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#NOFF2019 Films & Events Schedule

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • 7:30pm - 9:46pm

    Marriage Story

    | 2019 | Series: Opening Night

    Orpheum Theater

    Director: Noah Baumbach Cast: Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson Producer: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman Writer: Noah Baumbach DP: Robbie Ryan Editor: Jennifer Lame

    WED OCT 16 | 7:30PM | ORPHEUM THEATER Marriage Story is Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver with Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta as co-stars.

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Opening Night Party

    | Series: Parties

    Parties

    Wednesday, October 16, 10 PM-1 AM, Gallier Hall (545 St Charles Ave.) Open to All Access Passholders Only. Following the opening night screening of Marriage Story at the Orpheum, The Original Big 7 will lead us in a traditional second line to historic Gallier Hall.  This will be your first chance to use the official photo booth of the festival by Xistence Photography. A curated selection by Chloe Wine Collection, specialty cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and Bianca Eva's Gourmet Popcorn will fuel you for a night of dancing to DJ G-Cue and The Cole Williams Band. Whether you spend all night on the dance floor or lounge in this beautiful venue amongst Ethereal Array floral creations, this event will kick off the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival with a bang!    

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    Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • 11:00am - 8:00pm

    Virtual Reality

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    The CAC

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, Oct 17th to Tuesday, Oct  22rd 11am-8pm.
      Accused #2: Walter Sisulu France | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte 256 hours of sound archives bring back to life the political battle wagged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants. The film looks at one of them in particular, Walter Sisulu: accused number two.   Children Do Not Play War USA, Brazil, Uganda | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Fabiano Mixo A cinematic Virtual Reality tale of the war in Uganda told through the eyes of a young girl.   Legendary Cyphers: A 360° Documentary USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: Omotola Omolayole This raw 360-degree documentary celebrates hip hop in its most organic form: the freestyle cypher. Once the beat drops, the rhymes literally don’t stop.   All On A Mardi Gras Day [WORLD PREMIERE] Filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Biliana Grozdanova A wild Mardi Gras Day virtual reality experience featuring scenes from the St. Ann parade, Bourbon Street and the Uptown Mardi Gras Indians.   Goodbye Paradise Bislama | 2019 | 4 MIN DIR: Scott E. Schimmel Through this immersive experience, learn first hand the devastating effects that climate change is having on the community of the Maskelyne Islands in Vanuatu.   Tower of Babel by the Sea (海邊的巴別塔) Taiwan | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Feng Wei-Jung Ever-changing in his outward appearance, the devil sells man a destiny with the promise of a Tower of Babel. Man becomes cursed by his own greed, and as pollution spreads, nature is caught in a spiral of death.   Coast 360: A Virtual Day in the Delta Sponsored Content Presented by Restore the Mississippi River Delta USA | 2018 | 7 MIN CREATED BY: Launch Media and Mesh, along with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Communications Team In this exclusive 360 experience, viewers will visit one of the areas of Louisiana’s coast actually gaining land, an active barrier island restoration project and a coastal community on the forefront of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. With an on-the-ground (and in the air) look at our coastal crisis, viewers will learn what needs to be done to restore and protect our coast, and, more importantly, why it matters.

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  • 11:00am - 9:00pm

    Microcinema

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our Microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC, 900 Camp St, New Orleans, entrance from St. Joseph Street side). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, October 17th to Wednesday, October 23rd, 11am-9pm. Microcinema received critical support from:         On Saturday, October 19th, each programming block will be presented twice, with artist talks with visiting filmmakers to follow:

    11:00 AM - Block I: Journeys
    12:00 PM - Block II: Declarations
    1:00 PM - Block III: Vibrations
    2:00 PM - Block IV: Exchanges
    2:30 PM - Block V: Ecologies
    4:00 PM - Block VI: Commissioned Artists Showcase
    6:00 PM - Block I: Journeys
    7:00 PM - Block II: Declarations
    8:00 PM - Block III: Vibrations
    9:00 PM - Block IV: Exchanges
    9:30 PM - Block V: Ecologies
    10:15 PM - Boogie: Everything's for Sale
     
    Block I: Journeys
    Relic 2 USA, UK | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Larry Achiampong US PREMIERE Informed by technology, agency and the body, narratives of migration. This multi-disciplinary project builds upon a postcolonial perspective and Afrofuturist thematics in various locations and landscapes.   I Snuck Off The Slave Ship USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Lonnie Holley, Cyrus Moussavi Lonnie Holley, a self-taught African American artist and dimensional traveler, attempts to sneak off the slave ship America.  
    Block II: Declarations
    Two Parts Black USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: Cleon Arrey An exploration and celebration of black bodies in an inverted world.   Get Off the Paper USA | 2019 | 25 MIN DIR: Sabrina Cates WORLD PREMIERE As an ode to her triumph of generational and childhood tragedy, poet Sabrina Cates takes us on a poetic odyssey from hardship to happiness  
    Block III: Vibrations
    Just a Small USA | 2019 | 5 Min DIR: Na Kyung Kim A story, told in individual paintings on a single large canvas, of a small eel wishing to become something greater than itself.   Displace USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Carter Eggleston, David Franusich, Tacie Jones, Vasia Ampatzi WORLD PREMIERE A symbolic ritual involving the ubiquitous plastic water bottle reconnects modern expediency to the natural world.   Palace of Pope USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: Stephanie Barber An experimental video composed of found photographs, original text and sound art, balancing between an essay film and poem.  
    Block IV: Exchanges
    Shalva (Tranquility) USA | 2018 | 4 Min DIR: Danna Grace Windsor In a synthetic meditation space, an empty shell seeks power.   My Mother Resents Me (Mi Madre Me Tiene Rabia) Dominican Republic | 2019 | 7 MIN DIR: Victoria Linares Villegas An only daughter tries to decipher her mother's resentment towards her by parsing through old photographs and new footage.   Discovery Settings USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Kat Vivaldi A data meshing of instructional videos and found footage, exploring new age relationships and their precursors, and why there's no one around me.  
    Block V: Ecologies
    Esplanade USA | 2019 | 38 MIN DIR: David Gamble, Jonathan Freilich A collaboration of image and music between a jazz composer and a photographer, Esplanade is an avant-garde narrative of a journey along the eponymous avenue.   E-Ticket Hong Kong, UK, USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Simon Liu 35mm photo negatives and moving pictures (taken during the artist's formative years) are obsessively cut apart, reshuffled then spliced together inch by inch.   Kopacabana Brazil | 2019 | 14 MIN DIR: Marcos Bonisson, Khalil Charif An experimental work set in Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images on both super 8 film and digital.  
    Special Screening: Visual Album
    Boogie: "Everything's for Sale" USA | 2019 | 20 MIN DIR: Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Malcolm Washington This visual compilation of Boogie’s debut studio album weaves together a rich tapestry of images exploring the rapper’s life. Playing Sat Oct 19 at 10pm in the Microcinema in the Film Festival Hub at the CAC.  

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  • 12:30pm - 1:50pm

    Havana, From on High

    | 2018 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Pedro Ruiz Producer: Arantza Maldonado Trejo Writer: Pedro Ruiz DP: Pedro Ruiz Editor: Pedro Ruiz

    THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period—the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen—lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post–Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness. -EM IN COMPETITION   Preceded by The Blue Cape (La Capa Azul) - filmmaker in attendance Puerto Rico | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: Alejandra López A child faces the feat of saving his sickly grandfather during the ravages of Hurricane Maria.  

