|RUMBLE features Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Castillo and Taboo; with stars such as Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Tony Bennett, George Clinton, Slash, Taylor Hawkins, Robert Trujillo and more
|Montreal, April 2, 2020 – PBS to stream Montreal production companyRezolution Pictures’ award-winning feature documentary, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, on the PBS Media Player for free until May 27, 2020. RUMBLE’s premiere on Independent Lens in 2019 reached over 3.3 million viewers and then went on to have 50,800 streaming viewers at pbs.org. The film’s overwhelming success is behind Independent Lens’s decision to bring back the documentary as part of the series’ initiative to provide positive content for their audience while they are in isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. Access to the PBS Media Player is only available in the US due to license restrictions.
The film’s success has been exceptional. RUMBLE won the “World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling” at Sundance, it won at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, taking top honours for Best Documentary as well as the Audience Award. RUMBLE won multiple awards at the Canadian Screen Awards and around the world. The film had a successful theatrical release in over 85 cities across North America and made its Canadian broadcast debut on HBO Canada (now Crave) and its US television debut on PBS’s prestigious Independent Lens series.
“Anyone who loves contemporary music will hear something they connect with in RUMBLE. From Link Wray’s iconic guitar riff that made an indelible mark on the evolution of rock, to how Jimi Hendrix’s part-Cherokee heritage shaped his genius, to the spoken music of John Trudell, and Tony Bennett being ‘completely influenced’ by jazz improviser Mildred Bailey, American music is steeped in Native American sounds from Native musicians. History never sounded so good.”
– Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer
Following the success of RUMBLE, Rezolution Pictures is developing and producing more premium content as they move into the global market for big budget international productions.
“At times like these when we are all isolated at home, anxious about what the future holds, we are happy to provide entertainment to our audience. The sounds heard in RUMBLE transcend many generations; they are heard in the music parents were listening to when they were teenagers and in the current music their kids are listening to. This film can serve as a bonding opportunity for families who suddenly find themselves spending 24 hours a day together.”
– Catherine Bainbridge, Rezolution Pictures Co-Founder and Executive Producer
“We are thrilled that PBS and Independent Lens picked our film to re-stream online and through the PBS app. Music brings people together. A film like RUMBLE is exactly what we need right now to bring us joy and a bit of relief.” – Christina Fon, Vice-President & Executive Producer, Rezolution Picture and Producer, RUMBLE
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World documents the role of Native Americans in popular music history.
Executive Producer Stevie Salas (Apache), a world-renowned guitarist and music producer (Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Jeff Healey, Public Enemy, George Clinton, Bill Laswell, Adam Lambert, etc.) and Executive Producer Tim Johnson (Mohawk), former Associate Director for Museum Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, co-created the N.M.A.I’s exhibit, “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture”. To their surprise, many legendary music industry friends like Steven Tyler, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Mike Inez, Taylor Hawkins, Taboo and others were really excited to talk about the influence that these Native American musicians had on their art and their lives. And then the film came about.
Salas is currently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Japan’s May issue, with his partner in the rock duo Inaba /Salas.
RUMBLE was directed by Catherine Bainbridge and co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, also director of photography; produced by Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick and Lisa M. Roth; executive producers are Stevie Salas and Tim Johnson; and the executive producers for Rezolution Pictures are Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Diana Holtzberg, Linda Ludwick, Jan Rofekamp, and Ernest Webb (Cree).
Visit the RUMBLE page on Independent Lens, which features more information about the documentary. The film is also available on DVD at KinoLorber.com and streamed at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.
About Rezolution Pictures
Rezolution Pictures is an award-winning production company led by Ernest Webb and Catherine Bainbridge (co-founders and executive producers), Christina Fon (Vice-President and executive producer), and Linda Ludwick (CFO and executive producer). Rezolution is best known for its original and trailblazing productions such as feature documentaries RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, which screened worldwide and won multiple awards at Sundance, Hot Docs, and the Canadian Screen Awards, among others; and Reel Injun, which won multiple Geminis, and a Peabody Award. Rezolution also made its mark in scripted television with Canadian Screen Award-nominated comedy series, Mohawk Girls, which aired for five seasons on APTN, was recently broadcast as part of Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment and will now be streamed on CBC’s GEM platform. From ground-breaking documentaries to innovative scripted series, Rezolution has helped shape Canada’s film and television industry for the past two decades, working with many of the country’s best new and established talents to create unique content, as well as video game and Virtual Reality content through its sister company Minority Media. An effective mix of production, creative, and executive experience has positioned Rezolution for global success as it turns its focus to developing and producing premium content with international partners.
About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. The acclaimed series, with Lois Vossen as executive producer, features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more, visit pbs.org/independentlens. Join the conversation: facebook.com/independentlens and on Twitter @IndependentLens.
Two hi-resolution photos taken during production are available here:
Photo 1: Stevie Salas-Taboo-Catherine Bainbridge-Alfonso Maiorana
Photo 2: Tim Johnson- Tony Bennett-Catherine Bainbridge-Stevie Salas
Media contacts for Rezolution Pictures:
Leisa Lee / email@example.com / 514-946-2010
Talar Adam / firstname.lastname@example.org / 514-833-0274
Rezolution Pictures’ documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World gets its theatrical release in Japan this Friday, August 7