Renee Edwards Interview

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Renee Edwards powerful documentary film 'One Note At A Time' picked up Best Film at OXIFF2017 and is now getting a UK release in selected cinemas. Filmed over four years, the film pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation following Hurricane Katrina. We chatted to Renee about the film.

What did you want to achieve when you set out to make One Note At A Time?

I wanted to know how the legendary music of New Orleans had been affected by the devastating floods following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

Was there anything that surprised you?

I was surprised by the openness, kindness, resilience, commitment and vulnerability of those who took part. 

How long did it take to shoot the film and what were the main challenges you faced?

It took four years to shoot the film. We filmed between jobs, whenever we could afford the time and money. Funding was a challenge from day one. There were many more. Filming over this extended period with numerous cameras and cameramen, meant the vast amount of footage needed the genius brain of our Post Production Supervisor, Chris Stott, to get us on track for the edit, and keep us there. There would be no film without him.  

Is there any advice you can give to anyone looking to make a documentary?

Commit to making the film and the 'how' will take care of itself. Bring your post production supervisor on early, have at least one great Executive Producer and join Bectu.

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