Fanboy is a rock and roll thriller that follows Xenos, a band on tour, and an obsessed super fan Freddy Proehl. On the first show of tour, three rockers begin to realize their drummer isn’t going to work out. Freddy, who comes to see them show after show, starts pressuring them to give him a shot on drums. As their dreams collapse, the band considers it, but Freddy’s got problems of his own.


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In his debut film, a rock ‘n’ roll thriller called “Fanboy,” longtime San Diego musician Ben Johnson stars as Fred Proehl, a drummer and over-the-top fan who loves a group called Xenos so much, he is willing to do pretty much anything to be able to say he’s with the band….

KARLA PETERSON, San Diego Union Tribune

The performance scenes are visceral — packed with the twin awkwardness and energy of playing small venues..


Super fun Rock and Roll murder mystery! A love letter to the indie San Diego music / bar scene. Lots of twists and turns with a killer soundtrack. A DIY film making gem.


If you are into indie music you have to check it out!! I got Jim Jarmusch vibes with the eclectic cast of characters and the killer soundtrack. Ben Johnson taps into the underground music scene and tour life as only someone in the know could do. And he totally shreds on drums! 😉 I’m from San Diego and it was so awesome seeing the music venues I love like The Casbah, The Whistle Stop and The Ken Club. 🤘


I am blown away! I’m so impressed with the film. Super cool story with a ton of suspense and twists. The soundtrack is rocking. I hope the soundtrack gets released… are you kidding me Hot Snakes, Long and Short of it, Tourettes Lautrec, Red Fang and so much more. I moved from SD 20 years ago and the bar scenes from all the hot spots bring me right back to the incredible music scene and awesome players


In these days of huge blockbuster films with mega budgets and little soul -FanBoy was a great shift in a different direction. Fanboy is fun, creative, relatable and entertaining. I truly enjoyed this film.


Such a great movie! Ben Johnson’s character had me glued. Such an awesome storyline. If you like good music, Mexican beer and horror, 10/10 would recommend!

ALLIE, Fangirl

Did not expect the plot twist. Great date night movie.


Get ready for a good time with a new, soon-to-be cult classic that exposes the twisted underbelly of the San Diego music scene. Grab your popcorn and a refreshing beverage and see what these independent film makers have brought to life with this intelligent and intense dark comedy thriller that’ll keep you guessing all the way to the end.

CJ & LIL J, Fanboy and Fangirl

You cannot get any more DIY than this film. And I for one adore it.

A locally made movie by people who cherish their scene and want to tell a story from what they know and love. A stunning example of what can be accomplished with dedication, talent, teamwork, and an unwavering dedication to the vision. Yes, there are flaws. Like bruises from a mosh pit they’re worn proudly, unblinkingly, and with the same attitude musicians have when they head out onto a stage for five people and still find it within themselves to give it their all.

If you loved “Decline of Western Civilization I” or “RepoMan”, you’ll dig this.

MAYNARD C., Fanboy

Raw and intense. Wonderful punk-ish rock scene and sounds. Well done!


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Meet The Characters

Fred Proehl

Meet Freddy. He loves all the bands on Ronnie’s old Dog-X label, so you know he’s gonna love Xenos. Problem is, he might just love them too much. 


Meet Sally, singer for Xenos. Years ago, her old band ‘Polymorphs’ was signed to a large recording contract on Zing! records. Her bandmates, including her boyfriend Jimmy, celebrated into the night with friends. The next morning Sally found Jimmy naked next to someone else. They tried to overcome the rift, but the chemistry was gone. The contract was ripped up, the tapes destroyed, and Sally wondered what she was going to do next–until, years later, Duane approached her about Xenos.

Duane “Goldie” Goldfarb

Meet Duane “Goldie” Goldfarb, drummer of Xenos. Duane was never in another band, but he has plenty of money and equipment and will book a tour and do all the little things. He always wanted to be a rocker but never thought it could happen for him-until he had the idea to bankroll Xenos


Meet Brenda, bassist for Xenos. Her old band ‘A Coven of You’ was on a tour that was heating up in all the right ways when their van was T-boned by a drunken semi driver. Brenda was the lucky one who was ejected out the rear window and landed in a tree. The remaining members were less lucky, breaking backs and skulls and losing limbs. No one was in shape to play music again. Brenda thought she was under the curse of the Coven– until, years later, Duane “Goldie” Goldfarb recruited her into Xenos.


Meet Gil, guitarist for Xenos. His old band ‘C-Snakes’ had made a name for itself, and even got a decent payday with a small radio hit. Two of his three bandmates took the royalty check to the bank and never came back. Gil was on the hook for money C-Snakes had been given to record their next record which was also now missing with his bandmates. The drummer, incensed, tried to track them down, leaving Gil all alone-until, years later, Duane “Goldie” Goldfarb asked him to join Xenos


Meet Ronnie, tour manager for Xenos. Years ago, Ronnie’s record label put out the first records by A Coven of You, Polymorphs, and their cash cow C-Snakes. When tragedy after tragedy befell his artists, Ronnie finally hung up his label/manager hat-until, years later, Duane “Goldie” Goldfarb convinced him to manage Xenos