Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
directed by Lily Keber
USA, 2013, English, 90 minutes
Dr. John described James Booker as 'the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.' Booker was an unparalleled musician whose eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle and isolation. Triply-marginalized by his race, sexuality and physical disability, he still managed to excel as a musician in New Orleans and Europe in the turbulent 1960-70s, fusing secular, sacred, pop and classical traditions in breathtaking new ways. A brilliant stylist of soaring imagination, Booker personified the agony of genius in a time of paradigmatic change.
Film in Pink Peach Competition