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Adventures of Power

Director: Ari Gold

Screenwriters: Ari Gold

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival

Description

If you’ve ever heard the classic Rush song “Tom Sawyer,” you may have found yourself flailing your arms in a rhythmic motion known as “air drumming.” Neil Peart, Rush’s legendary drummer, casts a wicked spell, but if you’ve managed to avoid it, or think air drumming isn’t cool, I give you—Power.

Adventures of Power tells the comedic tale of a New Mexico mine worker named Power, who sets out to change the world through his love of drums. But he has never learned how to play. Instead, he air-drums at his aunt’s bar on talent night. After participating in an underground "drum off" in Mexico, he is spotted by a trainer from New York and asked to train with the team. As his fellow mine workers fight for their rights back home, Power finds himself in the air-drum fight of his life against a formidable and despicable rival. Summoning strength from inner desire, Power learns what’s been driving him his whole life.

Having had three shorts in the festival, Ari Gold returns with his feature debut and shows off his multifaceted talents of writing, directing, acting, and air drumming. Enlisting a terrific group of comedic actors, he has crafted a funny and charming tale of a man, his dream, and the passion that it takes to chase it.

— Trevor Groth

Screening Details

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