Today marks the two-year anniversary since “An Affair of the Heart” opened in NYC. What an amazing day (ok, week!) that was for everyone on the “Yellow Rick Road” … Quite frankly, this was a day Rick Springfield and the Yellow Rick Road took Manhattan by storm. How so??? Well, …
(1) Rick’s incredible new album, “Songs for the End of the World” was released the morning of October 10th …
(2) Rick Springfield SHOCKED commuters by performing on the subway and at various subway stations …
(NOTE: Check our Yellow Rick Road YouTube Channel to watch a few other videos our crew captured of Rick’s multiple performances on the subway that morning).
(3) Rick Springfield spent the majority of the day doing back-to-back press interviews promoting his album AND the theatrical release of our documentary.
Besides the screening and Q&A, Rick was also on-hand to sign copies of his new CD and a stack of official “An Affair of the Heart” movie posters. Plus, in typical Rick fashion, he was willing to take lots of photos with his fans.
Videographer Mark Russell and YRR cameraperson Sony Stark were on hand to capture the festivities along with the YRR Team: Director/Producer Sylvia Caminer, Executive Producer/Producer/Marketer Melanie Lentz-Janney and Editor David Dean.
In honor of WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY … HERE’S SOME EXCLUSIVE “NEVER SEEN BEFORE” VIDEO FOOTAGE OF RICK SPRINGFIELD FROM THE Q&A AT THE IFC CENTER:
Since the theatrical premiere, we’ve been very focused on the business/distribution side of producing an independent film. Although we may not post on here like we used to, we sure have remained very busy. We want to take a moment to thank everyone who was a part of this HUGE milestone …
A big shout out to our incredible “producing” team for helping bring this whole dream project to life. If the following people had not believed in this project and stepped in, it NEVER would have happened. Thank you: Dancy Myers, Bambi Myers, Jay St. John, Susann and Robert Undi, Kari Kron-Schmitz, Pamela Geiger, Kevin Surace and Melissa Kaye. Also, a big shout out goes to Claire Springfield, Linda Toibb and Kelly Moore.
Many of our producing team members, along with some amazing and devoted fans, hit the streets of Manhattan with movie posters, postcards, and Yellow Rick Road bumper stickers. We wanted to fill the seats at each of the screenings and show potential distributors that there was an audience out there for this film beyond the diehard fan market.
Now back to our THANK YOUs …
Thanks to journalist/author/comedian Rob Tannenbaum for moderating our Q&A. By the way, you can pick up his book, “I Want My MTV” on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Want-My-MTV-Uncensored-Revolution/dp/0452298563#
Thanks to Harris Dew and the Team at the IFC Center for believing in our film and booking it for a 9 day run: www.ifccenter.com
Thanks to our domestic sales agent, Diana Holtzberg, of Films Transit International, for your help in making this theatrical premiere a reality: www.filmstransit.com
Thanks to Kathryn Goetze and iFRED.org for being fantastic partners and for all your do to help eradicate the stigma of depression: www.ifred.org
Thanks to Stephen Pitalo, who went above and beyond to make sure we had what we needed while in NYC and also for moderating our 2nd night Q&A and Ricktionary game with Rick. Plus, he did a lot of blogging and outreach to help us spread the word: www.goldenageofmusicvideo.com
Thanks to Terri Semper for so many things, especially for going back to the IFC Center to collect our step/repeat banner and cutting the squares so Rick could sign them (thank you, Stacy Creamer!) and we could offer them to fans as unique collectibles. We have a couple squares still available at: www.rickspringfielddoc.com/yellowrickroad/store
Thanks to Kris Fluck, our talented webmaster and “go to” graphics guru, for putting up with our endless requests and always delivering good work at the speed of lightning: www.killerwebsdesign.com
Thanks to Lisa Sigona, who donated Rick collectibles for us to sell on eBay … and Melissa Kaye for running our eBay site … we needed every penny that came in! Speaking of penny, thanks to Penny Tate and her husband Dan for jumping on board the Yellow Rick Road, holding the street sign at every opportunity possible and literally being slam-dunked into the Rick World.
Thanks to ALL the featured fans, other Rick fans and our friends/family who supported this project in any way, shape or form … not just the fortunate few who were able to attend the premiere in NY. It took a village to make it to that night and we will never forget that it couldn’t have happened without your love for Rick and complete support of the film.
Thanks to ALL the journalists, critics (who wrote glowing reviews), photographers, reporters, bloggers, social media enthusiasts and peeps who wrote/tweeted/shared/commented/etc about our film … and those of you who are still mentioning it, we bow to you!
Thanks to our entire YRR Virtual VIP Crew as well as our regular crew.
