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October 11, 2017

  • 7:30pm - 9:25pm

    Opening Night: The Florida Project

    Sean Baker | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, Opening Night

    Orpheum Theater

    USA

    From the visionary director of indie hit Tangerine, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live week-to-week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel near Disney World managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the unique world into which they’ve been thrown. PRD: SEAN BAKER, CHRIS BERGOCH, KEVIN CHINOY, ANDREW DUNCAN, ALEX SAKS, FRANCESCA SILVESTRI, SHIH-CHING TSOU; WRI: SEAN BAKER, CHRIS BERGOCH; DP: ALEXIS ZABE; ED: SEAN BAKER   Lead Sponsor:                          Premier Sponsor:               

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  • October 12, 2017

  • 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Music Videos

    | Series: Music Videos

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

    Free
  • 12:00pm - 1:24pm

    Wallay

    Berni Goldblat | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, New French Cinema

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      France, Burkina Faso

    Ady, a 13-year-old living in Southern France, is the ultimate teenage rebel. Overwhelmed by his out-of-control son, Ady’s father decides to send him across the Mediterranean to Burkina Faso to live with his uncle Amadou for the summer. An atmospheric and lyrical narrative shot in a documentary style, Wallay presents a twist on the classic coming-of-age story and explores narratives not often seen on the big screen. PRD: Nicolas Anthomé; WRI: David Bouchet; DP: Martin Rit; ED: Laurent Sénéchal

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  • 1:00pm - 2:13pm

    Communion

    Anna Zamecka | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Poland

    Tickets

    Thurs Oct 12 1:00PM | Members $7 General $10 Sun Oct 15 12:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    14-year-old Ola has largely replaced her alcoholic father as head of her family, minding her live-wire younger brother Nikodem and longing to reunite with their absent mother. It’s almost time for Nikodem’s first communion, and successfully catechising her deeply irreligious brother seems like Ola’s big chance to affect the longed-for reunion and impress the priests and social workers who manage her family. In her feature debut, Anna Zamecka secrets her camera into Ola’s impossibly cramped apartment, ducking the daily crossfire of bickering and tears. Never looming or claustrophobic, her gaze achieves an illuminating closeness, peeling away sentimentality and unveiling the pain that runs in a family. -JK PRD: Anna Wydra, Zuzanna Krol, Hanka Kastelicova, Izabela Lopuch; WRI: Anna Zamecka; DP: Małgorzata Szyłak; ED: Agnieszka Glińska, Wojciech Janas, Anna Zamecka   Community Partners: Family Service of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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  • 2:45pm - 3:53pm

    The World is Mine

    Ann Oren | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Israel

    In this immersive, experimental documentary, the world belongs to Hatsune Miku, a Japanese vocaloid, or synthesizer voice, played by a manga character with blue pigtails. Her backstory and personality have been largely created as fan fiction. Director Ann Oren joins hundreds of girls in taking on the role of Hatsune Miku in Tokyo’s manic cosplay universe, where diehard devotees buy tickets to see a hologram of the virtual goddess perform for sold-out arenas. Along the way, the motives of cosplayers and Hatsune Miku obsessives are alternately exposed and concealed. Both disorienting and delightful, The World Is Mine reveals how fantasy and identity performance can spur romance, friendship, self-confidence, and isolation. -KM US Premiere PRD: Ann Oren, Motomi Haruyama, Dafne Narvaez Berlfein; WRI: Ann Oren; DP: Hiroki Iwai; ED: Isabell Spengler   Community Partners: Kawaii NOLA, Crescent City Comics    

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  • 3:45pm - 5:30pm

    Quest

    Jonathan Olshefski | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    Christopher and Christine'a Rainey (known as Quest and Ma to their friends and visitors to their recording studio) are an ordinary couple straining under the weight of economic hardship in a violent corner of North Philadelphia. But here they take on near-mythic status, pulling and loving their family through devastating illness, wrenching violence, and the tumultuous Obama years. Intimate but never invasive, Quest is an empathetic look at coming of age, black love, poverty, race, and family that takes its place among verité greats of any era. Richly illuminating a decade in the life of an extraordinary family, Quest emerges as a song of determined resilience in a time of deep uncertainty. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon; DP: Jonathan Olshefski; ED: Lindsay Utz   Community Partner: Family Service of Greater New Orleans    

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  • 4:30pm - 6:13pm

    The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist

    Ayoub Qanir | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA, Mongolia

    Time and space are amorphous concepts in The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist. We visit several generations of a family living in Khuvsgul, on the Mongolian steppe. A Shaman elder receives a message in a dream that a great journey is ahead. His grandson is accidentally poisoned by mushrooms and the Shaman seeks the advice and support of his ancestors. As we follow each family member through their daily duties and private moments, we are also privy to the events taking place on another plane of existence, parallel to, yet removed from the world of the living. The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist examines how each small moment in a life reaches into the past and connect us to each other. -GHR US Premiere PRD: Ayoub Qanir, Enkhtsag Damdinjav, Shirmen Batdelger; WRI: Ayoub Qanir, George Thomson; DP: Roman Kuznets; ED: Ayoub Qanir, Roman Kuznetsk

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  • 6:00pm - 7:42pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Evolution

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    He Could’ve Gone Pro USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: McGhee Monteith When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother are forced to confront family truths. The Farewell Rag USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Henry Griffin (World Premiere) Four generations of New Orleanians must decide whether to leave town in search of better opportunities. The Melancholy Man USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Samantha Smith (World Premiere) The world's saddest man meets the world's saddest woman. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television Pearl Motel USA | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Chris Jones (World Premiere) A young sex worker fights to loose the shackles of her troubled past. Honey and the Hive USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Austin Alward With a baby sister on the way, an adopted child struggles to maintain her place in the family hive. Noble Creatures USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Daniel Lafrentz In the swamps of South Louisiana, two adversarial escaped convicts square off against a tortured corrections officer known as Put-Down. Ya Albi USA | 2016 | 16 min | DIR: Christine Chen A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s visa is rejected.   Presenting Sponsor:                          

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  • 6:45pm - 8:05pm

    Ask the Sexpert

    Vaishali Sinha | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 6:45PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Thur Oct 19 1:45PM | Member $7 | General $10
    90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa is a fixture on page 34 of the Mumbai Mirror, where he doles out sage counsel to the city’s impotent, celibate, and otherwise sexually perplexed. In a country whose sexual mores are still catching up to its surging economy, the retired gynecologist is a hero to his readership and a comfort to the anonymous patients who make pilgrimage to his backstreet apartment, having sought him out like a sexological J.D. Salinger. While Watsa is being fêted as the dean of India’s sex-ed movement, censorious forces in India’s public sphere, led by litigious activists, try to shut him down on grounds of obscenity. But through it all, the redoubtable Watsa maintains the unflappable cool of a man who has truly seen it all. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation US Premiere PRD: Vaishali Sinha and Mridu Chandra; DP: Anup Singh; ED: Myles Kane & Ashish Ravinra   Community Partners: Esoterotica, Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers, The Sex Sensei

    Free
  • 7:30pm - 9:11pm

    The Organizer

    Nick Taylor | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

      USA, Canada, Honduras, India, UK

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 7:30PM | Members $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 11:00AM | Member $7 General $10
    How do you remember ACORN? Does the name evoke local marches, the legislative battles for social justice, or the headlines accusing members of supporting prostitution rings? Regardless, the memory of ACORN remains in the public unconscious and helps inform our perception of politics today. At the center of this influential organization is Wade Rathke, a youthful redheaded Mississippi intellectual who, with the skill and charisma of a startup founder was able to create an international movement to empower low-income communities. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with past and present members, The Organizer presents the rise and fall of an organization that represented the democratic ideals of an entire demographic. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Joey Carey; WRI: Nick Taylor; DP: Joey Carey; ED: Nick Taylor   Community Partner: Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, Local 100 United Labor Unions, ACORN International, WAMF-LP 90.3 New Orleans    

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  • 8:30pm - 10:28pm

    Marshall

    Reginald Hudlin | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. PRD: REGINALD HUDLIN, JONATHAN SANGER, PAULA WAGNER; WRI: JACOB KOSKOFF, MICHAEL KOSKOFF; DP: NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL; ED: TOM MCARDLE   Presenting Sponsor:                    

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  • 9:00pm - 10:25pm

    Pow Wow

    Robinson Devor | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 9:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 3:30PM |Member $7 General $10
    In 1909, a Paiute runner named Willie Boy led a posse of white deputies on a legendary chase through the California desert. Sixty years later, Robert Blake played Willie in the film. Almost 50 years after that, the arid Paiute homeland is trod by retirees in loud golf pants, irrigated by a massive prehistoric aquifer that’s being pumped up by the fairway-full to quench the desert into lush submission. Piling up loopy and scathing images (a golf cart shaped like Bob Hope’s face, a wine-sipping partygoer in a hot-pink buckskin) Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat) forgoes any attempt at linearity, taking an almost geological view of time in the certainty that, no matter how hard it may be to see with the naked eye, history obeys cycles. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Commodity City” (11 min). PRD: Victoria Nevinny; WRI: Michael McConville; DP: Sean Kirby; ED: Adam Sekuler   Community Partner: Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center    

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  • October 13, 2017

  • 10:00am - 11:30am

    Pitch Perfect: Student Narrative Pitches

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Students from southern universities compete to win funding for their next project. This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University. Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

    Free
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm

    Sambá

    Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Narrative Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      Dominican Republic

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10 Sat Oct 14 2:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    After his release from a U.S. prison, Cisco hardly expects to be welcomed back into his home in the Dominican Republic with open arms, but life on the island for an ex-convict with no marketable skills is even harder than he’d imagined. Left with no better option, he uses his gifts as a boxer to earn cash in back-alley bloodbuckets. Here he catches the eye of Nichi, an exiled Italian gambler who sees, in making Cisco legit, a chance to pay off the bookies with his share of the prize purse. Mixing bruising match scenes with a hardscrabble view of island life, Sambá’s fighting elegy goes toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. -JK PRD: Ettore D'Alessandro, Carolina Encarnación; WRI: Ettore D'Alessandro; DP: Andrei Bowden Schwartz; ED: Andrea Kleinman

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  • 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Music Videos

    | Series: Music Videos

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

    Free
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Pitch Perfect: Student Documentary Pitches

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Students from southern universities compete to win funding for their next project. This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University. Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

    Free
  • 1:30pm - 2:45pm

    Bonheur Académie

    Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita | 2015 | Series: Narrative Features, New French Cinema

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      France

    People seeking enlightenment attend a retreat at the “Happiness Academy,” where workshops and social gatherings focus on “laughter, orgasm, and meditation.” The leader of this center Skypes in to talk to his congregation as “Raël”—but the film focuses not as much on the religious practices of the center’s worshippers as the love triangle of three attendees. In particular, one woman, played by Laure Calamy, commands our attention as she overcomes insecurity to connect with a more confident woman and a pop singer whom she desires. Reality and fiction are two sides of the same coin in this documentary/narrative hybrid, which had its U.S. Premiere at New Directors/New Films. -KM PRD: Emmanuel Chaumet; WRI: Alain Della Negra, Kaori Kinoshita, Rose Philippon; DP: Yoann de Montgrand; ED: Nicolas Boucher

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  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Pitch Perfect for Southern Filmmakers

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

      Filmmakers at any stage in their career pitch their next project to our panel of judges for a chance to make it a reality. Winner receives: $10,000 camera rental package sponsored by 4:4:4 camera, 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc., Final Draft 10, Vimeo Pro Account, ISA Membership, and Showbiz Budgeting Software. Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

    Free
  • 3:45pm - 5:11pm

    Embrasse-Moi!

    Océane Michel & Cyprien Vial | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, New French Cinema

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      France

    Océane Michel, an emerging French standup comedian, brings charm and charisma to this romantic comedy, which she starred in and directed. Her eccentric family, hilarious gaggle of friends, and seemingly unending roster of ex-girlfriends keep her busy. When her girlfriend dumps her, she immediately falls for Cécile, a sweet, shy photographer played by natural talent Alice Pol. In this irreverent film the ensemble cast shines as Océane’s meddling but devoted cohort speculate whether or not this fling will last. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Maxime Delauney, Romain Rousseau; WRI: Océane Rose Marie, Cyprien Vial; DP: Pascal Auffray; ED: Anny Danché, Julie Duclaux

    Free
  • 4:00pm - 4:27pm

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Located at THREE KEYS at the Ace Hotel New Orleans How do you talk about something that’s as large as history itself, but also right outside your front door? Angelique Molina centers her essay on gentrification on the residents of View Park, an L.A. neighborhood that wears its affluence, and its blackness, proudly. Beyond a legacy of red-lining and block-busting, she finds an older generation fighting hard to maintain their neighborhood’s identity and a younger one who can no longer afford a house in the only place that feels like home. Though far from sanguine about the fate of View Park or the will of people on all sides to attack the problem in earnest, Molina captures the bitter with the sweet, both the anxiety of home-owners on the edge and the kinship that keeps them upright. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Liliana Granados, Max Wyman; DP: Eseraele Alemu; ED: Yongle Wang, Laurie Gardiner   Community Partners: Jane Place NeighborhoodHousing NOLA, Blights Out, Sustainability Initiative       https://vimeo.com/199112975

    Free
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    A program in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Institute, documentary filmmakers have a chance to pitch their next project for funding and support. Winner receives: up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then, and year-round mentorship from TFI Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

    Free
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Young & Innocent

    Jesse Robinson | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA 

    Deceived by the scruffy ginger counselor who’s the only boy near her emotional age at Emily Dickinson Writing Camp, Marion ditches lunch duty and jumps the next bus out of town. Alone and friendless, she holes up in a nowhere motel, ignoring the nagging calls from her sister and indulging in utter anonymity. There Marion meets Norman, and each is haunted by the feeling that they’ve met the other before. Like a garage band covering a string quartet, freshman director Jesse Robinson rebuilds Psycho from a looser, warmer material. Young and Innocent throws a haze across Hitchcock’s spartan menace, replacing autumnal chill with summer swelter, and adult frailty with the languageless longings of adolescence. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Fry Day” (16 min). PRD: Veronica Fitzpatrick, Jesse Robinson; WRI: Jesse Robinson; DP: Alex Parker; ED: Jesse Robinson

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  • 6:30pm - 8:02pm

    Hate Crime

    Steven Esteb | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    In a picturesque farm community, two couples must grapple with their emotions on the eve of an execution. The parents of the victim, a gay man in his early 20s, reluctantly drive to the prison, hoping for closure in seeing the killer brought to justice. At the same time, the parents of the killer sit helplessly in their dimly lit kitchen as their son is executed. Presenting a heartbreaking portrait of guilt and poisoned love, the parents cling to each other, blame each other, and mourn their son’s tormented life. Though the film grapples with a politically charged crime, after the layers of the story are slowly peeled away, what is left are issues of family and the importance of support in the home. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Steven Esteb, Alicia Allain, Sean Donnelly, Blake Palmintier, Michael Anderson; WRI: Jonah Tapper; DP: Jon Philion; ED: Blake Palmintier   Community Partner: New Orleans Pride    

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  • 6:30pm - 8:03pm

    Doc Shorts: Labor of Love

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 6:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 2:00PM |  Member $7 | General $10
    The Rock (برد ) Iran | 2016 | 26 min | DIR: Hamid Jafari (US Premiere) In the South of Iran, a woman goes to the mountain every day with her sledgehammer and crowbar, breaks rocks, and sells them to support her family. One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi China, United States | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Shuhan Fan After spending five minutes learning how to make a traditional ramen dish, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan creates a Communist kingdom by selling his Hunan hometown food. Bells in the Mountain (Esquilas en la montaña) Spain, United States | 2016 | 15 min | DIR: Sebastian Lasaosa Rogers Two hundred cows from the town of Ulle make the three-day journey up the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains at the start of the summer. Coming and Going (Ale Vini) Haiti, United States | 2016 | 34 min | DIR: Annie Huntington & Clay Thomas A young translator from a small Haitian town considers his future: should he stay in the community where he grew up or join the exodus abroad in search of other opportunities?   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 6:45pm - 7:50pm

    The Power of Glove

    Adam Ward and Andrew Austin | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    Developed at a whirlwind pace, hyped to the gills, dumped on the market with no support, and abandoned within a year: the story of the Power Glove, 1989’s hottest video gaming accessory and the world’s first whiff of mass-market virtual reality, is hardly unique in the annals of retail, but its cultural impact runs deep. Power of Glove’s oral history revels in chunky 8-bit futurism: cyberpunk fashion statements, neon VHS eye-candy, and heavy machine-made sounds (via a banging synthwave score by Magic Sword). As an enduring tribe of Glove hackers and enthusiasts already knows, futurist promises have an inspirational power no matter how shoddily they’re fulfilled, and limitlessness sometimes comes wrapped in cheap plastic. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It” (15 min). US Premiere PRD: Andrew Austin, Paula Kosowski, Adam Ward; WRI: Andrew Austin, Paula Kosowski, Adam Ward; DP: Adam Ward, Andrew Austin; ED: Andrew Austin, Adam Ward   Community Partners: Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball, Crescent City Comics    

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  • 7:30pm - 9:12pm

    Louisiana Shorts: (Dis)connect

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

    DvRKER: Infinity Room USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Jonathan Isaac Jackson A young African American lawyer is chosen and kidnapped by a radical group named Dvrker. Stranger USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Jane Geisler (World Premiere) A glance between two women outside a bar sparks a strange confrontation. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television Tiger Team USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Harry Bartle (World Premiere) Three start-uppers want to sign a lease on a new office, but business may not be booming. Foreign Body (Fremdkoerper) USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Andrea Kuehnel (World Premiere) A paralyzed ballerina undergoes a body transplant and struggles with the implications. Last Light USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Jency Griffin Hogan On the eve of her mother’s death, Addie returns home to shed light on her dark past amidst the wreckage that has piled up over the years. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television August USA | 2016 | 8 min | DIR: Caitlyn Greene Deep in Louisiana's swampland, a woman wakes from a fever dream where it has been August for 16 years. Straight Line USA | 2017 | 15 min | DIR: Carl Harrison Jr. (World Premiere) In rural Louisiana, a group of musicians must confront the harsh realities of existing in black skin. Community Partners: DOPEciety, #Awayteam, PONT:Productions Get Out Fast USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Haley Elizabeth Anderson A 15-year-old boy remembers his best friend Coyote Boy: a train-hopper who has gone missing.

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  • 8:30pm - 9:49pm

    Fat Tuesday

    Jorge Torres-Torres | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    During the good times of Mardi Gras, few people stop to ask questions. In festival alum Jorge Torres-Torres’ new feature something sinister stalks the streets of New Orleans, taking advantage of that festive chaos. As we weave in and out of parades and around street corners along with wild revelers and dazzling performers, it becomes clear that not everyone has the same idea of a good time. Latching on to a group of friends, a stranger immerses herself in their connections to each other and the city, even as she picks them off one by one. Part narrative, part documentation of America’s biggest celebration, Fat Tuesday leads you through location footage of the closing week of Mardi Gras with a firm, blood drenched hand. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Matt Koroghlian, Michelle Kowalski, Jorge Torres-Torres; WRI: Matt Koroghlian, Jorge Torres-Torres; DP: Jorge Torres-Torres; ED: Jorge Torres-Torres  

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  • 8:45pm - 10:00pm

    She's Allergic to Cats

    Michael Reich | 2016 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      USA

    A film ostensibly about a lonely dog groomer’s twin quests, to find love and to fund his all-cat remake of Carrie, She’s Allergic to Cats angles after darker, deeper-swimming fish. Shooting across tape and digital formats, director Michael Reich slathers on pops, skips, noise, and other magnetic crust with an almost precognitive aesthetic sense, building up a visual fabric that’s one part giallo, one part Men’s Wearhouse commercial c.1992, and one part Stephen King straight-to-video cheese. Bucking the specter (everywhere in our post-Too Many Cooks moment) of weirdness for its own sake, Reich reaches down into his story’s molten core: the unwell subconscious writhing behind the painfully composed face of the American male. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “OK Call Me Back” (5 min). PRD: Anthony Baldino, Vaughn Rever Hampton, Andrew van den Houten; WRI: Michael Reich; DP: Zach Driscoll; ED: Forrest Borie   Community Partner: Live Girls

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  • 8:45pm - 10:13pm

    Experimental Shorts

    | Series: Experimental Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 8:45PM | Member $10 | General $13
    Turtles Are Always Home (Sokun al Sulhufat) Canada, Lebanon, Qatar | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Rawane Nassif A short essay about the meaning of home and the search for it in a transient environment. Adolescence (Adolescencia) Puerto Rico, USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: José Fernando Rodriguez Shot on Hi8, a teenage boy in 2002 Puerto Rico films odd and unusual movie vignettes of himself--and tries to get a girl's attention in the process. Vouchsafe USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Bradly Dever Treadaway (World Premiere) An exploration of a punishment enforced by the artist’s grandfather: that of kneeling on the family’s heating grate. Growing Girl USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Marnie Ellen Hertzler A PowerPoint presentation about snakes and would-have-been situations. Melancholy Baby USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Erika Rosie Rosato (World Premiere) Mirroring footage from New Orleans and the filmmaker's home in Brooklyn, a ghostly time capsule documents the digestion of white privilege and self image. Nichole USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Katherine Vivaldi (World Premiere) The disruptions and imperfections that occur within the frames of light as a camera travels through space inconsistently. Return to Forms USA | 2016 | 10 min | DIR: Zachary Epcar A constellation of objects, each emerging into the soft peach-light void of an indeterminate condominium space. Lance Lizardi USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Xander Robin, Lance Lizardi A young man takes his love for lizards to the extreme. The Garden of Delight The Netherlands, USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Michael Fleming Three scenes reflecting on paradise, lust, and hell. Memory of August USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Margaret Rorison (US Premiere) Intimate spaces of time spent with the filmmaker’s grandmother, Margaret, during a monthlong recovery in a rehabilitation center in Baltimore. Blot USA | 2017 | 2 min | DIR: Benjamin Rouse (World Premiere) Bodies move through space, and with every step, a blot.   Community Partner: Shotgun Cinema    

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  • 9:00pm - 10:27pm

    Minutes Collection

    Jim Cummings | 2016 | Series: Episodic

    The Broad

    USA

    Jim Cummings is most recognized for his Sundance Jury Prize-winning short, “Thunder Road,” which was shot in one take and was lauded as one of “the best short films ever made” by Indiewire. Continuing his exploration of long take cinema, Cummings returns with a comedy series composed of single takes. These different episodes feature different protagonists as they experience the most pivotal moments of their lives. Episode 1: The Robbery 10 min "I was just trying to get my dog back today." To save her dog from the pound, Crystal robs a liquor store: it doesn’t go so well. Episode 2: Marty <3 Kate 16 min "Man's life is cheap as beast's." As the manager of a restaurant, Marty has to spin many plates, but he drops all of them when his ex-girlfriend comes in for a date. Episode 3: Parent Teacher 17 min "Nobody should be eating tater tots as a meal." Mr. Zahn meets the parents of his unruly students and learns that the apples don’t fall far from the trees. Episode 4: Cory Comes to Christmas 17 min "If you fall, I'll catch you." Bringing someone home for the holidays is always tough, especially in this family.... Episode 5: The Stop 12 min "Last thing you guys want in your car is a feathered serpent." Gloria and her friends do drugs and then get pulled over by a cop. Episode 6: Native Stand Up 14 min "Do you guys know where I can find a bunch of people that look like me?" John performs stand-up comedy for the first time. It actually goes pretty okay.  PRD: Natalie Metzger; WRI: Jim Cummings, Dustin Hahn; DP: Drew Daniels, Lowell A Meyer; ED: Jim Cummings

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  • October 14, 2017

  • 11:00am - 12:37pm

    Animated Shorts

    | Series: Animated Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 11:00AM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 11:30PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Frogs’ Song France | 2016 | 11 min | DIR: Cleo Pasquet Deep in the bayou, frogs live and die by the sound of brassy jazz. What is Your Brown Number? India | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Vinnie Ann Bose An animated short dealing with the varieties of skin color in India, and the desire for fairer skin. Fundamental Taiwan | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Shih-Chieh Chiu A teenager grows up in the strange and terrifying reality of fundamentalism and finds a way out. Unsatisfying France | 2016 | 1 min | DIR: Parallel Studio A video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. The Noise of Licking (A nyalintás nesze) Hungary | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Nadja Andrasev A woman is watched every day by a cat as she takes care of her exotic plants, but their perverted ritual ends when the cat disappears. The Final Nights of E. Zann USA | 2016 | 3 min | DIR: Gurleen Rai & F. Anthony Shepherd (World Premiere) Erich Zann, a theater viol player, is driven to madness by his nightly battle to cover the horrific sounds of evil forces clawing into his world. Sestina USA | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Tom Varisco A couple's assessment and reassessment of their relationship takes a surreal turn. Stretch Turkey, United States | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Çağıl Harmandar Strange morning rituals of a girl between awake and asleep. The History of Magic: Ensueños USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Jose Luis Gonzalez When the high school bell rings, Ester Bolaños carves out her own path in the search for something, anything, beyond her soul-smothering existence in a small Texas border-town. Escape USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Limbert Fabian & Brandon Oldenburg A space explorer crash-lands on a deserted planet and must find a way to create shelter. Doomed USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Max Ward (US Premiere) A melting head and its offspring speak to the impermanent, the inevitable, and the uncontrollable. Summer Camp Island USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Julia Pott Once parents leave their kids at Summer Camp island, all of the strangeness lurking beneath the surface starts to come out. Nevada USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Emily Ann Hoffman (US Premiere) A young couple's romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap. Hot Dog Hands USA | 2016 | 7 min | DIR: Matt Reynolds A woman just can't stop growing new fingers. Lovestreams USA | 2016 | 10 min | DIR: Sean Buckelew A confessionary tale of two strangers in an online chat room one lonely night in 2002; a love story from the early days of the Internet.

