Music documentary

New Orleans music documentary set for home release via local theaters

“Up From the Streets,” a history and celebration of New Orleans music hosted by Grammy-winning artist Terence Blanchard, will have a “virtual theatrical release” starting May 15 with proceeds from the sale of tickets for the benefit of struggling Louisiana musicians.

The film, subtitled “New Orleans: The City of Music,” debuted in October at the New Orleans Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Louisiana Documentary Feature. It was also nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival and the DC Independent Film Festival, received an Award of Excellence at the IndieFest Film Festival, and won the Gold Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Houston WorldFest Film. Festival. .

Viewers can purchase tickets at participating local theaters and watch the film at home, “supporting their favorite independent theaters as they practice social distancing and self-quarantine,” a spokesperson for the distributor said. Londoner Eagle Rock Entertainment.

A portion of the proceeds from each $ 12 note will be donated to the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a statewide relief initiative supporting Louisiana musicians who have lost income. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 50 American theaters are participating. The order will be good for seven days, and viewers will have 72 hours to complete the movie once they start watching. Virtual cinema tickets and a list of participating theaters are available at

“Up From the Streets” examines the history and culture of the Big Easy through the lens of music from pre-colonial days to modern times. Writer-director Michael Murphy examines the city’s diverse and multicultural fabric and how community and cultural traditions are reflected in the sounds that ultimately influenced all of American popular music in the 20th century.

Blanchard is an on-camera host and occasional narrator, though there are also over 40 interviews featuring such musical luminaries as Harry Connick Jr., Wynton and Bradford Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Sting, Allen Toussaint and Bonnie Raitt.

Throughout the film are numerous musical performances ranging from archive footage of Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Emma Barrett and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to more contemporary artists including the Neville brothers, Dr. John, Galactic, Mannie. Fresh and Big Freedia, Professor Longhair with the Meters, and Blanchard with his group E Collective.