A new documentary called The Whole Gritty City zeroes in on New Orleans’ youngest musicians, many of whom haven’t yet lost all of their baby teeth. The film follows three school marching bands as they prepare to perform during Mardi Gras.
In this commentary, education writer Sarah Carr argues that The Whole Gritty City offers us a different kind of look at New Orleans schoolchildren.
We go Inside the Arts for conversation with filmmaker Maria Agui Carter. Her documentary Rebel tells the story of a Cuban woman, raised in New Orleans, who became a Confederate soldier — and a Union spy.
Rebel, presented by Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies, screens Friday, January 17, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 7 p.m.
The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term "Hollywood South" is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Part of the reason for the growth is financial — state tax credits — and the other part is the crew and facilities now available here.
Thanks to today’s technology, we can now do many things without leaving the comfort of our homes. That now includes becoming a movie star. Casting director James Bearb, founder and CEO of Hollywood South Casting discusses this evolving facet of the film industry.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Rebel Without a Cause. At the height of his fame, he needed bodyguards to help him get through mobs of adoring fans. And, in the prime of his life, he died tragically. Not James Dean — Sal Mineo. James Franco’s recently released biopic follows the last day of Mineo's brief life.
Without music, most movie would be downright drab. No one would be singing in the rain. The guys in "Chariots of Fire" would be running INEXPLICABLY IN SLOW MOTION. And in "Casablanca," Sam would have nothing to play... much less play again.
This week, we're talking about movie music with three great guests: NPR film critic Bob Mondello, jazz great Terence Blanchard, and director Benh Zeitlin, whose "Beasts of the Southern Wild" earned him awards the world over.
So, as they say, save us the aisle seat and we'll share our popcorn.
This week on Inside the Arts, the mystique of New Orleans piano wizard James Booker is creating a buzz at the New Orleans Film Festival. We talk with filmmaker Lily Keber about her in-depth documentary Bayou Maharajah.
A spooky weekend is in store for the younger set as the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival kicks off in the French Quarter. And Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder opera, is in final performances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.
Filmmakers in the running for the Louisiana Film Prize are beginning to assemble in Shreveport to promote their films during the weekend festival. Twenty short films are vying for the $50,000 cash prize. Memphis filmmakers Christopher Raines and Candace McGowen caravanned to Shreveport with a crew in June to shoot their film “5ive Courses.” Now in the finals, McGowen said, she’s feeling a gamut of emotions.
Isaiah Washington (left) plays a sort of fatal father figure to Tequan Richmond's Lee in <em>Blue Caprice.</em> The characters are inspired by the so-called Beltway snipers, who killed 10 people in and around Washington, D.C., in 2002.
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Perhaps best-known for his three-year tenure on ABC's long-running medical soap opera <em>Grey's Anatomy, </em>Washington is an executive producer of <em>Blue Caprice</em> as well as one of its two lead actors.
The motion picture Blue Caprice seems to be about a boy who's been abandoned by his mother and aches for a father. He meets a man who can no longer see his own children, and who longs for a son. They find each other — but what follows is anything but a happy ending.