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  • 12:00pm - 1:38pm

    Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South

    Raydra Hall & David Hylan | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      USA

    The history of AIDS activism in America is written in grand gestures: ACT UP shutting down the FDA building in DC. NYC galleries draped in black for Visual AIDS’s Day Without Art. Far outside the epicenters of radicalism, ACT UP’s close-knit Shreveport chapter fought pitched battles, budging the massive LSU Health system to acknowledge the epidemic and lashing back at the KKK during its 90s resurgence. Small Town Rage sets down the largely untold history of a scrappy few who stood up in the least likely of places. -JK Winne of the 2017 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Documentary Award Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation   Presenting Sponsor:          Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans, Karlaro Media    

    Free
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Music Videos

    | Series: Music Videos

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

    Free
  • 12:00pm - 1:10pm

    AS IS by Nick Cave

    Evan Falbaum | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    In 2015 Nick Cave began an 8-month term as artist-in-residence at Louisiana’s Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Most known for his performances involving colorful, towering sound suits, Cave’s project for the summer was to involve community organizations in a four-part performance titled “As Is.” AS IS by Nick Cave follows the creation of this performance in Shreveport—we speak with those involved behind the elaborate suits and beaded pieces that comprise the stunning and ultimately uplifting show as they dance and work. Through observational shots of the crew, artists, and communities that made this show happen, this film paints a picture filled with collaboration and hope; a space where everyone can feel free to be as one is. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend DP: Evan Falbaum, Kemerton Hargrove; ED: Evan Falbaum   Community Partners: Dancing Grounds, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, DOPEciety    

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  • 12:30pm - 2:02pm

    Doc Shorts: Together Apart

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 12:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Edith + Eddie USA | 2017 | 29 min | DIR: Laura Checkoway America's oldest interracial newlyweds, Edith and Eddie, find themselves at the center of a family feud that threatens to disrupt their love story. Mother's Day USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Elizabeth Lo & R.J. Lozada The impact of mass incarceration on youth is explored through an annual Mother’s Day charity bus that takes children to visit their mothers in prison. A Friendship in Tow/Toe (Até a pró/cima!) Japan, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Atsushi Kuwayama (US Premiere) In the span of five nights, two strangers share stories and sarcasm on one of the longest stairways in Lisbon. All the Leaves Are Brown USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Daniel Robin A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree. My Father's Film (Película de mi padre) USA | 2017 | 8 min | DIR: Priscilla González Sainz A daughter crafts a portrait of her father through the spaces he occupied; a meditation shaped by the tools he left behind. All Good Things USA | 2017 | 26 min | DIR: Chloe Domont In a portrait of a modern marriage, a filmmaker follows her mother's relationship with two men, who each satisfy her different needs.   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 1:00pm - 2:37pm

    Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano

    Cuban Shorts | 2017 | Series: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, In Competition, Cine Cubano

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Thur Oct 19 11:30PM | Members $7 General $10
    Parade USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Kira Akerman (World Premiere) Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders. Connection (Conectifai) Cuba | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Horizoe Garcia A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen. Charlie USA, Cuba | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Kadri Koop Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son. Manuel Cuba, USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Gabriela Cavanagh (World Premiere) By the train tracks in Havana, 87-year-old Manuel brews an aphrodisiac juice called pru. Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)  (US Premiere) Spain, USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Faisal Attrache Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation's unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father's adamant objection. Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban (World Premiere) Cuba | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Ora DeKornfeld In Cuba, where women are banned from competitive boxing, a 13-year-old girl steps into the ring. Prince of Smoke Cuba | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Matthew Gelb Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.   Presenting Sponsors:                                    Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Prospect New Orleans    

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  • 1:45pm - 3:35pm

    Serenade for Haiti

    Owsley Brown | 2016 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Documentary Features

    The Broad

      USA

    Director Owsley Brown spins a gorgeous and soulful symphony of a city, Port-au-Prince, sprung to life through the performances and words of the students and teachers at Sainte Trinité Music School. Beginning three years before the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that left 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, music's saving grace takes on new meaning in the aftermath of the horror that leaves the school in ruins. However, Serenade for Haiti never wallows in sorrow: it's a visual feast and celebration of a musical and cultural heritage whose fingerprints can be found all over New Orleans. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Christy McGill; DP: Marcel Cabrera; ED: Gina Liebrecht, Eva Ilona Brzeski, Jeff Boyette   Community Partners: Black Star Books & Cafe, Congo Square Preservation Society    

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  • 2:15pm - 3:45pm

    Sambá

    Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Narrative Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      Dominican Republic

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10 Sat Oct 14 2:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    After his release from a U.S. prison, Cisco hardly expects to be welcomed back into his home in the Dominican Republic with open arms, but life on the island for an ex-convict with no marketable skills is even harder than he’d imagined. Left with no better option, he uses his gifts as a boxer to earn cash in back-alley bloodbuckets. Here he catches the eye of Nichi, an exiled Italian gambler who sees, in making Cisco legit, a chance to pay off the bookies with his share of the prize purse. Mixing bruising match scenes with a hardscrabble view of island life, Sambá’s fighting elegy goes toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. -JK PRD: Ettore D'Alessandro, Carolina Encarnación; WRI: Ettore D'Alessandro; DP: Andrei Bowden Schwartz; ED: Andrea Kleinman

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  • 2:45pm - 4:19pm

    Narrative Shorts: A Hell of a Guy

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 2:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 2:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Modern Love USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Francesca Mirabella A young man who lives his life through social media has an encounter with a young woman who challenges his ideals about sexual stereotypes. True Blue USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Chris Osborn A lonely pyramid schemer's dark night of the soul in Atlantic City. Night Shift USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Marshall Tyler A bumpy night at his longterm gig as a bathroom attendant forces an on-again, off-again actor to face a reality he's not yet ready to embrace. Call Your Father USA | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Jordan Firstman On Josh and Greg's first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries. Alex and the Handyman USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Nicholas Colia A precocious nine year old develops a crush on the 25-year-old handyman working in his family mansion. Us Funny USA | 2016 | 16 min | DIR: Julia Bales & Jim Cummings Jim and Julia have a wonderful date leading up to a serious conversation.

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  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    In Conversation with Patricia Clarkson

    | Series: In Conversation

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Patricia Clarkson first fell in love with acting as a teenager in her native New Orleans and honed her skills at Yale and later on the New York stage. She made her film debut in Brian DePalma’s 1987 gangster flick The Untouchables and went on to become the darling of the indie film world with her stunning turn in 1998’s High Art, followed by strong roles in such lauded films as Far from Heaven, The Station Agent, and Pieces of April. Her spot-on performance in the latter earned her her first Golden Globe and Oscar nods. She also won a pair of Emmys for guest appearances on the HBO hit series Six Feet Under. She has continued to wow movie lovers with finely etched portraits in such diverse films as Good Night, and Good Luck; Vicky Christina Barcelona; Shutter Island; and Cairo Time. Saturday, Oct 14 | 3:30pm4:30pm | Ace Hotel New Orleans

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  • 4:15pm - 5:42pm

    Wexford Plaza

    Joyce Wong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Canada

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 4:15PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 3:30PM | Member $10 General $13
    During the daylight hours, strip malls are the habitat of errand-runners, diners, and soccer moms, but as night falls they quickly give way to young, bored security employees and tired bartenders closing up shop. Betty has just joined their ranks, patrolling the strip and breaking up adventurous couples, but the night shift is really messing up her social life. That is, if she had one to begin with. As long, uninspiring nights pass she finds a friend in Danny, the aforementioned bartender who has fallen on rough times. When signals get crossed it is unclear whether it’s friendship or more, but as it so often goes it’s sure to be awkward either way. Wexford Plaza pictures life by the fluorescent-pooled light of suburban nights. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Troll” (13 min). Saturday Screening is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Matt Greyson, Harry Cherniak, Joyce Wong; WRI: Joyce Wong DP: Maya Bankovic; ED: Darby MacInnis   Supporting Sponsors:                       

    Free
  • 4:15pm - 5:27pm

    Horace Tapscott Musical Griot

    Barbara McCullough | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    Horace Tapscott came up in 1950s Los Angeles as a composer and piano player, relying on the support of the local black musician’s union and the Watts Happening Coffee House. Later forming the Pan-Afrikan Arkestra, he promoted self-love in the black community, which he saw mainstream white American culture rejecting as militantism. New Orleans-born director Barbara McCullough takes us on a lyrical journey through Tapscott’s oral history and performances, where he examines the intersection of politics and art. Tapscott’s evocative storytelling about the status of black men, jazz, and resistance in mid-century America resonates today as the country grapples with the legacy and future of the Civil Rights Movement. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “KOJO” (14 min). PRD: Chephren Rasika, Scott Brock; WRI: Barbara McCullough; DP: Johnny Simmons, Al Santana, Charles Burnett, Bernard Nicolas; ED: Scott Brock   Community Partners: Gallery of the Streets, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans

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  • 5:00pm - 6:32pm

    Doc Shorts: This Land is Your Land

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 5:00PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Clean Hands USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Lauren DeFilippo On a Sunday morning the congregation of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church tunes in. Roots and Wings USA | 2017 | 21 min | DIR: Hanna Miller Tangled family roots complicate 19-year-old wife and mother Leatrice Black's journey to find home in rural south Mississippi. Community Partner: NOW, LOVE (Almost) Freedom USA | 2016 | 8 min | DIR: Puck Lo In a world where GPS-enabled electronic ankle monitors track their wearers performing the most mundane tasks, what does it mean for prison to come home with us? Alone USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Garrett Bradley With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. Atlantic City Character Study USA | 2016 | 29 min | DIR: Ben Carey & Billy Linker A short documentary about the people who pass through one of America’s most well-known resort towns as it teeters on the brink of economic collapse.

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  • 5:00pm - 6:45pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Portraits

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

    Refuge USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Katie Mathews (World Premiere) A Cambodian fisherman in coastal Louisiana faces the prospect of becoming a refugee for the second time. Really Human USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Claire Bangser (World Premiere) After working with the U.S. Forces in Iraq, Ihssan Sharbah flees to America with his family.   Camp of the Innocents USA | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Mira Kohl, Joe Hiller, & Jack Collins (World Premiere) A look at U.S. internment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans and across the U.S. South. You See ‘Em USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Emma Landeche (World Premiere) The Abita Mystery House is home to a number of strange artifacts, junk, and folk art. Echoes of Vietnam USA | 2017 | 26 min | DIR: Joel Woodman (World Premiere) A group of Vietnamese refugees from New Orleans find an unlikely source of strength after traumatic events like post-war relocation and Hurricane Katrina. Hotel Al USA | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Colleen Keeley (World Premiere) A quick-tongued Cajun hustler celebrates his 55th year working for the oldest family-owned hotel in America. Flooded With You USA | 2017 | 8 min. | DIR: Evan Kidd After the historic August 2016 floods in Baton Rouge, the Davis family now all lives together in one small apartment owned by the family matriarch.   Presenting Sponsor:           

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  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    In Conversation with Gabourey Sidibe & Slate Represent Live Recording

    | Series: In Conversation

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Gabourey Sidibe exploded onto the international film scene with her electrifying acting debut in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire, a role that brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Following that, from 2010 to 2013, she was a key cast member of the Showtime series The Big C. She went on to co-star in the television anthology series American Horror Story: Coven as Quennie and American Horror Story:  Freak Show as Regina Ross, both of which landed her in New Orleans for production. Since 2015, she has starred in the hit Fox drama series Empire is Becky Williams. Sidibe makes her directing debut with the 20-minute short film The Tale of Four. This multi-layered story inspired by Nina Simone’s “Four Women” spans one day in the lives of four different women connected by their quest for love, agency, and redemption. Aisha Harris is a culture writer and editor for Slate and the host of its podcast centered around representation in film and TV, Represent, hosting guests like Barry Jenkins and Rita Moreno. She’s also contributed to the New York Times and The Dissolve. Saturday, October 14 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm | Ace Hotel New Orleans

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  • 6:30pm - 7:53pm

    The Thunder Feast

    Santiago Maza Stern | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Mexico

    For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem that accompanies the dangerous explosives, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. - KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere Preceded by the short film “Skull and Bones” (5 min). PRD: Gonzalo Álvarez, Santiago Maza & Juan Sarquis; DP: Branko Gomez Palacio, Rashid Makhlouf & Raymundo Marmolejo; ED: Branko Gomez Palacio & Sebastián Nuño

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  • 6:30pm - 7:56pm

    Sick to Death!

    Maggie Hadleigh-West | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA, Belgium

    One of the most commonly misdiagnosed afflictions for women in the U.S. is thyroid disease. The thyroid has a hand in nearly every major function in the body, making symptoms difficult to pin down, as they are comprised of common issues such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and depression. Through director Maggie Hadleigh-West’s own medical journey, Sick to Death! investigates the political and medical reasons thyroid disease is so often overlooked and the serious health complications that can occur when left untreated. Using personal video and interviews with medical professionals and women who grapple with thyroid problems every day, Maggie seeks answers that have the potential to better her own life and those of the women around her. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Elizabeth Dunnebacke, Catherine Reirson; WRI: Maggie Hadleigh-West; ED: Ilko Davidov, Kim Connell, David Bear

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  • 7:15pm - 8:50pm

    Narrative Shorts: Gate of Flesh

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 7:15PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Sunday Morning Coming Down UK | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Harry Lighton (US Premiere) In search of his tribe in 1994 Britain, Max journeys to a seaside public restroom with his twin brother. After the Reunion (Luokkakokouksen jälkeen) Finland | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Kirsikka Saari 50-year-old Saila wakes up next to her old classmate Esa the morning after their class reunion, leading to revelations for both of them. Miss World Taiwan | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Georgia Fu A pill-popping party girl and a traditional Taiwanese father try to say goodbye to each other on the day before the father has to start a prison sentence. Days of Wholesome Joy (Con Sana Alegría) Cuba | 2016 | 18 min | DIR: Claudia Muñiz Zayda has taken care of her grandma afflicted with dementia for a long time, but on the eve of her birthday tries to regain her previous life. Mouse USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Celine Held & Logan George A desperate, coke-fueled couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity. Holy Hill (Santo Cerro) Dominican Republic | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Rodney Llaverias In the heat of summer, the sexual awakening of an orphan boy provokes the curiosity of a nun.   Supporting Sponsor (Holy Hill):            

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  • 8:45pm - 9:52pm

    Love and Saucers

    | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 8:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 1:45PM | Member $7 General $10
    David Huggins lives a quiet life in Hoboken, New Jersey. At 72 years old he fills most of his time with painting, watching movies, and a part-time job at a local store. But, mostly, David spends his time reminiscing on his past relationship with an alien being. Through books and forums David connects with others who have similar experiences; through painting his memories he finds his catharsis. Welcoming viewers into his home, Love and Saucers is composed of David’s rich descriptions of his life and works, and supported by interviews with the friends, family, and various members of the community. Each has been touched by his positive influence, and each discusses the distinct possibility that we are not alone. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Matt Ralston; DP: Munn Powell; ED: Brad Abrahams https://vimeo.com/201024048

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  • 8:45pm - 9:55pm

    Olancho

    Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA, Honduras

    Manuel Chirinos, lead singer of “Los Plebes de Olancho," tells his perilous story to a radio DJ in the United States where he has fled from his hometown of Olancho, Honduras. Back home his band was the preferred entertainment for the drug cartels whose power touches every part of local life. Manuel’s bandmates take us through gorgeous, peaceful afternoons with family, fun but unprofitable shows at neighborhood parties, and anxious, clandestine nights performing for Olancho’s jefes. Even after surviving a harrowing escape across the U.S. border, Manuel longs for the dangerous but beautiful place whose beauty permeates the melodies of his songs. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold; DP: Shlomo Godder; ED: Andrea Chignoli   Presenting Sponsor:                                Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Pont:Productions

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  • 9:00pm - 11:14pm

    Centerpiece Film- Mudbound

    Dee Rees | 2017 | Series: Centerpiece Film, Narrative Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA | 2017

    Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live. PRD: Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth, Tim Zajaros; WRI: Virgil Williams, Dee Rees, Hillary Jordan; DP: Rachel Morrison; ED: Mako Kamitsuna   Presenting Sponsor:          

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  • 9:30pm - 10:10pm

    Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone

    Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Deep in the recesses of space there is a planet covered in snow and ravaged by a constant storm of plummeting beach balls. In the planet’s isolated tundra three furry creatures alternate between fighting back against two different brightly colored plastic menaces: those beach balls and the shadowy sets and harsh audition rooms of Hollywood. Created by the Cocoon Central Dance Team, Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone is part performance art piece and part Pop Rocks-personified romp through a galaxy where friendship, support, and—their most powerful weapon—dance are what will save them all. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Screening in conjunction with the program of short films “Princess Raccoon and The Teenage Yakuza.” PRD: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Anu Valia, Jason Klorfein, Matt Day WRI: Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer, Cocoon Central Dance Team DP: Ashley Connor ED: Paul Rogers, Alex Fischer, Rachel Wolther   Community Partners: Live Girls, Maya Taylor Dance, Shotgun Cinema, Pelican Bomb  

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  • 9:30pm - 11:10pm

    Narrative Shorts: Princess Raccoon and Teenage Yakuza

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Great Choice USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Robin Comisar A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial. Hot Winter: A film by Dick Pierre USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Jack Henry Robbins One of the first films in American cinema to address climate change was also a hardcore porno. PACO USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Catalina (Jordan) Alvarez He wants you to bounce on his lap. Frenchy and Jett in "Wild Animal Keyboard" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Anthony Dominici (World Premiere) Along with their pet piano, Frenchy and Jett make music about anything and everything. This My Favorite Mural USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Michael Arcos (World Premiere) An amateur German female filmmaker becomes infatuated with a tire shop's mural. Mallory of Pupaville USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Kristi Delasia In Pupaville, a town where sex is taboo, a rebellious puppet goes on a journey of sexual discovery. Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone USA | 2017 | 40 min | DIR: Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer A blissfully bonkers whatzit from unclassifiable dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team.

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  • October 15, 2017

  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Music Videos

    | Series: Music Videos

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

    Free
  • 12:15pm - 1:28pm

    Communion

    Anna Zamecka | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Poland

    Tickets

    Thurs Oct 12 1:00PM | Members $7 General $10 Sun Oct 15 12:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    14-year-old Ola has largely replaced her alcoholic father as head of her family, minding her live-wire younger brother Nikodem and longing to reunite with their absent mother. It’s almost time for Nikodem’s first communion, and successfully catechising her deeply irreligious brother seems like Ola’s big chance to affect the longed-for reunion and impress the priests and social workers who manage her family. In her feature debut, Anna Zamecka secrets her camera into Ola’s impossibly cramped apartment, ducking the daily crossfire of bickering and tears. Never looming or claustrophobic, her gaze achieves an illuminating closeness, peeling away sentimentality and unveiling the pain that runs in a family. -JK PRD: Anna Wydra, Zuzanna Krol, Hanka Kastelicova, Izabela Lopuch; WRI: Anna Zamecka; DP: Małgorzata Szyłak; ED: Agnieszka Glińska, Wojciech Janas, Anna Zamecka   Community Partners: Family Service of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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  • 1:30pm - 3:05pm

    Narrative Shorts: The Flowers and the Angry Waves

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 1:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 12:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Girlfriends (Podrugi) Russia | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Evgenia Kovda  (World Premiere) A tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia. American Dream USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Alexia Oldini  (World Premiere) A young Chinese immigrant moves to New York City in the hopes of achieving her dreams. The Sacred Disease USA | 2016 | 27 min | DIR: Erica Scoggins Reeling from the death of her brother, a small-town epileptic ditches her pills and follows a mysterious woman into the deep woods of Tennessee. My Treasure (Mi Tesoro) El Salvador | 2017 | 23 min | DIR: Michael Flores A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son. Absent USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Sudarshan Suresh (World Premiere) Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush. The Shuttle USA | 2017 | 16 min | Lu Han When a nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way. Sunday Screening FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 1:30pm - 3:07pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Identity

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    1227 Lesseps USA | 2017 | 18 min | DIR: Chachi Hauser (World Premiere) After moving to New Orleans, Emily questions her relationship to Lara and her role as a transplant. Intersection USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Angela Tucker A trip forces a young woman and her two friends to examine their respective identities in the South. Nicabob USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Daneeta Loretta Jackson & Patrick Jackson (US Premiere) A lonely teenager makes a human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television Morning Steph USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger (World Premiere) After a night of partying, Stephanie commits to staying home and spending sober time by herself. Ripe Figs USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Artemis Preeshl (World Premiere) A girl’s ripening sexuality is reflected by the seasons as she seeks to leave the countryside and her godmother. The Hole Punch USA | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Harry Bartle A quarrel over an unusual party-guest culminates in a dramatic confession. Residual USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Jason R. A. Foster (World Premiere) In 24 hours, a struggling actor deals with his inept agent, nonsensical auditions, and a customer at his day job. Tourist USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Paavo Hanninen (World Premiere) After a tragedy, a woman assumes an alternate identity.   Community Partner: #CreateLouisiana    

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  • 1:45pm - 3:15pm

    For Ahkeem

    Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    Set against the backdrop of Ferguson, Missouri in the years surrounding Michael Brown’s death, For Ahkeem follows the story of Daje Shelton. She’s growing up in St. Louis, where she’s been court ordered to attend a school for troubled youth. In Daje’s world, the dramatics of teenage life─friends, grades, boyfriends, and eventually a pregnancy─collide with the stark struggles of being black in the United States. Generationally entrenched poverty and systematic racism tear apart the world around Daje, as she loses classmates to gun violence and witnesses the justice system’s failure in response to Brown’s death. Nevertheless, she learns from her commanding mother and endeavors to grow up with grace and determination. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Nicholas Weissman, Iyabo Boyd, Jeff Truesdell; DP: Nicholas Weissman; ED: Lily Henderson

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  • 2:00pm - 2:57pm

    Isleños, a Root of America

    Eduardo Cubillo | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    Spain

    For the residents of the idyllic St. Bernard Parish on the outer perimeter of the Louisiana bayou, identity is a source of immense pride as well as some sadness. Through recreations and interviews, we learn of the immense influence that this small community has had on American history and culture: from participating in every American war to contributing to the invention of jazz. Recent revelations about the true ancestry of the group—that they are descended from immigrants from the Canary Islands—have transformed the way that the residents view themselves. Through the community members’ interviews we can see an insistence that their contribution to US history and culture not be forgotten like their ancestors’. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere PRD: La Gaveta Producciones and RadioTelevisión Española; WRI: Guillermo Cubillo and Eduardo Cubillo; DP: Guillermo Paz Enríquez de Salamanca and Tarek Serraj; ED: Eduardo Cubillo

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  • 3:45pm - 4:55pm

    Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

    Harriet Hirshorn | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    Since the early 90s, AIDS has largely been painted as affecting mainly white, gay males. Rich with stories, Nothing Without Us brings light to those who this narrative passes over. Viewers are brought to locations as close as New Orleans and as far as Nigeria to meet the women who fight for equal rights and medical protection against AIDS. These women have banded together in organizations to bring medication, counseling, and—perhaps most importantly—attention to the women of color that are most afflicted by the crisis. The fight may not be over, but Nothing Without Us is threaded with the hope an end is possible. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation FREE Rapid HIV tests will be available on site PRD: Harriet Hirshorn; WRI: Hilary Brougher; DP: Nadia Hallgren; ED: Mary Patierno   Community Partner: Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES), Belle Reve New Orleans, Gallery of the Streets    

    Free
  • 3:45pm - 5:09pm

    Bangaologia - The science of style

    Coréon Dú | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Broad

    Angola

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 1:15PM | Member $7 General $10
    Banga best translates as “style,” but for Angolans, banga dress embodies the spirit of the climate, music, culture, and most importantly, the individual. In this frenetic exploration of Angolan sartorial aesthetics Coréon Dú takes us across his home country to excavate the manifestations of banga. For local style celebrity Papa Swegué, a slow, thoughtful promenade moves passersby to stop and admire him. In the traditional ceremonies of the Uíge Province elders mock the ostentatious nature of banga while donning their own fashionable garb. Meanwhile influencers in the United States and Europe are hiring Angolan models and taking notes from banga on their runway and in the streets. -KM Preceded by the short film “Closed to Interpretation” (6 min). PRD: Coréon Dú; WRI: Coréon Dú; DP: Jorge Pelicano; ED: Pedro Sousa   Community Partners: Aya Designs, DOPEciety, Noirlinians    

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  • 3:45pm - 5:18pm

    Doc Shorts: Gender Geography

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 4:15PM | Member $7 | General $10
    A Thousand Mothers Myanmar, United States | 2017 | 39 min | DIR: Kim Shelton Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. Pehelwani India, United States | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: João Canziani A group of young men practice the ancient art of pehelwan, or mud wrestling, in the town of Mathura, India. The Baths UK | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat, and chat. House of JXN USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Rosie Haber The latest installment of the New Deep South web series examines the Rainbow Families of Jackson, Mississippi, and the bonds, connections, and rivalries within the community. #LoveYourz USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Nick Bentgen A teenage self-love collective searches for love and adventure as they explore the outer boroughs of NYC.

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  • 4:00pm - 5:12pm

    Damascene

    Freddy Syborn | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      England

    In a cozier city, bumping into your ex-lover might call for an awkward smile and swift goodbye, but in London’s chilly metropolis it calls for a full-on catch up. So Frank and Inez find themselves, biking the same route to a party. Picking their way across parks and side streets, they traverse their shared history with far-from-rosy recollection. Every twist of their lacerating conversation is captured by the cameras perched on their helmets, a safety precaution that could become an emotional liability. More than just a bold experiment, the all-GoPro format is weightless and elastic, sliding from Google Maps-esque streetscapes into voyeuristic close-ups, mirroring Frank and Inez’s distances and their too-close closeness. -JK World Premiere Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Hayley Williams, Guy Thompson, Freddy Syborn; WRI: Freddy Syborn; DP: Freddy Syborn; ED: Jack Hextall

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  • 5:00pm - 7:05pm

    The Darkest Hour

    Joe Wright | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Prytania Theatre

    UK

    A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty, and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. PRD: TIM BEVAN, ERIC FELLNER, LISA BRUCE, ANTHONY MCCARTEN, DOUGLAS URBANSKI; WRI: ANTHONY MCCARTEN; DP: BRUNO DELBONNEL; ED: VALERIO BONELLI

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  • 5:45pm - 7:25pm

    Narrative Shorts: Voice Without a Shadow

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 5:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Malesh (Maleš) Serbia, Montenegro | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Ivan Bakrac (US Premiere) Four women are torn between an undeniable desire to have a child and the freedom they think they know. Lucia, Before and After USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Anu Valia After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Walk for Me USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Elegance Bratton Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter's secret life. Forest of Echoes Austria | 2016 | 30 min | DIR: Luz Olivares Capelle Games, lies, and rituals unfolding in circular fashion for three cousins who find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Community Partner: Maya Taylor Dance Farewell to Flesh (Adeus à Carne) Brazil | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Julia Anquier During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, three girls revel in a drug-fueled street party until something goes awry. Macho USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Faren Humes The tenuous bond of an effeminate twelve-year-old and his conservative uncle is tested after the killing of a transgender woman in the small, rural town of Sanderson, Florida.

