“The Incredible Flamin’ Groovies”: now THIS is the kind of crowd-sourced campaign we can get behind…
By Fred Mills
Our allegiance here at BLURT to the legendary power pop godfathers the Flamin’ Groovies is well known, having featured them with regularity over the years at the website. (Go here to read yours truly’s interview with vocalist Chris Wilson, about the making of the classic Shake Some Action album.) So the following news that arrived in the inbox last night might be termed, with understatement, exciting:
From award-winning filmmakers William Tyler Smith and Kurt Feldhun comes a feature length rock ‘n’ roll documentary about the Flamin’ Groovies… They are embarking on a comeback tour and this time they are determined to get the notoriety that seemed to have eluded them. They’re full of life, full of stories, and full of sh*t…and we’re ready to capture it all on film.
Our film will take the viewer on a fun and exciting journey through the world of the Flamin’ Groovies with a behind the scenes and backstage portrayal of their comeback, the new recording sessions and each band member’s personal lives. We will capture all of their antics, stories, and general madness. We’ll cover the ins and outs, the ups and the downs of life with the Flamin’ Groovies. And of course, we’ll cover the Groovies’ colorful history leading up to their difficult break up [in the ‘80s]. Cyril, Chris and George, all fascinating characters and well into their sixties, can still rock and roll. They’re unpredictable and think they’re in their early twenties. Who knows what’s bound to happen?
If you liked Anvil, Searching for Sugarman, and Spinal Tap you’re gonna love this one!
So the filmmakers have apparently finished the first round of production, shooting live footage of the band’s recent trek through the Northeast as well as the expected backstage, road and studio footage. Plans are to resume shooting in April when the band tours again, and additionally there will be interviews with an eclectic range of talking heads, among them Mick Jones, Keith Richards, Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators, director John Carpenter and actors Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The Kickstarter campaign will help fund the completion of production and postproduction expenses. Fans can contribute at the usual varying levels, with premiums ranging from thank-yous sent from the band to downloads of new music to executive producer credits to invites to screenings, special dinners and meet-and-greets.
Based on current estimates the film should be ready for screening around June of 2015. Check out the pitch trailer, above, as well as the official Kickstarter page which is loaded with additional details, a history of the band, videos, exclusive photos and more.
Smith and Feldhun, incidentally, first met at New York University over 20 years ago and recently collaborated on a documentary about Ray Manzarek of the Doors and Delta Blues slide-guitarist Roy Rogers.