Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Directed by Catherine Bainbridge
Alfonso Maiorana
Produced by Christina Fon
Catherine Bainbridge
Linda Ludwick
Lisa M. Roth
Music by Benoît Charest
Cinematography Alfonso Maiorana
Edited by Jeremiah Hayes
Ben Duffield
Release date
Country Canada
Language English

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World is a Canadian documentary film by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, released in 2017. The film profiles the impact of Indigenous musicians in Canada and the United States on the development of rock music.[1] Artists profiled include Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jesse Ed Davis, Stevie Salas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, Jimi Hendrix, Taboo and others. The title of the film is a reference to the pioneering instrumental "Rumble", released in 1958 by the American group Link Wray & His Ray Men. The instrumental piece was very influential on many artists.

The film features many influential musicians who discuss the musical contributions of Indigenous artists, including commentaries from Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Marky Ramone, Slash, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy and others.

The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[2]


At Sundance, the film won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.[3] The film won Best Music Documentary at the 2017 Boulder International Film Festival.[4]

At the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the film won both of the Audience Award categories.[5] The film also won the Audience Award at the 2017 Biografilm Festival for the category "Biografilm Music".

In December, the Toronto International Film Festival named the film to its annual year-end list of the ten best Canadian films.[6]

The film won three Canadian Screen Awards at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018, for Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Editing in a Documentary (Jeremiah Hayes and Ben Duffield) and Best Cinematography in a Documentary (Maiorana).[7]


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