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Transforming audiences into advocates


A conversation with the filmmakers and participants from the films ``Hillbilly`` and ``River City Drumbeat``

6 PM
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Hosted by Michon Boston, founder, Michon Boston Group Ltd

A virtual (Zoom) webinar event bringing together [for the first time] the filmmakers and subjects of two powerful documentaries — River City Drumbeat and Hillbilly — for a conversation about what’s important to Kentuckians in rural and urban communities today around arts education, cultural/regional identity, Black Lives Matter protests and demands for racial justice around the Breonna Taylor killing in Louisville, the 2020 election year and why Kentucky matters.



Anne Flatté, Director/Producer
Marlon Johnson, Director/Producer
Edward White, founder, River City Drum Corp (Louisville)
Jailen Leavell, River City Drum Corp graduate (Louisville), student at Tennessee State University


Ashley York, Director/featured in Hillbilly
Sally Rubin, Director
Gerry Seavo James, founder, Explore Kentucky Initiative

RIVER CITY DRUMBEAT (co-directed by Anne Flatté and Marlon Johnson) is a multigenerational story of music, love, and legacies. Edward “Nardie” White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors. Now Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, must take up the mantle for the next generation. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. River City Drumbeat follows this creative community of mentors, parents, and youth making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams.

Available for educational streaming from Good Docs, and video-on-demand from Vimeo.

HILLBILLY (co-directed by Ashley York and Sally Rubin) traces the evolution of the `hillbilly’ stereotype in media and culture. From the feuding barefoot, toothless, country boy in cartoons and commercials and TV’s “The Beverly Hillbillies,” HILLBILLY connects the broad acceptance of these representations to the corporate exploitation of the region’s natural resources over the decades. “This is deeply personal,” says co-director and native Kentuckian Ashley York who narrates and appears in the film. “My intention in making this film is to contribute something meaningful to the culture about this complex topic.”

HILLBILLY is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Hulu.

One Woman One Vote Film Festival presents RBG

Co-Director Betsy West and other special guests commemorate the 19th & the 27th anniversary of RBG's oath to the SCOTUS

Monday, August 10, 2020
6 PM
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At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career.

August 10th is the 27th anniversary for Associate Justice Ginsburg’s taking the oath of office to the U.S. Supreme Court.  We’ll provide the film and invitation to the Zoom panel with RBG co-director Betsy West. Other speakers TBA. Visit 2020owovfest.org for more information and updates about the One Woman One Vote Film Festival presented by the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival in partnership with Women Make Movies..