Do You Know What Time It Is?

October 03, 2012


It’s crunch time!  Our Kickstarter deadline is LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY! We’re over halfway to our goal but we need your help to get us all the way there.  Because of the way Kickstarter works, if we don’t at least hit our goal, we don’t get any of the money. 

We started making this movie because we thought the voices of some New Orleanians needed to be heard.  We’re running this campaign to raise enough money to get the film in theaters.  Help get this movie and these voices out there!

Every single pledge really does make a difference.

You know how moving this film is.  You know how important the story is.  Please consider making a donation through our Kickstarter campaign to help us reach our goal and share the film with others.

If you’ve already pledged to help get The Whole Gritty City made, thank you!  If you’re not able to pledge this time around you can still help!  Even sharing word about the campaign with your friends, family and colleagues can make a big difference. 

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"The Whole Gritty City" is a documentary feature film now nearing completion. It tells the story of three New Orleans marching bands, whose directors prepare kids for Mardi Gras parades, and battle for their lives and souls. 

To complete the film this fall and release it early in 2013 the filmmakers need to raise finishing funds. So they've just launched a new Kickstarter campaign running from September 10th to October 10th.  

If you have a moment, please check out the trailer for the film and consider donating to their Kickstarter campaign.  Even if you're not able to donate, just sharing information about the project and the Kickstarter campaign would also be a great help!    

A nearly-completed version of The Whole Gritty City recently got a strong positive reaction from “The Wire” and “Treme” creator David Simon. Here’s some of it:

"Gritty City is glorious. Alternately heartbreaking and joyous, one instant to the next."




We'll keep adding updates on Facebook and Twitter as we get more interviews and celebrity friends involved.  Please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions or suggestions anytime.  We love hearing from you!

Thank you!

"Gritty City is glorious. Alternately heartbreaking and joyous, one instant to the next.” - "The Wire" and "Treme" creator David Simon

Roots of Music member "Jazz" in "Treme" tonight

September 30, 2012

Jazz is a Roots of Music band member featured in "The Whole Gritty City". In tonight's episode of "Treme" she is featured in a scene with Wendell Pierce, playing one of his character's band students. Click to Preview

New Kickstarter campaign begins

September 10, 2012

The new Kickstarter campaign to help us complete and launch "The Whole Gritty City" has begun! Please check it out. Discover news about the film, and new rewards for backers who want to join us in bringing the film to the world.  "The Whole Gritty City" on Kickstarter


September 06, 2012


September 6th, 2012

It's been nearly five years since we first walked into a New Orleans high school band room and started filming The Whole Gritty City.

We've been heartened and moved by encouragement and support from many of you.  Our Kickstarter campaign last year made a crucial difference.  We are now very close to a final edit of the film.

Recently we got a reaction to a nearly-finished version of the film from David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme.

"Gritty City is glorious.  Alternately heartbreaking and joyous, one instant to the next.  It is also not bombastic in the way that a lot of stuff about NO tends to be.  It is human-scale.  I love it."

That response means a lot to us.

But we're not quite finished yet.  We are determined to complete The Whole Gritty City by the end of this fall, and to release it early next year, at festivals and theaters (with live music at some screenings!), then on the internet, DVD, at group outreach screenings, and on TV.

Now it's come down to raising the final funding we need to finish post production, including sound mixing, and to pay for legal and insurance costs.

At the center of that effort will be an all-new Kickstarter campaign.  We'll launch it Monday, September 10th, and it will run for a month.  Please check it out - we'll send an announcement when it starts - and please consider being a backer.  Making a contribution will get us to the finish line, and will get you rewards ranging from photo prints and video downloads to premiere tickets and more.

Even if you can't contribute money, you can help contribute to the campaign's success by spreading the word to others who might want to know about The Whole Gritty City.  That could mean going on Facebook and Twitter and linking to our new Kickstarter page, and mentioning it in emails and discussions with friends, family and colleagues.

If we fall short of our Kickstarter goal we won't get any of the money pledged - that's just how Kickstarter works.  If we do reach our goal we'll have enough funding to finish the film and launch it at festivals.  If we go beyond our goal, we'll get a head start on funding our theatrical distribution and outreach campaigns.

We're concentrating now on finishing and releasing the film.  But once it's out there we are committed to partnering with different groups to use the film to promote discussion and positive change.  We're aiming to partner with organizations concerned with music and arts education, mentorship, juvenile justice and violence prevention to bring our message of the power of music and mentorship to broader audiences.  Send us an email to find out more or to suggest a group we should partner with!

We will begin posting updates here regularly.  Please spread the word about the film and the new Kickstarter to anyone you think might be interested.  Also, just "liking" our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@wholegrittycity) can really mean a lot as well.  Backers and grant providers like to see high numbers of fans on our social media pages, so please help us to spread the word!

You have our profound and heartfelt thanks for the interest you've shown in The Whole Gritty City.  If you have any questions about the film or our Kickstarter campaigns, suggestions about new Kickstarter rewards, or ideas about potential partners, please email us at

Stay tuned for more news soon!