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  • 1:15pm - 2:50pm

    The Hottest August

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Brett Story Producer: Danielle Varga DP: Derek Howard Editor: Nels Bangerter

    THURS OCT 17 | 1:15PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) FRI OCT 18 | 12:00PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC No one has to rack their brains to come up with a long list of issues provoking anxiety in our country’s collective consciousness. Whatever their politics, Americans agree that our lives feel fairly heavy lately, weighed down by instantaneous news reports and rapid change. The Hottest August asks residents of the five boroughs of New York City, “How do you feel about the future?” The result is an impressionistic study of people of every walk of life speaking both frankly and obliquely about climate change, politics, racism, and economics. This charming but thoughtful time capsule of August 2017 posits a counterpoint to pat cultural think-pieces by focusing on subjects of every walk of life sharing candid thoughts in everyday settings. -KM

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  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Makeup Artistry and Special Effects in the Film Industry

    | Series: Roundtables

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    THU OCT 17 | 2PM | Conference Room inside the XRM Media VIP Lounge Nikoletta Skarlatos has 25 years of experience in film makeup, including as an artist and department head on films in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Hunger Games series. Come for a brief special-effects makeup demo and a talk on current trends in the field.

    Open to Filmmaker Pass holders only.

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  • 2:30pm - 3:52pm

    Animated Shorts

    | Series: Animated Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    THURS OCT 17 | 2:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC SUN OCT 20 | 1:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Bloeistraat 11 Belgium, Netherlands | 2018 | 10 Min Dir: Nienke Deutz Over the course of their last summer holiday, the bodies of two inseparable best friends start to change. An awkwardness descends on their friendship.   I’m Going Out For Cigarettes (Je Sors Acheter Des Cigarettes) France | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Osman Cerfon A twelve-year-old boy lives with his sister, his mother, and some men. They all have the same face and nest in closets, drawers, a TV set.   Under Covers USA | 2018 | 7 Min Dir: Michaela Olsen On the night of a lunar eclipse, the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town are uncovered.   Kim USA | 2019 | 6 Min Dir: Madeline Landry A stop-motion mockumentary following a day in the life of a friendly, outgoing, people-eating siren.   The Quintet Of The Sunset China | 2018 | 8 Min Dir: Jie Weng The changes in the life of a human being from the point-of-view of five different cats.   No Gravity (Sans Gravité) France | 2018 | 8 Min Dir: Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Fioretta Caterina Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham An astronaut comes back to earth and tries to fit in.   I Bleed (Sangro) Brazil | 2019 | 7 Min Dir: Tiago Minamisawa, Bruno H Castro, Guto Br (Co-Director) A film that demystifies issues that, to this day, persist in society’s imagination about being a person living with HIV.   Gray Body (جسم خاکستری) Iran | 2019 | 5 Min Dir: Samaneh Shojaei WORLD PREMIERE While a doctor is calmly seeing a patient, a roomful of psychiatric patients sit in the waiting room. There’s nothing calm about this room.   Ice Time (Temps de Glace) Canada | 2019 | 3 Min Dir: Rachel Samson US PREMIERE A poetic, hand-drawn reflection on a little girl’s daydreaming while on the sidelines of a hockey rink. … Guaxuma France, Brazil | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Nara Normande Tayra and Guaxuma grew up on a beach in the north east of Brazil. They were inseparable. The sea breeze brings back happy memories.  

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  • 5:15pm - 6:33pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Guilded Splinters

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    THUR OCT 17 | 5:15PM | THE RANCH AT CAC TUE OCT 22 | 5:30PM | THE RANCH AT CAC* Filmmakers in attendance. *Please note this screening is listed as 5:15pm in the program guide. 5:30pm is the correct time. The Girl and Her Electric Sheep USA | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Jonathan Isaac Jackson WORLD PREMIERE In the distant future, a young, African American woman discovers her purpose - and is given a very significant role when it comes to the Earth's future.   War Paint USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: J.C. Doler, Taylor Bracewell One man's journey through the heat and hell of the Vietnam War in the early 1960s.   KOOL USA | 2019 | 18 MIN DIR: Flo Young In 1979 a teenage girl named Olive learns that it’s more important to be loyal than it is to be cool.   Your Pizza is Outside USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Julia Elizabeth Evans WORLD PREMIERE An incel blames his problems on a Tinder match while ordering Papa John’s for delivery.   Ellipsis USA | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Andre Herrera, Erik Skramstad WORLD PREMIERE When her writer’s block manifests itself in strange, physical ways, an encounter with a stranger forces Mel to face her indecision.   Leyla McCalla: “Money Is King” USA | 2018 | 3 MIN DIR: Nisa East, Sarrah Danziger (Co-Director) WORLD PREMIERE Combats capitalist greed with a dancing man who pays homage to the spirit of Haitian Creole resistance and resilience.   Stella for Star USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Nick Singer At a scientific conference in New Orleans with her children, a nuclear scientist neglects her maternal and professional responsibilities by hanging out with a group of Furries while a hurricane gathers offshore.   King Ester: Episodes 1-2 USA | 2019 | 15 MIN DIR: Dui Jarrod Ester is a trans woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans during the week before Hurricane Katrina. In the face of an evacuation order, she is forced to make a choice that will impact her future forever.  

    Sponsored by Quixote Studios

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  • 6:00pm - 7:18pm

    Vision Portraits

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Rodney Evans Producer: Rob Wunder DP: Kjerstin Rossi Editor: Hannah Buck

    THURS OCT 17 | 6:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) SUN OCT 20 | 11:30AM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Filmmaker in attendance.    What if, instead of measuring blindness as the opposite of sight, we considered it merely another perspective? Director Rodney Evans follows visually impaired artists who use their limited sight to inform their work. Photographer John Dugdale composes photos through the “crescent moon” sliver of sight he has left. Writer Ryan Knighton reckons with how much of a role sight actually plays in bringing his vision to life. Dancer Kayla Hamilton’s other senses govern her movements in her personal choreography. Evans himself doesn’t have any peripheral sight and posits that his filmmaking may in fact benefit from his tunnel vision. With his camera, he mimics the experiences of these artists to reveal a world, not lacking, but rather more expansive and imaginative than we know. -KM   Preceded by Dani USA | 2018 | 9 Min DIR: Lizzy Hogenson A 30-year-old woman delivers her grim breast cancer prognosis to her mother over a simple phone call.

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  • 6:45pm - 7:48pm

    Singular

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Music

    Tubi Theater

    Director: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson Producer: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson DP: Edmund Talavera Editor: Marlon Johnson

    THURS OCT 17 | 6:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC MON OCT 21 | 1:00PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC - filmmaker in attendance.  Miami-native Cécile McLorin Salvant never dreamed she would be one of the most decorated jazz singers of today. From the spontaneous decision to study vocal jazz while abroad in France to competing in the world renowned Thelonious Monk competition, Cécile's career has had an unconventional path. Exploring the musical influences and support system that drive her as an artist, Singular shows the multidimensionality and pure talent Cécile brings to her music. Through interviews with peers, family members, and Cécile herself, Singular documents how she went from an unknown to a Grammy-winning jazz singer. Songs from a raw, ebullient performance in her hometown interspersed throughout the film color the unique journey of a jazz legend in the making. -EM IN COMPETITION  

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  • 7:00pm - 8:35pm

    The Long Shadow

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Daniel Lafrentz Producer: Jeremy Hill, Nancylee Myatt, Miles Hardy Writer: Daniel Lafrentz, Stephen Peltier DP: Paul Cannon Editor: Misty Talley, Eva K. Morgan

    THURS OCT 17 | 7:00PM | BROAD THEATER SAT OCT 19 | 5:00PM | BROAD THEATER Filmmaker in attendance.  Pont Minou, Louisiana, where patches of cane and tumble-down houses are laced by sodium-lit highway flyovers, crumbling river roads, and dusty oak drives. For world-weary sheriff's deputy Bernadette, this is both her beat and her hometown, and a railroad conglomerate’s bid to buy up family homes and land by the acre starts new tensions bubbling among her neighbors. After Bernadette’s lover Lesley, a public-interest lawyer, turns up dead, she must decide whether to walk the line or plunge in waist-deep. NOFF alum Daniel Lafrentz returns with an inky slow-burn mystery that puts the soul of Chinatown inside the skin of True Detective. -JK

