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Adventures of Power (2008)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 1,391 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Music
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Filming Location: Helper, Utah, USA
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Adventures of Power (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Adventures of Power (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 1,391 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Music
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Filming Location: Helper, Utah, USA
  • Budget: $2,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $17,196(USA)(29 November 2009)
  • Director: Ari Gold
  • Stars: Ari Gold, Michael McKean and Jane Lynch
  • Original Music By: Ethan Gold   
  • Soundtrack: Grunge Masterpiece
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Drums | Cult Comedy | Bereavement | New York City | Father Son Relationship

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Ari Gold  writer

Known Trivia

  • Amara Kopakova, the artist who did the painting of the factory and the painting of the wolf featured in the film, painted them in the living room of her studio apartment in Salt Lake City. It was the last project she worked on before moving back to New York.

Plot: In his quest to become the world's greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day. Full summary » |  »

Story: ADVENTURES OF POWER is an epic comedy about a mine-worker named Power whose love of drums and lack of musical skill has turned him into the ridiculed "air drummer" of his small town. But when Power's union-leader father calls a strike at the mine, Power discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers who just might hold the key to changing the world. Power's journey across America brings him face-to-face with his town's greatest enemy, and allows him to discover the beat within his own heart.Written by Ari Gold  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Tevin Adelman known as line producer: New York City
  • Lawrence David Buck known as associate producer
  • Elizabeth Bull known as co-producer
  • Gill Holland known as executive producer
  • Josef Lieck known as assistant line producer: Los Angeles
  • Don Schain known as line producer: Utah
  • Andrea Sperling known as producer
  • Wednesday Standley known as associate producer
  • Chris Stinson known as line producer: Los Angeles
  • Samantha Weaver known as associate producer
  • Christopher Woodrow known as executive producer
  • Rob York known as line producer: New York City

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ari Gold known as Power
  • Michael McKean known as Harlan
  • Jane Lynch known as Joni
  • Shoshannah Stern known as Annie
  • Chi Ling Chiu known as Michael Fong
  • Adrian Grenier known as Dallas Houston
  • Luis Accinelli known as Jalisco
  • Jennifer Barbosa known as Seattle Grrl (as Jenny Barbosa)
  • Karen Berg known as Dallas's Girl
  • John Bianco known as Anthony
  • Paul Boruff known as Hippie Musician
  • Jacki R. Chan known as Seattle Grrl
  • Markie Dunn known as Samantha
  • Richard Fancy known as Dick Houston
  • Annie Golden known as Farrah
  • Garry Goodrow known as Trenchcoat Man
  • Scott Hanks known as Dodge Truck Dude
  • Wai Ching Ho known as Yolanda Fong
  • Jeff Holman known as Biff – The Handler
  • Albert Huerta known as Raul
  • Tod Huntington known as Bobby
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis known as Aubelin
  • Reggie Jernigan known as Funk Band Member
  • Travis Johns known as Brian 'Brain Dog' Calucci
  • Helen Kelly known as Stickless Air Drummer
  • Nick Kroll known as Versatio Bakir
  • Samantha Maloney known as Seattle Grrl
  • Neil Peart known as Himself
  • Olivia Peterson known as Young Annie
  • Tuffy Questell known as Freddie
  • Kevin Rodriguez known as Sid
  • Summer Rona known as Linda
  • Kimberly Topper known as News Anchor
  • Harry Van Gorkum known as Australian Reporter
  • Nicole Wagner known as Music Video Girl
  • Eric Wareheim known as Money
  • Tanya White known as Music Video Girl
  • Steven Williams known as Carlos



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jill Astmann known as key makeup artist: New York
  • Akiko Matsumoto known as key hair stylist
  • Joanna Simkin known as assistant makeup artist
  • Amy Spiegel known as makeup artist: New York

Art Department:

