"The Whole Gritty City" will premiere opening weekend of The New Orleans Film Festival

August 12, 2013

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.


Roots of Music on Mardi Gras Superbowl

February 01, 2013

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

Director Richard Barber on HuffPost Live

October 09, 2012

Richard will be appearing on HuffPost Live today at 3:30pm to talk about arts funding, violence prevention and New Orleans. 

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The link will also remain archived, so please revisit to see Richard and band leader Derrick Tabb join others to talk about arts, music and survival in New Orleans.  There's also a great resource well full of relevant articles and links for further discussion and education.


New Orleans has the highest murder rate in the country, so authorities are trying some creative ways to address it.  In a culturally rich city, arts are saving lives.


Richard interviewed by Times-Picayune

October 05, 2012

Check out our Director’s interview with the Times-Picayune!  Part of Dave Walker's ongoing "Treme Explained" series.