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Questioning new documentary, Who Killed River Phoenix
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Created DateWed, Nov 21, 2012
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o-turnSubjectQuestioning new documentary, Who Killed River Phoenix
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'Jimmy Reardon' director, William Richert, is currently making this documentary to expose 'the truth' about the night River died and the aftermath of the cover up.

Firstly, let me say that I am not wishing to offend longstanding member, Barry (who is invloved with the project) with the following sentiments. These are genuine concerns. Presuming free speech is still in tact, it seems like discussing the negative aspects of such a project being hushed here would point in a more bias direction of Mr Lawrence and, since this is a River project, it would seem bonkers not to discuss it at all.

My personal feeling is that people are already aware of 'the truth' and that this truth can be found on discussion forums (both of River's and John Frusciantes) throughout the web. It is also discussed freely over a range of youtube videos. In short, any revelation about Frusciantes involvement in River's death (that being the cup barer of the concoction that killed River) and the fact Rain, Joaquin and Mathis were aware of this which is why it took so long for an ambulance to be called, is about 10 internet years too late.

In the discussions I have seen and been part of, people (fans and non fans) appear to understand, on a base human level, why this information was and has been hushed from mainstream tabloids.

As a longstanding fan, I became unsettled by Mr Richerts apparent and never ending riding on River's name some time ago.. whether it be talking head shows, books or a continuous stream of youtube videos to promote yet another version of 'Jimmy Reardon'- the man seems unable to let go of his tie and appears to have put most of his time and energy of the past 20 years into forging a new career (or.. boosting an old one) out of immediate association with 'River Phoenix'.

He, undoubtedly, has been aware of the story and the truth for a long time and so I wonder why he has decided to dress it up as 'research' instead of selling an interview to 'The Hollywood Reporter'(who knows, he may have already attmepted this route). It seems bizarre to me that he would become hellbent on exposing 'the truth' that people can easily get a hold of online, by attempting to bring it to a wider audience which, by default, will serve and change nothing other than the horrible impact it will have on the lives of those invloved.

I could understand the point of a project like this if River's family were seeking to track down and condemn the man who 'killed' River and required assistance with investigation or, even, if the area in question was an untapped, undiscussed, unknown subject of mainstream public curiosity. Since neither of these things are true, and the project will be a rehashing of a story that has filtered through subpop culture over the past 20 years in order to attempt to reach a wider audience who could- if they felt so inclined- find out for themselves with a click of a button, I have to question whether the venture is intended purely for Mr Richert's own ego, financial gain and career development: because, otherwise, a project like this serves no purpose.
This then, makes it less about doing River a service and more about using River's name for self-exposure. Which- on every level- is wrong.

Alternatively, perhaps Mr Richert is not aware of how well known the story already is and feels he is genuinely bringing some sort of new revelation to the table? Or, perhaps we have had it wrong the entire time and John Frusciante is not the man in question, meaning that this documentary will bring a brand new story to light?

Thoughts?
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BARRYSubjectRe: Questioning new documentary, Who Killed River Phoenix
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Hi o-turn,
I just read your interesting posting here and just want to say that I am not "involved " in the project as you say,I merely granted Mr. Richert an interview which only asked "why did You write the book?" That having been said I have agreed to add or subtract any new or incorrect info in my book he may find. I have also given him some few papers and names I acquired in my investigation while writing the book.
And as I have repeatedly stated and so write in my book, "all river wanted me to do was to tell the truth about him." I am always "setting the record straight" when any falsehoods, rumors or untruths are said about him or anyone associated with him, the most recent being that George Sluizer is not Danish.

So yes, of course free speech is always welcome as long as it is on topic and succinct. You wrote what I think is a very interesting piece and you bring up many good thoughts and questions.
I hope the readers of this forum find it intriguing as well and will chime in as to what they think too.

Cheers and good Holidays to all,

BARRY
(a member of this forum since its founding by a young Canadian , in 1997)
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BARRYSubjectRe: Questioning new documentary, Who Killed River Phoenix
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Hi o-turn,
I just read your interesting posting here and just want to say that I am not "involved " in the project as you say,I merely granted Mr. Richert an interview which only asked "why did You write the book?" That having been said I have agreed to add or subtract any new or incorrect info in my book he may find. I have also given him some few papers and names I acquired in my investigation while writing the book.
And as I have repeatedly stated and so write in my book, "all river wanted me to do was to tell the truth about him." I am always "setting the record straight" when any falsehoods, rumors or untruths are said about him or anyone associated with him, the most recent being that George Sluizer is not Danish.

So yes, of course free speech is always welcome as long as it is on topic and succinct. You wrote what I think is a very interesting piece and you bring up many good thoughts and questions.
I hope the readers of this forum find it intriguing as well and will chime in as to what they think too.

Cheers and good Holidays to all,

BARRY
(a member of this forum since its founding by a young Canadian , in 1997)
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BARRYSubjectRe: Questioning new documentary, Who Killed River Phoenix
PostedTue, Dec 25, 2012 03:50PM GMTMethodWeb-Site
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Hi o-turn,
I just read your interesting posting here and just want to say that I am not "involved " in the project as you say,I merely granted Mr. Richert an interview which only asked "why did You write the book?" That having been said I have agreed to add or subtract any new or incorrect info in my book he may find. I have also given him some few papers and names I acquired in my investigation while writing the book.
And as I have repeatedly stated and so write in my book, "all river wanted me to do was to tell the truth about him." I am always "setting the record straight" when any falsehoods, rumors or untruths are said about him or anyone associated with him, the most recent being that George Sluizer is not Danish.

So yes, of course free speech is always welcome as long as it is on topic and succinct. You wrote what I think is a very interesting piece and you bring up many good thoughts and questions.
I hope the readers of this forum find it intriguing as well and will chime in as to what they think too.

Cheers and good Holidays to all,

BARRY
(a member of this forum since its founding by a young Canadian , in 1997)
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popularthinksAASubjectRe: Questioning new documentary, Who Killed River Phoenix
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I don?t know what is on the mind of these people who start this documentary project. What is the purpose?
I am so disgusted and even feel ashamed to see a friend of River ( Mr. Richert ) and a fan of River involved in it.
This is disrespectful to River?s legacy. I am angry.
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