Documentary filmmaker extraordinaire, Robert Mugge, will be joining forces with MVD Entertainment Group on Friday, Nov. 18 for the Blu-ray debut of the critically acclaimed music-themed documentary, New Orleans Music in Exile.
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and the levees failed … the rest, they say, is history.
The physical damage to the city was catastrophic, but there was more … the musical heart of the city was shattered in the process as well. In the aftermath of the disaster, Mugge took to the road to trace the whereabouts of the musicians who had been the soul of the city; the heartbeat. He discovered that they were now in “exile” — scattered from Memphis to Austin and all points in between.
Rather than replay the despair, he gathered together their memories — through poignant interviews — and, more importantly, he gathered together their music in an incredible collection of 24 magical performances, featuring the likes of Cyril Neville, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, Theresa Andersson, The Iguanas, Jon Cleary and more. Plus there are six bonus performances that are not included in the film itself and seven extended musical numbers.
Additionally, this Blu-ray release of New Orleans Music in Exile also features two bonus short films, David Spizale: A New Orleans Rescue and Jon Cleary: A History of New Orleans Piano.