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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

  • 7:00pm - 9:10pm

    Opening Night Film - Green Book

    Peter Farrelly | 2018 | Series: Opening Night

    Orpheum Theater

    Cast: Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali Producer: Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly DP: Sean Porter Editor: Patrick J. Don Vito

    Opening Night Film ticket does not include admission to the Opening Night Party. If you would like to attend the party, consider buying an All Access Pass. Tickets are available to buy online until 5 PM on October 17th, you can get your tickets at the Orpheum Theater after 5 PM. 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) and 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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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Opening Night Party

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    The Jung | 1500 Canal St. | Open to All Access Passholders only   Following the opening night screening of Green Book at the Orpheum, follow the sounds of a brass band to the historic and newly renovated Jung Hotel & Residences. Going back in time with sounds by DJ Shane Love to the rhythmic and electric 60s, the night will be accompanied by specialty cocktails, hors d’œuvres, and sweet delectables by POOF Cotton Candy. Let’s dance the night away in celebration of the start of the 29th annual New Orleans Film Festival!

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    Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • 11:00am - 12:05pm

    Human Rights & Environmental Film Fest Tour

    | Series: Free Event

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Free and open to the public This program comprises a selection of award-winning films of the 4th International Environmental Film Festival and 17th Human Rights Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The selected films represent a variety of countries and subjects regarding human rights and environmental rights, including gender equality, diversity, immigration, Native peoples, identity, democracy, ecology, sustainability, childhood and youth, and memory.

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  • 11:30am - 1:18pm

    A Haunting Hitchhike

    Heejae Jeong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Heejae Jeong Producer: Heejae Jeong Writer: Heejae Jeong DP: U Young Chang Editor: Younglim Lee

    “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 #afamilyaffair #comingofage #bestfriends #journey

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  • 12:45pm - 2:01pm

    When Lambs Become Lions

    Jon Kasbe | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Innbo Shim, Tom Yellin DP: Jon Kasbe Editor: Caitlyn Greene, Jon Kasbe, Frederick Shanahan

    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 #docuthriller #cinematic #edgeofyourseat #upclose #conservation

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  • 3:00pm - 4:31pm

    Chained for Life

    Aaron Schimberg | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Dan Carbone, Vanessa McDonnel, Matt Petock, Dan Schoebrun, Zach Shedd DP: Adam J. Minnick Editor: Sofi Marshall

    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 #inyourfeelings #robertaltman #ensemble #filmwithinafilm Preceded by the short film “You Know Where” (9 min).

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  • 4:00pm - 5:39pm

    Wrestle

    Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer (co-director) | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Lauren Belfer, Seth Gordon, Suzannah Herbert, Steven Klein, Mary Rolich Writer: Lauren Belfer, Suzannah Herbert, Pablo Proenza DP: Sinisa Kukic Editor: Pablo Proenza

    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 #southernmade #highschooldays #halfnelson #upclose #younggiftedandblack

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  • 4:30pm

    Love, 24 Times a Second: Cinema on the Run

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Mike Miley

    Open to the public 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.

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  • 5:30pm - 7:15pm

    Mr. Soul!

    Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Douglas Blush, Melissa Haizlip, Leonard Joseph Writer: Melissa Haizlip DP: Hans Charles Editor: Giovanni P. Autran, Annukka Lilja, Blair McClendon  

    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. Preceded by the short film “Make it Soul” (15 min). With a Q&A moderated by DJ Soul Sister/Melissa A. Weber.

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  • 6:00pm - 7:38pm

    Documentary Shorts - Divide

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    A Night in the Garden USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: Marshall Curry 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. Homeland (Heimat) BELGIUM | 2016 | 14 MIN DIR: Sam Peeters An ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, this film 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.   Ebrahim Germany, New Zealand | 2018 | 29 MIN DIR: Elliott McKee 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. Room 140 USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz 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. De Colores USA, Venezuela, Colombia | 2017 | 17 MIN DIR: Luz Marina Zamora A portrait of a woman born in Colombia who came to the United States a sweet lamb and became a fierce tiger. The Bony Lady (La Flaca) Brazil, Mexico, USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato 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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  • 6:30pm

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

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Open to the public 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!

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  • 6:30pm - 8:08pm

    Same God

    Linda Midgett | 2018 | Series: Changemakers, In Competition, Louisiana Features

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Linda Midgett Writer: Lesley Kubistal, Linda Midgett DP: Doug Clevenger Editor: Lesley Kubistal

    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 material 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 #questionoffaith #rebelheroine #whoseamerica #resist Community Partners: WIFT-LA

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  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Eyeslicer: Halloween Special

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming, Free Event

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    INSIDE THE MUSIC VIDEO LOUNGE. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 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.

  • 7:30pm - 9:14pm

    Wildlife

    Paul Dano | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    Prytania Theatre

    Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp Producer: Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks Writer: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan DP: Diego Garcia

    14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—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. Carey 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.

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  • 8:15pm - 9:55pm

    For the Birds

    Richard Miron | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Holly Meehl, Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star DP: Richard Miron Editor: Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star

    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 domain (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 #hoarders #strangerthanfiction #itscomplicated #duckduckgoose Preceded by the short film “Taxidermy in Action” (8 min). Community Partners: The New Orleans - Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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  • 8:30pm - 9:59pm

    A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

    Cameron Washington | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Ramfis Myrthil DP: Cameron Washington Editor: Cameron Washington

    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 Preceded by the short film "Til the Day I Die" (4 mins.)  

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  • 8:45pm - 10:09pm

    Black Mother

    Khalik Allah | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin Writer: Khalik Allah DP: Khalik Allah Editor: Khalik Allah  

    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 -------------------------- #islandlife #impressionistic #melanated #visualpoetry #16mm #dreamy -------------------------- Preceded by the short film “Fucked Like a Star” (7 min).

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  • 9:00pm - 10:15pm

    The Gospel of Eureka

    Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Charlotte Cook Writer: Donal Mosher DP: Michael Palmieri Editor: Michael Palmieri

    USA | 2019 | 75 mins. 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. #crowdpleaser #whoseamerica #southernmade #regionaldrag #questionoffaith

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Filmmaker Welcome Party

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ Tremé Market Branch | 800 N Claiborne Ave. | Open to All Access Passholders only What better way to welcome our filmmakers than an amazing party with groovy music and authentic New Orleans cuisine? Not to mention the event will be held in a renovated historic bank, in the heart of the Tremé, one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans! Join us as we gear up for one of the best film fests yet.

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    Friday, October 19, 2018

  • 11:30am - 1:09pm

    Wrestle

    Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer (co-director) | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Lauren Belfer, Seth Gordon, Suzannah Herbert, Steven Klein, Mary Rolich Writer: Lauren Belfer, Suzannah Herbert, Pablo Proenza DP: Sinisa Kukic Editor: Pablo Proenza

    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 #southernmade #highschooldays #halfnelson #upclose #younggiftedandblack

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  • 11:30am - 12:54pm

    Black Mother

    Khalik Allah | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin Writer: Khalik Allah DP: Khalik Allah Editor: Khalik Allah  

    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 -------------------------- #islandlife #impressionistic #melanated #visualpoetry #16mm #dreamy -------------------------- Preceded by the short film “Fucked Like a Star” (7 min).

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  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Incentive Chat: The State of the Louisiana Motion picture Industry

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Chris Stelly

    @ Greater New Orleans Foundation | Open to the public

    For well over 15 years now, Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Incentive Program has established the state as a major production hub. Come for a casual conversation about the program’s current outlook and the shape of production in the state. Chris Stelly is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development

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  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    An Animated Convo with Adult Swim

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Missy Laney

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only Since 2001, Adult Swim has been the evil conjoined twin of Cartoon Network, the side of your TV that never sees the sun. In this session, find out what makes AS’s special sauce so…special. Missy Laney is Director of Development at Adult Swim.

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  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Meet the Programmers Session 1

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Laura Carlson Gina Duncan Bojana Sandic Basil Tsiokos Gabrielle Glore

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only Where does your film go once you hit the SEND button on your fest submission? How do you take 200 unrelated films and make a program out of them? How do you watch 40 hours of films a week while retaining your grip on reality? These programmers have the answers! Laura Carlson is Marketing & Film Previewer at Calgary Underground Film Festival Gina Duncan is a Vice President for Cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Bojana Sandic is a programmer at New Filmmakers Los Angeles Basil Tsiokos is Director of Programming at DOC NYC Gabrielle Glore is Head of Programming at Urbanworld

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  • 2:00pm - 3:44pm

    Science Fair

    Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster Writer: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeff Plunkett DP: Peter Alton Editor: Tom Maroney, Alejandro Valdes-Rochin  

    October 19th, 02:00pm at The Advocate New Orleans | October 23rd, 11:00am at NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    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. #spellbound #highschooldays #uplifting #prodigy #stem Preceded by the short film “The Earth Is Humming” (14 min).   Community Partner: Electric Girls This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Crowdfunding with Seed&Spark

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Brandi Nicole Payne

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only Seed&Spark is the world’s only streaming and crowdfunding destination, supporting inclusive films with funding, audience building, and distribution. In this workshop-style class you’ll learn how to find and engage your fans, run an effective crowdfunding campaign, and then distribute your film—all while preparing you to make your next film. Brandi Nicole Payne is Crowdfunding Specialist at Seed&Spark

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  • 4:00pm - 5:37pm

    When I Grow Up (Ser Grande)

    Karen Rossi | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Karen Rossi Writer: Fernanda Rossi, Karen Rossi DP: Kique Cubero García Editor: Marie Alicia González

    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 #boriqua #islandlife #highschooldays #quieresbailar Preceded by the short film “Pa’lante” (9 min). Community Partners: NOCCA, Dancing Grounds

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  • 4:30pm - 6:02pm

    Documentary Shorts - Afterlife

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    The Wormwood Star [US PREMIERE] Poland, Ukraine | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: ADELINA BORETS Today there are only two residents left in the Mali Klischi village. The majority were displaced due to radioactive contamination. But in order to remain in their houses they have paid the highest price—loneliness. Tides [WORLD PREMIERE] Colombia, Hungary | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: ANNA SILVA-SCHLENKER Erika, a synchronized swimming coach in Hungary, leads her team with intense motherly discipline. Inside, she carries the deep scars of a personal tragedy. Palenque Colombia, USA | 2017 | 25 MIN DIR: SEBASTIÁN PINZÓN SILVA 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. The Last Hounds (La Dernière Meute) [US PREMIERE] Belgium | 2017 | 19 MIN DIR: MORGANE THIBAUT 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.   Anointed [US PREMIERE] USA, Marshall Islands | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: DAN LIN Poet/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 island that houses a dark secret.   Fall River USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: PAT HEYWOOD, JAMIL MCGINNIS Once a great economic success, by 2016 Fall River, MA, was named the nation’s fifth worst city to live in. Through one woman’s intimate reflections, we learn the story of a family’s tragedy, their once-thriving hometown, and how hope can blossom in unexpected places.

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  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Tribeca Film Institute IF/THEN Pitch Winner Announcement

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to All Access Passholders Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks as we celebrate a day of filmmaker pitches and announce the winner of the IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition, which comes with up to $20,000 in funding and a year of mentorship with Tribeca Film Institute.

