RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World

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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling, Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana

When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression.” Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock and roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray’s music was a threat—and it was treated as such.

Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist.

Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You’ll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classics the same way again.


YEAR 2016

SECTION World Doc

COUNTRY Canada

RUN TIME 103 min

COMPANY Rezolution Pictures

WEBSITE http://rezolutionpictures.com

EMAIL christina@rezolutionpictures.com

PHONE (514) 272-8241

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Artist Bio

Catherine Bainbridge

Catherine Bainbridge is a co-director and the writer of RUMBLE. She has brought her signature enthusiasm and passion for storytelling to countless documentaries, dramas, comedies, and interactive media projects—notably the Peabody Award–winning documentary Reel Injun, about Native stereotypes in Hollywood films. Her role as director encapsulates her devotion to music, history, politics, and the importance of bringing indigenous stories to the mainstream.


Alfonso Maiorana

Alfonso Maiorana is a co-director and the director of photography of RUMBLE. His DP experience on Hollywood films, independent features, TV films, and television series brings a distinctive look and feel to the films he shoots. His directing credits include The Big World, which premiered at the Montreal International Film Festival. He is passionate about music history and is inspired by filmmakers like Jarmusch, Truffaut, and Coppola.