Part of SFFILM Festival
River City Drumbeat
For 30 years, Ed “Nardie” White has dedicated his life to uplifting and empowering African-American youth through the River City Drum Corps, teaching kids about their African roots and culture through music. Filmmakers Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté spent years in Louisville, KY, filming the charismatic founder and the many children he inspired. As he prepares to pass the torch to his successor and former student Albert, Nardie also reflects on the triumphs and bittersweet losses of the past three decades. River City Drumbeat is an inspirational story of music, love, and legacy set in the American South. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
“As filmmakers, we are committed to experiential and cinematic content over dispensing information. We had a minimal crew who were invested in the human relationships first. We find this kind of filmmaking leads to organic truths being revealed, authentic moments that bring the viewer into a meaningful relationship with the protagonists.” – Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté
Marlon Johnson received his BS in Communications from the University of Miami and has gone on to forge a career as an Emmy-winning producer and director. His films as a director include Breaking the Silence (2006) and Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound (2014).
Anne Flatté received an M.A. in documentary film and video production from Stanford University where she made two award-winning shorts Interlove Story and Body of Tradition. She produced Serenade for Haiti (Festival 2017) and edited Music Makes a City: A Louisville Orchestra Story (2010). River City Drumbeat is her first documentary feature.
Director Marlon Johnson, Anne Flatté
Producer Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Marlon Johnson
Editor Jeff Boyette
Cinematographer Juan Carlos Castañeda, John Anderson Beavers
Music B. Quincy Griffin