John Roecker

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John Roecker is an American film director. Roecker's works include Live Freaky! Die Freaky!, Heart Like a Grenade, Disease Is Punishment, and The Fear (Morty's Theme). Roecker resides in California where he focuses on independent film directing and production.

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  • I just don't think religion should be a money making organization. There is never a need to send churches or cults money for any reason. If you want to feel good about yourself or make your God happy, give your money directly to a charity or a homeless person. But once again this is my opinion, and I don't want to be in a position of also dictating.
  • Everything that is good in the arts is done by some sort of diversion.
  • A lot of the times with porn, it's instant fame. The only thing I can compare it to is being a child actor. You get it fast, then there's a shelf-life for it. With mainstream films, you've got to go to acting classes, you've really got to hustle, there's so much competition, but with these [porn] guys, if you're good-looking with a great body, you're in like Flynn.
    • Lamble, David (December 4, 2008). "Erotic superstars, up-close & personal: here!TV's 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars'". The Bay Area Reporter (Benro Enterprises, Inc.). 
  • When they told me they were gonna call the record American Idiot, I was the one who was saying, 'Oh no, you can't.' I was the one who was worried about it. Because when you think about it, we know the song now, but then it was a really fucking bold thing to do.
    • Commenting on his friendship with members of the musical band Green Day — quoted in Egerdahl, Kjersti (2009). Green Day: A Musical Biography. Greenwood. p. 113. ISBN 0313365970. 

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  • Writer-director John Roecker's debut, Live Freaky! Die Freaky! will have you convulsing on the floor … with nausea, laughter, or both.
    • Reighley, Kurt B. (February 14, 2006). "Freaky deaky: gay music video director John Roecker takes stop-motion animation to bizarre places in his debut feature Live Freaky! Die Freaky!". The Advocate. 
  • It's the most obscene film I've ever seen.
    • Roddy Bottum, commenting on Roecker's work directing Live Freaky! Die Freaky! — quoted in Reighley, Kurt B. (February 14, 2006). "Freaky deaky: gay music video director John Roecker takes stop-motion animation to bizarre places in his debut feature Live Freaky! Die Freaky!". The Advocate. 
  • John Roecker's Everything You Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars *but were afraid to ask, is an intimate, brave and frequently witty exploration inside the heads of 16 male erotic video performers, many with well-known nom de porns: Johnny Hazzard, Brad Benton, Nick Capra and Jason Ridge.
    • Lamble, David (December 4, 2008). "Erotic superstars, up-close & personal: here!TV's 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars'". The Bay Area Reporter (Benro Enterprises, Inc.). 
  • Roecker seems to have been as inspired by Todd Haynes's legendary underground film "Superstar" -- in which he told Karen Carpenter's life story with surprising tenderness using Barbie dolls and a bootlegged soundtrack -- as by the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen and the "Frosty the Snowman" cartoon.

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