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Faubourg Tremé [videorecording] : the untold story of Black New Orleans / a co-production of Serendipity Films LLC, WYES-TV/New Orleans & Louisiana Public Broadcasting ; in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS) & National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) ; a documentary by Lolis Eric Elie and Dawn Logsdon ; directed by Dawn Logsdon ; written & co-directed by Lolis Eric Elie ; produced by Lucie Faulknor, Lolis Eric Elie, Dawn Logsdon.

Elie, Lolis Eric (Director, Screenwriter, Producer). Logsdon, Dawn (Director, Producer). Faulknor, Lucie (Producer). Andrews, Glen David (Interviewee). Franklin, John Hope, 1915-2009 (Interviewee). Ledoux, Jérôme (Interviewee). Medley, Keith Weldon (Interviewee). Rouzan, Laura (Interviewee). Sloan, Lenwood (Interviewee). Foner, Eric (Interviewee). French, Bob, drummer (Interviewee). Marsalis, Wynton, 1961- (Interviewee, Producer). Osbey, Brenda Marie (Interviewee). Salaam, Kalamu ya, 1947- (Interviewee). Trevigne, Irving (Interviewee). Velasco, Diego (Cinematographer). Smith, Keith, cinematographer (Cinematographer). Shepard, Bobby (Cinematographer). Green, Sam (Editor). Tunsil, Aljernon (Editor). Hodge, Derrick (Composer). Nelson, Stanley, 1955- (Producer). Kennedy, JoNell (Narrator). Serendipity Films (Added Author). Louisiana Public Broadcasting (Added Author). WYES-TV (Television station : New Orleans, La.) (Added Author). Independent Television Service (Added Author). National Black Programming Consortium (Added Author). California Newsreel (Firm) (Added Author).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (68 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : California Newsreel, [2008]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as a television program in 2007.
Educational video.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Cinematography, Diego Velasco, Keith Smith, Bobby Shepard ; editors, Dawn Logsdon, Sam Green, Aljernon Tunsil ; music, Derrick Hodge ; executive producers, Stanley Nelson, Wynton Marsalis ; narrator, JoNell Kennedy.
Participant or Performer Note:
Interviewees: Glen David Andrews, John Hope Franklin, Jerome LeDoux, Keith Weldon Medley, Laura Rouzan, Lenwood Sloan, Eric Foner, Bob French, Wynton Marsalis, Brenda Marie Osbey, Kalamu ya Salaam, Irving Trevigne.
Summary, etc.:
Long ago during slavery, Faubourg Tremé was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. Here black and white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated, collaborated, and clashed to create much of what defines New Orleans culture up to the present day. Founded as a suburb (or faubourg in French) of the original colonial city, the neighborhood developed during French rule and many families like the Trevignes kept speaking French as their first language until the late 1960s. Tremé was the home of the Tribune, the first black daily newspaper in the US. During Reconstruction, activists from Tremé pushed for equal treatment under the law and for integration. And after Reconstruction's defeat, a "Citizens Committee" legally challenged the resegregation of public transportation resulting in the infamous Plessy vs. Ferguson Supreme Court case. New Orleans Times Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie bought a historic house in Tremé in the 1990s when the area was struggling to recover from the crack epidemic. Rather than flee the blighted inner city, Elie begins renovating his dilapidated home and in the process becomes obsessed with the area's mysterious and neglected past. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone.
System Details Note:
DVD, NTSC; stereo.
Language Note:
Closed-captioned in English.
Subject: African Americans > Louisiana > New Orleans > Social conditions.
African Americans > Civil rights > History > Louisiana > New Orleans.
Faubourg Tremé (New Orleans, La.) > History.
New Orleans (La.) > History
Genre: Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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