Are the hip hop pioneer and one-of-a-kind filmmaker Jonathan Demme planning to work together again?
It was cool enough that Jonathan Demme was at the “Something Wild” screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., on Sunday night.
I got to meet him as he strode out of the theater for a chat with someone 15 minutes before the movie started.
But his companion was someone just as exciting: Fab 5 Freddy, the hip hop legend and visual artist.
Demme stopped to say hello and introduced Freddy to my friend and me. At that point, my friend said his day was made, even before the screening and the live performance by The Feelies.
I regret not getting a photo of the momentous occasion, but I just wasn’t prepared to see Demme at that moment, let alone Freddy — pioneering “Yo! MTV Raps” veejay and star of the classic hip hop movie, “Wild Style,” the 1983 release written and directed by Charlie Ahearn. (If you’ve never seen it, or haven’t seen it in a while, it’s worth checking out. It’s readily available on streaming Netflix)
Here’s a classic clip from the movie, with Grandmaster Flash spinning while Freddy’s character, Phade, looks on.
Why was Freddy meeting up with Demme? I didn’t ask. But the two have a history. Demme has cast Freddy as himself in his 2008 release “Rachel Getting Married” and as a political pundit in ‘The Manchurian Candidate” (2004).
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Jonathan Demme introduces The Feelies at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., after a screening of “Something Wild” on Jun 1, 2014. (Photos © 2014, Steven P. Marsh/willyoumissme.com)
The promo line on the front page of The Journal News on Thursday said it: “Jonathan Demme Loves The Feelies.”
On Sunday night at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., Demme proved it.
“I guess I don’t get to the venues as much as I used to, because maybe I hit the sack a little earlier than I used to,” Demme told me when I interviewed him for lohud.com/The Journal News. “But definitely… I’d go anywhere to see The Feelies. I’d stay up late to see The Feelies.”
The Feelies onstage at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
At the Burns Film Center, Demme had his dreams fulfilled without having to stay up too terribly late. The movie ran from about 7 p.m. to just before 9. It took Continue reading
The Feelies perform as The Willies in Jonathan Demme’s 1986 movie “Something Wild.”
Music and film fans will get a rare opportunity to see some time travel at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y., on Sunday, June 1, when The Feelies take the stage.
The band is booked at the celebrated film center as part of “Something Wild: The Films of Jonathan Demme,” a festival that runs through June 11 to celebrate the director (and longtime Feelies fan) of “Something Wild,” “Stop Making Sense,” “Storefront Hitchcock,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “Philadelphia,” and many, many more.
The Feelies are taking the stage after a screening of Demme’s dark 1986 romcom (did that conflation even exist back then?) “Something Wild.” The truly wacky movie about two good-hearted, but not exactly honest, people (Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels) searching for truth and love, features The Feelies (playing The Willies in the movie), along with a superbly curated soundtrack of pop songs from the era. Continue reading