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Film provocateur Nicholas Holthaus teams with novelist/The Refreshments' Art Edwards to bring Stuck Outside of Phoenix to the screen.
Film provocateur Nicholas Holthaus teams with novelist/The Refreshments' Art Edwards to bring Stuck Outside of Phoenix to the screen.
85 backers pledged $15,722 to help bring this project to life.

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This is the official trailer, followed by producer Nicholas Holthaus explaining why this project is MORE than a movie about the legendary Tempe, AZ 90s music scene. The heart (and heartbreaks) that propelled that scene are not so different from your own local rags-to-riches success stories.  

---Remember!  If we don't reach our donation goal, we get NOTHING.  PLEASE help us reach the goal, so this work of beauty--this work that recaptures a time that still means so much to so many--can be made.


Synopsis (by Art Edwards):

Josh “Hote” Hotle, twenty-one-year-old bass player, wants to get the hell out of Phoenix.

The time is April of 1990, one year before Seattle grunge music scene breaks nationwide, and those with their pop music ears to the ground recognize something big happening in the rainy Northwest. Phoenix's suburb Tempe has its own scene ready to explode, but Hote  is tuned into the rumblings coming from Seattle, where he hopes to escape his problems: his stuck-in-the-mud existence, his faltering Tempe band, the sweltering Valley summer just around the corner. His car is packed with all of his things. He is ready to go. One easy right turn onto the freeway and Hote is a free man.

But a funny thing happens on his way out of town...

In the three days Hote is Stuck Outside of Phoenix, he dates a previously inaccessible love interest, fist-fights his best friend, and plays a dream gig at Tempe's largest music venue in front of a packed house. Unexpected pleasures and bumps-in-the-road keep Hote volleying from peak to valley, but in the end Hote gets as close as possible to the thing he loves most, the intoxicating pulse and pound of the perfect rock song.


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    $1.993—Through Wong's Back Window— Basically, you get to say you were "kinda there,” like countless thousands of others who didn’t want to pay cover to get into Wong's while bands were playing.

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    $10.15—The Zone—as in KZON FM101.5, one of the few Phoenix radio stations that played our soon-to-be rock stars.
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    $19.91—The Chuy—as in the venue before it changed its name to Gibsons.
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    A Thank You credit from Art or Nico on the Stuck FB page and official website,

    AND to be an extra in a scene (somewhere in the Tempe/Phoenix area. You will be responsible for transporting yourself to and from the location, and on time).

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    $29—as in the Gin Blossoms song "29" from their first platinum album, New Miserable Experience.
    At this level, you get all the above, AND a copy of Art Edwards' solo CD Songs From Memory.

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    $51—The Mexico—as in, the 51st American State. Wiki that one ;) Besides, there’s some peculiar connection between Mexico and The Refreshments.
    At this level, you get all the above, AND a signed copy of Nico’s Mill Ave Inc, the movie that started the national series of towns fighting off big box chain stores, and helping restore those towns’ identities and economies.

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    $100.1—The DeadHot—as in the Dead Hot Workshop album, 1001.
    At this level, you get all the above, AND a copy of Art Edwards’ novel Ghost Notes (the sequel to Stuck Outside of Phoenix),
    AND a Stuck Outside of Phoenix the Movie DVD upon release (anticipated Fall, 2012),
    AND a signed Dante’s Arizona soundtrack CD (including Gloritone’s crowd favorite “Javier” which was never released elsewhere).

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    $199.2—The Sun Club—At this level, you get all the above, AND
    one 8x10 promo band photo, signed by the musicians, and by Nico and Art,
    AND a guitar pick initialed by one of the greats of the 90s music scene (Gins, DHW, Pistoleros, Refreshments…)

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    $257—The River Otis—as in the song from DHW's River Otis EP. At this level, you get all the above, AND a signed DVD of the AIFF-winning sequel to Mill Ave Inc, The Avenue (aka 4th Ave Inc).

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    $414—The Edsel— (limit 20)
    At this level, you get all the above, AND a Stuck Outside of Phoenix soundtrack CD, featuring previously UNRELEASED songs from your favorite Tempe rock stars. A MUST HAVE for your Gin Blossoms, Pistoleros, Refreshments (and others) collection. Not even the artists themselves have some of these songs ;) You'll be among the first persons on the planet to hear Doug Hopkins' last song before he left us.

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    $1993—The Long Wong— (limit 5)
    At this level, you get all the above, AND a speaking role in the movie, AND Two VIP passes to the Movie Premiere, AND Pre-Premiere dinner with Nico and principle cast and crew members,
    AND A free one-hour guitar lesson from one of our rock stars.

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    $3999—The Sound Dude— (limit 5)
    At this level, you get all the above, AND a Producer credit (You want to be on IMDB.com, right?)
    AND up to Four VIP passes to the Premiere,
    AND one day of “learning the craft” in whatever production role you wish on set, AND Nico flies out to you (continental US) and will cook you the best Italian dinner you’ve ever had made in your kitchen (pesto, alfredo AND marinara), plays guitar and sings (from rockers to lullabys), and regales you (and your friends) with tawdry tales from both his music and film industry experiences. (Nico can tone down the tawdriness if children are present.)

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    $7999—The Rock Star (bona fide)— (limit 2, unless you make a really good plea).
    At this level, you get all the above, AND Art AND Nico will fly to your house; Nico will cook you the best Italian dinner you’ve ever had made in your kitchen (pesto, alfredo AND marinara), Art will read to you from his unreleased third novel Badge, and Nico and Art both will play a set for you. (Don’t worry, we’re professionals.) We’ll also patch in at least one Tempe rock star to chat on the phone with ya.

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