As the Producer & Director of Point & Drive, Brandi Mitchell is taking her highly anticipated documentary to screens across the nation. The film presents the passion, talents, history, struggles and triumphs of the most imitated marching band of all time, The Florida A&M University Marching 100. Shot over a three-year time period, the documentary is comprised of unprecedented original interviews, music, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images of the process of mastering the renowned Point and Drive technique. Audiences are able to listen to personal accounts from successful alumni such as Grammy Winning Jazz legends like Scotty Barnhart, Wycliffe Gordon and Vincent Gardner, and popular artists like Dwele.
The film provides a chronological depiction of the band’s legacy under the direction of Dr. William P. Foster, who is known for his influence in setting the standard for how many marching bands operate today. With untold stories from five generations of band classes between 1961 and 2013, it explains what it takes to be a part of such a historical entity. A former clarinet player in the M100 herself, Brandi Mitchell is reminded that she stands on the shoulders of giants. “For many of [the band members], there are lessons that we still apply to our lives today. It is important to share that knowledge to help reignite that passion in those who want to recalibrate the current season of their lives.” The #IAmPointAndDrive mantra encourages people to be resilient during that transitional period of rediscovering self.
The red carpet film screening will take place Friday, June 24th at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center of Morehouse College from 8:30PM to 10:30PM. Attendees will be able to participate in a Q&A Panel Discussion with panelists and cast immediately following the screening. Panelists for this exciting screening include Director of Bands at FAMU Dr. Shelby Shipman, Choreographer of TV & Film ATLA Takeover Kiki Ely, Founder of Drumline LIVE! Don Roberts, Cast Member of Drumline LIVE! Brian Snell, Southwest Dekalb Marching Band Director James Seda, and President of YouthVibe and Owner of Supreme Fish Delight Restaurants Waleed Shamsid-Deen. Tickets can be purchased at pointanddrivemovie.com.