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Featured Films

Feat. Film: Rumble

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World


Directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana (Co-Director)
Produced by Stevie Salas (Executive Producer) ,

Tim Johnson (Executive Producer) ,

Christina Fon (Executive Producer) , 

Catherine Bainbridge (Executive Producer) ,

Ernest Webb (Executive Producer) ,

Jan Rofekamp (Executive Producer) ,

Linda Ludwick (Executive Producer) ,

Diana Holtzberg (Executive Producer) and Lisa Roth

Year: 2017

Running Time: 102

Color Type: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Country: Canada

Language: English

Genres: DocumentaryDocumentary, History, MusicMusicMusic & Dance

Subjects: History, MusicPerforming Arts - Music and DanceNative American StudiesHistory - Social

Directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The idea for RUMBLE came about when guitarist Stevie Salas, an Apache Indian and one of the film's Executive Producers, realized that no one outside of the music business knew about the profound contribution of these Native musicians. Renewed attention to this missing chapter in the history of American music led to the publishing of Brian Wright-McLeod’s The Encyclopedia of Native Music, an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and eventually this documentary.

Winner of a Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award and Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, RUMBLE features interviews with musicians, historians, and experts including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, Stevie Salas, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), and Taylor Hawkins (The Foo Fighters).

Feat. Film: 1491's

The 1491's: A Tribute to Charlie Hill

Friday Night Funnies


Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota-Diné), Dakota language-instructor, writer, and artist.

Sterlin Harjo (Seminole-Muscogee) filmmaker.

Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca-Ojibwe), television and film writer and producer. 

Ryan Red Corn (Osage Nation), graphic artist and photographer. 

Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), visual artist.

The 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties. They were at Custer's Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum. the 1491s teach young women to be strong. And teach young men how to seduce these strong women.

This group of indigenous misfits originally came together to make funny videos to put on YouTube. Since their first video in 2009, the group's work has gone viral - earning fans around the globe with their satirical and absurd comedy. From sold out performances to appearances on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "TEDx Talks," the group continues to grow. 

Feat. Films

The CAIIFF supports native artist and wants to promote films made by natives from documentary features, shorts, animations, music video, and public service.


We want to offer the opportunity for your work to be included in the 5th Annual California American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival. Submit your video and it could be shown on one of three days. 





Steven Paul Judd

Steven Paul Judd is a Native American (Kiowa-Choctaw) artist. He creates art that makes you laugh, makes you think and makes you feel pride.






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