Free French Quarter Fest film series expands to Le Petit Theatre

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Bayou Maharajah traces the life of New Orleans piano prince James Booker.
  • Bayou Maharajah traces the life of New Orleans piano prince James Booker.






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)






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