March 29, 2023
Oh man, what can I say about this one? That it’s a celebration of the confidence of mediocre White men? That it’s an inspiring hero’s journey toward self-love and acceptance? It’s kinda both. And a bunch of other stuff.
It’s like a mix of The Office, Spinal Tap, Alice in Wonderland, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
And the music videos. My God, the music videos.
March 22, 2023
What would you do if you could be totally, unapologetically “you?” If you could, how would you fulfill every one of your dreams and desires to their wildest potential? In theory, we could all live this way, if not for the limitations imposed by modern society- and oftentimes, our own minds. I’m An Electric Lampshade, an awe-inducing documentary/narrative written and directed by John Clayton Doyle, is the inspiring story of a man who abandons the typical retirement tradition in order to attain an outlandish dream.
November 22, 2021
I’m An Electric Lampshade is a docu-narrative that delightfully blurs the lines between what’s fact and what’s fiction: Los Angeles International Film Festival Review
Billed as a docu-narrative, indicating that both fact and fiction will be blended throughout, I’m An Electric Lampshade is a bizarre take on the age-old “It’s never too late to follow your dreams” tale, focusing on the unlikeliest of pop star wannabes.
September 23, 2021
McCorkle presses the enroll tab, and suddenly I’m an Electric Lampshade transports us to the Philippines. We follow a young man to his job at a garment sweatshop, which he is hopeless at. After getting chewed out, he steals some of the fiercest clothes from the place and transforms into the amazing Fandango (Isra-Jeron Ysmael), drag juggernaut, and student at the school. We get a rundown of each drag student replete with their own flashy animated logo. All pupils of Sin Andre (Cesar Valentino), who McCorkle has traveled far to learn the art of being glorious from.
October 17, 2021
My word…this makes a change! Normally I spend the first couple of paragraphs bitching on about how this film is not the genre I usually like, or that film is aimed at a totally different demographic to the one I inhabit, and then go on to use that as my reason for not liking it — or to highlight my surprise at enjoying it. I’m An Electric Lampshade, unusual title notwithstanding, rings quite a few bells with me! It’s a case of “there, but for the grace of (insert personal choice of deity), go I”.
September 23, 2021
Director John Clayton Doyle’s acclaimed documentary-narrative hybrid I’M AN ELECTRIC LAMPSHADE is embarking on a widescale festival run this fall across North America. Called both “one of the best documentaries of the year” (on-magazine.co.uk), and “One of the best films we’ll see all year” (KQED), the mind-bending music odyssey tells of Doug McCorkle, a buttoned- up, mild-mannered corporate accountant. After retiring at age 60, Doug puts his marriage and life savings on the line to chase his wildest dream.
September 27, 2021
September 22, 2021
Doug McCorkle is a nondescript 60-year old American, the sort of man you’d never take notice of on the street. He’s held a fulfilling but unexciting 9-to-5 corporate office career as an accountant and a long-term marriage of love and devotion to his wife, Regina. The pair stuck together through thick and thin. Although they’d hoped to be parents, the opportunity just never came. It’s OK. Because they stayed dual-income with no kids, Doug is ready to retire early and he has big plans for the next phase in his life. For the past few years, he’s moonlighted as a local DJ. Now, at 60, he’s ready to make some music of his own.
(Associated with Decibels Music Film Festival)
By John Seal
October 27, 2021
This is an excerpt from the full article which also reviewed other films.
Even better is I’m An Electric Lampshade, an apparent blend of fiction and documentary about New York accountant Doug McCorkle’s post-retirement career in electronic dance music. Yes, you read that right: this softly spoken 60-something hung up his spreadsheets a few years back and traveled to the Philippines, where he learned to dance and perform, was hired to appear in a yogurt commercial, and became the unlikeliest of EDM stars.
September 20, 2021
If Doug McCorkle’s story is actually a true story, and I’m not saying it isn’t, you won’t believe it’s 100% true at first. You will have to see and digest Doug’s realization with a more reflexive perspective. It’s only when you overcome the initial feeling of wonder and “prudent envy”, and start admiring him for what he was able to do, that you can understand the power of his drive. If films can have the power to modify how you want to see yourself in the future, this is one of them.
