Who came up with the idea for the documentary? Did you approach Frankie or was it vise versa?
It was my idea. I had always wanted to make a documentary and I had kicked around a few ideas but nothing really came to fruition. Then Frankie told me he was going to speak to Kevin’s mother to get her blessing to go on with the band and that’s where I first had the idea to film it and make a documentary.
There’s a ton of footage both old and new in it, how long was the documentary in production for?
I started working on this film in the summer of 2010 and finished about two weeks before the premiere in Jan of 2015. Then I worked another few months on the bonus features and distribution.
Prior to the documentary, were you a Quiet Riot fan?
I was. I had the Metal Health album and played it to death when it came out. I met the band in 1983 and hung out with them for a few days. It was about a month before Metal Health hit number 1. I had a huge crush on Frankie but I was a kid to him.
How was working with everyone and meeting all of the people involved?
It was great. Some of the people I interviewed I could tell were a little dismissive of me before the interview took place. I could tell they were surprised I had done my homework. They didn’t know me. I’m sure they were thinking Frankie’s girlfriend is making this movie? Does she know how? And I totally get it. I don’t blame them one bit. Lots of times a girlfriend or wife is brought in on a project as a line item requirement of the star or producer and they usually don’t do anything or are put in charge of a minor task and given a producer credit. That happens a lot and I would have thought the same thing. They didn’t know that I created the project and that I have talent and skills to make a film. Everyone is in the position of proving themselves on their first film one way or another. Dee Snider apologized to me on his radio show and said he should have taken me more seriously but I totally get it and I’m just glad I was able to prove myself.
A large part of the documentary is very focused on emotions- between the passing of Kevin and Frankie’s story in general- was it difficult to constantly have all of these emotions around?
A good story gets to the emotional heart of the matter.
Why do you think this documentary has done so well?
It’s fun to watch!!
I’ve seen a ton of people who aren’t even Quiet Riot fans who are watching the documentary and loving it- why do you think that’s possible?
I really tried to make a film that everyone could relate to. It wasn’t a film about the music it is about people and their struggles. I am glad that came across.
Do you have a story you could share from shooting that you remember, be it funny or just memorable?
I tried to put everything funny and memorable in the movie.