Billy McCarthy: Director, Writer

Billy McCarthy is a former Atlantic Records recording artist, drummer, and bestselling author. His personal highlight in music was performing for over two hours with Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and Tom Peterson, playing his favorite songs on drums from his all time favorite band, Cheap Trick. His most passionate creative pursuit ever is the documentary film, Ferocious Drummers and finally telling the story of the drummer. His drumming motto: “keep it solid and simple.”

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While drumming he has recorded under the likes of multi-platinum record producers Kevin Beamish-(REO Speedwagon, Kenny Chesney), Eddie Kramer, (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix) and others. He was managed under the guidance of Gerry Tolman (CSN) and Bill Aucoin (Kiss, Billy Idol). He toured under the guidance of Creative Artist Agency (CAA). As a music producer McCarthy primarily produced rock, country, and alternative music, placing several of his artists in various Viacom motion pictures while securing development deals for many of his artists through major and independent record labels.

John Saviano: Executive Producer

John Saviano is a veteran of the independent feature film business and has been in the production line-up of more than thirty films. Saviano has also served as a Director of Development for Richard Maynard Productions at Hearst Entertainment where he put more than 20 hours of television and cable into development. Subsequently he was promoted to VP, Production. All of his films are completed on time and in budget. As an amateur musician himself and a huge music fan, his tastes run the gamut from The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen to classical and jazz. Being a guitar player he has readily acknowledged the drummer as a driving force in all musical styles and “Ferocious Drummers” is a passion project and favorite of his.

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He began producing films in 1995 with actors such as Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, Ben Stiller, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Renee Zellweger, Rosanna Arquette and Ellen Burstyn. Some of Saviano’s films include Kushner-Locke’s coming-of-age teen-angst dramedy “Girl” directed by Jonathon Kahn starring Tara Reid, Selma Blair, and Dominique Swain; “The Suburbans,” a musical comedy produced by MPCA, Ignite Entertainment and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films from writer-director-actor Donny Ward, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ben Stiller, Amy Brenneman, Will Ferrel, Craig Bierko and Robert Loggia; “Beyond the City Limits”, starring Nastasja Kinski, Steve Harris, Jennifer Esposito and Allyson Hannigan; “Sin”, an independently financed drama starring Gary Oldman and Ving Rhames, directed by Michael Stevens (“Bad City Blues”), and “Wicked Prayer,” the fourth installment of “The Crow” franchise starring Edward Furlong, Tara Reid, Dennis Hopper, David Boreanaz, and UFC champion fighter Tito Ortiz. His most recent film was “Shrink”, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams.

Ike Rhodes: Co-Producer

Ike Rhodes studied as an SIU Film student and has written/directed three short films and has been a contributing factor in a handful of other original film projects. His love for film was trumped by his passion for hockey when he was lucky enough to be hired on as the Chicago Blackhawks Video Coordinator/Coach (2000-2006). Ike is excited to be back within the creative and collaborative landscape of filmmaking and is proud to be a part of this game-breaking documentary. His favorite musical artists are Mike Patton, Johnny Cash, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and the Truckfighters.


Maggie Nguyen: Associate Producer

Maggie Nguyen is a Detroit-based web designer with a degree in Media Communications from Wayne State University where she studied film and graphic design. She currently serves as a user interface designer for an independent marketing company in southeast Michigan. A basement drummer and music fan, Ferocious Drummers is a project that inspires her personally and creatively. She hopes to contribute her marketing experience to the film during and after production. Her favorite drummers include Matt Cameron, Dave Grohl, Chad Smith, and Stewart Copeland.


Additional Crew

  • Charles BarnhartPA
  • Gary LiebowitzPA
  • James K. OrdPA
  • Khatira RafiqzadaPA
  • Josh WolffPA

  • Jihan AbedallaStill Photography
  • Amy AielloPhotography
  • David BowlerProduction Manager
  • Collin Brink2nd Camera
  • Joseph ButlerAssistant Editor
  • Liz CampbellKey Grip
  • Michael CapulliSound
  • Lisa ClausonCamera Assistant
  • Justin ColletSound
  • Gregory DarlingMusic, Courtesy of FOD Records/Champs des Reves.
  • Giovanna DeanMakeup
  • Belinda EllisAssistant Production Manager
  • Patti FarfanStill Photography
  • Ron Forsythe2nd Camera
  • Tom GavinStrategic Planning
  • John GiannelliGraphic Art
  • Neal GoldSenior Editor
  • Ed GutentagCinematography
  • Carrie HoltProduction Manager
  • Shawn HuangProduction Manager
  • Paul KayeKey Grip
  • Ashley KoehnProduction Manager, Still Photography
  • Pamela ManningStill Photography
  • Scotty McBeeSound
  • David MuhrWeb Developer
  • Rich Pereksta2nd Camera
  • Joe RoachKey Grip
  • Claudia Raschke-Robinson2nd Camera
  • Michelle RubinoKey Make-up
  • Bianca SansostiMake-up
  • Senaca SenaratneCamera
  • Robert SharmanSound
  • Alex SullivanSound
  • Rich SulkoAssistant Editor
  • Warris SupanpongCamera Assistant
  • Erin SvalstadKey Make-up
  • Jill VentimigliaKey Make-up
  • Rachel VineAssistant Production Manager
  • Sonya WatsonKey Make-up
  • Mark “Weisguy” WeissStill Photography
  • Eric WoolCamera