Faubourg Treme The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
A film by Dawn Logsdon & Lolis Eric Elie

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Your Stories and Thoughts

"The story I have will turn heads along with the music"
by -Margaret Trotter

"HBO got me hooked, so I went looking for more! This Film really tells the true, historic story of TREME!"
by -Bradley R. Hayden, Bloomington, IN

"I was moved not only by the documentary but by the music which I would love to purchase if that is possible."
by -John Hancock-Canada

"Beautiful and touching film. I was in tears. My heart goes out to the families who have experienced Katrina and it's a blessing to know that throughout the struggles we maintain and appreciate our rich culture. "
by -Chela

"I really enjoyed this film,would like to visit.I will be buying this film for my children.What a rich hertiage.Thanks"
by -Ella King

"Overwhelming showing for the film at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport La. Keith Plessy in attendance to field questions from a nearly sold out audience. Thank you "
by -Michael Woodfork

"I screened “Faubourg Treme” for Ohio State students in 2009, during a course that examined the origins of American multiculturalism through the lens of New Orleans literature. The film’s extraordinary images and compelling narrative hooked students in a way that no lecture or textbook could possibly have managed. I am using the film again in summer 2012, this time in a popular culture class that considers the power of film and TV to create social change and undermine entrenched ideologies. The film provides an elegant and eloquent introduction to the rich, overlooked history of a city that, from its earliest years, has symbolized and empowered the cultural and ethnic diversity at the heart of American identity. "
by -Virginia Cole, Ohio State University

"I was raised in New Orleans and I've read the reports in the TP and I always felt that the black white thing has always missed the mark. I think the film does somewhat as well in subtle comments that put white people up against the wall. I wish some of the historical documentaries would stop doing that and do more of the accounts of the two cultures intermingling into what is today new orleans. It took both white and black contributions to make treme and new orleans the architecture the music the food and the people that defines it. I think even when I lived in new orleans the people too often forgot this and racial tension from both blacks and whites only hurt understanding and working together. I wish the film had emphasized this more than the message I got which came off like a martin luther king we shall overcome documentary more fitting for a civil rights demonstration. That sort of thinking robs treme and new orleans of what it is today a city that survived katrina and furthermore it survived because people worked together to keep this culture alive black white brown red whatever. Now let me go eat some red beans and have a cold dixie!!!"
by -steve jaubert

"Absolutely beautiful film - expert quality - with soul, integrity, and truth. This history must be known to everyone. I've studied a fair amount about the city and was able to visit it last year - stayed in the Quarter - its the one city in America that I truly love - and I have traveled and moved around the states and lived abroad. New Orleans is totally unique - Thanks so much for your labor of love - your gift to the world- may it illuminate the beauty of Black New Orleanians for the world to see. "
by -Cindy Johnson, Madison, WI

"I stayed in the Treme while visiting NOLA last spring. What a beautiful neighborhood"
by Anonymous

"I loved this documentary!History I never knew about!Bless the folks from the Treme. I hope the neighborhood never goes away!!"
by -Barb Lewis

"Grew up in NOLA, had friends from Treme neighborhood, went to Mcdonogh, grandmamere worked at the Circle Market and we always rode the bus! Now in CO for many years, missing my home...well done...Fr/Port/Nat AM/Irish/Italian....thank you."
by -NeNee

"I have been to New Orleans many many times, I just love it there. I was born and raised in SF, Ca., but I feel so at home there. I love the people, the music and eveything."
by -ME

"I've never felt a feeling of "home" as much as I did when I visited New Orleans...maybe it's because I'm a musician....I walked the streets, and it just felt right....."
by -Fran Calo

"I have not yet seen the documentary, but am in love with the television program. When you say in your directors comments that you hope we will come to love the city of New Orleans as it's own entity, I certainly do. I didn't think there was anyone out there who understood that, that could be possible. Thank you for understanding what it feel like to love a place and to try and bring that love to a larger audience. Love in unconditional and that is what New Orleans and other(still damaged)post Katrina areas need. I will be visiting this summer and I can't wait! It like going home!"
by -Lindy Burkett

"Excuse the typo. Thank you so much, that is..."
by -BellaNOLA

"I think the commenter, Fontaine, from '08 who brings in "creole" for discussion, missed some of the movie. In what I learned in the film, they were fighting for equal rights for EVERYONE, not just "creoles". We really shouldn't continue this separatist speak. At any rate, the Africans were definitely in the equation in Treme, because they were paid and could buy their own freedom. So to assume that it was a bunch of mixed people would be inaccurate. I saw all skin tones represented in the pictures. With some people, they always have to downplay the African element. It's unfortunate. This film was definitely other than what I've been taught. Thank you some much."
by -BellaNOLA

