French Quarter Festival 2014: Cameo Appearances


  Local music and French Quarter characters are the subjects of a slate of films presented at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Filmmakers participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings, except for Always for Pleasure.

  Saturday includes a selection of short films at 11 a.m. followed by Stevenson J. Palfi's 1982 documentary Piano Players Rarely Play Together (1 p.m.) and Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson's recent documentary The Whole Gritty City. Piano Players features footage of the only time its subjects — Isidore "Tuts" Washington, Professor Longhair, aka Henry Roeland Byrd, and Allen Toussaint — played together. The Whole Gritty City profiles New Orleans school marching bands and the lives of the students who march in them.

  Sunday features the late Les Blank's Always for Pleasure (11 a.m.), his 1978 documentary about brass bands, second-line parades and New Orleans' cultural traditions. At 12:30 p.m., there's a screening of Rick Delaup's documentary Ruthie the Duck Girl. At 3 p.m., Lily Keber presents her recent documentary, Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker.

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