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Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

Directed by Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern
2022
USA
95 minutes
All Ages
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New Orleans’s iconic festival, the place to see and hear legends, celebrates its 50th year in this feel-great documentary. Rock ’n’ roll, R&B, soul … more than just jazz!
Thousands of musicians, enthusiastic crowds and umpteen food stalls – that’s JazzFest. It’s been called ‘the world’s greatest backyard barbeque’, and ‘the most kick-ass party in the world’. Founded back in 1970 (it would have been 1962 if not for Louisiana’s Jim Crow laws) as a celebration of The Big Easy and its culture, the festival has endured despite hurricanes and pandemics. Co-directors Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern have assembled a feast of archival footage, along with performances and interviews to illustrate the event’s rich legacy: from Earth, Wind & Fire to Wynton, Branford Marsalis, Irma ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Thomas, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and Pitbull.

To paraphrase an admonition from a classic Rolling Stones album: This movie should be played real loud. And in venues where people can, if they choose, get up and dance.
Joe Leydon, Variety
Music fans of assorted persuasions will be delighted with the samples served up here.
Todd McCarthy, Deadline

Tickets

Wed 8 Jun
6:30pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Sat 11 Jun
6pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Fri 17 Jun
6:15pm
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Sounds on Screen
Year
2022
Classification
All Ages
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern
Producer
Frank Marshall, Sean Stuart, Ryan Suffern
Cinematographer
Michael Parry, Justin Kane, Boyd Hobbs
Editor
Martin Singer
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Music
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Sony Pictures
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