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  • 7:15pm - 9:03pm

    Jojo Rabbit

    | 2019 | Series: Spotlight Films

    Prytania Theatre

    Director: Taika Waititi Cast: Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson Producers: Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley Writer: Taika Waititi DP: Mihai Malaimare Jr. Editor: Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya

    THURS OCT 17 | 7:15PM | PRYTANIA THEATRE Writer-director Taika Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

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  • 8:00pm - 9:27pm

    Lost Bayou

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Features

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Brian C. Miller Richard Producer: Kenneth Reynolds, Alicia Davis Johnson, Murray Roth,  Russell Blanchard Writer: Hunter Burke, Nick Lavin DP: Natalie Kingston Editor: Robert Grigsby Wilson

    THU OCT 17 | 8:00PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC WED OCT 23 | 5:45PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC

    Filmmakers in attendance.    Led by a team of Louisiana born-and-bred creators, Lost Bayou mines the Gothic recesses of the bayou to tell a universal story: a complicated father-daughter relationship muddied by the shared pain of addiction and loss. Though intensely focused on the conflict between troubled young mother Gal and her estranged Pop on his little wooden houseboat, what emerges is a quiet magic realism informed by both the area’s Christian roots and the swampy natural landscape of the Atchafalaya Basin. This is Jeff Nichols for Cajun country—a uniquely Southern story that emits a melancholic poetry and stark spiritualism, guided by a languorous soundtrack from Cajun Grammy-winners Lost Bayou Ramblers. -ST   Preceded by Ouaouaron USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: Lily Keber Deep in the midnight swamps, an ancient ritual of sustenance continues.  
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  • 8:30pm - 9:50pm

    Love Cuts (Reži)

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Kosta Djordjevic Producer: Milos Ivanovic, Bojana Andric, Kosta Djordjevic Writer: Dragan Nikolic DP: Bojana Andric Editor: Romana Vujasinovic

    THURS OCT 17 | 8:30PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) - filmmaker in attendance. WED OCT 23 | 9:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Twenty single-shot scenes filmed with scrappy, hand-held camera bring a sweaty immediacy to Love Cuts’ chaotic world. Aja is a tough-as-nails anti-hero we can’t help but root for, despite her foul mouth and rapid-fire temper. Crass but charismatic, she staggers around the city with maniacal purpose, taking on her enemies and courting her emotionally exhausted ex, all while suffering from a freshly stitched-up stab wound. The film emits a gritty, candid energy in which violence, sexual assault and derogatory abuse are not only run-of-the-mill, but expected in the day-to-day lives of these disaffected youths. More than anything, however, it’s a love letter to this rough, downtown Belgrade neighborhood; a nihilistic rom-com for the Riot grrrl generation. -ST IN COMPETITION   Preceded by Lockdown USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Celine Held, Logan George Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.

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  • 9:00pm - 9:39pm

    Shorts: Queer Bodies Queer Selves

    | Series: Shorts, Free Event, Shorts Programs

    Tubi Theater

    THUR OCT 17 | 9:00PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC - screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers moderated by Mamone of @queerappalachia MON OCT 21 | 2:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC   Bodies Like Oceans USA | 2019 | 13 Min DIR: Cory Kay A dreamy portrait of photographer Shoog McDaniel, a self-described queer fat southern freak.   I Have To Think Of Us As Separate People USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Stephen Ira, Chris Berntsen This collaborative and experimental analogue film explores the relationship between the two filmmakers, focusing on their experiences as a cisgendered-transgendered gay couple.   Janus Mexico, UK | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Moïse Kabongo US PREMIERE A spiritual journey exploring the life of a young queer in the heart of the Mexican vogue scene.   The Eddies USA | 2018 | 16 Min DIR: Madsen Minax Flood lines, levees and trivial histories of the crumbling infrastructure of Memphis, TN, as filtered through masculine connectivity by the filmmaker, a recent transsexual transplant.  

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    This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

  • 9:15pm - 10:55pm

    Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen Producer: Roman Chimienti, Mark Patton DP: Julian Bernstein, Amber Gray, Tyler Jense, Sasha Landskov, Mark Zemel Editor: Tyler Jensen

    THURS OCT 17 | 9:15PM | BROAD THEATER FRI OCT 18 | 8:30PM | BROAD THEATER A Nightmare on Elm Street rocked the horror scene of the ‘80s and its sequel was no different. Unconventional in nature, the gay subtext of Freddy's Revenge is undeniable and made budding star Mark Patton the first male scream queen at a time when homophobia and AIDS-phobia were rampant in Hollywood. Instead of bolstering his career, the homoerotic undertones of the sequel stopped it in its tracks. Yet in the changing cultural climate since the movie's release, Patton has gone from outcast to gay horror icon. Using his newfound platform (and his hard-won self-acceptance) to inspire an embrace of otherness in the horror culture that once excluded him, Patton claims his crown as the reigning scream queen of the ‘80s. -EM

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Filmmaker Welcome Party

    | Series: Parties

    Parties

    Thursday, October 17 10 PM-1 AM, The Drifter Hotel Open to All Access Passholders Only. Mailchimp presents the Filmmaker Welcome Party at The Drifter Hotel, a welcome for #NOFF2019 filmmakers and industry guests. Tasty Treat Food Truck will be on site with some complimentary treats for the first to arrive.  Wear your swimsuit if you dare and come ready to take a dip in the pool or on the dance-floor to the tunes of DJ Nice Rack. It’s your chance to see a special performance by New Orleans’ only all drag flag troupe, the Flaming Flagettes! Cash bar & flowing complimentary cocktails on the pink-top near the pool. Swim if you like, or just enjoy the vibe!

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    Friday, October 18, 2019

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm

    SOUTHPITCH: University Fiction

    | Series: South Pitch

    Tubi Theater

    All pitches are free and open to the public. SOUTH PITCH UNIVERSITY PROGRAM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 THE TUBI THEATER AT THE CAC STUDENT NARRATIVE: 10:30AM - 12:00PM The winners of each category receive the following prizes: Final Draft 10, Samsung Gear 360 camera. See all finalists, projects and more information here.

  • 11:00am - 8:00pm

    Virtual Reality

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    The CAC

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, Oct 17th to Tuesday, Oct  22rd 11am-8pm.
      Accused #2: Walter Sisulu France | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte 256 hours of sound archives bring back to life the political battle wagged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants. The film looks at one of them in particular, Walter Sisulu: accused number two.   Children Do Not Play War USA, Brazil, Uganda | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Fabiano Mixo A cinematic Virtual Reality tale of the war in Uganda told through the eyes of a young girl.   Legendary Cyphers: A 360° Documentary USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: Omotola Omolayole This raw 360-degree documentary celebrates hip hop in its most organic form: the freestyle cypher. Once the beat drops, the rhymes literally don’t stop.   All On A Mardi Gras Day [WORLD PREMIERE] Filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Biliana Grozdanova A wild Mardi Gras Day virtual reality experience featuring scenes from the St. Ann parade, Bourbon Street and the Uptown Mardi Gras Indians.   Goodbye Paradise Bislama | 2019 | 4 MIN DIR: Scott E. Schimmel Through this immersive experience, learn first hand the devastating effects that climate change is having on the community of the Maskelyne Islands in Vanuatu.   Tower of Babel by the Sea (海邊的巴別塔) Taiwan | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Feng Wei-Jung Ever-changing in his outward appearance, the devil sells man a destiny with the promise of a Tower of Babel. Man becomes cursed by his own greed, and as pollution spreads, nature is caught in a spiral of death.   Coast 360: A Virtual Day in the Delta Sponsored Content Presented by Restore the Mississippi River Delta USA | 2018 | 7 MIN CREATED BY: Launch Media and Mesh, along with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Communications Team In this exclusive 360 experience, viewers will visit one of the areas of Louisiana’s coast actually gaining land, an active barrier island restoration project and a coastal community on the forefront of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. With an on-the-ground (and in the air) look at our coastal crisis, viewers will learn what needs to be done to restore and protect our coast, and, more importantly, why it matters.

