"RUMBLE, The Indians who Rocked the World" : Revue de presse

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RUMBLE, The Indians who Rocked the World est un film produit par Rezolution Pictures, Stevie Salas (Apache) et Tim Johnson (Mohawk), réalisé par Catherine Bainbridge (co-réalisatrice du film Reel Injun aux côtés de Neil Diamond) et Alfonso Maiorana. Long métrage documentaire, il raconte avec passion et brio le parcours de musiciens amérindiens et leurs contributions inestimables et pourtant largement méconnues à l’Histoire du blues, du jazz, du rock mais aussi du heavy-metal.
Amie depuis plusieurs années de la société de production montréalaise Rezolution Pictures, fondée par Ernest Webb (Cri - Baie James, Canada) et sa femme Catherine Bainbridge, De la Plume à l’Ecran a suivi avec intérêt le développement de Rumble tout au long de ses quatre années de réalisation. Notre association a établi des liens particulièrement forts avec ce film, notamment via la participation de notre présidente, Sophie Gergaud, que ce soit pendant la période d’enquête, lors des recherches d’archives en France ou en tant que consultante artistique lors des différentes phases du montage. C’est pourquoi De la Plume à l’Ecran met un point d’honneur à accompagner largement la diffusion de ce film en France en 2017-2018.
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  • An Encore for the Native Americans Who Shook Up Rock ’n’ Roll , The New York Times, 31/07/17 « Reel Injun examined the portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood, many of them played by nonnative actors. “We found this way, through humor, for people to relate,” [filmmaker Bainbridge] said. “I thought we’d never have that chance again, to make a film that could really cross over. But as it turns out, music is even more powerful than comedy.” (...) Throughout, the film reveals how Native American rhythms and stylings became a part of the larger tapestry of American music. (...) And then there are the stories in the film that are pure rock ’n’ roll. (...) In the end, a lot of the stories are like this, small triumphs over overwhelming odds, which was what the filmmakers intended all along. “I didn’t want to make a victim film,” Mr. Salas said. “Some of my Native friends were adamant too, saying, we’ve had enough of these films where they took this from us, they did this to us. We were like, no, let’s talk about these amazing people who did these amazing things.” » Lire l’article
  • Rumble explores Indigenous people’s role in rock ’n’ roll , The National Post, 27/07/17 « Rumble feels like a pair of documentaries stitched together. The first tells the story of how Indigenous people influenced the development of rock ’n’ roll. (...) Native pride gives us the second half of Rumble, in which various Indigenous (or part Indigenous) musicians discuss their culture and music. » Lire l’article
  • ’Review : ‘Rumble’ Gives Due to Unheralded Native American Pop Musicians , 25/07/17 « Sharing the same spirit of “20 Feet From Stardom” and “Searching for Sugar Man,” which both put overlooked performers center stage, this film examines the influence of Native Americans on popular music. What at first seems like a thin topic — quick, name two American Indian musicians — becomes a master class in the mixing of cultures. (...) Newsreels and old black-and-white photos provide historical context, and interviews add plenty of energy. Martin Scorsese and Iggy Pop offer insights, while Steven Van Zandt’s enthusiasm is contagious. After hearing a story by Jackson Browne, you’ll listen to his “Doctor My Eyes” with different ears. (...) If you couldn’t name two Native American musicians at the beginning of the documentary, you’ll remember at least a half-dozen after the end. And it’s a good bet you’ll be searching for their albums, too. » Lire tout l’article
  • ’Buried history’ : unearthing the influence of Native Americans on rock’n’roll , The Guardian, 19/07/17 « The movie, for which Salas serves as executive producer, illuminates how Native North American music and musicians influenced the creation of the blues, the development of jazz, the birth of rock’n’roll and even the elaboration of country music. Mainstream stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson, Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn can all claim varying degrees of indigenous blood. “This is buried history,” says Catherine Bainbridge, director of Rumble. “Once people hear about this they think, ‘Wow, how did I not realize this before ?” »
  • The Kickass Native American Rock Bands Music History Forgot , The Daily Beast, 16/07/17 Lire l’article
  • Louis Proyect - 5/07/2017 « Combining groundbreaking musicology, including interviews with both native and non-native experts, and stirring excerpts from the recordings and performances of a panoply of American Indian musicians, “Rumble” is one of the best music documentaries I have ever seen. (...) “Rumble” is both great entertainment and a contribution to understanding American popular music that will have you smiling every single minute of the film. It is also a major contribution to American Indian studies that demonstrates how native peoples were able to preserve their musical traditions even though the white master race tried to destroy it. Not to be missed. »
  • ‘Rumble’ Wins Rogers Audience Award for Canadian Film , POV, 7/05/2017 « The audiences have spoken ! Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked the World won the inaugural Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs. Rumble was announced as the winner prior to a free screening of the film at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema to close the festival. The film by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana generally dominated the Canadian contingent of the audience votes despite some fair competition from Birth of a Family, A Better Man and Bee Nation. » Lire la suite...
