Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

Wynton was executive producer on this film (it’s a documentary by Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie) which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and one other film festival in San Francisco this spring.
Wynton came on board really early and agreed to be Executive Producer (along with Stanley Nelson) as a favor to writer, Lolis Eric Elie.
Lolis and director, Dawn Logsdon went to school with Wynton at Franklin High School in New Orleans. Lolis was also a tour manager for Wynton’s band many years ago. Wynton is interviewed in the movie, too.
Give a look to the trailer…

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Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans is riveting tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency set in New Orleans’ most fascinating neighborhood. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone. Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. While the Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Every frame is a tribute to what African American communities have contributed even under the most hostile of conditions.. It is a film of such effortless intimacy, subtle glances and authentic details that only two native New Orleanians could have made it.

Directed by Dawn Logsdon
Co-Directed & Written by Lolis Eric Elie
Produced by Lucie Faulknor, Dawn Logsdon, & Lolis Eric Elie
Edited by Dawn Logsdon, Sam Green & Aljernon Tunsil
Directors of Photography: Diego Velasco, Keith Smith & Bobby Shepard
Executive Producers: Stanley Nelson & Wynton Marsalis
Original Score by Derrick Hodge

WINNER: 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival and San Francisco Black Film Festival.
It will also be broadcast on PBS February 2009.

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  1. A wonderful story beautifully done. One whose telling gives but one example of a people and their challenges to maintain their humanity and survive. THANK YOU

    C Smith-Brown on Aug 13th, 2008 at 5:10pm

  2. This is beautiful.

    Karen on Jun 16th, 2008 at 11:21am