Announcing our World Wide Premiere

by admin on October 2, 2013

PosterHello Tradition is a Temple supporters,

We are pleased to announce that Tradition is a Temple will premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 13th at the Contemporary Arts Center. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to premiere the movie in the city where it was created.  The screening will be followed by a reception featuring a 360º video art installation.

Here’s the link to event page for the festival:

and… here is the announcement in The Times Picayune:

On November 14th, Tradition is a Temple will make its New York premiere at The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. The movie was selected to be part of “The Art of the Real” presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Ticket information will be posted soon.

Also on Novemeber 14th, the movie will be released and available to the public. We will be sending out rewards to everyone who participated in pre-sales through Kickstarter or our website. *Please send us your addresses if you have yet to do so!*

We can’t stop thanking you for your support. You are the reason we were able to make it to the finish line and we are grateful. Hope to see you at the screenings!


The Tradition is a Temple team


Supporters: Send Us Your Info

by admin on October 1, 2012

Hello again, Tradition is a Temple supporters,

As we write to you, we’re working on our final distribution strategy. While we don’t yet have dates for when you will be able to view the film – we are making good progress.

We have been contacting all of our kickstarter backers to collect your active email address and mailing address.  We have the email addresses you used when backing us. Please send us your information if for some reason you didn’t hear from us. (Email us at traditionisatemple (at)

We began this project with one principal goal in mind: to capture the enduring life and legacy of New Orleans music in all its wild vitality and uncompromising uniqueness. We had the vision; you made it possible. And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful or humbled. Thanks to your generous support and patience, we believe that we’ve made a film that everyone can be proud of—including all of you, our friends, family, and collaborators.

All the best,

The Tradition is a Temple Team

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RIP Uncle Lionel

by admin on July 9, 2012

New Orleans’ favorite bass drum player, Uncle Lionel Batiste, passed away this morning.

Our time on this planet is limited, and the style in which we spend this time can be augmented by remembering the words and character of this man.

For our film, he gave us one of the most sincere and powerful statements we’ve ever heard, spoken with a rare purity of heart:

“I just enjoy this little life of mine… Entertaining, showin’ you how to dance or to play an instrument… Something’ like that. Yeah, I’m just a joyful little man. Joyful little man.”

- Uncle Lionel Batiste. (1931-2012)

Please celebrate his spirit as you celebrate the lives of your friends and family.

Most Sincerely,


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