  • What’s hot at Hot Docs, TheStar.com , 23/04/2017 « Subtitled The Indians Who Rocked the World, this ear-opening and mind-expanding doc reveals how musicians with aboriginal roots — among them guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Link Wray and Charley Patton as well as singers Rita Coolidge and Buffy Sainte-Marie — made a massive impact on popular music. Their musical contributions may be celebrated, but their heritage is often unknown or deliberately suppressed — often by the musicians themselves, for fear of discrimination. » En savoir plus...
  • Hot Docs Review on TheRoamingLife.com , 17/04/2017 RUMBLE rated 4,5/5 « This is an incredibly comprehensive and fascinating look at the lives of men and women who many did not know were Indian, a secret most kept due to the social stigma still surrounding their heritage. Featured are : Charlie Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Robbie Robertson, Buffy St. Marie, Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), and many others. This is compelling and engaging filmmaking. » Lire la suite...
  • Stevie Salas : le son de la résistance, Métro , 3/04/2017 « « Je voulais laisser autre chose en héritage que mes steppettes sur scène avec Mick Jagger », lance Stevie Salas. Cette autre chose que le guitariste de renom laisse, c’est Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked the World. En trois secondes et demie, il a catapulté l’idée reçue selon laquelle faire un docu, « c’est pffft, bébé facile ». « Je ne sais pas si l’un de vous a déjà essayé ? C’est un cauchemar. (...) Tu dois faire à la fois un film divertissant, pertinent et porteur d’un message profond. C’est vraiment compliqué. » Et puis, élément non négligeable dans le cas de cette œuvre, « il fallait une incroyable dose de patience pour composer avec autant d’ego et d’artistes connus ». Ces derniers (on parle ici des artistes connus, lesquels ont des ego, c’est Stevie qui le sait) déferlent dans Rumble. Leur présence, comme leur nombre, était d’importance capitale, notent les deux producteurs. Ce n’est pas juste du « name-dropping » (ou du « face-dropping ») pour pétiller pour rien. « On ne voulait pas faire un film sur le racisme, un film négatif, explique-t-il. On ne voulait pas non plus dire que “ce musicien autochtone génialissime, mais anonyme, était bien meilleur que l’autre type blanc connu de tous”. On ne voulait pas que ça sonne amer. On voulait plutôt laisser les plus grands nous dire pourquoi ces méconnus les avaient tant fait vibrer. » » Lire la suite...
  • RUMBLE fait partie des 4 meilleurs films à voir au Boulder Film Festival selon Aspen Sojourner film critics George Eldred and Laura Thielen, 14/03/2017 « With a single iconic power chord, Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked the World plunges into an untold chapter of cultural history : Native American influence on popular music. Fresh from its Sundance premiere (where it nabbed a Special Jury Award), Rumble melds storytelling, archival footage, and an eclectic soundtrack to spotlight pioneers of Native heritage. (...) This revelatory celebration traces indigenous music’s idioms and impact against a potent context : the dark history that has shaped Native American experience, artists included. Catherine Bainbridge and co-director Alfonso Maiorana lovingly and truthfully illuminate an important and fascinating musical legacy. This Colorado premiere won BIFF’s Best Musical Documentary. » En savoir plus...
  • RUMBLE fait partie des 10 films à voir absolument aux Hot Docs de Toronto, d’après POV (Point of View Magazine), 28/02/2017. En savoir plus...
  • Award-Winning Sundance’s RUMBLE : The Indians Who Rocked the World , Indian Country Today Network, 6/02/2017 « At the end of the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance’s RUMBLE was awarded the “World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling” to directors Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, of Rezolution Pictures. Executive Producer Tim Johnson said the award reflects on every member of the team who put in all the time and research. Ernie Webb (Cree) of Rezolution Pictures spoke at the Sundance premiere of RUMBLE, and talked about the first music we all hear while pointing to his heart, “the first song we all heard, it was here inside… the heartbeat.” Sundance’s RUMBLE is a powerful document and it is really a joyful film. We are still here singing. » Lire la suite...
  • Sundance Notes : RISE to RUMBLE, must-see TV… from Canada , Filmmakersmagazine, 5/02/2017 « RISE was one of nine indigenous-made premieres at Sundance this year. One of the most entertaining of these, no less thought-provoking — also from Canada — was the documentary RUMBLE : The Indians Who Rocked the World. The film’s premise is that the foundational contribution of Native Americans to American popular music is a “missing chapter.” What I think RUMBLE achieves instead, with its lineup of rock musicians and pop-cultural arbiters like Martin Scorcese — and this is no less significant — is a closer look at what ten or so musical artists, some iconic, have given to pop music because of their Native ancestry — an overdue acknowledgment of what, in most cases, had always been hidden in plain sight. » Lire la suite...
