I Think We’re Alone Now: Director: Sean Donnelly

I Think We’re Alone Now
Director: Sean Donnelly
(Awesome and Modest)

In the mid 1980s there was a burst of pop teen sensations going on in the music industry. Before there was Britney and Christina, there was Debbie (Deborah Gibson) and Tiffany.

In 1987 the redhead Tiffany toured the malls behind her smash hit single “I think We’re Alone Now,” a cover of the Tommy James & the Shondells classic. At the time Tiffany was 16 years old and won the hearts of mall crusing teens world wide. However, one or two hits later, Tiffany was pretty much all but forgotten. The one-time teen queen has steadily released albums over the past two decades, been on television and even posed for Playboy. All this was, dare i say music to her fans ears. But there are two fans – Jeff Turner’s and Kelly McCormick who are…well for the lack of a better word stalkers of Tiffany.

Writer and director Sean Donnelly follows these two “fans” and tells not only their devotion to Tiffany but the backstory to their lives.

Jeff Turner is the first person we meet and he is in his early to mid 50 and has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. He likes to talk and talk and talk some more. He feels he and Tiffany are best friends based on a few chance encounters at autograph sessions. He also is an interdimensional time traveler, and a mystic Sufi master, able to intervene on a supernatural level with Tiffany…as long as he has his bike helmet connected to some electrods. It should be noted that he is a horder of Tiffany memorbilia with stacks upon stacks media clippings. He also is unashmaed to show off his court newspapers where he had been arrested for stalking Tiffany. Even at one point he stood outside of her house with a sword and flowers. Turner claims it is the highest honor in Japanese culture and saw nothing wrong with his actions.

Then we have Kelly McCormick. A blonde from Colorado who is intersexed aka a hermaphrodite. She isn’t too shy to tell us about how she is all female and struggles with her periods. As she walks around the city she gets many stares due to her manly features. McCormick’s contact with Tiffany was…well she was in a severe bike accident which left McCormick in a coma. She claims that while unconscious Tiffany came to visit her to take her out of the coma.

The shit really hits the fan when the two meet in Las Vegas to attend a Tiffany concert. Words fail when you see their reaction of metting the once pop icon post show and their conversation in their hotel room after the experience. Turner meets up with Tiffany on more than one occasion and it is evident she knows who he is and it is even more evident that she is clearly uncomfortable upon seeing him.

While watching “I Think We is Alone Now” you run through a lot of emotions – sadness, humor and disbelif. At some point you feel sorry for Turner and McCormick and you don’t want to cast them off because they are truly two emotionally under developed people. It makes you wonder how anyone – being their family, friends or the health care system can let this go on so long.