(Marie Clements. Photo: Emily Cooper / Wayne Lavallee. Photo: Mark Maryonovich / Images provided by the NFB)
September 25, 2018 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada
Marie Clements’ acclaimed National Film Board of Canada (NFB) musical documentary The Road Forward has spawned a single, “Indian Man,” now available on iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Music or wherever you find your music.
“Indian Man” is the opening story-song from the film, being released as a single due to popular demand following screenings at film festivals and in communities as part of the NFB’s Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake) screening tour.
Written by Clements, this Indigenous blues-rock song was composed and arranged by award-winning recording artist and Métis singer-songwriter Wayne Lavallee. It is performed by Wayne Lavallee, Jeremy James Lavallee, Murray Porter, Russell Wallace, Latash-Maurice Nahanee, Ronnie Dean Harris, a.k.a. Ostwelve, and the late Leonard George. The musicians are Wayne Lavallee (guitar), Marie-Josée Dandaneau (bass) and Richard E. Brown, a.k.a. RB (drums).
Digitally mastered, the song was originally recorded at Bryan Adams’ Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. It is produced by Marie Clements and Wayne Lavallee, and executive produced by the NFB.
The full-length version of the film The Road Forward is also available for download at NFB.ca.
About the film
The Road Forward is an electrifying musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.
The documentary’s stunningly shot musical sequences bring to life the past 80 years of politics and protest on the West Coast and across the country, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, including the Manitoba-born Métis performers Jeremy James Lavallee and Wayne Lavallee, as well as Mohawk musician Murray Porter, from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. The superbly produced story-songs range from heartbreaking ballads about the missing and murdered Indigenous women to inspirational anthems for moving forward, seamlessly connecting past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats.
The Road Forward is produced and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio in Vancouver.
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: The Road Forward
“Indian Man” now available on iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify and Amazon Music.