Who You Gonna Call2019 | Music Documentary
Award winning film maker Fran Strine explores the unbelievable true story of the man who wrote and recorded the global smash hit song “Ghostbusters” which became a universally recognized pop culture classic. Ray Parker Jr. granted Strine unprecedented access, enabling him to reveal his riveting never-before-told life story. Parker overcame nearly impossible odds growing up on the segregated streets of Detroit in the 1960’s to achieve his dream of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, winning a Grammy and receiving a Best Song Oscar nomination. He escaped the violence of the 1967 riots in Detroit and of a racially fueled police beating as a teen by pursuing music as a way out. Practicing the guitar up to 12 hours a day, the tenacious teen managed to meet Marvin Gaye when he was just 15 years old and went on to play on many of the Motown legend’s records.
Long before his “Ghostbusters” fame, Parker cut his teeth touring with Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones at just 18 years old. He took the equivalent of a real-life master class in songwriting by performing on the Stevie Wonder album The Talking Book. He met Chaka Khan who recorded his very first #1 hit song “You Got the Love.” After abruptly interrupting a recording session with Barry White, Parker impressed White by improvising and the duo went on to become the best of friends, with White later recording Parker’s hit song “Always Thinking of You.” A gifted songwriter and artist, Parker wrote songs and worked as a session musician for the industry’s biggest icons, including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, The Carpenters and The Supremes. Recognizing his talent and his raw star power, music impresario Clive Davis signed Parker to his label Arista Records where his career reached new heights as a music star in his own right, achieving multi-platinum success and an array of chart topping hits in the 1970’s and 80’s.
In this film, Parker opens up and discloses for the first time his own raw, emotional memories of the highs and lows of his life. Clive Davis, David Foster, Lee Ritenour, Boz Scaggs and Herbie Hancock share what it was like to collaborate with Parker, both on stage and off. Film mogul Ivan Reitman, who produced Ghostbusters, tells how he managed to convince Parker to write the “Ghostbusters” theme song on a deadline of just 3 days.
The Ghostbusters phenomenon was so massive that it has since overshadowed the rest of Parker’s career, leaving millions of fans around the world completely unaware of his rich musical legacy and his contributions to our music history. Who You Gonna Call pulls back the curtain to reveal to today’s audiences his now little known yet legendary career. If you were an artist in the 70's and 80's looking for a hit song, who were you gonna call? The answer was Ray Parker Jr. And after watching this film, you will know why. Hear from Ray in his own words what it took for him to get from the streets of Detroit in the 60’s to where he is today against all odds and experience the story that defies belief.
Power Chord Films was founded in 2019 with the mission of telling the unknown stories behind legendary music artists. These artists left a wake of timeless music that will never fade. With exclusive access, PowerChord Films goes deeper, far beyond the limelight and the world’s concert stages, to explore the reality of who these artists are when the spotlight light is turned off.
Power Chord pulls back the curtain to connect with artists on an authentic human level, revealing what made them who they are, as they open up and share their stories like never before. What do they hope their legacies will be after they are gone? Our films take you far beyond the 30-second soundbite and the 140 character Tweet to the truth, raw and unedited, in the artist’s own words. Based on the trust we establish with artists, they know that we will respect their stories and do them justice.
The Los Angeles-based production company was founded by award winning documentary filmmaker Fran Strine, music legend Ray Parker Jr. and global financier Ola Ström. Working collaboratively as Co-Presidents of Power Chord Films, the trio is uniquely positioned for success by virtue of their established credibility and high level connections in the music industry as well as in the financial world. Each brings a distinct expertise to Power Chord Films, combined with decades of proven experience.
Fran Strine spent twenty years on the road as a rock photographer and videographer before bringing his talents to documentary film, revealing powerful true stories that deserve to be told. He developed an intimate style of live photography and filmmaking while touring the world with iconic music artists Dolly Parton, NickelBack, Staind, Seether and dozens of other leading musicians. Based on his reputation as a long-standing member of the music community and his deep understanding of where artists are coming from, Strine has earned the trust of numerous high-profile music artists. As a result, he has been able to gain privileged access to their lives and their stories.
Ray Parker Jr. granted Strine unprecedented access to his own life story for the documentary film “Who You Gonna Call,” Power Chord’s first film. Parker was catapulted to global fame in 1984 with the release of “Ghostbusters” for which he wrote the hit song that became a pop culture sensation. His journey from growing up on the racially charged streets of Detroit in the 1960’s and escaping violence to winning a Grammy and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song is the stuff legends are made of. As a multi-platinum music artist who has experienced the height of fame, Parker knows better than anyone where an artist is coming from in considering who to trust to tell their story.
Ola Ström is a seasoned global financier and business leader motivated by his appreciation of music to co-found Power Chord Films with Parker and Strine. More than merely business partners, Ström and Parker are friends as well as colleagues. Ström brings senior level business and financial expertise to Power Chord, based on his nearly 40 year career, during which he held executive positions in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Scandinavia. He is the Chairman of BE Bio Energy Group AG and Blue Diamond Asset Management AG and Vice Chairman of Solör Bioenergi Holding AB.