Upbeat Story of Jazz, Sassy French Film Open Friday at The Tull Family Theater

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 8:16 PM


The answers to why New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, and the kinship that springs from that music fills Up From the Streets–New Orleans: The City of Music. The film arrives Friday in The Tull Family Theater’s Virtual Screening Rooms. As a bonus, a free, live online event will be available on Saturday at 7 p.m.,  with six-time Grammy winner and film host Terence Blanchard as well as director  Michael Murphy.

To register and submit questions through Chat, visit Eventive here.

Also opening Friday is an  award-winning French feature on the abandonment, then eventual self-reliance, of a wife and young mother, Alice.
Programming notes are below. Those who would like technical assistance  to access these films are encouraged to email hello@thetullfamilytheater.org with their contact information, and a manager will get right back to them–a free service.

Up from the Streets–New Orleans: The City of Music
1h 44min | Documentary, Music, History
Director: Michael Murphy
Stars: Terence Blanchard, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Germaine Bazzle

This film examines the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. Hosted by Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, the film shares how music and culture intersected to create a distinct form of expression in the Crescent City, birthplace of jazz. Starting with the drumming of free and enslaved Africans in Congo Square, the documentary shares the explosion of musical styles on the Mississippi delta and the power of music to change lives. Hear Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, the musical Marsalis family, the Neville brothers, Harry Connick Jr. and many others as they perform and guide viewers into the world of jazz.

Alice
1h 43min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Josephine Mackerras
Stars: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloé Boreham
In French, subtitled in English

After her husband drains her bank account Alice is broke, and desperate. This first feature by writer-director Josephine Mackerras, a SXSW Grand Jury Prize production, follows Alice’s struggles.

“The writer-director’s first feature has much going for it, above all a striking performance by Emilie Piponnier in the title role,” declares the Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s rare to see a minor-key drama that doesn’t overextend the nature of the material,” says IndieWire, “and rarer still for cinema to dig this deep into the female psyche without boxing it in.”

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