There were many inspirations in the birthing of Fan-Culture.org, and pop culture representations of alike people, IE fans, was definitely one of them. “Detroit Rock City” was one of the first films I’ve watched where fans were the center of the plot. At TerrorConRI, I happened upon the writer of the film, Carl V. Dupre.
“It was sort of autobiographical,” Carl says of the film in our interview (HERE). “I grew up in the late 1970s, early 1980s, and I loved the late 1970s culture, and that was when I went to see my first KISS concert.”
“I was much younger than the kids were in this movie,” the screenwriter continues, in comparison to the characters he wrote for the film. “I was really inspired by movies like ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, and ‘Rock & Roll High School’ and all these movies that had a sort of Holy Grail, like in ‘R&RHS’ it was The Ramones, ‘IWHYH’ was The Beatles.”
Carl speaks further in the interview about his luck and happenstance connection in order to make this movie a reality. “It was an incredible experience,” he says happily. “They [KISS] gave us all this excitement in our youth, and we were able to give it back. That’s what being a fan is all about. The tribute.” Follow Carl on Twitter HERE.