Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the Gulf Coast have provided material for a number of documentaries -- a whole category was devoted to these films during the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April. One  documentary shown during the festival premiered in New Orleans on Sunday. In New Orleans Music in Exile, filmmaker Robert Mugge took his camera on a quest to find New Orleans musicians whom he hadn't heard about since before Katrina hit. Mugge traveled as far as Houston, Austin, and Memphis to track down musicians such as Irma Thomas (shown above with Mugge), Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Cowboy Mouth, and The Iguanas. He must have been at least partially successful, since most of those acts played Jazz Fest a week or two ago.

The film's New Orleans premiere was followed by live performances from Thomas, Ruffins, and the ReBirth Brass Band. If you don't live in New Orleans, you still have a chance to see New Orleans Music in Exile. The documentary will be shown on Friday and Saturday on the cable channel Starz. Since I know Cyril Neville and some of The Iguanas live in Austin now, I hope the documentary gets a theatrical showing here as well as in the other cities featured in the film.