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.Buy Tickets 04/14 Buy Tickets 04/15
We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!
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?
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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