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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2009
Trailer for the documentary "Member Of The Club," directed by Phoebe Ferguson. The film features a young African-American New Orleans woman going through her debutante season with the Original Illinois Club. History of the tradition is intertwined with that of national civil rights milestones since the early 1800s, creating a lively look at what families have done to survive against the odds -- and thrive -- over the past 200 years.
The 67-minute film is directed by Phoebe Ferguson (a relative of the judge in the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, which instituted segregation in the U.S. for 50 years), and includes Keith Plessy (a relative of Homer Plessy, who was charged in the case). Phoebe and Keith have recently created the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation for Education, Preservation and Outreach. The foundation works to create new ways to teach the history of civil rights through film, art, and public programs designed to create understanding of this historic case and its effect on the American conscience.
Music for the film "Member Of The Club" was composed by Troy Sawyer.
The DVD extras include an interview with American journalist Calvin Trillin, on his observations of New Orleans and Mardi Gras from the early 1960s through the 1980s.