Jondi and Spesh throw a few questions Greg Harrison's way
1. After reading the article in the Guardian, itís obvious to us that your producer, Danielle Renfrew, is totally cute. What else can you tell us about her?
She's got a background in documentary filmmaking. Groove is her first dramatic feature. She has two dogs and can breakdance. Danielle and I are staying a producing team, and we are keeping our company in San Francisco.
telling her you think she's cute.
2. Thereís a growing body of scientific evidence that the "rave drug" ecstasy may damage the memory. Do you believe this will lead to increased box office receipts and video rentals for your movie because mush-brained ravers will forget they have already seen it and thus see it multiple times?
is the cornerstone of our marketing plan. Our new poster reads: "If you
haven't seen it, go! If you have, see it again! If you can remember, go
just in case!"
3. (Goddammit, man, whoís your publicist? Youíve got press up the wazoo!!)
3a. You mention that you have a day job at 415 productions, a web company. Weíve got day jobs too, which we are definitely quitting now that we have a song in your movie. Are you planning to keep yours?
that was a misprint. I don't work at 415 Productions, it is only that
our Groove offices are housed at 415. I haven't had a day job (other than
Groove) for over 2 years now. I'm excited that finally, I'm writing myself
my first paycheck!
4. We havenít gotten our premiere tickets yet. Can we have eleven guests?
You have to ask nicer than that. Have you ever heard of PLEASE?
b). Also, why didnít you put "We Are Connected" on the CD soundtrack? Are you saying you have better musical taste than John Digweed?
I can not
comment on this issue without my lawyer present.
5. What do you say to critics who say movies like Groove will bring rave to Walmart? Or is rave already in Walmart? Does it matter if rave is Walmart/mainstream/not underground?
that a film made with many people from the underground is actually going
to get a wide release. I think that, while it will be a piece of "mass
media", that doesn't inherently mean it's going to simplify or destroy
the scene, in my opinion. I think it may be a chance for the general public
to actually start talking about the compelling reasons so many people
are drawn to this kind of experience, as opposed to just thinking that
raves equals drugs. As for bringing rave to Walmart, I think it's been
there for a while now, but only superficially. Ultimately, I think most
of what is co-opted or commodified is the musical style (techno in car
commercials), the fashion (urban streetwear in K-Mart and Mervyn's), and
the graphic design. But the REASON behind underground parties, the vibe
and the spirit, can't be easily co-opted or commodified by the mainstream,
and I think the underground will continue to stay alive on it's own terms.
6. Whatís your favorite drug and why?
because it's cheap, it helps me write, and I can make it at home.
8. Anything exciting about the sound mix for Groove? Did you take any special measures to make it sound extra bumpin'?
We did the sound design and mix at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas' facility in Marin County. The sound designer was Andrea Gard, an extremely talented designer that also has been involved in the scene for many years. I think that was a key factor in the sound design: she was able to craft subtle yet extremely effective sound effects that not only enhanced the music, but gave a sense of the characters' subjective experiences without being overtly "trippy".
in Dolby Digital and spent a lot of time in the mix room E.Q.ing the bass,
and sending much of the music into the subwoofer channel. We did a couple
of test screenings and each time pushed the music hotter. Since our tag
line is "Are you feeling it?", it had to thump. My only fear is the lack
of Dolby Digital in some of the theatres around the country. But I'll
have to deal. The DVD, however, is going to rock. HARD.
9. Forest Green is our friend of ours and we think that her already skyrocketing career will be further accelerated by your movie. Who else do you think will get put on the fame map by Groove?
I'm excited to see what happens. I think all the work that Wade Hampton and Stephanie Smiley (from La Belle Epoque Musique) did on the soundtrack and music supervision will definitely give them much-deserved attention, as well as Dmitri from the Lower Haight (the guy on the poster holding the disco ball on the MUNI). The actors are already starting to break: Hamish Linklater, who played David, just landed a new 1-hour drama on ABC called "Gideon's Crossing", and Lola Glaudini, who plays Leyla, is currently in a play at the Mark Taper Forum in LA and was just selected in Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 Most Talented Up-and-Comers.
My hope is that everyone who came out from the scene to make this film happen will be able to use the experience to further their creative endeavors. I think it's a testament to the creative vitality of the people in the scene that this film was made entirely outside the system and is as successful as it is.
For more information about the movie, when it's playing, the soundtrack and all that jazz, check out the site www.groovethemovie.com
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