Produced and directed by Tony D’Annunzio
Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story is Tony D’Annunzio's first independent film as a producer and director. The movie chronicles the Detroit music scene in the late 1960's, the greatest untold story in Rock & Roll history, as revealed by the musicians, artists, and people that lived it. While the West Coast was groovin’ to the sounds of the “Summer of Love” in 1967, Detroit was pumping out a hard-driving, gritty, raw sound that was “Louder Than Love". The Grande Ballroom stood as the epicenter of the Detroit rock music scene in the late ‘60s. Serving as the starting point for bands such as MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, The Grande Ballroom not only influenced local Detroit musicians but inspired bands from all over the U.S. and Great Britain. Legendary acts like Led Zeppelin, Cream, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, and The Who graced The Grande Ballroom main stage on a regular basis. This is the story of the hallowed halls that started it all, told by the artists who helped create The Grande’s legend.
Among the extras on this DVD are extra bonus stories, a Grande Ballroom light show and home movies from Grande Ballroom MC Dave Miller.
The film has won BEST DOCUMENTARY at Las Vegas International Film Festival, NEW DIRECTOR Nominee at New Filmmakers LA Film Festival, AUDIENCE STANDOUT at Hell’s Half Mile, and is archived at the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tony D’Annunzio was born in Detroit, Michigan and is a 2014 Kresge Arts Fellows in Film recipient. He has guest lectured & taught film studies at University of Richmond- Virginia, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University-Detroit and Traverse City Film Festival-Film School. He is on the advisory board at Specs Howard Media Arts and also Y ARTS at the Detroit YMCA.
Run Time: 1 hour 15 minutes