  • The Best Documentaries of Sundance 2017 , Jason Gorber, 1/02/2017 « A talking-head doc interspersed with some fabulous musical segments, combined with additional anthropological elements such as the ties to the Mardis Gras Indian culture, as seen in Treme, the film allows the viewer insight into these varying traditions and how they combine, sometimes in quite surprising ways, to help propel popular music to the heights it has achieved. » Lire la suite...
  • Un film montréalais sur la place des autochtones dans le rock récompensé à Sundance , Radio Canada, 30 janvier 2017 « Deux réalisateurs établis à Montréal, Catherine Bainbridge et Alfonso Maiorana, ont été récompensés au Festival des films de Sundance pour leur documentaire intitulé Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked The World. Le film, qui explore la contribution souvent méconnue des membres des Premières Nations à l’histoire de la musique populaire, a remporté un prix spécial du jury pour ses qualités narratives samedi. Le documentaire s’ouvre sur les puissants accords de la chanson Rumble, composée par Link Wray en 1958, longtemps interdite des ondes radiophoniques. Ces accords ont été une source d’inspiration pour les guitaristes qui ont suivi. En acceptant le prix, Bainbridge a remercié « tous les experts autochtones, les historiens et les musiciens impliqués dans la réalisation de ce film ». « Nous n’étions pas seuls », a-t-elle mentionné. » Lire la suite...
  • Unseenfilms, 29/01/2017 « Rough, raw imperfect and so full of life it changes the way you see the world. RUMBLE is freaking awesome. Its one of those great documentaries that grabs you by the gonads and drags you along. It will force you to rethink how you see music history. (...) I have no rational thoughts concerning this film. RUMBLE is the the equivalent to walking into a juke joint and seeing someone unexpected blow you away. I have no words to describe what a major rewrite of how I view music this just caused. I have only emotions and lots of "Oh Wows". which I kept mumbling to the annoyance of the people around me. » Lire la suite...
  • Deux Montréalais ont remporté un prix au prestigieux festival de films de Sundance aux États-Unis pour un documentaire sur l’influence des autochtones sur la musique populaire américaine. , TVA Nouvelles, 29 janvier 2017 « Les réalisateurs Catherine Bainbridge et Alfonso Maiorana ont reçu samedi le prix spécial du jury pour l’excellence du récit pour « Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked The World ». « Nous voulons saluer les experts et les historiens des questions autochtones qui ont été engagés dans la réalisation de ce film. Ce n’était pas seulement nous », a précisé Catherine Bainbridge lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix. Grâce à des entrevues, des mises en scène, ainsi que des documents d’archives, ce film souligne l’influence d’artistes d’origine amérindienne comme Jimi Hendrix et la légende du blues Charlie Patton pour montrer l’impact des autochtones sur la musique populaire aux États-Unis. » » Lire la suite...
  • ‘Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked the World’ : Film Review | Sundance 2017, Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, 21/01/2017 « As the film engagingly lifts the veil on Native Americans’ role in several generations of pop music, it traces their involvement from the Delta blues and jazz eras up to present-day hip hop. Brimming with revealing first-person interviews, tantalizing audio clips and dynamic concert footage, Rumble evinces the enviable potential to appeal to a broad range of audiences in a variety of formats. » Lire la suite...
  • ’RUMBLE’ : How a Rock Doc Does What History Books Won’t’RUMBLE’ : How a Rock Doc Does What History Books Won’t , Loretta Prevost, 21 janvier 2017 « You are likely aware of the various genocides and forced migrations inflicted on indigenous peoples, but the United States also has a lesser-known history of attempting to censor and ban Indian culture. (...) RUMBLE : The Indians Who Rocked the World takes a look at one area of Indian culture whose influence on Western society is largely unrecognized : the role Native Americans played in shaping popular music history. On finding one arc or storyline to focus on within such a broad topic, Roth reflected, "That wasn’t easy because our film features a bunch of different Native American music icons. All have individual stories and their influence on popular music, whether it be genre or era or personal. The danger of focusing on any of these is one way or another, something was going to get lost." They solved the issue by getting personal. Roth explained, "People are drawn to stories of human beings. That’s what it’s really all about. Our film ended up being structured around the stories of these people over history. What we hope comes across in the film thematically is the fact that Native American culture, music, and drum—there was an attempt to erase it all, right back in the beginning, for the land. This is why Standing Rock bookmarks our film so perfectly." Documentaries such as RUMBLE can inform viewers about the past while inspiring them to turn these lessons to the present. » Lire la suite...
