In a fan community, the label “stalker” is thrown around quite a bit. Whether it’s because there is a heated rivalry between fans and the most hurtful term is used during these quarrels, or whether the person is actually a danger, it will always be a common term.
Pretty much always taken in a negative light, a fan who is labeled with this often doesn’t get to tell their side of the story, or people don’t want to hear it. One film maker decided that he wanted to focus an entire piece on two such fans who are particularly shunned by their peers, and even society.
I Think We’re Alone Now, a documentary by Sean Donnelly, follows two individuals, Jeff Turner and Kelly McCormick, who during the span of the film were big fans of 80′s popstar Tiffany.
Jeff Turner has been notorious for having restraining orders against him, from the aforementioned Tiffany to as recently as actress Alyssa Milano, but he insisted during the film, and during a recently conducted interview, that this does not make him a stalker. A conspiracy theorist as well as an Asperger’s Syndrome patient, Jeff stated that stalkers are churned out by the government and trained for a long period of time to seek out their victims, and he also noted that Alyssa Milano was waiting for him with a gun outside of their court hearing from a few years back. At one point in the film, Jeff talks about the man who killed actress Rebecca Schaeffer, Robert John Bardo, in his own way trying to discern himself from what a dangerous stalker really is.
While Jeff’s wide range of knowledge and bold statements both in the film and during his interview are a little out of left field, he insists that he holds close relationships with other people in the entertainment industry and is able to socialize with them. Recently on the set of a music video he was in, he chatted with actor Ryan Gosling, telling him he knows all the people in the biz who are Satanists. “Well, tell me who they are,” Jeff with a laugh claims Gosling said to him, “So I can avoid them!”
When asked if he felt the film was a good representation of who is as a person and not just an avid fan, Jeff stated that he thought it was good, but more could have been put in there. He also stated that he read a lot of bad reviews on the film, but Director Sean was quick to correct him.
“Easy Jeff – there were a lot of good reviews,” Sean stated gently. “I think the problem is that you maybe read something negative about yourself, and that made your opinion biased of the review.” Jeff reluctantly agreed, with Sean then stating that because Jeff had so much to say during filming that the editing process was done as best as possible to portray both subjects.
Sean stated the project started because Jeff lived in his hometown and he had heard about his fandom with Tiffany, and though he didn’t realize how big this project would get, it originally was going to just be centered around him. However, he reached out to a fan forum for Tiffany and asked around for who was on “the same level” as Jeff so that more could be added to the story.
Kelly McCormick in Denver definitely had a tale of her own to tell. Born inter-sex, the product of much discrimination and still working to overcoming adversity, Kelly stated throughout the film how Tiffany made her a stronger person. She states in the film that she is not a stalker because stalkers “never truly love the person”, separating herself from this negative label. However it could be possible that fellow fans would be quick to call her this due to her steadfast belief that she was meant to be in a lesbian relationship with Tiffany.
The film, when watched the whole way through, has been described by viewers as oddly uplifting and eye opening. From the outside perspective, people would view these two as dangerous or annoying fans, but when you see that they are two mentally ill or otherwise disabled people going through their own issues and coping with the biological tools that they were given, it has the potential to change minds.
What are the two subjects of the film doing currently? Are they still Tiffany fans?
Jeff said he last spoke to the pop star at a Collector’s show in Hollywood in 2009, but it seems as if his fandom has fizzled out, for the most part, from where it once was. Jeff has written a lot of articles on his conspiracy theories and says he may write a book on his other life experiences.
As for Kelly? Via her very active and public Facebook feed, it shows that her interests have gone over to an actress of a TV show and not so much about Tiffany anymore. “I tried to tell her how she should get involved with real people,” Sean stated as far as the personal advice he gave Kelly. “And not these celebrities all the way in Los Angeles no where near her.”
What is the Director Sean up to these days? “I feel like I’m Jeff’s agent,” he said with a laugh. “I keep referring him to projects. Otherwise, people can check out the Facebook group and contact me there.”
Go “like” the Facebook page for “I Think We’re Alone Now” documentary where you can get in touch with Director Sean and find out how to buy the film on DVD (it’s also available on NetFlix). The trailer for this documentary, as well as the link to the YouTube channel where you can see other clips or bonus videos, is HERE. Note - The interview mentioned in this article was conducted on BlogTalkRadio May 13th 2012 by the writer of this piece, but due to many technical malfunctions on the site, the original audio cannot be retrieved or posted.