There's pop punk glamour coming to the Dallas International Film Festival, when ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland arrives to usher in the world premiere of Dare to Drum, a documentary film about a project he did with Dallas percussion group D'Drum and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Copeland and director John Bryant will appear at the festival for the film's premiere at the Angelika Film Center on Thursday, April 16, at 7 pm. The film screens again on Saturday, April 18, at 3 pm, which will be attended by members of the DSO.
Dare To Drum documents what happened when Copeland joins forces with D'Drum, the DSO and orchestra director Jaap Van Zweden to create this groundbreaking work. Bryant is a member of D'Drum.
This film tells the story of its creation as well as the 20-year transcultural mission by D’Drum to digest the music of Indonesia, Africa, Persia and beyond that preceded this musical project and subsequent film.
Called "Gamelan D'Drum," Copeland's composition was inspired by the gamelin music of Bali and Java and took three years to write. The process included a trip to Bali and extensive practice sessions.
A performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, scheduled for February 2011, was nearly derailed by the epic ice storm that put such a damper on the Super Bowl, which took place in Dallas that year.
The film was made with the help of a Kickstarter campaign for interviews, credits and other costs; it netted $95,142.
Previously announced appearances at the festival include actress Blythe Danner and director John Landis, both of whom will receive the Dallas Star Award for their contributions to modern cinema and the art of film. The festival also will give a posthumous award to Texas writer-actor-producer L.M. Kit Carson, who died in 2014.