Making The Point
As you may recall, back in May, I offered my first impressions on Michael Murphy's documentary labor of love on New Orleans music, Make It Funky!, after I had gone to an advanced screening.
While I had one small gripe with it then, it's time to erase that and embrace the film totally. Before Katrina hit, Make It Funky! was an entertaining and compelling portrait of the importance and significance of New Orleans' musical heritage. After the devastation to the city and the displacement of its citizens and their music makers, this thing is absolutely priceless. I urge you to see it in a threatre, rent it, buy it. The concert footage is smokin'; plus, you get to hear some of the originators of the music talk about it very personally.
The theatrical and DVD release of Make It Funky! is set for September 27th. I have not seen it again since the screening, so I can only imagine how much more poignant and uplifting the film will be now. Can't wait. There is no better arguement for why New Orleans must be reclaimed, rebuilt and revitalized.