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Local Filmmaker Documents Rhythms of Life

Connecticut-based drummer and filmmaker Craig Norton has released a feature-length documentary about the healing power of drumming and how rhythm affects our well-being. “Rhythms of Life” features inspiration from internationally recognized drum-circle leaders, music therapists, professional musicians and lots of people who love to drum. 

With an emphasis on the wellness aspects of music, drummers talk about their healing journeys while continuing to play with diagnoses of cancer, Parkinson’s, depression and other challenges. The aesthetic is unique—a musically fueled documentary with lots of high-energy drumming and inspiration from those who practice in a 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 planet. 

The film was shot over the course of three years throughout the U.S. and Senegal, West Africa. Norton is offering film-screening experiences which feature the film, a director’s talk and drum circle, so viewers can experience first-hand what they see in the film. A screening is scheduled for December 5 at 6pm at Community Health Center in Middletown. 

Craig Norton has been leading drum circles throughout New England and making documentaries for more than 20 years. This film combines his passions for filmmaking and music. 

Visit to learn more about local screenings and connect with Norton. Location of the screening: Community Health Center, 675 Main St, Middletown.

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