We are very excited to reveal the first part of the 29th annual, Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (#NOFF2018), which will take place from October 17th through October 25th in venues across the city. With 60% of films by female directors and 54% by directors of color – and 80% from either a female director or director of color – the 2018 lineup boasts the most diverse line-up in the festival’s history. Start exploring it by categories on the left.

After receiving a record number of nearly 6000 film and screenplay submissions for the 2018 festival—an increase of over 25% from 2017—the festival’s seasoned team of programmers carefully curated a slate of 220 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives. Entries came from 120 different countries. Overall, the directors of selected films represent 42 different nationalities. This year, Louisiana-made films represent 27% of the lineup.

Additional festival announcements, including Opening Night, Spotlight Films, panels, parties, and special guests will be published here in the weeks to come. So make sure to visit this page again!

New Festival Hub: The CAC

This year the New Orleans Film Festival campus expands to include a larger campus in the New Orleans Central Business District, centered around a new festival HUB at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), which boasts an 1800-seat and 300-seat screening room; Cinema Reset virtual reality program sponsored by Cox Communications with VR and new media programming by NOFF, with support from Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, Downtown Development District and Samsung; a music video lounge; and the festival’s main box office.

Two blocks away from the HUB at the CAC, The Advocate will host a 180 seat screening room and the festival’s VIP lounge for All-Access Passholders. Select festival screenings will also be held at the Broad Theater, Orpheum Theater and Prytania Theater.

#NOFF2018 PASSES ARE ON SALE

All type of passes (All Access, Weekender, Unlimited Film, Six Film, and Student) for the 29th New Orleans Film Festival are on sale here. New Orleans Film Society members save $50 on All Access Passes.

For true film buffs who would like to experience all 9 days of the festival, an All Access Pass is the best option. All Access Pass holders enjoy free tickets to all screenings with priority entrance to theaters, access to parties every night of the festival, feel like a star at the Festival VIP Lounge, and more…

Weekender Pass holders enjoy all of these privileges between Friday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 21st. The New Orleans Film Festival’s Weekender Pass is a great opportunity to visit New Orleans for out-of-towners while exploring some of the best new and seasoned voices in cinema.

Pass holders and NOFS members will be able to reserve tickets online on September 24th while individual tickets will go on sale for the public on October 3rd at noon. Detailed information about #NOFF2018 passes and tickets can be found here.

Opening Night Film

Wednesday, October 17th, at the Orpheum Theater. Director Peter Farrelly in attendance.

Followed by a walk alongside a second line jazz band to the Opening Night Party at Jung Hotels & Residences (Admission to the party is limited to All Access Passholders).

 

Green Book

dir. Peter Farrelly | 130 mins. | USA | 2018

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly. The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth. Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.

 

Centerpiece Film

Saturday, October 20th, at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Widows

dir. Steve McQueen | 128 mins. | USA | 2018

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”, “Sharp Objects”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

Closing Night Film

Thursday, October 25th, at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Followed by a special performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as part of the Closing Night Party.

 

A Tuba To Cuba

dir. T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch | 82 mins. | USA | 2018

A Tuba to Cuba follows New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined.

Special Presentation

Monday, October 22nd, at the NOFF Main Theater at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Cane River

dir. Horace Jenkins | 90 mins. | USA | 1982

Cane River, the beautiful long-buried movie written and directed by Horace Jenkins in 1982, comes to life again for the first time in the 36 years since the director’s sudden death. A Romeo & Juliet love story, Cane River is set near Natchitoches, in one of the first “free communities of color.” Richard Romain plays Peter Metoyer, home to fight for his land, and Tommye Myrick plays the headstrong Maria Mathis, reluctant to succumb to his charms just because he’s the scion of a famous family. Together they confront schisms of class and color that threaten to keep them apart and that still roil America today. A must-see lost treasure of Louisiana film history. New 35mm archival print by the Academy Film Archive, mastered in 4K by IndieCollect with support from the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation.

Spotlight Films

Indie festival hits you will surely hear a lot about in the upcoming Awards Season. Stay tuned for exciting additions to this section.

 

Wildlife

dir. Paul Dano | 104 mins. | USA | 2018

14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro (played by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal)—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. Actor Paul Dano makes an impressive debut as a filmmaker and—along with co-writer Zoe Kazan—elegantly adapts Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. Mulligan delivers one of her finest performances as a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of the 1960s nuclear family. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, Wildlife commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage.

Caribbean Voices

New work from beyond our Southern horizon.

 

Black Mother

dir. Khalik Allah | 77 mins. | USA | 2018

Part film, part baptism, this non-fiction work explores the threshold between the prostitutes and churches of Jamaica, creating a visual symphony of poignant human portraits.

 


Cabeza Madre (Mother’s Head)

dir. Edouard Salier | 90 mins. | France | 2017

John, an ordinary American guy receives word that his estranged mother has passed away in her home country of Cuba. On his arrival in the Caribbean, the straight-laced John is a fish out of water, discovering that his mother was mixed up with a motley crew of criminals.

 


Los Viejos (The Oldies)

dir. Rosana Matecki | 93 mins. | Cuba, UK, Venezuela | 2018

A timeless look at art, love and beauty, The Oldies follows three elderly Cuban musicians as they relate their stories of struggle and reveal their undying passion for life.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


Pa’lante

dir. Kristian Mercado | 9 mins. | Puerto Rico, USA | 2017

An estranged family tries to reconnect amid the wreckage of post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.

 

 


Pèp Souvren (Sovereign People)

dir. Jose Hiriart | 92 mins. | Canada | 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

Two Haitian grassroots activists take different approaches to struggling with their country’s obstacle-riddled election process.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


Tourments d’Amour (Torments of Love)

dir. Caroline Jules | 53 mins. | France, Guadeloupe | 2017

A film from Guadeloupe based on hidden love and untold feelings between two sisters in their thirties and their distant father.

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Ser Grande (When I Grow Up)

dir. Karen Rossi | 88 mins. | Puerto Rico | 2018

Three Caribbean teenagers face limitations and fears as they dive into their emotional selves.

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Change-Makers

Freedom fighters and stalwart dreamers own the frame in these social-justice docs.

 

Blowin’ Up

dir. Stephanie Wang-Breal | 97 mins. | Japan, USA | 2017

Working within a broken criminal justice system, a team of rebel heroines work to change the the way women arrested for prostitution are prosecuted, celebrating acts of steadfast defiance amidst the hurdles these women must face.

 


Call Her Ganda

dir. PJ Raval | 98 mins. | Philippines, USA | 2018

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a US Marine, three women intimately invested in the case–an activist attorney, a transgender journalist and Jennifer’s mother–galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of US imperialism.

