“We’re Going Down to the Mardi Gras” Documentary Feature Film

World Premiere on Play2Fund.com January 2 at 8:00am (EST)

Running through February 16, 2021


The Making of Henry Turner Jr.’s Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival filled with Music, Mardi Gras Indians and Reverie. 


Baton Rouge, LA (December 15, 2020)…”We’re Going Down to the Mardi Gras,” a documentary feature film, will have its World Premiere on Play2Fund.com on January 2 at 8:00am (EST) and run through February 16, 2021. The making of Henry Turner Jr.’s Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival is filled with music, Mardi Gras Indians and reverie. Narrated by festival founder Henry Turner Jr. it explores his childhood fascination with Mardi Gras and his quest to create and produce the city’s very first Mardi Gras Festival in 2014. To view the film please log on to 

https://play2fund.com/event/were-going-down-to-the-mardi-gras/. Suggested donation is $10.00. For more information please visit www.henryslisteningroom.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/1980806812061669.

“We’re Going Down to the Mardi Gras” was produced Rebirth Film Shield Productions and Hit City Digital TV. Producers are Michele Barnes and Henry Turner Jr. Director of Photography is Martin Louper. Editor is Trey Lee. Additional footage is courtesy of Ted Baldwin and 3rd Coast Digital Films, the West Baton Rouge Museum’s 25th Annual Sugar Fest and Fantom Light Productions. Music is by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor with additional music by Envato. 

Comments Henry Turner, Jr., “Right after the 2020 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival the pandemic hit and most festivals were cancelled for the year. Trying to plan ahead I decided to produce a film to bring all the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras experience to the virtual world. We had footage from all the previous years so I hope audiences enjoy this and the Flavor band I look forward to being back on stage live in 2022 for the 9th annual event.”

Baton Rouge native Henry Turner, Jr. is well known for developing a syncopated style of music that is referred to as Louisiana blues, soul, funk and reggae. Noted accomplishments include a Louisiana Music Ambassadorship from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, being named as an Honorary Louisiana Ambassador by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, receiving an Ambassador award from the Slim Harpo Music Awards and having Henry Turner, Jr. Day proclaimed in the city on October 28 in 2015 and 2018.  He and his band, and Flavor, have released twenty singles and eleven CD’s. He is also the founder of the Ultimate Louisiana Party, Baton Rouge Soul Food and Henry Turner Jr. Day Music Festivals. 

Rebirth Film Shield Productions company’s focus is to educate and uplift the world through film and music by bringing enlightening, inspiring and invigorating stories to the attention of the public that explore the rich history of Louisiana. It was founded in 2015 by Michele Barnes. Previous projects include the inspirational short “Glory Bird,” as well as local commercials, music videos, PSA’s and teaching and training videos for Southern University.

Hit City Digital TV is an adjunct of Hit City Digital Records. It produces and releases musical and audio/visual recordings of Henry Turner, Jr. and other roots artists signed to the label. Current documentary film productions are “Music Dreams…An American Story,” along with the labels current CD, “Now,” by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor that features songs from the film. Two of them are “I’m Going Down to the Mardi Gras,” and the “Baton Rouge Theme Song.”

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Community partners to date include Visit Baton Rouge and Henry Turner, Jr.’s Listening Room Museum Foundation.