DocNight: The Canal Street Madam
USA, 2010, 91 Minute Running Time
Director Cameron Yates IN-PERSON for post film Q&A and reception
Digital presentation - Until an FBI bust upended her life, Jeanette Maier was a successful New Orleans madam. Her discreet clientele included a number of powerful, high-ranking politicians. The ensuing very public trial - both in the courtroom and in the media – focused salaciously on the fact that Jeanette’s brothel was a family affair – Jeanette ran the business with her mother and she employed her own daughter as an escort. Jeanette and her family ended up infamous, their futures blighted by felony convictions, yet their well-connected clients escaped exposure. Now, the Canal Street Madam sets out to reinvent herself, to reclaim her public persona, and to protect her family as she fights back against a system that silences the powerless and protects the elite.
About Director Cameron Yates:
Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival and the former Documentary Programmer for NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival. He has also worked for the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Albert Maysles, and Zeitgeist Films, and has been a contributor to indieWIRE. Cameron’s first film, 14 and Payrolled, a half-hour portrait of four teenagers working as Pages for the Virginia House of Delegates, premiered on PBS in 2003. The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival awarded Cameron the 2009 Garrett Scott Documentary Grant, given to emerging filmmakers who bring a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary production. Cameron is a graduate of NYU, is a resident of Brooklyn, and has made frequent filmmaking trips to New Orleans since 2004. The Canal Street Madam is his first feature documentary.
THE CANAL STREET MADAM from Cameron Yates on Vimeo.
DIRECTOR: Cameron Yates