On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the coast off New Orleans with horrific force. It was the worst natural catastrophe in recent American history, with over 1,800 casualties and one million people displaced in the region. This film recalls those dramatic events, shows interviews with survivors and gives us a feel for how this extraordinary city and its people continue to find the inspiration to push on, buoyed to an unrivaled extent by the power of music. "Only in New Orleans" is something you hear often in the city, particularly as a defiant jab at certain conservative politicians who 10 years ago would have just as easily left the whole place under water forever. Yet the city forms the roots, to a significant degree in some cases, of musical genres from jazz, R&B, and rock 'n' roll to soul, funk, reggae and hip-hop. Musicians including Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, James Andrews, Ivan Neville, Davis Rogan, Jon Cleary, Big Freedia and Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill as well as employees from the city's emergency task forces tell their stories of the power of music and of the destruction of Katrina. "Only New Orleans" is an evocative story of disaster and of the abilities of people to keep on living in the aftermath, and in the case of New Orleans, to do so by harnessing the inimitable force of music and celebrating life in the face of death. "Trumpet Black" represents a special instance of this strength of spirit. An up-and-coming star on the music scene in New Orleans, Travis became ill and died while on tour overseas. His tragic fate became an essential element of the film while the city celebrated the young star's passing for over two weeks with funeral processions that transformed into rollicking parties – and all of this in a city whose defiant and creative population has managed to reinvent itself in the 10 short years since its greatest disaster.
Kick Film Production In Co-Production with
ZDF In Collaboration with
arte Supported by
FilmFernsehFonds Bayern MFG Baden-Württemberg © Kick Film GmbH Author & Director
Vassili Silovic Director of Photography
Roland Wagner Editor
Carmen Kirchweger Sound
Michael Haesters Treatment
Colin Escott Music Consultant
Bas Hartong Sounddesign & Mix
Peter Riegel
Maik Siegle Color Correction
Jürgen Pertack Line Producer
Edith Le Blanc Location Manager
Stan Gelpi Production Assistant
Alexandra Minzlaff Supervising Producer
Franz Hirner Producer
Moritz Bundschuh Commissioning Editor
Dieter Schneider Executive Producer
Jörg Bundschuh
In memory of Travis „Trumpet Black“ Hill and the victims of Hurricane Katrina Special Thanks to Cherice Harrison-Nelson
Mike Kappus
Rick Olivier
Jan Ramsey
Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Ralf Schmerberg
Stefan Vens
Rock’n’Bowl, John Blancher
Pastor Jerry Darby
Bullet’s Sports Bar
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