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  • 6:30pm - 8:02pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Overtures

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Goat: The Music of Mikiko [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: TRISHA GAW   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.   Between the Notes [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 30 MIN DIR: BRUCE DEAR, TRAVIS HENRY 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. Blues Boy George UK, USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: JAMES COYLE, JAMES MCCORMACK 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.   Respect: The Original Pinettes Brass Band [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 26 MIN DIR: BERNARDO, ERNEST COLLINS This documentary tells the story of the Pinettes, the only female brass band in New Orleans.   New Water Music [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 16 MIN DIR: ANTHONY CLUNE 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. Black Back USA | 2017 | 3 MIN DIR: JASON FOSTER, KIYOKO MCCRAE 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.

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  • 6:30pm - 7:13pm

    This Little Light

    Ada McMahon, Wendi Moore-O'Neal | 2018 | Series: Changemakers

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Ada McMahon, Wendi Moore-O'Neal DP: Ada McMahon Editor: Ada McMahon

    In the wake of Katrina and the levee failures, the Mennonite Central Committee was looking for boots on the ground to work in the rebuilding 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 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 #resist #eyeopening #lgbtq #inspiring Community Partner: Junebug Productions

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  • 6:45pm - 8:19pm

    Fort Maria

    S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: S. Cagney Gentry, Paul Harrill, Thomas Southerland Writer: S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland, Katerina Stoykova DP: S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland Editor: Thomas Southerland  

    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 #motherdaughter #homesick #fishoutofwater #southernmade #alum   Preceded by the short film "Barbara's Game" (10 mins.)

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  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Eyeslicer: Halloween Special

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming, Free Event

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    INSIDE THE MUSIC VIDEO LOUNGE. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 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.

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  • 7:00pm - 8:20pm

    While I Breathe, I Hope

    Emily Harrold | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Lauren Franklin, Emily Harrold, Diane Robertson DP: Kelly Creedon, Alexander J. Hufschmid, Kyle I. Kelley Editor: Xuan Vu

    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 Bakari Sellers will be in attendance for the film's World Premiere on October 19th! #hope #southernmade #politics #blacklivesmatter #getoutthevote Preceded by the short film “The Hidden Vote” (10 min).

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  • 7:30pm - 9:10pm

    Tiger

    Alister Grierson | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    Prytania Theatre

    Cast: Mickey Rourke and Janel Parrish Producer: Jeff Maynard, Howard Nash, Rocco Pugliese Writer: Michael Pugliese, Prem Singh DP: Nathan Wilson Editor: Ben Joss, Mark Warner

    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.

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  • 8:15pm - 9:16pm

    This Taco Truck Kills Fascists

    Rodrigo Dorfman | 2018 | Series: Changemakers

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Rodrigo Dorfman DP: Rodrigo Dorfman Editor: Rodrigo Dorfman

    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 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 maintains his steadfast battle-cry: “No Guacamole for Immigrant Haters!” -JK #resist #sinpapelessinmiedo #creativeprocess #southernmade Community Partners: Alternate Roots & Jose Torres-Tama

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  • 9:00pm - 10:29pm

    Late Night Shorts

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Allen Anders: Live at the Comedy Castle (Circa 1987) USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: LAURA MOSS The fever dream of a 1980s stand-up comic who is either having a nervous breakdown or the best set of his life. Heart Chakra USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: ANGELA STEMPEL Mae’s life is routinely disrupted by the advice from her online crystal healer. Hair Wolf USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: MARIAMA DIALLO 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. Rosie & Joe [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: GURLEEN RAI, F. ANTHONY SHEPHERD Rosie and Joe are a German Shepherd and a kitten who are best friends. They both have very strange ideas about the world. Jello Pudding [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 4 MIN DIR: SEXPARTY In a world turned upside-down, we struggle to recognize ourselves. Company [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 13 MIN DIR: DORON MAX HAGAY A woman invites an old acquaintance to live with her after a devastating loss.   Chum Much [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 2 MIN DIR: MICHAEL ARCOS, GEORGE MICHAEL PARKER Much chum. Steve's Kinkoes USA | 2017 | 8 MIN DIR: EMMA DEBANY 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? Crushed in Space USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: JANICE CHUN An unrequited love melodrama in space.   Murder for Dummies USA | 2018 | 9 MIN DIR: DIONA OKU 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. You Can't Play With Us USA | 2018 | 16 MIN DIR: SERENE BACIGALUPI, JASON RHEIN 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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  • 9:00pm - 10:17pm

    Experimental Shorts

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Experimental Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Irma USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: KATE SHULTS A portrait of 2017: Hurricane Irma’s anticipation and impact, from the precarious safety of inland Central Florida. Hi I Need to Be Loved  [US PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: MARNIE ELLEN HERTZLER 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? Please Step out of the Frame. USA | 2018 | 4 MIN DIR: KARISSA HAHN from your desk(top) / mistrust the manufactured image / distrust the assembled picture / discredit the aggregate narrative / defame the corporate chronicle / doubt the constructed copy - consider the clone. Fair Grounds FRANCE, GERMANY, USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: AMEER KAZMI 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.   Giverny I (Négresse Impériale) FRANCE, USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: JA’TOVIA M. GARY 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.   Armageddon 2  [US PREMIERE] CUBA, USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: COREY HUGHES In Cuba, where the 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.”   My Heart Is a Lure USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: PATRICK MOSER An experimental work exploring the rhythms of fatherhood through notions of living and un-living, authentic and fake, violence and love.   The Fall AUSTRALIA | 2017 | 5 MIN DIR: ANGELA TIATIA 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 CHINA, SRI LANKA, USA | 2017 | 14 MIN DIR: RAJEE SAMARASINGHE   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. Underbelly Up USA | 2017 | 4 MIN DIR: JOSH YATES Before entirely ceasing contact with the human continuity, a disembodied entity meditates in a disfigured voice on the destruction of a Carolina flood.

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  • 9:15pm - 10:38pm

    This One's for the Ladies

    Gene Graham | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    83 mins | USA | 2018 Producer: Gene Graham, Paul Rowley DP: Paul Rowley Editor: Gene Graham 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 #girlsnightout #melanated #sexy #ripped #drumrollplease #nopantsdance

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Fête des Femmes: Celebrating Women in the Directors Chair

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ Magnolia Mansion | 2127 Prytania St. | Open to All Access + Weekend Passholders only Join us for an elegant evening at the beautiful Magnolia Mansion at the gateway of the historic Garden District, sponsored by Chloe Wine Collection. Made for wine enthusiasts who appreciate all things extraordinary and timeless, Chloe Wines offer the structure and depth of exceptional fruit sourced from the world’s preeminent growing regions to create wines with sophisticated intensity. This ravishing event will take place in the breathtaking courtyard of the mansion, with angelic tunes from cellist Spirit McIntrye and hypnotic tunes from DJ Dreamer. New Orleans- inspired dishes from Clean Course Catering and flowing wine and cocktails will set the mood to enjoy old New Orleans charm under the moonlight.

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  • 10:15pm - 11:30pm

    The Gospel of Eureka

    Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Charlotte Cook Writer: Donal Mosher DP: Michael Palmieri Editor: Michael Palmieri

    USA | 2019 | 75 mins. 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. #crowdpleaser #whoseamerica #southernmade #regionaldrag #questionoffaith

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    Saturday, October 20, 2018

  • 10:30am - 11:13am

    This Little Light

    Ada McMahon, Wendi Moore-O'Neal | 2018 | Series: Changemakers

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Ada McMahon, Wendi Moore-O'Neal DP: Ada McMahon Editor: Ada McMahon

    In the wake of Katrina and the levee failures, the Mennonite Central Committee was looking for boots on the ground to work in the rebuilding 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 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 #resist #eyeopening #lgbtq #inspiring Community Partner: Junebug Productions

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  • 11:00am - 12:01pm

    This Taco Truck Kills Fascists

    Rodrigo Dorfman | 2018 | Series: Changemakers

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Rodrigo Dorfman DP: Rodrigo Dorfman Editor: Rodrigo Dorfman

    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 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 maintains his steadfast battle-cry: “No Guacamole for Immigrant Haters!” -JK #resist #sinpapelessinmiedo #creativeprocess #southernmade Community Partners: Alternate Roots & Jose Torres-Tama

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  • 11:30am - 12:30pm

    Melanin Sex on Screen

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    K Austin Collins Gene Graham Tchaiko Omawale Lynn Whitfield

    Open to the public 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 Bayouand, currently, OWN’s Greenleaf

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  • 11:30am - 12:53pm

    Gimme a Faith

    Hao Zhang | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Hao Zhang Writer: Hao Zhang DP: Hao Zhang Editor: Hao Zhang

    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 #diaspora #southernmade #personalnarrative #questionoffaith

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  • 12:00pm - 1:28pm

    Narrative Shorts - Souls in Transit

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    A Year NEPAL, USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: JISUN JAMIE KIM 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 [US PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 9 MIN DIR: JACKSON KROOPF 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 USA | 2017 | 20 MIN DIR: MATTHEW CASTELLANOS 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 [US PREMIERE] AUSTRALIA, JAPAN | 2017 | 13 MIN DIR: ADAM BRIGGS An old folk singer returns to a small seaside village, visits people of the past, and holds a small untidy concert.   Mom (Okaasan) JAPAN, USA | 2018 | 18 MIN DIR: KANA HATAKEYAMA 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.   Shadow Cut [US PREMIERE] NEW ZEALAND | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: LUCY SUESS 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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  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Screenplay Competition Winners Announcement

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to the public Join us for drinks and snacks as we celebrate the 28 finalists in the inaugural New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition. We will announce the winners in each of four categories, including Feature Screenplay, Short Film Screenplay, Episodic Screenplay, and Louisiana Screenplay.

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  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    First-Person Futures: Virtual Reality Filmmakers Discuss the Viewer’s Role in their Films

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Amanda Shelby Gabriela Arp Courtney Cogburn Felicia Lowe Matthew Hashiguchi

    @ Greater New Orleans Foundation | Open to the public

    The virtual reality revolution is testing the limits of what is possible in “first person” storytelling. How can VR enhance, filter, manipulate, or warp a viewer’s perspective? Does the message of a VR film linger longer than for a flat film? In this panel discussion, we’re going to take a deep dive into the evolving meaning of first-person storytelling. How does embodying a main character of a different race, culture, or gender affect your experience of the story? Immersive filmmakers will discuss the process of how to tell stories from the vantage point of a participant, rather than an onlooker, and will share the reactions to their films from viewers so far. Join us in a conversation with the filmmakers shaping, imagining, and leading new first-person futures. This panel is presented with support from the Center for Asian American Media and Black Public Media. Amanda Shelby (moderator) is a VR producer specializing in both documentary and futuristic VR; after a decade in broadcast entertainment, she had a successful tenure as Head of VR Production at Radiant Images Gabriela Arp is an independent film director and VR creator. She was a Knight fellow at the Sundance Institute and her most recent film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival Courtney Cogburn is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and co-director of the VR film “1000 Cut Journey” Felicia Lowe is an independent producer, director, and writer whose films focus on the unique history of the Chinese in America. Matthew Hashiguchi is a documentary filmmaker and assistant professor at Georgia Southern University.

