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River City Drumbeat by Marlon Johnson​ and Anne Flatté​​

River City Drumbeat will have its virtual cinema release on August 7th and will also run for two weeks in each city through at least August 21st, with expansion to follow. 

River City Drumbeat is a powerful 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. 


NEW YORK, NY – Maysles Documentary Center (Two week run opening 8/7)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Roxie (Two week run opening 8/7)

LOUISVILLE, KY – Speed Cinema (Two week run opening 8/7)

AUSTIN, TX – Austin Film Center (Opening 8/7)

NASHVILLE – Belcourt (Opening 8/7)


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Guild Cinema (Opening 8/14)

AMHERST, MA — Amherst Cinema (Opening 8/14)

BATON ROUGE, LA — Manship (Opening 8/14)

CLEVELAND, OH —Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Opening 8/14)

COLUMBUS, OH — Wexner Center for the Arts (Opening 8/14 and running through 9/10)

IOWA CITY, IA — FilmScene (Opening 8/14)

SF BAY AREA / SAN RAFAEL, CA – Rafael@Home (Opening 8/14)

THREE OAKS, MI —Vickers Theatre (Opening 8/14)

VANCOUVER, WA – Kiggins Theater (Opening 8/14)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC— a/perture cinema (Opening 8/14)

River City Drumbeat Official Trailer

River City Drumbeat Poster
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