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  • Genre:PERFORMING ARTS
  • SubGenre:Film & Video / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:70
  • eBook ISBN:9781618427311

Adventures of Power Postcards from the Set

How I Made an Epic Indie Film

by Ari Gold

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Overview
POSTCARDS FROM THE SET: HOW I MADE AN EPIC INDIE FILM tells the story of the making of the cult comedy ADVENTURES OF POWER, an all-star movie about a mine worker who discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers that has the power to change the world. "One of the funniest films in recent years" - New York Magazine. "The best rock movie in many a year" - Neil Peart (drummer, RUSH). In POSTCARDS FROM THE SET, writer-director-actor Ari Gold makes public the hilarious and heartbreaking letters and photos he sent to his circle of friends during the making of his cult movie. We get the inside scoop about dealing with celebrities and egotistical agents, fighting mining conglomerates for the right to shoot, and hard days and nights facing lightning, giant rats, and broken bones on the way to Sundance and beyond. Gold's 4-year journey to finance, shoot, and distribute a movie on a fraction of a Hollywood budget takes him across Utah, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, and California, and eventually as far afield as Guatemala, the Czech Republic, and Thailand. Along the way, Gold encounters haters and Hollywood executives who don't understand the film's spirit—but also collects a dedicated core of 100,000 fans, friends, and volunteers who champion the film and its underlying message of hope.
Description
POSTCARDS FROM THE SET: HOW I MADE AN EPIC INDIE FILM tells the story of the making of the cult comedy ADVENTURES OF POWER, an all-star movie about a mine worker who discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers that has the power to change the world. "One of the funniest films in recent years" - New York Magazine. "The best rock movie in many a year" - Neil Peart (drummer, RUSH). In POSTCARDS FROM THE SET, writer-director-actor Ari Gold makes public the hilarious and heartbreaking letters and photos he sent to his circle of friends during the making of his cult movie. We get the inside scoop about dealing with celebrities and egotistical agents, fighting mining conglomerates for the right to shoot, and hard days and nights facing lightning, giant rats, and broken bones on the way to Sundance and beyond. Gold's 4-year journey to finance, shoot, and distribute a movie on a fraction of a Hollywood budget takes him across Utah, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, and California, and eventually as far afield as Guatemala, the Czech Republic, and Thailand. Along the way, Gold encounters haters and Hollywood executives who don't understand the film's spirit—but also collects a dedicated core of 100,000 fans, friends, and volunteers who champion the film and its underlying message of hope.
About the author
Ari Gold’s first feature film "Adventures of Power," an epic comedy about the American dream and air-drumming, won best-of-festival prizes at 8 film festivals. If you ask nicely he’ll tell you all about making it. It’s also on Showtime a lot, in case you’re into schedules. Ari was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Faces to Watch” after having an unprecedented three short films in a row at Sundance. He won a Student Academy Award for “Helicopter,” an autobiographical retelling of the aftermath of his mother’s death, which was called “the best short film of the year” by Film Threat, and won top prizes at short-film festivals in the US, France, Germany, and Brazil. His previous short film, “Culture,” which he directed and starred in, was written up in the New York Times after its Sundance premiere, and became the inspiration for a filmmaking collective in the former Yugoslavia, which he later joined. As an actor, Ari won “Stoner of the Year” from High Times Magazine for his performance in the Sony Classics release "Groove." (Feel free to read that sentence again.) He also stars as Power in “Adventures of Power.” He was raised in San Francisco and has lived at various times in New York, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Montana, Germany, and Serbia. Ari sings in the band The Honey Brothers (with Adrian Grenier) and Gold Brothers (with his twin brother Ethan) and plays ukulele, piano, and sometimes drums. Ari is represented in Europe by Sebastian DiBona at Revolutionary Talent Agency in Berlin. His name was, uh, “borrowed” by a TV show that his friend is on, and no he was not asked permission, nor was he paid, unless you call getting asked the same question 20 times a day “pay.”
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