Dir. David M. Jones, 1995, 59 mins.
While The Carter focuses on one of New Orleans’ most distinct contemporary musicians, this program thoroughly looks at the rich and colorful development of a historical tradition that has become an icon of the Crescent City. Hosted and narrated by Milton Batiste, Jr. the late trumpet player/manager of Dejan's Olympia Brass Band, Jazz Funerals from the Inside tells of this fascinating celebration of death from the perspective of musicians, family and scholars. The program was given the highest rating by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and has been a local PBS staple for membership drives since 1995.
Sound After the Storm
Dir. Patrik Soergel, Ryan Fenson-Hood, Sven O. Hill, 2009, 80 mins.
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is part ghost town and part third world country. Well known musicians Lillian Boutté, Dr. Michael White and photographer Armand “Sheik” Richardson use jazz as a philosophy and tool to save themselves and their abandoned, crumbling city. The Sound After the Storm tells a story in which this “music born of slavery” is reborn in response to Katrina’s devastation.
Q&A with dir. Ryan Fenson-Hood and Today dir. Naftali Beane Rutter