Singer, songwriter, actor and author Rick Springfield is known for many talented achievements but fighting depression isn’t one of them. But, it should be. The creative force is ultimately fragile in the face of what he calls “Mr. D.”
A documentary called “An Affair of the Heart” made its theater debut at the IFC (Independent Film Center) in NYC last evening. The event brought a-list and b-list celebs alike but most importantly, it cast a light on an organization called iFred.
“122 million people worldwide battle depression. That is more than AIDS, heart disease and cancer combined. Only 25% of those people are seeking treatment. So, our whole goal is to save lives,” said Melissa Marshburn, Marketing and Events Manager at iFred.
Director Sylvia Caminer and Producer Melanie Lenz-Jansen purposely focused on sharing deeper, more meaningful, significantly richer story lines in crafting “An Affair of the Heart.” In doing so, the audience is entertained and educated about serious topics in both Springfield’s life and that of his devoted fans.
Not surprising, Springfield manages “Mr. D” by spinning his darker moments into transcendental tunes – songs that are complex yet resonate with the masses and ultimately, make for better music.