The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 95 minutes
“You’re really good for a woman.” In the male-dominated world of drumming, this is something female percussionists hear all too often. Over the course of five years, TOMBOY follows four tenacious women drummers as they fight stereotypes with their undeniable talent and energy. Although each drummer has her own unique story, all have faced the scrutiny that comes with being a woman in the music industry. With the chops to prove everyone wrong, their combined careers span decades and genres, from Motown to today’s pop-rock scene. Whether on tour or in the studio, Bobbye Hall, Samantha Maloney, Chase Noelle, and Bo-Pah Sledge strive to balance their craft, family, and careers while they rock out to the beat. Through its interweaving narratives—and plenty of archival footage repping the women’s expert skills—TOMBOY is a distinctive music documentary that utilizes each drummer’s personal journey to celebrate womanhood and artistry alike. With each rap of the snare and pound of the bass, these fierce ladies make it clear they will not go unheard. — D.O.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:50 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
Women of the World
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Music Movies Competition