• Opening Gala

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

2018 Gala Event

The Empire Theatre

Our Opening Gala on Friday evening is a highly anticipated event at the historic Empire Theatre. It will feature the outstanding music themed documentary, Rumble: The Indians Who Rock the World. The film will be followed by a fabulous live musical performance by Juno award -winning blues guitarist Derek Miller and his band. Miller has shared the stage with music icons such as, Willie Nelson, Buffy Sainte-Marie and The Neville Brothers.

Proudly Presented by:

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Docfest’s Gala sponsor since our first year. Our sincerest thanks for the continuous support.


Green Carpet


Be sure to join DocFest’s resident celebrity interviewer, Dug Stevenson, on the Green Carpet as he interviews local filmmakers, dignitaries and other VIPs as they file in to the Opening Gala. Recorded live by TV Cogeco Belleville, the Green Carpet gives filmmakers a chance to discuss their work,  local politicians a chance to connect with the community and the Festival an opportunity to reach an expanded new audience.


RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

  • Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana
  • 2017
  • 103 min


RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary film that tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.


Derek Millar

Derek Miller

2-time Juno Award winning blues Mohawk musician from Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Miller’s soul stirring blues.

“Derek’s guitar playing & vocals really get under your skin.” Robbie Robertson