A lot of people want the Kinks to get back together, but few do as much as Geoff Edgers.
The Boston Globe reporter even made a cool documentary movie about his personal quest to get the British Invasion rock band to reunite.
Still, he’s not about to get his hopes up every time a new reunion rumor surfaces. Such talk has been popping up for years at regular intervals, and nothing ever comes of it.
The speculation is heating up again.
Just last month, Kinks frontman Ray Davies said he and his brother, Dave, have talked about a 2014 reunion. Dave, lead guitarist for the band, told British newspaper The Guardian that the odds are 50/50. But in the same interview he also trashed Ray, calling him “miserable” and “troubled.”
The Davies brothers have been famously mad at each other for years, and usually can’t stand to be in the same room together, so the fact that they are talking at all moved the needle on the reunion-O-meter.
Whether it happens or not remains to be seen.
But the rumors at least make it an appropriate time to check out Edgers’ 2010 film “Do It Again.”
The film about his earnest and Quixotic quest will be screened at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at the Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., downtown Youngstown. Admission is $10.
The film is the first step in the Oakland’s effort to bring movies back to downtown, filling a gaping hole in the burgeoning entertainment district’s offerings.
There hasn’t been a movie theater downtown in decades, and there hasn’t been an indie-film theater in the area since Austintown Cinema closed in 2005.
“Do It Again” is an excellent choice to get things started.
Chris Rutushin is the Oakland board member who is spearheading the effort. “Do It Again,” he said, will launch a series of independent films at the venue, which is already known for its edgy live theater.
“We’re super excited to finally have a place to do so because Youngstown doesn’t have an independent theater, or any theater for that matter, in downtown,” said Rutushin, who is a filmmaker himself. “The Oakland is picking up where the former Flick Clique [movie club] left off and taking cues from the Cedar Lee theater in Cleveland.”
Rutushin said more films are on the radar for the series, but he can’t talk about them until the deals are finalized.
“Do It Again” is a fan’s-eye flick that follows Edgers on his lighthearted mission all the way to London. It includes interviews with the likes of Sting and Zooey Deschanel, who both genuinely embrace the whimsical spirit of the film.
Edgers even gets Sting to sing a Kinks song.
The filmmaker explains his obsession in a film trailer in which he bemoans how plenty of lesser classic-rock bands have reunited — he contemptfully cites Styx and the Eagles — while his beloved Kinks never do.
Edgers stars in the film and also produced it, while Robert Patton-Spruill directed.
In a phone call from his Boston home, he was clearly not getting his hopes up regarding a Kinks comeback. The band’s last show was in 1996, and the reunion rumors have surfaced every few years since then. Fans have been burned many times.
Edgers’ attitude now seems to be I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it.
“I refuse to play this game,” he said. “Why is today any more likely than in 1998, or 2003, or 2005 or 2010?”
Edgers was initially moved to make the film as a way of burnishing the Kinks’ legacy. The scope and direction of the film expanded as he proceeded.
“I love the Kinks,” he said, “but they were underappreciated and they needed someone to do a proper movie. They are so complicated that it’s hard to do a simple project.”
The band’s second-tier status still irritates Edgers.
“The Kinks should be recognized with the greats,” he said, “yet the last Ray Davies album was given away with a newspaper — and it was better than Paul McCartney’s record.”
Edger’s film has been shown in more than 50 film festivals worldwide, and an hourlong version of it has aired on PBS. “It took on a life of its own,” he said.
Edgers has moved on to other projects. He hosted the short-lived Travel Channel series “Edge of America” earlier this year, and also has written three children’s books.
Still, he keeps getting inquiries about the movie. “People ask me about it all the time,” he said. “Every now and then I’ll get a note from Italy or Argentina or another country about how they can see it.”