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I was approached by some first time producers who asked for my help in making a film about Prince. My first question was “do you have rights to his music and is the estate on board?”

After all, how do you make a documentary about Picasso without showing his paintings? He assured me that he had arranged a deal for the rights.  I believed him based on his associations within the music industry and the individuals (very close to Prince) that he had partnered with. Of course I got excited because access to Prince’s library would be ground-breaking for an independent film. So I did my thing, got a distribution deal and raised all the money. Unfortunately, I was misled and they never really had any rights nor would the bank and their consultant in charge of Prince’s estate license the music to us at “any” cost.

I grew up listening to Prince, but I wasn’t a super fan. Sure, I liked his music but I didn’t connect to his uniqueness like so many others did. But when I first started my research for this film, I discovered something unexpected: there was such an intense connection between Prince and his fans. It wasn’t like an Elvis or Michael Jackson kind of attraction, it was different, much, much deeper. The connection was profound. His sincere messaging of love and unity for all, black, white, gay, straight, old, young, had been life-changing and affirming for so many individuals. And if you’re a fan of his, you know what I’m talking about.

Some said that Prince gave them personal strength, guidance and a sense of self-worth. Others said he had literally saved their lives! WHAT! Now I was really curious as to who this guy really was … and the deeper I explored, the more I realized I was discovering something that did not compare with any fandom I had understood before.

Sure his fans knew everything about him, his incomparable talent, the many instruments he mastered, the brilliant music he produced and they could recite every lyric he wrote. But the stories kept coming and from all ages, and even from the many famous “name” artists themselves who shared that he was their deep life and musical  inspiration.

I felt compelled to make a film that defined this perspective. What and who were his inspirations? What drove and nurtured Prince to become this musical genius superstar? And by way of his extraordinary influence, who in turn did he inspire in becoming the best they could be?

In fact, after 3 years that I’ve spent deep within Prince’s world, I am a profoundly changed person. Not like a cult follower, but in strange way, Prince became a mentor. I always questioned, “how would Prince want me to handle a certain situation relative to his story”. The answers were clearly my perspectives but I can tell you that this influence subconsciously changed me in the way that I now look at my friends, family and life differently.  I’m now a much better person for having been on this wild journey.

This film is a celebration that I want to share with his “fams” around the world and to those that never really knew this true musical genius of our time… Prince.

 

Daniel D’Or

Producer/Director

Mr. Nelson On The North Side

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  • Victoria Izzo says:

    I CANT wait to see it ANYTHING PRINCE PEACE AND PURPLE LOVE ALWAYS
    VICTORIA 3121

    • Vickie Cartwright Adams says:

      After hearing your story of how you came to this doc and how finding out via his friends, family and Prince Fam what he meant to us – to the world – I am convinced that you, sir, are the right man for the job! Can’t wait to watch again! 💜

  • TAMEKO MITCHELL says:

    That is pretty awesome!!! Glad you got to see things from our perspective. AND yes, we are NOT a cult, we are FAMily!!!

  • Suzanne Danz says:

    Thank you for doing this project! I’m glad you got to witness the love of the fam. Much Purple Love to you!

  • David Gibbons says:

    Perfectly stated and experienced. This explains fam well

  • Debbie says:

    I thought Prince became religious before his passing and didn’t celebrate things like Christmas, is that true?

  • Carletta says:

    Each time I see this “Mr. Nelson on the North Side” it reminds me of the sweet person I first met many years ago. The guy who, to me, wasn’t a start, celebrity, famous or any of that (but he was) but just a friend…a beautiful soul that I was grace to get to know of & I am so thankful. Daniel Dor, the more I watch the trailer….the more I know you have done him justice. I thank you for all you have done (and I know will continue to do)! You’re a beautiful soul! Already have my wine & tissue…..barely can wait to watch tonight. Much much love to you1

    • Carletta Matlock says:

      Typing so fast, I actually meant each time I see the title “Mr. Nelson on the North Side, and wasn’t a star….the excitement is taking over lol

  • Carletta M says:

    Opening with His Royal Badness’s pretty devilish smile, Rock n Roll hall of fame solo, and beautiful funk face (and seeing Big Chick) had me grinning like a Cheshire cat. He truly was a unicorn, finger on the pulse, phenomenal, relentless, bad-ass genius! Thank you, Spike Moss for helping bring out the best in him (even the freaky side-lol). There was NOBODY like him! Daniel D’Or- – of ALL the documentaries I’ve seen…this is by far the BEST! You have rewarded us greatly! After watching this, Prince goes beyond forever being in my heart to being etched in my soul! You are truly appreciated! Again, thank you Mr. D’Or….you have done him justice.

  • Marilyn says:

    Thank you Daniel. I watched it multiple times and it was so good. Knowing his beginnings was so important for all his Fam to know. I appreciate all the work that was put into this documentary. Thank you again.

  • Lourdes says:

    This is a good account and it is beautifully made. Thank you!

  • Alban L. Jones Sr. says:

    Thank QQQ That Daniel

    Bcuz That iz Xcatly How I Lead/Led People 2 Prince. As A Musician In 1979 I Was IMMEDIATELY Drawn 2 Prince As All My High School Friends Went Hard Michael Jackson. Don’t Get Me Wrong…, I Love MJ Too…, But As A Musician Prince Spoke 2 Me On A Deeper Level The Minute I Heard His 2nd LP. I Wore That Record Out, Ten Went Back & Got His 1st LP & I’ve Been Hooked Ever Since!!! My Friends Thought I Was A Lil’ Krazy As I Was A Hardcore Prince Fan Right From The Jump. But As I Played Them His Music, Broke Down The Concepts As Best I Could, Xplained What He Wrote Played, & Delivered Slowly They Got The Picture. I WOULD NOT Force Them…, I Would Leave Little Bread Crumbs & Just As You Did, They Came 2 Their Own Revelations!!!
    So Grateful 4 The Project You Delivered As It Allowed Me 2 Fill In The Blanks On How He Grew Up, Who Influenced Him, & What His Connection 2 The City He Repped So Hard Meant 2 Him. In 2019 I Made The Sojourn From NJ 2 MPLS Just So I Could Walk The Streets & Absorb The Vybe. My Visit 2 Paisley Park Was Mind Blowingly Other Worldly & I Also Took In A Show @ First Avenue 2 Breathe In That NRG Too!!! So Keep Doing What UR Doing As His Legacy Needs 2 Be Told 4 Generations 2 Come!!!
    The Brother AJ!!!

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