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‘LOUDER THAN ROCK’ – THE FEATURE FILM BASED ON ELTON JOHN’S ORIGINAL GUITARIST CALEB QUAYE - WINS ‘BEST PILOT’ AT THE
7TH ANNUAL NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL FOLLOWING ITS WORLD PREMIERE
Photo Caption L-R: New Media Film Festival Founder Susan Johnston; Director Valerie J. Tucker; Legendary Guitarist Caleb Quaye
Photo Caption L-R: Legendary Guitarist Caleb Quaye, Actor/Director Ed Begley Jr.
LOS ANGELES – Based on the inspiring story of U.K.-born guitar legend Caleb Quaye, (who the legendary Eric Clapton once called “the best guitar player in the world”), “Louder Than Rock” was announced the winner for “Best Pilot” at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival (www.newmediafilmfestival.com) where it made its world premiere on June 7. The official trailer for the film can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APXuAmDHBqQ.
Founded in 2009 by Susan Johnston, this year’s New Media Film Festival featured 127 new media films and content from 37 countries. Since its inception, the festival has brought thousands of people together to view, discuss, buy and sell movies across a variety of traditional and new media formats.
Industry leaders including HBO, Marvel, Netflix, SAG-AFTRA, The Oscars, BMI, The Grammys, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences were among the panel of judges. The complete list of festival winners is available at www.newmediafilmfestival.com.
In 2009 Quaye returned to his musical DNA by forming The Faculty. The band is a mix of inspirational jazz-fusion music with two CDs released “Out Of The Blue” in 2010 and “All The Way Live” in 2011.
Louder Than Rock is produced and directed by Valerie J. Tucker of GloRoc Productions (former Producer of FOX 11 LA's multi Emmy-Award winning Black history series "Songs of Our Success").
The poignant feature-length film is based on Quaye’s popular 2006 autobiography “A Voice Louder Than Rock & Roll,” written by himself and Dale A. Berryhill. Quaye shares his experiences of “sex, drugs and rock and roll,” before ultimately reaching the Fatherless with a message of hope and reconciliation. The story has built-in appeal to rock fans and faith-based audiences alike.
In 1975, Quaye reunited with Elton John for the “Captain Fantastic Tour” and “Rock of The Westies” tour. After Elton dissolved the band, Quaye went on to tour with Hall & Oates. During this period on his 30th birthday in October 1978, after a performance in Atlanta, Quaye heard “The Voice” for the first time.
Quaye explains how his good friend Chester Thompson, drummer for Genesis and a devout Christian, often invited him to church and he would always decline. However all that changed on Easter Sunday in 1982 when Quaye, at his lowest point, called Thompson and he again invited Quaye to church. Quaye agreed, went to service that day at Church On The Way in Van Nuys, Calif., and heard “The Voice” yet again. Quaye knew he was Saved that day and never looked back. He left the rock world and began his education becoming an ordained minister and musical worship leader in the International Church of The Foursquare Gospel (where he was first baptized). He soon began traveling and speaking throughout the world. Thirty two years later he returned to oversee the worship ministries at the same church where he was first baptized.
The film is a spirited chronicle of a great rock and roller working and touring with legends – but also offers, via his story, a message of hope and reconciliation. Quaye believes that in today’s world, where there is an abundance of misinformation and confusion, people still need to hear a story of hope – and as per his faith, that hope lies in Christ.