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  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Audio RX with Sound Hard

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Lukas Gonzales Justin Ditch

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only If getting good sound is the last thing on your mind on set, it’ll for sure be the first thing you wish you’d done once you’re in the editing bay. In this session, New Orleans’ resident sound gurus give you some quick-and- dirty tips to breathe some life into bad sound. Lukas Gonzales and Justin Ditch are co-owners of Sound Hard, New Orleans’ full- service shop for audio professionals.

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  • 1:00pm - 2:34pm

    Animated Shorts

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Animated Shorts, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Serpentine USA | 2016 | 3 MIN DIR: BRONWYN MALONEY In the midst of reflective fantasy, a young woman’s inner thoughts arouse a surreal exploration of sensuality, self-esteem, and deeply rooted fears.   Cat  [US PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 3 MIN DIR: LEILEI XIA A cat adopts a baby and a relationship grows between two fragile souls.   Fuse [US PREMIERE] GERMANY | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: SHADI ADIB How do we best kill the mouse?   Get Up, Pierrot [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: GURLEEN RAI, F. ANTHONY SHEPHERD Pierrot is an existential pastry made by folding layers of identity upon itself with equal parts tears and smiles.   Negative Space FRANCE | 2017 | 5 MIN DIR: RU KUWAHATA My dad taught me how to pack. Cry Baby USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: XINER JIANG The baby cries to grab your attention.   The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: TAYLOR STANTON A stop-motion documentary highlighting a woman’s lifelong attempts to find happiness.   The Mud USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: BRANDON LAKE Both bound and uplifted by identity, a man of clay strives to understand himself through the chaos of outside voices. Marfa UK | 2017 | 9 MIN DIR: THE BROTHERS MCLEOD (GREG MCLEOD, MYLES MCLEOD) A town on the borderlands of Texas. A place out of time. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.   Tightly Wound USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: SHELBY HADDEN 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. Obon GERMANY | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: ANDRE HÖRMANN, SAMO (ANNA BERGMANN) 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.   Lotte: That Silhouette Girl USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: ELIZABETH BEECHERL, CARLA PATULLO 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.

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  • 1:00pm - 2:33pm

    Tomorrow Never Knows

    Adam Sekuler | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Adam Sekuler Producer: Darci Meyers DP: Adam Sekuler Editor: Adam Sekuler

    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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  • 1:45pm - 2:59pm

    Life Is Fare

    Sephora Woldu | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Richard Alex Durante, Kiri Lewallen, Marshall Moses Writer: Sephora Woldu DP: Richard Alex Durante Editor: Larry Madrigal, Sephora Woldu

    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 #diaspora #dentistconfessional #playful #homesick #motherdaughter Preceded by the short film “Angela” (13 min). Community Partners: The Mixed Company Project

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  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Do a Shot of Super 8

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming, Free Event

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Open to the public 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.

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Documentary Funders

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Leslie Fields-Cruz Paola Mottura Sapana Sakya Chloe Walters-Wallace

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only Representatives from some of the most respected names in documentary sit down to talk about funding opportunities. Leslie Fields-Cruz is Executive Director at Black Public Media Paola Mottura is Manager of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program's Film Fund. Sapana Sakya is Special Projects Manager at the Center for Asian American Media Chloe Walters-Wallace is the Documentary Lab Manager at Firelight Media

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  • 2:15pm - 3:51pm

    Documentary Shorts - Nevertheless

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    American Dreaming USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: MATTHEW HASHIGUCHI 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. Santuario USA | 2018 | 25 MIN DIR: CHRISTINE DELP, PILAR TIMPANE In Greensboro, N.C., 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.   The Arrest [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: KIRA AKERMAN A teenager’s encounter with the New Orleans criminal justice system.   Black 14 USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: DARIUS CLARK MONROE 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 [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: JOE BREWSTE, MICHÈLE STEPHENSON   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 USA | 2018 | 26 MIN DIR: PJ RAVAL, ELLEN SPIRO 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.

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  • 2:15pm - 4:23pm

    Widows - Centerpiece Screening

    Steve McQueen | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    Prytania Theatre

    Cast:  Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson Producer: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan Writer:Steve McQueen, Gillian Flynn DP: Sean Bobbit Editor: Joe Walker
     

    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.

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  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Advice for Screenwriters

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Marilyn Atlas

    @ Greater New Orleans Foundation | Open to the public

    Writers are often thought of like monks: reclusive artists churning out masterpieces. But more and more often, writers are being called out of hiding to make deals, find collaborators and advocate for their work. In this session, hear advice from a seasoned pro on both sides of the equation: crafting quality work and forging the relationships to get it made. Marilyn Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer, and co- author of the book Dating Your Character.

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  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Hitrecord Shorts Showcase 2

    | Series: Free Event

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    INSIDE THE MUSIC VIDEO LOUNGE. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This live event hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt features short films, animations, and sketches created and curated by the HITRECORD global community.

  • 3:00pm

    Film Fatales Happy Hour

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to All Access Passholders Join Film Fatales in celebrating the work of women directors participating in this year’s film festival and learn more about how to get involved in their filmmaker community.

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  • 3:30pm - 4:59pm

    Solace

    Tchaiko Omawale | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Director: Tchaiko Omawale Producer: Maya Emelle, Tchaiko Omawale, Hope Olaide Wilson Writer: Tchaiko Omawale DP: Bruce Francis Cole Editor: Colin Rich, Jasmin Way

    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 #younggiftedandblack #comingofage #afamilyaffair #melanated Preceded by the short film “Tadpole” (7 min). Community Partners: Covenant House & Women With a Vision

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  • 3:45pm - 5:18pm

    Call Her Ganda

    PJ Raval | 2018 | Series: Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, PJ Raval, Marty Syjuco, Lisa Valencia-Svensson Writer: Victoria Chalk, PJ Raval DP: Mike Simpson Editor: Victoria Chalk

    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 #resist #rebelheroine #motherdaughter #truecrime #lgbtq

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  • 3:45pm - 5:11pm

    Dawnland

    Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip | 2018 | Series: Changemakers, Free Event

    Broad Theater

    Producer: N. Bruce Duthu, Adam Mazo DP: Ben Pender-Cudlip Editor: Kristen Salerno

    Screening at The Broad Theater

    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 policy of separating families at the border. -KM #justice #resist #indigenous #tearjerker #keepfamiliestogether Community Partner: Alternate Roots This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Distribution Up to the Minute

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Allison Hironaka Sean Flanagan Alece Oxendine Marie Zeniter

    @ Greater New Orleans Foundation | Open to the public Each year, more films find their way to larger audiences over a wider and wider variety of platforms. The scale is staggering and the ink shows no signs of drying on the map of the 21st-century distribution model. Our panelists make it their business to stay on the frontier, so now’s the time for benefit from their experience. Allison Hironaka is an agent in the Film Finances Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Sean Flanagan is Head of Distribution at Magnetbox Films Alece Oxendine is Director of Digital Sales at Good Deed Entertainment Marie Zeniter works in Sales & Distribution

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  • 4:30pm - 5:53pm

    The Proposal

    Jill Magid | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Jarred Alterman, Charlotte Cook, Laura Coxson DP: Jarred Alterman Editor: Hannah Buck

    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 #plottwist #artworld #lovestory #mexico #docuthriller #creativeprocess In loving memory of our friend and New Orleans Society Producer's Circle Member Jack Forbes, who loved art, architecture and film.

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  • 5:00pm - 6:26pm

    Louisiana Shorts - Astra

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    Prytania Theatre

    Wings [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: LORRAINE CAFFERY After her parent’s heated argument, an eight-year-old girl finds a magic seashell. Samantha [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: JOSH CARLEY Blogger Henry Mathis interviews Jodi Brooks about her transcendental experiences involving her husband, his dreams, and their deceased daughter. Alienated [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR:  SANDY PARKER A teenage 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 USA | 2017 | 21 MIN DIR: JALEA JACKSON After ten-year-old Aaliyah is assaulted by her older cousin, she struggles to keep the family together before worrying about her own well being. How to Sell a Broken Heart USA | 2018 | 4 MIN DIR: JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON After having her heart broken, a woman offers to sell her broken heart to Satan. Fin de Arco Iris [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: SPENCER DOUGLASS The cross-gender, cross-country adventure of vagabond Victor Hurricane. Jane USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: ABRAHAM FELIX 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 USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: ZANDASHÉ BROWN 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.

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  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

    Black Filmmaker Reception

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to the public Celebrate films by and about Black filmmakers at this meet-and-greet, with delicious hors-d’oeuvres by Ginche Catering and beverages, hosted by The Black Professional and Black Film Space.

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  • 6:00pm - 7:40pm

    For the Birds

    Richard Miron | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Holly Meehl, Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star DP: Richard Miron Editor: Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star

    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 domain (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 #hoarders #strangerthanfiction #itscomplicated #duckduckgoose Preceded by the short film “Taxidermy in Action” (8 min). Community Partners: The New Orleans - Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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  • 6:15pm - 7:25pm

    Series and Episodic Content

    | Series: Episodic, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Screening at The Advocate New Orleans

    Nice USA | 2018 | 22 MIN DIR: ANDREW AHN 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.   You're Alright, You're Okay USA | 2017 | 3 MIN DIR: CHELL STEPHEN A quietly angry LA gal on the quest for “mindfulness” uses a meditation app that begins giving categorically unhelpful advice. The Pineapple Diaries USA | 2016 | 11 MIN DIR: PALOMA VALENZUELA After the initial bliss wears off, a couple faces the realities of their relationship.   Lost Kings USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: TERRANCE SMALLS JR. 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.   The Young Woman's Guide USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: NICOLE COLLINS The elders have spoken! Six women over the age of seventy offer their thoughts and opinions on topics facing today’s modern young woman. Spectrums ISRAEL | 2017 | 15 MIN DIR: ZOHAR MELINEK EZRA, AFEK TESTA LAUNER This story follows the social, political, and spiritual world of ten transgender individuals in Israel.     This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 6:15pm - 7:40pm

    The True Don Quixote

    Chris Poché | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Trey Burvant, Jason Waggenspack Writer: Chris Poché DP: John B. Peters Editor: Sara Corrigan

    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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  • 6:45pm - 8:28pm

    Jules of Light and Dark

    Daniel Laabs | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Liz Cardenas, Judd Myers, Cameron Nelson, Russell Sheaffer, Adrian Testolin, Jeff Walker Writer: Daniel Laabs DP: Noe Medrano Editor: Daniel Laabs, Judd Myers

    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 #lonelyhearts #inyourfeelings #alum #loveislove #plur #lonestar Preceded by the short film “Fran This Summer” (9 min).

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  • 8:15pm - 10:27pm

    BUSTER SCRUGGS

    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    CAST: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, and Tom Waits PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle WRITERS: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen DP: Bruno Delbonnel

    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. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs had its world bow at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Osella Award for Best Screenplay. It stars Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, and Tom Waits. Actor Tim Blake Nelson in attendance.

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  • 8:30pm - 10:08pm

    Empty Metal

    Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer Producer: Steve Holmgren, Alex Lazarowich, Tiffany Sia Writer: Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer DP: Bayley Sweitzer Editor: Andy Hafitz, Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer

    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 #blacklivesmatter #indigenous #psychicwarfare #blackmirror Preceded by the short film “Fatherland” (15 min).

