Private Project

Rolling With Kings

One night over a decade ago, a few friends decided they wanted to be in a Mardi Gras parade. From that came The Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, now one of New Orleans' most popular sub-krewes. This is their story.

  • Samuel Brantley
    Director
  • Samuel Brantley
    Writer
    Stiff Arm, A Tessellation, System 438, Sweet Nothings
  • Jennifer Schemke
    Producer
    Sweet Nothings, Pimp My Rascal, Abs Like Jesus
  • William Tousignant
    Producer
  • Samuel Brantley
    Producer
    Sweet Nothings
  • Sam Cespedes
    Co-Producer
    Native, Based on Rosenthal, Last Call, Nuts & Bolts, Size Matters
  • Allen Green
    Editor
    Based on Rosenthal, Last Call, Size Matters
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Pop-Culture, Slice of Life, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Elvis Presley, Louisiana, Culture, Americana, Local Customs, Uplifting, Humanities
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes 30 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Samuel Brantley

Samuel Brantley had been working on writing prose and fiction for years, and dabbled in stand up comedy and spoken word storytelling in both New Orleans and New York City, but had been in a rut creatively. Then one day he answered a Craigslist ad for someone seeking a writing partner for collaboration on a screenplay. While he had never actually written a screenplay before the genres and tone the ad sought fit his. One meeting over coffee later and he was off on a strange journey into becoming a film maker.

About 11 years later, he has dozens of screenplays under his belt, 4 short films he's written produced, another he co-produced was made as well. Writing TV pilots, commercials, consulting on other screenplays also started coming down a small but still there pipeline.

Circumstances and luck perhaps made the pieces fall into place for him to be able to become a different kind of storyteller, and set him on a path of wanting to document stories of his city, New Orleans, a place with no end to the amazing stories to be told.

Thanks to his friends, family, and a lot of amazing people, he can now share his first outing as a director in a feature length documentary to tell the world a truly New Orleans story.

Samuel lives in New Orleans with his wife, stepson, and dog.

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Director Statement

I am fascinated by how much the world can be changed by the seemingly small moments. This film is meant to not only tell a tale of New Orleans, but also to tell the tale of how some friends ended up making a huge positive impact in the world just from wanting to find a way to get into a parade. It is my wish that this film teaches its audience some cool things about New Orleans and Mardi Gras, tells them the story of a collective of amazing people, and inspires them to go out and make a change in their world, make it a better place, and see that they can do so while also having the time of their lives.

- Samuel F. Brantley