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Kick Drum

“Kick Drum” is written along the lines of such films as “Almost Famous” and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High”.  This coming of age​ story is about David, a somewhat awkward teen growing up in the 80s who possesses a passion for music and the desire to become a great drummer.  David along with his quirky closest friends Terry and Kit, struggle through the challenges of relationships, school, parents, and figuring out who they really are.  David joins "The Willing", a local rock band that threatens the reputation of the local bully Derek Saint Holmes.  Derek happens to front "Quake", an opposing musical group.  To make things more complicated, David develops a crush on Derek’s girlfriend Melanie, a beautiful, popular cheerleader.  High school life truly becomes an adventure for David and his misfit pals.   “Kick Drum” is rich with culture, live music, and this heart felt story will remind you of the optimism of youth and the power of the human spirit.

  • Richard Bontkowski
  • Richard Bontkowski
  • Richard Bontkowski
  • Jake Russo
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Richard Bontkowski

Richard Bontkowski was born on November 5th, 1968 in Chicago Illinois.  At 5 years old Richard developed​ a love of music and immediately gravitated to the drums.  Most happy when he was banging on pots and pans his father, a rhythm and blues saxophone player, planted the seeds of creativity in Richard.  Later he would migrate to the northwest suburbs of Chicago where he spent most of his childhood growing up in Palatine Illinois. 
During the course of a life-threatening illness recently Richard reflected on the passions of his youth and the "Kick Drum" script was born.  When asked about that creative experience Richard explains, "The script just poured out of me, it's my life".  "Kick Drum" is based on those real life experiences.  
Richard spent his teen and early adulthood immersed in music, deep friendships,  creativity, and the pursuit of drumming excellence. "Kick Drum" is a tribute to the nostalgia that was the 1980s, it's culture, music, and spirit.

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Director Statement

Kick Drum is seeking the​ support and guidance necessary to become a full length feature.  We are excited to provide this proof of concept with a sneak peek into this heart felt story.   We welcome the film making community to ask any questions or provide ideas you may have in making this coming of age film a reality.