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  • 11:00am - 6:00pm

    Microcinema

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    Microcinema

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our Microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC, 900 Camp St, New Orleans, entrance from St. Joseph Street side). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, October 17th to Wednesday, October 23rd, 11am-9pm. Microcinema received critical support from:         On Saturday, October 19th, each programming block will be presented twice, with artist talks with visiting filmmakers to follow:

    11:00 AM - Block I: Journeys
    12:00 PM - Block II: Declarations
    1:00 PM - Block III: Vibrations
    2:00 PM - Block IV: Exchanges
    2:30 PM - Block V: Ecologies
    4:00 PM - Block VI: Commissioned Artists Showcase
    6:00 PM - Block I: Journeys
    7:00 PM - Block II: Declarations
    8:00 PM - Block III: Vibrations
    9:00 PM - Block IV: Exchanges
    9:30 PM - Block V: Ecologies
    10:15 PM - Boogie: Everything's for Sale
     
    Block I: Journeys
    Relic 2 USA, UK | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Larry Achiampong US PREMIERE Informed by technology, agency and the body, narratives of migration. This multi-disciplinary project builds upon a postcolonial perspective and Afrofuturist thematics in various locations and landscapes.   I Snuck Off The Slave Ship USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Lonnie Holley, Cyrus Moussavi Lonnie Holley, a self-taught African American artist and dimensional traveler, attempts to sneak off the slave ship America.  
    Block II: Declarations
    Two Parts Black USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: Cleon Arrey An exploration and celebration of black bodies in an inverted world.   Get Off the Paper USA | 2019 | 25 MIN DIR: Sabrina Cates WORLD PREMIERE As an ode to her triumph of generational and childhood tragedy, poet Sabrina Cates takes us on a poetic odyssey from hardship to happiness  
    Block III: Vibrations
    Just a Small USA | 2019 | 5 Min DIR: Na Kyung Kim A story, told in individual paintings on a single large canvas, of a small eel wishing to become something greater than itself.   Displace USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Carter Eggleston, David Franusich, Tacie Jones, Vasia Ampatzi WORLD PREMIERE A symbolic ritual involving the ubiquitous plastic water bottle reconnects modern expediency to the natural world.   Palace of Pope USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: Stephanie Barber An experimental video composed of found photographs, original text and sound art, balancing between an essay film and poem.  
    Block IV: Exchanges
    Shalva (Tranquility) USA | 2018 | 4 Min DIR: Danna Grace Windsor In a synthetic meditation space, an empty shell seeks power.   My Mother Resents Me (Mi Madre Me Tiene Rabia) Dominican Republic | 2019 | 7 MIN DIR: Victoria Linares Villegas An only daughter tries to decipher her mother's resentment towards her by parsing through old photographs and new footage.   Discovery Settings USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Kat Vivaldi A data meshing of instructional videos and found footage, exploring new age relationships and their precursors, and why there's no one around me.  
    Block V: Ecologies
    Esplanade USA | 2019 | 38 MIN DIR: David Gamble, Jonathan Freilich A collaboration of image and music between a jazz composer and a photographer, Esplanade is an avant-garde narrative of a journey along the eponymous avenue.   E-Ticket Hong Kong, UK, USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Simon Liu 35mm photo negatives and moving pictures (taken during the artist's formative years) are obsessively cut apart, reshuffled then spliced together inch by inch.   Kopacabana Brazil | 2019 | 14 MIN DIR: Marcos Bonisson, Khalil Charif An experimental work set in Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images on both super 8 film and digital.  

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  • 11:45am - 1:30pm

    The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features, Free Event

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn Producer: Tyler Hagan, Lori Lozinski, Alan R. Milligan, Dyveke Graver Writer: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn DP: Norm Li Editor: Christian Siebenherz

    FRI OCT 18 | 11:45AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) SUN OCT 20 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) On a cold Vancouver afternoon, Áila finds Rosie shivering in the rain, fleeing a domestic violence attack. Deciding to help, her fate becomes entangled with the seemingly meek stranger. The viewer is drawn in to witness to their day spent together, almost in real time, privy to the inner lives of these two Indigenous women. We feel their moments of confusion and tension in the sadness and awkwardness of their long-held silences. Rosie, in turns abruptly harsh and incredibly vulnerable, is a familiar portrait of trauma. Gradually, their tentative relationship develops into something more meaningful but just as fragile, a mutual acknowledgement between two complex women, on whose bodies histories of colonialism and gendered violence—as well as strength and kinship—are forever affixed. -ST IN COMPETITION

    Sponsored by The Helis Foundation and the Consulate of Canada
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  • 12:00pm - 1:35pm

    The Hottest August

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Brett Story Producer: Danielle Varga DP: Derek Howard Editor: Nels Bangerter

    THURS OCT 17 | 1:15PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) FRI OCT 18 | 12:00PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC No one has to rack their brains to come up with a long list of issues provoking anxiety in our country’s collective consciousness. Whatever their politics, Americans agree that our lives feel fairly heavy lately, weighed down by instantaneous news reports and rapid change. The Hottest August asks residents of the five boroughs of New York City, “How do you feel about the future?” The result is an impressionistic study of people of every walk of life speaking both frankly and obliquely about climate change, politics, racism, and economics. This charming but thoughtful time capsule of August 2017 posits a counterpoint to pat cultural think-pieces by focusing on subjects of every walk of life sharing candid thoughts in everyday settings. -KM

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  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Meet the Programmers

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    FRI OCT 18 | 12:30 PM | Gallier Hall When you hit SEND on your festival submission, where does it go? In this session, the hard-working folks on the other end of the screen, programmers from festivals near and far, talk shop. Maori Karmael Holmes (moderator) is founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival. Alyssa Armand is programming director at the Atlanta Film Festival Opal H. Bennett is on the programming teams for DOC NYC, Aspen Shortsfest, Athena, Nantucket, and Tribeca Film Festival Claudette Godfrey is Senior Film Programmer at SXSW Christopher Holmes is Senior Programmer at RiverRun Film Festival

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  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm

    SOUTHPITCH: University Doc

    | Series: South Pitch

    Tubi Theater

    All pitches are free and open to the public. SOUTH PITCH UNIVERSITY PROGRAM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 THE TUBI THEATER AT THE CAC STUDENT DOC: 12:30PM – 2:00PM The winners of each category receive the following prizes: Final Draft 10, Samsung Gear 360 camera. See all finalists, projects and more information here.

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  • 12:30pm - 1:50pm

    Screenwriting Workshop Hosted by Black Film Space

    | Series: Roundtables

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    FRI OCT 18 | 12:30 PM | Conference Room inside the XRM Media VIP Lounge This screenwriting workshop will be led by Reggie Williams and Lande Yoosuf of Black Film Space and is designed to offer honest, constructive feedback on a screenplay in a supportive group space. You do not need to submit a script to attend. All experience levels are welcome.

    Open to Filmmaker Pass holders only.

