UP FROM THE STREETS

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UP FROM THE STREETS
Director: 
Michael Murphy
Country: 
United States
Year: 
2019
Runtime: 
104 minutes

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A feature length documentary that looks at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. New Orleans has a distinct history as a result of its political and social history. There is a thread that runs through the city that can be heard from the drumming at Congo Square in the 1700’s through to today’s vibrant music scene. The music of this city is a powerful form of expression. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom, express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws, a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and is still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases. Executive Producer Terence Blanchard and Director Michael Murphy, show how the culture of the city is reflected in its music, how music impacts culture; and how even in the darkest of times, music lifts and unites.

Nominated for Best Feature Louisiana Documentary at 2019 New Orleans Film Festival

Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2020 Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival

Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2020 DC Independent Film Festival

Received Award of Excellence at indie Fest Film Festival for Documentary Feature 

Juried Gold Award Winner for Best Feature Documentary at Houston WorldFest Film Festival

A portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold will be donated to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund, a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis.