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River City Drumbeat

Directed by: Marlon Johnson & Anne Flatté | 2020 | 1h 35m | Unrated

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OPENS 8/14

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For nearly three decades, Edward “Nardie” White has led an after-school community drum corp (River City Drum Corp) in Louisville, Kentucky drawing on Pan-African culture and music to reach and mentor youth in his West End neighborhood. Now in his sixties, Mr. White feels he must step down to allow the drum corp to evolve with a new generation. RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT is the story of Mr. White’s final year and the training of his successor Albert Shumake, a young man whose troubled life was transformed by the drumline.

Over the years, the drumline has been a lifeline for many children navigating personal struggles and adversity, including high school seniors Imani and Jailen, and pre-teen Emily. During this transitional year, Mr. White and Albert reflect on the tragedies and triumphs in their lives, and the legacy Mr. White and the drumline group created against the backdrop of the American South. With compelling characters, evocative visuals, and powerful drumline performances, RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT is a testament to the impact of art, love, and community on the lives of three generations and their power for building purposeful resilience.

“Profound and powerful…River City Drumbeat, in addition to showcasing extraordinary music and talent, is about the collective power of role models; and an example of the sheer force that different personalities can have in shaping destinies.”
– MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL