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

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

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



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


Entertainment: Moroccan master guitarist Mahmoud Chouki will perform live at the Patron Party. Legendary New Orleans native trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers (left) will perform live later in the evening followed by dance tunes by DJ RQ Away.



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

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

VIP Table* $3000.
Includes Patron Party tickets, dedicated seating and cocktail table service for eight guests.
Entry at 7pm. Prominent name in invitation.
*$2,400 of your ViP Table purchase is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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

*$300 of your Patron Party ticket purchase at the non-member price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and $250 of your Patron Party ticket purchase at the member price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.*

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

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

*$225 of your Gala ticket purchase at the non-member price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and as a member, $175 of your Gala ticket purchase at the member price is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.*

Cocktails provided by Absolut Elyx, Buffalo Trace, Monkey 47, Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, Avión Tequila, and Malibu Rum. Delectable bites by Acme Oyster House, Chais Delachaise, Dat Dog, Dickie Brennan and Co., Greek Girls Rice Pudding, Joy the Baker, Ralph’s on the Park, Shaya, Sucre, and Sylvain.

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


ABS Productions
Alexa Georges & Jerry Armatis
Bond Moroch
Brent Day & Shelly Pecot
Desi Vega & Gerry Cvitanovich
El-amm & Associates LLC
Felicia Stallard
Jennifer Coolidge
Jones Walker LLP
Mamta Melwani & Rivers Spencer
Michael Collins
New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation
Parker Roy
Prospect New Orleans
The Ranch Studios
Randy Fertel
Reel Security


Crescent Sterling, Ltd.
Elston & Deven Howard
GeChar Entertainment
Lesli Harris & Richard Perque
Mackie & Sandy Shilstone
Nathan Grant & Kunal Syngal
Reese & Co. Real Estate
Valerie M. Grubb


Bonnie Wilson
Bryan Francher & Dan Brockhoeft
Dawn Wheelahan
Donna Santiago & Tony Ciaccio
Dr. Vivian Norris & Dr. Charles Chamberlain III
E. Alexandra Stafford & Raymond Rathle Jr.
Elizabeth B. McNulty
Frances Oser
Fritz Westenberger & Thomas Sims
Glenn Gruber
Jason Waguespack & Jeffery Morgan
Jill Dupre & Josh Mayer
John Mueller
Kara Tucina Olidge
Katherine Cecil & Emile Dumesnil
Katherine & Tony Gelderman
La Mirande Wine Tours
Liz & Robbie Blum
Lelia Peyronnin
Mara & Stephen Kupperman
Marcia King Reck & Gothard J. Reck
Michael Adler
Monica Frois & Eve Barrie Masinter
Peter Trapolin
Susan Currie
Susan Zackin
Tracie Ashe & Peggy Schipske
Vicki & Jimmy Lee
Walton & Jeffrey Goldring
Z Event Company

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The live auction, hosted by auctioneer Adam Marcus, will be held at 9 pm on March 16th, 2019, at the Farrell Estate.

If you’d like to bid on an item in absentia, please contact Jennifer Samani at and (504) 309-6633.


New York Premiere of Elton John’s Biopic Rocketman

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Luca Falcone Bespoke Suit

Combine traditional artistic tailoring with a modern focus to always look like a million dollars in your custom cut, bespoke suit from Luca Falcone.



Private Dinner for 8 by Baruch Rabasa of Gautreau’s
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3 bedroom, 3 bath house across the street from the beach in Miramar Beach
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Two floor seats to Pelicans vs. Hornets game on April 3rd, 2019
Watch the New Orleans Pelicans host the Charlotte Hornets courtside at the Smoothie King Center. Start your evening in style with two tickets at the Courtside Chairmain’s Club. Food and drink are complimentary with your two tickets in the exclusive Chairman’s Club to ensure an evening of enjoyment.





New Orleans Staycation Package
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Private Dinner for 10 at Saffron with meet and greet from Chef Vilkhu
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La Petite private dinner in your home with Chef Devillier

Entertain guests in the comfort of your own home with a private dinner for 12, prepared by Justin Devillier, James Beard award-winning chef of La Petite Grocery, Balise Tavern, and newly opened Justine. Devillier’s unique French cuisine is sure to be an unforgettable experience for your friends and family.



Premium Whiskey Tasting for 25 at Sazerac House

Sip your way through history as you and your friends enjoy a spirited evening at The Sazerac House. This experience starts with a private tour that explores the history of the cocktail and the city we call home. Then you’ll learn how Sazerac Rye is made with a special meet and greet with our House distiller, followed by a guided tasting of premium American whiskies paired with delicious bites. With a special gift in hand as you depart and valet parking for your group, your evening at The Sazerac House will be one to remember.


Beach House in Mexico + Dinner at Cafe des Artistes + Drink/Food tour of Puerto Vallarta
Spend a week at a charming beach house nestled in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, courtesy of MileStone Pictures LLC. Enjoy the uniquely Mexican interiors of this one-bedroom home, featuring a jacuzzi and a gorgeous view of the ocean. Also included is a six course meal with wine pairings at the lauded Cafe des Artistes restaurant and a tour highlighting the best food and drink Puerto Vallarta has to offer.


Outdoor Screening Package w/Southern Hospitality Catering

Turn your backyard into a movie theater! Worklight Pictures will bring and set up an outdoor screen and projector while you enjoy delicious dishes by Southern Hospitality Catering and Moët & Chandon champagne for 20 guests.