“If the musicians ain’t got a chance to live, then what chance has the music got?” Dr John.
One Note at a Time is a beautifully crafted, feature documentary, rich with colourful characters. It’s set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans, where the music stopped in 2005…when one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in American history struck.
The flood defences failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and lives were shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again.
This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene; In particular the founders of The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation, a unique medical facility with the motto… ‘Keeping the music ALIVE’.
ONE NOTE AT A TIME is Renée Edwards’ feature length directorial debut. Edwards made her mark as a film editor for some of television’s highest profile news and current affairs series and documentary dramas, including award-winning Panorama Specials, A Fight to the Death and The Mind Reader.
British-born to an English mother and African American father, Edwards felt compelled to make the film having visited the city throughout her life. She said, “School summer holidays were regularly spent in New Orleans. As an adult I came to know the city in a new way, and very much appreciated the live sound of the music which beat through my childhood in England and America. I think the storm and subsequent flooding made me sad for my own loss, as well as for the people who suffered directly.”
The film has won numerous international and domestic festival awards including BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY at Studio City International Film Festival, GOLD WINNER at Los Angeles Film Review Industry Awards, BEST DOCUMENTARY at Nottingham International Film Festival and three awards at the Oxford International Film Festival including FILM OF THE FESTIVAL.
FEATURING Clarke Peters (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Dr John, Kermit Ruffins, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irma Thomas, Hot 8 Brass Band
Running time 95 mins.