Sync Up Cinema 2012

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Showcasing the best of Louisiana's indie films during Jazz Fest

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Beasts of the Southern Wild



An outgrowth of our successful Sync Up conference - an entertainment industry event held during Jazz Fest - Sync Up Cinema showcases the talents of Louisiana's home-grown filmmakers.

Films will be shown on Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1, in the Stern Auditorium at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Admisison is free. No advance registration is required.

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Screening Schedule:

Monday, April 30: Mardi Gras Indians
In conjunction with the Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion's spotlight on Mardi Gras Indians, we screen several locally-produced films documenting this uniquely New Orleans culture.

2:30 PM The Black Indians of New Orleans
4:00 PM All On a Mardi Gras Day
5:30 PM Bury the Hatchet

Tuesday, May 1: New New Orleans Films

11:30 AM "A Legend in the Classrooom: The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch"
12:30 PM "King of Oak Street"
2:00 PM "Big Easy Express"
3:30 PM "Live From Preservation Hall: A Louisiana Fairytale"
5:00 PM "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
6:30 PM Excerpts from "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
7:00 PM "Tchoupitoulas"
8:30 PM "More to Live For"

Film and Filmmaker Details:

Monday, April 30
2:30 PM The Black Indians of New Orleans
In addition to being a popular musician, photographer, author and poet (he was a protégé of Langston Hughes), Dr. Maurice Martinez, a New Orleans native, is a cultural historian and professor of education at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He’s also a ground-breaking filmmaker, having produced this classic 30-minute portrait of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition long before it became fashionable.

4:00 PM All On a Mardi Gras Day
Royce Osborn created this one-hour documentary on New Orleans' black carnival traditions - including the Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, Zulus and Skeletons – in 2003, in collaboration with local PBS station WYES and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. It was broadcast nationally on PBS and has been honored at the New Orleans Film Festival. The film captures amazing photos and archival footage, and interviews with historians, as well as the men and women who keep these traditions alive. They share their stories and songs, their costumes and dances, with a soundtrack of carnival classics by Professor Longhair, Earl King, the Meters, The Wild Magnolias and more.

5:30 PM Bury the Hatchet
Aaron Walker’s now-classic, award-winning exploration of the Mardi Gras Indian world - pre- and post-Katrina – is stunning and rare gem. Walker gained intimate entry into this often-hidden New Orleans world and discovered not only a fascinating tradition but endearing characters and a dramatic narrative. The film follows three chiefs for five years, providing a rare extended glimpse into a unique and endangered culture.

Tuesday, May 1
11:30 AM A Legend in the Classrooom: The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch
Tremé native Yvonne Busch's name is known from Hollywood to Lincoln Center as a jazz pioneer, although even dedicated collectors and fans might not be familiar with it. Busch toured professionally, playing brass and woodwinds starting at age 12 with all-female ensembles like the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. She was the first female musician in the acclaimed Southern University jazz band and later joined the Dooky Chase Orchestra. But she spent the greater part of her career in the classroom, directing jazz and marching bands in New Orleans public schools from 1951 until 1983, schooling students who went on to become legends in the field " including saxophonist James Rivers, original A.F.O. executive drummer John Boudreaux and modern jazz drumming pioneer James Black. Leonard Smith III, one of Busch's former students at Carver Senior High School, produced and directed this feature-length documentary, which showcases Busch's stunning contribution to New Orleans jazz. Free admission. " - Alison Fensterstock

12:30 PM King of Oak Street
The New Orleans painter known as Frenchy is a fixture of the music scene, hurriedly capturing expressionist versions of bands onstage – call is “mosh pit painting.” Documentary filmmakers George Hamilton and Andrew Scott display this 2008 portrait, which captures not just music and musicians who populate Frenchy’s world, but also the story of how New Orleans’ post-Katrina recovery mirrored his own.

2:00 PM Big Easy Express
The old-fashioned railroad trip to the 2011 Jazz Fest was a wild one for the members of Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – as captured in this rollicking document of their life-changing journey, a barnstorm from the Bay Area to the Big Easy, with massive concerts along the way.

3:30 PM Live From Preservation Hall: A Louisiana Fairytale
Another film made during the 2011 Jazz Fest, “Louisiana Fairytale” documents the collaboration between Preservation Hall and the rock band My Morning Jacket, culminating in an intimate performance at the fabled French Quarter club. Director Danny Clinch and Pres Hall leader Ben Jaffe captured how the 50-year-old New Orleans band brings old traditions to new audiences by working with a new generation of musicians.

5:00 PM The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
When William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg set up shop in Shreveport, their Moonbot Studios seemed like a distant outpost. But their first major project, this whimsically endearing cartoon, took home the Academy Award for best animated short film. Now Joyce and Oldenburg are the heroes of Louisiana’s indie film industry, creating a red-carpet trail from the Bayou State to Hollywood.

6:30 PM Excerpts from Beasts of the Southern Wild
When 29-year-old director Behn Zeitlin moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans shortly after Katrina, little did anyone know that he and his cohorts from the film collective known as Court 13 would change the future of New Orleans movie-making. Mythical tales, extravagant techniques mixing live-action features (with untrained “non-actors”) and puppet-based effects combine in unpredictable ways. His first full-length feature – filmed near Houma, about a 6-year-old girl who weathers a series of cataclysmic events in a post-apocalyptic town in the American south –went on to capture the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and is poised for global release through Fox Searchlight (known for grooming Oscar contenders). We show excerpts and talk to the principals about their unique style.

7:00 PM Tchoupitoulas
The next project from Court 13 – a huge hit at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival – is by brothers Bill and Turner Ross, who provide a touching fairy tale about three kids who discover the mysteries of life on night excursions through the French Quarter, discovering their city and themselves through the magic of music.

8:30 PM More to Live For
“More to Live For” (Directed by Noah Hutton, produced by Susan Brecker) is the story of three lives, all shaken by cancer and dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match that could save them. These individuals are similar only in their fate and prolific accomplishments: Michael Brecker, 15-time Grammy winner, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, entertainment executive and founder of The Love Hope Strength foundation, the largest music centric cancer charity in the world and Seun Adebiyi, a young Nigerian training to become the first ever Nigerian winter Olympic athlete in any sport. Their unrelated paths become connected in a desperate fight for survival and a singular mission: to bring awareness about bone marrow donation to the millions of people who could save a life today. A film of tragedy and loss, strength and hope, “More to Live For” presents the stories of three individuals facing life and death, and their commitment to making a difference. These deeply personal accounts of confronting illness will inspire hope and action, leaving the viewer empowered to become part of the cure.



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