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.
Director's Statement Collapse
I have been given some very fine gifts over the years, one of my favorites being the opportunity to make this film.
Over the years, I have tried to make a film about Luna, but for myriad reasons I was not able to. It seems that I would have to wait a bit to be given such a gift. And I am glad of said wait because this particular gift, given to me at the last possible moment, yielded much more than merely the experience of turning on a camera, and completing another project. It provided me with a personal, and dare I say it, universal theme as well as a memory book that I am sure to revisit for years to come.
About the Director(s)Collapse
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.