An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two projects in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“Marbella Nights”).
“See Me, Hear Me – Why Matthew and Gunnar Nelson Deserve A Second Look” By Caitlin McCarthy
“People only hear what they see.” Sandra Dee said this to Bobby Darin in the great biopic “Beyond the Sea,” when he wasn’t being taken seriously by audiences because of his hippie appearance in the late 60s.
The same could be said of Nelson. They have undeniable talent as musicians and songwriters. Their harmonies are to die for. But some people are blind to this, because they only remember what Matthew and Gunnar looked like 20 years ago. You’d think the twins were the only ones who ever wore long hair and spandex.
I think it’s time for Matthew and Gunnar to experience a career renaissance. They’re young (42) and still rocking. They’ve recently reformed Nelson as a band, and they’re currently putting the finishing touches on a new album. (I believe the title will be “The Blond Leading the Blond” – clever!)
I recently caught Matthew and Gunnar’s latest tour celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their multi-platinum debut classic album “After the Rain” at Mohegan Sun. Mark Slaughter, the Nelsons’ longtime friend, was a special guest who opened the show with a solo acoustic set and then played guitar with Nelson. Matthew, Gunnar, and Mark had an amazing banter and entertained every single person in the Wolf Den.
And let me tell you, there were A LOT of people in that Wolf Den. The line for the show started forming three hours in advance. (Seating was first come, first serve.) The show was standing-room-only, with a large crowd swarming the stage. Those who couldn’t get into the show leaned against the rails that separate the Wolf Den from the casino. (more…)