As of today, Mercury Studios (encompassing Eagle Rock Entertainment) and Michael Murphy Productions present the release of the famous New Orleans documentary Up From The Streets®: New Orleans: The City of Music. The film will be available exclusively in digital formats.
Up From The Streets®: New Orleans: The City of Music debuted at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival and received an Award of Excellence at the IndieFest Film Festival, also winning the Gold Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival. The film’s digital release follows a success in American virtual cinema, which raised more than $ 10,000 for the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
This insightful documentary chronicles the musical, creative, cultural and social evolution of a unique city steeped in music. Produced and directed by Michael Murphy and hosted by Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter / composer Terence Blanchard – From the top of the streets dissects the evolution of city music, from the first innovations of jazz to R&B and funk.
What makes New Orleans a hotbed of musical talent? The answers can be found in the city’s history, traditions, diversity and unique sense of integrated community. Legends from the archives and recently filmed performances including Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and, of course, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are interspersed with conversations with musicians from New Orleans too. impactful as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Mannie Fresh and Dr Michael White, plus commentary from Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Sting.
New Orleans created and nurtured the sounds that influenced 20th century American music. Up From The Streets®: New Orleans: The City of Music celebrates this cultural epicenter in a definitive film. According to American Songwriter magazine, “There have been a lot of quality documentaries about New Orleans music. It is arguably the best. “Anyone interested in the culture and music of New Orleans will love this movie,” says Terence Blanchard. “The resilience of the people of New Orleans reflects the history of America.”
Rent from Amazon Prime for $ 4.99 (or buy for $ 12.99 here.
The film is also available on AppleTV.