 


Dawnland

dir. Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip | 86 mins. | USA (Wabanaki Territory) | 2018

A story of stolen children and cultural survival: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


Guilty Until Proven Guilty

dir. Harry Moses | 53 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Timothy Conerly claims he is innocent of the armed robbery charge he is facing, and must decide whether to take a plea deal or go to trial and risk 49 years in prison.

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Science Fair

dir. Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster | 90 mins. | Brazil, Germany, USA | 2018

Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. But only one can be named “Best in Fair.”

 


This Little Light

dir. Ada McMahon, Wendi Moore-O’Neal | 48 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

When Black feminist freedom singer Wendi Moore-O’Neal married her now wife, Mandisa, she was fired from her job as a community organizer. This is a self-determined portrait about the Black Southern Freedom movement.

 


This Taco Truck Kills Fascists

dir. Rodrigo Dorfman | 61 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Jose Torres-Tama is on a mission: to create a revolutionary Taco Truck Theatre with a simple message: “No guacamole for immigrant haters.”

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Narrative Features Competition

The results of our year-long search for the films and faces shaping the now. Come meet the new auteurs.

 

Chained for Life

dir. Aaron Schimberg | 91 mins. | USA | 2018

A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the crowded set of a European auteur’s English-language debut.

 

 


Empty Metal

dir. Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer | 83 mins. | USA | 2018

A trio of aimless musicians are caught up in a shadow revolution governed by psychic native seperatists, sovereign citizens, survivalist preppers, and steered by a dreadlocked rasta.

 


Family First

dir. Sophie Dupuis | 88 mins. | Canada | 2018

Constantly walking a tightrope, JP tries to maintain a proper balance between the numerous needs of his family, his job with his brother, and his involvements in his uncle’s drug cartel.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


Fort Maria

dir. S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland | 84 mins. | USA | 2018

Four women in the South are connected by the death of a dog.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


A Haunting Hitchhike

dir. Heejae Jeong | 108 mins. | South Korea | 2017

US PREMIERE

16-year-old girl Jeong-ae is on her way to find her long-lost mother, believing that she’s the only hope left to her.

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Jules of Light and Dark

dir. Daniel Laabs | 90 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Two young lovers, Maya and Jules, are found wrecked on the side of the road in North Texas by a loner roughneck, Freddy. As her relationship crumbles, Maya forms a friendship with Freddy, whose past mistakes and experiences offer her insights on her life.

 


Life is Fare

dir. Sephora Woldu | 61 mins. | Eritrea, USA | 2018

Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American, pitches a well-meaning but ludicrous film about identity, memory, and homesickness to her traditional mother.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


Pig Film

dir. Josh Gibson | 60 mins. | USA | 2018

US PREMIERE

In an empty world, a solitary female mechanically follows the protocols of a factory hog farm. Her labors are sporadically punctuated by musical rhapsodies as she moves toward the impending end.

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Solace

dir. Tchaiko Omawale | 82 mins. | USA | 2018

A 17-year-old orphan is shipped off to her estranged grandmother. She plots her escape while navigating a foreign environment, new friendships and a hidden eating disorder.

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Waru

dir. Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe | 86 mins. | New Zealand | 2017

Following the death of a child, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community.

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Documentary Features

Deep dives on fascinating people, far-off places, and stirring true stories.

 

IN COMPETITION


América

dir. Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside | 76 mins. | Mexico | 2018

América is a story of brothers confronting the chasm between adolescent yearning and adult realities when brought together to care for their ailing 93-year-old grandmother.

 


For the Birds

dir. Richard Miron | 92 mins. | USA | 2018

A woman’s love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys—all 200 of them—ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy.

 


Gimme A Faith

dir. Hao Zhang | 83 mins. | China, USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Two evangelical Christians in the Bible Belt of the United States are devoted to converting newly arrived Chinese international students.

 


Jaddoland

dir. Nadia Shihab | 90 mins. | USA, Kuwait | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A visit to her mother’s home art studio in Texas prompts the filmmaker to explore the meaning of home and the search for belonging across three generations of her Iraqi family.

 


Laila at the Bridge

dir. Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei | 96 mins. | Afghanistan, Canada | 2018

US PREMIERE

Laila Haidari survived child marriage and her own traumatic past to battle one of the deadliest problems in Afghanistan: heroin addiction.

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Man Made

dir. T Cooper | 97 mins. | USA | 2018

Traces the paths of four transgender male bodybuilders as they prepare to step on stage at the only all-trans bodybuilding competition in the world.

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The Unafraid

dir. Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado | 87 mins. | USA | 2018

A look at the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college.

Click here to watch the trailer.


While I Breathe, I Hope

dir. Emily Harrold | 70 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

This film explores what it means to be young, Black, and Democrat through the experiences of South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers.

 


Wrestle

dir. Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer | 96 mins. | USA | 2018

The wrestling team at JO Johnson High School in Huntsville, which has been on Alabama’s failing schools list for many years, fights their way towards the State Championship and the doors they hope it will open.

 


OUT OF COMPETITION


Bathtubs Over Broadway

dir. Dava Whisenant | 87 mins. | USA | 2018

A comedy writer for David Letterman stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man.

 


Black Memorabilia

dir. Chico Colvard | 62 mins. | China, USA | 2018

Taking an in-depth look at the collectibles and antiques that serve as reminders of America’s troubled racial history, this film presents an intimate and poetic portrait of the people who consume, manufacture and assume the identities of these objects.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Father’s Kingdom

dir. Lenny Feinberg | 98 mins. | USA | 2017

Despite reaching over a million followers at the peak of his religious movement, Reverend M.J. Divine was dismissed as a fraud. The reason: he claimed to be God. Yet his remaining followers tell a different story of the man.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Nailed It

dir. Adele Pham | 59 mins. | USA, Vietnam | 2018

This film chronicles the genesis and legacy of a forty year old Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry.

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Roll Red Roll

dir. Nancy Schwartzman | 80 mins. | USA | 2018

Roll Red Roll goes beyond the headlines of a notorious high school sexual assault to unearth the social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture that let it happen.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


This One’s For The Ladies

dir. Gene Graham | 83 mins. | USA | 2018

A film about black male strippers and the women who love them… mostly the women who love them.

 

 

 


United Skates

dir. Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler | 89 mins. | USA | 2018

When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


When Lambs Become Lions

dir. Jon Kasbe | 76 mins. | Kenya, USA | 2018

In a Kenyan town bordering wildlife conservation land, a small-time ivory dealer struggles against forces that mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted and unpaid wildlife ranger, they both see a possible lifeline.

 

Louisiana Features Competition

Union, Justice, Confidence, and Movies.

