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We are very excited to reveal 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.

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 180-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.

 

Film synopses provided by:
JK – Jonathan Kieran
KM – Kate Mason
ST – Stephanie Tell

Opening Night Film

7:00pm, 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).

Tickets are available to buy online until 5 PM on October 17th, you can get your tickets at the Orpheum Theater after 5 PM.

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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.

 

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Widows

dir. Steve McQueen | 128 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20th, 2:25 PM, at the Prytania Theater

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.


Roma

dir. Alfonso Cuarón | 135 mins | Mexico, USA | 2018
Monday, October 22, at 7:30PM, The Prytania Theatre

The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón’s first project since the groundbreaking Gravity in 2013, Roma will be available in theaters and on Netflix later this year.

 


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | 132 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 8:15PM, NOFF Main Theater at the CAC

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.

 

Closing Night Film

7:30PM, Thursday, October 25th, at the NOFF Main Theater at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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

There will also be a repeat screening at 8:00pm, Thursday October 25th at The Ranch Theater at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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A Tuba to Cuba

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

The leader of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba. Join the band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Encounters with some of Cuba’s most iconic musicians leads to spontaneous and soulful collaborations. A Tuba to Cuba celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to dig deeper: to find that common ground we all have inside us, and there, resolve to build bridges, not walls.

 

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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.

 

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The Biggest Little Farm

dir. John Chester | 91 mins. | USA | 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 8:15PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsized idealism as John and Molly Chester attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees, over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind. The pair’s attempt to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, but they come to realize that to survive they will have to reach a deeper understanding of the intricacies of nature and life.

Official selection of the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.


Boy Erased

dir. Joel Edgerton | 114 mins. | USA | 2018
Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30pm at the Prytania Theatre

Boy Erased tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small Southern town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program—or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.


If Beale Street Could Talk

dir. Barry Jenkins | 117 mins. | USA | 2018
Sunday, October 21, at 8:30PM at the Main Theater at the CAC

Academy Award®–winning writer/director Barry Jenkins’ first film since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight is If Beale Street Could Talk, his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel—the first English-language feature film based on the work of the author, to whom the movie is dedicated.

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.


Little Woods

dir. Nia DaCosta | 105 mins. | Australia, USA | 2018
Thursday, October 25, 6:00PM at the New Orleans Advocate

Pain is at the center of Nia DaCosta’s directorial debut, which showcases the tender, but not soft, relationship between two sisters, Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James). Ollie is a parolee who has managed to stay on the straight and narrow until Deb gets pregnant. Ollie knows how to make money quick—she got into trouble selling oxycontin to oil field workers after smuggling medication across the border. -KM

Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.


Tiger

dir. Alister Grierson | 100 mins. | USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 7:30PM, the Prytania Theatre

Inspired by the true story of a practicing Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing due to his religious beliefs, Tiger follows Pardeep Singh Nagra (Prem Singh) as he faces racial profiling, threats, and the daily pressure to change, even from his loved ones who are caught in the crossfire. Pardeep, supported by his coach and mentor Frank (Mickey Rourke), does what any headstrong American would do: fight back. Enlisting the help of civil rights lawyer Charlotte (Janel Parrish), Pardeep sues for the right to stay in the ring. Raw and uplifting, Tiger tracks the courageous path of a man whose life is shaped by two battles; one in the courtroom, the other in the ring.


Vox Lux

dir. Brady Corbet | 110 mins. | USA | 2019
Tuesday, October 23, 8:45PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

Vox Lux follows the rise of Celeste (Natalie Portman, in one of her most powerful roles to date) from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom. The film, which features original songs by Sia and an original score by Scott Walker, spans 18 years and traces important cultural moments through her eyes, starting in 1999 and concluding in 2017. Official selection of the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.


Wildlife

dir. Paul Dano | 104 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 7:30PM, the Prytania Theatre

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.

Thank you to Parker Roy for sponsoring this film.

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Special Presentation

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

 

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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.

Community Partner: The McKenna Museums

Caribbean Voices

New work from beyond our Southern horizon.

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Black Mother

dir. Khalik Allah | 77 mins. | sUSA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 8:45PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Friday, October 19, 11:30AM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

Women anchor a warm, textured dreamland where the sounds of prayer, song, stories, negotiations, and myths foreground a celebration of identity and heritage. This much-lauded film has been making the festival rounds from True/False to New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s no surprise for director Khalik Allah, a rising star and key collaborator on Beyoncé’s Lemonade. His personal touch invades the frame in the occasional puff of smoke or greeting to a family member or friend. In this impressionistic portrait of Jamaica, Allah revels in both the opposing and harmonious elements of the country—the sacred and profane, birth and death, fertility and decay, to guide us through a vision of revitalization. -KM

Community partner: Shotgun Cinema


Cabeza Madre (Mother’s Head)

dir. Edouard Salier | 90 mins. | France | 2017
Wednesday, October 24, 8:45PM,The Ranch Theater at CAC
Thursday, October 25,1:45PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

“Your long-lost mother has been decapitated and we can’t find the head” has to be tops on the list of things you don’t want to hear when arriving in a foreign country. Such is the state of Havana’s welcome wagon for John (Clifton Collins Jr., Westworld, Knight of Cups). This “yuma” from the mainland had hoped to be meeting the missing piece of his family story, not hunting for the missing piece of his mother. In his path are smug cops, bribe-hungry locals, spiritual hitmen, and Vladimir, the “huge and tiny son” who runs the neighborhood and volunteers as John’s chaos-making guide. A grisly and grimly comic death trip, Cabeza Madre flips over the sentimental Havana postcard and sniffs the stains on the underside. -JK


Los Viejos (The Oldies)

dir. Rosana Matecki | 93 mins. | Cuba, UK, Venezuela | 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 8:15PM, The Advocate
Thursday, October 25,11:00AM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

“You used to like that song, you used to sing it—remember?” These words from an elderly saxophonist to his terminally ill wife reveal the essence of this delicate documentary, which ponders the intricate relationship between memory, music, and the process of aging. The film focuses on elderly Cuban musicians, who each reminisce on their lives through, with, and around music. Sensitively and deliberately shot in a personal, naturalistic style, the film is colored by poetic underwater sequences and musical interludes in the musicians’ own styles. At times melancholy, the musicians consider their personal relationships in their loss-tinged twilight years, ultimately always coming back to their close and powerful connections to music. -ST

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Pèp Souvren (Sovereign People)

dir. Jose Hiriart | 92 mins. | Canada | 2017
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

