Fan Modine is the alias of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Zacharias, who coined the name Fandemian Kirk Modine for a character in a screenplay he was writing. In Zacharias' story, Modine was an American pop star who relocates to China after struggling with fame and wealth. While Zacharias hasn't had to deal much with large sums of money or losing his privacy, he has won widespread critical acclaim for his small but meticulously crafted body of work. Born in 1972 in Wayne, Michigan to Scottish and Polish immigrants who met in Detroit, Zacharias was living in Boston when he was working on the Fan Modine screenplay. The songs Zacharias wrote for the unproduced film eventually formed the basis of the album Slow Road to Tiny Empire, which included contributions from such indie rock notables as Chris Brokaw, Kevin March (the Rentals and Guided by Voices), and Joan Wasser (the Dambuilders). Zacharias initially released the album in 1997 as a limited-edition vinyl LP on his own Phovsho label while living in New York City, but after the set received excellent reviews, the Rykodisc-distributed Slow River imprint reissued it on CD in 1998.