There won't be live music onstage at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre during French Quarter Festival, but passersby may hear music from documentaries about New Orleans music and Louisiana culture. The screenings are free and many filmmakers have Q&A sessions afterward.
Highglights include A Tri-bute to Toussaint, an Emmy Award-winning concert doc- umentary filmed in New Or-leans in 2013 by WLAE-TV. It captured a star-studded concert celebrating Allen Toussaint's 75th birthday. There's concert footage and interviews with musicians including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and Irma Thomas.
Les Blank attended Tulane University. Though he moved to California, he made films about New Orleans and Acadian culture, music and food. Hot Pepper (1973) is a profile of zydeco luminary Clifton Chenier that wasn't easy to shoot, because the musician wasn't cooperative, but the filmmaker made the most of his opportunities and shot a lively profile at a dance hall in Acadiana and on the road.
Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together captures a rare rehearsal between Allen Toussaint, "Tuts" Washington and Professor Longhair, the latter of whom died before their scheduled performance.
Other films examine the Mardi Gras Indian culture, Acadian storytelling and Cajun soldiers' service during World War II.
Friday, April 8
11 a.m. A Tribute to Toussaint. An Emmy-winning, star-studded concert film from 2013. There's a Q&A with the film producers.
1 p.m. A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas. The documentary relies heavily on interviews with fans of the legendary concert venue. Director Jessy Cale Williamson will participate in a Q&A.
3 p.m. Never a Dull Moment. The film celebrates the Rebirth Brass Band's 20th anniversary with concert footage and interviews, but it doesn't ground the film in a greater understanding of the contemporary brass band revival Rebirth helped lead.
Saturday, April 9
11 a.m. Hot Pepper. Les Blank's lively 1973 profile of Clifton Chenier.
Noon Yum, Yum, Yum. In the 1970s, Les Blank made many great films about music and culture in Louisiana. In 1990, he returned and made this film about Cajun and Creole cooking.
1 p.m. Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together. Director Stevenson Palfi's film includes rare footage of Allen Toussaint, "Tuts" Washington and Professor Longhair. Palfi’s wife Polly Warring will participate in a Q&A.
3 p.m. We Won't Bow Down. Christopher Levoy Bower's film explores Mardi Gras Indian culture with interviews and footage of Indian parades. Bower will participate in a Q&A.
Sunday, April 10
11 a.m. Swapping Stories — Folktales From Louisiana and Mon Cher Camarade. Award-winning Acadian filmmaker Pat Mire screens films about Louisiana storytelling and the service of French-speaking Cajun soldiers during World War II. Mire will participate in a Q&A.
1 p.m. Un Bal Cajun et Creole a la Maison. Director Jason Rhein's film features musicians including Michael Doucet and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes discussing Cajun and Creole culture. Rhein will participate in a Q&A.
3 p.m. From Roots to Roses. Director Patrick Marrero's film follows New Orleans' Roots of Music band as it marches in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.