Sparked by a UN-instigated cholera outbreak, Pèp Souvren follows two Haitian grassroots activists over several years in their fights to promote a fair and sovereign democracy in “the world’s first black republic.” In a country haunted by slavery, colonialism, military coups, and an increasingly suspect UN presence, their fight will prove an uphill battle. They confront voter fraud, myriad electoral postponements and disappointing voter turnouts amid state violence and corruption. Although it stands for the thousands of Haitians involved in domestic political action, the film’s sensorial approach roots the broader political struggle in the personal, showing us the consequences of a shambolic and oppressive status-quo on the individual. -ST

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Tourments d’Amour (Torments of Love)

dir. Caroline Jules | 53 mins. | France, Guadeloupe | 2017
Sunday, October 21, 4:15PM, The Broad Theater
Tuesday, October 23, 11:30AM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

On a lush idyllic home on an island off the coast of Guadeloupe, free spirit Vanessa visits her pregnant sister Myriam and her husband after the death of their beloved grandmother. Vanessa’s languid and melancholy consideration of loss is interrupted by an unwelcome guest, her long estranged and distant father, who Myriam has invited to lunch. We are drawn into an intimate family meal in which unspoken wounds with years to fester now emerge to the surface through long, tense silences. Around the table, flashes of empathy and bouts of aggression are demonstrated by each sister in turn. Throughout this sun-drenched family meal, the sisters conjure private memories of past selves in order to grapple with years of hurt left unspoken. -ST

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Community partner: Alliance Francaise


When I Grow Up (Ser Grande)

dir. Karen Rossi | 88 mins. | Puerto Rico | 2018
Friday, October 19, 4:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Wednesday, October 24, 3:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

This is an intimate portrait of the lives of three Puerto Rican teenagers—dancer Juan, basketballer Rushian, and clever Ivianyd. Covering their relationships to family, school, and life goals, the film is anchored by a workshop the schoolkids undertake with the aim of challenging their negative self-perceptions. The teenagers deal with everyday yet poignant issues—fraught feelings about their sexualities, difficulty relating to parents, and the failure to reach artistic goals—while occasionally veering into more tragic circumstances. With a probing eye that exposes moving moments and genuine emotions, director Karen Rossi reveals the real, daily lives of these kids as they navigate the various difficulties of growing up in Puerto Rico. -ST

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Community Partners: NOCCA, Dancing Grounds

Change-Makers

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

 

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Blowin’ Up

dir. Stephanie Wang-Breal | 97 mins. | Japan, USA | 2017
Sunday, October 21, 6:15PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Monday, October 22, 1:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

Judge Serita’s courtroom has all the bureaucratic trappings familiar to a judicial building, but something is different: women dominate the space—lawyers, counselors, translators, defendants, and Serita herself. She presides over the Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens, which combats indictments of sex workers who are the victims of opportunistic arrests at local massage parlors. Exuberant counselor Eliza Hook greets her clients with a non-judgmental approach, “we’re not here for any other reason than to support you, ‘cause we also hate court.” This film wowed at Hot Docs and Tribeca, adding to an already impressive roster for award-winning documentarian Stephanie Wang-Breal and her all-star crew. -KM


Call Her Ganda

dir. PJ Raval | 98 mins. | Philippines, USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 3:45PM, The Advocate

FREE SCREENING

In the Philippines, a country still living in the legacy of colonization, the fraught commerce between soldiers and sex workers has persisted for generations. PJ Raval’s new film explores the 2014 murder of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude at the hands of a US Marine, a crime that commanded international news attention. Avoiding the trappings of typical tales of violence against trans people, Raval foregrounds Laude’s mother Julita’s quest for justice, alongside Meredith Talusan, a trans Filipina-American journalist seeking to dig beyond the sensational headlines surrounding the murder. Meredith and Jennifer’s worlds collide as Raval guides us through the past and current culture of trans experience in the Philippines. -KM

 

 


Dawnland

dir. Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip | 86 mins. | USA (Wabanaki Territory) | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 3:45PM, The Broad Theater

FREE SCREENING

As recently as the 1970s, one in four Native American children was living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Native American mothers were told that they were unfit to raise their children, who were put in often neglectful or abusive living situations. In 2012 the state of Maine pioneered a gathering of testimony, the nation’s first government-sanctioned Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Wabanaki mothers share their stories, but who will heal the wound that’s left open? How can a safe space exist when you’re answering to the perpetrator? This film asks questions with painful relevance in light of the current administration’s recent history of separating families at the border. -KM

Community Partner: Alternate Roots

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Guilty Until Proven Guilty

dir. Harry Moses | 53 mins. | USA | 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Wednesday, October 24, 1:15PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

In 2014, Tim Conerly was arrested in the wake of an armed robbery in the French Quarter and waited 28 months for a trial, three of those months on suicide watch after an attempt to hang himself in his cell. In tracing Tim’s trajectory from arrest to trial to sentencing, Guilty Until Proven Guilty offers a timely diagnosis of the crisis in Orleans Parish’s criminal justice system. The causes are complex and long-standing: non-unanimous jury verdicts, “show up” eyewitness identification, material witness warrants, “multiple bill” adjudication, an aggressive DA, and an overburdened Public Defender’s office. The effect, however, is plain to see: our ever-expanding incarcerated population. -JK

Community partners: Innocence Project New Orleans & Unanimous Jury Coalition  

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Science Fair

dir. Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster | 90 mins. | Brazil, Germany, USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 2:00PM, The Advocate
Tuesday, October 23, 11:00AM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

FREE SCREENING

Each year, the International Science and Engineering Fair, “the Olympics of science fairs,” welcomes 1700 students from around the world. The finalists are high-schoolers of tremendous dedication, voracious curiosity, and freakish talent. There’s Anjali, who as a 13-year-old freshman scored a perfect ACT. And Myllena, who attends a remote school in Brazil and dreams of ending Zika. And Robbie, who made it to ISEF while almost failing high school math. Amid the breathless highs and crushing lows of high-stakes competition, a generation of power-nerds is finding its elite, and we’re along for the ride. Watching these young inventors, hackers, and (maybe) future Nobellians at work, it’s hard not to feel there’s hope for humanity after all. -JK

 

 


This Little Light

dir. Ada McMahon, Wendi Moore-O’Neal | 48 mins. | USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 6:30PM, The Broad Theater
Saturday, October 20, 10:30AM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

