A "Love Letter" to the Tempe Scene Premieres (Despite Weird Gin Blossoms Rumors)
As usual, local filmmaker Nico Holthaus has set up an unenviable task for himself. On the party weekend before Halloween, he's scheduled a premiere of the final cut of Art Edward's fictionalized love letter to the Tempe music scene of the early '90s, Stuck Outside of Phoenix, at the Pollack Tempe Cinemas.
There was already an air of Trick or Treat encircling Holthaus' production like a witch on a broom bender last May, when Holthaus was wrapping up filming on Stuck. Rumors began to spread: People, some of whom were actually involved in the production, became convinced this was an actual account of the Tempe scene, or that Holthaus had cast himself as Doug Hopkins and besmirched the Gin Blossoms guitarist's memory.
This round of telephone got even more garbled when Robin Wilson alluded to an upcoming Doug Hopkins biopic in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"There's some sort of a dramatization of the whole scene that's being done. Some of my close friends have turned their back on the project. I wouldn't want to support it at this point," Wilson said. Many believed he was talking about Stuck.
While Edwards wrote in a minor character loosely based on Doug Hopkins, he certainly isn't the focal point of the movie. Another on-again, off-again production about Doug Hopkins is in the works; it began production around the time Holthaus launched Stuck's Kickstarter campaign.
Sara Bennewitz, Hopkins' sister, confirms this. "There is a long-rumored big-screen movie in the works about Doug himself. In fact, I'm meeting again with that producer next week." As for Stuck, she says she's a fan of Holthaus' work and the new movie. "I was fully aware that Nico's project was not a movie about Doug. And I thought that he did an admirable job playing that character, considering Doug had some big-ass boots to fill."