Fair Trade Filmmaking

The musicians featured in Tradition is a Temple have trusted us, the Producers of the film, to be different.

New Orleans musicians are often solicited to participate in films, television series, and major music recordings. But rarely are they brought in as partners with the potential to share in the economic success of the recording. They are often treated as work-for-hire and paid a set fee for their services. And when royalties are offered the musicians, they simply don’t amount to much. Too often, productions will incur so many expenses that they effectively wipe out any potential for real long-term financial benefit for the musicians.

Tradition is a Temple is taking a different approach. The featured musicians collectively own the majority of the film. Plus, the Producers are working hard to keep costs low in order to show the musicians that they believed in us for good reason. We hope to show Tradition is a Temple to as many people as possible and provide compensation for the many years they’ve dedicated to bringing traditional New Orleans music to the world.

Through grants and a successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.com we’ve managed to raise enough funds to complete the film. Now we’re focused on distribution.

According to wikipedia, “Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity…It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers…Fair trade organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of [conventional trade]“.

That sounds just about right to us. We adhere to the principle of fair trade filmmaking while producing a first-class cinematic experience. To find out more, email info @ tuttidynamics.com.