SO, My husband, Chuck,Â and I went to see Death of A President,Â a fictionalÂ docu- drama about what mightÂ happen in the event President Bush (43)Â is assassinated. Its a typical Indie film in my opinion. Low budget, no frills, and a plot that just keeps you hanging on somehow,Â yet, you leaveÂ happy you came to see it.
We didn’t go to see it, actually, for its controversial topic, but instead because my newly found drummer, Tony Dale, for Bite-Size Arts Ensemble,Â is in it.
Tony is a great drummer. Last weeks gigs included sitting in withÂ English Beat andÂ Poi Dog Pondering, in between finishingÂ up a few differentÂ recording projects.Â Last year Tony went to Morocco with a banjo player. They did a show for justÂ banjo and drums and boyÂ can Tony play soft. He canÂ play anything, and he is so passionate about drumming!
In any event-back to the movie-Tony wasÂ hired to bring a “band “to the filmÂ project.Â He and “the band” wouldÂ be the group in the background playingÂ while they were filmingÂ a scene.
When Tony arrived, thisÂ dreadlock, hoop earring, muscle bound guy,Tony,Â caught the directors attention. He told Tony to shave and clean up and come back.Â A couple days later, when Tony returnedÂ with a crew cutÂ and clean shaved,Â the director cast him. Tony was cast because heÂ looked like the father of theÂ “sons” in the film and like he belonged with their mother. Instead of being hired to be part ofÂ “the band” in the film,Tony, was cast asÂ theÂ man who kills the President.
There is nothing much left in the film, of allÂ the stuff they shot of Tony. Most of it wound up on the cutting room floor. But Tony got to have a great time stepping outside of his comfort zone and doing something to stretch his creativity just a bit.
So if you go to see the film, see how many times you see Tony Dale in it;Â drummer extraordinaire and theÂ drummerÂ for The Bite-Size Arts Ensemble.
I am really excited about working with Tony. He is aÂ very entreprenurial, self taught drummer who is very creative, and successful.
A long time ago, when Tony was first learning to drum, he use to play and rehearse in the basement of his grandmother’s house. She was at work Tue and ThurÂ nights and during the day on Saturday. Tony could practice andÂ play loud in her basement because she wasn’t home then.
His grandmothers basement was a really old south side Chicago house;Â with an oldÂ shoot for coal into the basement and still half full of coal. Tying to play around the coal got tricky, as his group he developed grew, and rehearsal space was getting limited.
At the time, Tony was alsoÂ trying to help his grandmother out and help her clean up her basement; so he and his buddies in his group, decided to call themselves The Coal Ensemble.Â If you didn’t know the story about needing to get rid of the coal in Tony’s grandmothers basement,Â Â when you were handed a lump of coal, wrapped up in plastic at the loungeÂ door, it seemed like a clever piece of marketing; helping you to rememberÂ the band because they were good. Tony was also the only black guy in the group which addedÂ something to theÂ marketing sigificanceÂ of theÂ piece of coal, forÂ The Coal Ensemble.
Needless to say, in no time, Tony had cleaned out his grandmother’s basement by giving away her coal, one lump at a time, at his gigs.
Tony is GGRREEAAT!
My husband and I also went to see Borat.
While I found myself amazed at my own reaction to it,Â often feeling embarrassed at itsÂ unbelievably inappropriateness-Â I just wasn’t raised to ever do or say any of those things; but– isn’t that why its so outrageously funny because we can’t believe ANYONE would do or say whatÂ BoratÂ says and doesÂ to the people he talks to in the film?
I hope that Borat decides to “share his new found wealth”, the 67 million dollars windfall to date, out of the kindness of his heart,Â with those in the film. ParticipantsÂ received $400.00 each andÂ waived all their rights,Â for their being portrayed, perhaps unknowingly,Â in wouldn’t you say a rather poor light?
Actor Sacha Barron Cohen, while certainlyÂ not the first actor to become a 24/7Â character,Â Sacha’s development of theÂ character BoratÂ is anÂ original, unique, one of a kind and creative.
We can learn things from watching how others use their creativity. Tony used his to help hisÂ grandmother get rid of all theÂ coal inÂ her basement and benefited from creatively using it toÂ market his band.Â Sacha Barron CohenÂ used his creativityÂ to create a character BoratÂ whoÂ make’s people laughÂ at hisÂ inappropraite behavior and socially unacceptable commentary.
I am sure between these 2 movies Borat and Death of A President, you have an opinion about each. Regardless of that opinion, the fact that you even have one, is a sign that each of these movies were successful in demonstrating creativity. Creativity is the fuel that motivates people to action and thought.Â Creativity is a powerful fuel and certainly a powerful economic one.
What are you going to do today,Â next week orÂ next year to use your creativity to move people to action and thought?