The Whole Gritty City
The Whole Gritty City is a unique, fascinating window into the little-known world of New Orleans school marching bands. This dramatic, music-filled documentary follows kids in three bands as the directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture. A 2016 ALA Notable Video, it was broadcast nationally as a CBS News Special hosted by Wynton Marsalis. Available on Amazon, Vimeo, DVD and Kweli TV.
A film by Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson
Producer, director and editor: Richard Barber
Co-director and director of photography: Andre Lambertson
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