The Whole Gritty City is a unique, fascinating window into the world of New Orleans school marching bands. The documentary follows kids in three bands as the directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture. A 2016 ALA Notable Video.

NABJ 2015 Salute to Excellence Television Finalist, Christopher Award

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Andre Lambertson & Richard Barber

Andre Lambertson is a New York-based photojournalist, teacher, and filmmaker. He creates award-winning photo essays on social issues for magazines, books, foundations, advocacy organizations and museums including Time, US News & World Report, Life, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The Ford Foundation, The George Soros Foundation and The Smithsonian Museum. His work has also been published in the books "A Day in The Life of Africa," "A Day in The Life of The Military," "America 24/7" and "RISE," a project on gifted Black and Latino youth.

Lambertson has received four “Picture of the Year” Awards, the World Press Photo Award, the OSI George Soros Media Fellowship, and a Pulitzer Center grant for work on child soldiers in West Africa. His work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Smithsonian, the Corcoran Gallery, the Darkroom and Perpignan.

Other recent projects include Junta Rations, a documentary about sexual slavery in Sierra Leone, Ausungate, a documentary about the spirit of an Andean peak, and the people who live, work, and worship there and Skydancer, a film about a renowned female lama living in a remote Himalayan plateau.

Richard, a producer, director, and editor, has been recognized for his work as a producer and editor for television with Peabody, Emmy and Christopher awards, including the 2002 CBS documentary “9/11”. He has worked at CBS News for “Street Stories”, “48 Hours”, “Live to Tell”, "Brooklyn DA" and “Sunday Morning”. Previously he edited television series and independent documentaries for PBS, National Geographic and Lifetime.

All from this director.