  • David Brothers known as scenic
  • Wray Featherstone known as property master
  • Thorstein Foss known as leadman
  • Mary Frederickson known as production designer: New York
  • Adam Henderson known as set dresser
  • Jonathan Kells Phillips known as assistant art director
  • Christy Pitre known as assistant set decorator
  • Deana Sidney known as production designer: New York
  • Jason Singleton known as property master: New York




Production Companies:

  • Grack Films
  • Andrea Sperling Productions
  • SpaceTime Films
  • Group Entertainment, The

Other Companies:

  • Believe!  Distribution and Marketing Consultant
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Crowd In A Box  inflatable extras
  • Crowd In A Box  inflatable mannequins
  • Goetz Fitzpatrick  production legal
  • Indie PR  publicity
  • Monkeyland Audio  post-production sound services
  • Monkeyland Audio  sound re-recording
  • OneZero Productions  post-production
  • PostWorks, The Lab  processing
  • Upload Films  post-production
  • William Morris Independent  producers representation


  • Variance Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Cinemax (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Cult Movie Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (all media)
  • Digiturk (2010) (Turkey) (TV)
  • HBO Central Europe (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (all media)
  • NonStop Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (TV) (Scandinavia)
  • Phase 4 Films (2010) (USA) (all media)
  • Prime Pictures (2010) (United Arab Emirates) (all media)
  • Shapira Films (2010) (Israel) (all media)
  • Showtime Networks (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • Transformer (2009) (Japan) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • David Tecson known as senior compositor
  • David Tecson known as title design

Release Date:

  • USA 20 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 4 April 2008 (Vail Film Festival)
  • USA 18 April 2008 (Ivy Film Festival)
  • France 15 May 2008 (Cannes Marche de Film)
  • Canada 14 June 2008 (North by Northeast Film Festival)
  • USA 20 June 2008 (Provincetown International Film Festival)
  • USA 21 June 2008 (San Antonio Film Festival)
  • USA 28 June 2008 (Philadelphia Independent Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 10 July 2008 (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)
  • Finland 17 August 2008 (Haugesund Film Festival)
  • USA 6 September 2008 (TriMedia Film Festival)
  • USA 14 September 2008 (Toofy Film Festival)
  • Canada 18 September 2008 (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • Canada 19 September 2008 (Calgary Film Festival)
  • USA 26 September 2008 (Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival)
  • USA 10 October 2008 (Indie Memphis Film Festival)
  • USA 11 October 2008 (Tucson Film & Music Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2008 (Austin Film Festival)
  • Mexico 5 November 2008 (Festival Internacional de Cine de Cancun Riviera Maya)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • USA 2 April 2009 (Phoenix Film Festival)
  • USA 10 April 2009 (Johns Hopkins Film Festival)
  • USA 25 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • Thailand 13 June 2009 (Thailand World Comedy Film Festival)
  • USA 9 October 2009 (New York City, New York)
  • USA 9 October 2009 (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • USA 16 October 2009 (New Hampshire Film Festival)
  • USA 16 October 2009 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 23 October 2009 (limited)
  • Hungary 6 June 2010 (TV premiere)
  • USA 25 January 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. sundance_2008 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:34 pm

    If you've ever heard the classic Rush song "Tom Sawyer," you may havefound yourself flailing your arms in a rhythmic motion known as "airdrumming." Neil Peart, Rush's legendary drummer, casts a wicked spell,but if you've managed to avoid it, or think air drumming isn't cool, Igive you – Power.

    Adventures of Power tells the comedic tale of a New Mexico mine workernamed Power, who sets out to change the world through his love ofdrums. But he has never learned how to play. Instead, he air-drums athis aunt's bar on talent night. After participating in an underground"drum off" in Mexico, he is spotted by a trainer from New York andasked to train with the team. As his fellow mine workers fight fortheir rights back home, Power finds himself in the air-drum fight ofhis life against a formidable and despicable rival. Summoning strengthfrom inner desire, Power learns what's been driving him his whole life:he doesn't need drums. He is drums.

