Up From the Streets
June 12 - July 1, 2020
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.
Co-presented with KNKX.
SIFF MOVIE CLUB - VIRTUAL Q&A
Watch the film and then join our SIFF Movie Club virtual Q&A! The Zoom-based event takes place on Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00pm PT with director Michael Murphy and Seattle area multi-instrumentalist, tap dancer, and jazz composer Alex Dugdale, moderated by KNKX's Abe Beeson. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.
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.
- Director: Michael Murphy
- Principal Cast: Terence Blanchard, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Sting, Robert Plant, Aaron Neville
- Country: USA
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 103 min.
- Producer: Cilista Eberle, Michael Murphy, Robin Burgess
- Screenplay: Michael Murphy
- Editors: Bruce Ochmanek
- Website: Official Film Website
- Language: English