In the wake of Katrina and the levee failures, the Mennonite Central Committee was looking for boots on the ground to support their relief work in the city, and Wendi Moore-O’Neal seemed like the perfect candidate: an activist and community organizer with roots in New Orleans. There was one problem: MCC policy requires its personnel to be celibate outside of heterosexual unions, and Wendi was in a committed same-sex partnership. In this diaristic film, Wendi looks back on the years she spent professionally closeted in order to do good, her decision to come out to her superiors, and the discrimination case that she pursued to the federal level. Throughout, she finds refuge in freedom singing, her spiritual link to a tradition of struggle. -JK

Community partner: Junebug Productions

 

 


This Taco Truck Kills Fascists

dir. Rodrigo Dorfman | 61 mins. | USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 8:15PM, The Broad Theater
Saturday, October 20, 11:00AM, The Broad Theater

WORLD PREMIERE

In 2016, artist José Torres-Tama undertook a project to repurpose a truck into a mobile stage, establishing the Taco Truck Theater and convening a group of actors, musicians, and performers to explore the impact of the immigration crisis in New Orleans. José’s company practices devised theater, drawing on their own personal experiences and research among America’s undocumented communities. Among the players are José’s two sons, to whom he acts as a tour guide to Louisiana’s hidden history of injustice and struggle. By turns playful, funky, outraged, and anguished, Jose’s approach to protest art is unapologetic. Through it all, he raises his steadfast battle cry: “No Guacamole for Immigrant Haters!” -JK

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Community Partners: Alternate Roots & Jose Torres-Tama

Narrative Features Competition

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

 

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Chained for Life

dir. Aaron Schimberg | 91 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 3:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Sunday, October 21, 9:00PM, The Advocate

FREE SCREENING

Evoking a beautifully self-conscious ‘70s art-cinema aesthetic, this often dark—but very funny—meta-comedy challenges how disfigured people are presented on screen: historically as villainous, monstrous, or pitiful, and largely played by conventional-looking actors. Co-stars Mabel (Jessica Weixler) and Rosenthal (Adam Pearson, Under the Skin) develop a friendship on the set of a pretentious European auteur’s English-language debut. However, what constitutes perception, reality, and the film world is sometimes difficult to discern. Writer/director Aaron Schimberg both skewers and indulges a self-congratulatory and beauty-centric film industry with a light and satirical touch, never forgetting the human behind each of his characters. -ST

 

 


Empty Metal

dir. Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer | 83 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 8:30PM, The Advocate
Tuesday, October 23, 3:45PM, The Advocate

Three aimless millennials in a go-nowhere band are recruited as willing pawns by a shadow revolution, an insurrection led by an unlikely anti-government cabal of Buddhist sovereign citizens, telepathic native separatists, hardline rastas, and AR-toting preppers, spearheaded by the dreadlocked King Alpha. Their mission: to find and execute [names redacted]. Dosed with the nihilistic punk DNA of Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames and Fassbinder’s The Third Generation, Empty Metal tosses scraps of our everyday dystopia into its psychic soup, serving up a present that shades into science fiction, studded with details of the daylight world returning with the clarity of a nightmare. -JK


Family First

dir. Sophie Dupuis | 88 mins. | Canada | 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 9:00PM, The Broad Theater
Thursday, October 25, 8:30PM, The Advocate

JP’s first priority is always his family, and yet he constantly finds himself pulled between their various messed-up problems in this French-Canadian Animal Kingdom. Between erratic brother Vincent, a violent man-baby with mommy issues and a penchant for seriously hurting himself and others; his mother, a recovering alcoholic; and his dangerous uncle, the head of a drug cartel and his tough-as-nails boss, JP’s only source of comfort is his sensible girlfriend, Mel. But when his uncle has a “special job” for JP, enmeshing him further and further in his illegal business, JP will have to go to dark lengths to extricate himself from the worst parts of his life while protecting his self-destructive family from harm (and from themselves). -ST

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Fort Maria

dir. S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland | 84 mins. | USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 6:45PM, The Advocate
Monday, October 22, 5:30PM, The Advocate

Housebound by an unexplained fear, Maria takes a Google Maps tour of the lido in her Bulgarian hometown. She tries to hide her anxiety in texts to her grown adopted daughter, Meredith, who’s travelled to North Carolina to meet her biological mother’s sister, Violet. Meanwhile, Maria befriends her neighbor Clara, who is in the midst of a breakup with an abusive girlfriend. Shot in incandescent black and white and written in close collaboration with its four lead actors, Fort Maria arms itself with wistfulness and humor as it throws a gaze of Bergmanesque acuity across a rich dramatic field: scavenged comradeship, tiny braveries, and the chance consolations thrown in the path of solitary souls. -JK

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A Haunting Hitchhike

dir. Heejae Jeong | 108 mins. | South Korea | 2017
Thursday, October 18, 11:30AM, The Advocate
Sunday, October 21, 11:15AM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

US PREMIERE

“I’m at peace because I’ve given up. Do you know what I mean?” Jeong-ae’s father wants to prepare her for the harsh world ahead. But she’s determined to carve out a life and a family that feels right to her. Filmmaker Heejae Jeong puts us in Jeong-ae’s pocket; she’s matured quickly to navigate the world she’s been handed, but at heart she is still just a 16-year-old girl looking for support. After receiving a letter from her estranged mother, she and her loyal friend traverse Seoul to find the adults who left them behind. In the process Jeong-ae learns that the world isn’t engineered to care for all of us. Despite the harsh struggles that confront her, Jeong-ae maintains her spirit and avoids developing into a bitter and self-centered adult. -KM

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Jules of Light and Dark

dir. Daniel Laabs | 90 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 6:45PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Monday, October 22, 3:15PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

Maya has only recently emerged into full adulthood, but already there’s so much about her life that feels tentative, half-formed. Her relationship with her girlfriend Jules, though exciting, is more a source of mystery than security. Surrounded by free spirits, she longs to be tied down. Her state of hesitation comes to an outright halt after an accident leaves her battered and Jules nearly comatose. Help comes in the form of Freddy, a hard-drinking oilfield surveyor whose own will to change, well into a life of mistakes, may be awakening. Director Daniel Laabs (last seen at NOFF in 2014 with his excellent short film Easy) again makes tenderness his trademark, and each moment of his fledgling feature aches with generosity of feeling. -JK


Life is Fare

dir. Sephora Woldu | 61 mins. | Eritrea, USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 1:45PM, The Advocate
Monday, October 22, 11:00AM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

