The Whole Gritty City
Contemporary Arts CenterSat, Oct 12, 2013 6:30 PM Rush Line Only  
Prytania TheatreMon, Oct 14, 2013 4:15 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Release Year:2013
Runtime:100 min.
Type of Film:Documentary Feature
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Richard Barber
Andre Lambertson
Produced By:Richard Barber
Cinematography:Andre Lambertson
Jake Springfield
Richard Barber
Editing By:Richard Barber
"The Whole Gritty City" follows three New Orleans marching bands rising up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As band directors prepare students for Mardi Gras parades, they battle for these children's lives and souls against the lures and dangers of the streets. Scenes of the bands in rehearsal and performance interweave with individual stories: kids and their teachers in their homes, churches, and neighborhoods. It includes footage captured on small cameras by the kids themselves. 11-year-old Bear learns to play the trumpet, while mourning the brother killed at age 19. 18-year-old drum major Skully venerates his school band's founder who was killed before the band's instruments arrived. Celebrated musician Derrick Tabb creates a new marching band to pass on the legacy that saved his own life. The charismatic band director Wilbert Rawlins, Jr., the lone survivor among his closest childhood friends, copes with the loss of the protégé he has loved as a son. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these kids and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture.
Additional Information
Sponsored by: Alembic Community Development