Buckjumping takes the pulse of present-day New Orleans by turning to its dancers, the men and women who embody the rhythm of the city and prove it on the streets every chance they get. Filmmaker Lily Keber, a native of Boone who now lives in New Orleans, will present her work 7 pm Thursday, November 21st. in room 114 of the Belk Library and Information Commons on the campus of Appalachian State University. Rob Brown, a faculty member in the department of Geography and Planning will share photos from his research on New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian traditions before the screening.
Famed critic Roger Ebert praised the documentary, writing: The ghost of Les Blank flows through Lily Keber’s documentary “Buckjumping,” an examination of New Orleans dance culture in all its facets and forms. Named after a type of fast-paced footwork dance typically attributed to second line parades, “Buckjumping” brims with curiosity, empathy, and respect for its subjects, capturing them at their most passionate.
Buckjumping follows six different New Orleans communities and their connections through dance. Immersive, cinematic, high energy and joyful, Buckjumping is a celebration of Black culture, cultural continuity, and of the crucial importance for community self-definition. Nine Times Social Aid ; Pleasure Club guide us through preparations for their annual second line. Golden Sioux Gang lead us through their Mardi Gras Indian practice at Handa Wanda. Mourners grieve a family member at a funeral, followed by celebrations for the deceased in the street. Edna Karr High School’s dance troupe hits St Charles Avenue for Muses Parade. Hasizzle The Voice emcees a bounce night. Hustler introduces us to the world of drag in backstreet clubs.
Photo courtesy of filmmaker Lily Keber.