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  • 2:00pm - 3:41pm

    Born Into It: Inheritance And Changing Traditions

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, Free Event

    The Ranch Theater

    FRI OCT 18 | 2:00PM | THE RANCH AT CAC - filmmakers in attendance WED OCT 23 | 11AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Mothers Of Canada | 2018 | 21 Min DIR: Ross Lai US PREMIERE A woman, forced to serve over ten years in jail after suffering a stillbirth in her ninth month of pregnancy, illuminates El Salvador's hyper-strict abortion regulations.   Made in Palestine (صنع في فلسطين) Palestine, USA | 2019 | 8 Min DIR: Mariam Dwedar US PREMIERE Hirbawi Textiles is the last remaining factory in Palestine that produces the iconic Palestinian scarf known as the Kuffiyeh.   Fast Horse Canada | 2018 | 13 Min DIR: Alexandra Lazarowich This film explores the return of the Blackfoot bareback horse racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay.   Ài Bàba (Love Dad) USA | 2019 | 6 Min DIR: Connie Huang An intimate recording between a mother and her seven-year-old daughter discussing divorce.   Roughly Delicate USA | 2018 | 14 Min DIR: Heqiuzi Wang Firearm and footwear. Food and space. Memory and reality. Chinese women immigrants shoot guns and dance to fight their insecurities.   Passing: A Family in Black & White USA | 2019 | 8 Min DIR: Robin Cloud After years of hearing the story of her Nebraska cousins who, unbeknownst to them, were passing for white, filmmaker Robin Cloud reaches out, sparking a transformative journey through the South and Midwest.   Simple Things (Dvarim Pshutim) Israel | 2019 | 31 Min DIR: Liel Sharon-Gur US PREMIERE Raised on a secular Israeli kibbutz, an ultra-Orthodox Jew searches for love the ultra-Orthodox way: set-up on over 100 dates by her determined matchmaker.  

    Sponsored by The Helis Foundation and Canada
    This screening is free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.  

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  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Chat with the Black List

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    FRI OCT 18 | 2:30 PM | Gallier Hall In the 15 years since it started as an informal survey of development execs, The Black List has evolved from taking Hollywood’s temperature to feeding it some strong medicine, throwing light on hundreds of vital scripts that might otherwise have been passed over. Come in for an off-the-cuff chat with emerging screenwriters’ biggest cheerleader. Kate Hagen is Director of Community at The Black List

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  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Big Punchline: A Brief History of Representation of Fat Women in American Film and Television

    | Series: Special Events

    Blue Orleans

    FRI OCT 18 | 2:30 PM | Blue Orleans Theater at The New Orleans Advocate Fat women in American film and television are historically invisible. When they are present, they appear as villains, funny sidekicks that act as a foil to a pretty main character, or as objects of pity (often played by thin actresses in fat suits). Only recently have self-actualized representations of fatness graced our screens. Even still, they are few and far between. This lecture uses existing fat studies scholarship to categorize representations of fatness in American film and television and examines their sexist and racist messaging. Annie Rose Malamet is a teaching artist and independent podcast producer based in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    SOUTHPITCH: Narrative Open Call

    | Series: South Pitch

    Tubi Theater

    All pitches are free and open to the public.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 2:30PM - 4:00PM THE TUBI THEATER AT THE CAC

    Spanning all genres of narrative-based projects, the South Pitch Narrative Film program is open to narrative shorts, narrative features, and web-based pitches. The winner, based on a three-minute pitch, receives an in-kind post-production package valued at $40,000 from the New Orleans-based KyotoColor, in addition to Final Draft 10 and a Vimeo Pro account. Finalists and the projects they will pitch include: FINALISTS Zandashé Brown (New Orleans, La.): Church (Narrative Feature) Kevin Contento (Weston, Fla.): The Conference of the Birds (Narrative Feature) Ryan Darbonne (Austin, Tex.): We Real Cool (Narrative Feature) Alejandro de los Rios (New Orleans, La.): Contrabanda (Narrative Short) Marion Hill (New Orleans, La.): Ma Belle, My Beauty (Narrative Feature) Erica Scoggins (Chattanooga, Tenn.): The Boogeywoman (Narrative Feature) Tara Sheffer (Little Rock, Ark.): My Dear God. (Narrative Short)   See all finalists, projects and more information here.

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  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Queer Fat Artist / Maker Meet Up hosted by Shoog McDaniel & Queer Appalachia

    | Series: Roundtables

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    FRI OCT 18 | 4:00 PM | The New Orleans Advocate Boardroom Following the Big Punchline talk in the theater downstairs, we’ll hold an informal hangout in the VIP lounge, featuring Florida photographer and fat liberationist Shoog McDaniel, and Queer Appalachia, a project celebrating fat, queer, and other under-heard voices from Appalachia and the South.

    Open to Filmmaker Pass holders only.

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  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program

    | Series: South Pitch

    Tubi Theater

    All pitches are free and open to the public.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 4:30PM - 6:30PM THE TUBI THEATER AT THE CAC

    For the third year, Tribeca Film Institute is presenting a documentary short pitch competition under the banner of the IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program. This year’s theme of “Inclusive Economies” is open to diverse filmmakers from the American South, and the pitch calls for original stand-alone short documentaries (10-20 minutes) that explore themes of economic inclusion and resilience through a regional and place-based lens.

    TFI and NOFF will jointly select up to 6 finalists, and each pitch team will have 7 minutes to present their project, which will be followed by a short moderated discussion with a tailored jury. The winner receives a $25,000 cash award, year-round mentorship, and a Festival Finishing Package supported by Storyville Post. Additionally, POV Shorts (American Documentary) will provide a $1000 cash prize and mentorship to a second project. Finalists will be announced on the New Orleans Film Festival and TFI websites. The IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program provides new audiences, starting in the US, with a better understanding of American and international stories by discovering and empowering more inclusive voices in short film storytelling. It also fosters multi-platform distribution and financial sustainability for more short filmmakers in a global and increasingly complex marketplace. IF/Then was developed in partnership with, and supported by, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. See all finalists, projects and more information here.

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  • 4:30pm - 5:37pm

    The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Music

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Lisa Cortés, Farah X Producer: Lisa Cortés DP: Alice Brooks, Nausheen Dadabhoy, Jendra Jarnagin Editor: R.A. Fedde, Sarah Laties, Farah X

    FRI OCT 18 | 4:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC - filmmaker in attendance.  MON OCT 21 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Who can picture LL Cool J without his Kangol hat? Lil Kim without the monochrome looks from her “Crush on You” video, or Biggie without his Timberlands and Versace sunglasses? Fashion and Hip Hop are a match made in heaven, but who are the stylists, designers, and tastemakers behind the streetwear explosion of the ‘80s and ‘90s? When black designers deconstruct, reclaim, and satirize luxury brands, their work often becomes more popular than their source material, but popularity doesn’t always mean enduring recognition. Through the stories of Misa Hylton, Dapper Dan, and April Walker we see how streetwear resisted ghettoization, the death of the record business, raids by Sonia Sotomayor herself, and the social media revolution to take center stage in the global fashion industry. -KM  

    Sponsored by the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network

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  • 4:45pm - 6:14pm

    Red, White & Wasted

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz, Sam B. Jones Producer: Noah Lang DP: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz, Sam B. Jones Editor: Barry Poltermann, Michael T. Vollman

    FRI OCT 18 | 4:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) TUES OCT 22 | 11:00AM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Filmmaker in attendance.  Cigarette-thin, with an impending mullet and a keen eye for the scrappable metal that keeps his family fed, Matthew “Video Pat” Burns looks like the type of quirky dude that could pop up on a Florida-set reality show. That is, if you can look past his Hank Williams, Jr. “stars n bars” dress shirt, or the wall of politically pestilential decals on his lifted pickup, or the general background radiation of xenophobic paranoia in his home. Can you look past that? That’s the key question of this film, which is supposed to be about the pastime of big-truck mudding, whose devotees hop from mudhole to mudhole ahead of the cops. This is no light joyride, though; it’s more like a sad, searching look in the mirror, and a splash of cold water for any Americans who thought we were past this. -JK

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  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    No Evil Eye Microcinema

    | Series: Special Events

    Microcinema

    FRI OCT 18 | 6:00 PM | CINEMA RESET MICROCINEMA Cinema Reset will interrupt its regular programming for a guest-curated screening by traveling microcinema NO EVIL EYE, presenting their inaugural film program SEQUENCE 01, which explores the theme of diasporic reckoning through landscapes, legacy, and memory.

