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Down & Dirty

Down & Dirty follows the three-part music group, New Thousand, as they travel and perform around New Orleans, shedding light on street performance and busking culture of the rich and historic city.

From street corner politics to vibrant live concert footage, Down &
Dirty captures the spirit of New Orleans street performance
through the eyes of a band that risked everything for their musical
dreams. To survive and thrive in the streets, getting down and
dirty is the only option.

  • Ori Segev
  • Drew Johnson
  • Adrian Jusdanis
    Key Cast
  • Alex Koltun
    Key Cast
  • Max Jones
    Key Cast
  • Noah Dixon
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Music Documentary
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 27, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Sony A7S
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • UNO Film Festival
    New Orleans, LA
    United States
    May 12, 2017
    Friday Audience Award Winner
  • Hamilton Music and Film Festival
    Toronto, ON
    September 23, 2017
  • Inside the Loop Film Festival
    Cincinnati, OH
    United States
    October 8, 2017
  • Columbus International Film + Animation Festival
    United States
    March 24, 2018
Director Biography - Ori Segev

Ori Segev is an award-winning Director and Cinematographer. Ori founded Loose Films with two of his classmates from Denison University. Through Loose Films he has traveled the world Directing and shooting projects. Ori has returned back to Denison to speak to students about color grading, cinematography and animation. Known for his laid back attitude, and guerrilla style, Ori knows how to work within a budget while still creating professional and engaging imagery and narratives.

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Director Statement

What inspired me to make this film is the idea of just setting out with a dream in mind and going for it. I always have this idea in the back of my head that I would just travel around in a camper and chase the next film, no plan in mind. I think that everyone dreams about what they wish they could be doing. New Thousand, the band in the documentary, isn’t chasing a film, but they’re chasing their music dreams and taking a chance on the streets of New Orleans.

When I first heard their music, I thought I needed to get down there and follow them - it was instant. I saw a YouTube clip that someone on the street took of them: the band is tan from spending all day on the street. People around them, of all ages just enjoying the music as they pass by.

And when we did get a chance to get down there and follow the band, the vibe from that YouTube clip was all over the place. The streets filled with people, all passionate about the live music and the experience. From this, I knew we needed to weave the street culture into the film. It makes the band’s story more interesting, to see them navigate through the politics, excitement, and energy of street performance and the city's rich busking culture.