 

A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

dir. Cameron Washington | 85 mins. | USA | 2018

Touching on many historic moments in New Orleans musical history, this is a portrait of legendary New Orleanian trumpeter Leroy Jones, who spearheaded the New Orleans brass band revival, was discovered by Harry Connick Jr, and toured the globe for the next twenty years.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs

dir. Allison Bohl DeHart, Peter DeHart | 82 mins. | USA | 2017

Obsessed with the repeating geometry of nature, a sculptor works in the space between art and science.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 


Buckjumping

dir. Lily Keber | 80 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Buckjumping takes the pulse of present-day New Orleans by turning to its dancers, the men and women who embody the rhythm of the city and prove it on the streets every chance they get.

Click here to watch the trailer.


Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson

dir. Mark Brockway, Timothy Givens | 81 mins. | USA | 2018

In 1902 Nellie Jackson, an African-American woman born into poverty in Possum Corner, Mississippi, traveled north to Natchez and opened “Nellie’s”, a brothel she ran for more than sixty years.

See the trailer here.


Same God

dir. Linda Midgett | 98 mins. | USA | 2018

The first African American woman to gain tenure at “the evangelical Harvard” faces a life-altering backlash to her public show of solidarity with American Muslims.

 


Tomorrow Never Knows

dir. Adam Sekuler | 93 mins. | USA | 2018

The uncomfortable reality of death is faced by Shar and Cynthia who, upon Shar’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s, make a brave and difficult decision.

Click here to watch the trailer.


The True Don Quixote

dir. Chris Poché | 85 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Before a story can be told, it must be lived.

 

Narrative Shorts

Daring, electric, stylish… and short.

 

A Year

dir. Jisun Jamie Kim | 14 mins. | Nepal, USA | 2018

A Himalayan village woman yearns to provide a better life for her young daughters. But the only way she sees is surrogacy – a choice that will explode her domestic tranquility and become a searing dilemma.

 

And We Stood Still

dir. Ilana Coleman | 24 mins. | Mexico, USA | 2017

US PREMIERE

Veronica travels to a town in the Mexican jungle to search for her daughter, encountering a microcosm of failed bureaucracy, corruption, and villagers who search for and remember those who have disappeared.

 

Angela

dir. Juan Pablo Daranas Molina | 12 mins. | USA | 2018

A Cuban immigrant tries to find her place in New York City.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

 

Baby

dir. Thais Drassinower | 14 mins. | Peru, USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

An unnerving encounter with her estranged father at a night club while on a weekend back home in Lima is enough to remind Lia that there are many unhealed wounds.

 

Black Lips

dir. Adrian Chiarella | 15 mins. | Australia | 2018

Hong, a lonely Chinese immigrant, sells black market abalone and lives a life of solitary ritual. Venturing to a remote part of coastal Australia, he discovers the source of his livestock and a new understanding of his life.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Clams Casino

dir. Pam Nasr | 10 mins. | USA | 2018

US PREMIERE

Arcelia Diaz invites an unknown audience to an extravagant seafood dinner as she struggles to rebuild her relationship with her mother.

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Company

dir. Doron Max Hagay | 13 mins. | USA | 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

A woman invites an old acquaintance to live with her after a devastating loss.

 

Counterfeit Kunkoo

dir. Reema Sengupta | 15 mins. | India | 2018

In a city that houses millions, Smita discovers a strange prerequisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. She would make an ideal tenant – except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband.

 

Don’t Be a Hero

dir. Pete Lee | 15 mins. | USA | 2018

A middle-aged woman battles loneliness and boredom by robbing banks on her lunch break.

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Eve

dir. Susan Bay Nimoy | 22 mins. | USA | 2017

Eve exposes a 74-year-old woman’s journey through grief, sexual passion, and renewal.

 

 

Fatherland

dir. George Sikharulidze | 15 mins. | Georgia | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

On the 63rd anniversary of Stalin’s death in Gori, Georgia, his worshippers gather outside his birthplace to demand his canonization as a saint in Georgia’s Orthodox Christian Church. Out of the blue, Stalin himself returns from the dead.

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Fence

dir. Lendita Zeqiraj | 15 mins. | Kosovo, Croatia, France | 2018

A chaotic moment at a family gathering of women and an unexpected visitor with his dog.

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First Generation

dir. Jeannie Nguyen | 9 mins. | USA | 2017

My-Linh, a Vietnamese-American teen growing up in the ’90s must decide whether to confront or conform to the tall, blonde, American ideal.

 

 

Fran This Summer

dir. Mary Evangelista | 9 mins. | USA | 2018

Teenage lovebirds, sensitive Francis and skater Angie, spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

 

 

The Future is Bright

dir. Courtney Faye Powell | 10 mins. | USA | 2017

In 1979, a local newscaster prepares to cover an anti-KKK protest in Greensboro, NC, and realizes that she may never be ready for the events to come.

 

The Golden People

dir. Victoria Garza | 12 mins. | Mexico | 2018

The story of BJ Annie, the founder of the Golden People, a movement which claims that you can live without eating – just feeding from sunlight – and reach a higher level as a human being.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Hair Wolf

dir. Mariama Diallo | 12 mins. | USA | 2018

In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Hoài (Ongoing/Memory)

dir. Quyên Nguyen-Le | 11 mins. | USA | 2018

A young woman from a Vietnamese immigrant family explores the collapsing and intersecting realities of heartbreak: romantic partnerships, families, and nation states.

 

Murder for Dummies

dir. Diona Oku | 9 mins. | USA | 2018

Barbie and Lydia are best friends and high school cheerleaders. Barbie also has a boyfriend who’s a total dick. Lydia’s tired of the aforementioned total dick boyfriend and convinces Barbie to dump him… like, in a fatal way.

 

Mwah

dir. Nina Buxton | 6 mins. | Australia | 2017

A teenage girl on her way home at night encounters a man who wants her attention.

 

 

My Home is a Dog that Lives Inside Me

dir. Adam Briggs | 13 mins. | Australia, Japan | 2017

US PREMIERE

An old folk singer returns to a small seaside village, visits past people, and holds a small untidy concert.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Okaasan (Mom)

dir. Kana Hatakeyama | 18 mins. | Japan, USA | 2018

After her grandmother’s death, a daughter returns to her mother’s mountainous home in rural Japan. After some time apart, the two attempt to work past guilt, old resentment, and distance in order to connect.

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Psychic

dir. Dana Sorman | 13 mins. | USA | 2018

When a visit to a psychic for a $10 palm reading takes an unexpected turn, Benji decides what kind of gamble she’s willing to risk to get rid of what’s inside her.

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San Miguel

dir. Cris Gris | 18 mins. | Mexico, USA | 2018

In order to heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout nine-year-old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.

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Sauna

dir. Charlie Polinger | 13 mins. | USA | 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

A teenage boy’s first existential crisis, wherein he discovers that death and manhood come as a package deal.