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  • 8:30pm - 10:08pm

    Father's Kingdom

    | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Director: Lenny Feinberg Producer: Claire Chandler, Nancy Cutler, Lenny Feinberg, Chris Foster, Kevin Koltz DP: Chris Foster Editor: Claire Chandler

    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 #cult #strangerthanfiction #mindblowing #wildwildcountry

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  • 9:15pm - 10:58pm

    United Skates

    Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler | 2018 | Series: Documentary Shorts, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler Writer: Dyana Winkler DP: Matthew Peterson Editor: Katharine Garrison

    By now it’s a familiar story: an industry propped up and made fabulous by a dedicated black community confronting 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 in wholeheartedly into its frenetic, vibrant world, elegantly arguing for its respect, support, and hopefully, revival. -ST #soultrain #skatecountry #community #retro #crowdpleaser #groove

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Riverbank Roller Boogie

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    It’s time to party Studio 54 style! And what better place to get down than alongside the Mississippi as the ships float by. It’s going to be non-stop entertainment with DJ RQ Away and SPARKLE CITY DISCO spinning all of the hits from the past, open bar, cage dancers, and trick skaters to transport us back to when times were a little more electric! Are you ready!?

    While you’re there, NOTMC invites you to experience the New Orleans Story Booth. This dynamic installation uses artificial intelligence and film projections to capture and share your best tales of music, food, family, and friends made after midnight. Because for 300 years, great stories have started the same way, “One Time, in New Orleans.”

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    Sunday, October 21, 2018

  • 11:15am - 1:03pm

    A Haunting Hitchhike

    Heejae Jeong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Director: Heejae Jeong Producer: Heejae Jeong Writer: Heejae Jeong DP: U Young Chang Editor: Younglim Lee

    “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 #afamilyaffair #comingofage #bestfriends #journey

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  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Diary of a Production Manager

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Paul Garnes

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only A production manager’s job is kind of like a navigator on a huge ocean- going vessel. You might not always notice what they’re doing, but try going without one. In this talk, a seasoned Hollywood producer and PM gives his perspective on this crucial but undersung work. Paul Garnes is producer, line producer and production manager on films and television series, with credits including Queen Sugar, Underground, and Selma

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  • 1:30pm

    Cinematic Sanctuaries: Reimagining Identity in Documentary

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Chloe Walters-Wallace (moderator) PJ Raval Karen Rossi Nadia Shihab Hao Zhang

    @ Greater New Orleans Foundation | Open to the public The history of the documentary film is linked with the making of “Others,” the creation of images of non-Western cultures for Western consumption. When documentarians flip this dynamic and create films about their own communities, what new possibilities and new responsibilities arise? In this session, we convene four filmmakers who are looking past dominant narratives in search of new visions of their own identities, using documentary to re- envision their cultures and rethink their place within them. This panel is presented with support from the Center for Asian American Media. Chloe Walters-Wallace (moderator) is the Documentary Lab Manager at Firelight Media PJ Raval is a filmmaker whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the LGBTQ+ community Karen Rossi is a director from Puerto Rico. Her documentaries Scrap Island (2008) and It’s Your Right (2014) both received Emmy Awards Nadia Shihab began making films in order to explore her connections to the places she calls home. Jaddoland is her feature-length debut Hao Zhang is an emerging filmmaker originally from China

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  • 1:30pm - 3:01pm

    Narrative Shorts - Reason in a Fever

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    First Generation USA | 2017 | 9 MIN DIR: JEANNIE NGUYEN 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 USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: DANA SORMAN 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.   Don't Be a Hero USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: PETE LEE A middle-aged woman battles loneliness and boredom by robbing banks on her lunch break.   San Miguel MEXICO, USA | 2018 | 19 MIN DIR: CRIS GRIS 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.   Baby  [WORLD PREMIERE] PERU, USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: THAIS DRASSINOWER An unnerving encounter with her estranged father at a nightclub while on a weekend back home in Lima is enough to remind Lia that there are many unhealed wounds.   Eve USA | 2017 | 22 MIN DIR: SUSAN BAY NIMOY Eve exposes a 74-year-old woman’s journey through grief, sexual passion, and renewal.   Clams Casino  [US PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: PAM NASR 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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  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Black Memorabilia

    Chico Colvard | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Madison O'Leary Editor: Hannah Buck

    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 #whosehistory #provocative #miningthemuseum #ephemera Preceded by the short film "Like Dolls, I'll Rise" (28 mins.)   Community Partner: Pelican Bomb

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  • 1:45pm - 3:17pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Overtures

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    Broad Theater

    Goat: The Music of Mikiko [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: TRISHA GAW   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.   Between the Notes [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 30 MIN DIR: BRUCE DEAR, TRAVIS HENRY 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. Blues Boy George UK, USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: JAMES COYLE, JAMES MCCORMACK 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.   Respect: The Original Pinettes Brass Band [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 26 MIN DIR: BERNARDO, ERNEST COLLINS This documentary tells the story of the Pinettes, the only female brass band in New Orleans.   New Water Music [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 16 MIN DIR: ANTHONY CLUNE 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. Black Back USA | 2017 | 3 MIN DIR: JASON FOSTER, KIYOKO MCCRAE 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.

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  • 1:45pm - 3:21pm

    Laila at the Bridge

    Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei | 2018 | Series: Changemakers, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei Producer: Ina Fichman Writer: Elizabeth Mirzaei DP: Elizabeth Mirzaei Editor: Andrea Henriquez  

    Screening at The New Orleans Advocate

    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 #rebelheroine #inspiring #eyeopening #rehabilitation #providers Community Partner: KADA This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Do a Shot of Super 8

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming, Free Event

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Open to the public 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.

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Meet the Programmers Session 2

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Penelope Bartlett Nick Price Amanda Salazar Dolly Turner Marie Zeniter

    @ Conference Room at The New Orleans Advocate (2nd floor) | Open to All Access Passholders only In a classic case of just enough of a good thing, we’ve got another sit-down with programmers from all over. Penelope Bartlett is a programmer at The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck Nick Price is a producer at UNC-TV’s Reel South Amanda Salazar is a programmer at SFFilm Dolly Turner is Festival Programmer for Da Bounce Urban Film Festival Marie Zeniter is a programmer at US in Progress, Paris

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  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    WIFT Reception

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to the public Join WIFT-LA and WIFT-International in celebrating the work of the wonderful women panelists and filmmakers participating in this year’s film festival, and learn more about WIFT-LA programs and membership.

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  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dreaming in Pairs: A Conversation on Collaboration

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Daniel Laabs Russell Scheaffer Courtney Faye Powell Tate Nova

    @ Greater New Orleans Foundation | Open to the public Writing and development are the work before the work, the long gestation that ensures that the slender spark of a film’s soul is preserved through the burst of chaos that is principal photography. One way to keep grounded and sane during this crucial (and often years-long) period is to find a steadfast collaborator. In this session, we make time to hear directly from two pairs of close collaborators, each with a new film at NOFF. Daniel Laabs’s feature directorial debut Jules of Light and Dark has received support from Austin Film Society, IFP, San Francisco Film Society, and USinProgress. Russell Scheaffer is a producer of Jules of Light and Dark and founder of Artless Media Courtney Faye Powell is an Emmy-nominated producer and director of The Future is Bright Tate Nova is producer and writer of The Future is Bright

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  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Documentary Shorts - Old South / New South

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Graven Image USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: SIERRA PETTENGILL 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 USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: MARIS CURRAN 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 USA | 2016 | 5 MIN DIR: NATHAN WILLIS A cowgirl from Mississippi pursues her lifelong dream of becoming the first African-American female in the National Finals Rodeo.   Serpents and Doves USA | 2018 | 30 MIN DIR: NELLIE KLUZ 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 USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: CRYSTAL KAYIZA 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 USA | 2018 | 16 MIN DIR: MOHAMMAD GORJESTANI 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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  • 4:00pm - 5:27pm

    The Unafraid

    Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado DP: Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado Editor: Colin Nusbaum

    “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 #sinpapelessinmiedo #resist #southernmade #familiesbelongtogether Community Partner: Nuestra Voz

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  • 4:15pm - 5:27pm

    Pig Film

    Josh Gibson | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Josh Gibson Writer: Josh Gibson DP: Steve Milligan Editor: Josh Gibson

    October 21st, 04:15pm at The Advocate New Orleans | October 23rd, 03:45pm at The Ranch Theater at CAC

    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 #avantgarde #farmopera #southernmade #alum #bw #boucherie Preceded by the short film “The Golden People” (12 min). This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 4:15pm - 5:26pm

    Torments of Love

    Caroline Jules | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Gnama Baddy, Ron Dyens, Dimitry Zandronis Writer: Caroline Jules DP: Stéphane Patti Editor: Sophie Bousquet Foures

    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 #francophone #islandlife #familyaffair #sundrenched #inyourfeelings Preceded by the short film “Karukera Blues” (18 min). Community Partner: Alliance Française

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  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    #CreateLouisiana Reception

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to the public Join the team behind grantmaker #CreateLouisiana for a casual reception to toast this year’s grantees and celebrate Louisiana’s independent film community. Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be served. Sponsored by Deep South Studios.

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  • 5:00pm - 6:23pm

    Louisiana Shorts - Terra

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    Prytania Theatre

    The Funeral Band [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 9 MIN DIR: NICHOLAS MANUEL PINO 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. Community Partners: NOVAC & SCI-High   The Beach USA | 2018 | 19 MIN DIR: TOROES DAVID THOMAS JR. A father attempts to shield his kids from their harsh reality by making them a promise he can’t keep.   Street Fight [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: JANE GEISLER Two lovers engage in a directionless argument on their way home from a bar. The Language of Silence [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: CATERINA PICONE 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 [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: EVA CONTIS 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 [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: MELISSA REMARK 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.

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  • 6:15pm - 7:53pm

    Father's Kingdom

    | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Director: Lenny Feinberg Producer: Claire Chandler, Nancy Cutler, Lenny Feinberg, Chris Foster, Kevin Koltz DP: Chris Foster Editor: Claire Chandler

    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 #cult #strangerthanfiction #mindblowing #wildwildcountry

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  • 6:15pm - 7:52pm

    Blowin' Up

    Stephanie Wang-Breal | 2017 | Series: Changemakers

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Carrie Weprin DP: Erik Shirai Editor: Jonathan Oppenheim

    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 #justice #girlpower #inspiring #closeup #rebelheroine

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  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Jaddoland

    Nadia Shihab | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Talal Al-Muhanna, Nadia Shihab Writer: Nadia Shihab DP: Nadia Shihab Editor: Avrïl Jacobson  

    Screening at The Advocate New Orleans

    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 #diaspora #motherdaughter #lonestar #artistlife #creativeprocess Community Partner: The UNO Muslim Student Association This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    Emerging Voices Reception

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate | Open to All Access Passholders Fete New Orleans Film Society’s newest Emerging Voices directing talent with their esteemed industry mentors and workshop leaders. Expect small bites, flowing wine, and good vibes.

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  • 7:00pm - 8:20pm

    Buckjumping

    Lily Keber | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Free Event, Louisiana Features

    Orpheum Theater

    Producer: Lily Keber, Stephen Rose DP: Zac Manuel Editor: Jane Geisler

    Screening at The Orpheum Theater

    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 Maharaja) offers a panoramic view of the city’s ever-evolving dance traditions. Performances before and after the screening by DJ Riviera Slim and Kings of Brass respectively.

