Posted on 4/29/2012
On Saturday April 21st, Concert Blast attended the Nashville premiere viewing of the Rick Springfield documentary movie, “An Affair of the Heart” at the Nashville Film Festival. With this movie being focused on the relationship between Rick and his fans, you know there were fans attending this premiere! Mike Arnold was there for his podcasting services and Concert Blast friend Joe Nelms provided the photography. This podcast includes a lot of conversations with the fans before the showing, an introduction from the producers of the movie, a portion of the Q & A session after the movie, a short interview with movie director Sylvia Caminer and producer Melanie Lentz-Janey, a review of the movie, and favorite parts of the movie from the attending fans who traveled in from all over for this event. Listen to our podcast and read Mike’s blog on the evening.
Written by Mike Arnold
The evening began as Joe and I walked up to the VIP Red Carpet to say hello to the security guy (“T” from the Wildhorse Saloon) only to discover an automobile pulling up to the entrance of the carpet to let out actress Nicole Kidman. She walked real fast right by us before being stopped by the media mob for photos and questions. From that moment I knew the evening was going to be a fun night!
I went inside to get our credentials while Joe continued to attempt to take photos of Nicole. We got our media credentials and decided to look around. There was a VIP tent at the end of the red carpet so we went in to browse around. To our surprise there was an open bar and a dinner buffet. This is definitely going to be a fun night! We went back inside the movie theatre to wait for our Rick Springfield movie contacts and the Rick’s fans to line up for the viewing.
We found our publicist contact, Melanie Knupp, and she introduced us to the producers of the movie, Sylvia Caminer and Melanie Lentz-Janey. After greeting them, we saw our Rickaholics friends that we continue to run into at all the Rick Springfield concerts. These fans are now very close friends with each other from meeting at concerts and keeping in touch through email, fan sites, and Facebook. They are also Concert Blast friends and are a large part of getting the word out to the Rick Springfield fans everywhere whenever we post something on him. Some of the fans were local, but the majority of the fans came in from Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, and various places in Tennessee.
Once in the theatre, I introduced our show, talked to a few of the attendees, then Joe and I went around to take photos of fans with the “Yellow Rick Rd” sign (Yellow Rick Rd is the name of the production company that produced the movie). The film festival had a person to introduce producers Sylvia Caminer and Melanie Lentz-Janey to talk to the audience for a couple of minutes before the screening of the movie. After the movie Sylvia, Melanie, and editor David Dean discussed the movie process and answered a few questions from those in attendance.
After leaving the theatre I had the privilege to interview Sylvia Caminer and Melanie Lentz-Janey (listen to the podcast). I then reviewed the movie with Rick Springfield fans and Concert Blast friends, Dawn Morse and Sue Ann Street (again, listen to the podcast). With several of the Rickaholics still there, I went around and asked each of them what part of the movie they enjoyed the most (did I mention listen to the podcast?). Afterwards I ran into independent movie producer Jared Morgan and we had a short talk on his documentary movie, “Major Rockstar” (you should know by now, listen to the podcast).
THE MOVIE REVIEW
The movie grabbed my attention from the very beginning with Rick backstage at an outdoor concert as the crowd screams for more. Rick gets up and runs out on stage to thrill the huge crowd to another song. Throughout the movie former MTV VJ Mark Goodman, Rick’s former lover actress Linda Blair, and many others discusses Rick on camera. The movie takes a shift from focusing on Rick to focusing on some of his fans and their personal lives. This is the twist that makes the movie interesting.
Two ladies from New Jersey (Sue and Joanne) deal with the difficulties of balancing family life and the fun in their life. Their husbands and children seem to be disgruntled about them leaving for another Rick Springfield concert. The movie focuses on the ladies on the road in their hotel room (which Rick makes a surprise appearance), and in the crowd at his concerts. Their husbands take matters in their own hands and decide to take a trip of their own to meet Rick to find out what he is all about… Uh Oh!
There is a focus on a teenage boy (Dustin) who has been a Rick Springfield fan since the age of three when Rick pulled him on stage. Thanks to the boy’s dad, the two stayed in touch throughout years as they attend many concerts. The teenager is now a guitarist in his own band and Rick jams with Dustin, then Dustin joins Rick on stage. While Dustin leaves the backstage area, he signs many autographs for those in the crowd.
There is a man who met a lady on the internet and demands she must become a Rick Springfield fan if they are going to get serious with their relationship. She agrees and enjoys the music and concerts with him. In fact Rick helps the man propose for her hand in marriage on one of the Rick Springfield cruises.
Several fans the movie focused on are the ones dealing with major issues in their lives. A lady (an actual Reverend) who was gang raped, a lady who suffered with depression that he met at one of his book signings, a lady who went through many surgeries in her life due to a heart defect, and others. They all claimed that Rick and his music help them get through these tough times.
One of the highlights for me, and others that viewed the movie, was the European Rock Festival in Sweden. The camera crew interviewed several heavy metal rock fans who were there to see Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, and Slayer. The metal heads want to know what Rick Springfield is doing on the bill with this lineup. One rocker says, “I think my dad used to listen to his music.” Before Rick took the stage, one of the road crew informs him that there are no girls in the crowd… Then Rick gets nervous! Rick started the show with “Living In Oz” and before the song was over, the majority of the crowd is singing along. Rick decided to take a trip through the crowd (as he usually does in concert) and the road crew had a hard time keeping him safe. Then Rick decided to climb the huge PA speaker towers on the side of the stage to thrill the Swedish rockers. He definitely won fans that day!
Another highlight of the movie is the coverage of the Rick Springfield Cruise. There’s various footage with Rick having fun with his fans, performing in various settings, and just having a good time. There is a highlight of Rick taking over the piano bar to play various sing-along songs. At one point in the movie, he performs, “My Father’s Chair” which turned the mood of those in the piano bar into a tearful moment (it affected those in the theatre also). Then the movie focused on those who were on the cruise, but not a part of the Rick Springfield festivities. They were trying to understand why they are such fans. Two ladies on the cruise discuss this with one of the fans on board.
If I were to give this movie a rating of 1 to 5 (with 5 being excellent) I would have to give it a 3.5. There were only two areas of the movie I would differ with. 1) There were a few words of profanity, which was not needed in the movie. 2) I would have shortened the time spent on fans Sue and Joanne as well as the time spent on the teenage fan Dustin and put more fans and stories in the movie. However, I must say I love documentaries (especially on rock music) and I loved this movie! I highly recommend this movie to all rock music fans, if you are not a Rick Springfield fan now… you will be!
I want to thank Joe Nelms for standing in for Brian Hasbrook and James Downing (who were both out of town) with his photography work. I would like to give special thanks to publicist Melanie Knupp for arranging everything for Joe and me. I want to thank the Nashville Film Festival for putting on such a glamorous event. I loved it and I would love to attend again. The roll out the red carpet (literally) for the media and those connected with the movies. Of course I also want to thank the exciting Rick Springfield fans in attendance of this event and every Rick Springfield event that we cover. You guys make my job much easier than it could be. I’m looking forward to the next time!
Written by Mike Arnold
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