Eye of the Hurricane - The Feature Film
Find Steve Flynn's feature-length movie about David Wilcox at GoodLookingFilms.com
See below for a letter from director Steve Flynn to David's fans...
Night at the Fitzgerald - David Wilcox Live
A note from director Steve Flynn on Eye of the Hurricane
Dear David Fans,
It’s been about 8 years since I came up with the idea of doing a film on David’s music. Many people stepped up and offered financial support when we needed it most. I want to start by thanking all of you who did. The funds came, we recorded the concert at the Fitz, and then I went off to make the film. In hindsight, it’s fair to say I had no idea what it was going to take to get a movie made that I felt did the story justice. In fact, I didn’t know what the story was when I started.
David speaks about how music demanded honesty from him his whole life. I felt that in the making of a film about his music, it demanded no less of me. David had said to me early in the process that the more personal a story was, the more universal it would be in connecting with an audience. At the beginning, I thought I’d just make a film about a guy who sang music. But it very quickly became clear that I needed to put some context around what I felt was not only the power of David’s lyrics and music, but the power of music in general. As I walked with Dave one day near my house, he said “I don’t think I can write your movie for you”. At that moment, I really didn’t know what he meant. I had thought I was just making a movie about Dave. He somehow knew I was making a different film.
After three years I had run out of energy and direction, and it was David who was gracious enough to allow me a few years to “live the end of the movie”. It was in that time that I believe I found a way to make a film about David’s music that also taught me some huge lessons about my own life - about how to heal old pain, and get back to who I knew I could always be. I wanted to make a movie that might make a difference in someone’s life the way David’s music had made a difference in mine. He understood this; I had to get brave enough to embrace it. And that took some time.
For all of those who were waiting for this to be released, I want to say thank you for your patience. I wish it had been ready four years ago, but what I learned along the way was that there are times when clarity of heart cannot be rushed and the demands of a creative process cannot be bypassed. Scenes needed time to show up and I needed time to understand them. I give David all the credit for allowing me to have that space at the expense of his own credibility. There were many times David and Tom had to cover for me, and I know they took some heat for my missed deadlines. They never once made me feel guilty about that, and I will always be so grateful for that. Without that support, this film would not have been worth watching.
So please, take the time to watch this film. There is nothing else like it, I can guarantee that.
Please know that while I did most of the heavy lifting to get it done, David and Tom made the entire project possible. Thank you Tom for being such a rock solid human being; for always being supportive and always finding a way to make things work out. It was a true honor to work with you.
And Thank You! to David, for taking the heat when I missed my deadlines; for knowing before I did that I needed to live the ending of the movie to understand it. And thank you for writing the songs in the first place that helped me heal my heart through some of the darkest years of my life. Oh yeah, and thanks for the kick ass song at the end.
To the viewer and David’s fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support in the early days, and your patience over the years. I hope you all find something in this film that makes your heart just a little bit lighter. I know I did.
To my kids Madeline and Aidan, thank you for giving me the countless evenings and weekends it took to get this done. I know better than you that you have paid a big price for this. Live a heart full life. Love music, and each other. I hope you find it worth watching when you are 21! :)
And to my wife Susan, thank you for staying the course with me through the weekends, the bills, and the evenings missed. I couldn’t have done this without you. You are the most amazing woman I know, and I’m honored to be your man! :)
To those to numerous to mention, you know who you are. A deep heartfelt thank you.
To the film itself… it’s now time to fly off and find your home in someone’s heart… shoo…
Eye Of The Hurricane