"I just got the DVD in the mail and watched it! Bravo! This was an excellent documentary that shows the rich, gumbo mileux at the heart of New Orleans culture and a glimpse of what was lost in Katrina that can never be relocated and replaced. It also touches on the complexity and difference of race relations in New Orleans compared to other areas of the perceived "South". Good commentary, great editing...great documentary. Thanks."
by -Tim Kim

"You blessed me today! Thank you for telling such a rich, powerful, soul-stirring yet heartbreaking story. I am overwhelmed with emotion and saddened the unimaginable neglect of the people of New Orleans. Though I left New Orleans as a child, it had a profound impact on my values and my life. It gave me culture, Jesus, an appreciation for music and wonderful memories. It gave me huck-a-bucks, snow balls, po boys and more. It is my heritage. My people still live there. The spirit of New Orleans will never died but it will not thrive without help...help that is deserved and help that is needed. My responsibility to you and to the people of New Orleans is to respond...to hold elected officials responsible for helping to rebuild and to encourage others to give to support the many continuing efforts to rebuild one of our nation's most famous and historical cities. And, this responsibility belongs to all that are made aware of this marvelous film. We owe it to the people of New Orleans and to the people of the United States. Thank you for reminding us of this wonderful truth."
by -Youlonda

"I'd love to see you guys bring this to Dallas for screening...I'm sure you could get into the Anjelika or Mark Cuban's theaters!!"
by Anonymous

"I just saw the film. I grew up in Treme (on Orleans Avenue) beginning in the early 50's and my family roots goes back much much further than that. This film brought back soooo many wonderful memories. I moved away from New Orleans in 1976 and I return to the city (and my beloved neighborhood) as frequently as I can. However seeing this film was a kind of return that overwhelmed me. I learned so much about it's history that I didn't fully realize. What a blessing to have this film, especially now. I plan to share this with my son, granddaughter and it will be passed on as a testament to how powerful and beautiful a community can be. I feel so blessed to have this history within me. THANK YOU for this film!!"
by -Wilbert Alix

"Shortly after visiting New Orleans for the first time I saw this film in the Heritage Center of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Spellbinding and full of surprises."
by -Bill Falls

"I grew up in uptown New Orleans, but had several Uncles and Aunts that lived in the TREME. What beautiful Sundays we spent visiting with them. I have lived in Virignia for 30 years and always, always visit the TREME when in New Orleans. Can't wait to receive the film I just ordered and view in it's entirety. "
by -Eileen Valteau Bernard

"As a native of New Orleans and living in another state (by choice), I see this is a critical part of my heritage. The Second Lines on Sundays is something that I miss and every time I'm home, I make sure that I catch one. Well done..."
by -SheltonG

"This poignant and historically important film should be required viewing by students throughout the U.S. Heartfelt thanks for documenting the life and times, both horrific and wonderful of this special place and its inhabitants. "
by -Helen - Miami-Dade, Florida

"It appears that the film will not be shown in Florida. What a shame I was looking forward to it"
by -Don Morrow

"I grew up in New Orleans, but knew very little of this history until one sleepless night I happened upon the LPBS documentary. It presents an essential, powerful, and touching history of not only a neighborhood but city and its people. It saddens me that my formal education in New Orleans completely neglected this history in favor of a unmemorable, sterile, dead, dry presentation of the city's history. "
by Anonymous

"I love how it begins in the past-tense, talking about time that Elis had spent with a filmmaker, watching footage that had been shot... the footage takes on a new meaning, and the audience is connected to the character as we watch the footage together, then he takes things further by discussing his relationship to the footage... What's fascinating to me is that this is a second layer of footage for the same film - (presuming that he's talking about Logsdon when he says "I spent some time with a documentary filmmaker," this is a film that folds back over itself in order to begin... I really like this for a beginning."
by -Will Rogers

"The history this film covers is intriguing and so very interesting. Within the U.S. New Orleans is a mysteriously beautiful, unique and deeply historical place. "
by -Kathleen

"Just wonderful, I can not wait to be home again to live in the real world"
by Anonymous

"What a wonderful portayal of our N'awlins heritage! I have never lived in Lousiana but both of my parents were born and raised there, the roots run long and strong. Seeing the documentary on the Treme' has truly reminded me of the rich heritage that runs through the blood of all the decendents of the area. I cannot wait to share this with all of my relatives. Thank you for keeping our rich history alive, continue to do your great work. "
by -KJL

