Tag Archives: Documentary

Film Screening: “Brothers Hypnotic” Brass Band Documentary Premieres in New Orleans (WIN TICKETS)

When it comes to brass band documentaries, we expect their subjects to hail from New Orleans. But the brass band tradition lives and breathes in Chicago too, and the story of the south side’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has become the focus of a new film by director Rueben Atlas. The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) [...]

“Red Bull Street Kings I” Documentary Film Premiere
October 3

Three years ago, Red Bull energy drink’s international program that scouts unique, localized culture to highlight under the banner of competition challenged New Orleans brass bands to the ultimate battle of the bands: a second line contest. Without a doubt, there is no where else in the world where you could host such a battle, [...]

Director Readies The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino & His Band

Word of a Fats Domino research project book, CD reissue, or documentary film often gets no more than a shrug of the shoulders these days. This one, however, will surely raise some eyebrows and you can help it see the light of day. The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino & His Band is [...]

One Night Only: Screening of 1976 Film, “Black Indians of New Orleans”

This Saturday, September 21 the relatively new Joan Mitchell Center (JMC) for art on Bayou Road presents a screening of the rare documentary film from 1976, The Black Indians of New Orleans, along with a talk-back to immediately follow the film. The Black Indians of New Orleans has received international acclaim and attention and is considered the [...]

Big Star Documentary New Orleans Premiere

Nothing Can Hurt Me, the documentary film about Big Star—the legendary early-‘70s pop combo fronted by eternal cult hero Alex Chilton—will finally make its debut in Chilton’s adopted hometown of New Orleans.  Two screenings are scheduled at the Contemporary Arts Center for Tuesday, June 30. From the melodic joys of 1972’s #1 Record to the [...]

Seattle’s Experience Music Project Pop Conference hits NOLA April 19 – 21

“Due South: Roots, Songlines, Musical Geographies” New Orleans music is once again the central focus of a national music conference this month as Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) has chosen to hold its annual Pop Conference here in the Birthplace of American music at Tulane University from April 19 – 21. Certainly a perfect choice [...]

Obituary: Les Blank (1935-2013)

The great documentarian Les Blank died last weekend, and we recall his showing a rare film at Ponderosa Stomp… I’m proud to say that the great documentarian Les Blank nearly had me thrown out of a film showing in the fall of 2010. The occasion was that year’s Ponderosa Stomp, and Blank was at One-Eyed [...]

YouTube du Jour: Freddie Keppard

OffBeat‘s June issue hits the streets of New Orleans today, and includes a story on Freddie Keppard, the great early New Orleans jazz trumpeter. Keppard ascended to the New Orleans jazz throne after Buddy Bolden disappeared from public view, but left the city for California in 1912. His spot in the limelight was taken by [...]

The Electrifying Crown Seekers: Holy Different

He has his eye on your soul, for sure. But the energetic front man on stage shredding the Flying V guitar is not trying to lead you to the devil with his rock ‘n’ roll. Actually, when you see him these days he’ll be playing his Gibson SG “because my Flying V is kind of [...]

Tchoupitoulas Screening at Sync Up: Interview with Director Bill Ross and Producer Michael Gottwald

Any lover of both New Orleans and film knows the difficulty moviemakers have had in capturing the essence of the city. For every success like Down By Law there’s The Big Easy. For every Hard Times, Live and Let Die. Add the new film Tchoupitoulas to the list of successes. The hazy masterpiece loosely tells [...]