PFF Tour 4
AMERICAN CREOLE: New Orleans Reunion", Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville. The Pontchartrain Film Festival partners with the Friends of the Dwew Drop and City of Mandevill to present this documentary by award-winning filmmakers Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit.
Don Vappie finds his band scattered after Hurricane Katrina, and assembles the Rent Party Musicians to “bring the music back home" then assembles a whose who of local musicians for a New Orleans Reunion. Followed by a Q&A with musician Don Vappie.
Oct. 6, 2017
The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour partners with Friends of the Dew Drop to present first music film screening, ‘American Creole: New Orleans Reunion”
Mandeville, LA - Local musician Don Vappie, bandleader of the Creole Jazz Serenaders, is the subject of the film “American Creole: New Orleans Reunion,” by the award-winning team of Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit. It will screen at 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 27 at the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St. in Mandeville.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour has partnered with the Friends of the Dew Drop and the City of Mandeville to screen the first music film at the historic Dew Drop. Vappie will be in attendance for a question and answer session. Admission is $10.
The film follows Vappie in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when he finds his family’s homes flooded and band members scattered. As Vappie tries to keep his band together and bring musicians back to the city, he decides to host a Rent Party and a musical family reunion. It is an occasion that is reminiscent of the social benevolence that for decades was accomplished at legendary Jazz and Social Halls like the Dew Drop.
Vappie said he gathered the cream of the local jazz scene and his scattered musician-relatives, because, “When the music comes back, everybody’s gonna come back.” Through his journey, Vappie begins to question what makes a community, and whether the culture he grew up in can survive the storm.
Glen Pitre was honored as a Louisiana Filmmaker at the inaugural Pontchartrain Film Festival in 2011, on the anniversary of the debut of his independent film “Belizaire the Cajun.” Film critic Roger Ebert acclaimed Pitre “a legendary American regional director.”
The PFF Film Tour brings documentary films into settings where there can be discussion of the films and the filmmaking process. The tour leads up to the Sixth Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival to be held Friday Nov. 3 and Saturday Nov. 4, 2017 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot Museum.