September 22, 2021
Doug McCorkle is a married accountant who always wanted to be a rockstar. He just decided one day, he was going to pursue that dream and when he reached retirement age, dumped life savings and pure willpower into it and dived in headfirst. It doesn’t matter that when the mostly sedate narrative about Doug and his transformation doesn’t lead him into worldwide fame. What matters is that most of us spend our lives doing things that don’t make us insanely happy. We indulge in the ho-hum doldrums of a nine to five job. We put our biggest desires on the backburner or on a bucket list that is never checked off. Doug is the type that spent his working life crunching numbers day in and day out. His wife, who he adores, battles with her mental health. I’m an Electric Lampshade takes you on a trip, because “everybody wants to be somebody.”
23 March 2021
One of the more jaw-dropping debuts you’ll ever see, I’m an Electric Lampshade, begins as an intriguing though conventional verité portrait of newly retired, happily married, 60-year-old accountant Doug McCorkle as he embarks on a song-and-dance career. Before you know it, we’re transported to a queer-positive Manila performing arts class where McCorkle’s transformation begins in earnest and the movie steps into the fabulous dreamland of music videos.
31 March 2021
In the winning and surprising documentary I’m an Electric Lampshade, we meet the most improbable rock star – a mild-mannered accountant who retires to pursue his dream of performing.
60-year-old Doug McCorkle is fit for his age and has an unusually mellifluous voice, like a late night FM DJ or the announcer in a boxing ring. Other than that he looks like a total square.
There may be no flamboyance about Doug McCorkle, but it thrives inside him. His own artistic taste is trippy, gender-bending and daring. Think Price Waterhouse Cooper on the outside and Janelle Monáe on the inside.
17 June 2021
Life used to begin at 40, now it begins at 60 – at least for accountant Doug who embraces his retirement by transforming into a pop musician and travelling to a performing arts school in the Philippines to hone his craft alongside a class of drag queens. John Clayton Doyle’s often surreal documentary I’m An Electric Lampshade is the Avant Garde rise to fame of an ordinary man immersing himself in a different culture and finding artistic inspiration in the people he meets.
I’m not sure what a ‘documentary-narrative hybrid’ is, but I do know the star of this one, Doug McCorkle, is my new hero. He’s a buttoned-up, mild-mannered corporate accountant whose life looks like something from The Office, the sublime American version.
After retiring at 60, Doug puts his marriage and life savings on the line to chase his wildest dream.What opens with an in-your-face visual assault on the senses soon becomes a look at his everyday life. And while he may not have the most scintillating job, his passion for life and trying new things is infectious.
Doug McCorkle was the nice but instantly forgettable kid in school. Years later, he’s worked his way up the corporate ladder as a big-firm accountant. He lives with his wife, Gina, who he clearly loves, in a sprawling property in New York State, the size of a UK stately home. But inside he still feels like he’s a nobody.
After his 60th birthday, with retirement looming, Doug decides to make his leaving speech one his colleagues will never forget. So, Doug’s transformation begins, from a staid, unassuming accountant to an avant-garde, electro-pop star.
A bizarre fusion of documentary and fictional storytelling, John Clayton Doyle’s directorial debut, I’m an Electric Lampshade, transcends most shortcomings thanks to its inventive construction and peculiar rhythms.
Doyle’s film begins somewhat plainly with Doug McCorkle, a well-off, white, happily married, 60-year-old corporate accountant who dreams of becoming a pop star à la Michael Jackson or David Byrne. Beneath Doug’s bland, mild-mannered demeanor lies a surprising creative spirit ready to burst into the spotlight.
2 July 2021
Making its rounds at UK Film festivals this summer, I’m An Electric Lampshade is a fun amalgamation of reality and illusion, dance and song, and passion and feeling.
The story follows unexpected protagonist Doug McCorkle as he pushes himself to achieve his lifelong dream of being a performer. Pushed by his wife and coworkers after he reveals his passion at his retirement party, Doug traverses the globe in search of understanding.