Monday, April 30, 2012

Hot Docs 2012 Film Review: Rick Springfield "An Affair of the Heart"

Last night, I attended the Canadian premiere of Sylvia Caminer's documentary An Affair of the Heart at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and in attendance was not only the film-maker, but the film's subject himself, pop-idol Rick Springfield (pictured below).

There's a sad moment in An Affair of the Heart when a jaded husband/father confesses the hurt he feels when his wife's teenage crush over Rick Springfield has manifested into an adult obsession.  It's clearly tearing the family apart, but they always acquiesce when she leaves to see yet another one of his concerts.  The husband recalls their daughter asking, "Daddy, do you hate Rick Springfield too?" And he responds with a resounding, "yes, hun.  Yes I do."

Director & Producer Sylvia Caminer's documentary An Affair of the Heart is a touching portrait of how the 80's icon has impacted his fans' lives (good and bad) through his music and friendship.  The film includes many revealing interviews with Springfield (about the loss of his father and surrogate mother, his infidelity to his wife and his struggle with his 'dark' alter-ego) and several of his concert performances interspersed with fans recounting how they overcame adversity with the help of his music.

One woman remembers how Springfield's Working Class Dog album helped her heal after her open-heart surgery in the 80's and a meeting with him 30 years later finally alleviated her self-pity and anger.  In another heart-wrenching scene, a minister, who was contemplating suicide after going through an extremely traumatic experience, explains how she persevered after identifying with the anger in Springfield's 2004 album, Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance.

Of course, there are the extreme fans who just want to recapture the innocence and freedom that they once felt when they were pre-teens.  Many of them hoard Springfield paraphernalia and bear tribute tattoos.  As strange as they may appear, Caminer never paints them in a bad light - instead, she leaves judgement to the disapproving bystanders (one witness on a Springfield & Friends Cruise compares the fanaticism to a cult).

An Affair of the Heart is an extraordinary examination of how an artist uplifts his fans' lives and they in turn fulfill his.  An emotional Springfield remembers when a fan came to his rescue when he was stranded in an airport after his flight was cancelled.   Sadly, it appeared that he would miss his surrogate mother's funeral, but a devoted fan offered her ticket and a grateful Springfield made the ceremony on time.  Springfield and the fan sharing that personal moment is one of the film's most moving scenes.

Caminer's film is a labour of love.  Not just for Springfield fans (aka "Rickaholics"), but everyone who appreciates a great documentary.

An Affair of the Heart also screens tonight at the Royal Cinema at 7pm (Rick Springfield will be in attendance) and Thursday, May 3rd at the Cumberland 3 at 6:30pm.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Jessica: Free Spirit

"My style is free as possible. Basically, whatever clothes that are given, donated or whatever the universe provides me, that's what I'll wear -- that's how I live and dress."

Jessica is an artist and will be hosting an event at Nocturne on May 3rd called The Nebula Project -- a place where artists and musicians can collaborate.  So if you're excited about art and jewellery shows -- not to mention bands of different genres, then you may want to mark this amazing event on your calendar.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kristy: Hippie Chic

"I like to dress hippie-ish.  I do a lot of vintage shopping at thrift stores.  You don't have to spend a fortune on what you wear."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012


"My style can be described as 'spring time blossoming' -- colours, brightness, vivaciousness, but really classic at the same time.  Kate Middleton would be my ideal icon, as well as Grace Kelly and a little bit of flair with Marilyn Monroe."

While shooting these photographs of Jessica, I had an extreme case of déjà vu.  As it would appear, I had good reason to feel that way.  2 years ago, I coincidentally shot Jessica in virtually the same spot on Bloor Street West.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rebecca: Laid-Back Sunday

"My style is laid-back.  I don't like wearing over-sized clothing.  I prefer wearing clothes that embody femininity."

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vlad the Entertainer

"My style can be called 'new wave 80's meets goth-rock'.  I like clothes that are androgynous and reminiscent of the alternative underground scene.  Bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy influence me."

Vlad is currently busy fronting for 2 bands, Avant-Cool & Breeding Ground, and will be releasing material in the near future.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Here & Nao

Nao is the owner of Vintage Mix 1 -- a popular vintage store at 186 Ossington Avenue.

"I love Christian Dior 50's-style.  My store specializes in vintage accessories and clothing from the 60's to 80's."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Derrick: Style Legacy

"My look is fashionable and easy.  My father inspired my style.  He was always focussed on details and I carried-on his tradition."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Alina: April Showers

Alina quickly caught my attention riding her bike in the pouring rain on Queen Street West.  

"I wear whatever's comfortable and spontaneous.  My sister has a huge influence on my style.  I'm always grabbing clothes from her closet."

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dushyan: The Colour of Style

"My style is best described as modern, chic and elegant.  My fashion-sense was first inspired by my mother, who is a designer.  She taught me how to use colours in order to complement features, moods and environments.  I think a lot of men play it safe with colour -- not me.  I think that's why I stand out.  Sadly, men don't accessorize as much as they should."

Friday, April 13, 2012

Laura & Griffin

"My style is New York inspired.  Clean lines -- nothing too flashy. Simple and classic."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Erika: Miley Cyrus Style

"I like to dress it up a notch with skirts and dresses.  Miley Cyrus is my inspiration.  She's a celebrity who's easy to emulate because she doesn't wear a lot of expensive brands."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Paul: Dapper in the Fashion District

"My style is a mixture of luxury, vintage and everyday street-wear.  I love John Varvatos' designs, Prada footwear and David Beckham's style."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jessica: Colour Splash

"I'm a chameleon -- I wear everything from punk, rockabilly, metal and ball gowns.  It's not what you wear, it's how you wear it and the confidence that you bring with it."

Monday, April 9, 2012

Armida: In the Mood for Fun

"I put on what I feel would match my mood -- whatever's fun."

Check out Armida's column for Trend Hunters covering fashion and advertising trends.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Eva & James: Middle-Eastern Flair

"Years ago, I travelled through Beirut so my style is very much influenced by the Middle East.  From this head-dress I'm wearing, I'm saying warfare ends and wardrobe begins."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Erika: Girlie with an Edge

"I'm a mix of girlie and hard edge.  It's embarrassing to say, but I'm influenced by Mary-Kate's style -- even though she's an Olsen twin."

Friday, April 6, 2012

Joseph: "Everyday's An Inspiration"

"My style is eclectic, bright and fun.  I'm often inspired by day-to-day people.  Everyday's an inspiration."