UP FROM THE STREETS (104 NR)
VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 5/15
72 hour rental for $12
What is virtual cinema?
A film looking at the culture of New Orleans thru the lens of music. Hosted by Oscar nominee and 6-time Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard, the film tells the story of how music and culture intersected to create a distinct form of expression.
Director: Michael Murphy
Writer: Michael Murphy
Stars: Terence Blanchard, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Germaine Bazzle
No doubt U.S. history is beset with the shadow and the shame of slave trafficking. But this film, not hiding from these distasteful facts, starts with a frank discussion of the untoward circumstances providing a backdrop for the power and unifying effect of this city’s music … Through Mr. Murphy’s delightful film structure and employing the powerful of the film’s music director and host, Terence Blanchard, viewers experienced, through thoughtful interviews, dotted with virtuoso performances both current and vintage, a lens of New Orleans Jazz’s, ranging from African Drums of Congo Square to present- day, traditional jazz to Hip- Hop and BOUNCE … I will also add that NOLA citizens share a sense of belonging that perhaps only a citizen will truly understand. It is about sharing, perhaps a sense of family, and I might even say a healing and unifying force, “LOVE.”
E.L. Johnson – Smooth Jazz Magazine