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Set Me as a Seal Upon Thine Heart

dir. Omer Tobi | 13 mins. | Israel | 2017

An encounter at a gay sauna between a young man and an older man becomes an unexpected lesson about love.

 

 

Shadow Cut

dir. Lucy Suess | 14 mins. | New Zealand | 2018

US PREMIERE

Drawn to a world beyond the restrictive walls of rural New Zealand, a young couple searches for truth, leading to a late night decision that could change their lives forever.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers

dir. Bo McGuire | 15 mins. | USA | 2018

A failed poet takes up cinematic arms when he returns to Hokes Bluff, Alabama, to discover that his aunt has locked his drag-queen uncle out of the family home.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Steve’s Kinkoes

dir. Emma Debany | 8 mins. | USA | 2017

A man copies posters for his missing (and dead) cat at an otherworldly 24/7 photocopy shop. What will happen to him if he stays forever?

 

Tadpole

dir. Jovan James | 7 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

The boundaries of friendship are tested when fourteen-year-old Chris invites his best friends over to spend the night.

 

Truck Slut

dir. Ryan Craver | 15 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A lonely, gay 13-year-old reflects on his complicated love for his volatile sister and her disappearance from their small, Southern town.

 

Yoshua

dir. Matthew Castellanos | 20 mins. | USA | 2017

A group of outcast teens must flee their hometown of South Central, Los Angeles, in order to protect their blue alien friend from a ban against his kind.

 

 

You Know Where

dir. Jackson Kroopf | 9 mins. | USA | 2017

US PREMIERE

A young skater looks for a place to skate in a small midwestern town and encounters two outsiders in dire need of someone to talk to.

Documentary Shorts

Big ideas and bigger personalities come in small packages.

 

A Night at the Garden

dir. Marshall Curry | 7 mins. | USA | 2017

In 1939, New York’s Madison Square Garden was host to an enormous—and shocking—gathering of 22,000 Americans that has largely been forgotten from our history.

 

American Dreaming

dir. Matthew Hashiguchi | 11 mins. | USA | 2017

Undocumented immigrants strive to obtain a college degree in the state of Georgia, where they are barred from enrolling in its most selective colleges and universities.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Anointed

dir. Dan Lin | 6 mins. | USA, Marshall Islands | 2018

US PREMIERE

Poet and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner explores the nuclear testing legacy of her country, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, through the legends and stories of one particular island that houses a dark secret.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Black 14

dir. Darius Clark Monroe | 15 mins. | USA | 2018

An archival social study examining white pathology and cognitive dissonance via media coverage of a 1969 racial protest at the University of Wyoming.

 

 

 

The Changing Same

dir. Joe Brewste, Michèle Stephenson | 21 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Eighty years after the lynching of Claude Neal, America’s last spectacle lynching; four residents of the provincial town of Marianna struggle with the legacy of racial terror in the Florida Panhandle.

 

Come & Take It

dir. PJ Raval, Ellen Spiro | 25 mins. | USA | 2018

This film captures Jessica Jin’s transformation into one of America’s most irreverent anti-gun violence leaders, creating what some people are calling the Great Texas Dildo Revolt.

 

 

De Colores

dir. Luz Marina Zamora | 15 mins. | USA, Venezuela, Colombia | 2017

A portrait of a woman who came to the United States as a sweet lamb and became a fierce tiger.

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Ebrahim

dir. Elliott McKee | 28 mins. | Germany, New Zealand | 2018

Ebrahim, an 18-year-old Syrian refugee, lives a life of constant uncertainty. Having survived the journey to Europe, he now waits in a camp in central Greece—stuck halfway between the home he loves, but had to flee, and his new life in Europe.

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Edgecombe

dir. Crystal Kayiza | 14 mins. | USA | 2018

Revealing the deeply personal truths of three local residents of the titular county, a predominantly African-American agricultural community in eastern North Carolina, Edgecombe is an examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural Black communities.

 

Fall River

dir. Pat Heywood, Jamil McGinnis | 7 mins. | USA | 2018

In the 19th century, Fall River, Massachusetts was one of the United States’ great economic success stories. In 2016, USA Today named it the country’s fifth worst city to live in. Through the intimate reflections of one extraordinary woman, this film tells the story of a family’s tragedy, their once-thriving hometown, and how hope can blossom in unexpected places.

 

Grandmother and Me

dir. Kat Cole | 7 mins. | USA | 2018

For trans man Del, a visit to his 100-year old grandmother is an exercise in subterfuge.

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Graven Image

dir. Sierra Pettengill | 10 mins. | USA | 2017

Poring over 100 years of archival footage, the film explores the history of the largest Confederate monument, Georgia’s Stone Mountain.

 

 

Group

dir. Benjamin Allen, Claire Cai, Jack Mullinkosson, Haley Saunders, Meghan Wells | 15 mins. | USA | 2017

Three convicted abusers attempt to confront the attitudes and beliefs that lead to their violence with the help of a compassionate group therapy facilitator.

 

Heimat (Homeland)

dir. Sam Peeters | 14 mins. | Belgium | 2016

This unscripted documentary portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs. It reflects the current European zeitgeist, where right-wing populism is spreading like wildfire, most popularly in quiet, white neighborhoods where people are shielded from different cultures and lifestyles.

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Karukéra Blues

dir. Pierre Huberson | 19 mins. | Guadeloupe, USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

An immersive journey through the islands of Guadeloupe from a diasporic vantage.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

La Flaca (The Bony Lady)

dir. Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato | 20 mins. | Brazil, Mexico, USA | 2018

A film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) Cult in Queens, New York.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

La Dernière Meute (The Last Hounds)

dir. Morgane Thibaut | 19 mins. | Belgium | 2017

US PREMIERE

Once upon a time there was a man living through the last hound pack of Belgium. A visual tale where roars, barks and sounds of nature are the only language.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Like Dolls, I’ll Rise

dir. Nora Philippe | 28 mins. | France, USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

200 one-of-a-kind Black dolls, a work of powerful original poetry, and never-before seen archival materials combine to tell a remarkable story of love, survival, and identity.

 

Lotte that Silhouette Girl

dir. Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo | 10 mins. | USA | 2018

Once upon a time, long before Disney and the other animation giants, Lotte Reiniger ignited the screen with shadows, light, and a pair of magical scissors.

Click here to watch the trailer.

 

Negra Soy (Black, I Am)

dir. Laura Bermúdez | 13 mins. | Honduras | 2018

Three women and a little girl symbolize through their stories the yearning of the Garífuna community of punta gorda, the first Garífuna community in the history of Honduras.

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Palenque

dir. Sebastián Pinzón Silva | 25 mins. | Colombia, USA | 2017

An ode to a small town that has greatly contributed to the collective memory of Colombia: San Basilio de Palenque – the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination.

