R.I.P. Brandon Franklin (1987-2010) On May 9, 2010, saxaphone player, member of TBC Brass Band, the heart of this film, father, and friend passed from this world to the next. You were a light in the darkness; your music touched, inspired and changed all who heard it. I know you are looking down on us from heaven. “I’ll fly away, oh Lord, I’ll fly away, when I die allelujah my oh my, I’ll fly away . . .” We miss you, B. http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/05/hollygrove_shooting_victim_too.html
From the Mouthpiece On Back is an “inspiring” “incredible” feature-length documentary about the remarkable To Be Continued Brass Band’s courageous triumph over Hurricane Katrina–but it’s much more than that: it’s a tribute to their spirit, humor, and unique blend of jazz and hip-hop that keeps alive the spirit of New Orleans’ singular jazz heritage.
FTMOB is “terrific, “intriguing,” and the teenage jazz musicians are “charming as hell, funny, . . . and take everything that’s thrown at them with unimaginable spirit and focus.”
– Julie Tridle, Nolafugees.com
FTMOB is “an inspiring documentary” revealing the band’s “emotional journey since the storm and how their strong will and passion for music keep their dream of making a comeback on Bourbon Street alive.”
– American Film Institute
“Incredible . . .”
Special-edition DVD exclusively on sale here!
(We know everybody’s out of money so we have a new special reduced price–now is the best time to add this “inspiring” and “incredible” story to your permanent collection!)
Special-edition DVD features:
- Full version of the hit documentary
- Extended interview with The Roots’ ?uestlove Thompson
- Encore song peformance by To Be Continued Brass Band
- Solo dance routine New Orleans-style
- Buy it today and help rebuild the Great City of New Orleans!
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We know you will love the movie. A portion of any profits goes to construction of a new home in New Orleans (we’re sponsoring the “FTMOB Team Home” at the Make It Right 9 foundation) and New Orleans jazz band foundations — see links below.
We hope you’ll buy the dvd and help rebuild the great city of New Orleans. One of our immediate goals is to donate $150,000 to Make It Right, which will buy a brand-new home for a displaced family in New Orleans
“If younger cats like us give up and stop playing our music, New Orleans will be losing a lot of its history.”
– Jason Slack, TBC Brass Band
“[TBC’s] music was extremely impressive, enough to get us thinking about doing a Paul Simon-type album that takes The Roots in a whole different musical direction. And their personal stories, with the social issues they brought up, got us to writing the darkest, most downtrodden, in-your-face and political music we’ve ever done.“
– ?uestlove, The Roots
“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.”
– Louis Armstrong