“48 HOURS” ACQUIRES THE DOCUMENTARY FILM “THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY,” TO BE BROADCAST FEB. 15, 2014

November 26, 2013

48 HOURS has acquired the documentary film “The Whole Gritty City,” which will be broadcast as a two-hour primetime special Feb. 15, 2014 (9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“The Whole Gritty City” follows three New Orleans marching bands. The bands’ directors do more than prepare students to march in Mardi Gras parades: they battle for their lives and souls against the lures and dangers of the streets.

Shot in New Orleans from 2007 to 2010, “The Whole Gritty City” portrays the setbacks and the triumphs of band members and their adult leaders in America’s most musical city and one of its most violent.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune called the film “an impassioned documentary look at the often-unsung heroes of Mardi Gras parades” that is “emotional” and at times “heartbreaking.”  Author and screenwriter David Simon called “The Whole Gritty City” a “beautiful film” that “champions what the American urban experience offers us all in terms of culture, community and, ultimately, meaning.”

48 HOURS PRESENTS: “The Whole Gritty City” is a documentary by Richard Barber, a 48 HOURS editor-producer, and Andre Lambertson, a cinematographer and photojournalist dedicated to giving voice to children dealing with poverty and violence.

SORRY - TICKETS TO THE SATURDAY NIGHT SCREENING AT THE NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL ARE SOLD OUT.

October 08, 2013

There are still tickets available for Monday at 4:15 at The Prytania. use the link below. There may be last minute student rush tickets available Saturday. Here's what the festival website says about that:
"Can I get student rush tickets in advance?
No. These tickets will go on sale only after all regular ticketholders are seated in a theater and open seats remain. You must present a valid student ID to be able to purchase rush tickets."
We are working on an additional New Orleans screening after the festival. We'll keep you all posted.

The Times Picayune's Mike Scott writes "The Whole Gritty City" is Saturday's best bet at the New Orleans Film Festival

October 07, 2013

"There's not an award for the New Orleans-iest movie shown at the New Orleans Film Festival, but if there was, "The Whole Gritty City" would certainly be a contender -- if not a shoo-in -- to receive it this year. 

'The Whole Gritty City' is both a celebratory film -- filled with fanfares and snares, concerts and parades -- but also often a very emotional one, an at-times heartbreaking portrait of our at-times heartbreaking city."

Buying tickets for New Orleans Film Festival Screenings

October 06, 2013

Information for buying tickets to screenings of "The Whole Gritty City" at The New Orleans Film Festival (Saturday October 12 6:30 and Monday October 14 4:15). 


Tickets go on sale to general public Tuesday October 8 online and at the CAC box office. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street


Hours: Monday, October 7, to Wednesday, October 9, 2 PM – 8 PM

Thursday, October 10, to Thursday, October 17, 10 AM – 9 PM