History of Treme Documentary to Premiere Feb. 16 (in Treme)
Below I have forwarded to HFTA's borad the flyer annoucing that the documentary on the history of Treme will be shown at Holy Faith Baptist Church, 1325 Gov. Nicholls (in Treme). Some of you may have seen it already. Some have not. I am asking all of you to spread the word to our neighbors about this documentary. The first documentary showing involved a cost. This one is free. Please come and bring a neighbor or two. You may want to forward the flyer to others you know in the neighborhood as well.
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From: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation <info@...>
To: NOJHF List Subscriber <naydja@...>
Subject: Treme Documentary to Premiere Feb. 16
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 21:31:21 +0000
JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION TO PREMIERE
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT TREME HISTORY
As part of its Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is presenting the premiere screening of the film "Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans."
The screening will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at Holy Faith Temple Baptist Church (1325 Gov. Nicholls Street, between Tremé Street and St. Claude Avenue). Admission to the screening and a reception that will follow it are free. Glen David Andrews, who appears in the film, will perform at the reception.
The 68-minute documentary was directed by Dawn Logsdon, who completed the film in late 2007. Jazz trumpeter and New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis served as a co-executive producer. Other than a sold-out "sneak preview" screening at the New Orleans Film & Video Festival in October, the film has not been shown publicly. The film will air on PBS later in the year; meanwhile, the producers are making the film available for screenings in community venues around the nation
Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie wrote and narrates the film, in which he gives a first-person account of his own discovery of the fascinating history of Tremé – one of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in the United States.
"Living in Treme, you sense it's historic importance, said Elie, who will attend the screening. "But this film was an education for me, and will be an education for many, about what makes this place great."
Long ago, Tremé was home to the most prosperous and politically active black community in America. It is where black and white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create much what has defined New Orleans culture up to the present day.
The narrative begins with Elie's quest to renovate a home he has bought in Tremé. In the process, he meets a fascinating array of characters and finds out about the neighborhood's traditions and history, a history long-suppressed or ignored in the mass media.
The film brims with rarely-discussed historical nuggets: Who knew that free black Tremé residents were fighting for property rights in the Louisiana courts in the early 1800s – at a time when most African Americans were still enslaved? Who knew that radical black New Orleanians sent a delegation to meet with Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the Civil War to demand voting rights? Who knew that these people were publishing poetry a century before the Harlem Renaissance was in vogue? Who knew that Rosa Parks'great sit-in was an echo of street car desegregation victories won nine decades earlier in New Orleans? Who knew that social and legal battles waged in the Tremé for over a hundred years would still be raging in the city's post-Katrina upheaval?
As the son of a New Orleans civil rights leader, Elie brings an insightful and rare perspective to the retelling of his community's ancient past. As an author and journalist inspired by the legacy of earlier Tremé writers, Elie seeks to understand the spirit of the past through the literary, musical and architectural artifacts left behind. The result is a fresh and innovative approach to historical documentary storytelling.
Gracefully combining pre- and post-hurricane footage, personal drama, scholarly observations, performance, historical reenactments, and a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage, "Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans" is a riveting tale of heartbreak, hope, endurance and bizarre historic parallels.
What the critics are saying about "Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans":
"A NEW DOCUMENTARY FINALLY CAPTURES THE REAL NEW ORLEANS ON FILM"
"...Flat out brilliant...richer and far more nuanced than Spike Lee's 'When the Levee's Broke' ..."
" ...This is a great piece of storytelling, filmmaking and testifying. It is also, arguably, the most poignant film ever made about New Orleans... See it as soon as you can. It will make you smile and cry and fall in love with New Orleans all over again. Some of us need that now more than ever."
-- The New Orleans Tribune
BEST BET OF THE FESTIVAL...
"...it captures the best of both worlds, taking a look at the history of one of New Orleans' most fascinating neighborhoods."
"Selling out two sneak previews of the documentary 'Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans' at the New Orleans Film Festival was flattering, but packing the theater while the Saints were playing on national TV left filmmaker Dawn Logsdon nearly delirious with delight on Sunday night..."
-- The Times-Picayune
"A powerful reflection of Tremé as a place of creative ferment and political resistance for some 300 years..."
For more about "Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans," please see: http://www.tremedoc.com.
The Feb. 16 screening is presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, and is co-sponsored by: The Ashé Cultural Arts Center; the Charitable Film Network; and the New Orleans Film Society.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds to fund year-round community development activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural programming. Programs and assets of the foundation include: radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM; the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive; the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music; the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series; the Jazz Journey concert series; the Community Partnership Grants program; the Raisin' the Roof housing initiative; and the S.E.E.D. micro-loan program for entrepreneurs. The foundation also produces community events such as the Crescent City Blues Festival, Fiesta Latina, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, the Down By the Riverside Thanksgiving concert and others.
For more information, please call the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100.
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