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This weekend, the the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is focusing (literally!) on the heritage portion on their mission. The famed local NPO is hosting RETROPERSPECTIVE, a documentary film festival dedicated to works that turn the lens on NOLA’s unique culture.


Over the next 48 hours, the 13 feature-length films and shorts will be screened at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street). Highlights include Rick Delaup’s 1999 take on Ruthie the Duck Lady and Lindsey Phillips’s instant classic, “THE EXCEPTIONALLY EXTRAORDINARY EMPORIUM,” a look at Jefferson Variety. Of course, there will be takes on Carnival from all different angles. As lagniappe, Euclid Records is hosting a record swap this afternoon.


Check out the full schedule below.


Saturday, Feb. 20: The Art of the Matter

3:30 p.m.: Vinyl Record Swap and DJ Session hosted by Euclid Records

Come exchange bona fides and jam to undiscovered gems with the gentlemen DJs from Euclid Records!


5:00 p.m.:  Panel Discussion: FAIR USE REVOLUTION – Yes you can! (use that footage)

When is it allowed – or not – to use film footage, a magazine cover, a family photo, a YouTube video (yes, the one with the celebrity in it), in your film? Fair use expert Patricia Aufderheide of American University explains how the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use makes those decisions easy and dependable.


6:00 p.m.: Screenings: WORKS IN PROGRESS

We offer sneak previews of exciting projects by respected New Orleans filmmakers before they’re released – or even finished – plus Q & A with the filmmakers.

BUCKJUMPING (Lily Keber, 2016)

THE FREE SOUTHERN THEATER (Jason Foster and Kiyoko McCrae, 2016)



Relive Mardi Gras with a trio of 2015 short films that focus on the bacchanal, plus Q & A with filmmakers.

FLOTSAM, Olivia Motley, 2015


BIG CHIEF, Paavo Hanninen, 2015



Filmmaker: Rebecca Snedeker, 2008, plus Q&A with the filmmaker

New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker explores the insular world of the elite, white Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras. Questioning their racial exclusivity, she takes an unprecedented insider's look at the pageantry and asks: What does it mean to be the queen of the masked men? As she examines her own place in an alluring tradition, Snedeker challenges viewers to reflect on the roles we all play – and disguises we wear – in our own lives.  


Sunday, Feb. 21: A SENSE OF PLACE – Everywhere else is just Cleveland

2:00 p.m.:  YEAH, YOU RITE! Andy Koelker and Louis Alvarez, 1984) explores the unique accents and vernaculars that make the spoken language of New Orleans so unique.


RUTHIE THE DUCK GIRL (Rick Delaup, 1999) tells the fascinating story of one of the French Quarter's most dynamic and eccentric characters, Ruth “Ruthie the Duck Girl” Moulon. For more than 50 years, the wedding dress-clad Ruthie roller-skated through the streets of the quarter with her pet ducks in tow. But, as we learn, every visible feature of Ruthie's outlandishly public existence echoes an event from her hidden past.


4:00 p.m.: THEY’RE TRYING TO WASH US AWAY – Environmental Justice in Louisiana

WORKS IN PROGRESS SCREENING: Learn about brewing environmental disasters in MOSSVILLE (Alex Glustrom, 2016) and FORGOTTEN BAYOU: Life on the Bayou Corne Sinkhole (Victoria Greene, 2016), followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.


5:30pm: BLUE VINYL

Filmmaker: Judith Helfand, 1995 

The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary. Judith Helfand follows the pathway of the siding destined for her parent’s house and traces its toxic origins in Louisiana.  Plus Q&A with the filmmaker.

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