One Note at a Time
|One Note at a Time|
|Directed by||Renee Edwards (director)|
|Produced by||Paul Woolwich
Craig McCallSara Giles
|Starring||Dr. John | Ben Jaffe | Kermit Ruffins | Irma Thomas|
|Edited by||Renee Edwards|
|Distributed by||Munro Films|
|4th September 2018|
One Note at a Time is a film by Renee Edwards about the New Orleans musicians post-hurricane Katrina, it is dedicated to the late drummer Herman Roscoe Ernest. The Film was officially released in 2018.
The film explores the relationship between the City, the musician, the environment and the American Social Welfare System that is unable to support them. Many of the musicians live and work in poverty, going from gig to gig, needing to pay for medical and living expenses. Music is at the heart of New Orleans and the musicians are keeping the City alive. But the City seems to be at a tipping point when it comes to supporting the musicians' it needs for its own survival. Much screen time is spent with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic who struggle to provide medical care to artists too well off for Medicaid and too poor to afford Obamacare.
Filmed over a 4 year period, One Note at a Time is a feature-length documentary that follows the lives of the musicians and the difficulties they face. It highlights the new musicians who are finding New Orleans and bringing hope of rejuvenation and how the gentrification of the City has bought with it new sound pollution laws, which impact the 24-hour party culture the City has enjoyed.
Featured Artists[edit | edit source]
One Note at a Time capture new and last interviews with a number of musicians and artist at it tracks them over a 4-year period, they include:
‘Uncle’ Lionel Batiste,
Walter Payton Jr.,
Shelton ‘Shakespear’ Alexander,
Release[edit | edit source]
The film was screened at film and music festivals in the UK and the USA in 2017, receiving a number of accolades. The official release was 24th August 2018 where the film was screened at a number of UK cinemas, with the digital released on September 3, 2018. A sound track was launched world-wide by Louisiana Red Hot Records on 24th August 2018.
Sound Track[edit | edit source]
|1||Bicycle Ballad Sam||Touch The Hem Of His Garment (Live)||00:21|
|2||Dr. John||If Musicians Ain’t Got A Chance To Live||00:08|
|3||The Hot 8 Brass Band||Let me Do My Thing (Remix)||08:25|
|4||Kermit Ruffins||It Was A Blessing||00:16|
|5||Ray Russell||What The Future Brings||01:20|
|6||Damion Neville and The Charmaine Neville Band||Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Live)||04:51|
|7||Felice Guilmont||Everybody's Gone||00:13|
|9||Chip Wilson and Jesse Moore||Slip Away||03:04|
|10||Shelton ‘Shakespear’ Alexander||Second Lining (Live)||01:09|
|11||To Be Continued Brass Band||Ray Nagin (Give Me My Projects Back)||07:45|
|12||To Be Continued Brass Band||We're Not Criminals||00:19|
|13||New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra||I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (Live)||05:17|
|14||Irma Thomas||Just Passing Through||00:14|
|15||Bud Tower||Please Don't Take Me Home||05:01|
|16||Ms Pearl||Summertime (Live)||00:36|
|17||Walter Payton, Jr.||Touched Somebody||00:24|
|19||Ben Jaffe||Die A Healthy Man||00:23|
|20||Dr. John||Proper Fitting Way||00:24|
|21||Dr. John||Roscoes Song / Down The Road (Live)||09:54|
|22||Ray Russel||One Note at a Time||02:15|
|23||Barry Martyn||To Hell With The Girls||00:31|
|24||Barry Martyn||Down By The Riverside||04:20|
|25||Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson||Carnival Time||02:41|
|26||Ben Jaffe||A Place I've Never Seen Before||00:20|
|27||Uptown Jazz Orchestra||Blue Monk (Live)||01:14|
|28||Kermit Ruffins||New Orleans People||00:19|
|29||Dr. John, Gaynielle Neville, Cyril Neville, Amasi Miller, Shannon Powell, Jesse Boyd, Detroit Brooks, Paul Pattan & Donald Harrison Jr.||This Little Light of Mine (Live)||01:32|
|30||Ray Russell||From The Heart (Digital Bonus Track)||02:49|
|31||Gypsy Elise And The Royal Blues||Funky Tribe (Digital Bonus Track)||04:39|
Awards[edit | edit source]
The film has won numerous international and domestic festival awards including:
- 2017 - BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY at Studio City International Film Festival
- 2017 - GOLD WINNER at Los Angeles Film Review Industry Awards
- 2017 - BEST DOCUMENTARY at Nottingham International Film Festival
- 2017 - FILM OF THE FESTIVAL - Oxford International Film Festival
- 2017 - BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Oxford International Film Festival 
- 2017 - BEST SCORE - Oxford International Film Festival
Reception[edit | edit source]
On IMDb the film has a rating of 9.4/10 with 43 reviews. Total Film Magazine's Kevin Harley gave it 4/5 and said it was "Deeply Moving". The film has had mixed reviews, both Time Out and The Guardian scoring it 3/5  and The Times giving it just 2/5. However, Fan Carpet seemed sympathetic to the purpose of the film's documentary and said it "pays tribute to the musicians of New Orleans, whose playing is like no other in the world".
Reviews[edit | edit source]
Vulture Hound - 4/5
The Up Coming - 2/5
The Fan Carpet - 4.5/5
Oxford Daily Info
Links[edit | edit source]
Official Website: http://www.onenoteatatime.com/
UK Distributor: Munro Films
Sales Agent: The Little Film Company
Key People[edit | edit source]
- Director & Producer - Renee Edwards
- Executive Producers - Paul Woolwich, Craig McCall, Sara Giles
- Co-Producer - Claire Reynolds
- Finance Director and Investor - Simon Edginton
- Investor and Adviser Cirro Ltd Michael Owen
One Note at a Time is Certified PG with 95 minute running time
References[edit | edit source]
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