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Room 140

dir. Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz | 11 mins. | USA | 2017

Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in Oakland at a motel, paid through the charity of a local pastor. For one night of respite, they rest, reflect, and prepare for the next phase of their journey.

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Santuario (Sanctuary)

dir. Christine Delp, Pilar Timpane | 25 mins. | USA | 2018

In Greensboro, NC, a small church community offers sanctuary to Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, a Guatemalan grandmother threatened with deportation after 25 years of living and working in the United States.

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Serpents and Doves

dir. Nellie Kluz | 30 mins. | USA | 2018

A look behind the scenes of a Christian passion play staged in the Ozark mountains. A decades-long evangelizing project, tourist attraction, and spectacle, the cast and crew speak about their experiences, memories, and fears.

 

Sister Hearts

dir. Mohammad Gorjestani | 16 mins. | USA | 2018

After thirteen years in prison, Maryam Henderson-Uloho lived as a squatter on the streets of New Orleans before turning her sights onto helping other ex-offenders, especially women like her.

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Tides

dir. Anna Silva-Schlenker | 21 mins. | Colombia, Hungary | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Erika, a synchronized swimming coach in Hungary, leads her team with intense motherly discipline. Inside, she carries the deep scars of a personal tragedy.

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While I Yet Live

dir. Maris Curran | 15 mins. | USA | 2018

Five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together.

 

The Wormwood Star

dir. Adelina Borets | 14 mins. | Poland, Ukraine | 2018

US PREMIERE

Today there are only two residents left in the village Mali Klischi. The majority were displaced due to radioactive contamination. But in order to remain in their houses they have paid the highest price – loneliness.

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Louisiana Shorts

These brief gems have all the heart, grit, eccentricity, and attitude of our home state.

 

6: An Unbirth

dir. Liana Cockfield, Milo Daemgen, Riley Teahan, Natalita | 24 mins. | USA | 2018

A creation story. A musical journey. Woman’s odyssey to mend the broken bonds between human and nature, Goddess and self.

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Alienated

dir. Sandy Parker | 5 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A teenaged girl talks to her therapist about her feelings of isolation and the vague memory of a disturbing incident that continues to haunt her.

 

 

The Arrest

dir. Kira Akerman | 7 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A teenager’s encounter with New Orleans’ criminal justice system.

 

 

Artist in Exile

dir. Kiyoko McCrae | 18 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Merging documentary and poetry, this short film follows Sunni Patterson’s return to New Orleans, twelve years after Katrina.

 

 

Barbara’s Game

dir. Varvara Degtiarenko | 10 mins. | USA | 2017

US PREMIERE

Varvara discovers that a game from her childhood had been beautifully documented by her mother.

 

 

The Basin

dir. Ian Spencer Cook | 10 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

The development of a new pipeline, the Bayou Bridge, in the Atchafalaya Basin brings local crawfishermen’s concerns into sharp focus in an effort to save the Atchafalaya and their way of life.

 

The Beach

dir. Toroes David Thomas Jr. | 19 mins. | USA | 2018

A father attempts to shield his kids from their harsh reality by making them a promise he can’t keep.

 

Between the Notes

dir. Bruce Dear, Travis Henry | 28 mins. | USA | 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

An intimate portrait of the link between artist, music and the sacred. World renowned musicians take a personal sojourn to musicianhood, covering their early influencers and the challenges of artists in the current day and age.

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Big Freedia: “Tropical Punch” (Best Beeleevah)

dir. Bertucci, Berteaux, Wilberto Lucci | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A musical documentary about the history of Bounce music as told by the world-renowned Big Freedia.

 

 

Black Back

dir. Jason Foster, Kiyoko McCrae | 3 mins. | USA | 2017

The beauty and resilience of Black people’s past and present is evoked in this homage to New Orleans, written and performed by Sunni Patterson.

 

 

Blood Runs Down

dir. Zandashé Brown | 17 mins. | USA | 2018

When a woman undergoes a frightening transition, her young daughter must decide between saving her mother or protecting herself in this haunting account of inheritance, daughterhood, and demons.

 

Blues Boy George

dir. James Coyle, James McCormack | 5 mins. | UK, USA | 2018

Blues Boy George is a talented guitarist and musician that has been in the game for a long time without breaking through, and he’s still hungry.

 

 

Breasts

dir. Eva Contis | 17 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

When a working mother mentions to her male co-worker that she has to pump her breasts, he slaps her with a sexual harassment complaint.

 

 

The Children of Central City

dir. Emma Scott | 18 mins. | USA | 2018

The kids of the A.L. Davis Park Panthers youth football program live and play in one of New Orleans’ most culturally significant and crime-riddled neighborhoods. Jerome Temple, AKA DJ Jubilee, a New Orleans bounce music legend, has coached the Panthers since 1997—and counts 28 former players killed in the 21 years since.

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Chum Much

dir. Michael Arcos, George Michael Parker | 2 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Much chum.

 

 

 

Come Home

dir. Jason Foster, Kiyoko McCrae | 4 mins. | USA | 2017

On the eve of the eleventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, poet Frederick ‘Hollywood’ Delahoussaye speaks to ‘those who struggled to get out and those who still struggle to come back’, urging them to come home.

 

Cowgirl Up

dir. Nathan Willis | 5 mins. | USA | 2016

A cowgirl from Mississippi pursues her lifelong dream of becoming the first African-American female in the National Finals Rodeo.

 

 

The Earth is Humming

dir. Garrett Bradley | 13 mins. | Japan, USA | 2017

Around ten percent of all earthquakes occur in and around Japan, with citizens experiencing as many as a thousand earthquakes per year.

 

 

The Embassy: “Never Let Go”

dir. Aimée Toledano | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

This is the music video for a song by The Embassy, featuring children from 24 Carrot Garden.

 

 

Fin de Arco Iris

dir. Spencer Douglass | 10 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

The cross-gender, cross-country adventure of vagabond Victor Hurricane.

 

 

Flash

dir. James Coyle, James McCormack | 6 mins. | UK, USA | 2018

Flash defies definition. He’s a dancer; he’s a performer; he’s an entertainer; he’s a rapper; and he’s a young man from New Orleans.

 

Fucked Like a Star

dir. Stefani Saintonge | 8 mins. | Haiti, USA | 2018

An experimental documentary short based on a paragraph in Toni Morrison’s novel, “Tar Baby”, about the meditative, mystical life of soldier ants.

 

 

The Funeral Band

dir. Nicholas Manuel Pino | 9 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

On his first day as the newest member of “Thicker than Blood Brass Band,” John, a teenager displaced by Katrina, learns about the unique community he’s been disconnected from and the traditions that follow them to the grave.