    Having had three shorts in the Festival, Ari Gold returns with hisfeature debut and shows off his multifaceted talents of writing,directing, acting, and air drumming. Enlisting a terrific group ofcomedic actors, he has crafted a funny and charming tale of a man, hisdream, and the passion that it takes to chase it. – Trevor Groth

  2. ben-1725 from New York, NY
    30 Mar 2012, 11:34 pm

    Now, I don't normally write reviews for movies. This is my first reviewon IMDb. But I am writing a review for this movie because after seeingthe film on a press screener DVD and absolutely loving it, I did someresearch and found only bad reviews.

    Let me be clear – Adventures of Power is a classic. My friend and Ihave watched the movie over 5 times, can't stop quoting it ("Imaginethat!", "They beat us with sticks, Power… we didn't have sticks!", "Idon't need drums… I am drums.") and we now have a compulsion to airdrum.

    This movie is trendsetting and it's a shame that the early Sundancereview crowd all missed the opportunity to tag this film as it is – agroundbreaking new comedy that will undoubtedly gather a religious cultfollowing.

    Kudos, Ari Gold. And here's to the start of a great career.

  3. mcnalj from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 11:34 pm

    I was lucky enough to catch this movie and thought I'd throw in mytupenceworth. I've sat through many a so called comedy and not beenmoved to write about them but this film is dramatically different. AriGolds debut feature has laughs aplenty. The characters are both funnyand engaging. I won't spoil the plot other than to say it involves theunusual subject of 'Air Drumming' but I cannot recommend it highlyenough. Ari is a riot throughout but is well rewarded by the brilliantcasting as each of the characters brings something to the movie. Iwould particularly praise the casting of gorgeous Shoshannah Stern asPowers (Ari Golds) love interest. Despite being completely deaf she isable to inspire Power to new heights of air drumming greatness. Quirky& fantastic by the same measure I recommend you see it now!

  4. Kivanc Sanli (kivosanli) from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:34 pm

    Wow, what a movie. Ever seen a movie about playing air guitar andwondered how about all the people i see out at the bars air drumming?Well you guessed right. There is a bunch obsessed with air drummingtoo.

    This one has all the elements for a rating of 10. It is painfullyhilarious and at the same time it is very deep, and real life. It isintended all of us (and by that I mean ALL of us)who have a unique'trait'/ a random whatever that others might look down on. You can'thelp to root for the main character but it is not as typical of a movieas that makes it sound to be.

    The main character reminded me of the naiveness of John Heder asNapoleon (and they do very strangely look like each other). This movieis all about identity, and it goes to prove that 2 people fromcompletely different backgrounds and personalities can still share acommon something.

    Shoshannah Stern ties this movie together, and just like the movie shehas this incredible ability to be funny and sad at the same time. Youreally feel for her, as she feels for Power.

    For Adrian Grenier, it's like there was this one role I knew would beperfect for him and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. But here heis as a country star. One word = hilarious.

    If you are passionate about music (especially rock & roll), you shouldsee this one asap.

  5. Kathi Eckerberg from Germany
    30 Mar 2012, 11:34 pm

    I saw this film when my acting class was invited to give comments at atest screening. I loved it, it is hilarious and very touching movie. Itreminds me of The Full Monty (English film) but more weird and more forkids or people my age. There is a lot of music in it, it's almost likea musical, but nobody sings fortunately.

    It was fun to see some new faces and also some you know (yes, Vincefrom Entourage is in it, but he is totally different, he is actuallyvery funny!). I don't like American comedies so much but this one ismuch better, because you care about these crazy characters and theirAmerican dream.

    I can't wait to see it again when it comes out. I think they areediting a few things but i hope they don't change too much.

    My guy friends liked it a lot because it's sort of like a sports movieat times, but I was more into the message and the love story, butthat's just me….!

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