The Whole Gritty City will have its premiere at The New Orleans Film Festival Saturday October 12th at 6:30pm at The Contemporary Arts Center. There will be a second screening Monday October 14th at 4:15pm at ThePrytania Theater.
Festival passes are now on sale on the New Orleans Film Society website. Individual tickets go on sale Monday October 7th at the Contemporary Arts Center box office.
The Whole Gritty City Announces World Premiere:
In New Orleans, federal crime reports will tell the story of a city where murder rates are eight times higher than the national average. Eighty-seven percent of victims are male and 91.5% are black. Ninety percent are killed with firearms. Forty percent are in their 20s. Thirteen point five percent are teens.
The Whole Gritty City is a film that follows five band directors there who, through daily rehearsals, protect, guide and push their students as they prepare to march before thousands in the Mardi Gras parades.
African American kids growing up in New Orleans continue to face many destructive forces which end up shaping their lives: a devastating flood, broken families, poverty, drugs and violence. But these kids are also part of a community that continues to sustain itself with a deeply rooted musical culture. The city's marching bands draw kids into that culture and their band directors often heroically pass on the legacy that once saved their own lives.
The Whole Gritty City will have its premiere in New Orleans, where it will compete for a grand jury prize at the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival, October 10 - 17th. The premiere screening is scheduled for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH at 6:30pm at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. As a sponsor of the film in the festival, Alembic Community Development will host a reception after the screening with live music by THE CHOSEN ONES BRASS BAND, which includes band students who appear in the film.
The 2013 festival lineup was chosen from a total pool of more than 1500 submissions, a record number for the festival. The Whole Gritty City is one of six documentary films in competition. NOFF documentary features jurors include Donal Mosher, director of the award-winning films October Country and Off-Label; Sadie Tillery, director of programming at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; and Debra Zimmerman, executive director of Women Make Movies.
Several of those featured in The Whole Gritty City went on to play roles in DAVID SIMON'S acclaimed HBO SERIES, TREME. "The Whole Gritty City understands what ultimately powers New Orleans, and therefore, it champions what the American urban experience offers us all in terms of culture, community and ultimately, meaning" said Simon. "Our politics may be divisive, our economic imperatives, useless, but culture - yes, the idea that there is a unique, creative force at the core of the American experience -- could still be enough to make us matter, to ourselves, to each other and as a people. African-American music is the great American gift to the world and its origins are part of an improbable city. Yet in New Orleans, music is the gift that the city still gives to itself, every day. This beautiful film is the evidence."
About the New Orleans Film Society: Since 1989, the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) has engaged, educated and inspired through the art of film. The year, 2013, marks the 24th anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival. NOFS hosts special events throughout teh year: the French Film Festival, filmOrama, the New Orleans International Children's Film Festival and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists and professionals. NOFS partners with local organizations to present monthly film series. NOFS reaches more than 32,000 people through its programming. NOFS is a 501(c)3 organization.
About Alembic Community Development: Alembic is a community development company that makes long-term commitments to partnerships and investments in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development, organizational capacity building and community-based planning initiatives.
We are excited to announce that The Whole Gritty City will premiere opening weekend of The New Orleans Film Festival. The festival hasn’t announced the exact date and time yet. We’ll announce it as soon as we know. The screening will be followed by a reception with live music by some very special musicians.
We're especially happy that this film about New Orleans kids, mentors and music will open to a New Orleans audience. We know many of you who have supported us are New Orleanians yourselves, and we hope you can come out to see it there. And of course maybe some of you who aren't will be able to use this as an excuse to visit!
Here's a link to the festival:
We will keep you all posted on future screenings and distribution plans.
We're not quite yet able to announce when and where The Whole Gritty City will premiere. This weekend, though, you can see how far The Roots of Music have come since we documented their first parade season four years ago. At noon EST on Superbowl Sunday CBS Sports will air a piece on Roots' trip to The Rose Bowl. And you can also see them on a big StubHub ad that will air during the game. If you click on it online you can help raise money for them just by watching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNl4F5mXRqo