Routes: Dancing to New Orleans (extract, 5')
'Sexy, funny, socio-politically spot-on, and thrillingly alert and alive in its presentation of popular American music and dance' – Geoff Andrew, Time Out
Top 20 Films of the Decade – Geoff Andrew (BFI/Time Out)
Top 5 Cinematic Moments of the Year – Jason Wood (Little White Lies/Curzon)
Special Mention Top 5 Movies of the Year – Sight & Sound (BFI)
'As a DJ, people asked me where I learned to dance? I didn’t know so I went to find out' – Alex Reuben
'Commissioned by Arts Council England, Alex Reuben's debut feature Routes, is a road movie through the dance and music of the American Deep South, set against the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Inspired by Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music (and evocative of Maya Deren’s seminal Meshes Of The Afternoon), Reuben’s film offers an idiosyncratic documentation of lesser-known forms of American culture, and the extraordinary dancing Americans of the Deep South. From North Carolina to the Holy Grail of his childhood hero, Fats Domino, and the Jazz of New Orleans, Reuben captured on the road Appalachian Bluegrass, Clogging, Mississippi Fife and Drum Blues, Krumping, Memphis Hip-Hop, Indian Smoke Dance, Louisiana Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop, all in a vivid stream of sound and vision.'
Produced and directed by Alex Reuben
Edited by Alex Reuben and Jane Hodge
Special thanks to
Theresa Beattie and
Jen McLachlan and
Emma Gladstone and Sadler's Wells.