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Colts documentary will 'get down' at screening [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]

July 31, 2013


if you go Event: Second annual Gettin' Down in the District Block Party Screening Event Organizer: Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Time/date: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 Site: Millwork District, 10th Street between Jackson and Washington streets Cost: The event is free, but free-will donations are appreciated. Schedule 5 p.m.: Tours of the StudioWorks space and the Schmid Innovation Center, formerly the Caradco Building, 900 Jackson St. 5:30 p.m.: Performance by Galena-based musicians The Johnny Rocker Duo, with Marty Raymon 7 p.m.: Screening documentary "No Boundaries," which features the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. It will be introduced by executive producer Molly Dueland Kreiss. Tidbits - Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. - The event was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Dubuque. - The Pandemonium Steel Drum Ensemble will perform during the event, as well.This year's Gettin' Down in the District Block Party Screening Event will offer attendees the chance to critique a not-yet-completed film that is destined for next year's film festival.

"No Boundaries," a documentary about the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, will be shown at the second annual event.

"It's a really rare opportunity to see a film before it is finalized," said script writer Suzie Wright. "The audience will get to see a film that is about 95 percent done. We are going to give them the opportunity to give us feedback on how to make the film better."

The final cut will be a part of next year's Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, according to executive director Michael Coty.

Footage in the 70-minute documentary comes from hundreds of hours of filming the Colts during last summer's competitive season. Paul Kurutsides, along with a few other people, followed the 150-member troupe. He is the owner of PKP Films and the movie's director and director of photography.

"At first they (the kids) were trying to get used to having the camera there all the time," said Greg Orwoll, director of development and director emeritus for the Colts. "But as they got to know Paul and Jason (with PKP Films), they really got comfortable. Some of the conversations he was able to have came from a place of trust - some of the things he captured were really insightful."

The filmmakers traveled to interview people from the Colts' history, such as James Mason, who was director before Orwoll. Mason, who lives in Indianapolis, went on to win a Tony award for producing the Broadway production "Blast!"

"We got a lot of great footage of alums; some of them go back nearly 50 years," Orwoll said.

The film was the idea of Colts alum Molly Dueland Kreiss, who thought it would be a way to commemorate the group's 50th year. As executive producer, Kreiss will introduce the film.

"She (Molly) just felt like there weren't enough people in the area who really understood what the Colts were," Wright said.

Wright, an alum of the Colt Cadets, said drum corps is becoming a lost art form.

"When we marched there were a number of Iowa drum corps, now there's only one," she said. "Each year, the number of drum corps internationally keeps dropping. It's a shame because the stuff that happens in drum corps is pretty amazing. They take people who are not musicians, are not dancers, and they teach them how to be."

She described the film as a "heartwarming" look into an organization that teaches leadership skills, perseverance, determination and more.

"You might have 12-hour days you practice," she said. "Who chooses to spend their summer that way, except people who are working for personal excellence? When you see them marching in the parade or doing a standing performance in Washington Park, it never occurs to the standard person that that's what it took to get them there."

The film, funded by more than 80 people who contributed to the online funding platform Kickstarter campaign, will be shown outdoors on a 16-foot LED screen. It was produced by Colts Cavalcade Productions (created by Kreiss and Grant Grudzina for this film), with the assistance of DreamCatcher Productions and PKP Films.

"They presented the story of the Colts in a way that has never been done before," Orwoll said.

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