The University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre will host the New Orleans area premiere of “Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities” on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Nims Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. Director Robert Mugge, known for films and documentaries about music, will be on hand to introduce the film, and a live musical performance by the Major Handy Band will follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public.
The 87-minute film is Mugge’s latest feature-length documentary and part of Philadelphia public radio station WXPN's “Zydeco Crossroads project.” The film was shot primarily in and around Lafayette, La., and features performances by zydeco legends Buckwheat Zydeco, CJ Chenier, Nathan Williams, Chubby Carrier, Rosie Ledet and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. among many others. David Dye, host and producer of WXPN's “World Café” program, serves as interviewer for the film. Additional commentary is provided by Herman Fuselier, Michael Tisserand and Sid Williams. Click here to view the film’s extended trailer.
The “Zydeco Crossroads” project, supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is WXPN’s year-long celebration of zydeco music and includes a series of live concerts, dances, film screenings, panel discussions, radio specials, and an audio and video, and essay-rich website that showcases the history of zydeco music. According to the website, “Zydeco Crossroads reflects the diverse social and musical influences on the African-American Creole people of Southwest Louisiana, featuring the traditional sounds of zydeco alongside the modern day influences of R&B, soul and hip-hop.”
“Zydeco Crossroads” is produced by Mugge and Diane Zelman. The executive producers are Roger LeMay, general manager of WXPN, and Bruce Warren, assistant general manager of WXPN. For more information about Mugge’s films, which include “Deep Blues,” Gospel According to Al Green,” and “New Orleans Music in Exile,” visit http://www.robertmugge.com.
For more information about this event, contact Henry Griffin, artist-in-residence at the UNO Department of Film and Theatre, at email@example.com.