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  • 6:00pm - 7:18pm

    Victor's History

    Nicolas Chevaillier | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Germany, India

    Legacy looms large in Victor’s mind. His recently deceased father's legacy, his family’s legacy, and what will one day be his own. Victor hires Dorian, a skeptical documentarian, and Zuhair, a cameraman, to follow him to France for the reading of his father’s will. Victor intends to use film to craft a positive narrative around his family’s wealth, masking his father’s less-than-savory business tactics and a history of exploitation in French West Africa. As they travel across France, it becomes clear that Victor’s often comedic delusions do not come close to the bizarre reality of who his father was. Victor’s History considers the complicated layers of privilege, colonization, and just who deserves to recount and present the past. -GHR Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Shoaib Lokhandwala; WRI: Nicolas Chevaillier DP: Shoaib Lokhandwala; ED: Nicolas Chevaillier

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  • 6:00pm - 7:17pm

    The Family I Had

    Katie Green and Carlye Rubin | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Broad

    USA

    A single act of fatal violence has turned a family upside down, but the murder follows a dark series of precursors that transcend multiple generations. Paris, who killed his 4-year-old sister when he was 13, recounts his life before and after the incident from prison. As this film unravels the psyches of its subjects, it explores the behavioral and genetic traits that Paris’ family members share. His mother, Charity, struggles to reconcile the brutal act of her son with the forgiveness she seeks on a daily basis. Paris remains close with his grandmother, whose sinister, melodramatic past is a source of pride for her. In this fascinating true crime story, secrets hide in plain sight, but the future remains obscured. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin, Tina Grapenthin; DP: Katie Green and Martina Radwan; ED: Tina Grapenthin   Community Partner: New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center    

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  • 7:45pm - 8:42pm

    Louisiana Shorts: More Than Monuments

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Goodbye, Old Glory

    USA | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Jordan Haro (World Premiere) Mid-City’s statue of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy, serves as the battleground for the argument over the removal of the Confederate monuments. In this contentious stand-off, Louisianans camp out with hot trays of food and lawn chairs, and while they argue over history, passions intensify and violence looms large. Community Partners: Louis A Martinet Foundation, Louisiana Chapter National Lawyers Guild

    Silent Parade or the Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee

    USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: William Cordova (US Premiere) The Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ most revered brass bands, confronts the legacy of slavery in a powerful rooftop performance across from Robert E. Lee’s statue. Community Partners: NOLA Hip Hop Archive, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Prospect New Orleans

    Divided City

    USA | 2017 | 30 min | DIR: Andrea B. Scott and Katie Mitchell (World Premiere) Members of the Monumental Task Committee and the Sons of Confederate Veterans reveal the nostalgia that they feel for antebellum Southern values. Leaders of Take ‘Em Down Nola contend that such a perspective conveniently omits the fundamental role slavery played in the making of these leaders. Radio commentary fuels the impassioned soundtrack of this film, which documents the days leading up to the city council vote all the way to the statues’ removal. Community Partner: Louis A Martinet Foundation

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  • 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    Sarah-Violet Bliss + Charles Rogers

    | Series: In Conversation

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Join us for a discussion about the hit TBS show Search Party with the co-creators and writers of the show, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. The collaborators wrote and directed the feature film Fort Tilden (NOFF 2012), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. They went on to write for the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and also on the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Search Party premiered in the fall of 2016 on TBS and the second season returns this November. In the dark comedy series, a group of friends—Dory (Alia Shawkat), Portia (Meredith Hagner), Elliott (John Early), and Drew (John Reynolds)—must deal with the disastrous consequences of successfully tracking down missing classmate Chantal (Clare McNulty). As the friends’ paranoia grows, their relationships fray, and it becomes increasingly difficult to trust that no one will discover the group’s secret. These privileged, self-absorbed 20-somethings are in danger. Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Sunday, October 15 | 8:00pm - 9:15pm | The New Orleans Advocate

    Free
  • 8:15pm - 10:06pm

    Rift

    Erlingur Thoroddsen | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      Iceland

    In the midst of the beautiful desolation of Iceland, Einar sits in an isolated cabin. His memories inform a growing depression and in a moment of desperation, he calls his ex, Gunnar, hoping that their conversation will temporarily alleviate his despair. Hearing the frightened and hopeless edge in his voice, Gunnar sets out in the middle of the night in an effort to assuage Einar’s fears. As they spend the next few days together, the seclusion and their memories become an all-consuming prison. Gunnar feels a creeping paranoia and is unable to discern what is real and what is fabricated. Einar’s sudden disappearance throws Gunnar into total chaos, seemingly without hope of escape. Rift is a masterclass in tension and a tribute to the art of slow-burn cinema. -GHR Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “The Shadow” (3 min). PRD: Baldvin Kári Sveinbjörnsson, Erlingur Thoroddsen; WRI: Erlingur Thoroddsen; DP: John Wakayama Carey; ED: Erlingur Thoroddsen

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  • 8:15pm - 9:55pm

    After Louie

    Vincent Gagliostro | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

      USA

    The AIDS crisis appeared in a flash and threatened the physical and emotional livelihood of entire generations of queer communities. Sam (Alan Cumming), a former member of ACT UP, remembers that pain all too well. Memories of those years pervade his work as an artist and have pushed him to abandon his former work as a painter in favor of a new video project connected to a close friend whom he lost to AIDS. It’s a past he can’t escape, even as other friends seem to move on, until he meets Braeden at a bar late one night. Braeden is young and taking full advantage of the achievements that Sam worked so hard to reach, but their romance may be just what Sam needed to move forward in the changed reality that AIDS activism has created. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “In a Heartbeat”  (4 min) PRD: Lauren Belfer, Bryce Renninger, Alan Cumming; WRI: Vincent Gagliostro and Anthony Johnston; DP: Aaron Kovalchik; ED: Maria Cataldo   Presenting Sponsor:                    Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans, New Orleans Pride    

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  • 9:15pm - 10:22pm

    Episodic

    | Series: Episodic

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Unicornland USA | 2016 | 21 min | DIR: Nick Leavens Through the eyes of Annie, a recent divorcée, Unicornland takes a tender and nuanced look at relationships and polyamory in its numerous forms. Community Partner: The Sex Sensei Psusy New Zealand | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Jaya Beach-Robertson Nasty, absurd, hilarious, grotty; follow two girls as they try to navigate the more repulsive realities of adult life with the help of some laughs (and some drugs). -US Premiere Manic (Pilot) USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Kate Marks An incident finds Ivy League-bound Aurora in a boarding school for kids dealing with mental illness. As she holds on to her university dreams, she realizes it’s okay to ask for a little help. FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • October 16, 2017

  • 11:00am - 12:41pm

    The Organizer

    Nick Taylor | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA, Canada, Honduras, India, UK

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 7:30PM | Members $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 11:00AM | Member $7 General $10
    How do you remember ACORN? Does the name evoke local marches, the legislative battles for social justice, or the headlines accusing members of supporting prostitution rings? Regardless, the memory of ACORN remains in the public unconscious and helps inform our perception of politics today. At the center of this influential organization is Wade Rathke, a youthful redheaded Mississippi intellectual who, with the skill and charisma of a startup founder was able to create an international movement to empower low-income communities. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with past and present members, The Organizer presents the rise and fall of an organization that represented the democratic ideals of an entire demographic. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Joey Carey; WRI: Nick Taylor; DP: Joey Carey; ED: Nick Taylor   Community Partner: Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, Local 100 United Labor Unions, ACORN International, WAMF-LP 90.3 New Orleans    

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  • 12:00pm - 1:32pm

    Doc Shorts: Together Apart

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 12:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Edith + Eddie USA | 2017 | 29 min | DIR: Laura Checkoway America's oldest interracial newlyweds, Edith and Eddie, find themselves at the center of a family feud that threatens to disrupt their love story. Mother's Day USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Elizabeth Lo & R.J. Lozada The impact of mass incarceration on youth is explored through an annual Mother’s Day charity bus that takes children to visit their mothers in prison. A Friendship in Tow/Toe (Até a pró/cima!) Japan, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Atsushi Kuwayama (US Premiere) In the span of five nights, two strangers share stories and sarcasm on one of the longest stairways in Lisbon. All the Leaves Are Brown USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Daniel Robin A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree. My Father's Film (Película de mi padre) USA | 2017 | 8 min | DIR: Priscilla González Sainz A daughter crafts a portrait of her father through the spaces he occupied; a meditation shaped by the tools he left behind. All Good Things USA | 2017 | 26 min | DIR: Chloe Domont In a portrait of a modern marriage, a filmmaker follows her mother's relationship with two men, who each satisfy her different needs.   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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  • 1:15pm - 2:39pm

    Bangaologia - The science of style

    Coréon Dú | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Angola

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 1:15PM | Member $7 General $10
    Banga best translates as “style,” but for Angolans, banga dress embodies the spirit of the climate, music, culture, and most importantly, the individual. In this frenetic exploration of Angolan sartorial aesthetics Coréon Dú takes us across his home country to excavate the manifestations of banga. For local style celebrity Papa Swegué, a slow, thoughtful promenade moves passersby to stop and admire him. In the traditional ceremonies of the Uíge Province elders mock the ostentatious nature of banga while donning their own fashionable garb. Meanwhile influencers in the United States and Europe are hiring Angolan models and taking notes from banga on their runway and in the streets. -KM Preceded by the short film “Closed to Interpretation” (6 min). PRD: Coréon Dú; WRI: Coréon Dú; DP: Jorge Pelicano; ED: Pedro Sousa   Community Partners: Aya Designs, DOPEciety, Noirlinians    

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  • 2:00pm - 3:45pm

    Quest

    Jonathan Olshefski | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Christopher and Christine'a Rainey (known as Quest and Ma to their friends and visitors to their recording studio) are an ordinary couple straining under the weight of economic hardship in a violent corner of North Philadelphia. But here they take on near-mythic status, pulling and loving their family through devastating illness, wrenching violence, and the tumultuous Obama years. Intimate but never invasive, Quest is an empathetic look at coming of age, black love, poverty, race, and family that takes its place among verité greats of any era. Richly illuminating a decade in the life of an extraordinary family, Quest emerges as a song of determined resilience in a time of deep uncertainty. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon; DP: Jonathan Olshefski; ED: Lindsay Utz   Community Partner: Family Service of Greater New Orleans    

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  • 3:30pm - 4:57pm

    Wexford Plaza

    Joyce Wong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Canada

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 4:15PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 3:30PM | Member $10 General $13
    During the daylight hours, strip malls are the habitat of errand-runners, diners, and soccer moms, but as night falls they quickly give way to young, bored security employees and tired bartenders closing up shop. Betty has just joined their ranks, patrolling the strip and breaking up adventurous couples, but the night shift is really messing up her social life. That is, if she had one to begin with. As long, uninspiring nights pass she finds a friend in Danny, the aforementioned bartender who has fallen on rough times. When signals get crossed it is unclear whether it’s friendship or more, but as it so often goes it’s sure to be awkward either way. Wexford Plaza pictures life by the fluorescent-pooled light of suburban nights. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Troll” (13 min). Saturday Screening is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Matt Greyson, Harry Cherniak, Joyce Wong; WRI: Joyce Wong DP: Maya Bankovic; ED: Darby MacInnis   Supporting Sponsors:                       

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  • 4:00pm - 5:40pm

    Narrative Shorts: Voice Without a Shadow

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 5:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Malesh (Maleš) Serbia, Montenegro | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Ivan Bakrac (US Premiere) Four women are torn between an undeniable desire to have a child and the freedom they think they know. Lucia, Before and After USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Anu Valia After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Walk for Me USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Elegance Bratton Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter's secret life. Forest of Echoes Austria | 2016 | 30 min | DIR: Luz Olivares Capelle Games, lies, and rituals unfolding in circular fashion for three cousins who find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Community Partner: Maya Taylor Dance Farewell to Flesh (Adeus à Carne) Brazil | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Julia Anquier During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, three girls revel in a drug-fueled street party until something goes awry. Macho USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Faren Humes The tenuous bond of an effeminate twelve-year-old and his conservative uncle is tested after the killing of a transgender woman in the small, rural town of Sanderson, Florida.

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  • 5:45pm - 7:35pm

    Serenade for Haiti

    Owsley Brown | 2016 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Documentary Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    Director Owsley Brown spins a gorgeous and soulful symphony of a city, Port-au-Prince, sprung to life through the performances and words of the students and teachers at Sainte Trinité Music School. Beginning three years before the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that left 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, music's saving grace takes on new meaning in the aftermath of the horror that leaves the school in ruins. However, Serenade for Haiti never wallows in sorrow: it's a visual feast and celebration of a musical and cultural heritage whose fingerprints can be found all over New Orleans. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Christy McGill; DP: Marcel Cabrera; ED: Gina Liebrecht, Eva Ilona Brzeski, Jeff Boyette   Community Partners: Black Star Books & Cafe, Congo Square Preservation Society    

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  • 6:15pm - 7:27pm

    Horace Tapscott Musical Griot

    Barbara McCullough | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    Horace Tapscott came up in 1950s Los Angeles as a composer and piano player, relying on the support of the local black musician’s union and the Watts Happening Coffee House. Later forming the Pan-Afrikan Arkestra, he promoted self-love in the black community, which he saw mainstream white American culture rejecting as militantism. New Orleans-born director Barbara McCullough takes us on a lyrical journey through Tapscott’s oral history and performances, where he examines the intersection of politics and art. Tapscott’s evocative storytelling about the status of black men, jazz, and resistance in mid-century America resonates today as the country grapples with the legacy and future of the Civil Rights Movement. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “KOJO” (14 min). PRD: Chephren Rasika, Scott Brock; WRI: Barbara McCullough; DP: Johnny Simmons, Al Santana, Charles Burnett, Bernard Nicolas; ED: Scott Brock   Community Partners: Gallery of the Streets, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans

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  • 6:15pm - 7:40pm

    Tell Them We Are Rising

    Stanley Nelson | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Tell Them We Are Rising is the story of how education is a gateway to empowerment. Including in its scope the embargos on knowledge enforced during slavery, student-led Civil Rights Protests of the 60s, and the Historically Black Colleges of present day, a portrait of perseverance and determination is given light within a narrative that so often ignores black history. Archival footage and interviews with former students and historians lends richness to discussions of Booker T Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and incidents at Southern University—incidents that resonate today. Though the struggle for equality continues, the work of HBCUs has brought us far, and with grace and strength we are still rising. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Stanley Nelson, Marco Williams, Cyndee Readdean, Stacey L. Holman; WRI: Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith; DP: Antonio Rossi; ED: Kim Miille Presenting Sponsor:             Community Partner: Karlaro Media    

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  • 6:30pm - 7:27pm

    Isleños, a Root of America

    Eduardo Cubillo | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    Spain

    For the residents of the idyllic St. Bernard Parish on the outer perimeter of the Louisiana bayou, identity is a source of immense pride as well as some sadness. Through recreations and interviews, we learn of the immense influence that this small community has had on American history and culture: from participating in every American war to contributing to the invention of jazz. Recent revelations about the true ancestry of the group—that they are descended from immigrants from the Canary Islands—have transformed the way that the residents view themselves. Through the community members’ interviews we can see an insistence that their contribution to US history and culture not be forgotten like their ancestors’. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere PRD: La Gaveta Producciones and RadioTelevisión Española; WRI: Guillermo Cubillo and Eduardo Cubillo; DP: Guillermo Paz Enríquez de Salamanca and Tarek Serraj; ED: Eduardo Cubillo

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  • 7:15pm - 9:13pm

    The Upside

    Neil Burger | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Prytania Theatre

    USA

    Based on a true story, this remake of the critically acclaimed French film Les Intouchables chronicles the unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), in need of a job and a fresh start. From worlds apart, Phillip and Dell form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Juliana Margulies, and Aja Naomi King, the film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. PRD: TODD BLACK, JASON BLUMENTHAL, STEVE TISCH; WRI: JON HARTMERE, PAUL FEIG, OLIVIER NAKACHE, ERIC TOLEDANO; DP: STUART DRYBURGH; ED: NAOMI GERAGHTY  

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  • 8:00pm - 9:35pm

    Our 100 Days + The Magnifying Glass

    | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Shorts, Changemakers, Magnifying Glass

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    OUR 100 DAYS

    Created through a collaboration between Firelight Media and Field of Vision, this collection of seven short films explores threats to U.S. democracy and the stories of its most vulnerable communities in the current highly polarized political climate. An Act of Worship USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Nausheen Dadabhoy & Sofian Khan Upon the announcement of Trump’s travel ban executive order, the Council for American-Islamic Relations springs into action. An Uncertain Future USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Chelsea Hernandez & Iliana Sosa In Texas, two expectant mothers, one undocumented and one US citizen, contend with ICE raids and mounting hostility towards immigrants. Here I’ll Stay USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Lorena Manríquez & Marlene McCurtis In Mississippi, activists confront local lawmakers. Among them is 13-year-old Yizel, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. Picket Line USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Cecilia Aldarondo In upstate New York, workers at a chemical factory—mostly Trump supporters—have been striking for over 100 days. State of Oregon USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Adele Free Pham This film aims to shed light on the fatal encounter that ended Larnell Bruce’s life—while unpacking Oregon’s fraught racial history. American Carnage USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert A look at how Stephen Bannon's movies provided a training ground for tactics later seen in Breitbart and the Trump campaign. Gavin Grimm USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Nadia Hallgren A teenager from rural Virginia becomes the unlikely plaintiff in the first transgender civil rights case heard by the Supreme Court.

    THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

    Made by Louisiana-based filmmakers and funded by Artless Media, these three rapid-response short docs speak to social injustices within the communities of the filmmakers who made them. The Fire Next Time USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Jonathan Isaac Jackson Following a brutal French Quarter attack that made national headlines, community leaders talk about the causes of NOLA’s crime. World Premiere Requiem for Tyrin USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Patrick Jackson & Daneeta Loretta Jackson Through a series of letters about a murdered teenage boy in New Orleans, this film asks why black lives matter so little in the Deep South. World Premiere   Presenting Sponsors:                                      

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  • 8:30pm - 9:57pm

    Cut Off

    Jowan Carbin | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    After suffering a crippling personal loss, Clive is thrown into a grief-stricken daze, stacking up empty days and empty bottles. To the rescue comes Trevor, an iconoclastic former professor who’s recently been pried from his tenured university job. Trevor all but drags Clive bodily to the farm out in Cut Off where he’s holed up like a Cajun Colonel Kurtz, attracting a personal coterie that’s half-encounter therapy group, half-Mansonesque kill-cult. Under Trevor’s diabolical tutelage, Clive gouges away at the layers of delusion sealing him off from the truth: about his former life, his imperilled future, and Trevor’s true designs. Cut Off matches regional flair with a paranoid streak a mile wide. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Carol Bidault de l'Isle; WRI: Jowan Carbin; DP: Justin Zweifach; ED: Derek Drouin   Community Partner: Women in Film and Television      

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  • 8:30pm - 9:51pm

    The Cage Fighter

    Jeff Unay | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    An adored father and mechanic in the guts of a Washington State ferry boat by day, Joe Carman tires himself to the bone by night, readying himself for bruising competitive mixed martial arts bouts. Pushing 40 and struggling to justify his lifestyle to his fed-up family, he can only offer that his brutal chosen hobby is ”the only time in my life when I feel proud of myself.” Shot over three years with visceral, immersive cinematography and stirring editing, every physical and emotional blow in Joe’s life lands hard. Loyola grad Jeff Unay’s portrait of this fighter up against the ropes ducks the tired trappings and offers an unforgettable look at the punishment we endure in pursuit of self-respect, over the cheap thrills of victory. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Andrea Meditch, James Orara, Ariel Sultan, David Teague, Jeff Unay; DP: Jeff Unay; ED: David Teague

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  • 8:30pm - 9:54pm

    ACORN and the Firestorm

    Reuben Atlas & Sam Pollard | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Before it was associated with all things wrong with liberalism during the fateful 2008 election, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now wielded more power than just about any anti-poverty community rights group in American history. ACORN and the Firestorm chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of this agent of social change, as a video smear campaign from a proto-alt-right, Breitbart-backed activist takes down the group and its New Orleans-based founder Wade Rathke. Directors Reuben Atlas and NOFF alum Sam Pollard have created a work that feels like both a time capsule and a warning shot, a potent lesson in the power of media and a harrowing blueprint for our current era of alternative facts and fake news. -NS PRD: Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard; DP: Natalie Kingston, Frank Larson, Spencer Chumbley, Naiti Gamez; ED: Francisco Bello, Paul Greenhouse Preceded by the short film "Fired Up" (3 min.)   Community Partner: Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival    

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  • October 17, 2017

  • 11:30am - 1:07pm

    Animated Shorts

    | Series: Animated Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 11:00AM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 11:30PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Frogs’ Song France | 2016 | 11 min | DIR: Cleo Pasquet Deep in the bayou, frogs live and die by the sound of brassy jazz. What is Your Brown Number? India | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Vinnie Ann Bose An animated short dealing with the varieties of skin color in India, and the desire for fairer skin. Fundamental Taiwan | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Shih-Chieh Chiu A teenager grows up in the strange and terrifying reality of fundamentalism and finds a way out. Unsatisfying France | 2016 | 1 min | DIR: Parallel Studio A video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. The Noise of Licking (A nyalintás nesze) Hungary | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Nadja Andrasev A woman is watched every day by a cat as she takes care of her exotic plants, but their perverted ritual ends when the cat disappears. The Final Nights of E. Zann USA | 2016 | 3 min | DIR: Gurleen Rai & F. Anthony Shepherd (World Premiere) Erich Zann, a theater viol player, is driven to madness by his nightly battle to cover the horrific sounds of evil forces clawing into his world. Sestina USA | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Tom Varisco A couple's assessment and reassessment of their relationship takes a surreal turn. Stretch Turkey, United States | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Çağıl Harmandar Strange morning rituals of a girl between awake and asleep. The History of Magic: Ensueños USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Jose Luis Gonzalez When the high school bell rings, Ester Bolaños carves out her own path in the search for something, anything, beyond her soul-smothering existence in a small Texas border-town. Escape USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Limbert Fabian & Brandon Oldenburg A space explorer crash-lands on a deserted planet and must find a way to create shelter. Doomed USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Max Ward (US Premiere) A melting head and its offspring speak to the impermanent, the inevitable, and the uncontrollable. Summer Camp Island USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Julia Pott Once parents leave their kids at Summer Camp island, all of the strangeness lurking beneath the surface starts to come out. Nevada USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Emily Ann Hoffman (US Premiere) A young couple's romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap. Hot Dog Hands USA | 2016 | 7 min | DIR: Matt Reynolds A woman just can't stop growing new fingers. Lovestreams USA | 2016 | 10 min | DIR: Sean Buckelew A confessionary tale of two strangers in an online chat room one lonely night in 2002; a love story from the early days of the Internet.

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  • 12:00pm - 1:32pm

    Doc Shorts: This Land is Your Land

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 5:00PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Clean Hands USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Lauren DeFilippo On a Sunday morning the congregation of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church tunes in. Roots and Wings USA | 2017 | 21 min | DIR: Hanna Miller Tangled family roots complicate 19-year-old wife and mother Leatrice Black's journey to find home in rural south Mississippi. Community Partner: NOW, LOVE (Almost) Freedom USA | 2016 | 8 min | DIR: Puck Lo In a world where GPS-enabled electronic ankle monitors track their wearers performing the most mundane tasks, what does it mean for prison to come home with us? Alone USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Garrett Bradley With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. Atlantic City Character Study USA | 2016 | 29 min | DIR: Ben Carey & Billy Linker A short documentary about the people who pass through one of America’s most well-known resort towns as it teeters on the brink of economic collapse.

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  • 1:45pm - 2:52pm

    Love and Saucers

    | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 8:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 1:45PM | Member $7 General $10
    David Huggins lives a quiet life in Hoboken, New Jersey. At 72 years old he fills most of his time with painting, watching movies, and a part-time job at a local store. But, mostly, David spends his time reminiscing on his past relationship with an alien being. Through books and forums David connects with others who have similar experiences; through painting his memories he finds his catharsis. Welcoming viewers into his home, Love and Saucers is composed of David’s rich descriptions of his life and works, and supported by interviews with the friends, family, and various members of the community. Each has been touched by his positive influence, and each discusses the distinct possibility that we are not alone. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Matt Ralston; DP: Munn Powell; ED: Brad Abrahams https://vimeo.com/201024048

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  • 2:00pm - 3:34pm

    Narrative Shorts: A Hell of a Guy

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 2:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 2:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Modern Love USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Francesca Mirabella A young man who lives his life through social media has an encounter with a young woman who challenges his ideals about sexual stereotypes. True Blue USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Chris Osborn A lonely pyramid schemer's dark night of the soul in Atlantic City. Night Shift USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Marshall Tyler A bumpy night at his longterm gig as a bathroom attendant forces an on-again, off-again actor to face a reality he's not yet ready to embrace. Call Your Father USA | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Jordan Firstman On Josh and Greg's first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries. Alex and the Handyman USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Nicholas Colia A precocious nine year old develops a crush on the 25-year-old handyman working in his family mansion. Us Funny USA | 2016 | 16 min | DIR: Julia Bales & Jim Cummings Jim and Julia have a wonderful date leading up to a serious conversation.

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  • 3:30pm - 5:04pm

    Narrative Shorts: The Incorrigible

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Elegy (Elegía) Spain | 2016 | 15 min | DIR: Alba Tejero After the death of two of her classmates, Julia’s resentment toward the two girls drives her to write something that will have dire consequences. They Charge for the Sun USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Terence Nance In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her in the dark. Community Partner: Coffy Film Collective Adult Australia | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Jamieson Pearce Having enabled a loss that torments her, a woman goes to an adult store in search of redemption. Halfman (Halvmand) Denmark, Germany | 2016 | 30 min | DIR: Frederik Louis Hviid (World Premiere) Their violent disagreement about whether and when to start a family turns a middle-aged couple's lives upside-down. French (Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux) France | 2016 | 21 min | DIR: Josza Anjembe Her diploma in hand, a teenager from Cameroon aspires to one thing: getting French nationality. But her father Amidou is fiercely opposed.

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  • 4:15pm - 5:48pm

    Doc Shorts: Gender Geography

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 4:15PM | Member $7 | General $10
    A Thousand Mothers Myanmar, United States | 2017 | 39 min | DIR: Kim Shelton Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. Pehelwani India, United States | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: João Canziani A group of young men practice the ancient art of pehelwan, or mud wrestling, in the town of Mathura, India. The Baths UK | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat, and chat. House of JXN USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Rosie Haber The latest installment of the New Deep South web series examines the Rainbow Families of Jackson, Mississippi, and the bonds, connections, and rivalries within the community. #LoveYourz USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Nick Bentgen A teenage self-love collective searches for love and adventure as they explore the outer boroughs of NYC.