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  • 8:30pm - 10:27pm

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Barry Jenkins | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King Producer: Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Barry Jenkins, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Megan Ellison Writer: Barry Jenkins DP: James Laxton Editor: Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

    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. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

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  • 8:45pm - 10:08pm

    Narrative Shorts - The South in Pieces

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Truck Slut [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: RYAN CRAVER 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 USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: COURTNEY FAYE POWELL In 1979, a local newscaster prepares to cover an anti-KKK protest in Greensboro, North Carolina, and realizes that she may never be ready for the events to come. Photoaxis (ANIMATED) USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: MELISSA FERRARI 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.   Hogwash (EPISODIC) USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: ZACK GODSHALL Set in Oubliette, Louisiana, Hogwash is a quirky series about unintentionally hilarious locals doing mysterious things. 16 Rachels (EPISODIC) USA | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: KEATON SMITH One episode of a docu-series featuring sixteen women whose lives intertwine in ways both strange and ordinary. Socks On Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: BO MCGUIRE 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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  • 8:45pm - 10:12pm

    Bathtubs Over Broadway

    Dava Whisenant | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Susan Littenberg, Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant Writer: Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant DP: Nick Higgins, Natalie Kingston Editor: Dava Whisenant

    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’ 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 #jingle #retro #vinyl #obsession #hobby #collector #crowdpleaser

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  • 9:00pm - 10:31pm

    Chained for Life

    Aaron Schimberg | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Dan Carbone, Vanessa McDonnel, Matt Petock, Dan Schoebrun, Zach Shedd DP: Adam J. Minnick Editor: Sofi Marshall

    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 #inyourfeelings #robertaltman #ensemble #filmwithinafilm Preceded by the short film “You Know Where” (9 min).

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Too Legit to Dip at the Drifter

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    Drifter Hotel | 3522 Tulane Ave. | Open to All Access + Weekend Passholders only Tropical cocktails, palm trees, smooth tunes from DJ Otto, and a heated pool… Come prepared to mingle and strut your beachwear (if you dare) on the catwalk at this hidden gem, a renovated mid-centuryhotel inspired by subcultural nonconformity. Get your selfie game on for the weekend’s most Instagrammable event.

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    Monday, October 22, 2018

  • 11:00am - 12:31pm

    Narrative Shorts - Reason in a Fever

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    First Generation USA | 2017 | 9 MIN DIR: JEANNIE NGUYEN 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 USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: DANA SORMAN 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.   Don't Be a Hero USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: PETE LEE A middle-aged woman battles loneliness and boredom by robbing banks on her lunch break.   San Miguel MEXICO, USA | 2018 | 19 MIN DIR: CRIS GRIS 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.   Baby  [WORLD PREMIERE] PERU, USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: THAIS DRASSINOWER An unnerving encounter with her estranged father at a nightclub while on a weekend back home in Lima is enough to remind Lia that there are many unhealed wounds.   Eve USA | 2017 | 22 MIN DIR: SUSAN BAY NIMOY Eve exposes a 74-year-old woman’s journey through grief, sexual passion, and renewal.   Clams Casino  [US PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: PAM NASR 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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  • 11:00am - 12:38pm

    Documentary Shorts - Divide

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    A Night in the Garden USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: Marshall Curry 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. Homeland (Heimat) BELGIUM | 2016 | 14 MIN DIR: Sam Peeters An ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, this film 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.   Ebrahim Germany, New Zealand | 2018 | 29 MIN DIR: Elliott McKee 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. Room 140 USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz 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. De Colores USA, Venezuela, Colombia | 2017 | 17 MIN DIR: Luz Marina Zamora A portrait of a woman born in Colombia who came to the United States a sweet lamb and became a fierce tiger. The Bony Lady (La Flaca) Brazil, Mexico, USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato 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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  • 11:00am - 12:14pm

    Life Is Fare

    Sephora Woldu | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Richard Alex Durante, Kiri Lewallen, Marshall Moses Writer: Sephora Woldu DP: Richard Alex Durante Editor: Larry Madrigal, Sephora Woldu

    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 #diaspora #dentistconfessional #playful #homesick #motherdaughter Preceded by the short film “Angela” (13 min). Community Partners: The Mixed Company Project

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  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Jaddoland

    Nadia Shihab | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Talal Al-Muhanna, Nadia Shihab Writer: Nadia Shihab DP: Nadia Shihab Editor: Avrïl Jacobson  

    Screening at The Advocate New Orleans

    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 #diaspora #motherdaughter #lonestar #artistlife #creativeprocess Community Partner: The UNO Muslim Student Association This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 1:00pm - 2:27pm

    The Unafraid

    Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado DP: Heather Courtney, Anayansi Prado Editor: Colin Nusbaum

    “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 #sinpapelessinmiedo #resist #southernmade #familiesbelongtogether Community Partner: Nuestra Voz

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  • 1:30pm - 3:07pm

    Blowin' Up

    Stephanie Wang-Breal | 2017 | Series: Changemakers

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Carrie Weprin DP: Erik Shirai Editor: Jonathan Oppenheim

    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 #justice #girlpower #inspiring #closeup #rebelheroine

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  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Publicity 101 for Filmmakers

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    Charlie Olsky David Baker Inkoo Kang

    @ The Shop at CAC | Open to the public If a new indie masterpiece is released and nobody writes about it, does it really exist? Like it or not, a filmmaker’s job isn’t done until the reviews are in, because it turns out that no news really just is no news. In this session you’ll get a crash course in the basics: whether and when to seek a professional publicist, how to pitch journalists on your work, and more. Charlie Olsky is a Publicist at Cinetic Media. He has led the NY/national campaigns for films such as Moonlight, Good Time, and Personal Shopper David Baker is Vice President of the Press Club of New Orleans Inkoo Kang is a staff writer in Slate’s culture department. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, and The Atlantic

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  • 3:15pm - 4:51pm

    Documentary Shorts - Nevertheless

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    American Dreaming USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: MATTHEW HASHIGUCHI 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. Santuario USA | 2018 | 25 MIN DIR: CHRISTINE DELP, PILAR TIMPANE In Greensboro, N.C., 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.   The Arrest [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: KIRA AKERMAN A teenager’s encounter with the New Orleans criminal justice system.   Black 14 USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: DARIUS CLARK MONROE 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 [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: JOE BREWSTE, MICHÈLE STEPHENSON   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 USA | 2018 | 26 MIN DIR: PJ RAVAL, ELLEN SPIRO 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.

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  • 3:15pm - 4:58pm

    Jules of Light and Dark

    Daniel Laabs | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Liz Cardenas, Judd Myers, Cameron Nelson, Russell Sheaffer, Adrian Testolin, Jeff Walker Writer: Daniel Laabs DP: Noe Medrano Editor: Daniel Laabs, Judd Myers

    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 #lonelyhearts #inyourfeelings #alum #loveislove #plur #lonestar Preceded by the short film “Fran This Summer” (9 min).

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  • 4:00pm - 5:23pm

    Gimme a Faith

    Hao Zhang | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Hao Zhang Writer: Hao Zhang DP: Hao Zhang Editor: Hao Zhang

    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 #diaspora #southernmade #personalnarrative #questionoffaith

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  • 5:30pm - 7:04pm

    Fort Maria

    S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: S. Cagney Gentry, Paul Harrill, Thomas Southerland Writer: S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland, Katerina Stoykova DP: S. Cagney Gentry, Thomas Southerland Editor: Thomas Southerland  

    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 #motherdaughter #homesick #fishoutofwater #southernmade #alum   Preceded by the short film "Barbara's Game" (10 mins.)

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  • 5:45pm - 7:01pm

    América

    Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Ryan Davis, Jason Somerville, Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside DP: Erick Stoll Editor: Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside

    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 #charming #sundrenched #afamilyaffair #upclose #cinemaverite Preceded by the short film “Fall River” (7 min).

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  • 6:30pm - 7:57pm

    Bathtubs Over Broadway

    Dava Whisenant | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Susan Littenberg, Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant Writer: Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant DP: Nick Higgins, Natalie Kingston Editor: Dava Whisenant

    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’ 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 #jingle #retro #vinyl #obsession #hobby #collector #crowdpleaser

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  • 6:30pm - 7:40pm

    Nailed It

    Adele Pham | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Free Event, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Screening at The Ranch Theater at CAC

    59 MINS | USA, VIETNAM | 2018 Producer: Kelvin Saint Pham DP: Adele Pham Editor: Jessica Windt 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 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 #nailsonfleek #salonlife #workingwomen #vietnamese #diaspora Preceded by the short film “Ongoing/Memory” (11 min).   Community Partners: VAYLA, Working Films This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 7:15pm - 9:30pm

    Roma

    Alfonso Cuarón | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    Prytania Theatre

    Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey Producer: Gabriela Rodriguez, Alfonso Cuarón, Nicolas Celis; Writer: Alfonso Cuarón DP: Alfonso Cuarón Editor: Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough

    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.

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  • 7:45pm - 9:15pm

    Special Presentations - Cane River

    Horace Jenkins | 1982 | Series: Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Horace Jenkins DP: Gideon Manasseh Editor: Debra I. Moore

    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.

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    Community Partner: The McKenna Museums

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  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm

    Nailed It Reception

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Nailed It reception, with filmmaker Adele Pham, brought to you by the Center for Asian American Media, NOVAC and Working Films. Open to the public.

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  • 8:00pm - 9:16pm

    When Lambs Become Lions

    Jon Kasbe | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Innbo Shim, Tom Yellin DP: Jon Kasbe Editor: Caitlyn Greene, Jon Kasbe, Frederick Shanahan

    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 #docuthriller #cinematic #edgeofyourseat #upclose #conservation

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  • 8:30pm - 10:09pm

    Narrative Shorts - Stuck in Heat

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Counterfeit Kunkoo INDIA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: REEMA SENGUPTA 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’s a middle-class Indian woman without a husband.   Fence KOSOVO, CROATIA, FRANCE | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: LENDITA ZEQIRAJ A chaotic moment at a family gathering of women, and an unexpected visitor with his dog.   Mwah AUSTRALIA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: NINA BUXTON A teenage girl on her way home at night encounters a man who wants her attention. Sauna [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 13 MIN DIR: CHARLIE POLINGER A teenage boy’s first existential crisis, wherein he discovers that death and manhood come as a package deal. Set Me As a Seal Upon Thine Heart ISRAEL | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: OMER TOBI An encounter at a gay sauna between a young man and an older man becomes an unexpected lesson about love. Black Lips AUSTRALIA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: ADRIAN CHIARELLA 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.   And We Stood Still [US PREMIERE] MEXICO, USA | 2017 | 24 MIN DIR: ILANA COLEMAN 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.

