Rick Delaup is a native of New Orleans, and the creator of Eccentric New Orleans. He graduated from De La Salle High School, and spent a year at L.S.U. in Baton Rouge before going to film school in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College in 1990 with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in documentary filmmaking. He is an independent producer on a mission to tell the true, uncensored stories of real New Orleans people. Over the last several years, Delaup researched and interviewed several subjects for documentary and literary projects. He also enjoys photography, and many of his photographs appear on this site. Delaup works professionally in film and video production.





2002, “North Pole Nutrias” (Director/Videographer) .  A Christmas story about two New Orleans nutrias who win a free vacation package to the North Pole. This 30-minute video features the puppets of Miss Pussycat. With live performances by Glitter ‘N Gold, 9th Ward organist Mr. Quintron, and Miss Pussycat. Cameo appearance by Seafood King, Al Scramuzza as Santa. Featuring the voices of Bunny Matthews, Panacea Theriac, Sheriff Harry Lee, Chris Rose, and Rio Hackford. Premiered December 2001 at the El Matador in New Orleans. Screened at the UCM Museum in Abita Springs, and The New Orleans Film Festival in 2002. Broadcast on Cox Metro 10 throughout December 2002.


 2001, “The Drum Buddy Show” (Director/Videographer) New Orleans Ninth Ward Organist and Inventor, Mr. Quintron presents his newly patented invention “The Drum Buddy,” a light-activated drum machine.  With performances by Quintron, Miss Pussycat,  M.C. Trachiotomy, the Drum Buddy Dancers, and legendary R&B recording artist, Ernie K-Doe.  Premiered at the Shim Sham Club in November 2000. Screened during Quintron’s 2001 national tour. Also, screened at The Lost Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival in Canada, MicroCineFest in Baltimore, and The New Orleans Film Festival.


1999, “Ruthie The Duck Girl” (Producer, Director, Videographer)  The story of Ruthie Moulon, the French Quarter eccentric, known for nearly 50 years as “Ruthie the Duck Girl.” Documentary.  Premiered at the Contemporary Arts Center in conjunction with The New Orleans Film & Video Society, and screened at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Dallas Video Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival and universities in Alabama and Arizona.  Funded in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Broadcast premiere: December 1999 on WYES in New Orleans.


1990, "SHORT FUSE: The Story of an AIDS Activist" (Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor). The nation's first openly-gay political cartoonist and member of ACT-UP Chicago campaigns for bureaucratic change in the public distribution of safe sex information. Documentary. Received the Chicago International Film Festival Certificate of Merit; screened at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, the Charlotte Film and Video Festival, and The New Orleans Film and Video Festival. Won a Weisman Award and Great Lakes Regional Arts Fellowship. Broadcast premiere: November 1993 on WTTW in Chicago.


1989, "Clover Grill" (Filmmaker). Colorful, after-hours patrons talk about their lives in a 24-hour Bourbon Street cafe. Documentary. Screened at the Midsumma International Film Festival in Australia.


1988, "Owen" (Filmmaker). The study of a high school-aged boy struggling to get through grade school-level academics. Film used as part of the core curriculum in the film department at Columbia College Chicago.  Documentary.




Evangeline the Oyster Girl & Other Tales of Burlesque” (Producer/Director).  The incredible stories of Bourbon Street exotic dancers from the late 1940s through the early ‘60s - a time when there were few economic opportunities for women outside of marriage, but for some the shady side of the street beckoned with money, glamour and fame. Funded in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Documentary.


Welmon" (Videographer). The story of outsider artist, and ex-con, Welmon Sharlhorne. A native of Houma, LA, Welmon lives on the streets of the French Quarter. Documentary.



Rick Delaup has worked on these film and video productions:


Freeride With Greta Gaines – Oxygen Network. (2002) The Shim Sham Revue - videographer

SexTv – Canadian television. Interview with “Wild Cherry,” a former carnival stripper. (2002) Videographer and interviewer.

Behind the Scenes of “The Scoundrel’s Wife” (documentation of the independent film directed by Glen Pitre) Starring Tatum O’Neal, Julian Sands, Lacey Chabert, and Tim Curry. (2001) videographer

It’s Burlesque” – Documentary by Termite Art Productions for A&E (2001) videographer, sound recording

Interview with Anne Rice (Walmart in-store promo for Merrick)  Travis Television LLC (2000) audio recording

The History of the T-Shirt” – Palomar Pictures (2000) videographer

That Ass” (rap music video for “Evil”) – W.H.A.T. Records (2000) videographer

Street Smarts” –  WB (2000) production assistance

Access Hollywood - Ron Howard  interview at NATPE (1999) camera operator

Debbie Does New Orleans” – Vivid Video (1999) locations/extras casting

Final Judgement:The Execution of Antonio James” - Gabriel Films for Discovery Channel  (1996) camera assistant

NOPD Recruitment video – NOVAC (1995) assistant camera

Surveillance for Insurance Fraud – LA. Educational Media (1995) videographer

Ecos Latinos –  Cable Access show  (1995) camera operator

BEHIV: Better Existence with HIV (1994) videographer

Just For the Record – Cable Access show (1991-93) studio and field camera , feature producer


Delaup has also done legal video work, conventions, and extensive shooting of theater productions.


If you are interested in hiring Rick as a producer, director, camera operator, sound man, camera assistant, coordinator, researcher, or for general production assistance, e-mail


PUBLICATIONS – articles written by R. Delaup


Mardi Gras Magazine (2003) “The Man Show”  The Krewe of Satyricon stages its debut ball.


Visitor Magazine (2002) “Shimmy and Shake” September cover story on former stripper Evangeline the Oyster Girl and the burlesque revival show, the Shim Sham Revue.


TRIBE Magazine (1996) Contributing feature writer:


The Oyster Girls  Cover story January 1996 discussing the creation of the original Evangeline the Oyster Girl, a 50’s burlesque queen, and the recreation of the new Oyster Girl for the documentary I am currently producing.  Story focuses on the way women represent themselves in burlesque having changed from the 50’s to present time.


The Serial Killer Collector” Feature article 1997 on New Orleanian Tobias Allen, self-proclaimed “back-porch criminologist” who corresponds with notorious serial killers. Allen also created the controversial “Serial Killer Board Game.”


“Vintage Smut” Screenz column 1997 Wayward-youth movies of the ‘60’s bring exploitation – New Orleans style – to the small screen.


Shot In LA. Magazine (1995)  ECU” (Extreme Close-Up) Monthly column about the local film production scene in New Orleans with an emphasis on the work of local filmmakers, artists, and technicians. 




Popeye and Pals - WWL (1974)

Susan Roesgen’s Positively New Orleans – WDSU news (1996)

A Krewe Production – New Orleans cable access show (1999 and 2001)

The Real 7 – New Orleans cable access show hosted by MTV’s The Real World New Orleans (1999)

Digital American Dream –  video documentary (2000)

SexTV – Canada (2001)

Much Music – Canada (2002)




Extra, Pelican Brief (1993)

Reenactment actor, Forgiving the Dead Man Walking documentary (Netherlands TV)

Extra, Debbie Does New Orleans (1999)

Extra (and Extras Wrangler), Wes Craven’s Dracula 2000


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