SIFF Movie Club: Up From the Streets - Virtual Q&A

Director Michael Murphy and other special guests join SIFF Movie Club for a Q&A moderated by KNKX's Abe Beeson.

Up From the Streets

July 1, 2020

Virtual Events

Explore the history and culture of New Orleans through the lens of music, looking at 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.

After viewing Up From the Streets (available via Virtual SIFF Cinema) on your own, join us for a Zoom-based Q&A with director Michael Murphy, New Orleans jazz musician Dr. Michael White, and Seattle area multi-instrumentalist, tap dancer, and jazz composer Alex Dugdale, moderated by KNKX's Abe Beeson beginning at 6:00pm PT.

Register using the form below by 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 1. The link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you shortly before the event.


To best replicate the in-person SIFF Movie Club experience, we suggest starting the film (104 min.) around 4:00pm PT before joining the Zoom discussion at 6:00pm PT. Please note: the Zoom discussion will be recorded.

Intro from KNKX's Abe Beeson

Before watching the film, enjoy this introduction from KNKX's Abe Beeson!

Up From the Streets

About the Film

Make sure you watch the film before the Q&A, which will take place on Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00pm PT over Zoom. Up From the Streets is available digitally to rent via Virtual SIFF Cinema.

Up From the Streets | dir. Michael Murphy | USA | 1986 | 104 min.
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 and 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.

About the Guests

Abe Beeson grew up in Western Washington, a third-generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KPLU (now KNKX), editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, with Abe eventually hosting Evening Jazz from 1998 to 2019. He continues to host his modern jazz show, The New Cool (Saturday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m.) where you can hear 21st-century jazz inspired and informed by the sounds of today: hip-hop, & funk, electronic music and punk rock - the future of jazz has arrived.  Abe's also deeply involved with KNKX School of Jazz, working with Northwest middle school, high school and college-age jazz students in studio session performances and monthly guest DJ spots.

Multi-instrumentalist (including saxophonist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra), tap dancer and composer Alex Dugdale is a graduate of Roosevelt High School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz from the Eastman School of Music and a Master's Degree in Education from Seattle Pacific University. Alex instructs in the music department of Bishop Blanchet High School, and works as a private instructor with Edmonds-Woodway High School bands and Eckstein Middle School. He performs regularly in the greater Seattle area with his own small groups including the F.A.D.E. Quintet.

Michael Murphy is an award winning producer/director/writer with over 25 years of film, video and digital media experience. Projects have been distributed theatrically, network & public television, radio, CD, DVD and online. He has directed and produced programming including: documentaries, " Make It Funky!" and Clarence John Laughlin: An Artist With A Camera"; live webcasts and web series for a variety of platforms including: biography, politics, travel, food, and entertainment; the "Live From House Blues television series", and over 1000 hours of programming from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Sasquatch, Sasebo and Kobe Jazz Festivals. His most recent project is the feature documentary, Up From The Streets - New Orleans The City of Music.