News Release: Massillon Museum to Present Louder Than Love Screening
The Massillon Museum will present a screening of the film, Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, at the Lions Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. The event is free and open to everyone. No reservations are required.
Louder Than Love, an award-winning documentary, according to producer/director Tony D’Annunzio, is “the greatest untold story in Rock and Roll history as revealed by the musicians, artists, and people that lived it.” D'Annunzio will attend the screening.
"I'm very much looking forward to checking out the Warhol show and the Art Out Loud poster exhibit,” D’Annunzio said. “I’m honored to have my film be partof such a cool program." The Louder than Love screening complements two exhibits at the Massillon Museum: Art Out Loud: Psychedelic Posters of the 1960s and Snap! In the Photobooth with Andy Warhol and Friends, which was inspired by the Museum's working vintage photochemical photobooth—one of only four operational photobooths of its kind in the state of Ohio—and its own extensive photography collection.
While the West Coast celebrated the sounds of the “Summer of Love” in 1967, D'Annunzio's native Detroit was churning out a hard-driving, gritty, raw sound that was “Louder Than Love.” The Grande Ballroom was the epicenter of Detroit’s rock music scene at that time. Launching bands such as MC5, Iggy and The Stooges, and Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes, The Grande Ballroom influenced Detroit musicians and inspired bands across the United States and Great Britain. Legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, Cream, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, and The Who regularly played The Grande’s main stage. Louder Than Love depicts the hallowed halls that started it all, told by the artists who helped shape The Grande’s legend.
The film has recently been accepted for the prestigious Rhode Island Film Festival (an Oscar qualifier) and the CBGB Film Festival in New York (the last film festival on the circuit).
Guests are invited to arrive at noon to make their own rock posters. Leni Sinclair, a rock photographer, will make an appearance at the theatre. John Bellas will attend with a selection of his large collection of psychedelic rock posters from the 1960s.
Tony D’Annunzio studied radio and television production at Specs Howards Media/Broadcast Arts School. He has worked with every major broadcast company at the technical and/or production management level including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CNN, MTV, VH1, Discovery, NFL Films, and HBO. He has served as production manager for some of the biggest televised events in the world including two NFL Super Bowls, five NHL Stanley Cup finals, MLB World Series, and hundreds of network news and national commercial spots. He has produced events for six of the last seven Presidents of the United States, including the President Obama acceptance speech in Grant Park.
D’Annunzio said, “The Grande Ballroom Story is the culmination of my life’s work. My dad always told me when I was growing up ‘If you find something you love to do, you never work a day in your life.’ I can honestly say I have never worked a day in my life. I’m living the dream!”
“It was my love for music that got me into the business.” D’Annunzio said. “I have been a director of photography and production manager for hundreds of live events and concerts, with acts including Aerosmith, KISS, Ted Nugent, Rush, Madonna, Guns And Roses, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, Slayer and many more. I have worked with The Rolling Stones, The Who, and just recently Sir Paul McCartney for national commercial spots. One of the highlights of my entire career was working with HORDE Festival in 1995, starring the Blues Travelers, Dave Matthews Band, Black Crowes, Allman Bros, and many more.”
The Warhol exhibition may be seen on August 3 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Studio M exhibition, Art out Loud: Psychedelic Posters of the 1960s, may also be seen during that time. It includes seventy posters from the private collection of John Bellas.
The Warhol exhibition is sponsored by The Independent; The Repository; Akron-Canton Airport; Canton-Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau; Day Ketterer Attorneys at Law; Innis Maggiore; Shearer’s Foods; and the William A. and Ann Brothers Foundation at the Stark Community Foundation. Additional support is provided by ArtsinStark; Greif Packaging, LLC; MCTV, Inc.; Fishers Foods; the Ohio Arts Council; and Yund’s Busy Bee Carwash.
Additional exhibitions that can be seen throughout the summer include: Along the Lincoln Highway: Photographs by Andrew Boroweic, A Century of Service: Massillon Community Hospital School of Nursing Centennial Exhibition, Paul Brown: The Ohio State Years, and Massillon and the War of the Rebellion: The Regiments of Camp Massillon, The Immel Circus and Harvey, the Canine Mascot of the 104th O.V.I.
The Lions Lincoln Theatre is located at 156 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearly city lots.
The Massillon Museum is located just across the street at 121 Lincoln Way East. A visit to the Massillon is always free.
For more information or to reserve tickets for the Friday night gala, call 330.833.4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Executive Director - 330.833.4061
Margy Vogt, Public Relations Coordinator - 330.844.1525
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