French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Marci Schramm, Executive Director
400 N Peters, STE 205
New Orleans, LA 70130
Rebecca Sell, Marketing Manager
Phone: (504)522-5730/Cell: (504)343-5559
French Quarter Festival Film Series Expands to
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
March 20, 2014 -For the 2014 French Quarter Festival, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and Timecode:NOLA will continue their partnership and offer an expanded Film Festival at French Quarter Festival. Due to its incredible popularity at the 2013 French Quarter Festival, the 2014 Film Festival (free and open to the public) will move to Le Petit Théâtre, with more room for fans. Movies and shorts will focus on New Orleans music, neighborhoods, and culture. Timecode:NOLA, a New Orleans film industry collective focusing on local talent and opportunities, has curated two full days of programming selecting rarely seen gems like Ruthie the Duck Girl, last screened 18 years ago. Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, originally organized in 1916 as the New Orleans Chapter of the Drama League of America and one year later as the Drawing Room Players, is one of the oldest community theatres in the country. Since moving into its current home in 1922, the "Little Theatre"has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals.
With a uniquely New Orleans personality, the programming will focus on Louisiana music, culture, neighborhoods, and dialects. From director Lily Keber's documentary Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker and directors Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson's The Whole Gritty City to Stevenson J. Palfi's Piano Players Rarely Play Together, each film encapsulates the essence of this unique region. The majority of films were directed by local filmmakers and will include a question and answer with the Director and/or Cast after each screening.
Saturday April 12th, 2014
11am - Louisiana Short film selections (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)
- The World According to Ernie K-Doe
- New Orleans Lexicon
- Yeah You Rite!
1pm - Piano Players Rarely Play Together (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)
3pm - The Whole Gritty City (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)
Short Films on Louisiana
This is the first short film in which Directors Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker delve into the language of the city of New Orleans. Website: http://www.cnam.com/
A humorous look at New Orleanians and the way they talk. The culture of New Orleans represents the mixing of many rich traditions: French, Spanish, African, Irish, Italian. At the heart of this unique culture lie its speechways, the subject of Yeah You Rite!, a close-up video profile of a single language community. New Orleans English has been influenced by the city's rich and varied history, leaving it with dozens of unique words and phrases that all New Orleanians understand but which frequently baffle visitors: words like "lagniappe", "bobo" and "neutral ground" as well as hard-to-translate expressions such as "king cake" or "suck the heads and squeeze the tips" (the proper way to eat crawfish). Yeah You Rite! is a spicy and colorful tribute to this unique dialect. Website: http://www.cnam.com/
Director Stevenson J. Palfi follows around legendary singer and self-proclaimed "Emperor of the Universe" for this day-in-a-life short film. K-Doe known for his hit song Mother-in-Law and braggadocious ways gives us a small insight on his life. Sadly, this was Stevenson's last film. Website: http://www.analoglab.com/
Piano Players Rarely Play Together (76 mins) - Dir. Stevenson J. Palfi
"Piano Players" is a 76-minute portrait of three great New Orleans pianists and how they influenced one another's music. It documents the best piano "professors" of the last three generations - New Orleans' keyboard ace Isidore "Tuts" Washington, Henry "Professor Longhair" Byrd, and Allen Toussaint - as they played together for the first time in a rehearsal for a joint concert. The rehearsal turned out to be the ONLY time the three ever played together, because Professor Longhair died two days before the scheduled performance.
The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Also included is the previously planned concert with Toussaint and Washington, who turned the event into a tribute to Professor Longhair.
