Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

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Canada | 2017 | 103 minutes | Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music; from Link Wray to Robbie Robertson, Charley Patton to Buffy Sainte-Marie; get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

"Revelatory in almost every sense"Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter


Amazon Video Direct

Join us for the energetic Seattle premiere of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, sponsored by Amazon Video Direct, in conjunction with the Paramount Theatre's gallery opening of Re:definition, followed by SIFF's 4th World afterparty featuring a special guest DJ.

Free with RSVP.


6:00 PM - Doors and Re:definition gallery open
7:00 PM - Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World film screening
9:30 PM - 4th World afterparty, reception, and gallery viewing. Open to the general public.

Friday, May 26, 2017

  • Purchased Tickets
  • Limited Availability
  • On Standby
  • Matinee

Paramount Theatre

7:00 PM Date has passed Executive Producer Ernest Webb and Producers Lisa Roth & Tracy Rector scheduled to attend

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • Purchased Tickets
  • Limited Availability
  • On Standby
  • Matinee

SIFF Cinema Uptown

11:30 AM Date has passed LLimited Availability Executive Producer Ernest Webb and Producers Lisa Roth & Tracy Rector scheduled to attend

From Charley Patton and Mildred Bailey to Link Wray and Jimi Hendrix; from Jesse Ed Davis and Buffy-Sainte Marie to Robbie Robertson and Randy Castillo, the contributions of Native Americans to the soundtrack of popular culture-blues, jazz, folk, pop, rock, heavy metal are as undeniable as they are underreported. In the celebratory exposé Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (inspired by the Smithsonian Institution exhibit "Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture," created by Tim Johnson and guitarist Stevie Salas), director Catherine Bainbridge takes us through a rollercoaster of fantastic music and wide-ranging interviews–Martin Scorsese and Taj Mahal rub shoulders with Pat Vegas and late poet John Trudell–while never losing sight of the politically precarious place Indigenous persons hold in America's troubled history, in which Native culture has been systematically silenced. "Be proud you're an Indian," says Robertson, recounting advice he once received, "but be careful who you tell." Loud, lively, and endlessly illuminating, Rumble is as powerful as the 1958 Link Wray song it's named after, one of the rare instrumental tracks banned (of course) from radio airwaves since it supposedly "glorified juvenile delinquency."

Director Biographies

Catherine Bainbridge, Director/Writer/Executive Producer/Producer, on Rumble, and Cofounder of Rezolution Pictures and Minority Media. She has brought her signature enthusiasm and passion for storytelling to countless documentary, drama, comedy, and interactive media projects, notably the Peabody award-winning documentary Reel Injun, about Native stereotypes in Hollywood films. Her role as Director on Rumble encapsulates her love and devotion to music, history, politics, and bringing important Indigenous stories to the mainstream.

Alfonso Maiorana is Co-director and Director of Photography on Rumble. Based in Montreal, Alfonso's DP experience on Hollywood films, Independent features, MOWs, 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. Passionate about music history and inspired by filmmakers like Jarmusch, Truffaut and Coppola, Alfonso's combination of visual style and storytelling come together in Rumble.

Sponsored by Amazon Video Direct, KEXP 90.3 FM, MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture), Lux Pot Shop, Hardly Art Records, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, Muckleshoot Tribe, Canadian Studies Center UW, Consulate General of Canada

  • Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
  • Principal Cast: Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Producer: Christina Fon, Lisa M. Roth, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick
  • Screenplay: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
  • Cinematographers: Alfonso Maiorana
  • Editors: Jeremiah Hayes, Ben Duffield
  • Music: Benoît Charest
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2017 (World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling)
  • Filmography: Reel Injun (2009)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber
  • International Sales: Films Transit