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Keeper of the Beat
Year:  2013
Running Time:  62 minutes
Country:  USA
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon
Cast:  Barbara Borden, Sheilah Glover, Derk Richardson, Anna Halprin
Showtime:   Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 06:30 PM
Director:  David L. Brown

Description:
  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming is a documentary in which Barbara Borden, an acclaimed drummer, composer and teacher tells her story in eloquent words and toe-tapping music. It showcases the unfolding of Barbara’s identity as she grows from a little girl in love with drumming to a world-class percussionist practicing drumbeat diplomacy.” Filmed on four continents.

The film comes to life through footage from She Dares to Drum, Barbara’s critically acclaimed autobiographical “percussion play” and archival clips of performances by the ground-breaking women’s jazz band, Alive! along with other bands in which Barbara has performed. In addition, the film features interviews with a range of noted artists and thinkers, friends, students and people in far-off places (Zimbabwe, former Yugoslavia, Siberia) whose lives have been deeply affected by Barbara’s music and presence.

Born into a Jewish immigrant family, Barbara was the kid sister of the show business Borden Twins, who performed on TV shows from the 1950s through the ‘80s. Given a drum set by the twins, Barbara soon established herself as a hot-shot "girl drummer," performing at the Hollywood Bowl and in nightclubs in L.A. and San Francisco. Marriage and self-doubt led her to abandon her burgeoning career for "normal life." In the '70s, when her marriage ended, Barbara found herself at the center of the feminist cultural revolution as the drummer in Alive!

Currently, Barbara is performing with her Hearts on Fire Drummers, expanding her teaching internationally and continuing to keep the beat with love, joy and passion.

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Attending: David Brown [director], Barbara Borden [subject]



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