New Orleans Film Director LaTier Adds New Dimension to Digital Tip Jar

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Premium Tippers will Receive Exclusive Video Content from the Fifth Annual Fat Tuesday Celebration Featuring the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra.

John LaTier

“Tomorrow I’ll help showcase the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra in a completely new way – I love what we are doing for our local musicians and eventually for musicians all over the world," says director LaTier.

The popular app Digital Tip Jar is getting another boost with the support of local film director John LaTier, who will film exclusive content of the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra at Hi Ho Lounge’s fifth annual celebration today. Tippers of a certain level will gain access to the footage of certain songs, and the most elite tippers will gain access to a DVD.

“Any project that allows me to use my creative talents to showcase great music and a great idea is a no-brainer to me,” says film director John LaTier. “Tomorrow I’ll help reveal the Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra in a completely new way – I love what we are doing for our local musicians and eventually for musicians all over the world.”

The Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra kicks up its Carnival racket starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Hi Ho Lounge, located at 2239 St. Claude Ave. Tickets are $20.

Having worked with Red Digital Cinema Cameras since their inception, LaTier has established himself as a well-respected, cutting-edge video artist and photographer. In 2009, he created the imagery and video components of the Sobieski Vodka campaign starring Bruce Willis, all filmed in the French Quarter. Other work has included PSA development for Love is Louder, a movement founded by Brittany Snow, and photography and video assets for Yamaha Entertainment Group.

The Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra is a shifting ensemble of Indians and local musicians. This year’s group includes Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan of the Radiators, on guitar and bass, Kevin O’Day on drums, Sam Hotchkiss of Juice on guitar, Helen Gillet on cello, Tim Green on sax, Harry Hardin on violin C.R. Gruver on keys and Rosie Rosato on percussion. Golden Comanches war chief Juan Pardo, Washitaw Nation Big Chief David Montana and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, and Big Chief of the North Side Skull and Bones Gang, provide vocals.

The Digital Tip Jar, a new app bridging the gap between the amount of cash in your pocket and the amount of money you can access through the internet, exploded in the days after the Super Bowl thanks to a contest that shone a spotlight on software developers. In just a few short weeks, Tip Jar creator Patrick Crilly saw rapid success and has been signing up new musicians and bands that want to increase their potential revenue streams in this new age music scene.

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