Clash and, of course, the Ramones.
When he proposed making the documentary, Mr. Gramaglia was an assistant to Ira Herzog, the Ramones' longtime accountant. "All along," Mr. Fields said, "Joey was afraid it was going to be a movie about Johnny's perspective, and Johnny was afraid it would be a movie about Joey's perspective."
But Joey died before the filmmakers could interview him. "He e-mailed me on New Year's Eve and said he was looking forward to a three-hour therapy session," Mr. Gramaglia said. The next day, Joey walked out of his East Village apartment, slipped on some ice and broke his hip. His cancer killed him before he could leave the hospital.
Instead, Mr. Gramaglia and Mr. Fields used audio recordings of Joey that they obtained from Donna Gaines, a reporter for The Village Voice. The filmmakers submitted a rough cut of the movie to the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah. It was accepted and shown for the first time publicly at the festival in January 2003.
Even when the movie was shown at Slamdance, the filmmakers had not obtained permission to use archival concert footage and music from the Ramones and other bands. They had also never gotten the Ramones to sign releases for their interviews, which took more than three years to conduct. Now Dave Frey, the manager who represents Joey's half of Ramones Productions Inc., and Mickey Leigh, Joey's brother, say they will withhold their approval until the movie contains more Joey. "He's totally absent," Mr. Frey said. "Why not take out the three minutes of Joey and call it `End of the Century, the Story of Three Ramones'?"
The film's release has been further complicated by the filmmakers' financial situation. By the time the film was presented at Slamdance, Mr. Gramaglia and his brother, John, a producer, had amassed a debt of about $65,000 in production expenses. They owed Chinagraph, an editing house, another $150,000 and they estimated they would have to spend several hundred thousand dollars more to secure the rights to music and concert footage.
Meanwhile, distributors were offering them $30,000 for the rights to the movie. "We assumed we would make such a great movie that the Ramones would just love it and sign off, and someone would say: `It's great. Here's a million dollars,' " Mr. Gramaglia said. "We were so naïve."
Mr. Fields laughs at how clueless he was then. Penelope Spheeris, the director of the punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization" as well as "Wayne's World," introduced "End of the Century" at the Slamdance festival. Afterward, she found Mr. Fields. "She was like, `Wow, do you have all the music rights?' I was like: `Yeah! Sure! Totally!' I had no idea what she was talking about."
The version of the film that played at Slamdance and the TriBeCa Film Festival was a bit unwieldy at more than two hours. (It has since been shortened to 90 minutes.) But its tracing of the band's origins from glue-sniffing toughs from Queens to kings of punk resonated with a sincerity and sweetness that won over critics and the audience. Among its highlights are the last known interview with Joe Strummer, the Clash frontman, before he died of a heart attack in December 2002; early performance footage of the Ramones at the famous Manhattan club CBGB's, in which they fight with each other onstage over which song to play; and several hilarious observations from the spacey (but incisive) Dee Dee. More than anything else, the film chronicles a band chasing a breakthrough hit that never comes.
"The first night I watched it," Johnny Ramone said, "I thought, `Whoa, this is dark.' It actually disturbed my sleep. If someone asked, `Did you guys get along?' I'd say no. But seeing a whole movie dedicated to our not getting along? It's like we were a bunch of nuts!"
Later he showed the film to one of his friends, Mr. Cage. (Johnny was the best man at Mr. Cage's wedding to Lisa Marie Presley). He in turn set up a screening at the offices of the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills last May. The screening was attended by film and music industry luminaries including Sofia Coppola, Adrien Brody, Flea and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "The Ramones were a relentlessly honest band," Mr. Cage said in an e-mail message from Chicago, where he's working on a new film. "I think this documentary shows just how honest."
Today, Mr. Gramaglia and Mr. Fields are working to find more footage of Joey Ramone to add to the movie and to secure distribution deals to cover their expenses. The filmmakers say they are negotiating with the Warner Music Group for the DVD rights and with Magnolia Pictures for a theatrical release of the movie. The filmmakers are optimistic that the film will come out this summer.
Since they began making "End of the Century," Mr. Gramaglia and Mr. Fields have both gotten married. Mr. Gramaglia's parents died. Mr. Fields has a 2-year-old son, and his wife, Maria Arbusto, no longer allows him to discuss the film at home. "We sacrificed everything," he said. "Maybe that was dumb, but it was a great story about an important band that no one understood. The Ramones just wanted to be a band and follow their passion. And that's what we did."

Article by Bill Werde


Letter from Jim Fields, March 2004:
OBS!, I WANTED TO KEEP THIS LETTER ON MY SITE EVEN PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED AND THEY GOT CONTRACT.
To all of the fans who have written me, and even the ones who haven't: We need your help. We're on the cust of signing a U.S. distribution deal for End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. But there are some people in the way who believe that no one cares about the Ramones any more... they're nothing, etc. To tip the balance and show these uncreative beaurocrat assholes that the Ramones have a huge fan base and people care, I'm asking that you do 2 things:
> Visit our website at
www.endothecentury.com to show that we are getting lot's of traffic.
> Secondly, send lots and lots of email enquiries to www.ramonesworld.com (the official ramones site) and demand that this movie be released!
We'd appreciate it.

We've spent 8 years and our own money making this film. We're not going to make any money off it because the pie is going to be split amongst the band, the distributor and the music publisher. Fine. We'll starve. But I think we can all agree this is worthwhile project and should see the light of day! Check out all our press on our website. We've received rave reviews and have been invited in the top film festivals so please please help!
RAMONES FANS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
Jim Fields, co-director, End of the Century