To begin with, there’s Sephora the filmmaker, pitching her Tigrinya-speaking mother on an idea for a movie about Haile, a Eritrean cab driver so haunted by homesickness and memories of a country that—when he last saw it—didn’t even exist on paper, that seeing a stranger with a familiar face sends him into a tailspin. Then there’s Sephora the character, who rollerskates around the Fillmore, grumbles about gentrification, and argues politics with her militant high-school friend. Obeying the hard-times motto of “mend and make do,” Life is Fare holds together its multiple threads with scrappiness and style. In the act it maps just a few of the facets of a endlessly complex shape: the face of a people in a materially benign but deeply-felt exile. -JK

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Community Partner: The Mixed Company Project


Pig Film

dir. Josh Gibson | 60 mins. | USA | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 4:15PM, The Advocate
Tuesday, October 23, 3:45PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

FREE SCREENING US PREMIERE

The last woman on earth sits down in semi-darkness, plugs herself into the mains, and, to the wistful croons of Paul Anka, puzzles over the half-remembered shreds of a life when she might have been human. The ones she was born (or created) to serve have long since disappeared, and now something is stirring, something she was never intended to feel. In between making her rounds at a massive factory hog farm, the lonely worker begins to sing. Eccentrically shot on glimmering, weathered celluloid, Pig Film pulls voltage from the electro-mechanical wellspring of Eraserhead and outsmarts the noisy, forced psychedelia of multiplex tripsters like Noé and Aronofsky, scratching a post-human mythology into Southern rust. -JK

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Solace

dir. Tchaiko Omawale | 82 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 3:30PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Tuesday, October 23, 11:00AM, The Advocate

17-year-old Sole navigates a huge spectrum of issues in this unique coming-of-age story: loss and grief, an eating disorder, political activism, radical self-expression and her emerging sexuality. An academic go-getter with big plans in New York, Sole suddenly finds herself an orphan after her father’s death and is sent to live with her flighty grandmother (Lynn Whitfield, Eve’s Bayou) in Los Angeles. The two clash, and Sole turns to her rebellious teenaged neighbors to make a political art project. The three bond over their familial angst and a youthful jouissance. Sole’s deeply buried grief can’t help but emerge in dangerous ways, however, threatening to overwhelm her and alienate her new-found friends and family. -ST

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Community Partners: Covenant House & Women With a Vision

 

 

 


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
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00PM, The Advocate
Thursday, October 25, 1:30PM, The Advocate

Eight different Māori women direct their own segment of this uniquely structured film. Each of these sequences presents a snippet of a different Māori woman’s day, using fluid, continuous shots. Together, these form an expansive story: a tight-knit community dealing with the tragic death of a child. The film portrays the effects of colonialism, white prejudice, and familial breakdown while emphasizing these women’s unique characters, quirks, and social roles. The plot unfolds gradually, the centerpiece of which is the tangi (funeral) of the boy, where family members clash amidst a mournful, traditional tribute to ancestors. Waru foregrounds a matriarchal vision of society in which women’s stories are the most integral and powerful. -ST

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América

dir. Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside | 76 mins. | Mexico | 2018
Monday, October 22, 5:45PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Thursday, October 25, 11:30AM, The Advocate

América wakes up every day to the busy movements of her grandson, Diego. At 86, she’s physically reliant on all three of her grandsons to help her with everything, but Diego is the most devoted to her. The vitality of América and her grandsons must be genetic—each one of them is a star in their own right: they cobble together work, host community meditation groups, perform dance routines on stilts, and run a local surf shop. Directors Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside shot the film over three years in sun-drenched Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the result is a colorful evocation of a period of family time that we all know too well—moments that frustrate us at the time, but populate our memories with joy. -KM


For the Birds

dir. Richard Miron | 92 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 8:15PM, The Advocate
Saturday, October 20, 6:00PM, The Broad Theater

In the small town of Wawarsing, New York, a stubborn local woman takes up an unusual battle. Facing off against her beleaguered husband, Gary, a concerned group of animal welfare workers, and the law, Kathy Murphy must do whatever it takes to defend her beloved 200 chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys from being removed from her property. On the surface, it’s a classic tale of the clash between the private and public domains (as well as two conceptions of what it means to love and care for animals). But as we watch Kathy and Gary’s relationship shift—imploding and rebuilding over five years—the film transitions into something quite different: a portrait of a unique, 30-year love story threatened by the presence of 200 unruly birds. -ST

Community Partner: The New Orleans – Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center


Gimme a Faith

dir. Hao Zhang | 83 mins. | China, USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20 11:30AM, The Advocate
Monday, October 22, 4:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

Thousands of Chinese students arrive in the United States each year, often confronting loneliness and culture-clash upon arrival, something director Hao Zhang (Winner: NOFF Student Pitch Award, 2017) knows all too well. Arriving in North Carolina to study film, Zhang is surprised to find a unique community of Chinese students, underpinned by a newly discovered evangelical Christianity that is often at stark odds with their roots in China. Zhang follows these students—many of whom become his close friends—as well as lone skeptic Gong, whose staunch atheism leaves him largely isolated. Self-consciously mirroring Zhang’s own expat journey, Gimme a Faith ponders the importance of maintaining a sense of identity and purpose in a foreign land. -ST


Jaddoland

dir. Nadia Shihab | 90 mins. | USA, Kuwait | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 6:30PM, The Advocate
Monday, October 22, 1:00PM, The Advocate

FREE SCREENING | WORLD PREMIERE

Lahib Jaddo, haunted by the echoes of her native Iraq in the landscape of the Texas Panhandle, makes art that mixes observation and remembrance. Her daily life in the college town of Lubbock, where she has taught for decades, is recorded in this affectionate documentary by her daughter, Nadia, whose ticklish camera teases out her mother’s eccentricities, the quirks of the people around her, and the passage of time. As Nadia watches, a picture emerges of what an uncareful observer might call assimilation: an outward adjustment obscuring depths of diasporic longing, the doubling and tripling of identities always grounded by that shifting but insistent anchor, the question of home. -JK

Community Partner: The UNO Muslim Student Association

 

 


Laila at the Bridge

dir. Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei | 96 mins. | Afghanistan, Canada | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 1:45PM, The Advocate
Tuesday, October 23, 1:15PM, The Advocate

