River City Drumbeat

© Juan Castañeda/Courtesy of Owsley Brown Presents
© Juan Castañeda/Courtesy of Owsley Brown Presents
© Juan Castañeda/Courtesy of Owsley Brown Presents
Directors: Anne Flatte & Marlon Johnson


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  • event type:WOMEX 20 Film Library
  • date:15 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
  • time:12:00 - 00:00
  • venue:Online
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


This film was available online to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for WOMEX 20 Digital Participants only.

Directed by Anne Flatté & Marlon Johnson
94 mins | USA, 2019 | English with English subtitles

Edward "Nardie" White has devoted his life to leading the African-American River City Drum Corps for thirty years and inspired youth in Louisville, Kentucky to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. As retirement approaches his successor, Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, gets ready to take up the mantle. This multigenerational story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South, follows a community making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.

Marlon Johnson is a ten-time Emmy award-winning producer and director. He has worked on award-winning documentary films exploring music and cultural issues like Symphony in D; Emmy-winning Sunday’s Best and Coconut Grove: A Sense of Place.Marlon served as Head of Production and Senior Producer/Editor for Plum TV and helped create TeleAmerica Broadcasting Network. His documentary Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound (SXSW 2014) aired nation-wide on PBS.

Anne Flatté is an award-winning filmmaker whose work highlights stories about music and community. She is a director and producer of Symphony for Nature, the web series Music Makes a City Now and producer of Serenade for Haiti. She co-produced and edited Music Makes A City . Anne has an M.A. in documentary film from Stanford, where she directed the award-winning shorts Interlove Story and Body of Tradition .

Producer Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Marlon Johnson
Director of Photography Juan Carlos Castañeda
Sound Richard Beggs
Editor Jeff Boyette
Music by B. Quincy Griffin
Film Contact Anne Flatté

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