Released to critical acclaim in 1982, Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together is considered by many to be one of the most important and exciting explorations of New Orleans' musical tradition ever made. It is the winner of over 20 awards. Website: http://www.analoglab.com/; Trailer: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm355Be8nRf1DCOyH9RNyg8TgLsCPDMvsdp4mYiowTI_IseHbUWtfNdRvi3EsLJ6M5zz_r3n1aDVlkvyz9Vn8LLiIiwARDicB32q65nTVOpJHec8hvIleoZy
The Whole Gritty City (94 mins) - Dir. Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson
The Whole Gritty City is a documentary feature film that tells the story of New Orleans marching bands from O. Perry Walker, Raboiun, and the Roots of Music as they push to prepare for Mardi Gras parades and three band directors battling for their students' lives and souls. It shows lives stopped in their tracks by the violence of the streets and the power of music to lift and sustain the survivors. The film premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and has been aired on CBS. Website: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm2u_pntlM40omtVfvMEoYPRw3oXdOqJNa3mAmSbYqu4tQvnxrYNGMXdOIX1bfFWpz9Tzd8nLfx0x2VdogyalHhCQUfELQoEqTX3M4rLti3X73Chj9yr_s2U;
Sunday April 13th, 2014
11am - Always for Pleasure
12:30pm - Ruthie the Duck Girl (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)
3pm - Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (Followed by Filmmakers Q&A)
Always for Pleasure(58 mins) Dir. Les Blank
Always for Pleasure is a plotless cinematic celebration of the Mardi Gras. Director Les Blank concentrates less on the parades that the tourists get to see, preferring to dwell on the sensual pleasures of the festival. There's music aplenty, modern rock blending effortlessly with jazz and Cajun tunes. Blank has an errant eye for the bizarre and beautiful, and offers us generous portions of both. The only drawback to this film is that's all over in a mere 58 minutes. Website: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm0ZnaFubWryQkfv8Z0KBYSD5iLk2XHxTj25RsloWEwDd6B5e4QlvsW0oGrdyMakJorDqqx-cnvYbu6uWXeYGiSuQPagyQT21n-BzYsJiSQjig==; Trailer: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm3Dp3OAApbuAp3Hkms5pRYW7JOeVkP4nUalfg3uWH6Qz3Ct1sx68IZu1t1w6c65xevy5WkLmZOAfqMebGDSMQu7TZO_p8XtPn4R0vlPkE64eNlis25N65n3
Ruthie The Duck Girl (83 mins) Dir. Rick Delaup
The amazing true story of the most famous eccentric the French Quarter has ever known! Ruthie the Duck Girl, New Orleans's Ruth Grace Moulon roamed the streets of the Vieux Carre for 50 years, in a wedding dress or fur coat, sometimes on rollerskates - with pet ducks following behind. This film follows as she visits her favorite French Quarter bars, cadging cigarettes and beer "for later." Despite her fame, Ruthie was a complete mystery until this documentary. Few people ever knew the wedding dress was for a faded love. Ruthie's decades-old "betrothal" is revealed along with many other fascinating and nearly forgotten details of an extraordinary life. Website: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm0ceWQCmV4eiDKEzxBls4uR-zUH1L2J3m8kwOUc-zXOz4CM2wZCEgblbmg5K9htOjeNWorJudryujtpRH44oUiXBaNDW542-e3CKGaOz335ZBM-kJiJlc2p
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (90 mins) Dir. Lily Keber
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius. Website: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm31PZ_OvkyXMB_pdSNZMZr44TFX9scR-JKa9drxfIP06jP0t49W9pE5RmCtbkR7aim5ot5cTnjVVqItR0oY_Jnu9sna_gIt0u8rGzF-Myyd_4dPYsWTPYcM
French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BxzOW1oYdm2dDer_qIKgTfyX-0WkyDq7OaW6D8Q9Tdny2fwwNMUy4C2bMr1IWrqNlUcOs4AAnumt0Ex-zOIunWmQzthE39YBjVHuhOnv8KyNkV-khH-eEQ==), the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.
Timecode:NOLA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) filmmaker's collective started as a voice for independent film in New Orleans in 2003. Timecode: NOLA seeks to cultivate the New Orleans filmmaking community by utilizing the creative energy of the city that connects filmmakers, professionals, students, and independent film organizations to help foster an emerging Louisiana film community. By promoting non-traditional formats and experimental film in addition to ground-breaking films in more traditional genres, the organization hopes to gather filmmakers from around the globe to celebrate all forms of cinema. Timecode:NOLA is proud to fulfill its mission of empowering storytellers and building a long term sustainable film industry in New Orleans and beyond.