Kohler and Chicago’s The Distillery Project Team Up to Generate ‘The Power to Live Boldly’

When the power goes off, life goes on. Because Kohler goes on. That’s the statement behind a new 60-second spot created by independent Chicago-based The Distillery Project (TDP) in its first work for the brand. 

The work is running in North America and online on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. The creative will be offered in :60, :30, :15, and :06 segments. 

Beautifully crafted and shot in Vancouver with Radical Media’s Andrew Becker, the :60 version takes the viewer into the heart of a thunderstorm, where a family is suddenly left in the dark. Off go the lights, the fish tank stops bubbling, but within seconds, the lights go back on as the Kohler generator automatically kicks in from its perch beside their home. 

Let’s take a look at this electrifying new 60-second spot…

Dad fires up a blender in the kitchen, a daughter blasts her hair dryer in the bathroom, the fish tank comes back to life and mom and her young son get back to their video game. Soon, the doorbell chimes and neighbors without power arrive with their laptops, appliances, wet laundry and frozen foods. As the impromptu party heats up, the homeowner adjusts the air conditioner to ensure a comfortable atmosphere. 

Everyone is dancing with joy to one of the most iconic dance songs in history, “The Power” by Snap!, a German Eurodance group. 

The merriment is interrupted when two police officers, sent to check on citizens, come to the door. But they too are swept up in the excitement and join the revelers inside this cozy port in the storm. 

“The power to live boldly” is superimposed at the end with a voiceover: “When you’ve got a Kohler generator, if the power goes out, life rocks on.” 

“As extreme weather and concerns about our power grid puts many on edge, we sought to bring a sense of relief and reassurance to homeowners who live in fear of the loss of electricity,” says John Condon, chief creative officer at TDP, “especially as we have come to depend on it to an extreme these days. There is a sense of joy in knowing that with a Kohler generator on hand, life rocks on. And the spot celebrates what that feels like.” 

TDP has done work for major brands such as Dole, Midwest retailers Meijer and Fresh Thyme Market, Bed Bath & Beyond’s buybuyBABY and the multinational coupon collector RetailMeNot. 

TDP has been named Ad Age Small Agency of the Year three times.


Client:  Kohler   

Agency: The Distillery Project
Founder/Copywriter: John Condon
Founding Partner/CSO: Ben Kline
Head of Operations/Partner: Kim Tanner
Head of Production/Partner: Nik Traxler

Creative Directors: Eric Cosper

Business Affairs Manager: Bonnie Kalaf
Senior Producer: Brenda Cortés

Production: Radical Media / Circle Productions Vancouver

Production EP: Gregg Clarissimo

Director: Andrew Becker

Producer: Susan Sullivan and Mike Gill

Editorial: Rock Paper ScissorsEditor: Damion ClaytonAssistant Editor: Michael ShugarmanProducer: Nhu PhanHead of Production: Dre KrichevskyExecutive Producer: Shada ShariatzadehManaging Director: Eve KornblumColor Co.: Primary

Colorist: Kya Lou

Color Assists: David Oh, Ale Amato

Producer: Diane Valera
Post Production and VFX Studio:  a52Creative Director: Andy Rafael BarriosCG Supervisor: Chris ClyneLead Flame Artist: Adam FlynnFlame Artists:  Mike Vaglienty, Chris Riley, John Valle, Ujala Saini, 3D Artists:  Mike Bettinardi, Joey Bettinardi, Joe Chiechi, Joe Paniagua, Ryan Taylor, Jade Smrz, Bryan Cox, Joseph Conover, Rustam Hasanov, Nick SulloOnline Editor: Chris Riley, John Valle, Corey MartinezProducer:  Andrew RosenbergerHead of Production:  Drew RissmanHead of CG Production:  Alexander RamosExecutive Producers: Patrick Nugent & Kim ChristensenManaging Director: Jennifer Sofio Hall 

Music House: JSM New York

CEO/CCO/Co-Composer: Joel Simon

VP/Executive Producer: Jeff Fiorello

Senior Producer: Norm Felker

Senior Producer: Andrew Manning

Producer: Sharon Cha

Co-Composer: Seamus Kilmartin 

Audio House: Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Operations Manager: Brian Frank

Sound Engineer/Mixer: Nathan Dubin

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