Savannah Arts Academy grad’s acclaimed documentary about piano genius James Booker screening this week

My Unplugged column for Thursday’s Do is already online: New documentary explores life, legacy of pianist James Booker

(Btw, our deadlines for Do are typically on Mondays, and the week’s stories and columns often begin appearing online before the print version is available.)

I really enjoyed talking to Bayou Maharajah filmmaker Lily Keber, who graduated from the Savannah Arts Academy in 2000 and who first became interested in moving to New Orleans after traveling there for an X show at the now-defunct Shim Sham Club over a decade ago. “It had a very familiar feeling to me,” Keber told me of the city. Post-Katrina, she knew that she had to move there since the city’s future was so uncertain. There’s a bit more on that and how she came to hear stories of James Booker in my column.

Bayou Maharajah screens on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center. Click here for the Facebook invitation.

Here’s the trailer:

Bayou Maharajah Trailer from Lily Keber on Vimeo.

Trailer for BAYOU MAHARAJAH, a feature-length documentary on the life and times of James Booker.

World Premiere: SXSW. March 2013.

Winner of Oxford American Best Southern Film Award. May, 2013.

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