The Closing Night Film at this year’s MIFF was RUMBLE, and it turned out to be the most widely and wildly loved Closing Night Film for our audience in the festival’s 20 year history! The real role of Native Americans in the history of rock and roll includes Jimi Hendrix, The Band’s Robbie Robertson and the Black Eyed Peas as well as Redbone, and RUMBLE is the most fun you’ll ever have correcting history. “Charley Patton and Jimi Hendrix are among the godhead musicians whose veins coursed with aboriginal blood, although the real spirit animal here is Link Wray, whose incredibly influential 1958 instrumental gives this celebratory and deeply satisfying doc its name. ‘Here comes this sound that makes you levitate out of bed about four feet,’ is how Taj Mahal remembers first hearing Wray’s menacing (and much banned) hit. In the end, with help from the likes of Wayne Kramer and Iggy Pop, RUMBLE makes it abundantly clear that the time has come to rewrite the book on American music, or as the ever-pithy Robbie Robertson puts it, ‘Yeah, you wouldn’t let me talk about it before, well now I’m gonna talk real loud’”—Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight. Unrated. 103 Min.
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