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  • 5:30pm - 6:53pm

    The Thunder Feast

    Santiago Maza Stern | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Mexico

    For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem that accompanies the dangerous explosives, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. - KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere Preceded by the short film “Skull and Bones” (5 min). PRD: Gonzalo Álvarez, Santiago Maza & Juan Sarquis; DP: Branko Gomez Palacio, Rashid Makhlouf & Raymundo Marmolejo; ED: Branko Gomez Palacio & Sebastián Nuño

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  • 5:45pm - 6:29pm

    Shepherd (Pilot)- Episodic

    Andrew Bryan | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Episodic

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    Pilot Episode Father Joseph is called to action after a little girl is murdered on his church’s steps. Tortured by his past, he exacts vigilante justice on those who wreak havoc on his community. FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 6:30pm - 7:54pm

    Burqa Boxers

    Alka Raghuram | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    France, USA, India

    Razia Shabnam is revolutionizing what it means to be feminine and Muslim in Kolkata, India. She teaches boxing to a group of teenage girls who experience fear, abuse, and the threat of rape on a daily basis. At home, she raises a son who constantly absorbs the lessons of a culture that promotes misogynistic values. But Razia, one of the country’s first female boxing coaches, does not only teach the women of her community to fight, but the men to respect them. Through training sessions with her students Ajmira, Taslima, and Parveen, this film carries us through the highs and lows of adolescence and inspires us to take what we want from life “by hook or by crook” as Razia says. -KM FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Farid Rezkallah, Alka Raghuram; DP: Raja Dey; ED: Giuliano Papacchioli   Community Partners: Le Boxeur Gym; New Orleans NOW; NOW, LOVE    

    Free
  • 6:30pm - 7:50pm

    The Joneses

    Moby Longinotto | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Broad

    USA, UK

    Tickets

    Tues Oct 17 6:30PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 11:30AM | Member $7 General $10
    Jheri Jones is a vivacious, life-loving transsexual woman. At 74 she still goes out dancing and is the loving matriarch of a family of four sons and two grandchildren—two of her sons live in her own home and the rest are close by. Their family is tight-knit now, but Jheri’s gender transition in deeply religious Mississippi left a strain that they are still trying to overcome. After the passing of her ex-wife and mother of her children, each of the Joneses must learn to move forward with their own personal struggles and with each other in everything from explaining the intricacies of gender to the grandkids to figuring out their own identity. The Joneses is a touching family portrait full of life, love, and strength. -AL PRD: Aviva Wishnow; DP: Moby Longinotto; ED: Vanessa Roworth Filmmaker scheduled to attend Community Partner: New Orleans Pride    

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  • 7:00pm - 8:12pm

    Damascene

    Freddy Syborn | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      England

    In a cozier city, bumping into your ex-lover might call for an awkward smile and swift goodbye, but in London’s chilly metropolis it calls for a full-on catch up. So Frank and Inez find themselves, biking the same route to a party. Picking their way across parks and side streets, they traverse their shared history with far-from-rosy recollection. Every twist of their lacerating conversation is captured by the cameras perched on their helmets, a safety precaution that could become an emotional liability. More than just a bold experiment, the all-GoPro format is weightless and elastic, sliding from Google Maps-esque streetscapes into voyeuristic close-ups, mirroring Frank and Inez’s distances and their too-close closeness. -JK World Premiere Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Hayley Williams, Guy Thompson, Freddy Syborn; WRI: Freddy Syborn; DP: Freddy Syborn; ED: Jack Hextall

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  • 7:30pm - 8:29pm

    On Our Watch

    Jonathan Evans | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    This documentary presents the problem of coastal land loss in Southern Louisiana with honesty, directness, and urgency. The film features interviews with activists, professors, and community leaders who demonstrate how we got here and where we are going. The effects of sea rise and erosion in the wetlands touch down on numerous industries and influence the lives of residents throughout the Delta, including New Orleans. Solutions have been placed on the table, but they are underfunded, and civic engagement on a small scale appears to be the only route to sustainability on a larger one. But even that might be wishful thinking. -KM Preceded by the film "Flooded with You" (8 min.) PRD: Bruno Steiner; WRI: Jonathan Evans, Caroline Taylor; DP: Ryan Martin; ED: Jonathan Evans   Presenting Sponsor:                  Community Partner: Gulf Restoration Network, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic    

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  • 7:30pm - 9:34pm

    Last Flag Flying

    Richard Linklater | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Prytania Theatre

    USA

    Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old military buddies, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. With the casket, the three friends take a bittersweet road trip up the East Coast, reflecting on the impact of war and reminisce about their times together.  Marking a new direction for Linklater after his joyful college romp, Everybody Wants Some!!, Last Flag Flying is a poignant exploration of aging, masculinity, and friendship. PRD: GINGER SLEDGE, JOHN SLOSS; WRI: DARRYL PONICSAN, RICHARD LINKLATER; DP: SHANE F. KELLY; ED: SANDRA ADAIR

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  • 8:30pm - 10:05pm

    Dolores

    Peter Bratt | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    The greatest political organizer you’ve never heard of is a Mexican-American divorcée with eleven children, a close friend of Bobby Kennedy and Gloria Steinem, and a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association with César Chavéz. Mistakenly called “César Chavéz’s girlfriend” instead of “co-founder” or “colleague,” Dolores Huerta has been all but erased from the history books and diminished in her role as a top leader of Latino rights movements. Produced by Carlos Santana, Dolores crafts a stirring and frustrating portrait of an American hero that has not been given proper recognition. -LA PRD: Brian Benson; WRI: Peter Bratt, Jessica Congdon; DP: Jesse Dana; ED: Jessica Congdon   Community Partner: New Orleans NOW, Nuestra Voz    

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  • 8:45pm - 10:03pm

    Victor's History

    Nicolas Chevaillier | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Germany, India

    Legacy looms large in Victor’s mind. His recently deceased father's legacy, his family’s legacy, and what will one day be his own. Victor hires Dorian, a skeptical documentarian, and Zuhair, a cameraman, to follow him to France for the reading of his father’s will. Victor intends to use film to craft a positive narrative around his family’s wealth, masking his father’s less-than-savory business tactics and a history of exploitation in French West Africa. As they travel across France, it becomes clear that Victor’s often comedic delusions do not come close to the bizarre reality of who his father was. Victor’s History considers the complicated layers of privilege, colonization, and just who deserves to recount and present the past. -GHR Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Shoaib Lokhandwala; WRI: Nicolas Chevaillier DP: Shoaib Lokhandwala; ED: Nicolas Chevaillier

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  • 8:45pm - 9:45pm

    Woke

    Iman Shervington | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    Maisha and Brandon are moving in opposite directions: she’s changing majors, leaving town for a new school, taking a leap of faith. He’s talking about settling down, starting a family, hoping to heal some of the scars his own father left in raising him. For the moment, though, they’re still together, unified by habit and comfort, but above all by their shared devastation at the daily injustices to which they’re subject as young African-Americans and their shared resolve to keep pushing back. As it weaves the love story at its center, Woke remains world-weary yet open-hearted, looking outward, surveying the voices and faces of the righteously indignant class of 2017. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Chloe Walters-Wallace, Jamie Balthazar, Gina Holland; WRI: Iman Shervington; DP: Jake Springfield; ED: Iman Shervington   Community Partners: Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES), Patois; The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival    

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  • October 18, 2017

  • 11:30am - 12:50pm

    The Joneses

    Moby Longinotto | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA, UK

    Tickets

    Tues Oct 17 6:30PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 11:30AM | Member $7 General $10
    Jheri Jones is a vivacious, life-loving transsexual woman. At 74 she still goes out dancing and is the loving matriarch of a family of four sons and two grandchildren—two of her sons live in her own home and the rest are close by. Their family is tight-knit now, but Jheri’s gender transition in deeply religious Mississippi left a strain that they are still trying to overcome. After the passing of her ex-wife and mother of her children, each of the Joneses must learn to move forward with their own personal struggles and with each other in everything from explaining the intricacies of gender to the grandkids to figuring out their own identity. The Joneses is a touching family portrait full of life, love, and strength. -AL PRD: Aviva Wishnow; DP: Moby Longinotto; ED: Vanessa Roworth Filmmaker scheduled to attend Community Partner: New Orleans Pride    

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  • 12:00pm - 1:35pm

    Narrative Shorts: The Flowers and the Angry Waves

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 1:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 12:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Girlfriends (Podrugi) Russia | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Evgenia Kovda  (World Premiere) A tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia. American Dream USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Alexia Oldini  (World Premiere) A young Chinese immigrant moves to New York City in the hopes of achieving her dreams. The Sacred Disease USA | 2016 | 27 min | DIR: Erica Scoggins Reeling from the death of her brother, a small-town epileptic ditches her pills and follows a mysterious woman into the deep woods of Tennessee. My Treasure (Mi Tesoro) El Salvador | 2017 | 23 min | DIR: Michael Flores A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son. Absent USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Sudarshan Suresh (World Premiere) Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush. The Shuttle USA | 2017 | 16 min | Lu Han When a nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way. Sunday Screening FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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  • 1:30pm - 3:13pm

    The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist

    Ayoub Qanir | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA, Mongolia

    Time and space are amorphous concepts in The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist. We visit several generations of a family living in Khuvsgul, on the Mongolian steppe. A Shaman elder receives a message in a dream that a great journey is ahead. His grandson is accidentally poisoned by mushrooms and the Shaman seeks the advice and support of his ancestors. As we follow each family member through their daily duties and private moments, we are also privy to the events taking place on another plane of existence, parallel to, yet removed from the world of the living. The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist examines how each small moment in a life reaches into the past and connect us to each other. -GHR US Premiere PRD: Ayoub Qanir, Enkhtsag Damdinjav, Shirmen Batdelger; WRI: Ayoub Qanir, George Thomson; DP: Roman Kuznets; ED: Ayoub Qanir, Roman Kuznetsk

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  • 2:00pm - 3:33pm

    Doc Shorts: Labor of Love

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 6:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 2:00PM |  Member $7 | General $10
    The Rock (برد ) Iran | 2016 | 26 min | DIR: Hamid Jafari (US Premiere) In the South of Iran, a woman goes to the mountain every day with her sledgehammer and crowbar, breaks rocks, and sells them to support her family. One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi China, United States | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Shuhan Fan After spending five minutes learning how to make a traditional ramen dish, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan creates a Communist kingdom by selling his Hunan hometown food. Bells in the Mountain (Esquilas en la montaña) Spain, United States | 2016 | 15 min | DIR: Sebastian Lasaosa Rogers Two hundred cows from the town of Ulle make the three-day journey up the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains at the start of the summer. Coming and Going (Ale Vini) Haiti, United States | 2016 | 34 min | DIR: Annie Huntington & Clay Thomas A young translator from a small Haitian town considers his future: should he stay in the community where he grew up or join the exodus abroad in search of other opportunities?   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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  • 3:30pm - 4:55pm

    Pow Wow

    Robinson Devor | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 9:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 3:30PM |Member $7 General $10
    In 1909, a Paiute runner named Willie Boy led a posse of white deputies on a legendary chase through the California desert. Sixty years later, Robert Blake played Willie in the film. Almost 50 years after that, the arid Paiute homeland is trod by retirees in loud golf pants, irrigated by a massive prehistoric aquifer that’s being pumped up by the fairway-full to quench the desert into lush submission. Piling up loopy and scathing images (a golf cart shaped like Bob Hope’s face, a wine-sipping partygoer in a hot-pink buckskin) Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat) forgoes any attempt at linearity, taking an almost geological view of time in the certainty that, no matter how hard it may be to see with the naked eye, history obeys cycles. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Commodity City” (11 min). PRD: Victoria Nevinny; WRI: Michael McConville; DP: Sean Kirby; ED: Adam Sekuler   Community Partner: Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center    

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  • 4:00pm - 5:35pm

    Narrative Shorts: Gate of Flesh

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 7:15PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Sunday Morning Coming Down UK | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Harry Lighton (US Premiere) In search of his tribe in 1994 Britain, Max journeys to a seaside public restroom with his twin brother. After the Reunion (Luokkakokouksen jälkeen) Finland | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Kirsikka Saari 50-year-old Saila wakes up next to her old classmate Esa the morning after their class reunion, leading to revelations for both of them. Miss World Taiwan | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Georgia Fu A pill-popping party girl and a traditional Taiwanese father try to say goodbye to each other on the day before the father has to start a prison sentence. Days of Wholesome Joy (Con Sana Alegría) Cuba | 2016 | 18 min | DIR: Claudia Muñiz Zayda has taken care of her grandma afflicted with dementia for a long time, but on the eve of her birthday tries to regain her previous life. Mouse USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Celine Held & Logan George A desperate, coke-fueled couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity. Holy Hill (Santo Cerro) Dominican Republic | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Rodney Llaverias In the heat of summer, the sexual awakening of an orphan boy provokes the curiosity of a nun.   Supporting Sponsor (Holy Hill):            

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  • 6:00pm - 7:26pm

    Sick to Death!

    Maggie Hadleigh-West | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA, Belgium

    One of the most commonly misdiagnosed afflictions for women in the U.S. is thyroid disease. The thyroid has a hand in nearly every major function in the body, making symptoms difficult to pin down, as they are comprised of common issues such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and depression. Through director Maggie Hadleigh-West’s own medical journey, Sick to Death! investigates the political and medical reasons thyroid disease is so often overlooked and the serious health complications that can occur when left untreated. Using personal video and interviews with medical professionals and women who grapple with thyroid problems every day, Maggie seeks answers that have the potential to better her own life and those of the women around her. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Elizabeth Dunnebacke, Catherine Reirson; WRI: Maggie Hadleigh-West; ED: Ilko Davidov, Kim Connell, David Bear

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  • 6:15pm - 7:25pm

    Olancho

    Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA, Honduras

    Manuel Chirinos, lead singer of “Los Plebes de Olancho," tells his perilous story to a radio DJ in the United States where he has fled from his hometown of Olancho, Honduras. Back home his band was the preferred entertainment for the drug cartels whose power touches every part of local life. Manuel’s bandmates take us through gorgeous, peaceful afternoons with family, fun but unprofitable shows at neighborhood parties, and anxious, clandestine nights performing for Olancho’s jefes. Even after surviving a harrowing escape across the U.S. border, Manuel longs for the dangerous but beautiful place whose beauty permeates the melodies of his songs. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold; DP: Shlomo Godder; ED: Andrea Chignoli   Presenting Sponsor:                                Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Pont:Productions

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  • 6:15pm - 7:42pm

    Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise

    Jennifer Townsend | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA

    With hands clasped and hair blowing in the wind, the image of Thelma and Louise speeding across the desert in a powder blue convertible has influenced generations of women. Thelma and Louise spoke to empowerment, strength, and freedom, and inspired a national survey created by Jennifer Townsend, the director of Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise. Over several months, she collected the thoughts and impacts of this iconic film. Now, over 25 years later, Townsend is reopening the conversation with those original survey participants. Through interviews with fans and some of the actors, including Christopher McDonald, audiences are brought into an intimate discussion of the many realities of being a woman in society. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Jennifer Townsend; DP: Stuart Ferrier; Sarah Ferrier   Community Partners: Women in Film and Television, New Orleans NOW    

    Free
  • 6:30pm - 7:59pm

    Play the Devil

    Maria Govan | 2016 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Narrative Features

    The Broad

      Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, USA

    Dancing deftly between the confusion and possibilities of youth, Play the Devil offers the story of Gregory, a teenager on the cusp of graduation in the town of Paramin, Trinidad. He is torn between meeting the expectations of his family by studying medicine abroad and his passion to study the world’s beauty through photography. Amid this choice and the return of his father—a recovering addict—his artistic spirit catches the attention of an affluent businessman who attempts to foster Greg’s talent until the relationship goes too far. Tender moments intertwine with the lush cliffsides and vistas of Trinidad and Tobago, toppling one into the next until a choice with dire consequences is made during the year’s Carnival. -AL PRD: Maria Govan, Abigail Hadeed, Jonathan Grey, Chris Mortimer; WRI: Maria Govan; DP: James Wall; ED: Thomas A. Kreuger   Community Partner: Pelican Bomb    

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  • 7:30pm - 9:02pm

    Do U Want It?

    Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

    USA

    Papa Grows Funk carved out a successful place for themselves in the New Orleans live music scene, playing to loyal crowds of locals and tourists every Monday night at The Maple Leaf. Cobbled together in 2000 from local jam sessions, the band eventually became a mainstay in the Crescent City and booked international tours. But defining success proves to be as murky as achieving happiness. Do U Want It? revisits the band’s career as they prepare for a final tour and album recording before a planned hiatus. The film asks the eternal question for New Orleans’ performers: in a city where you can make it as musician, is that enough? Does success mean always leaving your home behind? -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Sam Radutzky, Josh Freund, Alex Mallonee; WRI: Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky; DP: Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky; ED: Sam Radutzky, Josh Freund, Manuel Tsingaris   Community Partners: Cutting Edge NOLA, NOLA Hip Hop Archive, #Awayteam, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO)    

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  • 8:30pm - 9:53pm

    Doc Shorts: Water/Ways

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Wed Oct 18 8:30PM | Member $10 | General $13
    Keepers of the Mound USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Katie Mathews (World Premiere) A Houma family cares for one of the many ancient Native American earthen mounds threatened by the rapid disintegration of the Louisiana coastline. Station 15 USA | 2017 | 15 min | DIR: Kira Akerman & Sophie Tintori (World Premiere) A New Orleans high school student's meditation on a broken drainage system in an era of climate change. Born on the Bayou 2017 | 22 min | DIR: Kevin McCaffrey (World Premiere) The most successful levee management district in Louisiana is South Bayou Lafourche, it is constantly perfected by the leadership of sixth generation Cajun Windell Curole who combines a canny knowledge of science, best practices, political acumen and knowledge from locals. Plaquemines and The Mid-Barataria Diversion 2017 | 22 min | DIR: John Richie (World Premiere) Plaquemines Parish, located just south of New Orleans, runs the entire length of the Mississippi on both banks of the river. Residents of the area are torn on a governmental plan to reinforce the area’s marshlands.   Presenting Sponsor:             Community Partners: Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, Gulf Restoration Network,    

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  • 8:45pm - 10:25pm

    After Louie

    Vincent Gagliostro | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

      USA

    The AIDS crisis appeared in a flash and threatened the physical and emotional livelihood of entire generations of queer communities. Sam (Alan Cumming), a former member of ACT UP, remembers that pain all too well. Memories of those years pervade his work as an artist and have pushed him to abandon his former work as a painter in favor of a new video project connected to a close friend whom he lost to AIDS. It’s a past he can’t escape, even as other friends seem to move on, until he meets Braeden at a bar late one night. Braeden is young and taking full advantage of the achievements that Sam worked so hard to reach, but their romance may be just what Sam needed to move forward in the changed reality that AIDS activism has created. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “In a Heartbeat”  (4 min) PRD: Lauren Belfer, Bryce Renninger, Alan Cumming; WRI: Vincent Gagliostro and Anthony Johnston; DP: Aaron Kovalchik; ED: Maria Cataldo   Presenting Sponsor:                    Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans, New Orleans Pride    

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  • October 19, 2017

  • 11:30am - 1:07pm

    Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano

    Cuban Shorts | 2017 | Series: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, In Competition, Cine Cubano

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Thur Oct 19 11:30PM | Members $7 General $10
    Parade USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Kira Akerman (World Premiere) Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders. Connection (Conectifai) Cuba | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Horizoe Garcia A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen. Charlie USA, Cuba | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Kadri Koop Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son. Manuel Cuba, USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Gabriela Cavanagh (World Premiere) By the train tracks in Havana, 87-year-old Manuel brews an aphrodisiac juice called pru. Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)  (US Premiere) Spain, USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Faisal Attrache Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation's unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father's adamant objection. Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban (World Premiere) Cuba | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Ora DeKornfeld In Cuba, where women are banned from competitive boxing, a 13-year-old girl steps into the ring. Prince of Smoke Cuba | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Matthew Gelb Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.   Presenting Sponsors:                                    Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Prospect New Orleans    

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  • 1:45pm - 3:05pm

    Ask the Sexpert

    Vaishali Sinha | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 6:45PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Thur Oct 19 1:45PM | Member $7 | General $10
    90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa is a fixture on page 34 of the Mumbai Mirror, where he doles out sage counsel to the city’s impotent, celibate, and otherwise sexually perplexed. In a country whose sexual mores are still catching up to its surging economy, the retired gynecologist is a hero to his readership and a comfort to the anonymous patients who make pilgrimage to his backstreet apartment, having sought him out like a sexological J.D. Salinger. While Watsa is being fêted as the dean of India’s sex-ed movement, censorious forces in India’s public sphere, led by litigious activists, try to shut him down on grounds of obscenity. But through it all, the redoubtable Watsa maintains the unflappable cool of a man who has truly seen it all. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation US Premiere PRD: Vaishali Sinha and Mridu Chandra; DP: Anup Singh; ED: Myles Kane & Ashish Ravinra   Community Partners: Esoterotica, Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers, The Sex Sensei

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  • 3:30pm - 4:27pm

    Louisiana Shorts: More Than Monuments

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Goodbye, Old Glory

    USA | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Jordan Haro (World Premiere) Mid-City’s statue of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy, serves as the battleground for the argument over the removal of the Confederate monuments. In this contentious stand-off, Louisianans camp out with hot trays of food and lawn chairs, and while they argue over history, passions intensify and violence looms large. Community Partners: Louis A Martinet Foundation, Louisiana Chapter National Lawyers Guild

    Silent Parade or the Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee

    USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: William Cordova (US Premiere) The Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ most revered brass bands, confronts the legacy of slavery in a powerful rooftop performance across from Robert E. Lee’s statue. Community Partners: NOLA Hip Hop Archive, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Prospect New Orleans

    Divided City

    USA | 2017 | 30 min | DIR: Andrea B. Scott and Katie Mitchell (World Premiere) Members of the Monumental Task Committee and the Sons of Confederate Veterans reveal the nostalgia that they feel for antebellum Southern values. Leaders of Take ‘Em Down Nola contend that such a perspective conveniently omits the fundamental role slavery played in the making of these leaders. Radio commentary fuels the impassioned soundtrack of this film, which documents the days leading up to the city council vote all the way to the statues’ removal. Community Partner: Louis A Martinet Foundation

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  • 6:15pm - 7:32pm

    The Family I Had

    Katie Green and Carlye Rubin | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    A single act of fatal violence has turned a family upside down, but the murder follows a dark series of precursors that transcend multiple generations. Paris, who killed his 4-year-old sister when he was 13, recounts his life before and after the incident from prison. As this film unravels the psyches of its subjects, it explores the behavioral and genetic traits that Paris’ family members share. His mother, Charity, struggles to reconcile the brutal act of her son with the forgiveness she seeks on a daily basis. Paris remains close with his grandmother, whose sinister, melodramatic past is a source of pride for her. In this fascinating true crime story, secrets hide in plain sight, but the future remains obscured. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin, Tina Grapenthin; DP: Katie Green and Martina Radwan; ED: Tina Grapenthin   Community Partner: New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center    

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  • 8:00pm - 10:12pm

    Closing Night: Call Me By Your Name

    Luca Guadagnino | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, Closing Night

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Italy, France, Brazil, USA

    Summer is a perpetual state of being at the Perlmans’ Italian villa. Lush, lazy mornings become long, wine-filled evenings, ensconced in discussions of Greco-Roman art and the sounds of Mahler on piano. Oliver, a 24-year-old research assistant (Armie Hammer), joins the Perlmans for six weeks of study before returning to his position at Columbia. 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is immediately infatuated. They begin a tense series of furtive glances and curt conversations, both enchanted but unwilling to meet the other halfway. A coming of age story. A tale of first love. Americans summering in beautiful, foreign locales. Any categorization would be an oversimplification of the evocative and intoxicating world of Call Me By Your Name. -GHR PRD: EMILIE GEORGES, LUCA GUADAGNINO, JAMES IVORY, MARCO MORABITO, HOWARD ROSENMAN, PETER SPEARS; WRI: JAMES IVORY; DP: SAYOMBHU MUKDEEPROM; ED: WALTER FASANO

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    The Cage Fighter

    Jeff Unay | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    An adored father and mechanic in the guts of a Washington State ferry boat by day, Joe Carman tires himself to the bone by night, readying himself for bruising competitive mixed martial arts bouts. Pushing 40 and struggling to justify his lifestyle to his fed-up family, he can only offer that his brutal chosen hobby is ”the only time in my life when I feel proud of myself.” Shot over three years with visceral, immersive cinematography and stirring editing, every physical and emotional blow in Joe’s life lands hard. Loyola grad Jeff Unay’s portrait of this fighter up against the ropes ducks the tired trappings and offers an unforgettable look at the punishment we endure in pursuit of self-respect, over the cheap thrills of victory. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Andrea Meditch, James Orara, Ariel Sultan, David Teague, Jeff Unay; DP: Jeff Unay; ED: David Teague

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    The New Orleans Advocate
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    The Broad
    Prytania Theatre
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    Opening Night: The Florida Project

    Sean Baker | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, Opening Night

    Orpheum Theater

    USA

    From the visionary director of indie hit Tangerine, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live week-to-week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel near Disney World managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the unique world into which they’ve been thrown. PRD: SEAN BAKER, CHRIS BERGOCH, KEVIN CHINOY, ANDREW DUNCAN, ALEX SAKS, FRANCESCA SILVESTRI, SHIH-CHING TSOU; WRI: SEAN BAKER, CHRIS BERGOCH; DP: ALEXIS ZABE; ED: SEAN BAKER   Lead Sponsor:                          Premier Sponsor:               

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    Music Videos

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    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

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    Wallay

    Berni Goldblat | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, New French Cinema

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      France, Burkina Faso

    Ady, a 13-year-old living in Southern France, is the ultimate teenage rebel. Overwhelmed by his out-of-control son, Ady’s father decides to send him across the Mediterranean to Burkina Faso to live with his uncle Amadou for the summer. An atmospheric and lyrical narrative shot in a documentary style, Wallay presents a twist on the classic coming-of-age story and explores narratives not often seen on the big screen. PRD: Nicolas Anthomé; WRI: David Bouchet; DP: Martin Rit; ED: Laurent Sénéchal

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  • 3:45pm - 5:30pm

    Quest

    Jonathan Olshefski | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    Christopher and Christine'a Rainey (known as Quest and Ma to their friends and visitors to their recording studio) are an ordinary couple straining under the weight of economic hardship in a violent corner of North Philadelphia. But here they take on near-mythic status, pulling and loving their family through devastating illness, wrenching violence, and the tumultuous Obama years. Intimate but never invasive, Quest is an empathetic look at coming of age, black love, poverty, race, and family that takes its place among verité greats of any era. Richly illuminating a decade in the life of an extraordinary family, Quest emerges as a song of determined resilience in a time of deep uncertainty. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon; DP: Jonathan Olshefski; ED: Lindsay Utz   Community Partner: Family Service of Greater New Orleans    

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  • 6:00pm - 7:42pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Evolution

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    He Could’ve Gone Pro USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: McGhee Monteith When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother are forced to confront family truths. The Farewell Rag USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Henry Griffin (World Premiere) Four generations of New Orleanians must decide whether to leave town in search of better opportunities. The Melancholy Man USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Samantha Smith (World Premiere) The world's saddest man meets the world's saddest woman. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television Pearl Motel USA | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Chris Jones (World Premiere) A young sex worker fights to loose the shackles of her troubled past. Honey and the Hive USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Austin Alward With a baby sister on the way, an adopted child struggles to maintain her place in the family hive. Noble Creatures USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Daniel Lafrentz In the swamps of South Louisiana, two adversarial escaped convicts square off against a tortured corrections officer known as Put-Down. Ya Albi USA | 2016 | 16 min | DIR: Christine Chen A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s visa is rejected.   Presenting Sponsor:                          