FREE SCREENING | US PREMIERE

The bridge is hardly eye-catching: a four-lane overpass spanning a trash-filled stream. Laila Haidari, Kabul’s “mother of the addicts,” ducks into the cramped, half-lit space beneath, where on any given day dozens, maybe a hundred men are buying, shooting, and smoking heroin. At “Mother Camp,” Laila treats addiction with a bare-bones program of cold-turkey abstention, group meetings, and cold showers. While the Afghan authorities mobilize against opium like an enemy invader, Laila fights for her program tooth and nail, keeping the camp running on profits from her restaurant and money begged from indifferent officials. Laila at the Bridge is an urgent, lacerating tale of one woman doggedly trying to hold back a tide of human wreckage. -JK

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Man Made

dir. T Cooper | 97 mins. | USA | 2018
Monday, October 22, 8:45PM, The Broad Theater
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30PM, The Broad Theater

FREE SCREENING

Trans FitCon in Atlanta is the only bodybuilding competition open to anyone who identifies as a transgender male. The film follows four men training for the competition at various stages of their transitions. Mason competed in mainstream bodybuilding until being barred from a local championship after his transgender identity was revealed. Meanwhile, in Arkansas, Kennie begins hormone therapy while he tries to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend. Man Made takes us through joys and tragedies, disappointments and small gestures of acceptance. For these men, the competition offers unprecedented inclusivity, a space where they aren’t the exception, but the celebrated standard. -KM

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Community Partner: Flambeaux CrossFit


 

 


The Unafraid

dir. Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado | 87 mins. | USA | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 4:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Monday, October 22, 1:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

“Georgia es bien racista,” says the mother of an 18-year-old DACA recipient who dreams of attending college, and in a state where undocumented students are barred from the top schools and forced to pay tuition at often four times the in-state rate, it’s hard not to see her point. Silvia, Aldo, and Alejandro are outspoken Dreamers—students, workers, activists—who hope to beat the odds stacked against them and attain college degrees. They are all marking time: in college applications accepted and rejected, dreams deferred, and menial jobs worked to save tuition money. Meanwhile the end of their American dream is just an executive order away. Uplifting and heartbreaking all at once, this is a chronicle of struggle and a call to conscience. -JK

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Community Partner: Nuestra Voz


While I Breathe, I Hope

dir. Emily Harrold | 70 mins. | USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 7:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Tuesday, October 23, 1:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

In 2005, Bakari Sellers was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives as the youngest black elected official in American history. Ten years later, he would find himself speaking out on a national stage in the wake of the killings at the Emanuel AME church. We first meet Bakari in the midst of his run for Lieutenant Governor, an office last held by a black man in 1876. His opponent is Henry McMaster, a Republican incumbent of Reagan-era vintage whose election is seen by some as a forgone conclusion. Throughout his campaign grind—a seemingly endless parade of fish fries and church halls— Sellers maintains his emotional, forthright public style, along with a resolution that echoes his home state’s Latin motto: dum spiro, spero. -JK


Wrestle

dir. Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer | 96 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 4:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Friday, October 19, 11:30AM, The Advocate

For Jaquan, Jamario, Teague, and Jailen, the hills of Alabama are a training ground for the state wrestling championship that could propel them to a life- changing scholarship. Chris Scribner, their coach at J.O. Johnson High School, is passionate and dedicated, but his limitations when it comes to relating to his young wrestlers are obvious. When Jailen has a run-in with the police, his frustration has roots that Scribner fails to fully recognize. Directors Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert confront these students’ lives with unflinching dedication, forcing us to consider the meaning of a system that requires impoverished kids to carry adult-sized responsibilities. -KM


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Bathtubs Over Broadway

dir. Dava Whisenant | 87 mins. | USA | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 8:45PM, The Broad Theater
Monday, October 22, 6:30PM, The Broad Theater

A chance discovery while on assignment for David Letterman’s Late Night would send comedy writer Steve Young down an idiosyncratic rabbit hole: the forgotten age of ‘50s-’60s Industrial Musicals. Wedged in that sweet spot between sunny Broadway numbers and consumer capitalism, these little-known stage shows were produced to rev up sales employees with the contagious power of song and dance. The film playfully follows the birth of Young’s obsession and his journey to become this dead artform’s biggest (or only?) champion: hobnobbing with writers and performers, the bemused objects of his sincere passion for their long-expired meal tickets. Featuring Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Florence Henderson, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra, and more. -ST


Black Memorabilia

dir. Chico Colvard | 62 mins. | China, USA | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 1:30PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Tuesday, October 23, 4:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

Racist representations of African-Americans appear in knick-knacks, cards, and cartoons. Who are the keepers of these objects and what power do they hold? Chico Colvard’s investigation starts in China, where foggy landscapes obscure the small factories where workers like Jian cast and paint reproduction vintage banks with faces from minstrel shows. At flea markets, Joy sells KKK flags with iron sambos and lynching postcards. Alexandria Smith makes art haunted by these noxious images, interrogating a legacy in work that she deems uncomfortable but necessary. Colvard’s subversive approach doesn’t stop with these objects. His subjects’ true motives move in and out of the shadows, echoing a country whose insidious past hides in plain sight. -KM

Community Partner: Pelican Bomb

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Father’s Kingdom

dir. Lenny Feinberg | 98 mins. | USA | 2017
Saturday, October 20, 8:30PM, The Broad Theater
Sunday, October 21, 6:15PM, The Broad Theater

There’s always a place at the dinner table for Father Divine. But the man born George Baker, the son of formerly enslaved parents who preached integration and even led his equally black and white congregation in civil rights protests, died in 1965. Father Divine, whose followers believe him to be God, took his church from Long Island to Harlem, and finally to an estate in Pennsylvania, where around twenty remain today. They insist that Father Divine never exploited them financially or otherwise, but historians speculate on the morals of an omniscient and rigorous leader who amassed an empire. Father’s Kingdom provides an in-depth take on one of the most unusual and divisive religious leaders you’ve never heard of. -KM

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The Gospel Of Eureka

dir: Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri | 75 mins. | USA | 2019
Thursday, October 18, 9:00PM, The Broad Theater
Friday, October 19, 10.15PM, The Broad Theater

 

Love, faith, and civil rights collide in a Southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. Taking a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership, gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show. Narrated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond.

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Mr. Soul!

dir. Melissa Haizlip | 90 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 5:30PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

Right on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, Ellis Haizlip conceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national TV stage. He was hip, smart, as well as innovative, political and gay. And in his personal fight for equality, Haizlip ensured the Revolution would be televised. As host and executive producer of SOUL!, the “black Tonight Show,” Haizlip welcomed a dazzling array of A-listers: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou and Muhammad Ali and more. Mr. SOUL! invites us behind-the-scenes of this groundbreaking phenomenon, from its initial conception to its final broadcast, including  the very public battle to keep it on the air despite a shifting political landscape.