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  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Broad Theater

    FRI OCT 18 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER MON OCT 21 | 6:15PM | BROAD THEATER Filmmakers in attendance.  Ole & Nu USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Weenta Girmay WORLD PREMIERE Three members of the Ole & Nu Style Fellas social aid and pleasure club take a moment to reflect on twenty years of style, family, and community.   All On a Mardi Gras Day: Big Chief Demond of the Young Seminole Hunters USA | 2019 | 22 MIN DIR: Michal Pietrzyk In a gentrifying New Orleans, Big Chief Demond Melancon makes sacrifices to keep his tribe afloat.   Building Minds with Chess USA | 2019 | 10 MIN DIR: Ken Mask WORLD PREMIERE Explores the possibilities of engaging children and young teenagers through exercising certain parts of their brain through the game of chess.   Spy Boy Dow USA | 2019 | 16 MIN DIR: Carl Harrison WORLD PREMIERE Spy Boy Dow shares stories of his life and his spiritual connection to the indigenous black masking culture of New Orleans. 

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  • 6:45pm - 9:00pm

    Waves

    | 2019 | Series: Centerpiece Film

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Trey Edward Schults Cast: Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell Producer: Kevin Turen, James Wilson Writer: Trey Edward Schults DP: Drew Daniels Editor: Trey Edward Shults, Isaac Hagy

    FRI OCT 18 | 6:45PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family— led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

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  • 7:00pm - 8:34pm

    TEST PATTERN

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features

    Tubi Theater

    Director: Shatara Michelle Ford Producer: Pin-Chun Liu, Shatara Michelle Ford Writer: Shatara Michelle Ford DP: Ludovica Isidori Editor: Matt Tassone, Katy Miller

    FRI OCT 18 | 7:00PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC MON OCT 21 | 1:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmakers in attendance.    In the aftertermath of a sexual assault at the hands of a stranger, Renesha (Brittany S Hall, HBO’s Ballers) and her boyfriend Evan (Will Brill, The OA, Not Fade Away) spend the day driving around Austin in search of a clinic that will perform a rape kit examination. In many ways the ideal modern couple—infinitely patient, supportive of one another’s dreams, just dissimilar enough in just the right ways—their bond is torture-tested as they see their private lives refracted through the clumsy medical and legal institutions that surround, interpret, and adjudicate cases like Renesha’s. In her feature debut, Shatara Michelle Ford makes precise yet lyrical use of flashbacks and silence to draw a spacious portrait of an intimate crisis. -JK IN COMPETITION   Preceded by Amateur Night USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Gina Hackett WORLD PREMIERE Sisters Ruby and Emma scramble to find fast cash so little Emma can perform in her ballet recital. Left with no alternatives, teenage Ruby decides to dance too...just not ballet.

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  • 7:15pm - 7:54pm

    Fashion Conscious Shorts

    | Series: Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Blue Orleans

    FRI OCT 18 | 7:15PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) MON OCT 21 | 11AM | THE RANCH AT CAC Filmmakers in attendance.    “The Kids Are Alright” USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: Cara Stricker Converging storylines tell a tale of identity and individuality in this avant-garde film loosely structured around the story of Babel. Stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight).   “Due West” USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: Cara Stricker, Mindy Le Brock A continuous questioning of the romanticism of ‘home’ and what we leave behind in order to gain hope in what’s ahead.   Unfair USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Marion Hill, Stash Marina WORLD PREMIERE New Orleans artist Stash Marina throws a party in a laundromat to celebrate the beauty of dark skin.   "Cousin John" USA | 2019 | 4 MIN DIR: Tom C J Brown While Cousin John is away in the city, the residents of the Carrington House Hotel in upstate New York yearn for his return in this film posing as a music video.   Nairobi USA | 2019 | 15 MIN Dir: Phillip Youmans Upon immigrating to New York, a West-African mother finds comfort in the dresses her daughter makes for her.

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  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm

    Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Pitch Winner Announcement

    | Series: Receptions

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    Friday, October 18 | 7:30-9:30pm Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks as we celebrate a day of filmmaker pitches and announce the winner of the IF/Then Shorts American South Pitch (in partnership with Surdna Foundation) that will receive up to $25,000 in funding, a year of mentorship with Tribeca Film Institute, and a post-production package from Storyville Post. 2019 New Orleans Film Festival XRM Media VIP Lounge Located on the 2nd Floor of The New Orleans Advocate Building at 840 St. Charles Ave.

    The VIP Lounge is open to All Access and Weekender Passholders only, except for noted invite-only receptions.

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  • 7:30pm - 9:05pm

    Easy Does It

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Features

    Orpheum Theater

    Director: Will Addison Producer: Lizzie Guitreau, Ben Matheny, Will Addison, Alexa Georges Writer: Will Addison, Ben Matheny DP: Bruno Doria Editor: Stephen Pfeil Cast Featuring: Linda Hamilton (The Terminator; Terminator 2: Judgement Day), Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild; 12 Years a Slave), John Goodman (The Righteous Gemstones), Harry Shearer (The Simpsons)

    FRI OCT 18 | 7:30PM | ORPHEUM THEATER Filmmaker in attendance.  WORLD PREMIERE | Shot with 16mm for a true ‘70s road-movie aesthetic, Easy Does It follows the scrappy anti-heroics of two Mississippi no-hopers on a treasure hunt of epic proportions. In their chase for the American Dream, these not-so-natural-born killers somehow stumble into national notoriety as public enemies number one and two. Geeky dreamboat hostage in tow, this trio of star-crossed friends smash-cut their way through the American Southwest in a blaze of fireworks, color gels, and weed-induced animation sequences. An analogue scrapbook of blood-and-paint-soaked folksiness, the film exposes the jacked-up machismo and delusions of grandeur that fuel the aspirational hearts of crooks, cops, and those caught somewhere in the middle. -ST

    Sponsored by Parker Roy

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  • 7:30pm - 9:29pm

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    | 2019 | Series: Spotlight Films

    Prytania Theatre

    Director: Céline Sciamma Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami Producers: Véronique Cayla, Bénédicte Couvreur Writer: Céline Sciamma DP: Claire Mathon Editor: Julien Lacheray

    FRI OCT 18 | 7:30PM | PRYTANIA THEATRE France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent, in order to impress a Milanese suitor. Since Héloïse hardly wants to be carted off to Italy, Marianne keeps her task a secret, arriving as a companion, observing Héloïse by day, and secretly painting her from memory at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow, the portrait becoming a collaborative testament to their love. Decorated with both the Screenplay prize and the Queer Palm at Cannes this summer, the new film by Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood) continues her catalogue of defiant female desire.