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    Marshall

    Reginald Hudlin | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. PRD: REGINALD HUDLIN, JONATHAN SANGER, PAULA WAGNER; WRI: JACOB KOSKOFF, MICHAEL KOSKOFF; DP: NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL; ED: TOM MCARDLE   Presenting Sponsor:                    

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  • 1:00pm - 2:13pm

    Communion

    Anna Zamecka | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Poland

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    Thurs Oct 12 1:00PM | Members $7 General $10 Sun Oct 15 12:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    14-year-old Ola has largely replaced her alcoholic father as head of her family, minding her live-wire younger brother Nikodem and longing to reunite with their absent mother. It’s almost time for Nikodem’s first communion, and successfully catechising her deeply irreligious brother seems like Ola’s big chance to affect the longed-for reunion and impress the priests and social workers who manage her family. In her feature debut, Anna Zamecka secrets her camera into Ola’s impossibly cramped apartment, ducking the daily crossfire of bickering and tears. Never looming or claustrophobic, her gaze achieves an illuminating closeness, peeling away sentimentality and unveiling the pain that runs in a family. -JK PRD: Anna Wydra, Zuzanna Krol, Hanka Kastelicova, Izabela Lopuch; WRI: Anna Zamecka; DP: Małgorzata Szyłak; ED: Agnieszka Glińska, Wojciech Janas, Anna Zamecka   Community Partners: Family Service of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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  • 2:45pm - 3:53pm

    The World is Mine

    Ann Oren | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Israel

    In this immersive, experimental documentary, the world belongs to Hatsune Miku, a Japanese vocaloid, or synthesizer voice, played by a manga character with blue pigtails. Her backstory and personality have been largely created as fan fiction. Director Ann Oren joins hundreds of girls in taking on the role of Hatsune Miku in Tokyo’s manic cosplay universe, where diehard devotees buy tickets to see a hologram of the virtual goddess perform for sold-out arenas. Along the way, the motives of cosplayers and Hatsune Miku obsessives are alternately exposed and concealed. Both disorienting and delightful, The World Is Mine reveals how fantasy and identity performance can spur romance, friendship, self-confidence, and isolation. -KM US Premiere PRD: Ann Oren, Motomi Haruyama, Dafne Narvaez Berlfein; WRI: Ann Oren; DP: Hiroki Iwai; ED: Isabell Spengler   Community Partners: Kawaii NOLA, Crescent City Comics    

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    The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist

    Ayoub Qanir | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA, Mongolia

    Time and space are amorphous concepts in The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist. We visit several generations of a family living in Khuvsgul, on the Mongolian steppe. A Shaman elder receives a message in a dream that a great journey is ahead. His grandson is accidentally poisoned by mushrooms and the Shaman seeks the advice and support of his ancestors. As we follow each family member through their daily duties and private moments, we are also privy to the events taking place on another plane of existence, parallel to, yet removed from the world of the living. The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist examines how each small moment in a life reaches into the past and connect us to each other. -GHR US Premiere PRD: Ayoub Qanir, Enkhtsag Damdinjav, Shirmen Batdelger; WRI: Ayoub Qanir, George Thomson; DP: Roman Kuznets; ED: Ayoub Qanir, Roman Kuznetsk

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  • 6:45pm - 8:05pm

    Ask the Sexpert

    Vaishali Sinha | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA

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    Thur Oct 12 6:45PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Thur Oct 19 1:45PM | Member $7 | General $10
    90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa is a fixture on page 34 of the Mumbai Mirror, where he doles out sage counsel to the city’s impotent, celibate, and otherwise sexually perplexed. In a country whose sexual mores are still catching up to its surging economy, the retired gynecologist is a hero to his readership and a comfort to the anonymous patients who make pilgrimage to his backstreet apartment, having sought him out like a sexological J.D. Salinger. While Watsa is being fêted as the dean of India’s sex-ed movement, censorious forces in India’s public sphere, led by litigious activists, try to shut him down on grounds of obscenity. But through it all, the redoubtable Watsa maintains the unflappable cool of a man who has truly seen it all. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation US Premiere PRD: Vaishali Sinha and Mridu Chandra; DP: Anup Singh; ED: Myles Kane & Ashish Ravinra   Community Partners: Esoterotica, Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers, The Sex Sensei

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  • 9:00pm - 10:25pm

    Pow Wow

    Robinson Devor | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA

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    Thur Oct 12 9:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 3:30PM |Member $7 General $10
    In 1909, a Paiute runner named Willie Boy led a posse of white deputies on a legendary chase through the California desert. Sixty years later, Robert Blake played Willie in the film. Almost 50 years after that, the arid Paiute homeland is trod by retirees in loud golf pants, irrigated by a massive prehistoric aquifer that’s being pumped up by the fairway-full to quench the desert into lush submission. Piling up loopy and scathing images (a golf cart shaped like Bob Hope’s face, a wine-sipping partygoer in a hot-pink buckskin) Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat) forgoes any attempt at linearity, taking an almost geological view of time in the certainty that, no matter how hard it may be to see with the naked eye, history obeys cycles. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Commodity City” (11 min). PRD: Victoria Nevinny; WRI: Michael McConville; DP: Sean Kirby; ED: Adam Sekuler   Community Partner: Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center    

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    The Broad
    Prytania Theatre
  • 7:30pm - 9:11pm

    The Organizer

    Nick Taylor | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

      USA, Canada, Honduras, India, UK

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    Thur Oct 12 7:30PM | Members $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 11:00AM | Member $7 General $10
    How do you remember ACORN? Does the name evoke local marches, the legislative battles for social justice, or the headlines accusing members of supporting prostitution rings? Regardless, the memory of ACORN remains in the public unconscious and helps inform our perception of politics today. At the center of this influential organization is Wade Rathke, a youthful redheaded Mississippi intellectual who, with the skill and charisma of a startup founder was able to create an international movement to empower low-income communities. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with past and present members, The Organizer presents the rise and fall of an organization that represented the democratic ideals of an entire demographic. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Joey Carey; WRI: Nick Taylor; DP: Joey Carey; ED: Nick Taylor   Community Partner: Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, Local 100 United Labor Unions, ACORN International, WAMF-LP 90.3 New Orleans    

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    Sambá

    Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Narrative Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      Dominican Republic

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    Fri Oct 13 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10 Sat Oct 14 2:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    After his release from a U.S. prison, Cisco hardly expects to be welcomed back into his home in the Dominican Republic with open arms, but life on the island for an ex-convict with no marketable skills is even harder than he’d imagined. Left with no better option, he uses his gifts as a boxer to earn cash in back-alley bloodbuckets. Here he catches the eye of Nichi, an exiled Italian gambler who sees, in making Cisco legit, a chance to pay off the bookies with his share of the prize purse. Mixing bruising match scenes with a hardscrabble view of island life, Sambá’s fighting elegy goes toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. -JK PRD: Ettore D'Alessandro, Carolina Encarnación; WRI: Ettore D'Alessandro; DP: Andrei Bowden Schwartz; ED: Andrea Kleinman

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  • 12:00pm - 8:00pm

    Music Videos

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    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

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  • 1:30pm - 2:45pm

    Bonheur Académie

    Alain Della Negra & Kaori Kinoshita | 2015 | Series: Narrative Features, New French Cinema

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      France

    People seeking enlightenment attend a retreat at the “Happiness Academy,” where workshops and social gatherings focus on “laughter, orgasm, and meditation.” The leader of this center Skypes in to talk to his congregation as “Raël”—but the film focuses not as much on the religious practices of the center’s worshippers as the love triangle of three attendees. In particular, one woman, played by Laure Calamy, commands our attention as she overcomes insecurity to connect with a more confident woman and a pop singer whom she desires. Reality and fiction are two sides of the same coin in this documentary/narrative hybrid, which had its U.S. Premiere at New Directors/New Films. -KM PRD: Emmanuel Chaumet; WRI: Alain Della Negra, Kaori Kinoshita, Rose Philippon; DP: Yoann de Montgrand; ED: Nicolas Boucher

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  • 3:45pm - 5:11pm

    Embrasse-Moi!

    Océane Michel & Cyprien Vial | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, New French Cinema

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      France

    Océane Michel, an emerging French standup comedian, brings charm and charisma to this romantic comedy, which she starred in and directed. Her eccentric family, hilarious gaggle of friends, and seemingly unending roster of ex-girlfriends keep her busy. When her girlfriend dumps her, she immediately falls for Cécile, a sweet, shy photographer played by natural talent Alice Pol. In this irreverent film the ensemble cast shines as Océane’s meddling but devoted cohort speculate whether or not this fling will last. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Maxime Delauney, Romain Rousseau; WRI: Océane Rose Marie, Cyprien Vial; DP: Pascal Auffray; ED: Anny Danché, Julie Duclaux

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  • 4:00pm - 4:27pm

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Located at THREE KEYS at the Ace Hotel New Orleans How do you talk about something that’s as large as history itself, but also right outside your front door? Angelique Molina centers her essay on gentrification on the residents of View Park, an L.A. neighborhood that wears its affluence, and its blackness, proudly. Beyond a legacy of red-lining and block-busting, she finds an older generation fighting hard to maintain their neighborhood’s identity and a younger one who can no longer afford a house in the only place that feels like home. Though far from sanguine about the fate of View Park or the will of people on all sides to attack the problem in earnest, Molina captures the bitter with the sweet, both the anxiety of home-owners on the edge and the kinship that keeps them upright. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Liliana Granados, Max Wyman; DP: Eseraele Alemu; ED: Yongle Wang, Laurie Gardiner   Community Partners: Jane Place NeighborhoodHousing NOLA, Blights Out, Sustainability Initiative       https://vimeo.com/199112975

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  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Young & Innocent

    Jesse Robinson | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA 

    Deceived by the scruffy ginger counselor who’s the only boy near her emotional age at Emily Dickinson Writing Camp, Marion ditches lunch duty and jumps the next bus out of town. Alone and friendless, she holes up in a nowhere motel, ignoring the nagging calls from her sister and indulging in utter anonymity. There Marion meets Norman, and each is haunted by the feeling that they’ve met the other before. Like a garage band covering a string quartet, freshman director Jesse Robinson rebuilds Psycho from a looser, warmer material. Young and Innocent throws a haze across Hitchcock’s spartan menace, replacing autumnal chill with summer swelter, and adult frailty with the languageless longings of adolescence. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Fry Day” (16 min). PRD: Veronica Fitzpatrick, Jesse Robinson; WRI: Jesse Robinson; DP: Alex Parker; ED: Jesse Robinson

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  • 8:30pm - 9:49pm

    Fat Tuesday

    Jorge Torres-Torres | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    During the good times of Mardi Gras, few people stop to ask questions. In festival alum Jorge Torres-Torres’ new feature something sinister stalks the streets of New Orleans, taking advantage of that festive chaos. As we weave in and out of parades and around street corners along with wild revelers and dazzling performers, it becomes clear that not everyone has the same idea of a good time. Latching on to a group of friends, a stranger immerses herself in their connections to each other and the city, even as she picks them off one by one. Part narrative, part documentation of America’s biggest celebration, Fat Tuesday leads you through location footage of the closing week of Mardi Gras with a firm, blood drenched hand. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Matt Koroghlian, Michelle Kowalski, Jorge Torres-Torres; WRI: Matt Koroghlian, Jorge Torres-Torres; DP: Jorge Torres-Torres; ED: Jorge Torres-Torres  

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  • The New Orleans Advocate
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

    Pitch Perfect: Student Narrative Pitches

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Students from southern universities compete to win funding for their next project. This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University. Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

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  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Pitch Perfect: Student Documentary Pitches

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Students from southern universities compete to win funding for their next project. This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University. Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

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  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Pitch Perfect for Southern Filmmakers

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

      Filmmakers at any stage in their career pitch their next project to our panel of judges for a chance to make it a reality. Winner receives: $10,000 camera rental package sponsored by 4:4:4 camera, 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc., Final Draft 10, Vimeo Pro Account, ISA Membership, and Showbiz Budgeting Software. Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

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  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition

    | Series: Panels & Additional Programming

    The New Orleans Advocate

    A program in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Institute, documentary filmmakers have a chance to pitch their next project for funding and support. Winner receives: up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then, and year-round mentorship from TFI Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

    Free
  • 6:30pm - 8:03pm

    Doc Shorts: Labor of Love

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 6:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 2:00PM |  Member $7 | General $10
    The Rock (برد ) Iran | 2016 | 26 min | DIR: Hamid Jafari (US Premiere) In the South of Iran, a woman goes to the mountain every day with her sledgehammer and crowbar, breaks rocks, and sells them to support her family. One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi China, United States | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Shuhan Fan After spending five minutes learning how to make a traditional ramen dish, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan creates a Communist kingdom by selling his Hunan hometown food. Bells in the Mountain (Esquilas en la montaña) Spain, United States | 2016 | 15 min | DIR: Sebastian Lasaosa Rogers Two hundred cows from the town of Ulle make the three-day journey up the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains at the start of the summer. Coming and Going (Ale Vini) Haiti, United States | 2016 | 34 min | DIR: Annie Huntington & Clay Thomas A young translator from a small Haitian town considers his future: should he stay in the community where he grew up or join the exodus abroad in search of other opportunities?   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 8:45pm - 10:13pm

    Experimental Shorts

    | Series: Experimental Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 8:45PM | Member $10 | General $13
    Turtles Are Always Home (Sokun al Sulhufat) Canada, Lebanon, Qatar | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Rawane Nassif A short essay about the meaning of home and the search for it in a transient environment. Adolescence (Adolescencia) Puerto Rico, USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: José Fernando Rodriguez Shot on Hi8, a teenage boy in 2002 Puerto Rico films odd and unusual movie vignettes of himself--and tries to get a girl's attention in the process. Vouchsafe USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Bradly Dever Treadaway (World Premiere) An exploration of a punishment enforced by the artist’s grandfather: that of kneeling on the family’s heating grate. Growing Girl USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Marnie Ellen Hertzler A PowerPoint presentation about snakes and would-have-been situations. Melancholy Baby USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Erika Rosie Rosato (World Premiere) Mirroring footage from New Orleans and the filmmaker's home in Brooklyn, a ghostly time capsule documents the digestion of white privilege and self image. Nichole USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Katherine Vivaldi (World Premiere) The disruptions and imperfections that occur within the frames of light as a camera travels through space inconsistently. Return to Forms USA | 2016 | 10 min | DIR: Zachary Epcar A constellation of objects, each emerging into the soft peach-light void of an indeterminate condominium space. Lance Lizardi USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Xander Robin, Lance Lizardi A young man takes his love for lizards to the extreme. The Garden of Delight The Netherlands, USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Michael Fleming Three scenes reflecting on paradise, lust, and hell. Memory of August USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Margaret Rorison (US Premiere) Intimate spaces of time spent with the filmmaker’s grandmother, Margaret, during a monthlong recovery in a rehabilitation center in Baltimore. Blot USA | 2017 | 2 min | DIR: Benjamin Rouse (World Premiere) Bodies move through space, and with every step, a blot.   Community Partner: Shotgun Cinema    

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  • Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 6:30pm - 8:02pm

    Hate Crime

    Steven Esteb | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    In a picturesque farm community, two couples must grapple with their emotions on the eve of an execution. The parents of the victim, a gay man in his early 20s, reluctantly drive to the prison, hoping for closure in seeing the killer brought to justice. At the same time, the parents of the killer sit helplessly in their dimly lit kitchen as their son is executed. Presenting a heartbreaking portrait of guilt and poisoned love, the parents cling to each other, blame each other, and mourn their son’s tormented life. Though the film grapples with a politically charged crime, after the layers of the story are slowly peeled away, what is left are issues of family and the importance of support in the home. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Steven Esteb, Alicia Allain, Sean Donnelly, Blake Palmintier, Michael Anderson; WRI: Jonah Tapper; DP: Jon Philion; ED: Blake Palmintier   Community Partner: New Orleans Pride    

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  • 8:45pm - 10:00pm

    She's Allergic to Cats

    Michael Reich | 2016 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      USA

    A film ostensibly about a lonely dog groomer’s twin quests, to find love and to fund his all-cat remake of Carrie, She’s Allergic to Cats angles after darker, deeper-swimming fish. Shooting across tape and digital formats, director Michael Reich slathers on pops, skips, noise, and other magnetic crust with an almost precognitive aesthetic sense, building up a visual fabric that’s one part giallo, one part Men’s Wearhouse commercial c.1992, and one part Stephen King straight-to-video cheese. Bucking the specter (everywhere in our post-Too Many Cooks moment) of weirdness for its own sake, Reich reaches down into his story’s molten core: the unwell subconscious writhing behind the painfully composed face of the American male. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “OK Call Me Back” (5 min). PRD: Anthony Baldino, Vaughn Rever Hampton, Andrew van den Houten; WRI: Michael Reich; DP: Zach Driscoll; ED: Forrest Borie   Community Partner: Live Girls

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  • The Broad
  • 6:45pm - 7:50pm

    The Power of Glove

    Adam Ward and Andrew Austin | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    Developed at a whirlwind pace, hyped to the gills, dumped on the market with no support, and abandoned within a year: the story of the Power Glove, 1989’s hottest video gaming accessory and the world’s first whiff of mass-market virtual reality, is hardly unique in the annals of retail, but its cultural impact runs deep. Power of Glove’s oral history revels in chunky 8-bit futurism: cyberpunk fashion statements, neon VHS eye-candy, and heavy machine-made sounds (via a banging synthwave score by Magic Sword). As an enduring tribe of Glove hackers and enthusiasts already knows, futurist promises have an inspirational power no matter how shoddily they’re fulfilled, and limitlessness sometimes comes wrapped in cheap plastic. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It” (15 min). US Premiere PRD: Andrew Austin, Paula Kosowski, Adam Ward; WRI: Andrew Austin, Paula Kosowski, Adam Ward; DP: Adam Ward, Andrew Austin; ED: Andrew Austin, Adam Ward   Community Partners: Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball, Crescent City Comics    

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  • 9:00pm - 10:27pm

    Minutes Collection

    Jim Cummings | 2016 | Series: Episodic

    The Broad

    USA

    Jim Cummings is most recognized for his Sundance Jury Prize-winning short, “Thunder Road,” which was shot in one take and was lauded as one of “the best short films ever made” by Indiewire. Continuing his exploration of long take cinema, Cummings returns with a comedy series composed of single takes. These different episodes feature different protagonists as they experience the most pivotal moments of their lives. Episode 1: The Robbery 10 min "I was just trying to get my dog back today." To save her dog from the pound, Crystal robs a liquor store: it doesn’t go so well. Episode 2: Marty <3 Kate 16 min "Man's life is cheap as beast's." As the manager of a restaurant, Marty has to spin many plates, but he drops all of them when his ex-girlfriend comes in for a date. Episode 3: Parent Teacher 17 min "Nobody should be eating tater tots as a meal." Mr. Zahn meets the parents of his unruly students and learns that the apples don’t fall far from the trees. Episode 4: Cory Comes to Christmas 17 min "If you fall, I'll catch you." Bringing someone home for the holidays is always tough, especially in this family.... Episode 5: The Stop 12 min "Last thing you guys want in your car is a feathered serpent." Gloria and her friends do drugs and then get pulled over by a cop. Episode 6: Native Stand Up 14 min "Do you guys know where I can find a bunch of people that look like me?" John performs stand-up comedy for the first time. It actually goes pretty okay.  PRD: Natalie Metzger; WRI: Jim Cummings, Dustin Hahn; DP: Drew Daniels, Lowell A Meyer; ED: Jim Cummings

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  • Prytania Theatre
  • 7:30pm - 9:12pm

    Louisiana Shorts: (Dis)connect

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

    DvRKER: Infinity Room USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Jonathan Isaac Jackson A young African American lawyer is chosen and kidnapped by a radical group named Dvrker. Stranger USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Jane Geisler (World Premiere) A glance between two women outside a bar sparks a strange confrontation. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television Tiger Team USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Harry Bartle (World Premiere) Three start-uppers want to sign a lease on a new office, but business may not be booming. Foreign Body (Fremdkoerper) USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Andrea Kuehnel (World Premiere) A paralyzed ballerina undergoes a body transplant and struggles with the implications. Last Light USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Jency Griffin Hogan On the eve of her mother’s death, Addie returns home to shed light on her dark past amidst the wreckage that has piled up over the years. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television August USA | 2016 | 8 min | DIR: Caitlyn Greene Deep in Louisiana's swampland, a woman wakes from a fever dream where it has been August for 16 years. Straight Line USA | 2017 | 15 min | DIR: Carl Harrison Jr. (World Premiere) In rural Louisiana, a group of musicians must confront the harsh realities of existing in black skin. Community Partners: DOPEciety, #Awayteam, PONT:Productions Get Out Fast USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Haley Elizabeth Anderson A 15-year-old boy remembers his best friend Coyote Boy: a train-hopper who has gone missing.

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  • Orpheum Theater
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  • 11 am
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  • Ace Hotel New Orleans
  • 11:00am - 12:37pm

    Animated Shorts

    | Series: Animated Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 11:00AM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 11:30PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Frogs’ Song France | 2016 | 11 min | DIR: Cleo Pasquet Deep in the bayou, frogs live and die by the sound of brassy jazz. What is Your Brown Number? India | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Vinnie Ann Bose An animated short dealing with the varieties of skin color in India, and the desire for fairer skin. Fundamental Taiwan | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Shih-Chieh Chiu A teenager grows up in the strange and terrifying reality of fundamentalism and finds a way out. Unsatisfying France | 2016 | 1 min | DIR: Parallel Studio A video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. The Noise of Licking (A nyalintás nesze) Hungary | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Nadja Andrasev A woman is watched every day by a cat as she takes care of her exotic plants, but their perverted ritual ends when the cat disappears. The Final Nights of E. Zann USA | 2016 | 3 min | DIR: Gurleen Rai & F. Anthony Shepherd (World Premiere) Erich Zann, a theater viol player, is driven to madness by his nightly battle to cover the horrific sounds of evil forces clawing into his world. Sestina USA | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Tom Varisco A couple's assessment and reassessment of their relationship takes a surreal turn. Stretch Turkey, United States | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Çağıl Harmandar Strange morning rituals of a girl between awake and asleep. The History of Magic: Ensueños USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Jose Luis Gonzalez When the high school bell rings, Ester Bolaños carves out her own path in the search for something, anything, beyond her soul-smothering existence in a small Texas border-town. Escape USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Limbert Fabian & Brandon Oldenburg A space explorer crash-lands on a deserted planet and must find a way to create shelter. Doomed USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Max Ward (US Premiere) A melting head and its offspring speak to the impermanent, the inevitable, and the uncontrollable. Summer Camp Island USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Julia Pott Once parents leave their kids at Summer Camp island, all of the strangeness lurking beneath the surface starts to come out. Nevada USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Emily Ann Hoffman (US Premiere) A young couple's romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap. Hot Dog Hands USA | 2016 | 7 min | DIR: Matt Reynolds A woman just can't stop growing new fingers. Lovestreams USA | 2016 | 10 min | DIR: Sean Buckelew A confessionary tale of two strangers in an online chat room one lonely night in 2002; a love story from the early days of the Internet.

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  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Music Videos

    | Series: Music Videos

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

    Free
  • 1:00pm - 2:37pm

    Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano

    Cuban Shorts | 2017 | Series: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, In Competition, Cine Cubano

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Thur Oct 19 11:30PM | Members $7 General $10
    Parade USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Kira Akerman (World Premiere) Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders. Connection (Conectifai) Cuba | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Horizoe Garcia A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen. Charlie USA, Cuba | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Kadri Koop Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son. Manuel Cuba, USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Gabriela Cavanagh (World Premiere) By the train tracks in Havana, 87-year-old Manuel brews an aphrodisiac juice called pru. Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)  (US Premiere) Spain, USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Faisal Attrache Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation's unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father's adamant objection. Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban (World Premiere) Cuba | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Ora DeKornfeld In Cuba, where women are banned from competitive boxing, a 13-year-old girl steps into the ring. Prince of Smoke Cuba | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Matthew Gelb Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.   Presenting Sponsors:                                    Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Prospect New Orleans    

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  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    In Conversation with Patricia Clarkson

    | Series: In Conversation

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Patricia Clarkson first fell in love with acting as a teenager in her native New Orleans and honed her skills at Yale and later on the New York stage. She made her film debut in Brian DePalma’s 1987 gangster flick The Untouchables and went on to become the darling of the indie film world with her stunning turn in 1998’s High Art, followed by strong roles in such lauded films as Far from Heaven, The Station Agent, and Pieces of April. Her spot-on performance in the latter earned her her first Golden Globe and Oscar nods. She also won a pair of Emmys for guest appearances on the HBO hit series Six Feet Under. She has continued to wow movie lovers with finely etched portraits in such diverse films as Good Night, and Good Luck; Vicky Christina Barcelona; Shutter Island; and Cairo Time. Saturday, Oct 14 | 3:30pm4:30pm | Ace Hotel New Orleans

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  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    In Conversation with Gabourey Sidibe & Slate Represent Live Recording

    | Series: In Conversation

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Gabourey Sidibe exploded onto the international film scene with her electrifying acting debut in the 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire, a role that brought her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Following that, from 2010 to 2013, she was a key cast member of the Showtime series The Big C. She went on to co-star in the television anthology series American Horror Story: Coven as Quennie and American Horror Story:  Freak Show as Regina Ross, both of which landed her in New Orleans for production. Since 2015, she has starred in the hit Fox drama series Empire is Becky Williams. Sidibe makes her directing debut with the 20-minute short film The Tale of Four. This multi-layered story inspired by Nina Simone’s “Four Women” spans one day in the lives of four different women connected by their quest for love, agency, and redemption. Aisha Harris is a culture writer and editor for Slate and the host of its podcast centered around representation in film and TV, Represent, hosting guests like Barry Jenkins and Rita Moreno. She’s also contributed to the New York Times and The Dissolve. Saturday, October 14 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm | Ace Hotel New Orleans

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  • 9:00pm - 11:14pm

    Centerpiece Film- Mudbound

    Dee Rees | 2017 | Series: Centerpiece Film, Narrative Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA | 2017

    Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live. PRD: Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth, Tim Zajaros; WRI: Virgil Williams, Dee Rees, Hillary Jordan; DP: Rachel Morrison; ED: Mako Kamitsuna   Presenting Sponsor:          

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  • The New Orleans Advocate
  • 12:30pm - 2:02pm

    Doc Shorts: Together Apart

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 12:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Edith + Eddie USA | 2017 | 29 min | DIR: Laura Checkoway America's oldest interracial newlyweds, Edith and Eddie, find themselves at the center of a family feud that threatens to disrupt their love story. Mother's Day USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Elizabeth Lo & R.J. Lozada The impact of mass incarceration on youth is explored through an annual Mother’s Day charity bus that takes children to visit their mothers in prison. A Friendship in Tow/Toe (Até a pró/cima!) Japan, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Atsushi Kuwayama (US Premiere) In the span of five nights, two strangers share stories and sarcasm on one of the longest stairways in Lisbon. All the Leaves Are Brown USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Daniel Robin A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree. My Father's Film (Película de mi padre) USA | 2017 | 8 min | DIR: Priscilla González Sainz A daughter crafts a portrait of her father through the spaces he occupied; a meditation shaped by the tools he left behind. All Good Things USA | 2017 | 26 min | DIR: Chloe Domont In a portrait of a modern marriage, a filmmaker follows her mother's relationship with two men, who each satisfy her different needs.   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 2:45pm - 4:19pm

    Narrative Shorts: A Hell of a Guy

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 2:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 2:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Modern Love USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Francesca Mirabella A young man who lives his life through social media has an encounter with a young woman who challenges his ideals about sexual stereotypes. True Blue USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Chris Osborn A lonely pyramid schemer's dark night of the soul in Atlantic City. Night Shift USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Marshall Tyler A bumpy night at his longterm gig as a bathroom attendant forces an on-again, off-again actor to face a reality he's not yet ready to embrace. Call Your Father USA | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Jordan Firstman On Josh and Greg's first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries. Alex and the Handyman USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Nicholas Colia A precocious nine year old develops a crush on the 25-year-old handyman working in his family mansion. Us Funny USA | 2016 | 16 min | DIR: Julia Bales & Jim Cummings Jim and Julia have a wonderful date leading up to a serious conversation.

