Des Plaines Theatre to host sneak prevue of Dick Biondi documentary on May 21

May 14, 2023 1036

BY: Pamela Pulice

Dick Biondi, the legendary DJ who was the first to play a Beatles record in the US and helped the careers of other rock n’ roll icons, is being honored in a new documentary, THE VOICE THAT ROCKED AMERICA: THE DICK BIONDI STORY, directed, filmed, and narrated by Chicago filmmaker, Pamela Pulice, founder of Reel Stories Productions.

The historic Des Plaines Theatre is hosting a Sneak Prevue of the documentary with Pulice on Sunday afternoon, May 21 at 2:00 P.M. Proceeds from ticket sales are going directly to completing the documentary with ticket purchasers' names being included in the special thank you section of the film credits. Advance tickets sales are available here

Rock ‘n’ Roll icons scheduled to attend the Prevue are Carl Giammarese, lead singer of The Buckinghams, Ray Graffia Jr. and Ronnie Rice of New Colony Six, and Jim Pilster of Cryan' Shames, all featured in the documentary. A mini concert of golden oldies by the Stingrays will start at 1:00 PM, the Sneak Prevue will begin at 2:00 followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, and auction of an autographed guitar by Ron Onesti.

“Biondi gave the 60’s generation a voice we so desperately needed,” explained Pulice. “At age 13, I felt alone and then I heard Biondi on my transistor radio. His sense of humor, and the lyrics to the songs he played, saved my life. To show my appreciation I started the West Suburban Dick Biondi Fan Club in 1961 at my Junior High School in Villa Park, Illinois. I attended his many appearances throughout the Chicago area, and eventually, Dick and I became friends. As a filmmaker, it only made sense that I film him, his famous musician and media fans, and turn it into a documentary to continue my mission of sharing his light, and this important part of radio history. We are so close to the finish line and want to get it out to the world before Dick turns 91 this September.”

Not only does Pulice share her personal stories about Biondi in her film, but so do legends like: Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, David Letterman’s sidekick and bandleader, Paul Shaffer, singers Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and Tony Orlando, comedian Tom Dreesen, Grammy awardwinning songwriter and artist, Jim Peterik, Lead Singer Carl Giammarese and former lead singer Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams, and entertainment industry powerhouse, Ron Onesti. Also featured are kudos from media legends such as Bob Sirott, Robert Feder, John Landecker, Scott Childers, and many more.

Pulice is in the final stages of her documentary and is in need of funding to complete post-production. She has partnered with Chicago Filmmakers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making all donations tax deductible at: https://www.dickbiondifilm.com/donate 

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