Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

USA | 2021 | 95 min | Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern

April 14 - 24, 2022

Experience the Big Easy on the big screen through 50 years of the funky and fabulous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, featuring performances from and interviews with Herbie Hancock, Aaron Neville, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Are you ready to party? This is your movie! Irresistibly toe-tapping, Jazz Fest celebrates the funky and fabulous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, said to be the best music festival in the world. Begun in 1970, the Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and pulled out all the stops with a who’s-who of music greats. Crowds of 100,000 flocked to enjoy music on 14 stages, with appearances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Buffett, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Katy Perry, Gregory Porter, and many more. Ellis Marsalis and his four musically talented sons (Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason) played together for one of the last times. Along with jazz, there was a wide range of music, including blues, gospel, Cajun, and zydeco, plus groups from Africa and the Caribbean. In addition to music, the Festival celebrates Louisiana culture overall, with great food in particular. Skillfully edited and using a rich depth of archival footage, Jazz Fest also shows the history of the Festival: how it was started, some of its growing pains, and many highlights. Aaron Neville pours his heart out singing “Amazing Grace.” The Reverend Al Green spreads the gospel. Bruce Springsteen inspires the crowd with “City of Ruins” at the Festival held, against great odds, a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As one of the musicians says, “Life is for enjoying, not just enduring,” and this movie lives up to that credo.

Ruth Hayler

  • Director: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern
  • Principal Cast: Glen David Andrews, Tab Benoit, Jimmy Buffett, Gary Clark Jr, Quint Davis, Samantha Fish, Al Green
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 95 min
  • Producer: Frank Marshall, Sean Stuart, Ryan Suffern
  • Cinematographers: Boyd Hobbs, Justin Kane, Michael Parry
  • Editors: Martin Singer
  • Music: Ben Castle, Paul Pilot
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Frank Marshall | The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020), Alive (1993), Ryan Suffern | Finding Oscar (2016), Out & Around (2015)
  • Language: English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics