Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Free outdoor screening of films from the first Jazz Fest

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Jazz Fest goes to the movies this Wednesday night, May 2nd, with a free outdoor screening of seven 10-minute films that document the very first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970. Shot on 16mm film and recently digitized, the films will be shown on the grassy lawn near the Decatur Street fence of the U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Avenue on the edge of the French Quarter. The screening marks the first use of the New Orleans Film Society's new outdoor screen and projection system, which was made possible by a recent Kickstarter campaign.

Food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening starts at 7:30. The Society asks that audience members support the local food trucks and bring no outside food or drink to the screening. Blankets and chairs are recommended.

Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band at the first Jazz Fest in 1970.
  • Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band at the first Jazz Fest in 1970.

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