An expanded French Quarter Festival film series curated by Timecode:NOLA will bring a strong slate of free screenings this weekend to Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter Street.
Highlights include Ruthie the Duck Girl, a rarely-seen documentary about the queen of French Quarter eccentrics; recent documentaries about New Orleans piano prince James Booker (Bayou Maharajah) and local high school marching bands (The Whole Gritty City); Les Blank's classic 1978 New Orleans documentary Always For Pleasure; and two short films about the unique language of New Orleans (Yeah You Rite! and New Orleans Lexicon).
Here's the full schedule:
Saturday, April 12
11 a.m. — Louisiana Short Film Selections (followed by filmmakers Q&A)
- The World According to Ernie K-Doe
- New Orleans Lexicon
- Yeah You Rite!
1 p.m. — Piano Players Rarely Play Together (followed by filmmakers Q&A)
3 p.m. — The Whole Gritty City
Sunday, April 13
11 a.m. — Always for Pleasure
12:30 p.m. — Ruthie the Duck Girl (followed by filmmakers Q&A)
3 p.m. — Bayou Maharajah (followed by filmmakers Q&A)