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French Quarter Fest's Film Lineup



This week, the four-day French Quarter Fest takes over the Vieux Carré to share the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world. New to the FQF family this year is Cinema on the Bayou, a film organization working in tandem with the fest's organizers to present the Whitney Bank Film Festival, a curated selection of music-driven movies.

 

Over the next three days, the program of nine feature-length films will be screened at Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré (616 St Peter St.) free and open to the public. Highlights include the musical swamp tour of Louisiana "I Am the Blues" and Pat Mire's documentary "Sushi and Sauce Piquante," an examination of the life of Gerry McGee. Several of the films will have Q&A sessions directly after the screening. 

 

Check out the full schedule below.

 

 

FRIDAY

 

11:00AM DEW DROP 

Directed by Palmer Morse and Rachel Weinberg, the movie tells the tale of the historic Dew Drop Inn, a NOLA heritage spot for jazz, R&B, and blues, as its owner Kenneth Jackson struggles to keep the doors open. 

Q&A after the screening

 

12:00PM I AM THE BLUES 

Daniel Cross searches for the last original blue devils in the swamps of the Louisiana bayous and the juke joints along the Mississippi in this musical odyssey. 

 

2:45PM COALS TO NEWCASTLE: THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS FROM LEED TO NEW ORLEANS

Follow the New Mastersounds as they try to bring their specific brand of Brit funk to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Directed by Marca Hagenstand and Aaron Dunsay. 

Q&A after the screening

 

 

SATURDAY 

 

11AM BROTHER DAVID 

An intimate prortrait of Louisiana songwriter David Egan, who passed away last March following a long battle with cancer. Director Ronnie Clifton records Egan and friends recording in 2011. 

Q&A after the screening

 

12:45PM BY THE RIVER OF BABYLON: AN ELEGY FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA

Don Howard captures the devastation that results from human development met with the natural environment of the swamps. A poignant exploration into the innate drive to develop and evolve, versus the power of what remains from naure. 

Q&A after the screening

 

3:00PM SUSHI AND SAUCE PIQUANTE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GERRY MCGEE 

Director Pat Mire counts the near-endless influenced artists and collaborators who look to guitar legend Gerry McGee.

Q&A after the screening

 

 

SUNDAY

 

11:00AM THE ABITA MYSTERY HOUSE 

The lives of the people who work at a small roadside attraction are explored in this Jessy Cale Williams film.

Q&A after the screening

 

12PM SONGS OF SOULS 

Inspired by the legend of Lead Belly singing his way out of two prisons, director Ronnie Clifton asks four Louisiana musicians what they would perform to get out of the gates of hell, or into the gates of heaven. 

Q&A after the screening

 

2:00PM BY AND BY: NEW ORLEANS GOSPEL AT THE CROSSROADS 

The screening of the documentary, centered about the New Orleans gospel quartet, the Electrifying Crown Seekers, will be followed by an a cappella performance by the band. 

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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