Coming to select theatres and to virtual cinemas today, Friday, January 15:
ROCK CAMP: THE MOVIE
Key West 2020
Music fans sign up to rock out with their favorite performers.
Founded in 1996 by music producer David Fishof, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp gives people the opportunity to live out their rockstar fantasies – for a price, though Doug Blush and Renee Barron’s film doesn’t explore this not insignificant detail nor how it impacts who is and isn’t able to participate. Leaving that aside, the film instead offers a crash course in the camp’s origins, profiles a handful of participants, and provides a sense of their experience at the camp, where a bevy of rock heavy hitters serve as camp counselors, including Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Nancy Wilson, Slash, Joe Perry, and Jeff Beck. Blush and Barron benefit from one thread involving the camp’s beneficial impact on a young man with autism, but otherwise keep things fairly surface level. Somewhat shambolic in structure, and unfortunately too often feeling overtly promotional, the project’s upbeat tone will nevertheless help it find a welcome audience.