Filmmaker Royce Osborn will document the 2008 Mardi Gras Indian Arts Intensive. Osborn is a New Orleans-born writer and producer who grew up in the rich environment of the city's Seventh Ward. In 2003, he created the popular documentary All on a Mardi Gras Day, which explores New Orleans' black carnival traditions in an historical context. The program was broadcast nationally on PBS and was awarded at the New Orleans Film Festival. It has been called one of the best documentaries ever made on New Orleans history, and has been used as a teaching tool in both K-12 and higher education settings. He is currently at work on the documentary Walking to New Orleans, about the city's cultural recovery post-Katrina.
View clips from All on a Mardi Gras Day and Walking to New Orleans at www.nbpc.tv/webcasts/katrina.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Art4Moore Foundation, and the Sewing Machine Project.