With a Q&A moderated by DJ Soul Sister/Melissa A. Weber.

 

 

 


Nailed It

dir. Adele Pham | 59 mins. | USA, Vietnam | 2018
Monday, October 22, 6:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

FREE SCREENING

Surprised to learn that over half of America’s nail salons are Vietnamese- owned, filmmaker Adele Pham is inspired to uncover the history and modern reality of the Vietnamese-American nail salon. From surprising origins—the Vietnam War, a California refugee camp, and The Birds’ lead actress “Tippi” Hedren—Nailed It weaves archival and contemporary footage with pop-culture soundbites that show how often Vietnamese have served as the butt of jokes. Race and prejudice cast long shadows over this story, even in Pham’s own connection to the industry through her Vietnamese father. Nailed It paints an illuminating picture that’s incredibly wide-spanning and personal, a secret history of an eight billion dollar industry. -ST

Click here to watch the trailer.

Community Partners: VAYLA, Working Films

 

 

 


The Proposal

dir. Jill Magid | 83 mins. | Mexico, Switzerland, USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 4:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00PM, The Advocate

Why is a renowned Mexican architect’s entire professional archive—thousands and thousands of photos, drawings, models, and objects—owned by a Swiss furniture company? Short answer: love. Artist and director Jill Magid unwinds the story of how Luis Barragán’s legacy came to be sold wholesale and shipped overseas, and how she hatched a scheme to woo the archive back to his homeland. Her romantic offensive focuses on Federica Zanco, the guardian of the archive, and culminates in her titular “proposal” to Zanco, a gesture that shocked the international art world and scandalized the Mexican media. Can legal contracts express longing? Can love letters persuade a corporation? Full of lush, crisply-shot images, The Proposal says yes. -JK

In loving memory of our friend and New Orleans Film Society Producer’s Circle Member Jack Forbes, who loved art, architecture and film.


Roll Red Roll

dir. Nancy Schwartzman | 80 mins. | USA | 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 8:15PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

Everyone in Steubenville, Ohio, is always talking about the high school football team. But in August 2012, the conversation took a turn after a night of partying with varsity players descended into hell for the young girl known only as Jane Doe, who only found out she was raped when she woke up the next morning. Nancy Schwartzman’s searing indictment of rape culture unravels a small-town crime that made national headlines but likely wouldn’t have seen trial without the evidence of social media. In this thought-provoking film we hear local radio hosts, neighbors, and school employees routinely questioning the motives of Jane Doe while protecting the young men who assaulted her, suggesting that justice in the courtroom is only half the battle. -KM

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Community Partners: STAR, Shift Change, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault


This One’s For The Ladies

dir. Gene Graham | 83 mins. | USA | 2018
Friday, October 19, 9:15PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Tuesday, October 23, 9:00PM, The Broad Theater

The Classy Nasty Ladies load up their cars with crock pots, sandwich trays, and jello shots. It’s Thursday night and they’re headed to a karate school revamped to host a bawdy male dance revue. This One’s for the Ladies, which premiered at SXSW this year, explores the world of black male dancers and their superfans. Blaze, the lone female dancer, does as well with the ladies as their favorite guys: Mr. Capable, Fever, Raw Dawg, and Satan. But the fans steal the show in this film. Between lap dances, they raise money for Autism awareness, attend a march for Mothers for Justice United, and host soup kitchens. Filmmaker Gene Graham has managed to make a film that’s both a hot, raunchy ride and a heart-warming, feel-good celebration of friendship. -KM


United Skates

dir. Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler | 89 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 9:15PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

By now it’s a familiar story: an industry propped up and made fabulous by a dedicated black community now confronts discriminatory barriers to survival. In the 1980s, a fascinating subculture of underground roller-skating emerged, with black communities developing hugely varied and impressive skating styles in cities across the US. Amazing musical talent was also birthed in these rinks, including Salt-N-Pepa and Queen Latifah. Yet today, in a racially-charged environment, places to skate are growing scarcer. This is a subculture that was made for the big screen, and United Skates draws us wholeheartedly into its frenetic, vibrant world, elegantly arguing for its respect, support, and hopefully, revival. -ST

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When Lambs Become Lions

dir. Jon Kasbe | 76 mins. | Kenya, USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 12:45AM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Monday, October 22, 8:00PM, The Advocate

Under the stars in a vast wildlife park in northern Kenya, three men smoke cigarettes to keep their adrenaline at bay: an elephant poacher, an ivory dealer, and a wildlife ranger tasked with protecting the elephants with brutal force. Their work is passionate, physical, and dangerous. As they struggle with the daunting task of supporting their families against the backdrop of a crackdown on the illegal ivory trade, they must work against each other. Director Jon Kasbe wields incredible access to these men’s lives, framing their struggle on the range in epic scale and making for a uniquely enthralling depiction of a hot-button environmental issue. -ST

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A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

dir. Cameron Washington | 85 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 8:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Wednesday, October 24, 3:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

You don’t survive on the New Orleans jazz scene through four decades without doing a little improvising. Since the day he graduated from St. Aug’s (where he blew Terence Blanchard’s mind in band practice), Leroy’s life has been one set change after another: forming his Hurricane Brass Band in the ‘70s, blowing through six-hour gigs on Bourbon Street, touring Asia in the ‘80s, and crushing big stages across the states with Harry Connick Jr’s Big Band and his own quintet. With interviews from Blanchard, Connick, Herlin Riley and others, A Man and His Trumpet burnishes the legend of an exceptional New Orleanian: an era-defining trumpeter with a tone “like blazing silk,” a continuing source of amazement and inspiration and good vibes. -JK

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Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs

dir. Allison Bohl DeHart, Peter DeHart | 82 mins. | USA | 2017
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC (Free for Ogden Museum of Southern Art and NOFS members as a part of the Ogden Day at #NOFF2018)
Wednesday, October 24, 1:15PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

Bob Wigg’s failing eyes are scanning the ground under the Lafayette cypress grove he calls home, searching for cracks in mudflats, the patterns of tree bark, and the lines of fallen petals. Gifted with a naturalist’s microscopic
eye and a physicist’s zeal for formal purity, his whole life has been a protean generation of forms, from tabletop maquettes to massive public sculpture. All of it is based off a private science of Suture Geometry, a system elaborated through the collision of folk knowledge and mathematics over forty years. Bending Lines combines the patience of Gerhard Richter Painting and the warmth of Bill Cunningham: New York as it plunges into an artistic cosmos, the fruit of a life folded around the object of its obsession. -JK

Click here to watch the trailer.

