On October 11th, 2013 we helped put together the opening night festivities for the screening of 12 Years a Slave at the New Orleans Film Festival – including the second line. Watching it take place, and seeing the stars enjoying themselves as 400 people marched from the Civic Theatre to Gallier Hall, gave us chills. Reading this story in the L.A. Times made all our blood sweat & tears worth it. What an amazing event!!
Parroting one of New Orleans great celebratory traditions, McQueen, cinematographer Sean Bobbitt and the actors were led by a nine-piece brass band down the citys streets following the screening to a reception. In a rowdy parade thats known locally as a second line and typically seen during funerals, McQueen and his actors including newcomer Lupita Nyongo, who plays a slave danced down the citys main drag of Poydras Street, followed by several hundred festival guests. “That,” said a sweaty McQueen as the parade reached its conclusion, “was extraordinary.”

[slickr-flickr tag="12yearsaslave" id="87468926@N05"] all photos courtesy Rick Dobbs via 12 Years a Slave receives a heros welcome in New Orleans – latimes.com.]]>