Preservation Hall Foundation Co-Sponsors The World Premier of "One Note At A Time"
The Preservation Hall Foundation is proud to team up with New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation to present the world premier of "One Note At A Time" on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM CST at The Entergy Giant Screen in The Audubon Aquarium.
Tickets are available by clicking HERE.
About “One Note at a Time:”
New Orleans, LA. – 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first-ever jazz recording. However, eleven years ago, in the birth city of jazz, this legacy was in peril as the music culture remained underwater following Katrina’s floods. On October 16, as a part of the New Orleans Film Society’s 27th Annual Film Festival’s “Made in Louisiana” series, British Director Renee Edward’s documentary “One Note at a Time” will share rare footage of some of New Orleans’ iconic musicians in their post-Katrina fight to reclaim their home city and their culture.
Filmed over the course of four years, “One Note at a Time” follows the poignant final years of Grammy winning composer, arranger, and producer Wardell Quezergue; trad Jazz icon Walter Payton Jr.; funk drummer Herman “Roscoe” Ernest III, and the distinguished brass band drummer Uncle Lionel Batiste. The film also interviews Dr. John and Irma Thomas, and jazz greats Kermit Ruffins, Ben Jaffe, and Barry Martyn to reveal the untold story of exactly how local musicians, clubs and one unique local health care clinic kept music ALIVE as Katrina’s floods laid waste to many music venues, instruments, and lives. “One Note at a Time” takes you behind the scenes of a storm story the media never covered – one that jazz historians will not want to miss.
“As a cultural anthropologist and a community activist, it is mind boggling how the narrative of New Orleans’ recovery featured its iconic music and social culture as a backdrop, while completely missing musicians’ gut-wrenching personal struggles,” says President and Co-Founder of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation, Bethany Ewald Bultman. “Our NOMC team was on the ground, cobbling together every resource we could muster. Musicians were ready to die for this culture, and in terms of civil rights and health care disparity they are still fighting the same battle today.” Bultman who with her husband Johann co-founded the Musicians’ Clinic within LSUHN in 1998 are featured in the film.
“One Note at a Time” marks the directorial debut for editor, producer and writer Renee Edwards, who is also being recognized as a woman director of color being featured in the festival.
About the Filmmaker:
Renee Edwards is the editor, director, producer and writer of “One Note at a Time.” Edwards was born in England and returned to New Orleans out of a natural curiosity to document the changing city she knew as a child. Her British television credits include the long running investigative news and current affairs series “Panorama,” “Unreported World” and “Dispatches.” Documentary dramas are “A Fight to the Death” and “The Mind Reader.” Film credits include the animated feature “Balto,” voiced by Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridgette Fonda and Phil Collins, and the shorts “In Recovery” and “Fauna Sauna.”
Founded in 1998 by a coalition of music advocates, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC) is a donor-supported, brick and mortar comprehensive health care clinic for area performers within the LSU Healthcare Network. It is the first and only federally designated patient centered medical home for musicians and tradition bearers in the USA and currently provides culturally-sensitive primary medical care to more than 2,500 patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. The New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) supports and operates the NOMC and additionally services as a health advocacy organization for the larger music community to promote wellness and health literacy.
About the New Orleans Film Festival:
Celebrating its 27th anniversary this year, the Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in their 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the "Fifteen Fests You Should Enter." Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world's most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that's hard to beat.