"I remember growing up in New Orleans Treme District and and walking to Bell and Clark Schools. The culture and diversity was so profound. In being a member of St. Peter Claver, it was exciting with Father Michael. In the 60's I remember the death of our own Dr. Martin Luther King, it devestated Orleans Avenue for blocks females were crying and devestated by that action. I LOVE MY CITY. "
by -Claude Nogess, Businessman

"Thank you all for your kind comments. It warms our hearts to learn how this film has touched so many people in so many ways. Peace."
by -Lucie, Producer

"I sawmthis wonderful documentary today. My mom's family is from the Treme. I plan to retire to New Orleans. It has always been in my heart. Beautifully done."
by -Doris on 22 August 2009

"I truly enjoyed your documentary about Treme! I live in Michigan; however, my father hails from New Orleans and I still have a lot of family in the area. Therefore, my "kinship" with New Orleans is very strong. Aside from visiting every couple of years, I'm always interested in learning more about my dad's birthplace. Just telling him about the documentary wasn't enough, so I ordered the DVD for his birthday. It's difficult to buy anything for him because he thinks his birthday "is just another day." Not only did he like it, but he's watched it several times. I'm always happy when I can share something new with him. Again, it was a great documentary! "
by -Tanisha Thibodaux

"Thank you for such a wonderful documentary - I have seen it 4 times and will view again if I had the opportunity! Our city's history is truly beautiful!"
by -Les Everage NOLA

"Thank you for sharing the history and flavor of Tremé; our home for 17 years was on N. Villere St. Your Father would be so honored & proud - Well done!Wonderful to see my “New Orleans family”! Yes, I claim you! Continued success! Thanks to my daughter Khara for sending me the DVD! Yes We Can Rebuild! Love you New Orleans! "
by -Clara Collins Coleman

"Beautiful!"
by Anonymous

"This is an engaging, informative, and truly powerful documentary. It really represents the many layers of the city and its significance to the/our struggle for justice...and how both the city and our humanity are immutable. Through the story of the Treme, we see that New Orleans, like life itself, can and must go on. Great educational tool for young and old!!"
by Anonymous

"I happened to catch this on LPBS tonight and am blown away! I've never known the history of this enigmatic neighborhood. I immediately put my order in for this DVD. I now have 2 favorite and precious documentaries about Black New Orleans. The other is Royce Osborn's "All On A Mardi Gras Day" which I make all my friends watch so they can begin to understand what this city is all about!!!"
by -Mary, New Orleans

"I just happend upon this documentary on TVOne in the middle of the night and had to watch to the end. The story, which I had never heard before, was fascinating and beautifully told. I've only visited New Orleans twice and fell in love each time. Upon my next visit, I will make a point to visit Treme as well. "
by -S. Willis, Philadelphia

"Wow, I was born and raised in New Orleans and never knew the history of Treme´. I left New Orleans when I was 17 to attend college and never returned, but my father and other family members still live there. New Orleans has always been a part of me, and will always be a part of me. I love my city. I am doing all that I can to get people to understand the history that I city possesses. Thank you for your contribution. And I know our city will return!!"
by Anonymous

"Great to see your program Faubourg Tremé on public television this week. You have achieved something that is rare and difficult--a history film that really engages its viewers' hearts. Of course it's partly the casting, your characters are eloquent and put themselves on the line, so we get attached to them. But then you and they keep connecting it back to the legacy, and so we feel connected to that history, that something is at stake for us too in losing it, or resurrecting it, or failing to resurrect it. Bravo/Brava, well done!"
by -Laurie Coyle

"I grew up in Treme, a few doors away from Mr. Glen Andrews, who I remember very fondly. I live in Illinois now, and seeing the current state of Treme hurts my heart so much. Thank you for showing the world why Treme and its residents are so special. Beautiful, educational, and moving work!"
by -Khara Coleman

"The documentary really touched my heart and soul. I looked at all those beautiful people and their free spirit filled with the old African heritage and it just brings tears to my eyes of joy and pain."
by -Stephanie

"I happened upon this film on PBS and absolutely loved it. Thank you!"
by -Sarah Flanagan

"I was born in NO. I just purchased several copies of this film for my family and friends must see it."
by -Dorothy 2-19-09

"My husband and I were both born in NO but grew up in Texas. We love our NO roots and still have family there. We visit every chance we get and were so moved by the story and history of Treme. We will be in NO in late March and plan to visit this area and learn as much as we can. Thanks for sharing the story."
by -Dane & Jo

"When I saw this film I was deeply moved. Thank you for sharing with us the history of Treme'! It is a story that everyone needs to be aware of. A job well done."
by -Paula Newsome

"I am a native new orleanian as well and left in 1986 to join the army, I missed the uniqueness of new orleans and considered moving home before Hurricane Katrina as a matter of fact I had a job interview set up for the day of the hurricane. i plan on coming home yearly during the summer to introduce my nine year old son to his roots. I grew up in Treme and did not know its history. Thanks"
by -darlene.

