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Dare to Drum: A Documentary Film

Dare to Drum: A Documentary Film

A Musical Journey with Stewart Copeland, D'Drum, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

DARE TO DRUM is the documentary film that will tell the story of a musical journey, embarked upon by Stewart Copeland and Dallas- based World Percussion group D’Drum, with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Stewart Copeland, the legendary drummer and founder of the hugely influential band, The Police, was just completing his participation in their long-awaited world reunion tour in 2008, when he received an invitation to compose a major work for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
The work was commissioned to feature the World Percussion group D’Drum.

Gamelan D’Drum, the 37 minute Concerto for World Percussion and Orchestra in Three Movements, is the result of the nearly three year collaboration between Copeland and D'Drum. Deriving its name from the musical ensembles of Bali and Java, this ambitious work plays the central part in the story as the eye of the storm, both literally and figuratively.

This film will focus on the creation of the work, along with telling the story of the 20-year transcultural mission by D’Drum to digest the music of Indonesia, Africa, Persia, and beyond that preceded the inception of this musical project and subsequent film. Stewart Copeland’s role as composer fused D'Drum's unique percussive concoction and concepts with notes for the orchestra, bringing together disparate worlds of pitch, harmony and polyrhythm. The result reconciles exotic instruments and tunings with staging and choreography - music that must be seen to be heard.

All along the way, an intimidating question hung like a dark cloud: would the work meet the high bar of excellence set by Jaap van Zweden, the Maestro of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, recognized as Conductor of the Year in 2012?

And then suddenly the daring adventure became an even more daunting proposition when Mother Nature reared her head, unleashing a crippling ice storm that brought Dallas to its knees and threatened to destroy the world premiere they had been working toward.

This is the story of how five drummers, a rock star, and a major symphony orchestra found their day in the sun.

This film will be told from the perspective of the creative forces involved - Stewart Copeland as composer, Jaap van Zweden as conductor, and the members of D'Drum as performing artists. We have three years of HD footage, starting with the first brainstorming meetings between Copeland and D'Drum, through multiple rehearsals and recording sessions, culminating with revealing the work to Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony.

Additional footage includes trips to Bali to have custom-made instruments crafted specifically for this work, along with the one and only performance that made it through the unprecedented ice storm that shut down Dallas the week of the world premiere of Gamelan D'Drum.     

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Stewart Copeland has also composed music for operas, ballets, symphonic works, film scores and TV shows since the early '80's  with the debut of his Golden Globe nominated score for Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish. Here are just a few of his works:

    The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, Long Beach Opera

    Holy Blood and Crescent Moon, Cleveland Opera
    Prey' Ballet, Oklahoma Ballet
    Noah's Ark/Solcheeka, Seattle Symphony
    King Lear, San Francisco Ballet
    Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola
    Wall Street, Oliver Stone
    Talk Radio, Oliver Stone
    Simpatico, Sam Shepard
    Desperate Housewives
    The Equalizer
    Dead Like Me

Now we have to put it all together to make a compelling and unique film.

Here is why we need the $95,000.

Multiple Post Production costs including:

*    Camera crew for existing work and additional interviews to be shot with Stewart Copeland, Maestro Jaap Van Zweden, members of D'Drum, and others.

*    Editing

*    Graphics

*    Audio mixing

*    Color correction and finishing costs

*   DVD authoring, duplication

*    Licensing of performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

*    Legal and accounting

*    Travel for interviews


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Read through the pledge levels and decide what you want to donate. We are extremely fortunate to have a multitude of sponsors. But that means that we have a really long list of pledge levels. So please scroll all the way down and read everything through before you decide. We have some great rewards: whether you are a fan of Stewart Copeland, a supporter of great orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, or a fan of D'Drum and world percussion, there is something there for you. Once you decide what level to choose, just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. Best ways to share this campaign and our trailer: A short email. We are asking everyone to send an email to at least ten friends. On Facebook you can "share" or click the "Like" button directly below the video at the top of the screen. Or paste the URL straight onto your page with a message! On Twitter you can also tweet out the video - once again by clicking the button under the video or simply sharing the direct URL for this page. Or you can use whatever platform you’re on: Google +, tumblr, your blog, your podcast. All forms are welcome, even pounding out the message on a hollow log. Old fashioned word-of-mouth works too - just talk with people in your lives about it! Few things beat a genuine, face-to-face conversation. Again, any way you can help - big or small - is deeply appreciated! The more conversations we can start, the better.



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We have about 75% of filming (HD VIDEO) completed, but we have remaining interviews to do with Stewart Copeland, Jaap van Zweden, and the members of D'Drum. Our Kickstarter campaign will enable us to finish shooting, pay the orchestra members a Musicians Union-specified license fee, mix the music and audio, and edit the film.


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This project has the support of professionals from the film, music, and media communities in Dallas and all over the U.S. The most important work has been documented, so with your help as a contributor, finishing out the body of this film will happen because it means so much to the musicians and fans who celebrate orchestras, percussion, and world music, along with Stewart Copeland and The Police.

John Bryant has served as Executive Producer of his production company, Bryant-Hames Productions, for over 25 years, guiding post-production teams through dozens of documentary and feature films for Showtime, PBS, National Geographic, and countless cable TV shows. We will get most of the givebacks to donors soon after the campaign is over. Our target completion date for the film is fall 2014, so givebacks involving a copy of the film will take a bit longer. But we made it through the ice storm....and we'll make it through this!

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