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About Joe Frantz
Joe Frantz (born July 17, 1977) is an American filmmaker and author, and member of Bam Margera's CKY Crew. His body of works includes "The CKY Video Series", "Haggard The Movie", "Where The F IS Santa", and several installments of the "Jackass" motion picture series.
Frantz has served as producer, director, director of photography, and cameraman on over two hundred episodes of television for MTV, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, The Travel Channel, and various other networks. His popular shows include "MTV's Viva La Bam" and "Bam's Unholy Union".
He worked as a producer and cinematographer on globally popular music videos and music documentaries, for bands such as HIM, Clutch, CKY, Vinnie Paz, and The 69 Eyes.
Frantz has authored several books about addiction. He is the collaborative co-author of the bestselling addiction memoir "Dreamseller, which he wrote with MTV / Jackass personality Brandon Novak. He wrote and created the graphic novel "The Brandon Novak Chronicles", and he authored the Brandon Novak addition biography "The Streets Of Baltimore".
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At seven, Brandon was a skateboard prodigy. By the time he was fourteen, he was living the dream. Discovered by skate legends Bucky Lasek and Tony Hawk, he started touring the U.S. with the elite Powell-Peralta team. Brandon had it all. Then he got hooked on heroin.
Soon the up-and-coming star was living a down-and-out life in a garage, begging for change, and hustling to score his next fix. He stole from his family and friends. He pushed the fantasy that everything was okay, that he was going to rehab, getting help, and getting better. But it was all a lie.
This is the story of an addict—a dreamseller who stopped believing the lies he was selling and started believing in himself. With the help of his celebrity buddy Bam Margera of Jackass fame, Brandon joined the cast of MTV’s Viva La Bam and made an honest reach for sobriety. The road was hard, and he had some falls. But like any great skateboarder, Brandon Novak was always determined to get up again.
This edition includes 24 pages of photos and a new epilogue.