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Nari - Gingger Shankar
Nari – Gingger Shankar

The inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival taking place May 10 to 14, 2017 in Marin County, California, has announced its Opening Night, Closing Night, Special Presentation and Festival Sections.

DocLands will showcase documentary film in a variety of genres and with a diversity of content, while exploring three main programming sections (The Art of Impact, The Great Outdoors and WonderLands) and highlighting films that transcend the traditional definition of the documentary—films that break form in terms of creativity and entertainment.

Kicking off the inaugural DocLands Documentary Film Festival is a captivating evening with Gingger Shankar presenting NARI, a stunning documentary blending film, archival footage and animation, accompanied by a live, original score featuring vocals, Indian percussion and Shankar’s unique double violin. The film and performance will be followed by an onstage conversation with Director/Musician Gingger Shankar and Musicians Carlo Ribaux (drums) and Vivek Maddala (guitar and keyboards).

Closing Night of the Festival will screen the exhilarating documentary RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD co-directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana that delves into the electrifying history of Native Americans in contemporary music. Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlie Patton, Jimi Hendrix and Robbie Robertson infuse indigenous styles into rock and roll, while stories of lesser-known artists expose a rich history of Native American musicians finding a way to keep on rocking in the not always Free World.

Rounding out the five day Festival is a special presentation of Amazon Studios’ documentary LONG STRANGE TRIP directed by Amir Bar-Lev. Featuring never-before-seen concert footage and illuminating interviews with band members, this four-hour epic captures the Grateful Dead’s wild, multi-decade journey from scruffy San Francisco Bay Area hippies to, arguably, the biggest band in the universe.


The Art of Impact will engage and spark action by sharing stories that open our eyes to the global community and its disparate cultures, politics, personal narratives and biographies.

The Great Outdoors will transport us outside to truly appreciate, explore and ultimately compel us to save and conserve our environment and the wilds of our precious and precarious planet.

WonderLands will lift our spirits through stories of joy, wonder and possibility.

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