Rick Kirkham got his first video camera when he was 14 years old. It became his best friend and confidant. From that point on, he began documenting every facet of his life. He got his first break in TV as a dancer on American Bandstand. A little nudge from Dick Clark to pursue a career in television, and he was on his way. He quickly rose through the ranks from local TV news to a gig as a national correspondent for Inside Edition. His girlfriend then got pregnant, and they got married. Everything was golden... or was it? The flip side of his life was another story, and his camera shockingly captured both with the same candor and vigor. What unfolds in ‘TV Junkie’ is a riveting journey into the heart of darkness, where one man’s fight for survival is caught on tape in an unprecedented way.
Michael Cain studied producing at the American Film Institute before returning to Dallas upon learning of his father’s cancer. To raise money and awareness for those suffering from the disease, Cain combined his love for film and the growing needs he experienced as a result of his father’s illness into the Deep Ellum Film Festival. He has been working on ‘TV Junkie’ for more than six years.
Matt Radecki is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who has produced several independent films and co-founded Different by Design, a high-definition production and postproduction company. Radecki is especially grateful to his lovely wife, Amy, who let him cancel their Tahitian honeymoon so he could go to Dallas and make this film.
2005, 105', color/bw, video
Gary Parks, Gordon Gibson
A Deep Ellum Pictures Production