Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th, a little stardust and a lot of music will be rolling off of the screen at Crooked Tree Arts Center.
Thursday, June 5th at 7:30p 'Standing in the Shadow of Motown' will be playing in the Arts Center theatre. "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the uncredited and largely unheralded studio musicians who were the handpicked house band by Berry Gordy in 1959. They were the band who recorded and performed Motown's recordings from 1959 to 1972.
Friday, June 6th 'Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story' will be showing at 7:30p. Immediately following will be a Q&A with film maker Tony D'Annunzio and Laura Grimshaw, wife of legendary rock poster artist Gary Grimshaw who recently passed away.
While the West Coast was grooving to the sounds of the "Summer of Love" in 1967, Detroit was pumping out a hard-driving, gritty, raw sound. At the epicenter of this seminal music scene stood the Grande Ballroom, Detroit's original rock and roll palace. The Grande helped to break some of America's most iconic rock bands including MC5, Iggy and the Stooges, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, who influenced local musicians and inspired bands all over the U.S. and Great Britain. Legendary acts such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and the Who all played the Grande main stage on a regular basis. In "Louder Than Love..." producing director Tony D'Annunzio chooses to relate the story of the hallowed halls as told by the artists and fans who helped fuel the Grande phenomenon.
Tony D'Annunzio was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied radio and television production at Specs Howards Media/Broadcast Arts School, graduating in 1987 at the age of 21 and has been in the broadcast television field ever since. Throughout the years, he has worked with every major broadcast company at the technical and/or production management level including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV and HBO. He has served as production manager for some of the biggest televised events in the world including two NFL Super Bowls, five NHL Stanley Cup finals, MLB World Series and literally hundreds of network news and national commercial spots. Tony has produced events for six of the last seven Presidents of the United States, including the President Obama acceptance speech in Grant Park.
Tony says, "I love all kinds of music. Coming from an Italian family, there was always music in house. But once I heard the harder side of rock, I was hooked on Detroit bands. After being in the business for over 23 years and having been part of some of the biggest events ever, I had a moment of clarity when I had realized what exactly I have been lucky enough to be part of. Making 'LOUDER THAN LOVE: The Grande Ballroom Story' was the culmination of my life's work. My dad always told me when I was growing up 'If you find something you love to do, you never work a day in your life.' I can honestly say I have never worked a day in my life. I'm living the dream!"
Over the last 23 years, Tony has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry.
"It was my love for music that got me into the business. I have been a director of photography and production manager for hundreds of live events and concerts, with acts including Aerosmith, KISS, Ted Nugent, Rush, Madonna, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, Slayer and many more. I have worked with The Rolling Stones, The Who and just recently Sir Paul McCartney for national commercial spots. One of the biggest highlights of my entire careers was working with HORDE Festival in 1995, starring the Blues Travelers, Dave Matthews Band, Black Crowes, Allman Bros and so many others. This is where I met my incredibly talented and beautiful wife Sharri. She is my inspiration," Tony notes.
The Arts Center's Detroit @ CTAC film series will continue throughout the month of June, every Thursday evening at 7:30p in the theatre. The cinematic lineup includes:
June 12th features "Searching for Sugarman" the incredible, true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70′s rock icon who never was.
June 19th features "It Might Get Loud" exploring the careers and styles of prominent rock musicians Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White.
June 26th wraps with "Grown in Detroit" which focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers.
The Detroit @ CTAC film series is sponsored in part by Korthase Flinn Insurance and Financial Services.
Don't miss Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th at 7:30p, when Crooked Tree Arts Center screens these award winning documentaries. Following the Friday evening screening, filmmaker Tony D'Annunzio will be joined on stage by Laura Grimshaw, wife of an integral personality of the classic rock scene, poster artist Gary Grimshaw, for a Q&A with the audience.