Join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the New Orleans Film Society with a night replete with gourmet dishes, craft cocktails, and unforgettable entertainment to support independent cinema in New Orleans.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: Patron Party 7pm-8pm & Gala 8pm-11pm
Location: The Farrell Estate, 4534 St. Charles Avenue
Gala Chair: Elston Howard
Honorary Chairs: Lisa & Rick Farrell
Gala committee: Mamta Melwani & Karon Reese

About the location:
The Mediterranean-style Smith House, now the Farrell Estate, was built in 1906 for the president of the New Orleans Cotton Exchange, William Smith. Our gracious hosts for the 2019 New Orleans Film Society Gala, Rick and Lisa Farrell, have lovingly restored the property to its historic grandeur, with an extensive collection of antiques and rare artwork.

About our 2019 Celluloid Hero:
This year’s New Orleans Film Society Gala honors Susan Brennan, a life-long New Orleanian and the owner and developer of Second Line Stages, the first LEED Gold certified, state of the art, sustainable sound stages in the United States. Susan’s immense contributions to arts & culture in New Orleans, and her pioneering vision for film infrastructure in our city, have made a lasting impact on our community.

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VIP Table Hosts and Patron Party guests who pledge their attendance by Friday, February 8, 2019, will be recognized in the printed invitation.

VIP Table $3000.
Includes Patron Party tickets, dedicated seating and cocktail table service for eight guests.
Entry at 7pm. Prominent name in invitation.

Patron Party Ticket $400 | $350 for NOFS Members.
Includes a Gala Ticket and name in invitation. Entry at 7pm. Name in invitation.

Guests of the Patron Party will have the opportunity to tour two levels of the home and toast the New Orleans Film Society’s 30th anniversary with hors d’oeuvres by Marcello’s, bubbles, and more.

Gala Ticket $300 | $250 for NOFS Members. Entry at 8pm.
Gala guests will celebrate under the romantic oak trees of the Farrell estate as the St. Charles streetcar rolls by. The gala features live music and dancing, a selection of New Orleans’ top restaurants, craft cocktails, and an opportunity to bid on once in a lifetime experiences at a live auction.

Cocktails provided by Absolut Elyx, Buffalo Trace, Monkey 47, Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, Avión Tequila, and Malibu Rum. Food by Sylvain, Marcello’s, Chais Delachaise, and more.

Members should log in to their account to receive a discount on gala tickets (appears once the ticket has been added to your cart). Please contact NOFS Development Director Jennifer Samani at or 504-309-6633 with any questions about this event or related sponsorship opportunities, or if you would prefer to make offline purchasing arrangements.

Thanks to all who joined, supported, and honored our 2018 Gala. You can see photos from the step & repeat here, and other photos from the Gala on our Instagram page and Facebook album.








































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