Darren Headley (halcyon) Sat 3 Jun 00 17:11
Thanks for replying to my post. I have to say that my initial rave experiences did seem like a solution to a problem in my life. It indeed bring about a lot of closure and growth. Another question I had is more of a personal one. The characters in the movie, are they based on any friends of yours? Are some of the things that happen in the movie based on things that actually happened to you or your friends? (I imagine they might be, ravers tend to go through a lot of interesting things in their journeys). Just curious about who and what you based the story on.
No, I thought. I'm not crazy. I'm an adventurer. (fom) Sun 4 Jun 00 01:26
I thought there was a balanced view of drugs -- I am remembering the scene in the basement, where a guy has OD'd on something and the rave producer leaves him with one of his partners and tells her not to let him fall asleep, and she almost does, and it's scary for a moment there. Also the rave producer kicks out the people who brought nitrous. The drug-expert guy (one of my favorite characters) makes some informative little speeches, too.
mother of my eyelid (frako) Sun 4 Jun 00 09:57
The drug-expert guy (Cliff) is a TA in a college chemistry class and is played by Ari Gold, who is apparently also a filmmaker. Presskit says, "His most recent film, CULTURE, was called 'the best sixty seconds of film you'll see at Sundance.'" I finally saw the trailer for "Groove" last night before "Mission: Impossible 2." I'd only seen it on the website before now. It got a good response--a little murmuring and no hisses--that's good for Berkeley! Greg, how much input did you have into the structure and content of the trailer? I know you have done trailers for other films.
mother of my eyelid (frako) Mon 5 Jun 00 15:32
By the way, the Chronicle pink pages had two articles on "Groove" yesterday, on the film and on the music in the film.
Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 5 Jun 00 22:07
Dang, I tossed it. What'd they say?
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Tue 6 Jun 00 10:55
Here's the URLs to those stories: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi- bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/06/04/PK82995.DTL http://www.sfgate.com/cgi- bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/06/04/PK13205.DTL (each of those should be on one line)
Gail Williams (gail) Tue 6 Jun 00 10:58
see em online: <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2000/06/05/entert ainment1538EDT0292.DTL> and <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/06/04/P K13205.DTL> I'm curious about the theater company experience, too, Greg. When you get to it. What was your work at The Next Stage like? Did you work with Marcia?
Gail Williams (gail) Tue 6 Jun 00 10:59
Ooops, Cynthia slipped ahead of me after doing the same seach at the same time!
mother of my eyelid (frako) Tue 6 Jun 00 13:02
Poor Greg has at least a dozen questions to deal with at this point!
Linda Castellani (castle) Tue 6 Jun 00 13:23
And today's the premiere, so I'd guess he's a busy boy! Is anybody from the WELL covering the premiere?
mother of my eyelid (frako) Tue 6 Jun 00 13:35
I was hoping to get a report from Greg himself and perhaps other WELLites. I've seen it twice, couldn't see a third movie today unfortunately!
Jennifer Schlegel (silverlaked) Tue 6 Jun 00 20:04
Hi, Greg! Glad you're here. I really enjoyed Groove (thanks, Frako). I've also enjoyed following the making and marketing of the film, and am happy to hear you're so busy with it. Now, to add to your ever-expanding list of questions: I'd read and heard it said, mostly at Sundance, that Groove is as much a "San Francisco" movie as it is a "rave" movie. While there are plenty of universal and unifying elements common to rave culture, could you talk a little bit about the "regionality" of the scene, and how it influenced your writing of the script? Good luck, Greg! Hope to see you all at the Premiere party. That's one highly-impressive DJ round-up!
mother of my eyelid (frako) Wed 7 Jun 00 09:56
Bill Gallo has a rave review of "Groove" in the current SF Weekly: http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2000-06-07/film.html And Andrew Strickman writes about the music in "Groove" in the same issue: http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2000-06-07/music.html
mother of my eyelid (frako) Wed 7 Jun 00 09:59
I have a grudge against talkiness and preachiness in American movies that feature subcultures, so one thing I found so refreshing about "Groove" is its lack of speeches. In fact, the rave organizer Ernie's reward for all his work and troubles, he says, is "the Nod," which is a wordless appreciation for the pleasure and joy he's brought all the participants.
mother of my eyelid (frako) Wed 7 Jun 00 10:03
Fuzzy Logic (phred) Wed 7 Jun 00 15:28
Quite the frenzy last night getting into the showcase showing (Sony apparently didn't realize what the hometown response would be, and the RSVP list was oversubscribed well in advance, leading to chaos getting sorted out for passes to the show at the Metreon), but it ended up with 600 enthusiastic viewers in the audience, and a blessedly low-key night for Danielle and Greg, who told me it was nice to get out from under the relentless publicity grind and just chat with people last night. I don't know how much time he'll have to check in here over the next couple of days, but I hope he'll be able to do so. In the meantime, the New Yorker gave it pretty much a favorable once-over including a display graphic (page 26, June 12 issue). It's kind of weird to see people I really know well like Dmitri from the Lower Haight depicted in New Yorker drawings :) The Bay Guardian's Johnny Ray Huston gives it not so much a pan as a dis: http://www.sfbg.com/AandE/34/36/party.html
mother of my eyelid (frako) Wed 7 Jun 00 19:10
I'm actually relieved to see a pan, even one so snide as Johnny Ray's! He musta been talking with <um>, to bring up the "Thank God It's Friday" comparison so often.
this bag is not a toy (vard) Wed 7 Jun 00 21:25
Whenever someone says "Bill Gallo" I always think of the New York Daily News' cartoonist and illustrator.
Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 7 Jun 00 23:22
How was the audience response, phred?
mother of my eyelid (frako) Thu 8 Jun 00 08:46
Dennis Lim of the Village Voice calls "Groove" "a curiously dorky act of hipster sincerity": http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0023/lim.shtml The Chronicle Little Man sits: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/06/08/D D91031.DTL
Fuzzy Logic (phred) Thu 8 Jun 00 12:58
The audience was pretty enthusiastic, but you have to remember half the people there knew people in the movie :) On the other hand, many of them hadn't seen it before.
Linda Castellani (castle) Thu 8 Jun 00 13:07
Well, I wouldn't worry too much about the Little Man. It seems that the less enthusiastic he is about something, the more I like it. What strikes me about these reviews - and all reviews in general - is that they feel the need to review this film in comparison to some other film, rather than letting it stand on its own. And the tone of the Voice review is so jaded - whoever wrote it has had far too much experience with raves and with movies about raves to see this film for itself. IMHO and all that. I would love to see reviews from middle America, and from people for whom the movie was a first peek into the rave scene - people like me.
mother of my eyelid (frako) Fri 9 Jun 00 10:01
Yes, like all "introduction to a subculture" movies that feature a main character who is new to the scene, "Groove" isn't really aimed at veterans. Maybe their main pleasure at seeing this comes from an elegaic or nostalgic attitude toward it ("the good old days of rave") that novices wouldn't even notice.
Greg Harrison (greg-harrison) Fri 9 Jun 00 14:00
I'm sorry I've been remissin responding to some of the questions here, but this week has been the world premiere week. I just got back from LA and am leaving again tomorrow for yet another week of travel. My laptop wasn't working, but has been repaired, so I shall be online when travelling again. I shall catch up with all of you over the weekend.
mother of my eyelid (frako) Fri 9 Jun 00 17:54
Great, Greg! Good to hear that you're still alive.
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