River City Drumbeat
Q&A with the Filmmakers at Real Art Ways

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River City Drumbeat
Q&A with the Filmmakers


We invite you to join us for an online conversation with the film directors, Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté, film participant Albert Shumake, and Real Art Ways Cinema Coordinator, Ian Ally Seals. At the heart of this documentary is a drum line in Louisville, Ky., that offers children a chance to engage with Black art and history. Together our panelists will discuss music and mentorship in the African American community.

Register for the event HERE.


Marlon Johnson is a nine-time Emmy award-winning producer and director. He has worked on award-winning documentary films exploring music and cultural issues like Symphony in D (2017) and Emmy- winning Sunday’s Best (2010). The Ford Foundation commissioned Marlon to direct the documentary Breaking the Silence (2006) which chronicled the rise of HIV infection in the Black-American South.

Anne Flatté is a filmmaker whose work highlights stories about music and community. She is director and producer of Symphony for Nature (PBS, 2018), the web series Music Makes A City Now (YouTube/PBS.org), and producer of Serenade for Haiti (World premiere, DOCNYC 2016). She co-produced and edited Music Makes A City (2010), and the TV version for broadcast (PBS, 2014).

Albert Shumake is the River City Drum Corps Executive Director and has been involved in the drum corps since his own childhood. He is featured in the film.

“We believe every child needs the chance to connect with the arts, and this film tells the story of what results when that connection is fostered.”

– Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté

About the Film:
NY Times Critics Pick

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. 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.

“The film listens for this community’s heartbeat, finding its steady pulse just as expected: healthy and strong.” – New York Times

River City Drumbeat is available to rent in our Virtual Cinema.