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For every Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi or Aerosmith, there are thousands of artists who may work just as hard, and could be just as talented, that NEVER make it.

"ALL OR NOTHING" (the story of August Christopher) is NOT a movie about fame and fortune, about perseverance paying off with that one, big break...

Edward Scott's debut film, which premiered to a full house at the 'NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL', with over 40 original songs and live performances, shows the band making a living with no management or booking agent - doing everything themselves, playing 250 shows/year for nearly 15 years, traveling in a beat-up van, pursuing their dream to become rock stars. "ALL OR NOTHING" shows the breakdowns, tragedies, triumphs and revelations using footage spanning the band's very first show in 1998 to setting their van on fire in 2013.

August Christopher's live show was fearless. Drumset diving, freestyle rapping and climbing speakers are only some of the antics lead singer Criss Cheatham would employ in his usual 'thong-and-cape' costumes. The band opened for countless national acts and was considered to be 'the next hottest band in America' by industry execs, who would eventually lose interest when the drugs, alcohol, and constant fighting took over.

After countless, costly efforts at fame (including a multi-media virtual concert, Guinness World Record setting feat and breaking into venues to shoot music videos), members find happiness in the free things in life - relationship with family, music and each other.

JR live

AC has shared the stage with Train, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Seven Mary Three, Ginuwine, Sugar Ray, Vince Neil, Skid Row, Tower of Power, Loverboy, Red, Nickelback, Twista, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, VH1 Rock Of Love's Peyton Turner, the Naked Cowboy, Afroman, Rehab, and more.


Criss was the music supervisor, actor, and drum coach in "The Identical", starring Seth Green, Ashley Judd, and Ray Liotta...

Seth Green Twitter

(Seth Green mentions Criss Cheatham at the 2:00 mark on 'The Today Show')

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...and has appeared with the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Trent Tomlinson, Cledus T. Judd, Blake Rayne, Brad Paisley, DOD/USO Overseas, Trailer Choir, Johnny Knoxville, and Bomshel either on tour, studio or television and has composed music for MTV Undressed, WCW Wrestling, New Balance Shoes, Fox/Sports, Mad Dog Radio XM, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Speed Channel, TNT/TBS and more...


Watch Criss perform "Blurred Lines" (Robin Thicke) on the Tonight Show - and, yes, that is Jay Leno sitting in our kitchen!

Jay Leno


"Guinness World Record Setter"

JR live


The last band to play the famous "Starwood Amphitheatre", kinda...


"August Christopher - All Alone"


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