New Orleans jazz man Don Vappie finds his sidemen scattered by Katrina, his flooded-out Mom sleeping on his couch, and his 8 year-old grandson clamoring to join the band. Tour the front lines of a devastated city’s cultural rebirth: offstage, where race is infinitely more nuanced than black or white; backstage, where which instrument you play can be a political statement; and joyously onstage, where the only thing that matters is music, and local legends make it cook for a benefit concert. American Creole was produced and directed by the award-winning husband-wife team of Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit.
Telly Award winner
“TV Pick of the Day” Washington Post
“A terrific documentary.” Offbeat music magazine
“I loved the film. I was moved and had a better idea of the ineffables of our culture than I got from a million journalistic essays.” NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu
“Reveals the terror New Orleans people have been through… and through it all, humor sustains.” Nick Spitzer, host of American Routes on PRI
“The music is spectacular!” Bruce Raeburn, Director, Hogan Jazz Archives