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Witness music’s power to bind a community together with this award-winning doc about a program that connects Louisville youth to the cultural traditions of their African ancestors.
For 30 years, Edward “Nardie” White has devoted his life to the River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute, a nonprofit he founded to serve at-risk children in his West End neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Now, with retirement approaching, he must train his successor, Albert Shumake, who himself benefitted from the group since he was a kid, to lead the expanding organization.
Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté’s vérité-style documentary follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and young people and shows us how music can connect people in unexpected ways—and inspire a little friendly competition in the form of rousing, high-energy drum battles. (95 mins., digital video) Closed captioning available.
• River City Drumbeat website
• “Critic’s Pick: “’River City Drumbeat’ Review: A Community’s Pulse Proves Strong,” New York Times
• River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute
Image courtesy of the producers
MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Cardinal Health Foundation
River City Drumbeat