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"Hard Corps" film to be screened in North Carolina

"Hard Corps" film to be screened in North Carolina

by Drum Corps International

The 27-minute drum corps documentary "Hard Corps," which profiles the drum corps life of a Cadets snare drummer, will be screening in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the North Carolina School of the Arts (at the Gold Theater on the NCSA campus). The screening is part of the RiverRun International Film Festival, which is organized by the family of actor Vincent D'onofrio ("Full Metal Jacket," "Men in Black," "Happy Accidents," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent").

"Hard Corps" filmmaker David Malver realized the similarities between making a documentary and marching in a drum corps while he was a student at New York University. The similarities became so apparent that Malver began making a documentary film about the drum corps experience in the spring of 2000. "(Making a documentary) is a lot like marching drum corps -- you spend a lot of money and you don't know what you're going to get out of it," Malver said. "You try to find ways to make it work." The film examines the summer of the Cadets' Tim Greene. The film won the 2002 "Achievement in Documentary" award at the NYU First Run Film Festival. Malver, who graduated from NYU with a degree in television and film in 2000, and who marched with the Colts from 1996 to 1998, began making the film while enrolled in a documentary film class taught by Emmy-winning documentary director Jim Brown. Malver began researching the film at drum corps audition camps, and assembled the film with a couple friends. They shot the film on videotape, a medium much more inexpensive than using 35-millimeter film, for instance. "I really used the resources that were available," Malver explained. The film has been very well received, Malver said. "One guy (Leif Nordling) drove all the way from Vermont to see it" when the film premiered at NYU. Nordling even described one portion of the film as "Goosebump city. " "One of my favorite scenes is at a practice when the cameraman is behind the drum line during some particularly insane drill. It's sort of a steadycam shot where you can imagine the guy getting out of breath trying to keep up with all the speed and direction changes," Nordling wrote on a Web message board during the summer of 2002. "I'm trying to show it around to as many distributors as possible," said Malver, who said he initially wanted to show the picture at the Robert Redford's prestigious Sundance film festival. The festival Web site is at www.riverrunfilm.com and has further details about the screening schedule. People can also get more info off of the Hard Corps website at www.hardcorps.homestead.com