Photos by Jason Foster
Post Soundtrack: Ham N’ Eggs
ORETHA CASTLE HALEY BLVD: Over the years, I’ve come to know Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard as place where culture and forward thinking has been held and incubated. Back in 2012, in conjunction with Junebug Productions, I had the honor of making a short documentary about the late, great John O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal, a Civil Rights and theater legend, is the co-founder of the Free Southern Theater and founder of Junebug Productions. For a time, Free Southern Theater had a space on Oretha Castle Haley and Erato. I also worked as a projectionist on Lockdown, another Junebug production (a play this time), that was directed by my now wife, at Ashe. The cornerstone of the boulevard, Ashe has been integral in furthering the art, teachings and culture of the African Diaspora to New Orleans for twenty years and counting.One summer I taught a filmmaking class at Rethink, fast forward to the end of the semester and we held a gathering for all of the students, staff and teachers at Cafe Reconcile. There my students screened their films for family and friends. I also watched films, and screened a film of my own (shout out to Patois), at Zeitgeist which was, at the time, right across the street. The street was (and still is) a grounding force for me when I was getting my legs as an artist. It’s changed a lot since then (what hasn’t) but the lessons learned and the connections that I’ve made along way remain.
*NOTE: Some photos in this shoot were taken using a film camera*