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  • 8:30pm - 10:10pm

    Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen Producer: Roman Chimienti, Mark Patton DP: Julian Bernstein, Amber Gray, Tyler Jense, Sasha Landskov, Mark Zemel Editor: Tyler Jensen

    THURS OCT 17 | 9:15PM | BROAD THEATER FRI OCT 18 | 8:30PM | BROAD THEATER A Nightmare on Elm Street rocked the horror scene of the ‘80s and its sequel was no different. Unconventional in nature, the gay subtext of Freddy's Revenge is undeniable and made budding star Mark Patton the first male scream queen at a time when homophobia and AIDS-phobia were rampant in Hollywood. Instead of bolstering his career, the homoerotic undertones of the sequel stopped it in its tracks. Yet in the changing cultural climate since the movie's release, Patton has gone from outcast to gay horror icon. Using his newfound platform (and his hard-won self-acceptance) to inspire an embrace of otherness in the horror culture that once excluded him, Patton claims his crown as the reigning scream queen of the ‘80s. -EM

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  • 9:00pm - 10:16pm

    A Great Lamp

    | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Saad Qureshi Producer: Saad Qureshi, Alison Donohue, Donald R. Monroe Writer: Saad Qureshi, Donald R. Monroe, Max Wilde DP: Donald R. Monroe Editor: Max Wilde

    FRI OCT 18 | 9:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmaker in attendance.  Max is a wandering vandal who wants someone, anyone, to recall a grandmother whose memory is fading away. Eugene hopes his dad won’t catch him hiding from the job he secretly quit. Howie from Arkansas is on the run from a past too painful to talk about. Together and apart, this trio of fellow ghosts haunts the wasted spaces and unused corners of a small North Carolina port city, looking to the sky for the arrival of a perhaps-mythical rocket that might pull their eyes off the ground and turn their sorrows into something meaningful. With its cut-up DIY textures and xeroxed black and white images, A Great Lamp may look and feel like a well-thumbed zine circa 1994, but the currents of sadness and feeble hope that flow amongst its band of outsiders are eternal. -JK IN COMPETITION

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  • 9:15pm - 10:40pm

    Pier Kids

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Tubi Theater

    Director: Elegance Bratton Producer: Chester Algernal Gordon DP: Elegance Bratton Editor: Bernhardt Fassenfast, Thuto Durkac-Somo

    FRI OCT 18 | 9:15PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC MON OCT 21 | 4:00PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC Filmmaker in attendance.  A few blocks away from the Stonewall Inn, where the struggle for LGBT rights exploded into the mainstream fifty years ago, a pier that juts out into the Hudson River is a gathering place, living room, dance floor, and home for a host of queer youth, most of them black and brown, many of them unhoused. Drawing on footage dating back over eight years, director Elegance Bratton embeds us with the pier kids, observing them en masse and following Krystal, Desean, and Casper through early adulthoods marked by the struggle to reconcile with families of birth, the creation of new families of die-hard friendship, and the urge to speak their pain, joy, trauma, and victory with a wisdom beyond years. -JK IN COMPETITION

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  • 9:30pm - 10:39pm

    Shorts: 69 Minutes

    | Series: Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    FRI OCT 18 | 9:30PM | THE RANCH AT CAC - some filmmakers in attendance. WED OCT 23 | 8:45PM | BROAD THEATER George the Dog, Refugee (Jiří Pes Uprchlík) Czech Republic | 2019 | 30 MIN DIR: Tomasz Wiński US PREMIERE A tax consultant who believes he is a dog agrees to his roommates' strict rules.   How Does It Start USA | 2019 | 15 MIN DIR: Amber Sealey It's 1983, and with her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left alone to navigate the complexities of love and adulthood her own way.   Things That Happen in the Bathroom USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Edward Hancox In the intimate sanctuary of the bathroom, a lonely young queer yearns for love, and learns how to survive heartbreak.   Lavender USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: Matthew Puccini A young gay man grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple.

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  • 10:00pm - 1:00am

    Big Easy Does It

    | Series: Parties

    Parties

    Friday, October 18 10 PM-1 AM, New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute: NOCHI (745 Howard Ave.) Open to All Access and Weekender Pass holders Only. Click here to buy a pass. A true New Orleans food & wine experience! Explore the Chloe Wine Collection on the rooftop terrace and enjoy the hosted bar with a focus on a few favorite New Orleans cocktails. Delectables from every corner of the city are sprinkled throughout the party, including Baru, Bianca Eva's Gourmet Popcorn, Dat Dog, Restaurant R'evolution, Silk Road, Voodoo BBQ and more.  Don't miss this NOLA Star-Studded party with DJ Legatron Prime, Bon Bon Vivant and a few of the most recognizable krewe members of New Orleans.  

    Sponsored by Parker Roy

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    Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm

    The Art of Pitching for Film and Television

    | Series: Roundtables

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    SAT OCT 19 | 11:00 AM | The New Orleans Advocate Boardroom Felicia Pride, a film & TV writer, discusses pitching, a crucially important skill for screenwriters. She talks about the elements of a pitch, how TV and film pitches differ, how to prepare to pitch, pitch materials, and pitch delivery.

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  • 11:00am - 8:00pm

    Virtual Reality

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    The CAC

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, Oct 17th to Tuesday, Oct  22rd 11am-8pm.
      Accused #2: Walter Sisulu France | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte 256 hours of sound archives bring back to life the political battle wagged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants. The film looks at one of them in particular, Walter Sisulu: accused number two.   Children Do Not Play War USA, Brazil, Uganda | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Fabiano Mixo A cinematic Virtual Reality tale of the war in Uganda told through the eyes of a young girl.   Legendary Cyphers: A 360° Documentary USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: Omotola Omolayole This raw 360-degree documentary celebrates hip hop in its most organic form: the freestyle cypher. Once the beat drops, the rhymes literally don’t stop.   All On A Mardi Gras Day [WORLD PREMIERE] Filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Biliana Grozdanova A wild Mardi Gras Day virtual reality experience featuring scenes from the St. Ann parade, Bourbon Street and the Uptown Mardi Gras Indians.   Goodbye Paradise Bislama | 2019 | 4 MIN DIR: Scott E. Schimmel Through this immersive experience, learn first hand the devastating effects that climate change is having on the community of the Maskelyne Islands in Vanuatu.   Tower of Babel by the Sea (海邊的巴別塔) Taiwan | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Feng Wei-Jung Ever-changing in his outward appearance, the devil sells man a destiny with the promise of a Tower of Babel. Man becomes cursed by his own greed, and as pollution spreads, nature is caught in a spiral of death.   Coast 360: A Virtual Day in the Delta Sponsored Content Presented by Restore the Mississippi River Delta USA | 2018 | 7 MIN CREATED BY: Launch Media and Mesh, along with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Communications Team In this exclusive 360 experience, viewers will visit one of the areas of Louisiana’s coast actually gaining land, an active barrier island restoration project and a coastal community on the forefront of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. With an on-the-ground (and in the air) look at our coastal crisis, viewers will learn what needs to be done to restore and protect our coast, and, more importantly, why it matters.

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  • 11:00am - 11:31am

    Microcinema Block I: Journeys

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Relic 2 USA, UK | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Larry Achiampong US PREMIERE Informed by technology, agency and the body, narratives of migration. This multi-disciplinary project builds upon a postcolonial perspective and Afrofuturist thematics in various locations and landscapes.   I Snuck Off The Slave Ship USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Lonnie Holley, Cyrus Moussavi Lonnie Holley, a self-taught African American artist and dimensional traveler, attempts to sneak off the slave ship America.   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 11:00am - 11:29am

    RIAFN

    Hannes Lang | 2019 | Series: Documentary Shorts, Free Event

    Tubi Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 11:00AM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC A cinematic and musical soundscape of the Alps detached from the compulsive speed - and accessibility of communication technology - saturating modern life.  

