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Musician Luis Resto screens new documentary at intimate event
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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DETROIT -- Despite his voluminous musical achievements -- including Academy and Grammy awards for co-writing Eminem's 2002 hit "Lose Yourself" -- the idea of a documentary film was "a little out of my scope" for Luis Resto. "It's not anything I would have done, especially on myself.



Instead the composer and multi-instrumentalist left that to Detroit filmmaker Evan Gulock, and on Sunday night, Sept. 8, the two premiered "At the Heart of Detroit Music" during a private screening for about 70 people in Resto's Feeder Loft workspace on the third floor of DeVries & Company in Detroit's Eastern Market, where some of the film was shot and where Resto hosts regular performances and jams that are free and open to the public.



"We knew we wanted to premiere it here," Gulock explained. "It was important to me and to Luis as well to debut the film in an intimate place where it would be joyous and everyone would have a good time. This is really what I wanted for it."



The intimate 14-minute portrait features Resto -- a Garden City native and Was (Not Was) alumnus who now splits time between Detroit, Boston and New York -- talking in-depth about his career and his approach to creativity. It includes scenes of him playing, both at home and in the Feeder Loft, as well as archival footage of Resto accepting the 2003 Oscar for "Lose Yourself" from Barbra Streisand. "This film had to live and breathe music," noted Gulock, who met Resto two years ago, after hearing music coming from the window of the Feeder Loft. "I think we got there."



For his part, Resto called being a film subject "extremely odd" but was also proud of the result. "I was ready to cringe but...I love it. It seems snooty to say, but I love this movie about myself."



Resto was joined at the screening by famous friends and Was (Not Was) bandmates Don Was (nee Fagenson) and David McMurray, as well as his brother, fellow musician Mario Resto. They were joined by a corps of other local musicians -- including drummer Ron Otis, reeds player Leafar, bassist Paithe Jassi, pianist Ian Finkelstein and vocalist Herschel Boone from Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker band -- for a musical performance that included Resto's "Olivia" (written for his daughter), a first-ever full-band performance of Was (Not Was)'s "From the Head to the Heart," McMurray's jazz rendition of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and a lengthy romp through the Was (Not Was) funk epic "Wheel Me Out," the first song Resto ever worked on with the band.



The evening aloo included interviews with Resto and Gulock and then with Resto, Was and McMurray conducted by WDET-FM air personality Ann Delisi, who joined the band during a couple of the songs.



Gulock said the future for "At the Heart of Detroit Music" is up in the air, but spoke about possibly entering it in film festivals.

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