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  • 8:45pm - 10:29pm

    Man Made

    T. Cooper | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition, Free Event

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Téa Leoni Writer: T. Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper DP: T. Cooper Editor: Charlene Fisk

    Screening at The Broad Theater

    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 #ripped #inspiring #flex #tearjerker #southernmade #lgbtq Preceded by the short film “Grandmother and Me” (7 min). Community Partner: Flambeaux CrossFit This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 9:30pm - 1:30am

    Ritzy Business

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    @ The Vue | 1600 Canal St. | Open to All Access Passholders only It’s time to really see the sights! Wrap up your weekend at The Vue, an elevated rooftop experience on lower Canal Street. Gaze from the Mercedes Benz Superdome to the Mississippi River as DJ Nesby Phips narrates the night from electronica to r&b hits. Enjoy lots of comfortable seating, two outdoor fireplaces, classic cocktails, small plates, and conversations about your favorite films of the festival so far.

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    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

  • 11:00am - 12:44pm

    Science Fair

    Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, Free Event

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster Writer: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeff Plunkett DP: Peter Alton Editor: Tom Maroney, Alejandro Valdes-Rochin  

    October 19th, 02:00pm at The Advocate New Orleans | October 23rd, 11:00am at NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    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. #spellbound #highschooldays #uplifting #prodigy #stem Preceded by the short film “The Earth Is Humming” (14 min).   Community Partner: Electric Girls This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 11:00am - 12:29pm

    Solace

    Tchaiko Omawale | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Tchaiko Omawale Producer: Maya Emelle, Tchaiko Omawale, Hope Olaide Wilson Writer: Tchaiko Omawale DP: Bruce Francis Cole Editor: Colin Rich, Jasmin Way

    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 #younggiftedandblack #comingofage #afamilyaffair #melanated Preceded by the short film “Tadpole” (7 min). Community Partners: Covenant House & Women With a Vision

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  • 11:30am - 12:41pm

    Torments of Love

    Caroline Jules | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Gnama Baddy, Ron Dyens, Dimitry Zandronis Writer: Caroline Jules DP: Stéphane Patti Editor: Sophie Bousquet Foures

    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 #francophone #islandlife #familyaffair #sundrenched #inyourfeelings Preceded by the short film “Karukera Blues” (18 min). Community Partner: Alliance Française

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  • 1:15pm - 2:51pm

    Laila at the Bridge

    Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei | 2018 | Series: Changemakers, Free Event

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei Producer: Ina Fichman Writer: Elizabeth Mirzaei DP: Elizabeth Mirzaei Editor: Andrea Henriquez  

    Screening at The New Orleans Advocate

    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 #rebelheroine #inspiring #eyeopening #rehabilitation #providers Community Partner: KADA This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 1:30pm - 2:50pm

    While I Breathe, I Hope

    Emily Harrold | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Lauren Franklin, Emily Harrold, Diane Robertson DP: Kelly Creedon, Alexander J. Hufschmid, Kyle I. Kelley Editor: Xuan Vu

    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 Bakari Sellers will be in attendance for the film's World Premiere on October 19th! #hope #southernmade #politics #blacklivesmatter #getoutthevote Preceded by the short film “The Hidden Vote” (10 min).

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  • 1:45pm - 3:17pm

    Documentary Shorts - Afterlife

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    The Wormwood Star [US PREMIERE] Poland, Ukraine | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: ADELINA BORETS Today there are only two residents left in the Mali Klischi village. The majority were displaced due to radioactive contamination. But in order to remain in their houses they have paid the highest price—loneliness. Tides [WORLD PREMIERE] Colombia, Hungary | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: ANNA SILVA-SCHLENKER Erika, a synchronized swimming coach in Hungary, leads her team with intense motherly discipline. Inside, she carries the deep scars of a personal tragedy. Palenque Colombia, USA | 2017 | 25 MIN DIR: SEBASTIÁN PINZÓN SILVA 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. The Last Hounds (La Dernière Meute) [US PREMIERE] Belgium | 2017 | 19 MIN DIR: MORGANE THIBAUT 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.   Anointed [US PREMIERE] USA, Marshall Islands | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: DAN LIN Poet/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 island that houses a dark secret.   Fall River USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: PAT HEYWOOD, JAMIL MCGINNIS Once a great economic success, by 2016 Fall River, MA, was named the nation’s fifth worst city to live in. Through one woman’s intimate reflections, we learn the story of a family’s tragedy, their once-thriving hometown, and how hope can blossom in unexpected places.

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  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Making Music, Making Movies

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    Panels

    George S. Clinton Lily Keber Nikki Walsh Jay Weigel

    @ The Shop at CAC | Open to the public So after months of chiselling away at your picture lock, you look up and realize you have no idea how to find a soundtrack or commission a score. Or: you’ve got a couple of albums under your belt (and a SoundCloud bursting with new tunes) and you think you’d like to try your hand at writing for movies. Good news! We’ve collected a panel of music-savvy filmmakers and film-savvy musicians who are ready to drop knowledge on composing for films, finding the right soundtrack, and everything else to do with that almost-mystical element that only truly great film music can bring. Stick around after the talk to mingle and maybe find your next collaborator! George S. Clinton is a film composer with over 100 credits to his name, including Austin Powers, Wild Things, and A Dirty Shame Lily Keber’s first feature documentary Bayou Maharajah profiled piano legend James Booker. Her new film, Buckjumping, is world-premiering at NOFF Nikki Walsh is Director of Film Music at Universal Pictures Jay Weigel (moderator) is a composer, producer, and arranger whose work can be heard in over 50 films

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  • 3:45pm - 5:23pm

    Empty Metal

    Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer Producer: Steve Holmgren, Alex Lazarowich, Tiffany Sia Writer: Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer DP: Bayley Sweitzer Editor: Andy Hafitz, Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer

    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 #blacklivesmatter #indigenous #psychicwarfare #blackmirror Preceded by the short film “Fatherland” (15 min).

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  • 3:45pm - 4:57pm

    Pig Film

    Josh Gibson | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition, Free Event

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Josh Gibson Writer: Josh Gibson DP: Steve Milligan Editor: Josh Gibson

    October 21st, 04:15pm at The Advocate New Orleans | October 23rd, 03:45pm at The Ranch Theater at CAC

    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 #avantgarde #farmopera #southernmade #alum #bw #boucherie Preceded by the short film “The Golden People” (12 min). This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Black Memorabilia

    Chico Colvard | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Madison O'Leary Editor: Hannah Buck

    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 #whosehistory #provocative #miningthemuseum #ephemera Preceded by the short film "Like Dolls, I'll Rise" (28 mins.)   Community Partner: Pelican Bomb

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  • 6:00pm - 7:22pm

    Bending Lines: The Sculptures of Robert Wiggs

    Allison Bohl Dehart, Peter Dehart | 2017 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Lisa Osborn DP: Matt S. Bell, Allison Bohl Dehart Editor: Allison Bohl Dehart, Peter Dehart

    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 This film's screening on October 23, 6PM at the Ranch Theater at CAC is FREE for members of the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts and New Orleans Film Society. Community Partner: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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  • 6:00pm - 7:23pm

    The Proposal

    Jill Magid | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Jarred Alterman, Charlotte Cook, Laura Coxson DP: Jarred Alterman Editor: Hannah Buck

    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 #plottwist #artworld #lovestory #mexico #docuthriller #creativeprocess In loving memory of our friend and New Orleans Society Producer's Circle Member Jack Forbes, who loved art, architecture and film.

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  • 6:30pm - 7:51pm

    Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson

    Mark K. Brockway, Timothy Givens | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Mark K. Brockway, Timothy Givens DP: Timothy Givens Editor: Timothy Givens

    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

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  • 6:30pm - 7:23pm

    Guilty Until Proven Guilty

    Harry Moses | Series: Changemakers

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Harry Moses Writer: Harry Moses DP: Bruce Anderson Editor: Adam Zucker

    In 2014, Tim Conerly was arrested in the wake of an armed robbery in the French Quarter and waited 28 months for a trial, 3 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 #resist #blacklivesmatter #the13th #reportage Community Partners: Innocence Project New Orleans & Unanimous Jury Coalition

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  • 7:30pm - 8:56pm

    Louisiana Shorts - Neighborhood

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    Prytania Theatre

    The Place to Be [US PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: JULIA ELIZABETH EVANS 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.   The Children of Central City USA | 2018 | 18 MIN DIR: EMMA SCOTT 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. The Basin [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: IAN SPENCER COOK 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. Locked [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: DANEETA LORETTA JACKSON, PATRICK JACKSON 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. Artist in Exile [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: KIYOKO MCCRAE Merging documentary and poetry, this short film follows Sunni Patterson’s return to New Orleans, twelve years after Katrina.

    Flash UK, USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: James Coyle, James McCormack 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  [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: DAVID S. WHITE 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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  • 8:15pm - 9:44pm

    Late Night Shorts

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Allen Anders: Live at the Comedy Castle (Circa 1987) USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: LAURA MOSS The fever dream of a 1980s stand-up comic who is either having a nervous breakdown or the best set of his life. Heart Chakra USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: ANGELA STEMPEL Mae’s life is routinely disrupted by the advice from her online crystal healer. Hair Wolf USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: MARIAMA DIALLO 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. Rosie & Joe [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: GURLEEN RAI, F. ANTHONY SHEPHERD Rosie and Joe are a German Shepherd and a kitten who are best friends. They both have very strange ideas about the world. Jello Pudding [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 4 MIN DIR: SEXPARTY In a world turned upside-down, we struggle to recognize ourselves. Company [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 13 MIN DIR: DORON MAX HAGAY A woman invites an old acquaintance to live with her after a devastating loss.   Chum Much [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 2 MIN DIR: MICHAEL ARCOS, GEORGE MICHAEL PARKER Much chum. Steve's Kinkoes USA | 2017 | 8 MIN DIR: EMMA DEBANY 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? Crushed in Space USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: JANICE CHUN An unrequited love melodrama in space.   Murder for Dummies USA | 2018 | 9 MIN DIR: DIONA OKU 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. You Can't Play With Us USA | 2018 | 16 MIN DIR: SERENE BACIGALUPI, JASON RHEIN 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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  • 8:15pm - 9:50pm

    Roll Red Roll

    Nancy Schwartzman | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Steven Lake DP: Matt Bockelman Editor: Chris White

    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 #metoo #docuthriller #timesup #headlines #toxicmasculinity   Preceded by the short film “Group” (15 min).   Community Partners: STAR, Shift Change, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault

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  • 8:45pm - 10:35pm

    Vox Lux

    Brady Corbet | 2019 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Christopher Abbott, Willem Dafoe Producer: D. J. Gugenheim, David Hinojosa, Andrew Lauren, David Litvak, Michel Litvak, Robert Salerno, Christine Vachon, Gary Michael Walters, Brian Young Writer: Brady Corbet DP: Lol Crawle ED: Matthew Hannam

    110 mins. | USA | 2019 Vox Lux follows the rise of Celeste (Natalie Portman) 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.

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  • 9:00pm - 10:23pm

    This One's for the Ladies

    Gene Graham | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    83 mins | USA | 2018 Producer: Gene Graham, Paul Rowley DP: Paul Rowley Editor: Gene Graham 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 #girlsnightout #melanated #sexy #ripped #drumrollplease #nopantsdance

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Mingle on Magazine

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    Auction House Market | 801 Magazine St. | Open to All Access Passholders only Join us at the newly opened Auction House Market in the CBD. Lounge in its open and airy space, with a distinctive ambiance comprised of crisp white walls with columns in a combination of steel and original timber. Signature cocktails will be paired with delectable dishes from market vendors SoLA Deli and Empanola.

