“This movie is not to be missed.” Brian D. Johnson – MacLeans Magazine
“A Drummer’s Dream isn’t really about drumming, but about joy and self-expression” Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail
John Walker Productions in on a roll with A Drummers Dream. The film opens theatrically in Vancouver (Vancity Theatre) on Friday Febrary 4. Walker will be in attendance for Q&A the opening weekend.
This riveting film about seven of the world’s greatest drummers garnered critical acclaim at festivals across the country, earning a Top Ten Audience Favourite award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and was one of the Top 10 Canadian Films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The film also screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, Montreal’s, RIDM and the Havana Jazz Festival, Cuba. Currently the film is palying at FIPA (international Festival of Audiovisual Programs) – Biarritz, France where it is in competition in the Performing Arts genre.
“I wanted to explore not only the dynamic craftsmanship of these master musicians, but also the life lessons that can be gleaned from passion and dedication such as theirs,” says director John Walker. “For me it was a master-class in the joy of life”.
“The film explores the power of music to inspire and unite,” says Giovanni Hidalgo, one of the most sought-after conga players in the world. “We are drummers, yes, but we are also passionate human beings. I think our stories engage viewers because of the strength, love and faith they convey.”
About A Drummer’s Dream
Set at an idyllic music camp for emerging musicians in rural Ontario, A Drummer’s Dream focuses on a rare assembly of some of the most versatile drummers in the world, including Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio “El-Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Mangini and Raul Rekow, awe-inspiring musicians who have backed up the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana and now – each other. It showcases their explosive talent – running the gamut from Latin and rock to jazz and soul – as well as their passion, humour and irresistible personalities.
You can view the trailer and buy the DVD at www.adrummersdream.com.
For more information or for interviews please contact Colette Gunson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778.228.6779
February 4 2011 at 1:00 PM (High School Matinee), 6:30 PM*
February 5 2011 at 05:15 PM, 07:00 PM*
February 6 2011 at 05:00 PM
February 7 2011 at 08:30 PM
February 8 2011 at 06:30 PM
February 9 2011 at 08:30 PM
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre: 1181 Seymour St Vancouver, BC
*Director John Walker will be in attendance for Q&A the opening weekend. Turn up with a real hand drum, be ready to jam and get free admission Friday and Saturday late shows! Conga solo – Jack Duncan
**There will be a “Sneak Peak” screening hosted by the First Weekend Club @ District 319 on February 3rd! Reception 6:30, Screening 7:30. Set Drum solo – Jon Morrison
“Drummers are supremely essential for expressing life… a drummer’s passion and fire propels us to go the stratosphere…” Carlos Santana
“This is one hell of a feel good movie and the applause at the end was thunderous.” Liz Ferguson, The Montreal Gazette
“A film sure to thrill anyone obsessed with the drums while flying over the heads of everyone else.” Phil Brown, The Metro