Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.
Watch the trailer below!
Can't wait to see this one!
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker is now screening as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) on the following dates, with producer Nathaniel Kohn in attendance at both sessions:
- Saturday 3 Aug 11:00am Greater Union Cinema 3 SELLING FAST
- Thursday 8 Aug 9:00pm Greater Union Cinema 4 STANDBY