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Author:  mpgram [ Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Concerns

cc wrote:
so maybe the storyline of the documentary could be changed from "underappreciated, virtually unknown, never made it" to something less negative?


Hi cc, just to allay your concerns and others who might share them, "under-appreciated, virtually unknown, never made it" is not THE storyline...because it is simply not any kind of storyline at all. I can totally understand that you, as a passionate fan, are worried about the end product. But please don't be. I have nothing but admiration for Graham and I think his personality, talent and sense of humor are worth me putting my money where my mouth is...to the limits that Capital One allowed that is, and actually persisted in this film until it is just right. Having said that, the fact that he is under-appreciated, kind of unknown and never made it are realities that are part of his life story...but the real heart of the film resides in that none of those realities negates the fact that he is an unending fountain of creativity and humor and has a resiliency of the spirit that the biggest and most admired "stars" of our time could only aspire to be in their dreams. If I had to steal a line from a great film and apply it to GP's story it would be, "Hey Ray, you never got me down Ray. You never got me down." Now that's a storyline!

Author:  jerilo [ Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:02 am ]
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Wow..that was well put. The movie could not be in better hands. My concern now is that I am going to lose my easily attained front row seat to the next few years of shows...Oh well, we'll always have Paris.
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"A powerful study of the darker side of celebrity, or more likely, lack thereof," states DC's VOICE OF THE HILL

Author:  MegaParkerFan [ Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:45 am ]
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Well, I've made my contribution and posted a comment on the Kickstarter site. I highly recommend everyone who has made a contribution to also post a positive comment on the site to help generate that extra kick of enthusiasm for the project. A comment is free and, I believe, goes a long way towards expressing the love we all feel for GP and his music.

Author:  jerilo [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:11 am ]
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Aint it just like us to be quietest on what may be the greatest day in the history of Parkerville?
Ed...the tote board please...
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Hopin the very next boom won't be the big one...

Author:  stick2me [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Counting my pennies

Yes Michael....how much more? Thinking of doing a lemonade stand with the Chambermaids and the Bellboy to provide the balance. Hurry.

Author:  Bruno [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:02 pm ]
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I just have two words to say. Yoooooo Hooooooo!!!!!!!!!

Author:  Thunder and Rain [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:43 pm ]
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Today is a great day! Remember it - 24 August 2010. The day when a small band of passionate fans dug deep, very deep to ensure the life and music of their idol was finally put to film. Congratulations everyone!

Author:  cc [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:13 pm ]
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congratulations, brothers Gramaglia! Excellent job of rallying the fan base... though it's interesting that donations picked up in the past week or so. This suggests to me that graham's importance reaches beyond the core of fans who immediately buy all of his releases, instead to a broader range of music listeners. At any rate, raising what looked like an insurmountable sum--with time to spare--bodes well for the film's success (as does the high quality of End of the Century, btw, if anyone hasn't seen it).

I'd be psyched to buy a ticket to the advance screening in NYC, if possible... no meet-'n'-greet required!

Author:  soulonice [ Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:12 am ]
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what song can sum it up best

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAW6-_Ss ... re=related

thanks to all of you, who felt it was worth listening too; all these years and a film maker that found cause in a following :-) perhaps
not big enough to be a cult
not tough enough to b a threat,
yet they exited,
may the music live on!!!!!

Graham Parker Fans!!!!!!

Author:  David in Jackson [ Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:55 pm ]
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Great news - excited to see it.

Author:  stevef [ Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:03 am ]
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Great news the film is going ahead. I wonder how the release will be handled.

There was a documentary film about Dr Feelgood, Oil City Confidential, released last winter. In the UK, they screened it on opening night in about 30 cinemas. After the screening, Wilko Johnson and the Blockheads performed live in one of the cinemas, the Koko, in Camden, London and that concert was broadcast live to the other cinemas.

I'm not sure GP would still have that level of support in the UK as he has pretty much ignored the UK for about 10 years (prior to that, his concerts at Dingwalls, Jazz Cafe, Forum, etc were well attended) but maybe a cinema link up could go ahead if something similar was done in the US.

Food for thought or ridiculous suggestion?

Author:  Accountant named Bill [ Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:28 am ]
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It has occurred to me that if GP wrote & recorded a song specifically for the film, then that song would be eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It would be taking the Imaginary Television concept to the next step.

Now that would be one way to promote the movie and earn some extra coin.

I don't think GP would have too many problems in exceeding the standards set by past nominations....

Author:  soulonice [ Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:42 pm ]
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Accountant named Bill wrote:
It has occurred to me that if GP wrote & recorded a song specifically for the film, then that song would be eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It would be taking the Imaginary Television concept to the next step.

Now that would be one way to promote the movie and earn some extra coin.

I don't think GP would have too many problems in exceeding the standards set by past nominations....


and his acceptance speech could begin;

I would like to thank me, myself, and I for enduring all that went into the making of this historic event on the grounds it was just something I going through....

Author:  Accountant named Bill [ Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:31 pm ]
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Michael Gramaglia has announced on Kickstarter that the DVD release will have to be delayed due to a HUGE late inning interview score with someone he has been working on getting for years as well as making a number of changes with some new GP footage and some never before seen footage from GP's attic.

The documentary is becoming endless!

Any ideas on the interviewee?

My money is on Bruce....
(that turns on the endless night)

Author:  cc [ Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:40 pm ]
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yes, we should take bets on the HUGE interview.

Clive Davis? heh.

Nick Lowe?

jerilo?

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