Drum corps fans in Indianapolis can experience the sights and sounds of an amazing drum corps a few weeks before the corps roll into town for the World Championships this year. "Throw it Down," a documentary about the 2006 Bluecoats season, will be playing at the Indianapolis International Film Festival this Friday, July 17. The film provides a complete look at the corps' entire season, from sleeping on the bus to performing on the field and all of the work, sweat, fun and emotion that goes into the activity in between. Viewers can experience the "heat, pain, fatigue and ultimately celebration" as the corps travels around the country, having captured fourth place at the '06 DCI World Championship. The film, directed by John Maher, produced by Ed Maher and John Kelly and with original music by Martin Fegy, is a full-length documentary and was chosen by a screening committee from among about 600 other films that were submitted to the film festival. Craig Mince, programming director for the festival, said the films are chosen using a ratings system that examines the quality of the directing, technical aspects of the film and more. "I thought it was a very good film," he said. "Technically it's beautiful, the story is great and it keeps you captivated the entire film. I think it really tells the story, which a good documentary does."
Kellie Safford, the vice president of the festival, said all the films are chosen to accomplish the festival's mission, which is to "bring films to the city of Indianapolis that are challenging and thought-provoking in subject matter and film style." Safford said more than 10,000 people attended the festival last year and she expects even more this year. "Throw it down" won an award for Best Music Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and the Silver Remi award at the WorldFest Houston International film and Video Festival. The documentary will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road. Tickets are $10 a person or $80 for a group of 10. If you can't make it to the film festival, "Throw it Down" is available on DVD from the Bluecoats or at ThrowItDownTheMovie.com. Learn more about the Indianapolis International Film Festival.