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  • 5:00pm - 6:32pm

    Doc Shorts: This Land is Your Land

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 5:00PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Clean Hands USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Lauren DeFilippo On a Sunday morning the congregation of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church tunes in. Roots and Wings USA | 2017 | 21 min | DIR: Hanna Miller Tangled family roots complicate 19-year-old wife and mother Leatrice Black's journey to find home in rural south Mississippi. Community Partner: NOW, LOVE (Almost) Freedom USA | 2016 | 8 min | DIR: Puck Lo In a world where GPS-enabled electronic ankle monitors track their wearers performing the most mundane tasks, what does it mean for prison to come home with us? Alone USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Garrett Bradley With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. Atlantic City Character Study USA | 2016 | 29 min | DIR: Ben Carey & Billy Linker A short documentary about the people who pass through one of America’s most well-known resort towns as it teeters on the brink of economic collapse.

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  • 7:15pm - 8:50pm

    Narrative Shorts: Gate of Flesh

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 7:15PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Sunday Morning Coming Down UK | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Harry Lighton (US Premiere) In search of his tribe in 1994 Britain, Max journeys to a seaside public restroom with his twin brother. After the Reunion (Luokkakokouksen jälkeen) Finland | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Kirsikka Saari 50-year-old Saila wakes up next to her old classmate Esa the morning after their class reunion, leading to revelations for both of them. Miss World Taiwan | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Georgia Fu A pill-popping party girl and a traditional Taiwanese father try to say goodbye to each other on the day before the father has to start a prison sentence. Days of Wholesome Joy (Con Sana Alegría) Cuba | 2016 | 18 min | DIR: Claudia Muñiz Zayda has taken care of her grandma afflicted with dementia for a long time, but on the eve of her birthday tries to regain her previous life. Mouse USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Celine Held & Logan George A desperate, coke-fueled couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity. Holy Hill (Santo Cerro) Dominican Republic | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Rodney Llaverias In the heat of summer, the sexual awakening of an orphan boy provokes the curiosity of a nun.   Supporting Sponsor (Holy Hill):            

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  • 9:30pm - 10:10pm

    Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone

    Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Deep in the recesses of space there is a planet covered in snow and ravaged by a constant storm of plummeting beach balls. In the planet’s isolated tundra three furry creatures alternate between fighting back against two different brightly colored plastic menaces: those beach balls and the shadowy sets and harsh audition rooms of Hollywood. Created by the Cocoon Central Dance Team, Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone is part performance art piece and part Pop Rocks-personified romp through a galaxy where friendship, support, and—their most powerful weapon—dance are what will save them all. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Screening in conjunction with the program of short films “Princess Raccoon and The Teenage Yakuza.” PRD: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Anu Valia, Jason Klorfein, Matt Day WRI: Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer, Cocoon Central Dance Team DP: Ashley Connor ED: Paul Rogers, Alex Fischer, Rachel Wolther   Community Partners: Live Girls, Maya Taylor Dance, Shotgun Cinema, Pelican Bomb  

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  • 9:30pm - 11:10pm

    Narrative Shorts: Princess Raccoon and Teenage Yakuza

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Great Choice USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Robin Comisar A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial. Hot Winter: A film by Dick Pierre USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Jack Henry Robbins One of the first films in American cinema to address climate change was also a hardcore porno. PACO USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Catalina (Jordan) Alvarez He wants you to bounce on his lap. Frenchy and Jett in "Wild Animal Keyboard" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Anthony Dominici (World Premiere) Along with their pet piano, Frenchy and Jett make music about anything and everything. This My Favorite Mural USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Michael Arcos (World Premiere) An amateur German female filmmaker becomes infatuated with a tire shop's mural. Mallory of Pupaville USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Kristi Delasia In Pupaville, a town where sex is taboo, a rebellious puppet goes on a journey of sexual discovery. Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone USA | 2017 | 40 min | DIR: Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer A blissfully bonkers whatzit from unclassifiable dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team.

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  • Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 12:00pm - 1:38pm

    Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South

    Raydra Hall & David Hylan | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      USA

    The history of AIDS activism in America is written in grand gestures: ACT UP shutting down the FDA building in DC. NYC galleries draped in black for Visual AIDS’s Day Without Art. Far outside the epicenters of radicalism, ACT UP’s close-knit Shreveport chapter fought pitched battles, budging the massive LSU Health system to acknowledge the epidemic and lashing back at the KKK during its 90s resurgence. Small Town Rage sets down the largely untold history of a scrappy few who stood up in the least likely of places. -JK Winne of the 2017 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Documentary Award Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation   Presenting Sponsor:          Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans, Karlaro Media    

    Free
  • 2:15pm - 3:45pm

    Sambá

    Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas | 2017 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Narrative Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      Dominican Republic

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10 Sat Oct 14 2:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    After his release from a U.S. prison, Cisco hardly expects to be welcomed back into his home in the Dominican Republic with open arms, but life on the island for an ex-convict with no marketable skills is even harder than he’d imagined. Left with no better option, he uses his gifts as a boxer to earn cash in back-alley bloodbuckets. Here he catches the eye of Nichi, an exiled Italian gambler who sees, in making Cisco legit, a chance to pay off the bookies with his share of the prize purse. Mixing bruising match scenes with a hardscrabble view of island life, Sambá’s fighting elegy goes toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. -JK PRD: Ettore D'Alessandro, Carolina Encarnación; WRI: Ettore D'Alessandro; DP: Andrei Bowden Schwartz; ED: Andrea Kleinman

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  • 4:15pm - 5:42pm

    Wexford Plaza

    Joyce Wong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Canada

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 4:15PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 3:30PM | Member $10 General $13
    During the daylight hours, strip malls are the habitat of errand-runners, diners, and soccer moms, but as night falls they quickly give way to young, bored security employees and tired bartenders closing up shop. Betty has just joined their ranks, patrolling the strip and breaking up adventurous couples, but the night shift is really messing up her social life. That is, if she had one to begin with. As long, uninspiring nights pass she finds a friend in Danny, the aforementioned bartender who has fallen on rough times. When signals get crossed it is unclear whether it’s friendship or more, but as it so often goes it’s sure to be awkward either way. Wexford Plaza pictures life by the fluorescent-pooled light of suburban nights. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Troll” (13 min). Saturday Screening is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Matt Greyson, Harry Cherniak, Joyce Wong; WRI: Joyce Wong DP: Maya Bankovic; ED: Darby MacInnis   Supporting Sponsors:                       

    Free
  • 6:30pm - 7:53pm

    The Thunder Feast

    Santiago Maza Stern | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Mexico

    For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem that accompanies the dangerous explosives, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. - KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere Preceded by the short film “Skull and Bones” (5 min). PRD: Gonzalo Álvarez, Santiago Maza & Juan Sarquis; DP: Branko Gomez Palacio, Rashid Makhlouf & Raymundo Marmolejo; ED: Branko Gomez Palacio & Sebastián Nuño

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  • 8:45pm - 9:52pm

    Love and Saucers

    | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 8:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 1:45PM | Member $7 General $10
    David Huggins lives a quiet life in Hoboken, New Jersey. At 72 years old he fills most of his time with painting, watching movies, and a part-time job at a local store. But, mostly, David spends his time reminiscing on his past relationship with an alien being. Through books and forums David connects with others who have similar experiences; through painting his memories he finds his catharsis. Welcoming viewers into his home, Love and Saucers is composed of David’s rich descriptions of his life and works, and supported by interviews with the friends, family, and various members of the community. Each has been touched by his positive influence, and each discusses the distinct possibility that we are not alone. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Matt Ralston; DP: Munn Powell; ED: Brad Abrahams https://vimeo.com/201024048

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  • The Broad
  • 12:00pm - 1:10pm

    AS IS by Nick Cave

    Evan Falbaum | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    In 2015 Nick Cave began an 8-month term as artist-in-residence at Louisiana’s Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Most known for his performances involving colorful, towering sound suits, Cave’s project for the summer was to involve community organizations in a four-part performance titled “As Is.” AS IS by Nick Cave follows the creation of this performance in Shreveport—we speak with those involved behind the elaborate suits and beaded pieces that comprise the stunning and ultimately uplifting show as they dance and work. Through observational shots of the crew, artists, and communities that made this show happen, this film paints a picture filled with collaboration and hope; a space where everyone can feel free to be as one is. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend DP: Evan Falbaum, Kemerton Hargrove; ED: Evan Falbaum   Community Partners: Dancing Grounds, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, DOPEciety    

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  • 1:45pm - 3:35pm

    Serenade for Haiti

    Owsley Brown | 2016 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Documentary Features

    The Broad

      USA

    Director Owsley Brown spins a gorgeous and soulful symphony of a city, Port-au-Prince, sprung to life through the performances and words of the students and teachers at Sainte Trinité Music School. Beginning three years before the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that left 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, music's saving grace takes on new meaning in the aftermath of the horror that leaves the school in ruins. However, Serenade for Haiti never wallows in sorrow: it's a visual feast and celebration of a musical and cultural heritage whose fingerprints can be found all over New Orleans. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Christy McGill; DP: Marcel Cabrera; ED: Gina Liebrecht, Eva Ilona Brzeski, Jeff Boyette   Community Partners: Black Star Books & Cafe, Congo Square Preservation Society    

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  • 4:15pm - 5:27pm

    Horace Tapscott Musical Griot

    Barbara McCullough | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    Horace Tapscott came up in 1950s Los Angeles as a composer and piano player, relying on the support of the local black musician’s union and the Watts Happening Coffee House. Later forming the Pan-Afrikan Arkestra, he promoted self-love in the black community, which he saw mainstream white American culture rejecting as militantism. New Orleans-born director Barbara McCullough takes us on a lyrical journey through Tapscott’s oral history and performances, where he examines the intersection of politics and art. Tapscott’s evocative storytelling about the status of black men, jazz, and resistance in mid-century America resonates today as the country grapples with the legacy and future of the Civil Rights Movement. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “KOJO” (14 min). PRD: Chephren Rasika, Scott Brock; WRI: Barbara McCullough; DP: Johnny Simmons, Al Santana, Charles Burnett, Bernard Nicolas; ED: Scott Brock   Community Partners: Gallery of the Streets, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans

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  • 6:30pm - 7:56pm

    Sick to Death!

    Maggie Hadleigh-West | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA, Belgium

    One of the most commonly misdiagnosed afflictions for women in the U.S. is thyroid disease. The thyroid has a hand in nearly every major function in the body, making symptoms difficult to pin down, as they are comprised of common issues such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and depression. Through director Maggie Hadleigh-West’s own medical journey, Sick to Death! investigates the political and medical reasons thyroid disease is so often overlooked and the serious health complications that can occur when left untreated. Using personal video and interviews with medical professionals and women who grapple with thyroid problems every day, Maggie seeks answers that have the potential to better her own life and those of the women around her. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Elizabeth Dunnebacke, Catherine Reirson; WRI: Maggie Hadleigh-West; ED: Ilko Davidov, Kim Connell, David Bear

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  • 8:45pm - 9:55pm

    Olancho

    Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA, Honduras

    Manuel Chirinos, lead singer of “Los Plebes de Olancho," tells his perilous story to a radio DJ in the United States where he has fled from his hometown of Olancho, Honduras. Back home his band was the preferred entertainment for the drug cartels whose power touches every part of local life. Manuel’s bandmates take us through gorgeous, peaceful afternoons with family, fun but unprofitable shows at neighborhood parties, and anxious, clandestine nights performing for Olancho’s jefes. Even after surviving a harrowing escape across the U.S. border, Manuel longs for the dangerous but beautiful place whose beauty permeates the melodies of his songs. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold; DP: Shlomo Godder; ED: Andrea Chignoli   Presenting Sponsor:                                Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Pont:Productions

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  • Prytania Theatre
  • 5:00pm - 6:45pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Portraits

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

    Refuge USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Katie Mathews (World Premiere) A Cambodian fisherman in coastal Louisiana faces the prospect of becoming a refugee for the second time. Really Human USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Claire Bangser (World Premiere) After working with the U.S. Forces in Iraq, Ihssan Sharbah flees to America with his family.   Camp of the Innocents USA | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Mira Kohl, Joe Hiller, & Jack Collins (World Premiere) A look at U.S. internment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans and across the U.S. South. You See ‘Em USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Emma Landeche (World Premiere) The Abita Mystery House is home to a number of strange artifacts, junk, and folk art. Echoes of Vietnam USA | 2017 | 26 min | DIR: Joel Woodman (World Premiere) A group of Vietnamese refugees from New Orleans find an unlikely source of strength after traumatic events like post-war relocation and Hurricane Katrina. Hotel Al USA | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Colleen Keeley (World Premiere) A quick-tongued Cajun hustler celebrates his 55th year working for the oldest family-owned hotel in America. Flooded With You USA | 2017 | 8 min. | DIR: Evan Kidd After the historic August 2016 floods in Baton Rouge, the Davis family now all lives together in one small apartment owned by the family matriarch.   Presenting Sponsor:           

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  • Orpheum Theater
  • 10 am
  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
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  • 11 am
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  • Ace Hotel New Orleans
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Music Videos

    | Series: Music Videos

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Yeti Lane: “L’Aurore” (US Premiere) France | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Simon Gesrel & Arnaud Viémont The different stages of a long-immobile fight in an American diner. Lil Dicky: “Pillow Talking” featuring Brain (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Tony Yacenda Lil Dicky navigates an awkward yet hilarious post-coital conversation with a lady friend. Cherry Glazerr: “Told You I'd Be With The Guys” USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Riley Blakeway A dialogue-starter about female solidarity and gender equality within the arts. Oly: "Growing Young" Poland | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Katarzyna Sawicka Two girls raised as sisters see their relationship change and grow apart. “Suicide Note” UK | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Marina Walz A stranger appears from nowhere and offers his hand to a young girl in a white dress. She accepts. King Woman: “Manna” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 |  6 min | DIR: Vincent Jude Chaney A girl rises from the Louisiana swamp. Psychic Hotline: “Empathy” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Michael Arcos Have you ever swayed to the beat amidst a swell of digital feedback? Psychic Hotline has. Kross: “Esc Elation” (World Premiere) Norway, UK | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Thor Brenne Anxiety. Cold. Party. Again. Femdot: “Soul” USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Zack Gregory A visual collage of Femmy's life and the people who have shaped who he is. ROAR!: "Water" USA | 2017 | 6 min | DIR: Carly Meyers & Adam Gertner A fall down the New Orleans rabbit hole into a play-like underwater world of fish and fun. Elohim: “Hallucinating” USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Megan Park A girl hallucinates through another day alone in paradise. Surfer Blood: “Taking Care of Eddy” USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Niko Guardia & Sachio Cook Two teenage mutants roam their suburban landscape, squashing creatures known as “Eddys.” Steady Holiday: “Terror” USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Joseph Armario While cleaning her home, a suburban woman finds a creature in her couch that won't die. “Street Punx Oi” (World Premiere) Myanmar, USA | 2017 | 4 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger The story of how the filmmakers met the punks in Yangon, Myanmar. Delish Da Goddess: “Black Excellence” (World Premiere) USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Sean O’Grady New Orleans rapper Delish stars as the ruler of an underground Dystopian clan of females. Common: “Black America Again” USA | 2016 | 22 min | DIR: Bradford Young A celebration of the beauty, strength, and spirit of black communities during these troubling times. Community Partner: #Awayteam   Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hope Archive, Pont:Productions    

    Free
  • 1:30pm - 3:07pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Identity

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    1227 Lesseps USA | 2017 | 18 min | DIR: Chachi Hauser (World Premiere) After moving to New Orleans, Emily questions her relationship to Lara and her role as a transplant. Intersection USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Angela Tucker A trip forces a young woman and her two friends to examine their respective identities in the South. Nicabob USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Daneeta Loretta Jackson & Patrick Jackson (US Premiere) A lonely teenager makes a human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him. Community Partner: Women in Film and Television Morning Steph USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Maja Holzinger (World Premiere) After a night of partying, Stephanie commits to staying home and spending sober time by herself. Ripe Figs USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Artemis Preeshl (World Premiere) A girl’s ripening sexuality is reflected by the seasons as she seeks to leave the countryside and her godmother. The Hole Punch USA | 2016 | 6 min | DIR: Harry Bartle A quarrel over an unusual party-guest culminates in a dramatic confession. Residual USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Jason R. A. Foster (World Premiere) In 24 hours, a struggling actor deals with his inept agent, nonsensical auditions, and a customer at his day job. Tourist USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Paavo Hanninen (World Premiere) After a tragedy, a woman assumes an alternate identity.   Community Partner: #CreateLouisiana    

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  • 3:45pm - 4:55pm

    Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

    Harriet Hirshorn | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    Since the early 90s, AIDS has largely been painted as affecting mainly white, gay males. Rich with stories, Nothing Without Us brings light to those who this narrative passes over. Viewers are brought to locations as close as New Orleans and as far as Nigeria to meet the women who fight for equal rights and medical protection against AIDS. These women have banded together in organizations to bring medication, counseling, and—perhaps most importantly—attention to the women of color that are most afflicted by the crisis. The fight may not be over, but Nothing Without Us is threaded with the hope an end is possible. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation FREE Rapid HIV tests will be available on site PRD: Harriet Hirshorn; WRI: Hilary Brougher; DP: Nadia Hallgren; ED: Mary Patierno   Community Partner: Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES), Belle Reve New Orleans, Gallery of the Streets    

    Free
  • 7:45pm - 8:42pm

    Louisiana Shorts: More Than Monuments

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Goodbye, Old Glory

    USA | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Jordan Haro (World Premiere) Mid-City’s statue of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy, serves as the battleground for the argument over the removal of the Confederate monuments. In this contentious stand-off, Louisianans camp out with hot trays of food and lawn chairs, and while they argue over history, passions intensify and violence looms large. Community Partners: Louis A Martinet Foundation, Louisiana Chapter National Lawyers Guild

    Silent Parade or the Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee

    USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: William Cordova (US Premiere) The Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ most revered brass bands, confronts the legacy of slavery in a powerful rooftop performance across from Robert E. Lee’s statue. Community Partners: NOLA Hip Hop Archive, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Prospect New Orleans

    Divided City

    USA | 2017 | 30 min | DIR: Andrea B. Scott and Katie Mitchell (World Premiere) Members of the Monumental Task Committee and the Sons of Confederate Veterans reveal the nostalgia that they feel for antebellum Southern values. Leaders of Take ‘Em Down Nola contend that such a perspective conveniently omits the fundamental role slavery played in the making of these leaders. Radio commentary fuels the impassioned soundtrack of this film, which documents the days leading up to the city council vote all the way to the statues’ removal. Community Partner: Louis A Martinet Foundation

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  • The New Orleans Advocate
  • 1:30pm - 3:05pm

    Narrative Shorts: The Flowers and the Angry Waves

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 1:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 12:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Girlfriends (Podrugi) Russia | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Evgenia Kovda  (World Premiere) A tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia. American Dream USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Alexia Oldini  (World Premiere) A young Chinese immigrant moves to New York City in the hopes of achieving her dreams. The Sacred Disease USA | 2016 | 27 min | DIR: Erica Scoggins Reeling from the death of her brother, a small-town epileptic ditches her pills and follows a mysterious woman into the deep woods of Tennessee. My Treasure (Mi Tesoro) El Salvador | 2017 | 23 min | DIR: Michael Flores A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son. Absent USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Sudarshan Suresh (World Premiere) Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush. The Shuttle USA | 2017 | 16 min | Lu Han When a nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way. Sunday Screening FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 3:45pm - 5:18pm

    Doc Shorts: Gender Geography

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 4:15PM | Member $7 | General $10
    A Thousand Mothers Myanmar, United States | 2017 | 39 min | DIR: Kim Shelton Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. Pehelwani India, United States | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: João Canziani A group of young men practice the ancient art of pehelwan, or mud wrestling, in the town of Mathura, India. The Baths UK | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat, and chat. House of JXN USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Rosie Haber The latest installment of the New Deep South web series examines the Rainbow Families of Jackson, Mississippi, and the bonds, connections, and rivalries within the community. #LoveYourz USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Nick Bentgen A teenage self-love collective searches for love and adventure as they explore the outer boroughs of NYC.

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  • 5:45pm - 7:25pm

    Narrative Shorts: Voice Without a Shadow

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 5:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Malesh (Maleš) Serbia, Montenegro | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Ivan Bakrac (US Premiere) Four women are torn between an undeniable desire to have a child and the freedom they think they know. Lucia, Before and After USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Anu Valia After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Walk for Me USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Elegance Bratton Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter's secret life. Forest of Echoes Austria | 2016 | 30 min | DIR: Luz Olivares Capelle Games, lies, and rituals unfolding in circular fashion for three cousins who find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Community Partner: Maya Taylor Dance Farewell to Flesh (Adeus à Carne) Brazil | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Julia Anquier During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, three girls revel in a drug-fueled street party until something goes awry. Macho USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Faren Humes The tenuous bond of an effeminate twelve-year-old and his conservative uncle is tested after the killing of a transgender woman in the small, rural town of Sanderson, Florida.

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  • 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    Sarah-Violet Bliss + Charles Rogers

    | Series: In Conversation

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Join us for a discussion about the hit TBS show Search Party with the co-creators and writers of the show, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. The collaborators wrote and directed the feature film Fort Tilden (NOFF 2012), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. They went on to write for the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and also on the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Search Party premiered in the fall of 2016 on TBS and the second season returns this November. In the dark comedy series, a group of friends—Dory (Alia Shawkat), Portia (Meredith Hagner), Elliott (John Early), and Drew (John Reynolds)—must deal with the disastrous consequences of successfully tracking down missing classmate Chantal (Clare McNulty). As the friends’ paranoia grows, their relationships fray, and it becomes increasingly difficult to trust that no one will discover the group’s secret. These privileged, self-absorbed 20-somethings are in danger. Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Sunday, October 15 | 8:00pm - 9:15pm | The New Orleans Advocate

    Free
  • 9:15pm - 10:22pm

    Episodic

    | Series: Episodic

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Unicornland USA | 2016 | 21 min | DIR: Nick Leavens Through the eyes of Annie, a recent divorcée, Unicornland takes a tender and nuanced look at relationships and polyamory in its numerous forms. Community Partner: The Sex Sensei Psusy New Zealand | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Jaya Beach-Robertson Nasty, absurd, hilarious, grotty; follow two girls as they try to navigate the more repulsive realities of adult life with the help of some laughs (and some drugs). -US Premiere Manic (Pilot) USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Kate Marks An incident finds Ivy League-bound Aurora in a boarding school for kids dealing with mental illness. As she holds on to her university dreams, she realizes it’s okay to ask for a little help. FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 12:15pm - 1:28pm

    Communion

    Anna Zamecka | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Poland

    Tickets

    Thurs Oct 12 1:00PM | Members $7 General $10 Sun Oct 15 12:15PM | Member $10 General $13
    14-year-old Ola has largely replaced her alcoholic father as head of her family, minding her live-wire younger brother Nikodem and longing to reunite with their absent mother. It’s almost time for Nikodem’s first communion, and successfully catechising her deeply irreligious brother seems like Ola’s big chance to affect the longed-for reunion and impress the priests and social workers who manage her family. In her feature debut, Anna Zamecka secrets her camera into Ola’s impossibly cramped apartment, ducking the daily crossfire of bickering and tears. Never looming or claustrophobic, her gaze achieves an illuminating closeness, peeling away sentimentality and unveiling the pain that runs in a family. -JK PRD: Anna Wydra, Zuzanna Krol, Hanka Kastelicova, Izabela Lopuch; WRI: Anna Zamecka; DP: Małgorzata Szyłak; ED: Agnieszka Glińska, Wojciech Janas, Anna Zamecka   Community Partners: Family Service of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

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  • 1:45pm - 3:15pm

    For Ahkeem

    Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    Set against the backdrop of Ferguson, Missouri in the years surrounding Michael Brown’s death, For Ahkeem follows the story of Daje Shelton. She’s growing up in St. Louis, where she’s been court ordered to attend a school for troubled youth. In Daje’s world, the dramatics of teenage life─friends, grades, boyfriends, and eventually a pregnancy─collide with the stark struggles of being black in the United States. Generationally entrenched poverty and systematic racism tear apart the world around Daje, as she loses classmates to gun violence and witnesses the justice system’s failure in response to Brown’s death. Nevertheless, she learns from her commanding mother and endeavors to grow up with grace and determination. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Nicholas Weissman, Iyabo Boyd, Jeff Truesdell; DP: Nicholas Weissman; ED: Lily Henderson

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  • 4:00pm - 5:12pm

    Damascene

    Freddy Syborn | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      England

    In a cozier city, bumping into your ex-lover might call for an awkward smile and swift goodbye, but in London’s chilly metropolis it calls for a full-on catch up. So Frank and Inez find themselves, biking the same route to a party. Picking their way across parks and side streets, they traverse their shared history with far-from-rosy recollection. Every twist of their lacerating conversation is captured by the cameras perched on their helmets, a safety precaution that could become an emotional liability. More than just a bold experiment, the all-GoPro format is weightless and elastic, sliding from Google Maps-esque streetscapes into voyeuristic close-ups, mirroring Frank and Inez’s distances and their too-close closeness. -JK World Premiere Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Hayley Williams, Guy Thompson, Freddy Syborn; WRI: Freddy Syborn; DP: Freddy Syborn; ED: Jack Hextall

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  • 6:00pm - 7:18pm

    Victor's History

    Nicolas Chevaillier | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Germany, India

