I’m Your Captain: The Mark Farner Story

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he tells the boy. “It is a terrible fight…between two wolves.

“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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In the age of Reality Show sensationalism, stories about Rock Stars have become a virtual franchise.

Today’s “Rockumentaries” seem to follow a simple formula; they begin by tracing the rise and fall of a group’s success, peppered with tales of excessive drug and alcohol abuse, womanizing, and destructive behavior, followed by irreconcilable differences which ultimately leads to the group’s break up…Sound familiar?

In 2013, Flagday Productions will première I’m your Captain – The Mark Farner Story on PBS, and in theaters and film festivals worldwide.

“I’m your Captain – The Mark Farner Story” promises to be an inspirational story of struggle and redemption. Yes, there is the rise and a fall from success. Yes, there is tragedy and tales of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Yet, where most stories end, this is where ours begin.

The above parable of the two wolves, speaks to Mark’s own Cherokee soul.

This is a story about the one he feeds…

A rebooted passion and desire to ignite his career is now fueled by his love and devotion to his family. Guided by faith, country, and a deep commitment to his Native American roots, this is an intimate look into the life of an extraordinary American.

This is not a reality show. It is the story of one man’s personal and professional journey, through the alluring, unpredictable, exciting, chaotic and sometimes cruel world of the music industry, all the while attempting to remain true to his family and his music.

Truth is stranger than fiction. As a founding member of Grand Funk Railroad, he achieved stardom by the time he was 20. With a music career that spans over 40 years and over 30 million records sold, he’s lived the American dream and experienced the nightmares that followed.

For anyone who grew up in the 70′s, the name Mark Farner resides alongside some of the most iconic names in rock music. With rare clips, live performances and a host of rock stars and friends appearing in the film, Farner journeys to take his rightful place in rock history. Upon its release, “I’m Your Captain” will be a 60-minute documentary, released theatrically worldwide prior to its PBS Broadcast, in 2013.