Adventures of Power DVD released!
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — It seemed every type of movie about music had been made, but Ari Gold had a new idea: air-drumming.
The result is Adventures of Power, a comedic celebration of the seemingly absurd idea of playing nonexistent drums. Along with writer/director/star Gold, the film features Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”), Shoshannah Stern (“Jericho,” “Weeds”) and Michael McKean (The Grand, This is Spinal Tap).
Phase 4 Films streeted the DVD Jan. 25 ($29.99) and on Jan. 27 filled a Santa Monica Boulevard bar with the stars of the film.
“You will laugh, you will cry and your soul will be enriched by this story,” said Gold, who praised everyone’s performance in the film, but gave especially high marks to Lynch. “She’s just a lot of fun to watch.”
There’s more than an hour of bonus features included with the DVD, including an interview and drum-off with Rush drummer Neil Peart, a music video starring Grenier (“You get to see me in leather pants,” he confided), deleted scenes, short films, trailers, fan videos and postcards from the set.
“We had a very motivated director, and through him we put together this wealth of extras,” said Larry Greenberg, SVP of acquisitions for Phase 4. “This is something fans will want to own. I’ve been following air-drumming all my life, and this film is hilarious. I fell in love with it.”
In addition to the DVD launch, Phase 4 made a charity auction — benefiting the VH1 Save the Music Foundation — part of the event. Celebrity-signed instruments included a cymbal from Ringo Starr and drums from Peart, Marky Ramone and Lars Ulrich; along with experiential items such as lunch with Ramone and an actor audition with director David Wain (Role Models); and a one-year supply of Ontisuka Tiger sneakers (worth $1,200).
“With [Phase 4 and Adventures of Power’s help], we will be able to continue to raise awareness about the importance of a musical education in a child’s life, and ensure that additional children have access to the benefits of music study,” said Paul Cothran, executive director of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Also attending the event were drummers Peart (Rush), Claude Coleman (Ween), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa); comedians/folk musicians Garfunkel & Oates; comedian Neil Hamburger; and musician Soko. The event also featured a performance by Grenier’s indie-folk band, The Honey Brothers.