Starting May 15, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Michael Murphy Productions will present a virtual cinema release of the acclaimed New Orleans documentary. Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music. Viewers will be able to purchase a ticket for the film at a local cinema and watch the film at home, allowing them to support their favorite independent cinema while practicing social distancing and self-quarantine. A portion of the proceeds from each $12 “ticket” sale will be donated to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, a statewide relief initiative that supports musicians in the New Orleans and Louisiana which have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film explores New Orleans’ unparalleled historical musical heritage. Produced and directed by Michael Murphy and hosted by Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard, From the street unpacks the evolution of the city’s music, from early jazz innovations to R&B and funk. Archival and newly filmed performances by legends such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are woven between conversations with such hard-hitting New Orleans musicians as Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Mannie Fresh and Dr. Michael White. The film also includes commentary from Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Sting. “Anyone interested in New Orleans culture and music will love this film,” says Terence Blanchard. “The resilience of the people of New Orleans reflects America’s history.”
A complex study and celebration of a cultural epicenter par excellence, Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music is a definitive look at one of the most influential components of American music. The film was directed by Michael Murphy and produced by Robin Burgess and Cilista Eberle was nominated for Best Feature at numerous film festivals, including Best Louisiana Feature Documentary at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival and the Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. and the 2020 DC Independent Film Festival. Up from The Streets also received the Documentary Feature Award of Excellence at the Indie Fest Film Festival and the Juried Gold Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival, the largest and third most oldest film festival in the world.
Viewers will be able to buy a ticket at more than 50 theaters across the country that are participating in the virtual release. Tickets will be valid for seven days and the viewer will have 72 hours to complete the film once they start watching it. The New Orleans movie theaters that will benefit are the Broad Theater and the Zeitgeist Theater. Virtual movie tickets will be available here.