Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes
"Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes" is the story of a musician whose far-reaching ambitions were inspired and challenged by the inequities of the society around him. His stunningly diverse seven-decade career marked him as one of the great musical artists of the 20th century and a pioneering cultural activist at times when the nation was steeped in racism. The film follows Roach across a rich and complicated life, years of now-legendary achievement, deep personal struggle, and the price he paid for his outspoken views. His was an epic musical journey -- from the revolutionary Jazz of the 1940s to the Civil Rights years, through experiments in hip hop, multi-media works, and beyond.
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Samuel Pollard, Ben Shapiro
Michael Kantor, Leslie Fields-Cruz, Denise A. Greene
Sam Pollard, Ben Shapiro
Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Abbey Lincoln, Harry Belafonte, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sonia Sanchez, Randy Weston, Jimmy Heath
Additional Cinematography: Burleigh Wartes, Archival Producer: Chris Cliadakis, Post Production Supervisor: Dana Hayes, Post Production Services: Ken Sirulnick, Sound Mixer: Ed Campbell