    Legacy looms large in Victor’s mind. His recently deceased father's legacy, his family’s legacy, and what will one day be his own. Victor hires Dorian, a skeptical documentarian, and Zuhair, a cameraman, to follow him to France for the reading of his father’s will. Victor intends to use film to craft a positive narrative around his family’s wealth, masking his father’s less-than-savory business tactics and a history of exploitation in French West Africa. As they travel across France, it becomes clear that Victor’s often comedic delusions do not come close to the bizarre reality of who his father was. Victor’s History considers the complicated layers of privilege, colonization, and just who deserves to recount and present the past. -GHR Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Shoaib Lokhandwala; WRI: Nicolas Chevaillier DP: Shoaib Lokhandwala; ED: Nicolas Chevaillier

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  • 8:15pm - 10:06pm

    Rift

    Erlingur Thoroddsen | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      Iceland

    In the midst of the beautiful desolation of Iceland, Einar sits in an isolated cabin. His memories inform a growing depression and in a moment of desperation, he calls his ex, Gunnar, hoping that their conversation will temporarily alleviate his despair. Hearing the frightened and hopeless edge in his voice, Gunnar sets out in the middle of the night in an effort to assuage Einar’s fears. As they spend the next few days together, the seclusion and their memories become an all-consuming prison. Gunnar feels a creeping paranoia and is unable to discern what is real and what is fabricated. Einar’s sudden disappearance throws Gunnar into total chaos, seemingly without hope of escape. Rift is a masterclass in tension and a tribute to the art of slow-burn cinema. -GHR Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “The Shadow” (3 min). PRD: Baldvin Kári Sveinbjörnsson, Erlingur Thoroddsen; WRI: Erlingur Thoroddsen; DP: John Wakayama Carey; ED: Erlingur Thoroddsen

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  • The Broad
  • 2:00pm - 2:57pm

    Isleños, a Root of America

    Eduardo Cubillo | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    Spain

    For the residents of the idyllic St. Bernard Parish on the outer perimeter of the Louisiana bayou, identity is a source of immense pride as well as some sadness. Through recreations and interviews, we learn of the immense influence that this small community has had on American history and culture: from participating in every American war to contributing to the invention of jazz. Recent revelations about the true ancestry of the group—that they are descended from immigrants from the Canary Islands—have transformed the way that the residents view themselves. Through the community members’ interviews we can see an insistence that their contribution to US history and culture not be forgotten like their ancestors’. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere PRD: La Gaveta Producciones and RadioTelevisión Española; WRI: Guillermo Cubillo and Eduardo Cubillo; DP: Guillermo Paz Enríquez de Salamanca and Tarek Serraj; ED: Eduardo Cubillo

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  • 3:45pm - 5:09pm

    Bangaologia - The science of style

    Coréon Dú | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Broad

    Angola

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 1:15PM | Member $7 General $10
    Banga best translates as “style,” but for Angolans, banga dress embodies the spirit of the climate, music, culture, and most importantly, the individual. In this frenetic exploration of Angolan sartorial aesthetics Coréon Dú takes us across his home country to excavate the manifestations of banga. For local style celebrity Papa Swegué, a slow, thoughtful promenade moves passersby to stop and admire him. In the traditional ceremonies of the Uíge Province elders mock the ostentatious nature of banga while donning their own fashionable garb. Meanwhile influencers in the United States and Europe are hiring Angolan models and taking notes from banga on their runway and in the streets. -KM Preceded by the short film “Closed to Interpretation” (6 min). PRD: Coréon Dú; WRI: Coréon Dú; DP: Jorge Pelicano; ED: Pedro Sousa   Community Partners: Aya Designs, DOPEciety, Noirlinians    

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  • 6:00pm - 7:17pm

    The Family I Had

    Katie Green and Carlye Rubin | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Broad

    USA

    A single act of fatal violence has turned a family upside down, but the murder follows a dark series of precursors that transcend multiple generations. Paris, who killed his 4-year-old sister when he was 13, recounts his life before and after the incident from prison. As this film unravels the psyches of its subjects, it explores the behavioral and genetic traits that Paris’ family members share. His mother, Charity, struggles to reconcile the brutal act of her son with the forgiveness she seeks on a daily basis. Paris remains close with his grandmother, whose sinister, melodramatic past is a source of pride for her. In this fascinating true crime story, secrets hide in plain sight, but the future remains obscured. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin, Tina Grapenthin; DP: Katie Green and Martina Radwan; ED: Tina Grapenthin   Community Partner: New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center    

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  • 8:15pm - 9:55pm

    After Louie

    Vincent Gagliostro | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

      USA

    The AIDS crisis appeared in a flash and threatened the physical and emotional livelihood of entire generations of queer communities. Sam (Alan Cumming), a former member of ACT UP, remembers that pain all too well. Memories of those years pervade his work as an artist and have pushed him to abandon his former work as a painter in favor of a new video project connected to a close friend whom he lost to AIDS. It’s a past he can’t escape, even as other friends seem to move on, until he meets Braeden at a bar late one night. Braeden is young and taking full advantage of the achievements that Sam worked so hard to reach, but their romance may be just what Sam needed to move forward in the changed reality that AIDS activism has created. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “In a Heartbeat”  (4 min) PRD: Lauren Belfer, Bryce Renninger, Alan Cumming; WRI: Vincent Gagliostro and Anthony Johnston; DP: Aaron Kovalchik; ED: Maria Cataldo   Presenting Sponsor:                    Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans, New Orleans Pride    

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  • Prytania Theatre
  • 5:00pm - 7:05pm

    The Darkest Hour

    Joe Wright | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Prytania Theatre

    UK

    A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty, and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. PRD: TIM BEVAN, ERIC FELLNER, LISA BRUCE, ANTHONY MCCARTEN, DOUGLAS URBANSKI; WRI: ANTHONY MCCARTEN; DP: BRUNO DELBONNEL; ED: VALERIO BONELLI

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  • Orpheum Theater
  • 10 am
  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
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  • Ace Hotel New Orleans
  • 11:00am - 12:41pm

    The Organizer

    Nick Taylor | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA, Canada, Honduras, India, UK

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 7:30PM | Members $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 11:00AM | Member $7 General $10
    How do you remember ACORN? Does the name evoke local marches, the legislative battles for social justice, or the headlines accusing members of supporting prostitution rings? Regardless, the memory of ACORN remains in the public unconscious and helps inform our perception of politics today. At the center of this influential organization is Wade Rathke, a youthful redheaded Mississippi intellectual who, with the skill and charisma of a startup founder was able to create an international movement to empower low-income communities. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with past and present members, The Organizer presents the rise and fall of an organization that represented the democratic ideals of an entire demographic. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Joey Carey; WRI: Nick Taylor; DP: Joey Carey; ED: Nick Taylor   Community Partner: Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, Local 100 United Labor Unions, ACORN International, WAMF-LP 90.3 New Orleans    

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  • 1:15pm - 2:39pm

    Bangaologia - The science of style

    Coréon Dú | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Angola

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 1:15PM | Member $7 General $10
    Banga best translates as “style,” but for Angolans, banga dress embodies the spirit of the climate, music, culture, and most importantly, the individual. In this frenetic exploration of Angolan sartorial aesthetics Coréon Dú takes us across his home country to excavate the manifestations of banga. For local style celebrity Papa Swegué, a slow, thoughtful promenade moves passersby to stop and admire him. In the traditional ceremonies of the Uíge Province elders mock the ostentatious nature of banga while donning their own fashionable garb. Meanwhile influencers in the United States and Europe are hiring Angolan models and taking notes from banga on their runway and in the streets. -KM Preceded by the short film “Closed to Interpretation” (6 min). PRD: Coréon Dú; WRI: Coréon Dú; DP: Jorge Pelicano; ED: Pedro Sousa   Community Partners: Aya Designs, DOPEciety, Noirlinians    

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  • 3:30pm - 4:57pm

    Wexford Plaza

    Joyce Wong | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Canada

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 4:15PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 3:30PM | Member $10 General $13
    During the daylight hours, strip malls are the habitat of errand-runners, diners, and soccer moms, but as night falls they quickly give way to young, bored security employees and tired bartenders closing up shop. Betty has just joined their ranks, patrolling the strip and breaking up adventurous couples, but the night shift is really messing up her social life. That is, if she had one to begin with. As long, uninspiring nights pass she finds a friend in Danny, the aforementioned bartender who has fallen on rough times. When signals get crossed it is unclear whether it’s friendship or more, but as it so often goes it’s sure to be awkward either way. Wexford Plaza pictures life by the fluorescent-pooled light of suburban nights. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Troll” (13 min). Saturday Screening is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Matt Greyson, Harry Cherniak, Joyce Wong; WRI: Joyce Wong DP: Maya Bankovic; ED: Darby MacInnis   Supporting Sponsors:                       

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  • 5:45pm - 7:35pm

    Serenade for Haiti

    Owsley Brown | 2016 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Documentary Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    Director Owsley Brown spins a gorgeous and soulful symphony of a city, Port-au-Prince, sprung to life through the performances and words of the students and teachers at Sainte Trinité Music School. Beginning three years before the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that left 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, music's saving grace takes on new meaning in the aftermath of the horror that leaves the school in ruins. However, Serenade for Haiti never wallows in sorrow: it's a visual feast and celebration of a musical and cultural heritage whose fingerprints can be found all over New Orleans. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Christy McGill; DP: Marcel Cabrera; ED: Gina Liebrecht, Eva Ilona Brzeski, Jeff Boyette   Community Partners: Black Star Books & Cafe, Congo Square Preservation Society    

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  • 8:00pm - 9:35pm

    Our 100 Days + The Magnifying Glass

    | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Shorts, Changemakers, Magnifying Glass

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    OUR 100 DAYS

    Created through a collaboration between Firelight Media and Field of Vision, this collection of seven short films explores threats to U.S. democracy and the stories of its most vulnerable communities in the current highly polarized political climate. An Act of Worship USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Nausheen Dadabhoy & Sofian Khan Upon the announcement of Trump’s travel ban executive order, the Council for American-Islamic Relations springs into action. An Uncertain Future USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Chelsea Hernandez & Iliana Sosa In Texas, two expectant mothers, one undocumented and one US citizen, contend with ICE raids and mounting hostility towards immigrants. Here I’ll Stay USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Lorena Manríquez & Marlene McCurtis In Mississippi, activists confront local lawmakers. Among them is 13-year-old Yizel, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. Picket Line USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Cecilia Aldarondo In upstate New York, workers at a chemical factory—mostly Trump supporters—have been striking for over 100 days. State of Oregon USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Adele Free Pham This film aims to shed light on the fatal encounter that ended Larnell Bruce’s life—while unpacking Oregon’s fraught racial history. American Carnage USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert A look at how Stephen Bannon's movies provided a training ground for tactics later seen in Breitbart and the Trump campaign. Gavin Grimm USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Nadia Hallgren A teenager from rural Virginia becomes the unlikely plaintiff in the first transgender civil rights case heard by the Supreme Court.

    THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

    Made by Louisiana-based filmmakers and funded by Artless Media, these three rapid-response short docs speak to social injustices within the communities of the filmmakers who made them. The Fire Next Time USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Jonathan Isaac Jackson Following a brutal French Quarter attack that made national headlines, community leaders talk about the causes of NOLA’s crime. World Premiere Requiem for Tyrin USA | 2017 | 3 min | DIR: Patrick Jackson & Daneeta Loretta Jackson Through a series of letters about a murdered teenage boy in New Orleans, this film asks why black lives matter so little in the Deep South. World Premiere   Presenting Sponsors:                                      

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  • The New Orleans Advocate
  • 12:00pm - 1:32pm

    Doc Shorts: Together Apart

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 12:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Mon Oct 16 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Edith + Eddie USA | 2017 | 29 min | DIR: Laura Checkoway America's oldest interracial newlyweds, Edith and Eddie, find themselves at the center of a family feud that threatens to disrupt their love story. Mother's Day USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Elizabeth Lo & R.J. Lozada The impact of mass incarceration on youth is explored through an annual Mother’s Day charity bus that takes children to visit their mothers in prison. A Friendship in Tow/Toe (Até a pró/cima!) Japan, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Atsushi Kuwayama (US Premiere) In the span of five nights, two strangers share stories and sarcasm on one of the longest stairways in Lisbon. All the Leaves Are Brown USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Daniel Robin A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree. My Father's Film (Película de mi padre) USA | 2017 | 8 min | DIR: Priscilla González Sainz A daughter crafts a portrait of her father through the spaces he occupied; a meditation shaped by the tools he left behind. All Good Things USA | 2017 | 26 min | DIR: Chloe Domont In a portrait of a modern marriage, a filmmaker follows her mother's relationship with two men, who each satisfy her different needs.   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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  • 2:00pm - 3:45pm

    Quest

    Jonathan Olshefski | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Christopher and Christine'a Rainey (known as Quest and Ma to their friends and visitors to their recording studio) are an ordinary couple straining under the weight of economic hardship in a violent corner of North Philadelphia. But here they take on near-mythic status, pulling and loving their family through devastating illness, wrenching violence, and the tumultuous Obama years. Intimate but never invasive, Quest is an empathetic look at coming of age, black love, poverty, race, and family that takes its place among verité greats of any era. Richly illuminating a decade in the life of an extraordinary family, Quest emerges as a song of determined resilience in a time of deep uncertainty. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon; DP: Jonathan Olshefski; ED: Lindsay Utz   Community Partner: Family Service of Greater New Orleans    

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  • 4:00pm - 5:40pm

    Narrative Shorts: Voice Without a Shadow

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 5:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Mon Oct 16 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Malesh (Maleš) Serbia, Montenegro | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Ivan Bakrac (US Premiere) Four women are torn between an undeniable desire to have a child and the freedom they think they know. Lucia, Before and After USA | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Anu Valia After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas's state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Walk for Me USA | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Elegance Bratton Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter's secret life. Forest of Echoes Austria | 2016 | 30 min | DIR: Luz Olivares Capelle Games, lies, and rituals unfolding in circular fashion for three cousins who find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Community Partner: Maya Taylor Dance Farewell to Flesh (Adeus à Carne) Brazil | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Julia Anquier During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, three girls revel in a drug-fueled street party until something goes awry. Macho USA | 2017 | 14 min | DIR: Faren Humes The tenuous bond of an effeminate twelve-year-old and his conservative uncle is tested after the killing of a transgender woman in the small, rural town of Sanderson, Florida.

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  • 6:15pm - 7:40pm

    Tell Them We Are Rising

    Stanley Nelson | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Tell Them We Are Rising is the story of how education is a gateway to empowerment. Including in its scope the embargos on knowledge enforced during slavery, student-led Civil Rights Protests of the 60s, and the Historically Black Colleges of present day, a portrait of perseverance and determination is given light within a narrative that so often ignores black history. Archival footage and interviews with former students and historians lends richness to discussions of Booker T Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and incidents at Southern University—incidents that resonate today. Though the struggle for equality continues, the work of HBCUs has brought us far, and with grace and strength we are still rising. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Stanley Nelson, Marco Williams, Cyndee Readdean, Stacey L. Holman; WRI: Stanley Nelson, Marcia Smith; DP: Antonio Rossi; ED: Kim Miille Presenting Sponsor:             Community Partner: Karlaro Media    

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  • 8:30pm - 9:54pm

    ACORN and the Firestorm

    Reuben Atlas & Sam Pollard | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    Before it was associated with all things wrong with liberalism during the fateful 2008 election, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now wielded more power than just about any anti-poverty community rights group in American history. ACORN and the Firestorm chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of this agent of social change, as a video smear campaign from a proto-alt-right, Breitbart-backed activist takes down the group and its New Orleans-based founder Wade Rathke. Directors Reuben Atlas and NOFF alum Sam Pollard have created a work that feels like both a time capsule and a warning shot, a potent lesson in the power of media and a harrowing blueprint for our current era of alternative facts and fake news. -NS PRD: Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard; DP: Natalie Kingston, Frank Larson, Spencer Chumbley, Naiti Gamez; ED: Francisco Bello, Paul Greenhouse Preceded by the short film "Fired Up" (3 min.)   Community Partner: Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival    

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  • Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 6:15pm - 7:27pm

    Horace Tapscott Musical Griot

    Barbara McCullough | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    Horace Tapscott came up in 1950s Los Angeles as a composer and piano player, relying on the support of the local black musician’s union and the Watts Happening Coffee House. Later forming the Pan-Afrikan Arkestra, he promoted self-love in the black community, which he saw mainstream white American culture rejecting as militantism. New Orleans-born director Barbara McCullough takes us on a lyrical journey through Tapscott’s oral history and performances, where he examines the intersection of politics and art. Tapscott’s evocative storytelling about the status of black men, jazz, and resistance in mid-century America resonates today as the country grapples with the legacy and future of the Civil Rights Movement. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “KOJO” (14 min). PRD: Chephren Rasika, Scott Brock; WRI: Barbara McCullough; DP: Johnny Simmons, Al Santana, Charles Burnett, Bernard Nicolas; ED: Scott Brock   Community Partners: Gallery of the Streets, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans

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  • 8:30pm - 9:51pm

    The Cage Fighter

    Jeff Unay | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    An adored father and mechanic in the guts of a Washington State ferry boat by day, Joe Carman tires himself to the bone by night, readying himself for bruising competitive mixed martial arts bouts. Pushing 40 and struggling to justify his lifestyle to his fed-up family, he can only offer that his brutal chosen hobby is ”the only time in my life when I feel proud of myself.” Shot over three years with visceral, immersive cinematography and stirring editing, every physical and emotional blow in Joe’s life lands hard. Loyola grad Jeff Unay’s portrait of this fighter up against the ropes ducks the tired trappings and offers an unforgettable look at the punishment we endure in pursuit of self-respect, over the cheap thrills of victory. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Andrea Meditch, James Orara, Ariel Sultan, David Teague, Jeff Unay; DP: Jeff Unay; ED: David Teague

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  • The Broad
  • 6:30pm - 7:27pm

    Isleños, a Root of America

    Eduardo Cubillo | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    Spain

    For the residents of the idyllic St. Bernard Parish on the outer perimeter of the Louisiana bayou, identity is a source of immense pride as well as some sadness. Through recreations and interviews, we learn of the immense influence that this small community has had on American history and culture: from participating in every American war to contributing to the invention of jazz. Recent revelations about the true ancestry of the group—that they are descended from immigrants from the Canary Islands—have transformed the way that the residents view themselves. Through the community members’ interviews we can see an insistence that their contribution to US history and culture not be forgotten like their ancestors’. -LA Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere PRD: La Gaveta Producciones and RadioTelevisión Española; WRI: Guillermo Cubillo and Eduardo Cubillo; DP: Guillermo Paz Enríquez de Salamanca and Tarek Serraj; ED: Eduardo Cubillo

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  • 8:30pm - 9:57pm

    Cut Off

    Jowan Carbin | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    After suffering a crippling personal loss, Clive is thrown into a grief-stricken daze, stacking up empty days and empty bottles. To the rescue comes Trevor, an iconoclastic former professor who’s recently been pried from his tenured university job. Trevor all but drags Clive bodily to the farm out in Cut Off where he’s holed up like a Cajun Colonel Kurtz, attracting a personal coterie that’s half-encounter therapy group, half-Mansonesque kill-cult. Under Trevor’s diabolical tutelage, Clive gouges away at the layers of delusion sealing him off from the truth: about his former life, his imperilled future, and Trevor’s true designs. Cut Off matches regional flair with a paranoid streak a mile wide. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Carol Bidault de l'Isle; WRI: Jowan Carbin; DP: Justin Zweifach; ED: Derek Drouin   Community Partner: Women in Film and Television      

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  • Prytania Theatre
  • 7:15pm - 9:13pm

    The Upside

    Neil Burger | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Prytania Theatre

    USA

    Based on a true story, this remake of the critically acclaimed French film Les Intouchables chronicles the unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), in need of a job and a fresh start. From worlds apart, Phillip and Dell form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Juliana Margulies, and Aja Naomi King, the film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. PRD: TODD BLACK, JASON BLUMENTHAL, STEVE TISCH; WRI: JON HARTMERE, PAUL FEIG, OLIVIER NAKACHE, ERIC TOLEDANO; DP: STUART DRYBURGH; ED: NAOMI GERAGHTY  

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  • Orpheum Theater
  • 10 am
  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
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  • 4 pm
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  • 6 pm
  • 7 pm
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  • Ace Hotel New Orleans
  • 11:30am - 1:07pm

    Animated Shorts

    | Series: Animated Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 11:00AM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 11:30PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Frogs’ Song France | 2016 | 11 min | DIR: Cleo Pasquet Deep in the bayou, frogs live and die by the sound of brassy jazz. What is Your Brown Number? India | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Vinnie Ann Bose An animated short dealing with the varieties of skin color in India, and the desire for fairer skin. Fundamental Taiwan | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Shih-Chieh Chiu A teenager grows up in the strange and terrifying reality of fundamentalism and finds a way out. Unsatisfying France | 2016 | 1 min | DIR: Parallel Studio A video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. The Noise of Licking (A nyalintás nesze) Hungary | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Nadja Andrasev A woman is watched every day by a cat as she takes care of her exotic plants, but their perverted ritual ends when the cat disappears. The Final Nights of E. Zann USA | 2016 | 3 min | DIR: Gurleen Rai & F. Anthony Shepherd (World Premiere) Erich Zann, a theater viol player, is driven to madness by his nightly battle to cover the horrific sounds of evil forces clawing into his world. Sestina USA | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Tom Varisco A couple's assessment and reassessment of their relationship takes a surreal turn. Stretch Turkey, United States | 2016 | 2 min | DIR: Çağıl Harmandar Strange morning rituals of a girl between awake and asleep. The History of Magic: Ensueños USA | 2016 | 5 min | DIR: Jose Luis Gonzalez When the high school bell rings, Ester Bolaños carves out her own path in the search for something, anything, beyond her soul-smothering existence in a small Texas border-town. Escape USA | 2017 | 5 min | DIR: Limbert Fabian & Brandon Oldenburg A space explorer crash-lands on a deserted planet and must find a way to create shelter. Doomed USA | 2016 | 4 min | DIR: Max Ward (US Premiere) A melting head and its offspring speak to the impermanent, the inevitable, and the uncontrollable. Summer Camp Island USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Julia Pott Once parents leave their kids at Summer Camp island, all of the strangeness lurking beneath the surface starts to come out. Nevada USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Emily Ann Hoffman (US Premiere) A young couple's romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap. Hot Dog Hands USA | 2016 | 7 min | DIR: Matt Reynolds A woman just can't stop growing new fingers. Lovestreams USA | 2016 | 10 min | DIR: Sean Buckelew A confessionary tale of two strangers in an online chat room one lonely night in 2002; a love story from the early days of the Internet.

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  • 1:45pm - 2:52pm

    Love and Saucers

    | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 8:45PM |Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 1:45PM | Member $7 General $10
    David Huggins lives a quiet life in Hoboken, New Jersey. At 72 years old he fills most of his time with painting, watching movies, and a part-time job at a local store. But, mostly, David spends his time reminiscing on his past relationship with an alien being. Through books and forums David connects with others who have similar experiences; through painting his memories he finds his catharsis. Welcoming viewers into his home, Love and Saucers is composed of David’s rich descriptions of his life and works, and supported by interviews with the friends, family, and various members of the community. Each has been touched by his positive influence, and each discusses the distinct possibility that we are not alone. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Matt Ralston; DP: Munn Powell; ED: Brad Abrahams https://vimeo.com/201024048

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  • 3:30pm - 5:04pm

    Narrative Shorts: The Incorrigible

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Elegy (Elegía) Spain | 2016 | 15 min | DIR: Alba Tejero After the death of two of her classmates, Julia’s resentment toward the two girls drives her to write something that will have dire consequences. They Charge for the Sun USA | 2016 | 17 min | DIR: Terence Nance In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her in the dark. Community Partner: Coffy Film Collective Adult Australia | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Jamieson Pearce Having enabled a loss that torments her, a woman goes to an adult store in search of redemption. Halfman (Halvmand) Denmark, Germany | 2016 | 30 min | DIR: Frederik Louis Hviid (World Premiere) Their violent disagreement about whether and when to start a family turns a middle-aged couple's lives upside-down. French (Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux) France | 2016 | 21 min | DIR: Josza Anjembe Her diploma in hand, a teenager from Cameroon aspires to one thing: getting French nationality. But her father Amidou is fiercely opposed.

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  • 5:30pm - 6:53pm

    The Thunder Feast

    Santiago Maza Stern | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Mexico

    For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem that accompanies the dangerous explosives, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. - KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend US Premiere Preceded by the short film “Skull and Bones” (5 min). PRD: Gonzalo Álvarez, Santiago Maza & Juan Sarquis; DP: Branko Gomez Palacio, Rashid Makhlouf & Raymundo Marmolejo; ED: Branko Gomez Palacio & Sebastián Nuño

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  • 7:30pm - 8:29pm

    On Our Watch

    Jonathan Evans | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

      USA

    This documentary presents the problem of coastal land loss in Southern Louisiana with honesty, directness, and urgency. The film features interviews with activists, professors, and community leaders who demonstrate how we got here and where we are going. The effects of sea rise and erosion in the wetlands touch down on numerous industries and influence the lives of residents throughout the Delta, including New Orleans. Solutions have been placed on the table, but they are underfunded, and civic engagement on a small scale appears to be the only route to sustainability on a larger one. But even that might be wishful thinking. -KM Preceded by the film "Flooded with You" (8 min.) PRD: Bruno Steiner; WRI: Jonathan Evans, Caroline Taylor; DP: Ryan Martin; ED: Jonathan Evans   Presenting Sponsor:                  Community Partner: Gulf Restoration Network, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic    

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  • The New Orleans Advocate
  • 12:00pm - 1:32pm

    Doc Shorts: This Land is Your Land

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 5:00PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 12:00PM | Member $7 | General $10
    Clean Hands USA | 2016 | 9 min | DIR: Lauren DeFilippo On a Sunday morning the congregation of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church tunes in. Roots and Wings USA | 2017 | 21 min | DIR: Hanna Miller Tangled family roots complicate 19-year-old wife and mother Leatrice Black's journey to find home in rural south Mississippi. Community Partner: NOW, LOVE (Almost) Freedom USA | 2016 | 8 min | DIR: Puck Lo In a world where GPS-enabled electronic ankle monitors track their wearers performing the most mundane tasks, what does it mean for prison to come home with us? Alone USA | 2017 | 13 min | DIR: Garrett Bradley With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. Atlantic City Character Study USA | 2016 | 29 min | DIR: Ben Carey & Billy Linker A short documentary about the people who pass through one of America’s most well-known resort towns as it teeters on the brink of economic collapse.

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  • 2:00pm - 3:34pm

    Narrative Shorts: A Hell of a Guy

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 2:45PM | Member $10 General $13 Tues Oct 17 2:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Modern Love USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Francesca Mirabella A young man who lives his life through social media has an encounter with a young woman who challenges his ideals about sexual stereotypes. True Blue USA | 2017 | 19 min | DIR: Chris Osborn A lonely pyramid schemer's dark night of the soul in Atlantic City. Night Shift USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Marshall Tyler A bumpy night at his longterm gig as a bathroom attendant forces an on-again, off-again actor to face a reality he's not yet ready to embrace. Call Your Father USA | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Jordan Firstman On Josh and Greg's first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries. Alex and the Handyman USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Nicholas Colia A precocious nine year old develops a crush on the 25-year-old handyman working in his family mansion. Us Funny USA | 2016 | 16 min | DIR: Julia Bales & Jim Cummings Jim and Julia have a wonderful date leading up to a serious conversation.