Community Partner: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art


Buckjumping

dir. Lily Keber | 80 mins. | USA | 2018
Sunday, October 21, 7:00PM, The Orpheum Theater

FREE SCREENING | WORLD PREMIERE

Way downtown, a crowd gathers to watch the men of the Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club show out on their second-line Sunday. At Seal’s in the 7th Ward and Sportsman’s Corner in Central City, hard-working drag king Hustler entertains his adoring public. After school, the young ladies of the Edna Karr High School dance team practice for the big parade. And before dawn on Mardi Gras day, the indians of the Creole Wild West set out on their long patrol across the city. On any day of the week, in any corner of the city, the people of New Orleans are on their feet, dancing to mourn the dead, to celebrate life, and to leave their everyday routines for a moment of pure joy. Featuring interviews with DJ Jubilee, Mannie Fresh, Mia X, and more, the second feature by Lily Keber (Bayou Maharajah) offers a panoramic view of the city’s ever-evolving dance traditions. -JK

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Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson

dir. Mark Brockway, Timothy Givens | 81 mins. | USA | 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30PM, The Broad Theater
Thursday, October 25, 3:45PM, The Advocate

Witness to the greater part of the 20th century, brothel owner Nellie Jackson fully embodied the paradoxes of her era. As a young, poor, black divorcee, Nellie began a brothel in her home in the riverside town of Natchez, Mississippi, and ran it continually for sixty years. Despite her illegal and salacious trade, Nellie’s brothel was operated quite publicly, largely due to her friends in high places, both cops and town mayors. Through interviews with those who knew her—from family members to the (now elderly) southern gents who used her services—we discover Nellie’s unique legacy, that of a savvy businesswoman with a generous spirit that would render her a pillar of the community all the way until her tragic death. -ST

See the trailer here.


Same God

dir. Linda Midgett | 98 mins. | USA | 2018
Thursday, October 18, 6:30PM, The Broad Theater
Wednesday, October 24, 1:15PM, The Advocate

Is the God that Christians worship the same one called Allah by millions of practicing Muslims? In the winter of 2016, this thorny theological question became very real for Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a professor of political science at Wheaton College and the first black woman to gain tenure at “the evangelical Harvard.” At the outbreak of Trump’s proposed travel ban, Hawkins posted a message of religious unity to Facebook, little suspecting that she was igniting a media firestorm that would suck her into conservative Christianity’s crisis of conscience. Through tense faculty meetings, student protests, and private soul-searching, Same God follows Hawkins on her mission of radical solidarity. -JK

Community Partner: WIFT-LA


Tomorrow Never Knows

dir. Adam Sekuler | 93 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 1:00PM, The Broad Theater

In a culture that relegates the work of caring for the dying to strangers and institutions, this documentary offers an intimate portrayal of what it means
to be a lifelong partner. Shar Jones, a transgender person, decides to cease eating and drinking after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Shar’s wife, Cynthia, manages the daily needs of a languishing body while she grapples with the implications of Shar’s impending farewell. At once quiet and startling, the film grants us the honor to gently walk side by side into an uncertain void with this charming couple. As Shar nears death, Cynthia approaches the end of her time as her partner. Their commitment to navigating this chapter on their own terms displays unparalleled grace and courage. -KM

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The True Don Quixote

dir. Chris Poché | 85 mins. | USA | 2018
Saturday, October 20, 6:15PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Thursday, October 25, 11:00AM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

WORLD PREMIERE

You know that Don Quixote trod the plains of La Mancha four centuries ago, writing wrongs, protecting the innocent, and lancing the occasional windmill. But did you know that he had a spiritual successor who lived in our very backyard? Watch as this benighted soul, Danny Kehoe, harks to the stirrings of destiny, mounts his noble steed Rosacea, summons his unemployed squire, and lights out for the open road, where adventure and chivalry beckon. Starring Tim Blake Nelson (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War), this big-hearted comedy finds Cervantes’ addlepated knight errant in his proper home, somewhere between the river and the I-10. -JK

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Sunday, October 21, 1:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Monday, October 21, 11:00AM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

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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.

 

 

 

First Generation

dir. Jeannie Nguyen | 9 mins. | USA | 201

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

 

 

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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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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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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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.

 

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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STUCK IN HEAT

Monday, October 22, 8:30PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Wednesday, October 24, 10:45AM, The Advocate

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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.

 

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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Mwah

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

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 


SOULS IN TRANSIT

Saturday, October 20, 12:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Wednesday, October 24, 11:00AM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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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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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.

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THE SOUTH IN PIECES

Sunday, October 21, 8:45PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Wednesday, October 24, 11:00AM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

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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.

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.

 

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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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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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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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.

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Screening with features:

Angela

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

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

-Screening with Life is Fare

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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.

-Screening with Jules of Light and Dark

 

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.

-Screening with Pig Film

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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.

-Screening with Nailed it

 

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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-Screening with Empty Metal

 

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.

-Screening with Solace

Late Night Shorts

Friday October 19, 9:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Tuesday October 23, 8:15PM, The Advocate

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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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Chum Much

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

WORLD PREMIERE

Much chum.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Crushed In Space

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

An unrequited love melodrama in space.

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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.

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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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Jello Pudding

dir. Sexparty | 4 mins. | USA | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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?

 

 

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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Documentary Shorts

Big ideas and bigger personalities come in small packages.

 


OLD SOUTH NEW SOUTH

Sunday October 21, 4:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Wednesday October 24, 5:45PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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AFTERLIFE

Friday October 19, 4:30PM, The Advocate
Tuesday October 23, 1:45PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

 


NEVERTHELESS

Saturday October 20, 2:15PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC
Monday October 22, 3:15PM, The Advocate

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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.

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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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The Arrest

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

WORLD PREMIERE

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

 

 

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.

 

 


DIVIDE

Thursday October 18, 6:00PM, The Advocate
Monday October 22, 11:00AM, The Advocate

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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.

 

 

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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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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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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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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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.

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Screening with features:

 

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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-Screening with Man Made

 

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.

-Screening with Roll Red Roll

 

Karukéra Blues

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

WORLD PREMIERE

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

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-Screening with Torments of Love

 

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.

