Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté are veteran documentary filmmakers whose exquisite work has been a staple at the Miami Film Festival. With River City Drumbeat, they may have created their most profound and powerful film yet.
Edward "Nardie" White has devoted his life to leading an African-American drum corps in Louisville, Kentucky for three decades, inspiring youth from his neighborhood to thrive, by connecting them with the cultural traditions of their ancestors. Now Albert, 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 in a multigenerational tale of music, love, and legacies set in the American South.
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.