Ain't love Grande
The Detroit ballroom that rocked the world, now rocks a documentary
Published: March 28, 2012
The response to the movie has been phenomenal, selling out the first screening in Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts in just a few weeks. "We have two more screenings on April 5 at the DIA," he says. "Then we're screening in Ann Arbor, on April 9, at the Michigan Theater as part of Martin Bandyke's Moving Pictures film series." That series puts D'Annunzio's film in the heavyweight company of Gimme Shelter, 8 Mile and Monterey Pop.
"All these great music films, and he picked mine to be part of that series," he continues. "We've been invited to the Chicago Music and Film Festival April 12-15, then we're at the Nashville Film Festival April 19-26, then we've been selected by the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame — by the president — to do a screening there May 16. That's all within the month of being released. I've been asked to submit to the Seattle Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival in Australia, and these guys were all seeking me out to submit. The excitement level for me is overwhelming."
D'Annunzio deserves all of the accolades and praise. He has made a movie that captures and preserves the spirit of a long-gone venue. We get to see the light shows and hear about the sex and the drugs, the shameless celebration of decadence. For those of us who weren't there, this movie is a godsend. Those that were there can enjoy a few stirred-up memories.
Most of all, Louder than Love serves as a reminder that peace and love could be found in '60s Detroit, even while chaos was reigning outside the Grande's doors.
Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story is showing at 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 5, at the Detroit Film Theater (inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900) and at 7 p.m. April 9, at the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463).
Brett Callwood writes City Slang for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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