-Screening with Black Memorabilia

 

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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-Screening with Pèp Souvren

 

Louisiana Shorts

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

 


ASTRA

 

 

 

Saturday October 20, 5:00PM, Prytania Theatre
Wednesday October 24, 3:45PM, The Advocate 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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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.

 

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.

 

Fin de Arco Iris

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

WORLD PREMIERE

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

 


TERRA

 

 

Sunday October 21, 5:00PM, Prytania Theatre
Thursday October 25, 1:30PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 


NEIGHBORHOOD

Tuesday October 23, 7:30PM, Prytania Theatre
Thursday October 25, 4:00PM, The Ranch Theater at CAC

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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.

 

 

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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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 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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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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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.

 

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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OVERTURES

 

 

Friday October 19, 6:30PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Sunday October 21, 1:45PM, The Broad Theater

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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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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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Respect: The Original Pinettes Brass Band

dir. Bernardo, Ernest Collins | 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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Screening with features:

 

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.

-Screening with Fort Maria

 

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.

-Screening with Science Fair

 

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.

-Screening with Black Mother

 

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.”

Click here for the trailer.

-Screening with Mother’s Head

 

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.

-Screening with For the Birds

 

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.

-Screening with A Man and His Trumpet

 

 

 

Animated Shorts

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

 

Saturday October 20, 1:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC
Thursday October 25, 4:00PM, NOFF Main Theater at CAC

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Cat

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

US PREMIERE

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

 

 

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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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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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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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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.

Click here for the trailer.


Screening with feature:

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.

-Screening with Mr. SOUL!

Experimental Shorts

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

 

Friday October 19, 9:00PM, The Advocate

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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.

Click here for the teaser.

 

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.

Click here for the teaser.

 

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.

 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

This year’s selection of music videos will be presented in the NOFF Music Video Lounge, designed by the Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave and situated in the Festival HUB inside the Contemporary Arts Center. The videos will screen on a loop during the HUB’s regular hours of operation.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

Click here for the teaser.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

Click here for the teaser.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Pa’lante

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

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

-Also screening with When I Grow Up 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

 

 

 

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.

Click here for the teaser.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Series + Episodic Content

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

 

FREE thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

 

 

 

Saturday October 20, 6:15PM, The Advocate

Buy Tickets

 

The Pineapple Diaries

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

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

 

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

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.

Virtual Reality Experiences Schedule–
Thursday, October 18 – Monday, October 22 (12:00PM – 8:00PM)

Projections and Installations Schedule at the Contemporary Arts Center–
Monday, October 15 – Wed, October 17 (12:00PM – 7:00PM)
Thursday, October 18 – Wed, October 24 (10:00AM – 10:00PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special thank you to Galen Immersive.


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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

Grandma’s New Year

dir. Matthew Hashiguchi | 3 mins. | USA | 2017

Pull up a chair and join Eva Hashiguchi, a 90-year-old Japanese American grandmother, as she prepares traditional Japanese food for her Oshogatsu tradition, or Japanese New Year’s Day, that has been celebrated by her family for generations.

 

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

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.

Click here for the trailer.

 

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.

Special Events

 

All special events are free and open to the public!

 

Love, 24 Times a Second: Cinema on the Run

The Advocate New Orleans

Thursday October 18 | 4:30pm

 

Bonnie & Clyde. Holly & Kit. Thelma & Louise. Alabama & Clarence. The faces change, but the story goes like this: They meet, fall hard for one another, and together they blaze down the open road, leaving a trail of empty banks and dead bodies in their love-crazed path. Besides the thrill of watching beautiful people pushing fast cars and the rules of respectable society to their limit, what keeps us coming back to the image of lovers on the run, young or old, doomed or charmed? This informal talk examines this old old story and finds that something about these pairs of heart- bonded runaways speaks, from film to film, to the nature of movie-going itself.

Mike Miley teaches literature at Metairie Park Country Day School and film studies at Loyola University New Orleans. His writing on film has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, Bright Lights Film Journal, Music and the Moving Image, and elsewhere. His book Truth and Consequences: Game Shows in Fiction and Film is forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi.

 


Caffeinated/Underrated: A High-Pressure, Low-Stakes Game Show

The Ranch Theater at CAC

Thursday October 18 | 6:30pm

 

We took all the best things about late night conversations with your movie- obsessed friends and turned them into a zany game show! Filmmakers will take turns pitching what they think is The World’s Best Underrated Film, while we submit them to a caffeinated torture test: buzzers, boos, and obligatory shots of coffee as punishment for using hack-critic cliches. Our panel of distinguished judges will crown a winner, who will walk away with a fabulous prize. Find out what happens when “bad” movies, serious film fans, and too much caffeine collide!


Eyeslicer: Halloween Special

Inside the NOFF Music Video Lounge, Festival Hub, Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Thursday October 18 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Friday October 19 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Back for a second year as part of its national tour, The Eyeslicer brings its Halloween Special to NOFF: a program of mind-blowing short films intercut with introductions by nine amateur Elvira impersonators found on CraigsList.

 


Melanin Sex on Screen

NOFF Main Theater at CAC

Saturday October 20 | 11:30am – 12:30pm

 

From Josephine Baker to Idris Elba, images of black stars have contributed mightily to American society’s sexual imagination. But as often as these sex symbols serve as rallying points of pride, they can also reinforce harmful sexual stereotypes. What role do filmmakers play in sustaining or dismantling sexually regressive images? In this panel we’ll hear from three filmmakers whose work is seeking deeper depictions of melanin sexuality.

K Austin Collins (moderator) is a film critic for Vanity Fair, and was lead film critic at The Ringer from 2016-2018
Gene Graham is an editor and documentarian. His latest film is This One’s for the Ladies
Tchaiko Omawale’s first feature film, Solace, was supported by Tribeca All Access and IFP
Lynn Whitfield has over 100 acting credits in film and television, including Eve’s Bayou and, currently, OWN’s Greenleaf

 


 

Hitrecord Shorts Showcase 2

Inside the NOFF Music Video Lounge, Festival Hub, Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Saturday October 20 | 3:00 – 4:00pm

 

This live event hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt features short films, animations, and sketches created and curated by the HITRECORD global community.

 

 


Do a Shot of Super 8

Festival Hub, Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Saturday October 20, Sunday October 21 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Receive basic one-on-one training with a Super 8 camera, and then borrow a Pro8mm camera to shoot a free roll of Kodak Super 8 film. All the film will be processed in native 1080p HD at Pro8mm in Burbank, CA, and a compilation reel will be edited together and made available online. Sign out at the registration desk, check out a camera and claim a roll of film.