""just returned home to Florida from a trip to visit NOLA. But this film showed us a side which we did not see, and I thank you for bringing it. With each visit we gain a new appreciation of this great city and the heart of the people in it. "
by -Cheryl-2/18/09

"Just saw this on PBS. This is an amazing story and needs to be told to many more."
by -Kim

"I am a native New Orleanian but moved away 30 years ago. I never knew the glorious yet sad history of Treme until now. Thank you for telling the story of such a unique, rich part of my city's history."
by -Elizabeth

"This documentary is so different from others made about New Orleans because it was made by a person who lives in New Orleans, with people New Orleanians know. I could not move from the television, and can't wait to see it again. It was so real, I was teary eyed as I watched the realness of the film. Thank you Mr. Elie and Mr. Lodgdon. When I swee your names again, I know to expect the same quality of work. "
by -Genevieve

"This documentary should be viewed by everyone,whether or not their family is from New Orleans. Such a rich slice of what are these United States."
by -R Sanders

"Having grown up in Baton Rouge in the the '60s and '70's, our family would make several trips a year to New Orleans. Now, at 49 years of age, I learn for the first time about Faubourg Treme. I was riveted to the television for the duration of the program, and I say "thank you" to Lolis Eric Elie for his outstanding telling of such an important story."
by -SJ Paradiso

"This should be a mandatory part of the American History curriculum taught in all our schools. My thanks to Ms Lodgdon and Mr. Elie, this is an extraordinary documentary. PBS is to be lauded for bringing this program to the forefront. Hopefully Treme will rise from the despair of the last 60 year of Urban decline, Katrina, and the debacle of the Bush administration's reaction...and its displaced population can return to a vibrant community. It is so sad that Mrs Trevigne and his tools will not be part of the rebuilding. "
by -Mara

"I am one of the vast number who had never heard of Treme. The story was..... the words don't come easily. A joy, a wonder, amazing, eye opening & profoundly sad at some level. Yet we are left uplifted. Such spirit in Treme! Something to share with future generations. Thank you."
by -GL McCarthy

"The story of "the Treme" deeply touched my heart. For the life of me, I can't understand why a musician would be arrested for playing an instrument on the streets of Treme. How is this allowed to happen in 2009?"
by -Paula Copeland

"I heard an interview on this story on WBOK this morning.... I just wanted to say thank you!"
by -DJhc

"I am a descendant of the Faubourg Treme and I too have many untold stories of that glorious, historical neighborhood. My family still lives in "the Treme". Thank you for this documentary, as the history of New Orleans, with all its treasures and charm must be preserved. Well done!"
by -Selena Esteves

"Visited the African-American Museum in Treme as part of the Prospect.1 tour. The museum is beautiful, the exhibit was stunning and, as lagniappe, I purchased the Faubourg Treme dvd mainly because I'm ad admirer of Lolis Eric Elie's column in the Times-Picayune. I'm a native New Orleanian and learned so much by watching this video. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand and appreciate our culture."
by -C.R.L.

"Just saw the film at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Houston, TX and I can't stop thinking about it. This documentary is powerful -- it perfectly captures all that is unique about New Orleans and reminds us why its culture is so worthy of preservation. I can't wait to share it with educators all over the state! Job very well done."
by -Jennifer Powers, Louisiana Dept of Education

"The sky will rain thunder. The tooth and nail of will would resurrect itself in the heart of the blessed souls. Many will travel far, many will fail. One voice would rise, that voice would be the echoing truth. A candle lit by the thunder. "
by -G.D.S.

