FRENCH QUARTER FEST 2014
FOOD, FUN, MUSIC, AND MOVIES AT FRENCH QUARTER FEST 2014
Timecode:NOLA and French Quarter Fest partnered up once again to screen local films highlighting Louisiana’s music and culture during French Quarter Fest 2014. This year the screenings were held in front of packed crowds in the newly renovated Le Petit Theater in Jackson Square during the festival’s record breaking attendance this spring. Almost every film was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, cast, and crew. This gave the audience a unique opportunity to learn more about the films along with Louisiana heritage.
Highlights this year included a packed house to see the James Booker documentary Bayou Maharajah. Director Lily Keber and editors Tim Watson & Aimee Toledano were on hand for a talkback after the film. If you missed the film you can still see it on April 29th, 2014 at a fundraiser & James Booker tribute show for Bayou Maharajah at Southport Music Hall. Live music by musicians who worked with and were friends with the great James Booker.
Another great screening included The Whole Gritty City with an enthusiastic crowd who were enthralled by the documentary focused on marching bands in New Orleans and the violence many children encounter growing up. The screening was followed by an incredible Q&A with Roots of Music founder Derrick Tabb, Landry Walker High School Band Director Wilbert Rawlins, and student trumpeter prodigy Bear Williams, all featured in the film. Bear is one of 19 students slated to go on a school trip to visit & play in Paris this summer. During the Q&A, when band director Rawlins mentioned they were still raising money for the last 5 students to go on the trip, one audience member volunteered to pay for Bear’s $1,500 ticket! Within 5 minutes other audience members excitedly joined in and raised another $1,500 for another student to go. It was truly an incredible experience.
If you are interested in helping the rest of the students get to Paris, check out the Landry Walker High School website. They will be grateful for any size donations. The Roots of Music, based in the French Quarter, is also holding a fundraiser to support their music students. ‘The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city’. Check out their website to see how you can sponsor a student musician.
Our weekend also featured some New Orleans documentary classics like Les Blank’s Always For Pleasure filmed during parade season in 1978 and Rick Dulaup’s Ruthie The Duck Girl which hasn’t screened in 18 years about one of New Orleans most eccentric women in the French Quarter. We also screened a Timecode:NOLA favorite Yeah You Rite filmed in 1984 about the unique speech and accents in New Orleans. The filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker were in town for a Q&A after the screening. Louis & Andrew were in town filming Buckwheat Zydeco earlier in the week on a project entitled Buckwheat’s World to help support and raise awareness of the legendary Zydeco musician. Show your support for Buckwheat & see more about their new project here.