The Big Beat
Directed and Produced by Joe Lauro
Written by Rick Coleman
THE BIG BEAT is the story of how Fats Domino and his musical partner Dave Bartholomew BECAME the inventors of Rock N' Roll ... and how they effectively broke down the color barriers that paved the way for racial integration through their music. Our film blends interviews with Dave, Fats and with surviving band members as well as rare recently discovered concert footage of the band in their heyday. The story is rooted in the culture, traditions and rhythms of their native New Orleans and French Creole culture. It pays tribute to the great side men LEE ALLEN, HERB HARDESTY and TANOO COLEMAN who turned New Orleans Rhythm & Blues into Rock N' Roll.