Live From the Space Stage: A Halyx Story

For one glorious summer, an experimental, sci-fi band rocked Disneyland's space stage. With a bass-playing Wookie and an acrobatic frog, the band's existence is nearly unbelievable, and the story behind its creation is just as incredible.

  • Matthew Serrano
    Director
  • Kevin Perjurer
    Producer
  • Mike Post
    Key Cast
    Law & Order, The A-Team
  • Gary Krisel
    Key Cast
  • Katie Ann O'Keefe
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Music, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Blackmagic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Youtube Premiere

    August 20, 2020
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Matthew Serrano

Matthew Serrano is an independent filmmaker known for his work with the acclaimed Defunctland youtube channel. Specializing in documentaries in the theme park realm, Matthew first made a name for himself when he released his short documentary "Remain Seated Please" on his personal youtube channel. From a channel with zero subscribers it quickly garnered a quarter of a million views and caught the attention of Kevin Perjurer of Defunctland fame. Together Matthew and Kevin made the feature documentary "Live From the Space Stage: A Halyx Story" which was released online during the Covid-19 pandemic to critical acclaim. Matthew Serrano currently works and lives in North Hollywood.

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Director Statement

Before this film, nobody knew what Halyx was. A pretty bold statement I know, considering the fact that everything that Disney touches is so well documented and preserved. When we released this film people were dumbfounded. Richard Kraft, the most prolific collector of Disneyland antiquities, had never heard of them. Reporters who had been reporting on all things Disneyland for decades asked us if we were joking. When Disney got reached out to asking if they knew what Halyx was they went into their archives and pulled out a single photo and two newspaper clippings. It had been swept aside into the dustbin of forgotten history...well almost.

When I first heard about the band, I heard about it from my producer Kevin, who had heard the band mentioned briefly by Podcast The Ride co-host Scott Gairdner, who himself had heard about the band from a Hollywood producer who mentioned to him that he had seen the band as a child in passing. It's a textbook example of how most rumors are spread except in this case, it was the beginnings of history being saved.

It's a miracle this film was made, that we found the materials that we found, and that we finished editing the film during a global pandemic. Now that it's been released to the world, I can sleep happily now knowing that somewhere out there someone is watching this film and slowly realizing that their new favorite Disney tune is a rock song called "Jailbait".