 

Get Up, Pierrot

dir. Gurleen Rai, F. Anthony Shepherd | 7 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Pierrot is an existential pastry made by folding layers of identity upon itself with equal parts tears and smiles.

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Goat: The Music of Mikiko

dir. Trisha Gaw | 12 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Japanese pianist Mikiko Matsumura moved over 7,000 miles from her home to New Orleans. She finds creative solutions to making a connection on foreign land when faced with a linguistic divide.

 

 

The Heart is an Organ

dir. David S. White | 17 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

The story of a love triangle between a musical genius, an art lover, and the church organ that binds them to the community.

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Hogwash: Pilot

dir. Zack Godshall | 18 mins. | USA | 2018

Set in Oubliette, Louisiana, Hogwash is a quirky series about unintentionally hilarious locals doing mysterious things.

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How To Sell A Broken Heart

dir. Jonathan Isaac Jackson | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

After having her heart broken, a woman takes the initiative and offers to sell her broken heart to Satan.

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Jane

dir. Abraham Felix | 12 mins. | USA | 2018

When an isolated mixed race woman rediscovers a childhood diary, painful memories threaten to derail her attempt to take control of her life.

 

JC Styles: “Boom”

dir. Will Rand Sampson | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A guerilla-style Bourbon Street bounce extravaganza.

 

 

 

Jello Pudding

dir. Sexparty | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

In a world turned upside-down, we struggle to recognize ourselves.

 

 

The Language of Silence

dir. Caterina Picone | 22 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

A musician who recently lost his hearing must weigh the options of cochlear implants, while learning about ASL and deaf culture with his born-deaf girlfriend.

 

Locked

dir. Daneeta Loretta Jackson, Patrick Jackson | 13 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Local urban ecologist Dr. Josh Lewis tells the one hundred year tumultuous history of the Industrial Canal and Lock that dissect the 9th Ward of New Orleans.

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Miedo de Monos (Fear of Monkeys)

dir. Michael Arcos | 6 mins. | USA | 2018

My father told me a story about why he is afraid of monkeys. His fear dates back to 1958 in Ecuador. This is what happened.

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New Water Music

dir. Anthony Clune | 16 mins. | USA | 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

Art meets activism on Lake Pontchartrain for an orchestral spectacle in an attempt to grapple with the Gulf Coast crisis in a uniquely New Orleanian fashion.

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The Place to Be

dir. Julia Elizabeth Evans | 13 mins. | USA | 2018

US PREMIERE

Every Thursday night on a quiet corner in New Orleans, an entire block of neighbors gathers at the corner store to eat as a family.

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Respect: The Original Pinettes Brass Band

dir. Ernest Collins, Bernard Wade | 26 mins. | USA | 2017

WORLD PREMIERE

This documentary tells the story of the Pinettes, the only female brass band in New Orleans.

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Riverbend

dir. Melissa Remark | 13 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Fifteen years later, a chance encounter reconnects Heather and Danny in Algiers Point where they talk about the night in college when their friendship ended.

 

 

Rosie & Joe

dir. Gurleen Rai, F. Anthony Shepherd | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Rosie and Joe are a German Shepherd and a kitten who are best friends. They both have very strange ideas about the world.

 

 

Samantha

dir. Josh Carley | 11 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Blogger Henry Mathis interviews Jodi Brooks about her transcendental experiences involving her husband, his dreams, and their deceased daughter.

 

Special Man Boogie

dir. Claire Bangser | 4 mins. | USA | 2017

A music video for “Special Man Boogie” by King James and the Special Men, filmed in one day and one night in New Orleans.

 

 

Street Fight

dir. Jane Geisler | 6 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

Two lovers engage in a directionless argument on their way home from a bar.

 

Taxidermy in Action

dir. Evan Falbaum | 8 mins. | USA | 2018

Lura Touchstone spends her days keeping the doors open at the Touchstone Wildlife & Art Museum in Haughton, Louisiana.

 

That’s The One

dir. Huemid Haus | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

Nick and Dan shake it with an assist from Hasizzle in this video for “That’s The One.”

 

 

 

Things With Feathers

dir. Jalea Jackson | 21 mins. | USA | 2017

After ten-year-old Aaliyah is assaulted by her older cousin, she struggles to keep the family together before worrying about her well being.

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Til the Day I Die

dir. Nathan Willis | 4 mins. | USA | 2017

Lumberjack turned bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch wonders if a better life is waiting for him after life on this Earth is over.

 

 

 

 

Trip to the Moon

dir. Jillian Hall | 4 mins. | USA | 2017

In this handcrafted marionette music video, a rougarou takes a trip to the moon in search of his soulmate.

 

 

 

The Tumbling Wheels: “Sleepwalking”

dir. All of them Witches (Emily MacKenzie, Sasha Solodukhina) | 5 mins. | USA | 2018

An alligator cannot wake up from a fever dream.

 

 

Walter Wolfman Washington: “Save Your Love For Me”

dir. Sam Radutzky | 5 mins. | USA | 2017

Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington performs his new song ‘Save Your Love For Me’ in this music video.

 

 

Wings

dir. Lorraine Caffery | 6 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

After her parent’s heated argument, an eight year-old girl finds a magic seashell.

 

 

You Can’t Play With Us

dir. Serene Bacigalupi, Jason Rhein | 16 mins. | USA | 2018

In a world where dinosaurs eat unicorns for every meal, Delux refuses to eat the magical creatures and sets out to befriend them instead. When he happens upon some musical unicorns, they aren’t as friendly as he expects.

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Animated Shorts

Cut paper conjurings, hand-drawn confessions, and stop-motion heart-stoppers.

 

Cat

dir. Leilei Xia | 3 mins. | USA | 2017

US PREMIERE

A cat adopts a baby and a relationship grows between two fragile souls.

 

 

Crushed In Space

dir. Janice Chun | 6 mins. | USA | 2017

An unrequited love melodrama in space.

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Cry Baby

dir. Xiner Jiang | 5 mins. | USA | 2018

The baby cries to grab your attention.

 

 

 

Fuse

dir. Shadi Adib | 7 mins. | Germany | 2018

US PREMIERE

How do we best kill the mouse?

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Heart Chakra

dir. Angela Stempel | 7 mins. | USA | 2017

Mae’s life is routinely disrupted by the advice from her online crystal healer.

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The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley

dir. Taylor Stanton | 14 mins. | USA | 2018

A stop-motion documentary highlighting a woman’s lifelong attempts to find happiness.

 

 

 

Make it Soul

dir. Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo | 15 mins. | France | 2018

Chicago, winter, 1965. The Regal Theater hosts James Brown and Solomon Burke. Backstage, everyone’s under pressure. But in 1960s America, both men know their music has unexpected powers.

