Danny Says

unknown-3September 28, 2016. ”Danny Says” is an incredible document and an important chronicle of pop culture. The documentary is an entertaining and meticulously made rock and roll biography about rock manager and entrepeneur Danny Fields.

Beginning in 1966, Fields played a crucial role in music, managing groups such as MC5, the Ramones and the Stooges. Fields worked with and for Nico, Judy Collins, Iggy Pop, Jann Wenner, Lou Reed, the Doors, Velvet Underground, Nico, Modern Lovers and many others. In addition, Fields was also director of publicity at Elektra Records as well as having been a pioneer of the punk rock movement. Director Brendan Toller perhaps sums it up best when he says that, “Fields created a platform for the outsider to exist in the mainstream.”

Toller and editor Ian Markiewicz, have created a dizzying visual tapestry which, at an hour and 43 minutes, is brimming with interviews (modern day and archival) stock footage, incredible stills, home movies and animation. The stills show that Fields was, as the expression goes, “always in the room.” In fact, one could say that Fields built the “room.”

“Danny Says” includes archival footage of the Doors, the Ronnettes, Andy Warhol, Judy Collins and many others. The animation by Emily Hubley, Johnny Woods, Matt Newman-Long and illustrator Sage Schmett is sharp, hip, funny and very relevant to the time period being discussed. Many of the film’s visual and aural elements have been culled from Fields’ archive of thousands of photographs, audio cassettes and items.

The film’s extensive modern day interviews include, in addition to Fields, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Jonathan Richman, Jac Holzman, Judy Collins and John Cameron Mitchel. Fields himself proves to be a candid, irreverant and entertaining interview subject as he discusses his life’s journey from dropping out of Harvard Law School to his accomplishments in the music business. At one point he even excuses himself to use the bathroom.

“Danny Says” opens on September 30 at IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue and West Third Street) and at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (1886 Broadway, between 62 and 63 streets).

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About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

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