NOLAsynchroniCITY Film Series

* The NOLAsynchroniCITY film series features the extraordinary culture of New Orleans and our Louisiana heritage.
* The films will be shown twice at 7pm and 9pm on Sunday nights at Buffa's.
* The creators will be available for questions in between film showings.
* The series is offered free and open to the public.

August 2016

14  Cajun Crossroads
Video, color; 60 minutes Copyright 1987 
Originally aired on WLAE-TV, New Orleans, this documentary accurately portrays a culture that is popular without being well-understood. The range of Cajun lifestyles is recorded from bayou to prairie, urban center to oil rig, white-collar offices to waterways of farmers and fishermen. Prior studies of Cajuns considered the impact of the oil boom, but this documentary goes further by considering how both the rise and fall of the oil industry have changed south Louisiana culture. 
Producer: WLAE-TV, New Orleans/Peggy Scott Laborde 
Director: Karen Snyder
21  Red Beans & Ricely Yours: Satchmo in New Orleans  
Video: DVD, color; 60 minutes  Copyright 1990
A television documentary profiling the primary social and musical influences of the New Orleans years on jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Locations, historic visuals, and recordings shed new light on the development of jazz. 
Producer: WYES, Channel 12 Director: Peggy Scott Laborde
28  Two 30/ish minute films:

In That Number! The New Orleans Brass Band Revival 
Video: DVD, color; 28 minutes  Copyright 1985
The film explores the relationship between New Orleans jazz and brass bands with the city’s cultural and social traditions. Produced and Directed by Jerry Brock, the documentary features Danny Barker along with the Dirty Dozen, Tuba Fats & The Chosen Few, Young Tuxedo, Rebirth and All Star (kids) brass bands. Also featured are  Reverend Semmes L. Harvey and the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and Youth Choir, Young Men Olympia Jr. Benevolent Association, Avenue Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Dr. Michael White, Gregory Davis, Kalamu Ya Salaam, James Andrews and twelve year old trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

The Spirit of New Orleans Jazz
This is a 90 minute film documentary on New Orleans jazz produced in 1992 by Telecom Japan International and broadcast over NHK Japan. Jerry Brock is the lead writer and consultant. It features Danny and Blue Lou Barker, James Andrews, Lillian Boutte, Terrence Blanchard, the Lil' Rascals Brass Band, and many others including six year old Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. The program is subtitled in Japanese and only a portion of the program will be shown.

September 2016

Bayou  Maharajah 4  Bayou Maharajah
Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. A wild genius with a style that combined elements of rhythm-and-blues, jazz, ragtime and classical music, he gained the nicknames "Piano Prince of New Orleans", "Black Liberace" and "Bayou Maharajah". Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.
by Lily Keber
Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together 11  Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together
by Stephenson Palfi
"Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together" is a 76 minute portrait of three great New Orleans pianists and how they influenced one another's music. The three keyboard artists - Tuts Washington, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint - are featured playing together for the first time in a rehearsal for a joint concert. The rehearsal turned out to be the only time the three ever played together, because Professor Longhair died two days before the scheduled performance. The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Stevenson's widow Polly Waring will attend for Q&A  
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Up from the Cradle of Jazz 18  Up from the Cradle of Jazz 
60 minutes  Copyright 1980.
This lively and informative video traces the development of New Orleans jazz by focusing on two musical families: the Lasties and the Nevilles. From interviews with family members, still photographs, and voice-over narration emerges an understanding of the relationship between family and artistic production, place, and sound. An attempt is made to locate these familial traditions within the larger structure of jazz and African-American cultural traditions. 
Producer: New Orleans Video Access Center
Director: Jason Berry and Jonathan Foose
Up from the Cradle of Jazz 25   Ruthie, The Duck Girl
The film is the story of one of the French Quarter's most dynamic and eccentric characters, Ruth “Ruthie the Duck Girl” Moulon. For more than 50 years she roller-skated around the Quarter with her pet ducks in tow. But, as we learn, every visible feature of Ruthie's outlandishly public existence echoes an event from her hidden past.
Aired in 1999 on WYES-TV in New Orleans. 
Directed by Rick Delaup

December 2012

Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together2   Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together
     by Stephenson Palfi

Fauborg Treme9   Faubourg Treme - The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
     by Lolis Elie and Dawn Logsdon

Flood Streets16  Flood Streets
     by Helen Krieger and Joseph Meissner


January 2013

Dirty Rice13  Dirty Rice
     by Pat Mire

The Big Uneasy20  Big Uneasy
     by Harry Shearer

American Creole27  American Creole
     by Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit


February 2013

All On a Mardi Gras Day10  All on a Mardi Gras Day
     by Royce Osborn

Tootie's Last Suit17  Tootie's Last Suit
     by Lisa Katzman


March 2013

Always for PleasureAlways for Pleasure
     by Les Blank

Always for Pleasure10  Bury The Hatchet
     by Aaron Walker

17  NOLAsynchroniCITY REWIND
    6:00pm     Irish New Orleans by Terri Landry
    6:30pm     Dirty Rice by Pat Mire website
    8:00pm     Big Uneasy by Harry Shearer website
    9:30pm     American Creole by Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit website
    10:30pm    Irish New Orleans by Terri Landry

Always for Pleasure24  My Louisiana Love
     by Monique Verdin and Sharon Linezo Hong

31  NOLAsynchroniCITY REWIND
    6:00pm     Island of Saints and Souls by Neil Alexander
    6:30pm     Flood Streets by Helen Krieger
    8:00pm     All On A Mardi Gras Day by Royce Osborn
    9:00pm     Tootie’s Last Suit by Lisa Katzman
    10:00pm    Island of Saints and Souls by Neil Alexander

April 2013

Louisiana BoysLouisiana Boys: Raised on Politics
     by Paul Stekler, Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker

Good for What Ails You14  Good for What Ails You:
     Healing Secrets of the Cajuns, Creoles, and Bayou Indians

     by Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit

Streetcar Stories21  Streetcar Stories
     by Michael Mizell-Nelson and Matt Martinez

May 2013

Tchoupitoulas12  Tchoupitoulas
     by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross

Cutting Loose19  Cutting Loose
     by Andrew Young and Susan Todd

26  NOLAsynchroniCITY SHORTS
    Yeah, You Rite! by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker   website
    Least Favorite Love Songs by Helen Kreiger   website

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Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Avenue
(corner of Burgundy Street)
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 949-0038

On the Border of the Quarter since 1939, Buffa's Bar & Restaurant is a true New Orleans style neighborhood bar. Food and libations.

You probably know about Buffa's because they have great musicians performing there. If not, please go sometime. They never have a cover charge which makes it easy to invite friends to come with. Buffa's is a relatively small and comfy longtime neighborhood bar with a back room that serves as an eating area/music room/film and entertainment area separate from the bar. I want to showcase the films in a less formal and more comfortable environment that is small and intimate and therefore offering more personal gatherings for locals. The family owning Buffa's is great and they have a brand new projector plus a huge screen in a non smoking environment serving food. Great combo!

NOLAsynchroniCITY is made possible with support from Buffa's Bar & Restaurant, The Charitable Film Network and Press Street

synchronicity - An apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated. (coined by Carl Jung)