38 Years After its Premier, Cane River Returns to New Orleans

Cane River will return to New Orleans on feb. 7 for a limited showing at the Broad Theater and will also be showcased at select theaters throughout the country, including Boston, Mass., Brooklyn, N.Y., Portland, Ore., and Chicago, Ill.

Last fall, Oscilloscope Laboratories, an indie film company co-founded by the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, acquired the North American rights to Emmy-award winner Horace B. Jenkins’s sole feature film Cane River, long considered lost following its 1982 premiere in New Orleans.

Written, produced and directed by Jenkins and crafted by an entirely African-American cast and crew, Cane River is a racially-charged loved story set in Natchitoches Parish.

Though the film was championed by actor and comedian Richard Pryor, it largely disappeared after Jenkins’ death at 42, just months after Cane River‘s New Orleans premiere. Long believed lost, a negative of the film was discovered in 2014 in the vaults of New York’s storied DuArt film developing company.

Largely financed by the Rhodes family, Cane River starred Tommye Myrick and Richard Romain, with music by Leroy Glover and Phillip Manuel.

It will be shown at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Broad Theater in New Orleans. Showings will continue through Feb. 20. To purchase tickets, click here.

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