“An edifying story of rhythm, passion, and rites of passage… It introduces a beautiful creative community of mentors, parents, and inspired youth working toward a better life than they’ve had.”
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Children in their marching band uniforms gaze intently

Ends October 1

SFFILM & Roxie Members Only Q&A with filmmakers Marlon Johnson & Anne Flatté and film participants Albert Shumake and Edward White, moderated by SFFILM programmer Amanda Salazar
– August 12 at 6pm PT/9pm ET

RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT is a powerful, uplifting 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  had its World Premiere at DOC NYC Film Festival, and is an Official Selection of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, SXSW EDU Festival, and SFFILM San Francisco International Film Festival.

Directed by Marlon Johnson & Anne Flatté. Produced by Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, & Marlon Johnson. USA. 2020. 95 mins.

Listen to filmmakers Marlon Johnson & Anne Flatté with Albert Shumake in conversation with Wanda Sabir of “Wanda’s Picks”

Price: $12.00 to rent (50% of proceeds support The Roxie)

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“Critic’s Pick.” “Beautiful.”
“At the heart of this documentary from Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté is a drum line in Louisville, Ky., that offers children a chance to engage with Black art and history….The film listens for this community’s heartbeat, finding its steady pulse just as expected: healthy and strong.”
– Teo Bugbee, The New York Times

“… a beautiful story of a legacy using art to build character. ‘River City’ shows how community is what matters in a child’s life.”
– Wanda Sabir, San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper

“One of the most inspiring documentaries of the year.” “…an indie movie miracle, a reminder that there is kindness and compassion and community in this world…”
“Amazing” ★★★★ – Randy Myers, Local News Matters

 l San Jose Mercury News