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  • 4:15pm - 5:48pm

    Doc Shorts: Gender Geography

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 3:45PM | Member $10 | General $13 Tues Oct 17 4:15PM | Member $7 | General $10
    A Thousand Mothers Myanmar, United States | 2017 | 39 min | DIR: Kim Shelton Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. Pehelwani India, United States | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: João Canziani A group of young men practice the ancient art of pehelwan, or mud wrestling, in the town of Mathura, India. The Baths UK | 2016 | 12 min | DIR: Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat, and chat. House of JXN USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Rosie Haber The latest installment of the New Deep South web series examines the Rainbow Families of Jackson, Mississippi, and the bonds, connections, and rivalries within the community. #LoveYourz USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Nick Bentgen A teenage self-love collective searches for love and adventure as they explore the outer boroughs of NYC.

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  • 6:30pm - 7:54pm

    Burqa Boxers

    Alka Raghuram | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    France, USA, India

    Razia Shabnam is revolutionizing what it means to be feminine and Muslim in Kolkata, India. She teaches boxing to a group of teenage girls who experience fear, abuse, and the threat of rape on a daily basis. At home, she raises a son who constantly absorbs the lessons of a culture that promotes misogynistic values. But Razia, one of the country’s first female boxing coaches, does not only teach the women of her community to fight, but the men to respect them. Through training sessions with her students Ajmira, Taslima, and Parveen, this film carries us through the highs and lows of adolescence and inspires us to take what we want from life “by hook or by crook” as Razia says. -KM FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Farid Rezkallah, Alka Raghuram; DP: Raja Dey; ED: Giuliano Papacchioli   Community Partners: Le Boxeur Gym; New Orleans NOW; NOW, LOVE    

    Free
  • 8:30pm - 10:05pm

    Dolores

    Peter Bratt | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, Changemakers

    The New Orleans Advocate

      USA

    The greatest political organizer you’ve never heard of is a Mexican-American divorcée with eleven children, a close friend of Bobby Kennedy and Gloria Steinem, and a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association with César Chavéz. Mistakenly called “César Chavéz’s girlfriend” instead of “co-founder” or “colleague,” Dolores Huerta has been all but erased from the history books and diminished in her role as a top leader of Latino rights movements. Produced by Carlos Santana, Dolores crafts a stirring and frustrating portrait of an American hero that has not been given proper recognition. -LA PRD: Brian Benson; WRI: Peter Bratt, Jessica Congdon; DP: Jesse Dana; ED: Jessica Congdon   Community Partner: New Orleans NOW, Nuestra Voz    

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  • Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 5:45pm - 6:29pm

    Shepherd (Pilot)- Episodic

    Andrew Bryan | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Episodic

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    Pilot Episode Father Joseph is called to action after a little girl is murdered on his church’s steps. Tortured by his past, he exacts vigilante justice on those who wreak havoc on his community. FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

    Free
  • 7:00pm - 8:12pm

    Damascene

    Freddy Syborn | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

      England

    In a cozier city, bumping into your ex-lover might call for an awkward smile and swift goodbye, but in London’s chilly metropolis it calls for a full-on catch up. So Frank and Inez find themselves, biking the same route to a party. Picking their way across parks and side streets, they traverse their shared history with far-from-rosy recollection. Every twist of their lacerating conversation is captured by the cameras perched on their helmets, a safety precaution that could become an emotional liability. More than just a bold experiment, the all-GoPro format is weightless and elastic, sliding from Google Maps-esque streetscapes into voyeuristic close-ups, mirroring Frank and Inez’s distances and their too-close closeness. -JK World Premiere Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Hayley Williams, Guy Thompson, Freddy Syborn; WRI: Freddy Syborn; DP: Freddy Syborn; ED: Jack Hextall

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  • 8:45pm - 10:03pm

    Victor's History

    Nicolas Chevaillier | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    Germany, India

    Legacy looms large in Victor’s mind. His recently deceased father's legacy, his family’s legacy, and what will one day be his own. Victor hires Dorian, a skeptical documentarian, and Zuhair, a cameraman, to follow him to France for the reading of his father’s will. Victor intends to use film to craft a positive narrative around his family’s wealth, masking his father’s less-than-savory business tactics and a history of exploitation in French West Africa. As they travel across France, it becomes clear that Victor’s often comedic delusions do not come close to the bizarre reality of who his father was. Victor’s History considers the complicated layers of privilege, colonization, and just who deserves to recount and present the past. -GHR Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Shoaib Lokhandwala; WRI: Nicolas Chevaillier DP: Shoaib Lokhandwala; ED: Nicolas Chevaillier

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  • The Broad
  • 6:30pm - 7:50pm

    The Joneses

    Moby Longinotto | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Broad

    USA, UK

    Tickets

    Tues Oct 17 6:30PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 11:30AM | Member $7 General $10
    Jheri Jones is a vivacious, life-loving transsexual woman. At 74 she still goes out dancing and is the loving matriarch of a family of four sons and two grandchildren—two of her sons live in her own home and the rest are close by. Their family is tight-knit now, but Jheri’s gender transition in deeply religious Mississippi left a strain that they are still trying to overcome. After the passing of her ex-wife and mother of her children, each of the Joneses must learn to move forward with their own personal struggles and with each other in everything from explaining the intricacies of gender to the grandkids to figuring out their own identity. The Joneses is a touching family portrait full of life, love, and strength. -AL PRD: Aviva Wishnow; DP: Moby Longinotto; ED: Vanessa Roworth Filmmaker scheduled to attend Community Partner: New Orleans Pride    

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  • 8:45pm - 9:45pm

    Woke

    Iman Shervington | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

    USA

    Maisha and Brandon are moving in opposite directions: she’s changing majors, leaving town for a new school, taking a leap of faith. He’s talking about settling down, starting a family, hoping to heal some of the scars his own father left in raising him. For the moment, though, they’re still together, unified by habit and comfort, but above all by their shared devastation at the daily injustices to which they’re subject as young African-Americans and their shared resolve to keep pushing back. As it weaves the love story at its center, Woke remains world-weary yet open-hearted, looking outward, surveying the voices and faces of the righteously indignant class of 2017. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend World Premiere PRD: Chloe Walters-Wallace, Jamie Balthazar, Gina Holland; WRI: Iman Shervington; DP: Jake Springfield; ED: Iman Shervington   Community Partners: Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES), Patois; The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival    

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  • Prytania Theatre
  • 7:30pm - 9:34pm

    Last Flag Flying

    Richard Linklater | 2017 | Series: Spotlight Films, Narrative Features

    Prytania Theatre

    USA

    Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old military buddies, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. With the casket, the three friends take a bittersweet road trip up the East Coast, reflecting on the impact of war and reminisce about their times together.  Marking a new direction for Linklater after his joyful college romp, Everybody Wants Some!!, Last Flag Flying is a poignant exploration of aging, masculinity, and friendship. PRD: GINGER SLEDGE, JOHN SLOSS; WRI: DARRYL PONICSAN, RICHARD LINKLATER; DP: SHANE F. KELLY; ED: SANDRA ADAIR

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  • Orpheum Theater
  • 10 am
  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
  • 2 pm
  • 3 pm
  • 4 pm
  • 5 pm
  • 6 pm
  • 7 pm
  • 8 pm
  • 9 pm
  • 10 pm
  • 11 pm
  • 10 am
  • 11 am
  • 12 pm
  • 1 pm
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  • 7 pm
  • 8 pm
  • 9 pm
  • 10 pm
  • 11 pm
  • Ace Hotel New Orleans
  • 11:30am - 12:50pm

    The Joneses

    Moby Longinotto | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA, UK

    Tickets

    Tues Oct 17 6:30PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 11:30AM | Member $7 General $10
    Jheri Jones is a vivacious, life-loving transsexual woman. At 74 she still goes out dancing and is the loving matriarch of a family of four sons and two grandchildren—two of her sons live in her own home and the rest are close by. Their family is tight-knit now, but Jheri’s gender transition in deeply religious Mississippi left a strain that they are still trying to overcome. After the passing of her ex-wife and mother of her children, each of the Joneses must learn to move forward with their own personal struggles and with each other in everything from explaining the intricacies of gender to the grandkids to figuring out their own identity. The Joneses is a touching family portrait full of life, love, and strength. -AL PRD: Aviva Wishnow; DP: Moby Longinotto; ED: Vanessa Roworth Filmmaker scheduled to attend Community Partner: New Orleans Pride    

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  • 1:30pm - 3:13pm

    The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist

    Ayoub Qanir | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA, Mongolia

    Time and space are amorphous concepts in The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist. We visit several generations of a family living in Khuvsgul, on the Mongolian steppe. A Shaman elder receives a message in a dream that a great journey is ahead. His grandson is accidentally poisoned by mushrooms and the Shaman seeks the advice and support of his ancestors. As we follow each family member through their daily duties and private moments, we are also privy to the events taking place on another plane of existence, parallel to, yet removed from the world of the living. The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist examines how each small moment in a life reaches into the past and connect us to each other. -GHR US Premiere PRD: Ayoub Qanir, Enkhtsag Damdinjav, Shirmen Batdelger; WRI: Ayoub Qanir, George Thomson; DP: Roman Kuznets; ED: Ayoub Qanir, Roman Kuznetsk

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  • 3:30pm - 4:55pm

    Pow Wow

    Robinson Devor | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

    Tickets

    Thur Oct 12 9:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 3:30PM |Member $7 General $10
    In 1909, a Paiute runner named Willie Boy led a posse of white deputies on a legendary chase through the California desert. Sixty years later, Robert Blake played Willie in the film. Almost 50 years after that, the arid Paiute homeland is trod by retirees in loud golf pants, irrigated by a massive prehistoric aquifer that’s being pumped up by the fairway-full to quench the desert into lush submission. Piling up loopy and scathing images (a golf cart shaped like Bob Hope’s face, a wine-sipping partygoer in a hot-pink buckskin) Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat) forgoes any attempt at linearity, taking an almost geological view of time in the certainty that, no matter how hard it may be to see with the naked eye, history obeys cycles. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “Commodity City” (11 min). PRD: Victoria Nevinny; WRI: Michael McConville; DP: Sean Kirby; ED: Adam Sekuler   Community Partner: Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center    

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  • 6:00pm - 7:26pm

    Sick to Death!

    Maggie Hadleigh-West | 2016 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, Changemakers, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA, Belgium

    One of the most commonly misdiagnosed afflictions for women in the U.S. is thyroid disease. The thyroid has a hand in nearly every major function in the body, making symptoms difficult to pin down, as they are comprised of common issues such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, and depression. Through director Maggie Hadleigh-West’s own medical journey, Sick to Death! investigates the political and medical reasons thyroid disease is so often overlooked and the serious health complications that can occur when left untreated. Using personal video and interviews with medical professionals and women who grapple with thyroid problems every day, Maggie seeks answers that have the potential to better her own life and those of the women around her. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Elizabeth Dunnebacke, Catherine Reirson; WRI: Maggie Hadleigh-West; ED: Ilko Davidov, Kim Connell, David Bear

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  • The New Orleans Advocate
  • 12:00pm - 1:35pm

    Narrative Shorts: The Flowers and the Angry Waves

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sun Oct 15 1:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 12:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Girlfriends (Podrugi) Russia | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Evgenia Kovda  (World Premiere) A tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia. American Dream USA | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Alexia Oldini  (World Premiere) A young Chinese immigrant moves to New York City in the hopes of achieving her dreams. The Sacred Disease USA | 2016 | 27 min | DIR: Erica Scoggins Reeling from the death of her brother, a small-town epileptic ditches her pills and follows a mysterious woman into the deep woods of Tennessee. My Treasure (Mi Tesoro) El Salvador | 2017 | 23 min | DIR: Michael Flores A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son. Absent USA | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Sudarshan Suresh (World Premiere) Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush. The Shuttle USA | 2017 | 16 min | Lu Han When a nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way. Sunday Screening FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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  • 2:00pm - 3:33pm

    Doc Shorts: Labor of Love

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Fri Oct 13 6:30PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Wed Oct 18 2:00PM |  Member $7 | General $10
    The Rock (برد ) Iran | 2016 | 26 min | DIR: Hamid Jafari (US Premiere) In the South of Iran, a woman goes to the mountain every day with her sledgehammer and crowbar, breaks rocks, and sells them to support her family. One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi China, United States | 2016 | 19 min | DIR: Shuhan Fan After spending five minutes learning how to make a traditional ramen dish, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan creates a Communist kingdom by selling his Hunan hometown food. Bells in the Mountain (Esquilas en la montaña) Spain, United States | 2016 | 15 min | DIR: Sebastian Lasaosa Rogers Two hundred cows from the town of Ulle make the three-day journey up the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains at the start of the summer. Coming and Going (Ale Vini) Haiti, United States | 2016 | 34 min | DIR: Annie Huntington & Clay Thomas A young translator from a small Haitian town considers his future: should he stay in the community where he grew up or join the exodus abroad in search of other opportunities?   FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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  • 4:00pm - 5:35pm

    Narrative Shorts: Gate of Flesh

    | Series: Narrative Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Sat Oct 14 7:15PM | Member $10 General $13 Wed Oct 18 4:00PM | Member $7 General $10
    Sunday Morning Coming Down UK | 2016 | 20 min | DIR: Harry Lighton (US Premiere) In search of his tribe in 1994 Britain, Max journeys to a seaside public restroom with his twin brother. After the Reunion (Luokkakokouksen jälkeen) Finland | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Kirsikka Saari 50-year-old Saila wakes up next to her old classmate Esa the morning after their class reunion, leading to revelations for both of them. Miss World Taiwan | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Georgia Fu A pill-popping party girl and a traditional Taiwanese father try to say goodbye to each other on the day before the father has to start a prison sentence. Days of Wholesome Joy (Con Sana Alegría) Cuba | 2016 | 18 min | DIR: Claudia Muñiz Zayda has taken care of her grandma afflicted with dementia for a long time, but on the eve of her birthday tries to regain her previous life. Mouse USA | 2017 | 11 min | DIR: Celine Held & Logan George A desperate, coke-fueled couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity. Holy Hill (Santo Cerro) Dominican Republic | 2017 | 12 min | DIR: Rodney Llaverias In the heat of summer, the sexual awakening of an orphan boy provokes the curiosity of a nun.   Supporting Sponsor (Holy Hill):            

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  • 6:15pm - 7:42pm

    Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise

    Jennifer Townsend | 2016 | Series: Documentary Features

    The New Orleans Advocate

    USA

    With hands clasped and hair blowing in the wind, the image of Thelma and Louise speeding across the desert in a powder blue convertible has influenced generations of women. Thelma and Louise spoke to empowerment, strength, and freedom, and inspired a national survey created by Jennifer Townsend, the director of Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise. Over several months, she collected the thoughts and impacts of this iconic film. Now, over 25 years later, Townsend is reopening the conversation with those original survey participants. Through interviews with fans and some of the actors, including Christopher McDonald, audiences are brought into an intimate discussion of the many realities of being a woman in society. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation PRD: Jennifer Townsend; DP: Stuart Ferrier; Sarah Ferrier   Community Partners: Women in Film and Television, New Orleans NOW    

    Free
  • 8:30pm - 9:53pm

    Doc Shorts: Water/Ways

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Shorts, In Competition

    The New Orleans Advocate

    Tickets

    Wed Oct 18 8:30PM | Member $10 | General $13
    Keepers of the Mound USA | 2017 | 20 min | DIR: Katie Mathews (World Premiere) A Houma family cares for one of the many ancient Native American earthen mounds threatened by the rapid disintegration of the Louisiana coastline. Station 15 USA | 2017 | 15 min | DIR: Kira Akerman & Sophie Tintori (World Premiere) A New Orleans high school student's meditation on a broken drainage system in an era of climate change. Born on the Bayou 2017 | 22 min | DIR: Kevin McCaffrey (World Premiere) The most successful levee management district in Louisiana is South Bayou Lafourche, it is constantly perfected by the leadership of sixth generation Cajun Windell Curole who combines a canny knowledge of science, best practices, political acumen and knowledge from locals. Plaquemines and The Mid-Barataria Diversion 2017 | 22 min | DIR: John Richie (World Premiere) Plaquemines Parish, located just south of New Orleans, runs the entire length of the Mississippi on both banks of the river. Residents of the area are torn on a governmental plan to reinforce the area’s marshlands.   Presenting Sponsor:             Community Partners: Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, Gulf Restoration Network,    

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  • Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 6:15pm - 7:25pm

    Olancho

    Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA, Honduras

    Manuel Chirinos, lead singer of “Los Plebes de Olancho," tells his perilous story to a radio DJ in the United States where he has fled from his hometown of Olancho, Honduras. Back home his band was the preferred entertainment for the drug cartels whose power touches every part of local life. Manuel’s bandmates take us through gorgeous, peaceful afternoons with family, fun but unprofitable shows at neighborhood parties, and anxious, clandestine nights performing for Olancho’s jefes. Even after surviving a harrowing escape across the U.S. border, Manuel longs for the dangerous but beautiful place whose beauty permeates the melodies of his songs. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Chris Valdés & Ted Griswold; DP: Shlomo Godder; ED: Andrea Chignoli   Presenting Sponsor:                                Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Pont:Productions

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  • The Broad
  • 6:30pm - 7:59pm

    Play the Devil

    Maria Govan | 2016 | Series: Caribbean Voices, Narrative Features

    The Broad

      Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, USA

    Dancing deftly between the confusion and possibilities of youth, Play the Devil offers the story of Gregory, a teenager on the cusp of graduation in the town of Paramin, Trinidad. He is torn between meeting the expectations of his family by studying medicine abroad and his passion to study the world’s beauty through photography. Amid this choice and the return of his father—a recovering addict—his artistic spirit catches the attention of an affluent businessman who attempts to foster Greg’s talent until the relationship goes too far. Tender moments intertwine with the lush cliffsides and vistas of Trinidad and Tobago, toppling one into the next until a choice with dire consequences is made during the year’s Carnival. -AL PRD: Maria Govan, Abigail Hadeed, Jonathan Grey, Chris Mortimer; WRI: Maria Govan; DP: James Wall; ED: Thomas A. Kreuger   Community Partner: Pelican Bomb    

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  • 8:45pm - 10:25pm

    After Louie

    Vincent Gagliostro | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, In Competition

    The Broad

      USA

    The AIDS crisis appeared in a flash and threatened the physical and emotional livelihood of entire generations of queer communities. Sam (Alan Cumming), a former member of ACT UP, remembers that pain all too well. Memories of those years pervade his work as an artist and have pushed him to abandon his former work as a painter in favor of a new video project connected to a close friend whom he lost to AIDS. It’s a past he can’t escape, even as other friends seem to move on, until he meets Braeden at a bar late one night. Braeden is young and taking full advantage of the achievements that Sam worked so hard to reach, but their romance may be just what Sam needed to move forward in the changed reality that AIDS activism has created. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Preceded by the short film “In a Heartbeat”  (4 min) PRD: Lauren Belfer, Bryce Renninger, Alan Cumming; WRI: Vincent Gagliostro and Anthony Johnston; DP: Aaron Kovalchik; ED: Maria Cataldo   Presenting Sponsor:                    Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans, New Orleans Pride    

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  • Prytania Theatre
  • 7:30pm - 9:02pm

    Do U Want It?

    Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky | 2017 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Documentary Features, In Competition

    Prytania Theatre

    USA

    Papa Grows Funk carved out a successful place for themselves in the New Orleans live music scene, playing to loyal crowds of locals and tourists every Monday night at The Maple Leaf. Cobbled together in 2000 from local jam sessions, the band eventually became a mainstay in the Crescent City and booked international tours. But defining success proves to be as murky as achieving happiness. Do U Want It? revisits the band’s career as they prepare for a final tour and album recording before a planned hiatus. The film asks the eternal question for New Orleans’ performers: in a city where you can make it as musician, is that enough? Does success mean always leaving your home behind? -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Sam Radutzky, Josh Freund, Alex Mallonee; WRI: Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky; DP: Josh Freund and Sam Radutzky; ED: Sam Radutzky, Josh Freund, Manuel Tsingaris   Community Partners: Cutting Edge NOLA, NOLA Hip Hop Archive, #Awayteam, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO)    

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  • Ace Hotel New Orleans
  • 11:30am - 1:07pm

    Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano

    Cuban Shorts | 2017 | Series: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, In Competition, Cine Cubano

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

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    Sat Oct 14 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13 Thur Oct 19 11:30PM | Members $7 General $10
    Parade USA | 2017 | 7 min | DIR: Kira Akerman (World Premiere) Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders. Connection (Conectifai) Cuba | 2017 | 16 min | DIR: Horizoe Garcia A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen. Charlie USA, Cuba | 2016 | 13 min | DIR: Kadri Koop Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son. Manuel Cuba, USA | 2017 | 9 min | DIR: Gabriela Cavanagh (World Premiere) By the train tracks in Havana, 87-year-old Manuel brews an aphrodisiac juice called pru. Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)  (US Premiere) Spain, USA | 2016 | 14 min | DIR: Faisal Attrache Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation's unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father's adamant objection. Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban (World Premiere) Cuba | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: Ora DeKornfeld In Cuba, where women are banned from competitive boxing, a 13-year-old girl steps into the ring. Prince of Smoke Cuba | 2017 | 24 min | DIR: Matthew Gelb Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.   Presenting Sponsors:                                    Community Partners: Nuestra Voz, Prospect New Orleans    

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    Ask the Sexpert

    Vaishali Sinha | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    USA

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    Thur Oct 12 6:45PM | FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Thur Oct 19 1:45PM | Member $7 | General $10
    90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa is a fixture on page 34 of the Mumbai Mirror, where he doles out sage counsel to the city’s impotent, celibate, and otherwise sexually perplexed. In a country whose sexual mores are still catching up to its surging economy, the retired gynecologist is a hero to his readership and a comfort to the anonymous patients who make pilgrimage to his backstreet apartment, having sought him out like a sexological J.D. Salinger. While Watsa is being fêted as the dean of India’s sex-ed movement, censorious forces in India’s public sphere, led by litigious activists, try to shut him down on grounds of obscenity. But through it all, the redoubtable Watsa maintains the unflappable cool of a man who has truly seen it all. -JK Filmmaker scheduled to attend FREE thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation US Premiere PRD: Vaishali Sinha and Mridu Chandra; DP: Anup Singh; ED: Myles Kane & Ashish Ravinra   Community Partners: Esoterotica, Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers, The Sex Sensei

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    Louisiana Shorts: More Than Monuments

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, In Competition

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Goodbye, Old Glory

    USA | 2017 | 17 min | DIR: Jordan Haro (World Premiere) Mid-City’s statue of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy, serves as the battleground for the argument over the removal of the Confederate monuments. In this contentious stand-off, Louisianans camp out with hot trays of food and lawn chairs, and while they argue over history, passions intensify and violence looms large. Community Partners: Louis A Martinet Foundation, Louisiana Chapter National Lawyers Guild

    Silent Parade or the Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee

    USA | 2017 | 10 min | DIR: William Cordova (US Premiere) The Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ most revered brass bands, confronts the legacy of slavery in a powerful rooftop performance across from Robert E. Lee’s statue. Community Partners: NOLA Hip Hop Archive, Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Prospect New Orleans

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    USA | 2017 | 30 min | DIR: Andrea B. Scott and Katie Mitchell (World Premiere) Members of the Monumental Task Committee and the Sons of Confederate Veterans reveal the nostalgia that they feel for antebellum Southern values. Leaders of Take ‘Em Down Nola contend that such a perspective conveniently omits the fundamental role slavery played in the making of these leaders. Radio commentary fuels the impassioned soundtrack of this film, which documents the days leading up to the city council vote all the way to the statues’ removal. Community Partner: Louis A Martinet Foundation

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    Closing Night: Call Me By Your Name

    Luca Guadagnino | 2017 | Series: Narrative Features, Closing Night

    Ace Hotel New Orleans

    Italy, France, Brazil, USA

    Summer is a perpetual state of being at the Perlmans’ Italian villa. Lush, lazy mornings become long, wine-filled evenings, ensconced in discussions of Greco-Roman art and the sounds of Mahler on piano. Oliver, a 24-year-old research assistant (Armie Hammer), joins the Perlmans for six weeks of study before returning to his position at Columbia. 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is immediately infatuated. They begin a tense series of furtive glances and curt conversations, both enchanted but unwilling to meet the other halfway. A coming of age story. A tale of first love. Americans summering in beautiful, foreign locales. Any categorization would be an oversimplification of the evocative and intoxicating world of Call Me By Your Name. -GHR PRD: EMILIE GEORGES, LUCA GUADAGNINO, JAMES IVORY, MARCO MORABITO, HOWARD ROSENMAN, PETER SPEARS; WRI: JAMES IVORY; DP: SAYOMBHU MUKDEEPROM; ED: WALTER FASANO

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    Cinebarre Canal Place 9
  • 6:15pm - 7:32pm

    The Family I Had

    Katie Green and Carlye Rubin | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    A single act of fatal violence has turned a family upside down, but the murder follows a dark series of precursors that transcend multiple generations. Paris, who killed his 4-year-old sister when he was 13, recounts his life before and after the incident from prison. As this film unravels the psyches of its subjects, it explores the behavioral and genetic traits that Paris’ family members share. His mother, Charity, struggles to reconcile the brutal act of her son with the forgiveness she seeks on a daily basis. Paris remains close with his grandmother, whose sinister, melodramatic past is a source of pride for her. In this fascinating true crime story, secrets hide in plain sight, but the future remains obscured. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin, Tina Grapenthin; DP: Katie Green and Martina Radwan; ED: Tina Grapenthin   Community Partner: New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center    

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  • 8:30pm - 9:51pm

    The Cage Fighter

    Jeff Unay | 2017 | Series: Documentary Features

    Cinebarre Canal Place 9

    USA

    An adored father and mechanic in the guts of a Washington State ferry boat by day, Joe Carman tires himself to the bone by night, readying himself for bruising competitive mixed martial arts bouts. Pushing 40 and struggling to justify his lifestyle to his fed-up family, he can only offer that his brutal chosen hobby is ”the only time in my life when I feel proud of myself.” Shot over three years with visceral, immersive cinematography and stirring editing, every physical and emotional blow in Joe’s life lands hard. Loyola grad Jeff Unay’s portrait of this fighter up against the ropes ducks the tired trappings and offers an unforgettable look at the punishment we endure in pursuit of self-respect, over the cheap thrills of victory. -NS Filmmaker scheduled to attend PRD: Andrea Meditch, James Orara, Ariel Sultan, David Teague, Jeff Unay; DP: Jeff Unay; ED: David Teague

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