ACORN and the Firestorm chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of this agent of social change, as a video smear campaign from a proto-alt-right, Breitbart-backed activist takes down the group and its New Orleans-based founder Wade Rathke.
28th Film Festival 2017
In this new documentary, go behind the scenes to see and hear Nick Cave's “AS IS” project from its beginning in the Shreveport Regional Arts Council boardroom all the way to the premiere of the performance of “AS IS by NICK CAVE.”
Determined to find their soulmate, Lily and Dominique go to Croatia to the annual summer camp organized by Raël. Between awareness, meditation and wellness workshops, the two young women fight over a successful singer, Arnaud Fleurent-Didier.
In a culture that values beauty, delicacy, refinement, and submission as the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfillment, marriage, young Muslim women in Kiddirpur, Kolkata challenge stereotypes, learning boxing with Razia Shabnam, one of the first Indian women to become a boxing coach and an international referee.
Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise dives off the edge, into the truth of women’s experience in the world. Clips from Thelma & Louise serve as a catalyst for intimate stories by viewers who saw the iconic Hollywood film in 1991 and wrote letters about their reactions at that time.
Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.
Oliver, a 24-year-old research assistant (Armie Hammer), joins the Perlmans for six weeks of study before returning to his position at Columbia. 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is immediately infatuated. They begin a tense series of furtive glances and curt conversations, both enchanted but unwilling to meet the other halfway.
Two cyclists meet on the way to a party. Frank and Inez are both wearing GoPros on their helmets. They went out at university, but they haven't seen each other for nine years. As they travel together through the streets of London, old stories and old secrets come to light.
The greatest political organizer you’ve never heard of is a Mexican-American divorcée with eleven children, a close friend of Bobby Kennedy and Gloria Steinem, and a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association with César Chavéz.
Océanerosemarie is brimming over with life, friends, and, above all, ex-girlfriends. But she has just met Cécile, the "this-time-it's-for-real" woman of her dreams! Although she hasn't really asked Cécile what she wants... It is time for Océanerosemarie to grow up a little, if she wants to win Cécile over. But will she actually be capable of it?
A poetic meditation on the strength of African American music and activism embodied in the history of Los Angeles through the life of musician, composer, and community activist Horace Tapscott.
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old military buddies, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
The strange story of David Huggins, a 73 year-old New Jersey man who claims to have had a lifetime of encounters with otherworldly beings - including an interspecies romance with an extra-terrestrial woman (with whom he lost his virginity to), and chronicled it all in surreal impressionist paintings, few of which have ever been seen.
As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder.
Jim Cummings is most recognized for his Sundance Jury Prize-winning short, “Thunder Road,” which was shot in one take and was lauded as one of “the best short films ever made” by Indiewire. Continuing his exploration of long take cinema, Cummings returns with a comedy series composed of single takes. These different episodes feature different protagonists as they experience the most pivotal moments of their lives.
Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, Nothing Without Us: The Women who Will End AIDS reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S., but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, Manuel must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee.
Our 100 Days Created through a collaboration between Firelight Media and Field of Vision, this collection of seven short films explores threats to U.S. democracy and the stories of its most vulnerable communities in the current highly polarized political climate. Magnifying Glass Made by Louisiana-based filmmakers and funded by Artless Media, these three rapid-response short docs speak to social injustices within the communities of the filmmakers who made them.
Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately.
Thur Oct 12 9:00PM | The New Orleans Advocate and Wed Oct 18 3:30PM | Ace Hotel New Orleans Modern country-clubbers celebrate an annual Pow Wow party while a 1908 mounted posse chases Willie Boy across the desert.
Filmed with vérité intimacy for almost a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of an American family in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, parents Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" Rainey raise a family while navigating the poverty and strife that grips their neighborhood.
Director Owsley Brown spins a gorgeous and soulful symphony of a city, Port-au-Prince, sprung to life through the performances and words of the students and teachers at Sainte Trinité Music School.
After drinking radioactive iodine to kill her overactive thyroid, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West catapults into illness only to run smack into the medical corruption that is shredding the fabric of millions of lives all over the world.
Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South examines the work and influence of the AIDS activist group, ACT UP Shreveport, and the challenges that come with advocating for people living with AIDS in the conservative Deep South.
A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries-and path of promise toward the American dream, Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.
A blue-collar family man breaks the promise he’d made years ago to never fight again. Now forty years old, with a wife and four children who need him, Joe Carman risks everything—his marriage, his family, his health—to go back into the fighting cage and come to terms with his past.
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty, and freedom of a nation.
Based on a true story, this remake of the critically acclaimed French film Les Intouchables chronicles the unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), in need of a job and a fresh start.
A western Cosplayer of the cyber diva Hatsune Miku moves to Tokyo and gets to know the Miku fan world. Her journey explores identity through cosplay and the fandom of the cyber diva Hatsune Miku, epitomizing collective fantasy. Hatsune Miku is a "vocaloid", a synthesizer software.
In Central Asia, a Mongolian shaman is visited by an ancient spirit with a message to embark on a grand journey in a world where multiple generations thrive with and alongside shamanic magic.
A proud son hires a documentary filmmaker to immortalize his father’s legacy. Tensions flare up between filmmaker and subject—and a rookie cameraman is caught in the cross fire—as the three travel across France unearthing family secrets.
College students Brandon and Maisha try to maintain their relationship as he struggles to deal with the residual effects of his past, and with different ideas about their future. Their involvement in a justice movement puts Brandon at odds with his parents and eventually puts them at odds with each other.
Marion runs away from her creative writing summer camp and checks into a seedy motel where she meets a young man named Norman where both have an immediate sensation of recognition, though they aren’t sure how they met before.