 

Marfa

dir. The Brothers McLeod (Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod) | 8 mins. | UK | 2017

A town on the borderlands of Texas. A place out of time. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A mecca for lovers of minimalist art. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.

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The Mud

dir. Brandon Lake | 6 mins. | USA | 2017

Both bound and uplifted by identity, a man of clay strives to understand himself through the chaos of outside voices.

 

 

 

Negative Space

dir. Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter | 5 mins. | France | 2017

My dad taught me how to pack.

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Obon

dir. Andre Hörmann, Samo (Anna Bergmann) | 15 mins. | Germany | 2018

Akiko Takakura, one of the last survivors of the atomic bomb explosion of Hiroshima, finds a moment of happiness in the midst of total destruction.

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Phototaxis

dir. Melissa Ferrari | 7 mins. | USA | 2017

Inside the “TNT area” of West Virginia, locals recount their visions of the legendary Mothman and discuss their devotion to the Higher Power of the Narcotics Anonymous handbook.

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Serpentine

dir. Bronwyn Maloney | 3 mins. | USA | 2016

In the midst of reflective fantasy, a young woman’s inner thoughts arouse a surreal exploration of sensuality, self-esteem, and deeply rooted fears.

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Tightly Wound

dir. Shelby Hadden | 10 mins. | USA | 2018

A woman recounts her experience living with chronic pelvic pain – how health professionals have failed her, men have rejected her, and shame, anger, and hatred have plagued her body.

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Experimental Shorts

Closed-eye visions, third-ear soundscapes, and more new pleasures from intrepid explorers.

 

Allen Anders: Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987)

dir. Laura Moss | 7 mins. | USA | 2018

The fever dream of a 1980s stand-up comic who is either having a nervous breakdown or the best set of his life.

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Armageddon 2

dir. Corey Hughes | 6 mins. | Cuba, USA | 2017

US PREMIERE

In Cuba, where internet is very slow, movies, television, and information are exchanged through a black market system of media distribution via external hard drives known as “el paquete semanal”.

Click here for the teaser.

 

Fair Grounds

dir. Ameer Kazmi | 13 mins. | France, Germany, USA | 2017

Vignettes of seemingly tangible memories and dreams are paired with the modest self-documentation of four young men who are traveling together for the first time.

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The Fall

dir. Angela Tiatia | 5 mins. | Australia | 2017

In an unbroken shot that weaves the viewer through a single moment in time, The Fall explores the chaos exposed when the scaffolding of society falls away.

 

 

Foreign Quarters

dir. Rajee Samarasinghe | 15 mins. | China, Sri Lanka, USA | 2017

Far from his home in Sri Lanka, the filmmaker uses images to trace the elusive qualities of his mother’s past and persona as a woman of distant Chinese heritage.

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Giverny I (Négresse Impériale)

dir. Ja’Tovia M. Gary | 6 mins. | France, USA | 2017

Shot on location in Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, this filmic collage posits a decolonized gaze in the re-telling of modern history.

 

Hi I Need To Be Loved

dir. Marnie Ellen Hertzler | 11 mins. | USA | 2018

US PREMIERE

Actors from Craigslist audition for a film by reading spam emails from a teleprompter. Three are cast: A Dancer, A Chef, and A Milkmaid. Is this poetry or malware?

 

 

Irma

dir. Kate Shults | 5 mins. | USA | 2018

A portrait of 2017 Hurricane Irma’s anticipation and impact, from the precarious safety of inland Central Florida.

 

 

My Heart is a Lure

dir. Patrick Moser | 10 mins. | USA | 2017

An experimental work exploring the rhythms of fatherhood through notions of living and un-living, authentic and fake, violence and love.

 

 

Please Step out of the Frame

dir. Karissa Hahn | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

In the empire of computer and you – consider the clone.

 

 

 

 

Underbelly Up

dir. Josh Yates | 4 mins. | USA | 2017

A disembodied entity meditates on the flood.

 

 

Music Videos

Bright moves and bold gestures, set to the beat.

 

Aasia LaShay Bullock (feat. Jesse Case): “No Babies”

USA | 2018 | 3 mins. | dir. Justin Casselle

An ode to birth control and living your best life.

 

 

Bashton: “Scandal”

Réunion | 2018 | 4 mins. | dir. Pablo Mengin

Built from two thousand paintings in four minutes, this film is a reflection on the city versus man, pop culture, love, and death.

 

BC Unidos (feat. Shungudzo): “Bicycle”

USA | 2017 | 3 mins. | dir. Joel Kazuo Knoernschild

A bike-positive anthem featuring the Scraper Bike Team, a squad of bicycle artists in Oakland, California, powered by a community non-profit.

 

Cipherella: “Dumb Dumb”

USA | 2017 | 4 mins. | dir. Daniela “Zoe” Croci

US PREMIERE

A vintage futuristic experience, a boom-bap anthem that features an all female cast of dancers.

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Fortnite: “Gasoline”

South Africa, Germany, USA | 2017 | 4 mins. | dir. Sven D., Philipp Primus

This music video shines a light on the balletic grace of Soweto, Johannesburg’s burgeoning car spinning scene.

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Gaz Coombes: “Walk the Walk”

USA | 2018 | 4 mins. | dir. Najeeb Tarazi

A poker game unfolds in a series of experimental video collages inspired by David Hockney’s “Joiners”.

 

 

Greenspan: “I Wonder if Heaven Got Condos”

USA | 2018 | 2 mins. | dir. Angel Kristi Williams

WORLD PREMIERE

This Baltimore hip-hop artist resurrects a block of vacant houses in a dreamlike interpretation of heaven.

 

Greenspan: “Indie”

USA | 2017 | 4 mins. | dir. Angel Kristi Williams

This music video offers a celebration of black excellence in Baltimore.

 

 

Japanese Breakfast: “Boyish”

USA | 2018 | 4 mins. | dir. Michelle Zauner

The video for Japanese Breakfast’s “Boyish” is inspired by that epitome of teen angst, the Hollywood prom scene.

 

 

Marvin Gaye: “Make Me Wanna Holler”

USA | 2017 | 4 mins. | dir. Erica Eng

Starring the deaf dancer and performer Antoine Hunter, this film paints a portrait of the daily struggles and frustrations that challenge a homeless man living on the streets of San Francisco.

 

Paula Cavalciuk: “Morte e Vida Uterina” (“Uterine Death and Life”)

Brazil | 2017 | 4 mins. | dir. Daniel Bruson

A girl walks her path to womanhood. She is broken over and over again, but insists on getting up. A music video by Brazilian singer-songwriter Paula Cavalciuk.

 

U.S. Girls: “Mad as Hell”

Canada | 2017 | 3 mins. | dir. Emily Pelstring, Meg Remy

The music video for U.S. Girls’ disco-inspired war protest song.