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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

  • 10:45am - 12:24pm

    Narrative Shorts - Stuck in Heat

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Counterfeit Kunkoo INDIA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: REEMA SENGUPTA 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’s a middle-class Indian woman without a husband.   Fence KOSOVO, CROATIA, FRANCE | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: LENDITA ZEQIRAJ A chaotic moment at a family gathering of women, and an unexpected visitor with his dog.   Mwah AUSTRALIA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: NINA BUXTON A teenage girl on her way home at night encounters a man who wants her attention. Sauna [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 13 MIN DIR: CHARLIE POLINGER A teenage boy’s first existential crisis, wherein he discovers that death and manhood come as a package deal. Set Me As a Seal Upon Thine Heart ISRAEL | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: OMER TOBI An encounter at a gay sauna between a young man and an older man becomes an unexpected lesson about love. Black Lips AUSTRALIA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: ADRIAN CHIARELLA 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.   And We Stood Still [US PREMIERE] MEXICO, USA | 2017 | 24 MIN DIR: ILANA COLEMAN 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.

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  • 11:00am - 12:28pm

    Narrative Shorts - Souls in Transit

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    A Year NEPAL, USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: JISUN JAMIE KIM 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 [US PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 9 MIN DIR: JACKSON KROOPF 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 USA | 2017 | 20 MIN DIR: MATTHEW CASTELLANOS 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 [US PREMIERE] AUSTRALIA, JAPAN | 2017 | 13 MIN DIR: ADAM BRIGGS An old folk singer returns to a small seaside village, visits people of the past, and holds a small untidy concert.   Mom (Okaasan) JAPAN, USA | 2018 | 18 MIN DIR: KANA HATAKEYAMA 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.   Shadow Cut [US PREMIERE] NEW ZEALAND | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: LUCY SUESS 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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  • 11:00am - 12:23pm

    Narrative Shorts - The South in Pieces

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Truck Slut [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: RYAN CRAVER 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 USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: COURTNEY FAYE POWELL In 1979, a local newscaster prepares to cover an anti-KKK protest in Greensboro, North Carolina, and realizes that she may never be ready for the events to come. Photoaxis (ANIMATED) USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: MELISSA FERRARI 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.   Hogwash (EPISODIC) USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: ZACK GODSHALL Set in Oubliette, Louisiana, Hogwash is a quirky series about unintentionally hilarious locals doing mysterious things. 16 Rachels (EPISODIC) USA | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: KEATON SMITH One episode of a docu-series featuring sixteen women whose lives intertwine in ways both strange and ordinary. Socks On Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: BO MCGUIRE 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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  • 1:15pm - 2:37pm

    Bending Lines: The Sculptures of Robert Wiggs

    Allison Bohl Dehart, Peter Dehart | 2017 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Lisa Osborn DP: Matt S. Bell, Allison Bohl Dehart Editor: Allison Bohl Dehart, Peter Dehart

    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 This film's screening on October 23, 6PM at the Ranch Theater at CAC is FREE for members of the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts and New Orleans Film Society. Community Partner: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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  • 1:15pm - 2:53pm

    Same God

    Linda Midgett | 2018 | Series: Changemakers, In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Linda Midgett Writer: Lesley Kubistal, Linda Midgett DP: Doug Clevenger Editor: Lesley Kubistal

    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 material 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 #questionoffaith #rebelheroine #whoseamerica #resist Community Partners: WIFT-LA

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  • 1:15pm - 2:08pm

    Guilty Until Proven Guilty

    Harry Moses | Series: Changemakers

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Harry Moses Writer: Harry Moses DP: Bruce Anderson Editor: Adam Zucker

    In 2014, Tim Conerly was arrested in the wake of an armed robbery in the French Quarter and waited 28 months for a trial, 3 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 #resist #blacklivesmatter #the13th #reportage Community Partners: Innocence Project New Orleans & Unanimous Jury Coalition

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  • 3:00pm - 4:37pm

    When I Grow Up (Ser Grande)

    Karen Rossi | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Karen Rossi Writer: Fernanda Rossi, Karen Rossi DP: Kique Cubero García Editor: Marie Alicia González

    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 #boriqua #islandlife #highschooldays #quieresbailar Preceded by the short film “Pa’lante” (9 min). Community Partners: NOCCA, Dancing Grounds

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  • 3:30pm - 4:59pm

    A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

    Cameron Washington | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Ramfis Myrthil DP: Cameron Washington Editor: Cameron Washington

    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 Preceded by the short film "Til the Day I Die" (4 mins.)  

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  • 3:45pm - 5:11pm

    Louisiana Shorts - Astra

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Wings [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: LORRAINE CAFFERY After her parent’s heated argument, an eight-year-old girl finds a magic seashell. Samantha [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: JOSH CARLEY Blogger Henry Mathis interviews Jodi Brooks about her transcendental experiences involving her husband, his dreams, and their deceased daughter. Alienated [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR:  SANDY PARKER A teenage 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 USA | 2017 | 21 MIN DIR: JALEA JACKSON After ten-year-old Aaliyah is assaulted by her older cousin, she struggles to keep the family together before worrying about her own well being. How to Sell a Broken Heart USA | 2018 | 4 MIN DIR: JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON After having her heart broken, a woman offers to sell her broken heart to Satan. Fin de Arco Iris [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: SPENCER DOUGLASS The cross-gender, cross-country adventure of vagabond Victor Hurricane. Jane USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: ABRAHAM FELIX 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 USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: ZANDASHÉ BROWN 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.

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  • 5:45pm - 7:15pm

    Documentary Shorts - Old South / New South

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Graven Image USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: SIERRA PETTENGILL 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 USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: MARIS CURRAN 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 USA | 2016 | 5 MIN DIR: NATHAN WILLIS A cowgirl from Mississippi pursues her lifelong dream of becoming the first African-American female in the National Finals Rodeo.   Serpents and Doves USA | 2018 | 30 MIN DIR: NELLIE KLUZ 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 USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: CRYSTAL KAYIZA 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 USA | 2018 | 16 MIN DIR: MOHAMMAD GORJESTANI 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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  • 6:00pm - 7:26pm

    Waru

    Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Kiel McNaughton, Kerry Warkia Writer: Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe DP: Drew Sturge Editor: Craig Parkes

    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, interesting, and powerful. -ST #indigenous #anthology #rebelheroine #onetake #ensemble

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  • 6:00pm - 7:45pm

    Sovereign People (Pèp Souvren)

    Jose Hiriart | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Liu Haoyu DP: Jose Hiriart Editor: Leigh O'Neill

    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 #resist #upclose #grassroots #getoutthevote #cinemaverite Preceded by the short film “Black I Am” (13 min).

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  • 6:30pm - 8:14pm

    Man Made

    T. Cooper | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition, Free Event

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Téa Leoni Writer: T. Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper DP: T. Cooper Editor: Charlene Fisk

    Screening at The Broad Theater

    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 #ripped #inspiring #flex #tearjerker #southernmade #lgbtq Preceded by the short film “Grandmother and Me” (7 min). Community Partner: Flambeaux CrossFit This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 7:30pm - 9:24pm

    Boy Erased

    Joel Edgerton | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    Prytania Theatre

    Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe USA | 114 MIN Producer: Joel Edgerton, Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts Writer: Joel Edgerton DP: Eduard Grau Editor: Jay Rabinowitz

    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.

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  • 8:00pm

    The Martini Shot by NOVAC

    | Series: Parties & Reception

    Parties and Receptions

    Starlight Lounge | 817 St. Louis St. | Open to All Access Passholders and NOVAC members The New Orleans Video Access Center welcomes you to its 5th annual NOFF party! Get down below the line with the NOVAC crew – have a few drinks on us and dance the night away while DJ Precious Cargo carries you through the penultimate night of the festival!

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  • 8:15pm - 9:48pm

    Los Viejos (The Oldies)

    Rosana Matecki | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Giorgia Lo Savio, Rosana Matecki Writer: Rosana Matecki DP: Nicolas Villegas Editor: David De Lucas, Lucas Villegas

    “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 #lyrical #vivacuba #advancedstyle #heartwarming #quieresbailar

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  • 8:15pm - 9:46pm

    The Biggest Little Farm

    John Chester | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Cast: John Chester, Molly Chester Producer: Sandra Keats, John Chester Writer: Mark Monroe, John Chester DP: John Chester Editor: Amy Overbeck  

    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.

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  • 8:45pm - 10:21pm

    Cabeza Madre (Mother's Head)

    Édouard Salier | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel, Nicolas Lhermitte Writer: Edouard Salier, Mathieu Llorens DP: Daniel Fernandez Abello Editor: Julien Perrin, Ael Dallier Vega

    “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 #laughoutloud #vivacuba #thathappened #almodovar Preceded by the short film “Miedo de Monos” (6 min).

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  • 9:00pm - 10:28pm

    Family First

    Sophie Dupuis | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Etienne Hansez Writer: Sophie Dupuis DP: Mathieu Laverdière Editor: Dominique Fortin

    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 #francophone #afamilyaffair #thriller #gritty #edgeofyourseat

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    Thursday, October 25, 2018

  • 11:00am - 12:33pm

    Los Viejos (The Oldies)

    Rosana Matecki | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Giorgia Lo Savio, Rosana Matecki Writer: Rosana Matecki DP: Nicolas Villegas Editor: David De Lucas, Lucas Villegas

    “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 #lyrical #vivacuba #advancedstyle #heartwarming #quieresbailar

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  • 11:00am - 12:25pm

    The True Don Quixote

    Chris Poché | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Trey Burvant, Jason Waggenspack Writer: Chris Poché DP: John B. Peters Editor: Sara Corrigan

    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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  • 11:30am - 12:46pm

    América

    Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Ryan Davis, Jason Somerville, Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside DP: Erick Stoll Editor: Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside

    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 #charming #sundrenched #afamilyaffair #upclose #cinemaverite Preceded by the short film “Fall River” (7 min).

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    Louisiana Shorts - Terra

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    The Funeral Band [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 9 MIN DIR: NICHOLAS MANUEL PINO 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. Community Partners: NOVAC & SCI-High   The Beach USA | 2018 | 19 MIN DIR: TOROES DAVID THOMAS JR. A father attempts to shield his kids from their harsh reality by making them a promise he can’t keep.   Street Fight [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: JANE GEISLER Two lovers engage in a directionless argument on their way home from a bar. The Language of Silence [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: CATERINA PICONE 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 [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: EVA CONTIS 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 [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: MELISSA REMARK 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.

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    Waru

    Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features

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    Producer: Kiel McNaughton, Kerry Warkia Writer: Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe DP: Drew Sturge Editor: Craig Parkes

    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, interesting, and powerful. -ST #indigenous #anthology #rebelheroine #onetake #ensemble

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    Cabeza Madre (Mother's Head)

    Édouard Salier | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel, Nicolas Lhermitte Writer: Edouard Salier, Mathieu Llorens DP: Daniel Fernandez Abello Editor: Julien Perrin, Ael Dallier Vega

    “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 #laughoutloud #vivacuba #thathappened #almodovar Preceded by the short film “Miedo de Monos” (6 min).

