ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEART: CHERI LOVEDOG’S ROAD TO SUNDANCE

One of the people who worked on the film was the legendary rocker Joan Jett. What was she like to work with? ^ Joan didn’t end up in the movie, but I did work with her in the recording studio. She was very professional. She was on time, she learned the songs quick and played them well. And then there was the whole paranoid/confiscated video tapes/banning of cameras/law suite/Twilight Zone scene that came attached. Definite buzz kill. Considering the company she was in it was as offensive as it was embarrassing. It was such an unpleasant situation that we ended up pulling her guitar tracks off the record for fear of angering the Rock & Roll God and Goddess of Perpetual Indulgence and All Things Analog and Pure.
The film was one of the lucky few that got screened at Sundance. What did it feel like to ultimately find yourself in the midst of a huge media event like that–when the film had such humble beginnings? ^ It felt fucking great!
Do you feel the film has any sort of inherent message? ^ Well, if I may be so corny, the film is my love letter to Rock & Roll for taking care of me and giving me a reason to get out of bed for most of my life, and for Robin and Sam Prey, who continue to give me two more reasons. The message would be to do what you love because you love doing it. Be pure. Be honest. Be loud. Speak your mind. Fight the good fight. Have fun.
You have another screenplay in the works, correct? ^ I am currently working on another screenplay called “Too Many Bobs.” A complete departure from Prey, this is total fiction about a serial killer who meets up with the wrong woman. I figured I could put my years of studying serial killers to good use, and a nice, dark, violent comedy with a twist sounded refreshing to me. I’m also hoping that the movie, Prey, will get me a good gig and a real tour. I saw Lita Ford do an interview years ago in which she said (not to me, but just in general), “When you’re ready to rock, give me a call.” Well, I’m ready, but I don’t have your number. However, Vicki Blue (“Edgeplay: The Story of the Runaways”) has mine. I think me, Lita and Vicki should get together. I know a killer drummer. That’s one idea. I hear Courtney Love is looking for someone to work and write with. I’ve emailed her a few times to let her know I’m available, but she just deletes me and the rejection is killing me! Okay, not killing me, but it could be a great thing. They are also putting a band together behind Gina Gershon to do a little tour to promote the movie, and if I’m not the rhythm guitar player then there truly is no justice in the world. Check it out, I’ve just applied for three jobs, and one of them is doing my own music! Hey, I just want to play, so when someone is ready, would you please give me a call? I’ve got gear and experience…




Posted on April 16, 2003 in Interviews by
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