What We Do Is Secret (2007)


A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

General Info

Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

Post Production: 2007

Release Date: August 8, 2008

Rating: R

Duration: 92 Minutes

16 mm Black and White/ Color

Director: Rodger Grossman

Writer: Rodger Grossman and Michelle Baer Ghaffari

Screenplay:  Rodger Grossman

Starring: Shane West, Bijou Phillips, Rick Gonzalez

Executive Producer: Michael LaFetra, David G. Mack, Damon Martin

CO- Executive Producers:  Andre Rellis, Lise Romanoff

Co-Producers:  Michelle Baer Ghaffarim Andy Wombell

Producers: Rodger Grossman, Kevin Mann, Stpehen Nemeth, Matthew Perniciaro, Todd Traina

Associate Producer: John W. Davidson

Line Producer: Bruce Wayne Gillies

Production Companies:  Coalition Film, Foundation Films, Picture Machine, Red Rover Films, Rhino Films

Distributors: King Record Co, Vitagraph Films, Peace Arch Entertainment Group

Other Companies:  Valerie Ann Nemeth, Central Casting, Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Departure Studios, Murphy R, NovaStar Digital, Reder and Feig


Official Movie Website



Movie Photos

Official Soundtrack

Festival /Awards:

Los Angeles Film Festival, June 23, 2007

Newport Beach Film Festival 2008: Won Achievement Award- Feature Film

Philadelphia Film Festival 2008: Won Rising Star Award- Shane West

Prism Awards 2008: Nominated Prism Awards- Film Festival Release


Interview with Shane West
“Shane West on Joining the Germs and ‘What We Do is Secret.’ Rolling Stones  Magazine, August 6, 2008. Web. 27, June 2012.Link

Nylon Magazine Interview
Sheffield and Nylon TV. Behind the Scenes of What We do is Secret

Interview with Rodger Grossman

Social Media/ Press:

MTV Movies Blog



Baird, Justin. “ What We Do Is Secret.”  Not For The Cool Kids, January 2012. Web. 31,           May 2012. Link

Burr, Ty. “ The Germs and Punk Anarchy in the USA.” Boston.Com August 22, 2008. Web. 31, May 2012.Link

Campos, Eric. “ What We Do Is Secret.” Film Threat, August 22, 2008. Web. 31, May 2012.  Link

Catsoulis, Jeanette. “ In Search of Posthumous Adulation.” The New York Times, August 7, 2008.Link

Cooper, Chris.” What We Do is Secret and Bronson 2 Amazing Biopics! The Small Town Critic, June 17, 2009. Web. 28, May 2012. Link

Emerson, Jim. “ What We Do Is Secret.” Chicago Sun Times, August 14, 2008. Link

Gallo, Phil. “ What We Do Is Secret.”  Variety, July 25, 2007.  Web. 31, May 2012. Link

Kempler, David. “ What We Do Is Secret.” Big Picture Big Sound,August 7, 2008. Web. 31, May 2012.Link

Morton, Dan. “ What We Do Is Secret.: Metropolis, December 3, 2009. Web. 31, May 2012.Link

Ordona, Michael. “ The Many Sides of Darby Crash.” Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2008. Link

Thompson, Elise. “What We Do is Secret.” The Laist, June 6, 2007. Web. 27, June 2012. Link

Wiegand, David. “ Movie Review: Germ’s ‘Toxic’ Secret.” San Francisco Chronicle August 29, 2008.Link

Yost, Jonathan. “ What We Do Is Secret.” Racket, August, 5 2010. Web. 31, May 2012 .Link


Fredrick, Brittany. “ The Television Balcony- What We Do is Secret.” Digitial Air Wave, October 2, 2010. Web. 27, June 2012. Link

“Filming Completed on Germs Biopic.” Billboard 2012. Web. 27, June 2012. Link

Harrington, Richard. “ A Punk Legacy Takes a New Form.”  Washington Post, August  4, 2006.Link

“HFO Features.” Hollywood Film Office, 2008. Web. 27, June 2012. Link

Payne, John. “Crash Landing: What We Do Is Secret.” Los Angeles Weekly, August 20, 2008.LA Weekly

“Filming Completed on Germs Biopic.” Billboard 2012. Web. 27, June 2012. Link

Snaith, Simone. “’What We Do Is Secret’ At the Nuart 8/22.”  The Laist, August 6, 2008. Web. 28, June 2012.Link