Rhythms of Life Documentary Film

$7,143 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 29 months


For the latest news from behind the scenes as production continues, click on Updates above.  


What's your favorite documentary about community drum circles? Think about it... there are none! This film will feature inspiration from nationally recognized drum circle leaders, teachers, music therapists and lots of people who love to drum. "Rhythms of Life" will not be a talking head doc, there will be upbeat drumming sections featuring some of the best drum circles in the world, shot in spectacular locations. 


I have had this idea for over a decade. Now with your help, it is the time to make it happen! We have the connections. We have the resources. We have the time. We have the motivation. We're building a great team to help make this awesome idea a feature length film in 2017! Want to be part of the team? Please contact me! 


The aesthetic will be a musically fueled documentary with lots of high energy drumming in funky locations and lots of inspiration from those who practice drumming in a wide variety of ways. It will appeal to those who love to drum and those who are curious about the community music making movement that is sweeping the nation. Drumming together gives everyone an opportunity to connect and be musical and who doesn't want that?  


We'll talk to people who’s lives have been transformed by drumming and overcome challenges with health, addiction, depression, pain, etc. We'll talk to music therapists who use drums to give people a chance to express themselves. We'll be crowd-sourcing footage from drummers around the world. We'll be shooting behind the scenes and putting that out with drumming footage  throughout the crowd-funding and promotional campaign to build excitement and keep everyone in the loop with our progress.  


Production timeline looks like this:
12/16-2/17 - Research, crowd-funding, team-
building and resource gathering
2/17-2/18 - Principal shooting
12/17-1/18 - Africa! 
2/18-??? - Editing, release planning and promotion, film festivals and VOD/DVD release.

We are not doing this to make a profit. The principal production team are volunteering their time. It will cost big $$$ to create  and we can't do it without you! Plans for release on streaming services include iTunes, Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and that costs big bucks to process and distribute. 

I am truly grateful for your contribution to this uplifting project. Thank you for considering a donation to our film. 

"The spirit of the drum is something that you feel but cannot put your hands on,
It does something to you from the inside out . . .
It hits people in so many different ways.
But the feeling is one that is satisfying and joyful.
It is a feeling that makes you say to yourself, '
I'm glad to be alive today! I'm glad to be part of this world!"
Babatunde Olatunji, 1927-2003

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Howdy friends. Quick update to share the new web site and trailer: www.roldoc.com. DVD's will be available in early July at the latest. Streaming will be released in late 2019 on multiple VOD sources. So freaking happy to finally get this out there!!
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Hey friends. The film is in the final stages of post production (WOOHOO!!!!) and I am starting to book screenings starting in May. The idea will be to show the film then have a drum circle immediately after. Contact me asap to set up a screening for your community! If at all possible, I'll come to your event and give a Directors talk and drum with you. The CT premiere will be April 23 at 7:15 at Ravenwood Holistic Center in Manchester. Details and updates on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/333953233919417
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I know many of you are aware of the situation, but I want to let you all know what's up. Last Friday I presented Rhythms of Life to the 75 attendees to the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. This was the public premiere of the film with several folks who are featured in the film. It received a 5 minute standing (rhythmic) ovation and at the conclusion, Arthur Hull stood up and said "I hope you understand how important this film is..." I was elated and empowered and thrilled to get so much positive feedback and gratitude from everyone. Two hours later, a massive arson fire broke out in the hotel and my room went up in flames. I lost everything in the room including my computer, SLR camera, lenses, clothes, everything....
Luckily my drums and 30 DVDs were in the conference center and unharmed, (blessing #1). So here are all the other blessings... no one was injured in a fire that completely destroyed 21 rooms. I was surrounded by the most supportive people you could ever ask for. There was a chance that my dog was going to be with me and she would have been in the room at that moment but she decided to stay home for the weekend. The conference workshops and drumming carried on as scheduled which was exactly what I needed to deal with the shock and PTSD that set in. My insurance is going to cover about half of what was lost.
This will not delay the release of the film in any way. My editor Horace is still hard at work on the final sound and vision quality control. Next step will be to schedule screenings around the country and enter film festivals. The DVDs and streaming services will follow.
I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for the incredibly generous spirit of the followers of this film and the drumming community. I am grateful to have this opportunity to create a film that will make a positive difference in the world. Thank you.
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This film is locked. No more editing. We are done!
Now on to marketing, promotion, screenings, film festivals, streaming aggregation, DVD duplication, on and on....
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Lynn Johnson
9 days ago

I believe in Craig!

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Leigh Baker
10 days ago

I love drumming!

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Grace Smith
1 month ago

I saw this documentary at the DCFG conference, near the beginning of my journey to being a facilitator. It's such a great tool for showing others the powers of this craft. It made me fall in love with drum circles all over again. It's well made, it's thoughtful, and it's powerful. Thank you for this gift.

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Patti Sivo Cole
2 months ago

I donated because I have long meant to. Sorry it took a fire to get it done.

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Mark Tegtmeier
2 months ago

Can’t wait to see your film. Also glad you survived the fire, and hope you’re back on your feet and in business soon.

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