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

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Crew Bios

Executive Producers

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world's first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. Wynton presently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Stanley Nelson is an Emmy-winning MacArthur 'genius' and one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today, with five films in competition at Sundance in ten years and multiple industry awards to his credit. His recent films include Freedom Riders, winner of three primetime Emmys in 2011, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage; A Place of Our Own, a semi-autobiographical look at the African American middle class, The Murder of Emmett Till; and Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind.


Dawn Logsdon made her feature-length directing debut with Faubourg Tremé. A nationally-acclaimed editor in the Bay Area for many years, Dawn returned to her hometown in 1999, determined to weld together her experience in documentary filmmaking with a quest for understanding New Orleans, its people, and its culture. Dawn has directed and produced several short documentaries including Tomboy. She edited the Sundance Award-winning documentary Paragraph 175, directed by two-time Academy Award winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. She co-edited the 2004 Academy Award-nominated documentary film, The Weather Underground, directed by Sam Green and Bill Siegel; and edited the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program The Castro: Hidden Neighborhoods of San Francisco, which interweaves the many strands of that community's history, culture and politics. Other editing credits include Big Joy (upcoming 2013), Turkey Creek (upcoming 2012), Have You Heard from Johannesburg (2010), Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velevet (2005) which she also co-directed, Hope Along the Wind: Harry Hay (2001), and Vanishing Line (1998). She is currently in development on a new project about the American Public Library. Dawn is a Soros Open Society Institute Media Fellow and has also been awarded fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, and was a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.


Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans based writer. Formerly a metro columnist for the New Orleans Times Picayune, Lolis is currently a writer and story editor for the HBO series Treme. A recognized expert on New Orleans food and culture, he is the author of Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and co-producer and writer of the Smokestack Lightning: A Day in the Life of Barbecue, the documentary based on that book. He is the editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The Best of Southern Food Writing. A contributing writer to The Oxford American, his work has appeared in Gourmet, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Bon Appetit, downbeat and the San Francisco Chronicle among other publications. His work is included in the anthologies Best Food Writing: 2008, Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience, and That's What I Like (About the South: and Other New Southern Stories for the Nineties). A former commentator for CBS News Sunday Morning, he has also appeared often on National Public Radio programs. He has an MA from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York and an MFA from the University of Virginia.


Lucie Faulknor has over 20 years experience in arts administration. She produced and researched Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans as well as coordinating the film's outreach and publicity. She has also worked with directors Dorothy Fadiman and Lynn Hershman-Leeson in the areas of fundraising, publicity, outreach and community engagement. Lucie produced Ireland's first Women in Film and Video Film Festival in Dublin and developed and produced Artists Up-Close a series of lectures in San Francisco featuring Sydney Pollack, Laurie Anderson, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and many others. She was also the producer of several one-woman shows by Irish actor/writer Kate Perry in San Francisco and throughout Ireland. She has managed fundraising and publicity campaigns for a number of organizations and individuals, including The Marin Theater, Dublin (Ireland) Fringe Theatre Festival, San Francisco's Working Women Theater Festival, Stern Grove Festival, the Irish Arts Foundation, national recording artists 4 Non Blondes, Jim Campilongo, and Storm Large. Lucie has a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from USF's School of Business & Professional Studies and a B.A. in Arts Management from SFSU.


Derrick Hodge is currently the bass player and a composer with Terrence Blanchard's jazz band. He composed the score for the documentary Who the F@#k is Jackson Pollack and tracks for Spike Lee's Inside Man. He attended Berkelee College of Music and received a bachelor's degree in Music (emphasis on jazz and composition) from Temple University. Hodge has performed and/or recorded with Donald Byrd, Kanye West, Will Smith, Jill Scott, Bootsy Barnes, Q-Tip, Terell Stafford, Mos Def and many others.

Directors of Photography

Keith Smith is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who brings to the project over twenty years of documentary and narrative experience-and a special eye for his hometown, New Orleans. Keith has shot numerous documentaries, such as the nationally acclaimed ten-part educational series Black Americans of Achievement, as well as a number of narrative feature films, including Luck of the Draw and Any Given Sunday. His work has been shown theatrically and on numerous television broadcast and cable stations, such as PBS, HBO, Black Entertainment Television and Lifetime Television. He has also won awards at international film festivals.

Diego Velasco was born in the United States and raised in Venezuela. He currently resides in New Orleans and Los Angeles. He has worked as the director of photography for various music videos, commercials and independent films including Tony Bravo and Mutiny. He has also worked on such feature films as The Insider, Double Jeopardy, Crazy in Alabama, My Dog Skip and Dracula 2000. His films have won more than 19 awards worldwide including being pre-selected for Oscar consideration. Velasco directed the first ever Latin American sitcom, Planeta de 6, for Venezuelan television. He is currently filming with Fox broadcasting in Los Angeles.

Research Director

Caryn Cossé Bell is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is an internationally recognized authority on Creole New Orleans and her award-winning book, Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana, 1718-1868, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her other publications include 'Rappelez-vous concitoyens: La poésie de Pierre-Aristide Desdunes' and 'Haitian Immigration to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th Centuries', one of 13 multi-media narratives for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, a website and digital archive that chronicles the migrations of all people of African ancestry in North America. She has worked on documentaries for PBS, A&E, and Xavier University on A House Divided, a study of the New Orleans Civil Rights movement narrated by James Earl Jones. She was also a John E. Sawyer Fellow at Harvard University's Longfellow Institute.

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Wynton Marsalis presents the Faubourg Treme Documentary Project