Last night my husband and I attended the premiere of “Let Me Down Hard” at the Garden State Film Festival” in Atlantic City in support of Keith Roth, who played the lead of Jack Ainsley.
Keith Roth is a musician who has played with many artists including Ramones, NY Dolls, and Generation X, to name a few and also known for his radio show, “The Electric Ballroom” on WRAT 95.9-FM (http://wrat.com/keith-roth/) which is where I first met Keith when I co-hosted his show, twice, to promote my books. Roth is a deejay on Sirius too (“Hair Nation” and “Ozzy’s Boneyard”).
And unlike his role of Jack Ainsley, Keith is one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.
Anyway, I LOVED this movie!
“Let Me Down Hard” was filmed in Asbury Park over the course of six years. Those from the area will definitely recognize Asbury Park and the bars in the area, Stone Pony, Wonder Bar and the Brighton Bar (in Long Branch).
“Let Me Down Hard” is the fictitious story of Jack Ainsley who had a hit record way back when, but then got overshadowed when the grunge scene emerged around 1991. Jack spent the next 15 years trying to make a comeback, and even returns to his family in suburban New Jersey. Jack hopes to make another hit, but fails miserably as he begs, borrows, and steals in order to survive, while still living in a sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll fantasy land.
Jack’s much more responsible sister Carrie (Stephanie Silk) is making ends meet as a single mom who is taking care of her young daughter and aging mother who seems to have Alzheimer’s Disease and continues to get progressively worse.
Like all drug addicts, Jack is oblivious to how much he is hurting his family as he’s caught up in a whirlwind of lies and money issues and promising Carrie he’ll change — and that he’ll be back on top again. Problem is, Jack seems to believe his own lies and has enablers — friends who still believed in him and called him a “rock star” unknowing just how down and out he was, as Jack was still behaving as if he was on top — spending hundreds of dollars buying everyone rounds in bars.
Meanwhile, Carrie struggles as to whether she should give her brother second, third, fourth, etc. chances; after all, he is family, as she notes to her young daughter — or should she go with tough love?
All the actors were phenomenal and extremely convincing. The sound track is off-the-hook, featuring Keith Roth’s band Frankenstein 3000 and other New Jersey artists.
New Jersey rock photographer Mark Weiss (http://www.markweiss.com/gallery.html) had a cameo in the movie and was also in attendance at the premiere.
For more information on “Let Me Down Hard” as well as credits visit: http://www.letmedownhard.com/
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of the music fiction book “Love Cats” which takes place in the 1980s. “Love Cats” is available in Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513
Her first book is “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon in paperback only: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X