Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes

MKE Film Festival


Expected to attend Q&A Following 4/29 3:45 PM Screening: Sam Pollard (director, producer)

Max Roach's stunningly diverse seven-decade career marked him as one of the great musical artists of the 20th century. From the revolutionary jazz of the 1940s to the civil rights years, through experiments in hip-hop and beyond, he was a pioneering cultural activist in a nation steeped in racism. This 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.

"The film uses a vast array of archival footage and interviews to bring the recent past to life, often building sections into pulsating impressions that reflect its subject and an overall musicality." - The Austin Chronicle

Film Sponsor:
Marge and Steve Laughlin

Closed Captions


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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