Director Michael Murphy released “Make It Funky!”, His 2005 cinematic love letter for New Orleans music, as hit by Hurricane Katrina.
He worked on “Up From the Streets: New Orleans: City of Music,” a new documentary also built on New Orleans music, for three years, only to launch it in time to coronavirus pandemic.
“We are sad for two weeks” after coronavirus canceled a series of film festival appearances, Murphy said this week.
Then Eagle Rock Entertainment, a London-based company that specializes in producing and distributing music documentaries and concerts, is called with the tone: How about doing a “virtual cinematic release?”
Starting Friday, almost 100 cinemas across the country will sell tickets online watch “Up From the Streets” on request at home. Orders will be good for seven days; viewers have 72 hours to finish watching after they start.
Tickets for “Ride From the Street” can be purchased until June 15.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns Jazz Fest, has launched a relief fund for Louisiana musicians who …
A portion of the proceeds of the sale will go to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns Jazz Fest, which has provided grants to hundreds of musicians and music industry workers through its Music Relief Fund.
“This virtual cinema release in the middle of COVID-19, and there are benefits,” Murphy said. “It fits the theme of the film.”
Terence Blanchard, a New Orleans Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer and Oscar nominee, recounted “Up from the Streets” and often appeared on camera. His wife and manager, Robin Burgess, are producers of the film, along with Cilista Eberle.
Trumpet, Oscar-nominated New Orleans jazz composer and Terence Blanchard are not amateurs who like to hunt for houses. After moving back to hi …
It aims to track the evolution of New Orleans music and illustrate the impact of music on the Civil Rights Movement (hence Blanchard and his band featuring The Beatles’ “Blackbird”). Many tent names – Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Neville Brothers, Dr. John – appears through the archive or recording of the latest performances. Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Sting offered comments.
“Up From the Streets” premiered at the 30th New Orleans Film Festival in October. It makes rounds of various film festivals, at least until early March.
The film was chosen as the main film of the opening night of the DC Independent Film Festival on March 4 in Washington DC. New Orleans jazz clarinet Michael White and his band went to Washington to appear in film screenings at the historic Lincoln Theater.
With concerns about the growing coronavirus and less than 20 tickets sold in advance, the committee considered canceling it.
But Murphy was eager to continue the screening because Louis Armstrong had played at the Lincoln Theater. “That is very important for me,” he said.
The film was screened, and several hundred people appeared. “We’re pumped up,” Murphy said.
That was the last hurray; all subsequent film festival appearances were canceled.
Some people responded emotionally to the film segment about the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival after Katrina. The film also emphasizes the relationship of music with social justice and the civil rights movement, and “how music is a unifying force that can unite people,” Murphy said.
“Now the whole world is dealing with viruses. The power of music speaks to people all over the world. And the music and culture of New Orleans is very much loved. “
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He hopes love will eventually bring visitors back to New Orleans.
“Like any city that relies on cultural tourism, New Orleans has been dealt a big blow. But this city has learned to get up from the floor. We will rise again as a community. Music is the glue that holds us together.
“I don’t want to be too left-handed in this film. But endurance, strength, hope – it’s all there. I want to let people think about how, for 300 years, the city has returned. We all have to keep our eyes and ears open for birth back in the second city. “
He discovered the bad side of another disaster along with the release of one of his films.
“For independent documentaries like this one gets 30 or 40 theaters to take it – that doesn’t happen often. Now we reach 95. That’s a far wider release than we can imagine for movies like this.
“What is happening with viruses all over the world is terrible. But for the people in this film, both living and dead, they will get all the other viewers to appreciate their music. It is very cool. “
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