"RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World," a film which illuminates contributions of Native voices and talents despite attempts to ban, censor and erase indigenous culture over the decades, will premiere Jan. 21 on KMOS-TV, but Jefferson City residents can be the first to see it before its debut.
At 6 p.m. Jan. 16, KMOS-TV and Capitol City Cinema will present a free preview of the movie at the cinema, located at 126 E. High St, as well as enjoy special guest Robert Roe, the Osage Wind Rider.
According to a news release about the event and film from KMOS-TV, early pioneers of the blues such as Charlie Patton had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers, Mildred Bailey, had a voice trained on Native American songs. As the folk-rock era took hold in the '60s and '70s, Native Americans such as Peter La Farge and Buffy Sainte-Marie helped to define its evolution, and Native guitarists and drummers like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and Randy Castillo forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll, the news release said.
"RUMBLE" brings the music and musicians to life using innovative re-creations, archival concert footage and interviews. Music legends who knew them, including Robbie Robertson (Mohawk), George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Slash, Jackson Browne, Taboo (Shoshone/Mexican), Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, Derek Trucks, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler and Stevie Van Zandt, tell their stories, the news release said. John Trudell, a Native American poet and activist, rock critic David Fricke, director Matin Scorsese and others also are featured.
Catherine Bainbridge directed "RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World," which also was co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, executive produced by rock guitarist Stevie Salas (Apache) and Tim Johnson (Mohawk), and produced by Christina Fon, vice president and executive producer of Resolution Pictures.
"This season features films that explore very personal and provocative topics and were especially selected to spark dialogue around the question, 'What does it mean to be a neighbor in American today?'" Sherry Simpson Dean, senior director of Engagement & Impact at ITVS, said in the news release. "With 'RUMBLE,' our hope is that audiences will connect this question with themes throughout the film and open discussions within the community."
With "RUMBLE" as part of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the program is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships, the news release said. Independent Lens is an Emmy Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10 p.m. The series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers, according to the news release.
"RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World" premiers on Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Jan. 21 on KMOS-TV.
The Indie Lens Pop-Up event featuring "RUMBLE" is free, but RSVPs are recommended to Nicole Hume by calling 660-543-4010 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Find information on Pop-Up events happening near you at kmos.org.