In November 2005, just three months after Hurricane Katrina had devastated New Orleans, English pop maestro Elvis Costello joined local R&B legend Allen Toussaint in a Crescent City recording studio to undertake the first major New Orleans recording sessions since Katrina made landfall. Filmmaker Matthew Buzzell was on hand to document the proceedings, which resulted in a Joe Henry-produced album entitled The River in Reverse.
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Matthew Buzzell received his M.F.A. from the American Film Institute, and his thesis film, 6 ½, received the Martin Ritt Foundation Award and the SACD Prize at the 1999 Brussels International Film Festival. In 2001, the Teresa Heinz Foundation commissioned Buzzell to make the documentary What A Girl Wants, which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Buzzell's next film, which played at TFF 2003, Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew, took top honors at the 2002 Atlanta Film Festival and the 2003 Film Fest DC, as well as winning the 2004 Audience Award from viewers of PBS's Independent Lens. Also screening at the Festival is Buzzell's Tell Me Do You Miss Me, a feature documentary about the bittersweet final tour of NYC's indie-rock darlings Luna as they travel around the world, down memory lane, and into the uncertain future.