 

 

Young Fathers: “Lord”

Scotland | 2017 | 4 mins. | dir. Rianne White

‘If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.’ An exploration into the internal struggle between fantasy and reality contained within a man on a horse.

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Episodic Content

From webisodes to TV pilots, this year’s crop of serialized goodness.

 

The Pineapple Diaries

dir. Paloma Valenzuela | 11 mins. | USA | 2016

After the initial bliss wears off, a couple faces the realities of their relationship.

 

 

16 Rachels

dir. Keaton Smith | 21 mins. | USA | 2018

A documentary of sixteen women whose lives intertwine through strange and ordinary ways.

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Lost Kings

dir. Terrance Smalls Jr. | 33 mins. | USA | 2018

The story of a young woman thriving in a world in which she was meant to fail. In Season 1, Max attempts to cope with the murder of her brother and gets caught up in a conspiracy of police corruption in Baltimore.

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Nice

dir. Andrew Ahn | 22 mins. | USA | 2018

Discovering she has breast cancer for the second time, a 23-year-old Korean American woman living in Minneapolis decides to keep her diagnosis a secret from her friends and family.

 

Spectrums

dir. Zohar Melinek Ezra, Afek Testa Launer | 15 mins. | Israel | 2017

This film follows the social, political and spiritual world of ten members of the transgender community in Israel.

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The Young Woman’s Guide

dir. Nicole Collins | 14 mins. | USA | 2018

The elders have spoken! Six women over the age of seventy offer their thoughts and opinions on topics facing today’s modern young woman.

 

 

You’re Alright, You’re Okay

dir. Chell Stephen | 3 mins. | USA | 2017

A quietly angry LA gal on the quest for “mindfulness” uses a meditation app that begins giving categorically unhelpful advice.

Cinema Reset

NOFF’s new media arm, pushing the moving image beyond the screen.

 

VR EXPERIENCES


1000 Cut Journey

dir. Courtney Cogburn, Elise Ogle | 10 mins. | USA | 2018

In this immersive experience, the viewer becomes Michael Sterling, a black man encountering racism as a young child, as an adolescent, and as a young adult, highlighting the social realities of racism. This project is showcased in the Immersive Experience space at the HUB.

Click here for the trailer.

 

Authentically Us: Voices From The Transgender Community

dir. Jesse “Jesus” Ayala | 21 mins. | USA | 2018

Step into the lives of three transgender people and experience their stories—a Two-Spirit artist in Idaho, a mechanic in Montana, and a veteran in Washington, D.C.

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Biidaaban: First Light

dir. Lisa Jackson | 7 mins. | Canada | 2018

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, this is an interactive time-jump into a radically different—and highly realistic—vision of a potential future Toronto, now reclaimed by nature. This project is showcased in the Immersive Experience space at the HUB.

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Meeting a Monster

dir. Gabriela Arp | 9 mins. | USA | 2018

Through audio recordings, reenactments, and presentday footage, Meeting a Monster examines the eight years that Angela King spent inside the white power movement—and the path she took to get out.

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Octane

dir. Jeron Braxton | 6 mins. | USA | 2018

Jeron Braxton’s newest creative project exists as a collection of different but related forms. As a lush 3D animation, an immersive VR experience within a race car, and as a roving, temporary physical installation, Octane parallels many aspects of the contemporary black American experience.

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Pacific Gateway

dir. Felicia Lowe | 5 mins. | USA | 2018

Go inside the historic Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco bay and experience the poignant poems carved into the walls by Chinese immigrants, addressing an aspect of the site’s complicated past.

 

 

Coast 360: A Virtual Day in the Delta

Sponsored content presented by Restore the Mississippi River Delta

Created by: Launch Media and Mesh, along with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Communications Team
7 mins. | USA | 2018

 

In this exclusive 360 experience, viewers will visit one of the areas of Louisiana’s coast actually gaining land, an active barrier island restoration project and a coastal community on the forefront of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. With an on-the-ground (and in the air) look at our coastal crisis, viewers will learn what needs to be done to restore and protect our coast, and, more importantly, why it matters.

 


INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS


6 : An Unbirth

dir. Liana Cockfield, Milo Daemgen, Riley Teahan, Natalita | 24 mins. | USA | 2018

Woman, descending into madness, surrenders to darkness instead of blindly worshiping the Gods of light. She enters the black waters of nature—swamps, wetlands, womb—to cocoon, to heal. There, her inherent magic and divinity are awakened. Video installation inside Happier Camper.

 

Archive

dir. Adam Forrester | 2 mins. | USA | 2017

In early 2017, the City of Atlanta imploded one of its most infamous buildings, the Georgia Archives and Records Building. This short film documents the implosion of the building and beckons the viewer to consider what is really lost when it is no longer a part of the city’s skyline. Wall projection inside the Festival HUB.

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The Bottom: A Noise Opera

dir. Chris Berntsen, Sarrah Danziger, Damien Moreau, Lucia Honey | 22 mins. | USA | 2018

A self-described “Noise Opera,” this visual album is complete with a drunken stumble through the Vegas strip, a triumphant pop moment in the Texas mountains, and a somber siren wailing on an inflatable duck boat on Lake Pontchartrain in search of a phone. Video installation inside Happier Camper.

 

Drift

dir. Carter Eggleston | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

Shot in slow motion, Drift captures the elegant movements of jellyfish, their pliant trajectories reckoned against the endless ebb and flow of the ocean current. This record of effortless voyages provides a visual contemplation of autonomy, effort, and intentionality. Wall projection inside the Festival Hub.

 

 

Groundwater Vol. I & II

dir. Kameron Neal | 2 mins. | USA | 2018

This is the beginning of creator Kameron Neal’s new series of self-portraits about the intersection of memory, queer bodies, and the healing process. This installation invites audiences to bear witness to Neal’s process of learning how to see, touch, and be touched. Wall projection inside the Festival HUB.

 

 

 

Mahogany Too

dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu | 4 mins. | USA, Ghana | 2018

Inspired by Nollywood’s distinct re-imagining in the form of sequels, this film interprets the 1975 cult classic, Mahogany starring Diana Ross in a fashion-infused romantic drama, recreating the film’s distinctive fashion, modeling, and styling. Wall projection inside the Festival HUB.

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Watershed

Created by Thomas Tucker; Lesley Duffield; Nate King; Sofia Chu; Jasmine Edison; Carter Eggleston; David Franusich; Jon Hamilton; Xindi Liu; Kat Vivaldi | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

A three-dimensional, fractured vision of rural Virginia, Watershed moves between glimpses of river, light, and animation. This collaborative projection-mapped installation offers a meditative and fragmented reflection on environment, industry, floods, rupture, and transformation in the rural Appalachian South.