  • Interview de Catherine Bainbridge, réalisatrice, par Women and Hollywood, 21/01/2017 « W&H : What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater ? CB : I want people to be joyful that these unknown Native American superstars are now being acknowledged and celebrated and are now taking their rightful place in American music history. » Lire la suite...
  • Montreal filmmakers’ doc Rumble exposes unheralded influence of Indigenous musicians , Linda Barnard, The Canadian Press, 20 janvier 2017 « The documentary explores the often-unheralded contributions of Native Americans in shaping popular song. Wray was a Shawnee Native American but few people were aware of his background. Like him, many of the musicians profiled in Rumble either kept their heritage secret or downplayed it, fearing racist backlash. "Where in this day and age can you find things that are hidden ?" said Bainbridge, whose award-winning documentary Reel Injun explored the portrayal of Native Americans in movies and on TV. "That’s the secret sauce, this hidden gem of a story," Bainbridge said of how "these incredible icons" inspired so many famous performers seen in the documentary. Whether the musicians in Rumble talked about their backgrounds or not, their heritage influenced the work, including 1920s Delta bluesman Charley Patton, "Queen of Swing" Mildred Bailey, rock legend Jimi Hendrix and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, who worked with blues musician Taj Mahal, John Lennon and the Rolling Stones. » Lire la suite...
  • “Rumble : the Indians who rocked the world” headed to Sundance , Dan Isaac, The Nation, 20 janvier 2017 « It’s not every day your film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s even more rare that Rolling Stone magazine singles it out as one of the illustrious event’s 25 must sees. That, however, is the welcome for Rezolution Pictures’ latest production, Rumble, a documentary on the untold history of Indigenous rock and roll. Directed by Catherine Bainbridge, the documentary follows the progression of rock and roll as it relates to the seminal instrumental song, “Rumble,” composed by Native singer-songwriter Link Wray. Major acts like Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page and Dan Auerbach all cite the tune as an influence. Others talk about “Rumble” as a precursor to heavy metal. But in an era that predates the civil rights movement, it wasn’t always safe for people like Link Wray to identify themselves as Indigenous. “The blues musician Charley Patton had to identify simply as ‘coloured’ even though he had Choctaw blood. But if you listen to his songs, as rough as the recordings were, even though he’s singing in English, you can hear Native chanting in background, and he plays his guitar like a drum,” said Webb. “This comes from the fact that Native music, drumming, was banned and people had to find a way to express themselves.” Musicians like Patton paved the way for acts that not only admit but celebrate their heritage. » Lire la suite...
  • Sundance ’17 : “RUMBLE : The Indians Who Rocked the World” , Selina Chignall, Realscreen.org, 19 janvier 2017 « When Stevie Salas pores over the rich cultural history of North American, he can’t help but note the influence of American-Indians on pop music. From Buffy St. Marie (pictured), an outspoken indie activist and ’60s icon, to politically charged folkie Peter La Farge and famed guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix, whose family claimed Cherokee heritage, the music and style of aboriginal artists Salas says “have influenced the soundtrack of everyone’s life as we know it.” And, yet, Salas, who is himself both aboriginal and a professional musician, feels those contributions have been largely overlooked. That feeling ultimately prompted him to take on the challenge of executive producing his first feature documentary. It features interviews with an impressive list of famous faces in rock, including punk icon Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist Stevie van Zandt and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford — all of whom share stories about the impact of aboriginal musicians had on their lives and their craft. "Who has heard the contribution of the “Red Man” ? Now we have that story. It’s substantial. It’s not a little thing,” Salas tells realscreen. » Lire la suite...
  • Sundance doc ‘Rumble’ reveals surprising roots of rock, Filmmaker highlights indigenous influence on American music , Jay Meehan, The Park Record, 17/01/17 « What can I say ? That a film with such an important, timely, and profound message would also be so beautifully paced and lit and shot with such extraordinary love and care, I found astounding. Plus, of course, the level of passion exhibited by filmmakers and interviewees alike. There’s a lot of love in this tribe ! And, might I add, when you walk out, you won’t be the same person that walked in ! » Lire la suite...
  • Montreal-based producers get their shot at Sundance Festival : Rumble : The Indians Who Rocked the World, The Suburban, 12/01/2017 « “This will be our first time at Sundance,” says Christina Fon, one of the executive producers. “It’s very exciting and a great way to kick off the world premiere of the film.“ This will be part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Mountain Resort. Big names such as Martin Scorsese, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Tony Bennett, George Clinton, Slash, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Robert Trujillo (Metallica) and many others help tell the story of how Indigenous musicians have shaped rock music » Lire la suite...

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