Make It Funky
Make It Funky (2005)

It's hard to overestimate the importance of the city of New Orleans in the history of American popular music; New Orleans was where jazz first took root, and the city's rich gumbo of musical influences (African, Caribbean, and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 27, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

The brilliant colors, the vibrant flavors and sultry, seductive rhythms of New Orleans music serve to remind us how unique, beautiful and valuable the city and its heritage are to all of us in this country.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The musicians swear this is dance music, but the beats are far too ponderous to get a rise out of the hip-hop generation.

Scott Weinberg

The sort of documentary that informs and educates through sheer passion, excitement, and, yes, downright funkiness.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Michael Murphy's documentary about the musical traditions of New Orleans can serve as an apt, wrenching elegy for the city's unique contribution to American culture.

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Eddie Cockrell

A big, easy overview of New Orleans' rich musical heritage.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Lively tribute to New Orleans' musical traditions takes on an added poignancy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A suddenly vital biography, Make It Funky, pays apt homage to the unique gifts New Orleans has given its country over the last century. Watching it ought to inspire anyone to return the favor.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

There's not a second in this film that isn't a reminder that New Orleans in its architecture, cuisine and multicultural diversity as well as in its music is a unique and major American center of culture.

David Cornelius

Watching it now, with the devastation behind us, is a bittersweet affair.

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