We are excited to be producing a New Orleans documentary, entitled Bottle Cap Boys in conjunction with local filmmaker Christopher Boudy. The film will showcase the lives of young boys who tap dance in the French Quarter; some as young as 6 years old, working to earn money for their families and navigating the dangerous streets of New Orleans; while trying to maintain their childhood innocence. The documentary will explore the positive and negative impacts on these young performers lives and look at questions such as: Should we allow young children to perform for money for our cultural entertainment or should we try to find other avenues for them in dance and the arts?
“These young boys have an amazing story that is interwoven into the thread of what makes up our city. As a New Orleanian and a storyteller, I want to tell this unique story to help shed light on our dynamic culture” says filmmaker, Christopher Boudy, Sr.
These young men carry with them a century’s old tradition of street performers who entertain locals and tourist in the French Quarter. They rely on a combination of youthful cuteness, talent, and the city’s deep jazz and music heritage. Notable New Orleanians such as Louis Armstrong, Trombone Shorty, and Lionel Batiste got their start performing in the neighborhoods and streets of New Orleans.
The documentary is set to start filming in the summer of 2018 with a limited release in the latter part of the summer and a wider release in the fall.