Definitely check out
those folks living on the "batture," between the levee ridge
and the water. you might already know, but they're along River Road
past Carrollton Ave's end point uptown. It's likely a weird set of considerations
living there, and there's history in it.
Also, the Mississippi
Queen steamboat goes all the way up the river in the summer, up to St
Louis, and once or twice through the summer, through the locks and up
to Saint Paul. What intrigued me was the service staff, which was a
subculture all its own, living on the boat. the waiters worked generally
6weeks on, 2 off. i worked as a waiter on the boat in the early 80s.
(I only assume it's still happening). I loved it when the boat stopped
at certain ports, and we'd party all night in some bar, and then get
one hour of sleep and start serving customers scrambled eggs by 7 pm.
but unless you're doing an exposè or examination of unconventional
lifestyles, that scene might not be such an attraction.
I saw that movie where
you traveled all over the country, years ago. good luck on this one.