Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free screening of A Drummer's Dream

The National Film Board in Toronto is hosting a free screening of John Walker's A Drummer's Dream on Thursday, April 14.

A Drummer's Dream played at Hot Docs last year and was the runner-up for the Audience Award, placing number 2 on the list of top ten audience favourites. It won the FIPA d’or Grand Prize at the 24th Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels. Director John Walker was a recent winner of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) Award earlier this month for his work on Winds of Heaven: Emily Carr.

The screening takes place at 7pm at the National Film Board theatre on the second floor, 150 John Street. Signed DVDs by the director will be available on site.



Thursday, April 14 at 7pm
Directed by John Walker. 2010, 85 min 20 s
A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience.  

Featuring Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio “El-Negro” Hernandez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Mangini and Raul Rekow, the film engages us with music styles and influences that are as dynamic as the performers themselves. We are lifted to another dimension as we connect to the powerful forces of nature embodied in the music of these master musicians. The creative and spiritual freedom of expression they display is astounding – from Latin rhythms to the wildly original compositions of Kenwood Dennard. Masters of rock, jazz, Latin fusion and soul, these drummers have backed the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana – and now each other.

At the centre of the film are the warm-hearted Nasyr and his musician friends, who share their knowledge with 40 students for this unforgettable week of music and camaraderie. The philosophy of these musicians is underscored by love, compassion and joy. At the end of the film you will be tapping out the rhythms that live within us all, and the positive energy of these masters will pulse through you for days to come.

Visit this film's website.

  • April 14 2011
  • 07:00 PM

ADD Trailer @ from John Walker on Vimeo.

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