By: Angela Redding
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/31/2020–“ We are honored to be entrusted with the stories of Edward White and the drum corps he began with his late wife Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky thirty years ago. Over the last twenty years of filmmaking, we have both been drawn to stories about people who shine through negativity by creating community and connection with music and the arts. The drum corps philosophy—that communities need to provide time, resources, and mentors so that every child has what they need to thrive—resonates deeply with our own values.” Directors’ Statement-Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté
Knowing who you are, where you come from, and those who came before you are very important keys to moving forward and excelling in life. Edward “Nardie” White, leader and co-founder of the River City Drumbeat Corp, is very much aware of the importance of knowing one’s cultural history and identity. He is intent on instilling cultural values into each young person he mentors. River City Drumbeat is a 95-minute documentary film that will take viewers on a journey that will inform, inspire, and entertain them.
Personal and Creative Involvement
In an SXSW EDU interview, River City Drumbeat directors, Anne Flatté and Marlon Johnson shared how they became involved in making the film.
“It was a story that clearly needed to be told. A very complex and important story,” commented Flatté.
River City Drumbeat
River City Drumbeat is a powerful story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Edward “Nardie” White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. Now Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle for the next generation. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes.
River City Drumbeat follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.
River City Drumbeat’s Photo Gallery
The film opens virtually Friday, August 7, 2020.
RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT
Virtual Cinema Screenings
NEW YORK, NY – Maysles Documentary Center (Two-week run opening 8/7)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Roxie (Two-week run opening 8/7)
LOUISVILLE, KY – Speed Cinema (Two-week run opening 8/7)
AUSTIN, TX – Austin Film Society (Opening 8/7)
NASHVILLE, TN – The Belcourt Theatre (Opening 8/7)
AMHERST, MA – Amherst Cinema (Opening 8/14)
BATON ROUGE, LA – Manship Cinema (Opening 8/14)
SAN RAFAEL, CA—Rafael@Home (Opening 8/14)
CLEVELAND, OH —Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Opening 8/14)
COLUMBUS, OH — Wexner Center for the Arts (8/14-9/10)
IOWA CITY, IA — FilmScene (Opening 8/14)
THREE OAKS, MI —Vickers Theatre (Opening 8/14)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Guild Cinema (Opening 8/14)
VANCOUVER, WA – Kiggins Theater (Opening 8/14)
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – a/perture cinema (Opening 8/14)
MIAMI, FL – O Cinema (Opening 8/14)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Sound Unseen- Music & Film Festival (Opening 8/14)
LOS ANGELES, CA – Laemmle Theatres (Opening 8/14)
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Coolidge Corner (Opening 8/14)
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