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Program 8 - Tuesday November 7

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)


Indian Giver

DIRECTOR: Trevor Solway

LIVE SHORT • 11 minutes •  USA

Indian Giver is a comedic short about one man's journey to winning his family back after being absent for 15 years.

Cast: Telly James, Shalome Hope, Chrisopher De Paz, Christian Red Crow


Feels Good

DIRECTOR: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

LIVE SHORT • 15 minutes • USA

Set under the midnight sun of an Alaskan summer, FEELS GOOD is one day in the life of Kelvin, a young Tlingit man living in the big city of Fairbanks, AK. Kelvin is just getting by, trying to make that dollar delivering “packages” for village bootleggers.  When his car breaks down on a deserted rural highway, Kelvin is picked up by Russ, a Gwich’in man looking for his runaway daughter.  Their encounter sets off a chain of events that forces Kelvin to choose between heroism, and his front teeth.

Cast: Jake Waid, Allison Warden, featuring Quannah Potts


Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Director: Catherine Bainbridge

Documentary Feature • 1hr 43m

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Many artists and musical forms played a role in the creation of rock, but arguably no single piece of music was more influential than the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray. When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar . . . that aggression.” "Rumble" was the first song to use distortion and feedback. It introduced the rock power chord – and was one of the very few instrumental singles to be banned from the radio for fear it would incite violence. RUMBLE explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. As RUMBLE reveals, the early pioneers of the blues had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers’ voices was trained on Native American songs. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution. Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton, influential jazz singer Mildred Bailey, metaphysical guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix, and folk heroine Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have made their distinctive mark on music history. For the most part, their Indian heritage was unknown. RUMBLE uses playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, archives and interviews. The stories of these iconic Native musicians are told by some of America’s greatest music legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them: everyone from Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennett to Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, and Stevie Van Zandt. RUMBLE shows how Indigenous music was part of the very fabric of American popular music from the beginning, but that the Native American contribution was left out of the story – until now.

Cast: Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Martin Scorsese Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Marin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone), Steven Tyler, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, Geroge Clinton, Jackson Browne Martha Redbone, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer, (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones) Slash (Guns 'N' Roses), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fé (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns 'N' Roses), Mike Inez (Alice In Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica) Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone)

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