Award-Winning Documentary BURY THE HATCHET Screens at Hot Docs (Toronto) and Theatrical Release in New Orleans

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Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs: May 1, 2011 -- 7:00PM -- Cumberland 3, May 3, 2011 -- 4:30PM -- Cumberland 3; New Orleans Theatrical Run: April 22-28, 2011 -- Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA

EXTRAORDINARY --Anthropology Today

Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs:

  • May 1, 2011 -- 7:00PM -- Cumberland 3
  • May 3, 2011 -- 4:30PM -- Cumberland 3

New Orleans Theatrical Run:

  • April 22-28, 2011 -- Chalmette Movies, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA

BURY THE HATCHET is the portrait of three Mardi Gras Indian "Big Chiefs" of New Orleans, descendants of runaway slaves whose ancestors were given harbor by the Native Americans of the Louisiana bayous. Today there are a number of African-American tribes that run in the city's backstreets during Mardi Gras, attired in elaborate costumes which they sew over the course of the year. The film follows the Mardi Gras Indians over five years, pre and post Hurricane Katrina, and is an exploration of their struggles against the police, violence amongst themselves, gentrification of their neighborhoods, disinterested youth and natural disaster.

With a celebratory soundtrack of New Orleans music and additional scoring by pianist George Winston, the film is an intimate entry into this often hidden New Orleans experience. Musical artists include The Wild Tchoupitoulas; Donald Harrison Jr.; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Arvo Part; Jimmy Scott; Big Chief Alfred Doucette; Baby Dodds Trio; Earnest Skipper; Young Guardians of the Flame; Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles.

AARON WALKER is a director, cinematographer and editor whose works include the award-winning short film Summer Light. He is director and editor of projects with Marianne Faithfull, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Pearl Jam, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Allen Toussaint; was videographer and editor for the DVD featurettes for The Dukes of Hazzard as well as the Burt Reynolds feature Deal; was editor for the feature-length documentary Desire; and has been videographer and editor for many New Orleans music and documentary productions.

Executive Producer – Marie Slaight | Consulting Producer – Tim Watson | Associate Producer – George Ingmire and Julie Gustafson | Co-Editor – Amy Sanderson | A Cine-Marais and Altaire Productions Release.

  • Grand Prize, Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, England 2010
  • Intangible Culture Award, Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, England 2010
  • Best Louisiana Feature, New Orleans Film Festival 2010

BURY THE HATCHET
a film by Aaron Walker
Country: USA | Language: English | RT: 86 min
http://www.burythehatchetfilm.com
info(at)burythehatchetfilm(dot)com

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