Thanks to everyone for coming out and
seeing a tremendous film, Faubourg Tremé,
along with great presentations by
Linda Tillery and the Culture Heritage Choir
and OPC's Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble!
your continued support!
CONTACT: Laurie Cahn
Minnie’s Bar-b-que Joint of San Francisco Presents
EAST BAY SCREENING
AWARD-WINNING NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT
NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD AND ITS MUSIC
Discussion with Iconic
Newspaperman and Author Lolis Eric Elie
Special Appearance by Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
All proceeds benefit the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.
winner of “Best Documentary” at the 2008 San Francisco Film Festival,
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans gives
viewers a riveting introduction to of a little-known part of American
history set in the fascinating New Orleans neighborhood where jazz was
to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this
exclusive, one-night-only event is scheduled for 6:30
p.m. Saturday, August 29, at the Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300
Lakeside Drive, 2nd Floor. On hand to discuss the film with
audiences will be its co-producer, co-writer and central narrator,
nationally renowned New Orleans newspaperman Lolis Eric Elie.
Director Dawn Logsdon and producer Lucie Faulknor will also bring their
perspective and expertise to the panel discussion.
Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will make a special appearance.
Also featured are the Oakland Public Conservatory Youth Marimba Band and
The Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble.
proceeds benefit the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, the
East Bay’s leading source for affordable music education and performance
for local youth and families. The event is made possible by Memphis
Minnie’s Bar-b-que Joint of San Francisco, which Gourmet Magazine
said “may well be the finest barbeque restaurant in the state.”
music would undoubtedly don a different swagger without the city of New
Orleans, and the Tremé district in particular,” said Angela Wellman,
founding director of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music. “This
event is a perfect opportunity for our community to celebrate jazz and
the city that birthed it, and to support the Conservatory’s efforts to
nurture jazz study, scholarship, and appreciation for generations to
the oldest black neighborhood in America, Faubourg Tremé was home to the
largest community of free black people in the Deep South during slavery.
In the film – which critics have called “revelatory” and “flat-out
brilliant” – Elie takes audiences on a tour of his city, and explains
why this most un-American of American cities must be saved. But the
neighborhood’s recovery after Katrina is just another chapter in its
early 1800s, while most African Americans in the South were toiling on
plantations, free black people in Tremé were publishing poetry and
conducting symphonies,” Elie said. “Long
before Rosa Parks,
Tremé leaders organized sit-ins and protests that successfully
desegregated the city's streetcars and schools. And jazz,
the area's greatest gift to America, was born from the embers of this
first American Civil Rights movement.”
mission of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music is to connect East
Bay youth and their families the world-class instruction and performance
of private conservatories at affordable rates. The Oakland Public
Conservatory of Music exists to provide local audiences
access to and an
appreciation of our rich, shared and diverse American musical heritage.
Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
was executive produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/musician
Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Nelson (Jonestown,
Murder of Emmett Till); directed by Dawn Logsdon; co-directed
and written by Lolis Eric Elie; produced by Lucie Faulknor, Lolis Eric
Elie and Dawn Logsdon; edited by Dawn Logsdon, Sam Green (Weather
Underground) with original music composed by Derrick Hodge (of
Terrence Blanchard’s Band).
To view a
trailer or for more information about the film, go to "http://www.tremedoc.com"
is a co-production of Serendipity Films, LLC, Independent Television
Service (ITVS), WYES-TV12 New Orleans and Louisiana Pubic Broadcasting (LPB)
in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).
The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
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