"I saw the film Saturday at the Hot Springs film festival, and was blown away by it. I've commented on the experience today on my blog at http://bilgrimage.blogspot.com/2008/10/faubourg-trem-untold-story-of-black-new.html."
by -William Lindsey

"I've watched the film in Rio's International Film Festival a few days ago, and it made quite an impression on me. It is about History, Arquitecture, Music, living in community, civil rights, preservation and rebirth. It is a great piece of true journalism, a very skilled work on historical research, a touching statment that shows a deep concern for a city, a neighborhood and its inhabitants. New Orleans and my city, Rio de Janeiro, have indeed many similarities, specially the living and creative energy that sprangs from within, producing real culture, and the unconditional love of its people, a bound meaning: THEY SHALL OVERCAME! "
by -marlene

"Just watched film in Vancouver (VIPP). Touching and depressing (where are our fellow citizens in time of need) but hopeful!"
by -Doug MacLaren

"CREOLE DEFINITION Creoles are generally known as a people of mixed French, African, Spanish, and Native American ancestry, most of who reside in or have familial ties to Louisiana. Research has shown many other ethnicities have contributed to this culture including, but not limited to, Chinese, Russian, German, and Italian. This culture began as an offspring of the Old World and the New when this country was still being colonized. Creoles are not one thing or the other, and have lived their lives being misunderstood, misrepresented, and misinterpreted. In the past, under White government, Creoles were not allowed to be an equal part of society. Blacks, free and slaves, did not feel Creoles were part of their world either... http://nsula.edu/creole "
by -K.C. Fontaine

"Try , "THE UNTOLD STORY OF 'CREOLE' NEW ORLEANS.""
by -K.C. Fontaine

"I saw this film yesterday at a festival in Los Angeles. I'm from New Orleans, but I've been living in L.A. for 12 years. It made me homesick from the moment I saw the tile street signs in the first few frames. I loved the footage of the dancing, which perfectly captures the spirit of the people. I learned so much about the city. This was obviously a labor of love. Thank you, filmmakers! "
by -Melody Davis

"Lolis. It was a pleasure seeing the movie on the Vineyard this past week at the MVAAFF. I am glad that you got a great response and multiple screenings. Though I have other books and have spent extensive time in NOLA, this was a great perspective I didn't know about. I wish you all the best w/ the movie and I hope you are able to enlighten many more people about one of the greatest and most loving cities I have ever visited. I have NEVER had a bad time in NOLA and I've been visiting regularly and enjoying the culture since 1992. I have started to email all of my NOLA friends who were displaced by Katrina. I will spread the word!!!"
by -Shellece-Jeannette Earles

"lolis, so proud to see you have a photo of my family on your website. i'm sure you know they are the broyards and i'm delighted to see them representing the treme in their workclothes. the far right, middle and far left gents are broyrads. the other two, unknown to us. do you have any idea who they are? look forward to your l.a. screening and all the best to you. mark broyard of 'the creole mafia'."
by -mark broyard

"Extremely touching...and equally informative as well! Absorbing this piece of history peeled back a couple of layers. I was born and raised in the Treme Community, and it was rather enlightening to get a glimpse of the roots of the streets I've trodded for years. The attending audience was spellbound and captivated with a sense of connection. Hmm, New Orleans is surely getting its share of attention, lately...movies, music, TV, commercials. Keep it coming."
by -Lonnie M. Andry

""Fauborg Treme" should be a tremendous contribution to Katrina recovery. It gives the rest of the country some idea of what was lost, and why we need to help preserve what remains."
by -Paige Gold

"We have had our copy of the film since shortly after it was released and have watched it many times. We are former residents of the Treme and our home is now one of the few that survived and is in mint condition. We are so pleased to be able to help preserve this precious part of America. Your history was enlightening and much appreciated by our family and friends. I was a guide in the Quarter for over 3 years and we were never taught the fascinating and rich history of the Treme I was not aware of. Wonderful film. Thanks."
by -Gary Chenett

"Thank you for this wonderful history lesson. Born and bred in New Orleans, I was never aware of the rich history of the Treme area. This is so timely, post Hurricane Katrina. I cried through the entire film, longing for the city of my youth. Thank you for giving the world a wonderful gift."
by -Lauren Schexnider

"The most amazing documentary I have seen in years. America needs to know about Faubourg Treme in order to move forward as a nation that cherishes its history and learns from its past. Concluding with John Boutte's Treme Song is brilliant and optimistic."
by -Bob Pest (Arkansas)

"First there was "Birth of a Nation"..now we have the "Birth of a country and City"...Outstanding!"
by -stan taylor

"Congratulations to two very talented and inspiring young New Orleanians. We all knew you had the talent, now the rest of the country knows as well. Lolis and Dawn your GREAT!!!"
by -Madeline Axtman President TGAGNOI

"Simply Wonderful!!! Both sides of my family lived in TREME. My wife and I went to Joseph A Craig School in the 1960's.Both of our grand parents lived on Bayou RD. My mother and I attended Clarke High school, but I never in all my days knew some of the things shown here. Thanks for the enlightment!"
by -Kirby Offner

"Hi Tremé fans, please feel free to share your thoughts on the film. "
by -Lucie Faulknor

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