Hot Docs hosts virtual theatre release of Up From the Streets

Hot Docs Cinema is now presenting the virtual theatre release of the new documentary Up From the Streets, a “joyous portrait” of the New Orleans music scene.

Viewers can purchase tickets to watch the film at home via hotdocs.ca, one of several local, independent theatres across the continent that are participating in the virtual screenings.

For every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund for musicians.

Up From the Streets was produced and directed by Michael Murphy and is hosted by Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.

In addition to on-demand streams of the film, Hot Docs is offering the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A with Murphy and Blanchard on Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

“Anyone interested in the culture and music of New Orleans will love this film,” says Blanchard. “The resilience of the people of New Orleans reflects the story of America.”


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The documentary covers the evolution of New Orleans music, from its early innovations in jazz through to R&B and funk.

Viewers will see archival and newly filmed performances by legends such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, woven amid conversations with prominent New Orleans musicians including Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Mannie Fresh and Dr. Michael White. The film also includes commentary by Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Sting.

Hot Docs tickets are only available to viewers in Canada, and are valid for 48 hours from the time you start the stream.