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    Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson

    Mark K. Brockway, Timothy Givens | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Mark K. Brockway, Timothy Givens DP: Timothy Givens Editor: Timothy Givens

    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

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    Louisiana Shorts - Neighborhood

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Louisiana Shorts

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    The Place to Be [US PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: JULIA ELIZABETH EVANS 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.   The Children of Central City USA | 2018 | 18 MIN DIR: EMMA SCOTT 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. The Basin [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: IAN SPENCER COOK 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. Locked [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: DANEETA LORETTA JACKSON, PATRICK JACKSON 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. Artist in Exile [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: KIYOKO MCCRAE Merging documentary and poetry, this short film follows Sunni Patterson’s return to New Orleans, twelve years after Katrina.

    Flash UK, USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: James Coyle, James McCormack 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  [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 17 MIN DIR: DAVID S. WHITE 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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  • 4:00pm - 5:34pm

    Animated Shorts

    Multiple Directors | 2018 | Series: Animated Shorts, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Serpentine USA | 2016 | 3 MIN DIR: BRONWYN MALONEY In the midst of reflective fantasy, a young woman’s inner thoughts arouse a surreal exploration of sensuality, self-esteem, and deeply rooted fears.   Cat  [US PREMIERE] USA | 2017 | 3 MIN DIR: LEILEI XIA A cat adopts a baby and a relationship grows between two fragile souls.   Fuse [US PREMIERE] GERMANY | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: SHADI ADIB How do we best kill the mouse?   Get Up, Pierrot [WORLD PREMIERE] USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: GURLEEN RAI, F. ANTHONY SHEPHERD Pierrot is an existential pastry made by folding layers of identity upon itself with equal parts tears and smiles.   Negative Space FRANCE | 2017 | 5 MIN DIR: RU KUWAHATA My dad taught me how to pack. Cry Baby USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: XINER JIANG The baby cries to grab your attention.   The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: TAYLOR STANTON A stop-motion documentary highlighting a woman’s lifelong attempts to find happiness.   The Mud USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: BRANDON LAKE Both bound and uplifted by identity, a man of clay strives to understand himself through the chaos of outside voices. Marfa UK | 2017 | 9 MIN DIR: THE BROTHERS MCLEOD (GREG MCLEOD, MYLES MCLEOD) A town on the borderlands of Texas. A place out of time. A desert where strange lights dance in the night sky. A landscape of lost horses, freaks and food trucks. And then there’s the giant lemon.   Tightly Wound USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: SHELBY HADDEN 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. Obon GERMANY | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: ANDRE HÖRMANN, SAMO (ANNA BERGMANN) 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.   Lotte: That Silhouette Girl USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: ELIZABETH BEECHERL, CARLA PATULLO 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.

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  • 6:00pm - 7:45pm

    Little Woods

    Nia DaCosta | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Rachael Fung, Tim Headington, Gabrielle Nadig Writer: Nia DaCosta DP: Matt Mitchell Editor: Catrin Hedstrom

    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. Deb desperately looks for options, but in desolate North Dakota, where pregnancy is expensive and abortion access is elusive, she must rely on her sister for help. Together, DaCosta, Thompson, and James form a portrait of the strength and perseverance it takes to be a woman in the United States in this gritty, of-the-moment drama.

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  • 7:30pm - 8:52pm

    Closing Film - A Tuba to Cuba

    T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch | 2018 | NR | Series: Closing Night, In Competition, Louisiana Features

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Nicelle Herrington, Han Soto Writer: T. G. Herrington DP: Josh Goleman Editor: Dayn Williams, Luis Carballar, Kyle Curry

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

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  • 8:00pm - 9:22pm

    Closing Film - A Tuba to Cuba

    T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch | 2018 | NR | Series: Closing Night, In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Nicelle Herrington, Han Soto Writer: T. G. Herrington DP: Josh Goleman Editor: Dayn Williams, Luis Carballar, Kyle Curry

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

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  • 8:30pm - 9:58pm

    Family First

    Sophie Dupuis | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Etienne Hansez Writer: Sophie Dupuis DP: Mathieu Laverdière Editor: Dominique Fortin

    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 #francophone #afamilyaffair #thriller #gritty #edgeofyourseat

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Closing Night Party

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    Parties and Receptions

    Buktu / Revolution Bar | 1840 Thalia St. | Open to All Access Passholders only Following the screening of the closing night film, A Tuba to Cuba, visit Buktu & Revolution bar as we close out the 29th edition of the festival. The night will be accompanied by some of the finest Cuban dishes provided by Manolito and music by the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Cuban band Muevelo. Enjoy an unmatched experience of cultural celebration, appreciation for the arts, a great atmosphere, and all around good vibes. Don’t miss the endcap to the 29th New Orleans Film Festival!

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    Opening Night Film - Green Book

    Peter Farrelly | 2018 | Series: Opening Night

    Orpheum Theater

    Cast: Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali Producer: Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly DP: Sean Porter Editor: Patrick J. Don Vito

    Opening Night Film ticket does not include admission to the Opening Night Party. If you would like to attend the party, consider buying an All Access Pass. Tickets are available to buy online until 5 PM on October 17th, you can get your tickets at the Orpheum Theater after 5 PM. 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) and 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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  • Parties and Receptions
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    Opening Night Party

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    Parties and Receptions

    The Jung | 1500 Canal St. | Open to All Access Passholders only   Following the opening night screening of Green Book at the Orpheum, follow the sounds of a brass band to the historic and newly renovated Jung Hotel & Residences. Going back in time with sounds by DJ Shane Love to the rhythmic and electric 60s, the night will be accompanied by specialty cocktails, hors d’œuvres, and sweet delectables by POOF Cotton Candy. Let’s dance the night away in celebration of the start of the 29th annual New Orleans Film Festival!

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  • NOFF Main Theater at CAC
  • 12:45pm - 2:01pm

    When Lambs Become Lions

    Jon Kasbe | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Innbo Shim, Tom Yellin DP: Jon Kasbe Editor: Caitlyn Greene, Jon Kasbe, Frederick Shanahan

    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 #docuthriller #cinematic #edgeofyourseat #upclose #conservation

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  • 3:00pm - 4:31pm

    Chained for Life

    Aaron Schimberg | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Dan Carbone, Vanessa McDonnel, Matt Petock, Dan Schoebrun, Zach Shedd DP: Adam J. Minnick Editor: Sofi Marshall

    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 #inyourfeelings #robertaltman #ensemble #filmwithinafilm Preceded by the short film “You Know Where” (9 min).

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  • 5:30pm - 7:15pm

    Mr. Soul!

    Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Douglas Blush, Melissa Haizlip, Leonard Joseph Writer: Melissa Haizlip DP: Hans Charles Editor: Giovanni P. Autran, Annukka Lilja, Blair McClendon  

    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. Preceded by the short film “Make it Soul” (15 min). With a Q&A moderated by DJ Soul Sister/Melissa A. Weber.

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  • 8:45pm - 10:09pm

    Black Mother

    Khalik Allah | 2018 | Series: Caribbean Voices

    NOFF Main Theater at CAC

    Producer: Khalik Allah, Leah Giblin Writer: Khalik Allah DP: Khalik Allah Editor: Khalik Allah  

    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 -------------------------- #islandlife #impressionistic #melanated #visualpoetry #16mm #dreamy -------------------------- Preceded by the short film “Fucked Like a Star” (7 min).

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  • 11:00am - 12:05pm

    Human Rights & Environmental Film Fest Tour

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    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Free and open to the public This program comprises a selection of award-winning films of the 4th International Environmental Film Festival and 17th Human Rights Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The selected films represent a variety of countries and subjects regarding human rights and environmental rights, including gender equality, diversity, immigration, Native peoples, identity, democracy, ecology, sustainability, childhood and youth, and memory.

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  • 4:00pm - 5:39pm

    Wrestle

    Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer (co-director) | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Lauren Belfer, Seth Gordon, Suzannah Herbert, Steven Klein, Mary Rolich Writer: Lauren Belfer, Suzannah Herbert, Pablo Proenza DP: Sinisa Kukic Editor: Pablo Proenza

    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 #southernmade #highschooldays #halfnelson #upclose #younggiftedandblack

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

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    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Open to the public 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!

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    Eyeslicer: Halloween Special

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming, Free Event

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    INSIDE THE MUSIC VIDEO LOUNGE. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 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.

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    A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

    Cameron Washington | 2018 | Series: In Competition, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater at CAC

    Producer: Ramfis Myrthil DP: Cameron Washington Editor: Cameron Washington

    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 Preceded by the short film "Til the Day I Die" (4 mins.)  

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  • 11:30am - 1:18pm

    A Haunting Hitchhike

    Heejae Jeong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Director: Heejae Jeong Producer: Heejae Jeong Writer: Heejae Jeong DP: U Young Chang Editor: Younglim Lee

    “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 #afamilyaffair #comingofage #bestfriends #journey

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    Love, 24 Times a Second: Cinema on the Run

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    The New Orleans Advocate

    Mike Miley

    Open to the public 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.

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    Documentary Shorts - Divide

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    The New Orleans Advocate

    A Night in the Garden USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: Marshall Curry 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. Homeland (Heimat) BELGIUM | 2016 | 14 MIN DIR: Sam Peeters An ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, this film 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.   Ebrahim Germany, New Zealand | 2018 | 29 MIN DIR: Elliott McKee 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. Room 140 USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz 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. De Colores USA, Venezuela, Colombia | 2017 | 17 MIN DIR: Luz Marina Zamora A portrait of a woman born in Colombia who came to the United States a sweet lamb and became a fierce tiger. The Bony Lady (La Flaca) Brazil, Mexico, USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato 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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    For the Birds

    Richard Miron | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Producer: Holly Meehl, Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star DP: Richard Miron Editor: Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star

    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 domain (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 #hoarders #strangerthanfiction #itscomplicated #duckduckgoose Preceded by the short film “Taxidermy in Action” (8 min). Community Partners: The New Orleans - Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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    Same God

    Linda Midgett | 2018 | Series: Changemakers, In Competition, Louisiana Features

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Linda Midgett Writer: Lesley Kubistal, Linda Midgett DP: Doug Clevenger Editor: Lesley Kubistal

    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 material 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 #questionoffaith #rebelheroine #whoseamerica #resist Community Partners: WIFT-LA

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    The Gospel of Eureka

    Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Special Screenings & Out of Competition

    Broad Theater

    Producer: Charlotte Cook Writer: Donal Mosher DP: Michael Palmieri Editor: Michael Palmieri

    USA | 2019 | 75 mins. 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. #crowdpleaser #whoseamerica #southernmade #regionaldrag #questionoffaith

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  • 7:30pm - 9:14pm

    Wildlife

    Paul Dano | 2018 | Series: Centerpiece Film + Spotlight

    Prytania Theatre

    Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp Producer: Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks Writer: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan DP: Diego Garcia

    14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—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. Carey 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.

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  • Orpheum Theater
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    Filmmaker Welcome Party

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    Parties and Receptions

    @ Tremé Market Branch | 800 N Claiborne Ave. | Open to All Access Passholders only What better way to welcome our filmmakers than an amazing party with groovy music and authentic New Orleans cuisine? Not to mention the event will be held in a renovated historic bank, in the heart of the Tremé, one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans! Join us as we gear up for one of the best film fests yet.

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