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Les Blank's Always for Pleasure

Les Blanks Always for Pleasure
  • Les Blank's Always for Pleasure

"The Film Festival at French Quarter Festival," presented by local film organization Timecode:NOLA, brings three days worth of free screenings to Le Petite Theatre, 616 St. Peter Street. All the films spotlight New Orleans music and culture. Here's the full schedule, complete with festival-supplied descriptions:

Friday, April 10

11:00 a.m. - Buckwheat’s World. A behind-the-scenes peek at the life and music of Buckwheat Zydeco.

12 noon - Streetcar Stories. Broadcast documentary explores the cultural history of New Orleans streetcars and the US streetcar industry.

1:30 p.m. Always for Pleasure. Les Blank's classic documentary celebration of the Mardi Gras.

3:00 p.m. All on a Mardi Gras Day. The story of New Orleans’ black carnival traditions: the Zulus, Indians, Baby Dolls, Skeletons and the men and women who carried on these traditions for over a century.


Saturday, April 11

11:00 a.m. Spend it All. Portrait of the Cajun lifestyle in Southwest Louisiana.

12:30 p.m. Fats Domino: Walkin’ Back To New Orleans. A one-hour documentary and concert special that combines interviews, vintage footage, and a recent concert taped at Tipitina’s.

2:00 p.m. He’s the Prettiest: A Salute to Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana’s 50 Years of Mardi Gras Indian Suiting. A documentary chronicling Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana.

3:00 p.m. Real New Orleans. This series of humorous videos was written by and starred the late Eddie Kurtz in the 1980s.

Sunday, April 12

11:00 a.m. This Cat Can Play Anything. A portrayal of the life and musical career of New Orleans banjo and guitar jazzman Emanuel "Manny" Sayles.

12:00 p.m. Louisiana Music Video Showcase. Various music videos from such artists as Preservation Hall Band, the Bingo Show, Timothea and more.

1:30 p.m. A Tribute to Toussaint. A concert documentary film celebrating the musical career of Allen Toussaint.

3:00 p.m. Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. A tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency set in New Orleans’ most fascinating neighborhood.