And last. But not least, a HUGE thank you to Rick Springfield (and his team) for their support. This was not Rick’s project, but he was a trooper in allowing us access to make this film. He also remastered ALL the music in the film (thanks, Matty Spindel) and travelled to promote our film in Florida, Canada and Amsterdam as well as NYC. www.rickspringfield.com
So, where is the Yellow Rick Road today??? … Well, the film is out on many different platforms all over the USA: EPIX, iTunes, Amazon, and more. If you haven’t seen the film yet or no someone who hasn’t seen it, PLEASE pick up a copy of the DVD or BluRay – there are a lot of bonus features that are only available on the hard discs: www.rickspringfielddoc.com/yellowrickroad/store.
Believe it or not, we are still on the hunt to get this film in other territories in addition to the USA. We had no idea it was going to be as challenging as it has turned out to be to prove there is an audience out there who will buy this film. We promise we will post on this site as well as our social media sites availability of our film outside the USA WHEN it is confirmed.
We still LOVE seeing the YRR street sign popping up with celebrities (thanks to the activating powers of the #WonderTwins, Penny & Nancy Hubbard) and those of you who purchased the signs as part of our fan funding initiative. If you have a photo that shows you on the “Yellow Rick Road” (it does not have to be with an official street sign), please be sure to share it with us on Facebook and Twitter.
If you want to see more video footage from this amazing night in NYC, be sure to check out some of the other videos on our Yellow Rick Road YouTube Channel. Here are a few to look for:
Check your local TV listings for exact air times or watch it LIVE: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew
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This week our film became available on several digital platforms in the USA. A lot of folks have asked where they can find “An Affair of the Heart” on-line. Here you go:
Thanks to our digital distributor, Film Buff, for getting us on all this sites.
We are one week away from our official US digital release of AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART. We want to thank our distributor, FilmBuff, for their hard-work and enthusiasm. They LOVE our film and we LOVE them!
AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, YouTube, and Playstation for both rental ($3.99 SD/ $4.99 HD) and purchase ($9.99 SD/ $12.99 HD) simultaneously in the US.
We are very excited about this digital release because it will give people an opportunity for the very first time to download the film and watch it instantly.
FilmBuff will be featuring AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART on their website, social media pages, and via an e-newsletter that is sent to a very elite group of media outlets.
We still could use your help. If you’ve already seen the film (or even if you just plan to see it), please go to Rotten Tomatoes and rate/review the film. NOTE: We don’t understand why Rotten Tomatoes haven’t posted more of our glowing reviews (if you haven’t had a chance, check out: http://rickspringfielddoc.com/news.html). Our rating by critics is lower than it should be. However, we can always raise the number of audience reviews if you are willing to take a few moments and rate/review/comment. Thanks so much!!! We seriously could never have gotten this far with this project without your continued support.
Also, starting May 6th, please share/repost/tweet/like/comment/pin that AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART is NOW on iTunes. We will do another post with a live link as soon as we have it.
Thanks again for your continued support and for following the Yellow Rick Road … and a HUGE shout out to those of you who are following us on Facebook and Twitter. This is the last big push in the US … and we’re thrilled the timing is perfect with Rick Springfield new novel, Magnificent Vibration, and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame happening at the same time.
By the way, we’re still trying carve a path of distribution outside the US. If you have any ideas/suggestions/int’l distributor contact info on how to get the film out to an international audience, our eyes and ears are always open: email@example.com. We may go the self-distribution route, but prior to doing that, we want to make sure we’ve explored all possible options.
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Our exhibiting partner (Emerging Pictures) has locked in the first official screening of AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART in Los Angeles, CA.
AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART will be screening on Monday, April 7th at 7:30pm, so please let your friends in LA know they finally have an opportunity to see the Rick Springfield doc on the big screen. We made this documentary for the big screen, so it’s exciting when opportunities like this surface. You may find out more information on this particular screening at: http://www.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=144822
Let us know if you go to the screening and please take photos we can post on our Facebook/Twitter pages. We know featured fan Laurie “Airplane Girl” Bennett and Associate Producer/Former YRR eBay Queen Melissa Kaye plan on attending (Happy Birthday, Melissa).
By the way, a lot of you have asked if it’s possible to still see AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART on the big screen?!? Just go to http://www.emergingpictures.com/theaters to see a list of theaters that have access to our film. If there’s a theater in your neck of the woods, contact the theater directly and tell them you would love to see AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART. FYI: If there is a Rick concert happening in your area, that gives you bonus points in the eyes of the theater management. We know of several theaters that were contacted by fans and that prompted them to book a screening. That’s it … if they are interested and feel it will attract enough of a crowd, they will book it.
Thanks to Lis and the team at The Crest Westwood for selecting AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART! We are honored that they chose our film to be part of their 2014 ROCK DOCS series!
Post Event Recap … We would love to thank the family from Kentucky with three generations of Rick fans who blew off the NCAA playoffs to attend the screening of our film. Here’s a photo taken with them and “Airplane Girl” …