DELPHIC ART MOVIE AWARD   short presentation


From the contest for the Delphic Art Movie Award:
Documentary 'Doc Talk - A Drummers Dream'

Winner 2011: Doc Talk - A Drummers Dream, B. Rubinow - Producer, M. McLaughlin, C. Paine - Ass. Producers / USA (one minute abstract)


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JOHN WALKER

is one of Canada's finest director/cinematographers working in the documentary genre, and his films have won international acclaim. From his fiction film collaboration, A WINTER TAN, described by a "Globe and Mail" critic as "unlike any other film anywhere" to his personal exploration of myth and imagination in THE FAIRY FAITH, Walker defies conventional subjects and approaches. With his provocative film PASSAGE he challenged the form with a complex mix of fiction and documentary - Martin Knelman of The Toronto Star wrote "One of the great triumphs in Canadian documentary film history." With his latest, A DRUMMER'S DREAM, Walker delivers a film that lifts you into another dimension of pure joy and exhilaration.

Walker's films have been widely broadcast and have appeared at the major international film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and London. From the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television he has received seventeen nominations and awards including the coveted Donald Brittain Award for best social/political documentary - UTSHIMASSITS: PLACE OF THE BOSS; best documentary director - THE HAND OF STALIN; and best feature documentary - STRAND - UNDER THE DARK CLOTH, a personal portrait of his mentor, the photographer/filmmaker Paul Strand. His film on the Cape Breton coal miners choir, MEN OF THE DEEPS, won three Gemini awards including best performing arts, best documentary photography, best sound and a best director nomination. The film garnered three million viewers in Canada alone.

His passionate commitment to the documentary form led him to co-found the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly Canadian Independent Film Caucus). Walker has conducted master classes across the country and has mentored numerous emerging filmmakers. He has also served as guest programmer for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.


A Drummer's Dream

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. Youve never seen drummers like this before!

Featuring Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio El-Negro Hernadez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mike Mangini and Raul Rekow, the film engages us with the rich 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 these artists display is overwhelming - from Latin rhythms to the wildly original compositions of Kenwood Dennard. Rock, jazz, Latin fusion, soul these master drummers have backed up the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana and now - each other.

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