Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. In UP TO SNUFF, friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history. Infused with Snuffy’s music throughout, the film features luminaries from television, film and music, including Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Marshall Herskovitz, Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan and Eric Burdon, and scenes from The West Wing, Wonder Years, and thirtysomething.

  • Mark Maxey
    American Valor, The Honors, On Stage at the Kennedy Center
  • Mark Maxey
    American Valor, The Honors, On Stage at the Kennedy Center
  • Gino Scofidio
    American Valor, Silver Alert
  • Aaron Sorkin
    Key Cast
    The West Wing, Steve Jobs, The Social Network, A Few Good Men
  • Martin Sheen
    Key Cast
    The West Wing, The Way, Apocalypse Now, Gettysburg
  • Tom Arnold
    Key Cast
    Rosanne, True Lies, Jackie Thomas Show, Austin Powers
  • Timothy Busfield
    Key Cast
    The West Wing, thirtysomething, Studio 60, Field of Dreams
  • Fred Savage
    Key Cast
    Wonder Years, Friends from College, Modern Family
  • Joshua Malina
    Key Cast
    The West Wing, Sports Night, Scandal
  • Ed Asner
    Key Cast
    Mary Tyler Moore, Lou Grant, UP, Elf
  • Marshall Herskovitz
    Key Cast
    Nashville, thirtysomething, Traffic, Legends of the Fall
  • Lawrence O'Donnell
    Key Cast
    Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Big Love, The West Wing
  • Steve Lukather
    Key Cast
  • Tony Braunagel
    Key Cast
    Eric Burdon, Bonnie Raitt, Blues Brothers, Taj Mahal
  • John 'Rabbit' Bundrick
    Key Cast
    The Who, Eric Burdon, Stray Dog, Johnny Nash
  • Tris Imboden
    Key Cast
    Chicago, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau
  • Eric Burdon
    Key Cast
    The Animals, WAR
  • Mike Post
    Key Cast
    Law & Order, Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, A-Team
  • Shawn Grice
    Three Fingers, Sometimes in Life, The Kolaborator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Music
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    700,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
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  • Winner Best Documentary, Pasadena International Film Festival
    Pasadena, CA
    United States
    March 14, 2018
    Winner Best Documentary
  • Winner, Best Documentary, Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
    Albuquerque, NM
    June 7, 2018
  • Winner Best Documentary, Film Score Festival
    United States
    July 27, 2018
    Winner Best Documentary, Best Soundtrack
  • Winner Audience Favorite, Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, CA
    April 27, 2018
  • Winner Audience Favorite, Phoenix Film Festival
    Phoenix, AZ
    April 6, 7, 8
  • Winner Best Soundtrack, Film Score Festival
    July 27, 2018
    Best Soundtrack
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    March 25, 2018
  • Kansas City Film Festival
    Kansas City, MO
    April 13, 2018
  • Richmond International Film Festival
    Richmond, VA
    April 28, 2018
    Virginia premiere
  • Grand Rapids Film Festival
    Grand Rapids, MI
    September 15, 2018
  • Maryland International Film Festival
    Hagerstown, MD
    April 28, 2018
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    New Haven, CT
    May 4
  • Jersey Shore Film Festival
    Deal, NJ
  • Washington West Film Festival
    Reston, VA
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
    Dubuque, IA
    April 27, 29
  • Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
    Cape Fear
    United States
    June 16, 2018
    NC premiere
  • Ogden Film Festival
    United States
    June 1, 2018
    UT premiere
  • Film Fest Tucson
    United States
    October 12, 2018
  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio
    August 4, 2018
  • Lionshead Film Festival
    August 11, 2018
  • FLY Film Festival
    August 11, 2018
    Oklahoma premiere
  • Jukebox International Film Festival
    Carson City
    August 23, 2018
    Nevada premiere
  • Iowa Independent Film Festival
    Mason City
    August 9, 2018
  • California Independent Film Festival
    August 25, 2018
    Northern California premiere
  • River Town Film Festival
    August 9, 2018
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, NC
    August 9, 2018
  • Calgary International Film Festival
    August 9, 2018
    Canadian premiere
  • Fayetteville Film Fest
    August 9, 2018
    Arkansas premiere
  • Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival
    Jerome, AZ
    August 9, 2018
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
    Santa Cruz
    August 9, 2018
  • Woodstock Film Festival
    August 9, 2018
    New York premiere
  • Chesapeake Film Festival
    Easton, MD
    August 9, 2018
  • PUSH Film Festival
    Bristol, TN
    August 9, 2018
Director Biography - Mark Maxey

Mark Maxey is an Emmy award-winning producer best known for television specials The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes, National Memorial Day Parade, and On Stage at the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch. His work has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, FOX, MSNBC, MTV, NBC, and PBS. This is his feature film directorial debut.

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Director Statement

W.G. Snuffy Walden has reached into our living rooms and lives for decades. More than 100 million people worldwide have heard his music. His artistry inspires hope, idealism and optimism, laughter, tears and love, and yet no one knows his story. As an Emmy award-winning television producer and co-founder of a film festival, I am surrounded by amazing storytellers and immersed in compelling narratives, inspiring me to go beyond the music to reveal the incredible life and artistry of this American musician and composer, who redefines what it means to be UP TO SNUFF.
- Mark Maxey, Director/Producer