Buckjumping takes the pulse of present day New Orleans by turning to its dancers, the men and women who embody the rhythm of the city and prove it on the streets every chance they get.

This 70 minute documentary film follows six different New Orleans communities as they exalt in their distinct form of dance. Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club guide us through preparations for their annual second line. Golden Sioux Gang guides us through their Mardi Gras Indian practice at Handa Wanda. Mourners grieve a family member at a funeral, followed by celebrations for the deceased in the street. Edna Karr High School’s dance troupe hits St Charles Avenue for Muses Parade. Hasizzle The Voice emcees a bounce night. Hustler introduces us to the world of drag in backstreet clubs. Prominent local culture bearers and musicians introduce each section, including DJ Jubilee, Ausettua AmorAmenkum, Mia X, Mannie Fresh, and Nicholas Payton.

premiere: october 2018 - New Orleans film Festival

Winner: Best cinematography for documentary

winner: audience award for louisiana feature


Our Team:

Allendra Freeman, Camera
Better known by professional name Cinemadona, Allendra is a director and cinematographer born and raised in New Orleans. Her exposure to film came when her family was evacuated during Hurricane Katrina and she enrolled at Los Angeles Film School. Aged 22, she founded her production company and has since directed, edited and shot over 50 music videos. She is currently launching a film and art technology academy for young people of color in Louisiana.


Zac Manuel, Camera
Zac is a director & cinematographer from New Orleans and co-­founder of The Greenhouse Collective. His films have screened at SXSW, New Orleans Film Festival, MECAL International Shorts Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He is in currently in production on his second documentary feature, bloodthicker, a coming­-of-age story about three young, New Orleans rappers and the bonds they share with their celebrity fathers.



Jane Geisler, Editor

Jane is a freelance film editor based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her editing experience includes documentary features, narrative and documentary shorts, web series, digital and broadcast commercial campaigns, branded content, political spots, and music videos. Her work has appeared on today.com, Complex, National Geographic Channel, A&E, and ESPN, among others, and screened at US and European film festivals.

Jane is a member of the New Orleans chapter of Film Fatales, Women in Film and Television Louisiana, and serves as board secretary at Court 13 Arts.