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New Orleans Film Society

Free Screenings

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but at the New Orleans Film Festival, there are free screenings. And lots of ‘em!
This year, we are serving up five films free of charge as part of the NOFF schedule, all with filmmakers in attendance to participate in Q&A’s and conversations. The five selections were handpicked because they tell important stories that we believe deserve to reach as wide an audience as possible. The goal of this program is to bring important films to New Orleans and make these screenings completely accessible and inclusive for all ages.
Because screenings are not ticketed, seating is available only on a first-come, first-served basis. (There is no way to reserve seats.)

Brooklyn Boheme
Sunday, October 14, at 4:00 p.m.
at Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center
Brooklyn Boheme looks at back at the 1980s and ’90s in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods where a community of young black and Latino creatives thrived. Director Nelson George in attendance. Hosted by DJ Soul Sister. Post-screening conversation with DJ Soul Sister, Nelson George, and other artists.

From Nothing, Something
Screens Friday, October 12, at 3:45 p.m. at the Prytania Theatre
Where do ideas come from? This documentary profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines and finds common methods, habits, mindsets, and neuroses that help bring breakthrough ideas into being. Director Tim Cawley in attendance.

The Iran Job
Screens Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center
This documentary follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. Director Till Schauder in attendance.
This screening is presented in partnership with AfroPop and the National Black Programming Consortium.

Rebirth of a Nation
Sunday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center
A special screening of DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation, a film project based on a remix of D.W. Griffith’s infamous 1915 film Birth of a Nation. Director DJ Spooky in attendance.

Saturday, October 13, at 2:30 p.m.
at Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center
A high school girls’ basketball team in rural Mississippi endeavors to win a state championship. “Hoop Dreams with hoop earrings.” Director Ben Guest in attendance.

All screenings in this program (with the exception of From Nothing, Something) presented in partnership with the Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center.
Funded by NEA as part of the Challenge America Fast-Track program.

Please note: Access Accommodations are available for all films in this program. If you need audio description or a sign language interpreter, please notify the New Orleans Film Society office before October 8 and accommodations will be arranged. Please make this request by email to or by calling the office at 504.309.6633.