Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018


Saturday, April 14 at 3:10 PM
Sunday, April 15 at 4:30 PM

Shorts Block: Travel the Earth
Kira Akerman | New Orleans, LA | 6 min
Genre: Documentary Short

Follow the Warren Easton High School jazz band as they travel from New Orleans, Louisiana to Santiago de Cuba to spend an unforgettable week in the Santiago Conservatory.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Kira Akerman:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I have lived in the South since 2011, mostly in New Orleans, but also in Mississippi.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

Two days before leaving for Cuba, Ariana Hall, founder of the CubaNola Arts Collective, asked me to come along. I was always intrigued by the cultural similarities between Cuba and New Orleans.

3. How did you start making films?

I went to an art program for a semester in college through RISD, and I realized that I didn’t want to work insulated in a studio. I liked working with people and in narrative form. So I basically stopped going to class and made a film.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

The film documents a group of students from Warren Easton, a New Orleans high school, as they play music with students in a conservatory in Santiago.. One thing that stood out to me was how dedicated and resourceful the Cuban students were. “Success” didn’t pose a limit in the way it did for the American students. I think, in post-Katrina New Orleans especially, that jazz music has been marketed so much that it means something very specific and the students think that there is a bar to hit and then they have “succeeded”. It was interesting to see the “success” parameters of consumerism play out differently in a less consumer society (Cuba) and create space for more imagination.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

Seeing other people’s films.

6. Why should someone see your film?

My film is really short and simple. Its about people coming together. Right now, I think people need to come together. Hopefully, you can take that feeling away from it.

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All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
me and my army
My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
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Steve’s Kinkoes
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us