Sept 16th: See New Orleans band kids on screen! Brooklyn band kids live!

September 01, 2014

-- “Gritty City is glorious.”   David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire

PLEASE COME and bring your friends!  THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY  A film about music and life


AMC Loews 34th St., 312 W. 34th St. / NYC* -between 8th & 9th Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 6:30 PM

Tickets $12 - Advance Ticket Sale Only!

Directions: Take A, C, E or 1, 2, 3 subway to 34th St. 

Sponsored by Brooklyn United Marching Band, Ty Brown, Band Director. Meet the Filmmakers and see the Brooklyn United Marching Band at the screening.


THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY takes you into the world of kids in New Orleans marching bands, and the charismatic teachers trying to prepare them for Mardi Gras and save their lives. 

“We were determined to convey as best we could the truth of kids’ lives in New Orleans, to show the hard parts and the joyful parts – and to show the powerful difference music - and obsessed, dedicated band teachers - make in shaping and saving their lives. In the process we met some amazing kids and teachers. We made a film that gives you a chance to meet them, too, and that also gives you a totally unique, kids-eye view of the Mardi Gras parades.” - “The Whole Gritty City” Director Richard Barber

“The story needs to be told. In New Orleans or in New York, band is life!” – Brooklyn United Marching Band director Ty Brown

Join us on September 16th for a film that’s heartbreaking, hopeful and real! 

See the trailer

“Sensitive and inspirational.” – NPR’s “Fresh Air”

“Heartbreaking and hopeful.” – LA Times

Raw, real, and beautiful all the same time.

Floored. Wow. Raw. Honest. Beautiful.

Powerful, poignant, & inspirational. Thank you for letting us know there is hope.

You showed a side of America that needs to be shown more often.

Gorgeous, heartbreaking, deeply moving.

OMG I still have this on my mind. POWERFUL.

This is a beautiful, touching portrayal of a complex issue.

 – viewer comments