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  • 11:00am - 12:35pm

    Straight Up

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features, Free Event

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: James Sweeney Producer: David Carrico, Ross Putman, James Sweeney Writer: James Sweeney DP: Greg Cotten Editor: Keith Funkhouser

    SAT OCT 19 | 11:00AM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Filmmaker in attendance.  Straight Up follows the not-so-straightforward journey of Todd as he attempts to find happiness while navigating romance, sexuality, and OCD. When he decides to date women, he meets Rory, his soulmate in almost every way. Unsure whether it’s his sexuality or OCD that makes relationships so complicated, Todd and Rory each struggle with the desire for more than the other can give. Meticulously symmetrical and beautifully color-coordinated visuals (realized by writer, director, and star James Sweeney) flood the film as it explores the confusing reality of sexuality and relationships. Quick-witted and at times, heartbreaking, Straight Up is a clever take on a modern rom-com without what makes it messy: sex. -EM IN COMPETITION  

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  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

    Silence Sam

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Free Event

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Jeremiah Rhodes, Courtney Symone Staton Producer: Courtney Staton, Jeremiah Rhodes DP: Abby Igoe, Hannah Kim Editor: Kaitlin Harlow, Jacob Mccalip, Ruijia Zhang

    SAT OCT 19 | 11:30AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmakers in attendance. Combining traditional documentary elements with powerful spoken-word performances, this student-led film speaks directly to the benefits of collective action in both art and politics. In August 2017, students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill protested for the removal of the monument known as Silent Sam—one of many statues on campus commemorating the confederacy. Silence Sam traces their fight against UNC’s administration and the legal, political, and personal obstacles they faced. Painting us a shocking picture of the deeply racist landscape in which the statue was erected, the film leaves us with no question of what these Confederate monuments truly communicate today, and why their removal now is so important. -ST  

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  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    White Walls

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    SAT OCT 19 | 12:00 PM | Gallier Hall There’s always been a wide strip of overlap between the film and video art that museums acquire and the movies that play at a theater near you. Tune in as a distinguished and diverse group of artists, each working in that crossover, address the ongoing feedback loop between art films and film-art. Allison M. Glenn (moderator) is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich is a filmmaker and artist who works at the intersections of the white and black box. She has had moving image work  screened at the New Museum and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Katie Pfohl is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art Leilah Weinraub is an American filmmaker and conceptual artist, and the former CEO of the fashion brand Hood By Air, and director of the feature documentary Shakedown, which screened in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Simon Liu’s films and 16mm projection performances have been presented at film festivals and institutions including IFF Rotterdam. TIFF, SFMoMA, and “Dreamlands: Expanded” with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery.

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  • 12:00pm - 12:31pm

    Microcinema Block II: Declarations

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Two Parts Black USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: Cleon Arrey An exploration and celebration of black bodies in an inverted world.   Get Off the Paper USA | 2019 | 25 MIN DIR: Sabrina Cates WORLD PREMIERE As an ode to her triumph of generational and childhood tragedy, poet Sabrina Cates takes us on a poetic odyssey from hardship to happiness   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 12:00pm - 1:37pm

    Shorts: Rude Imaginings

    | Series: Shorts, Free Event, Shorts Programs

    Tubi Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 12:00PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC - filmmakers in attendance. WED OCT 23 | 1:15PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC Dios Nunca Muere USA, Ireland | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Barbara Cigarroa When a new mobile home arrives on the farm where they live with dozens of other undocumented families, Paula allows herself and her children to imagine the home is their own - if only for a moment.   What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon China | 2019 | 16 MIN DIR: Jian Luo During an attempted abortion, a girl gives birth to a live jellyfish.   Feathers USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: A.V. Rockwell Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers.   Manila is Full of Men Named Boy Philippines, USA | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: Andrew Stephen Lee Manila, July 7, 2009. Michael Jackson’s funeral is televised throughout The Philippines, while terrorists attack in the south. An estranged son purchases a child who can drink and smoke to impress his father.   Dryer USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Connor Hurley On a summer day, a group of unattended kids perform a dangerous initiation ritual, incapable of understanding its life-changing potential.   Washed Away USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Ben Kallam A teenage girl in an evangelical church youth group must deal with the fallout when her trust is publicly betrayed.  

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  • 12:00pm - 1:29pm

    Always in Season

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Jacqueline Olive Producer: Jacqueline Olive, Jessica Devaney DP: Patrick Sheehan, S. Leo Chiang Editor: Don Bernier

    SAT OCT 19 | 12:00PM | BROAD THEATER MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC   A black man hangs in the center of the photograph, his eyes closed and body limp. Around him dozens of sets of wide eyes look into the camera, bystanders who came to watch his execution. Between the 1870s and 1960s, a form of racial terrorism dominated the public life of the United States. Far from secret, lynching took place in plain sight. But the past is not past. Actors in Georgia reenact a lynching from 1946 in order to ensure remembrance. Claudia Lacy doesn’t need a reminder—in 2014 police found her teenage son Lennon hanging from a swing set, and despite evidence of foul play, his death was ruled a suicide. Jacqueline Olive’s film won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency at Sundance, and should be required viewing for every American. -KM

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  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Sound Advice

    | Series: Roundtables

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    SAT OCT 19 | 12:30 pm | The New Orleans Advocate Boardroom When’s the right time to start thinking about your final post-mix? If your answer was anything but RIGHT NOW, you’ll want to hear this talk on how to stop sound disasters before they start. Jon Vogl owns and operates Apex Post, a full-service post-house located in New Orleans.

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  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm

    Microcinema Block III: Vibrations

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Just a Small USA | 2019 | 5 Min DIR: Na Kyung Kim A story, told in individual paintings on a single large canvas, of a small eel wishing to become something greater than itself.   Displace USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Carter Eggleston, David Franusich, Tacie Jones, Vasia Ampatzi WORLD PREMIERE A symbolic ritual involving the ubiquitous plastic water bottle reconnects modern expediency to the natural world.   Palace of Pope USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: Stephanie Barber An experimental video composed of found photographs, original text and sound art, balancing between an essay film and poem.   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Screenplay Competition Winners Announcement

    | Series: Receptions

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    October 19, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm Join us for drinks and snacks as we celebrate the 20 finalists in the second annual New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition. We will announce the winners in each of four categories, including Feature Screenplay, Short Film Screenplay, Episodic Screenplay, and Louisiana Screenplay.  2019 New Orleans Film Festival XRM Media VIP Lounge Located on the 2nd Floor of The New Orleans Advocate Building at 840 St. Charles Ave.

    The VIP Lounge is open to All Access and Weekender Passholders only, except for noted invite-only receptions.

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  • 1:00pm - 2:44pm

    Up From the Streets

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Features, Music

    Orpheum Theater

    Director: Michael Murphy Producer: Cilista Eberle, Robin Burgess Writer: Michael Murphy DP: Mark Moore Editor: Bruce Ochmanek

    SAT OCT 19 | 1:00PM | ORPHEUM THEATER Filmmaker in attendance.  From Louis Armstrong to James Booker, jazz and blues to rock and roll, New Orleans is known the world over for its phenomenal musicians and vibrant music scene. Though one city contains all this musical virtuosity, it does not exist in a bubble. Up From the Streets offers a comprehensive look into the history of New Orleans music and its extensive influence around the world. With Afro-Caribbean influence to Mardi Gras Indians and Second Line parades, New Orleans is home to a unique mesh of cultures. Through interviews, performances, and street footage, this film celebrates life through the universal language of music. New Orleans music may come from the streets, but where it takes you is boundless. -EM  

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  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Meet the Funders

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    SAT OCT 19 | 1:30 PM | Gallier Hall In a world where art doesn’t always pay, it’s good to know that there are non-profit funders stepping into the breach to make sure vital work still gets made. We sit down with five organizations working across the spectrum of cinema and beyond to support worthy projects and discover new voices. Aubrey Aden-Buie is co-founder of Studio IX Michael Gibbons is Director of Marketing & Communications at Creative Capital Julia Gunnison is Film Fund Coordinator at Sundance Documentary Fund Michelle Hamada is Manager of Documentary & Scripted Programs at Tribeca Film Institute

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  • 1:30pm - 2:50pm

    Exodus

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Free Event

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Bahman Kiarostami Producer: Bahman Kiarostami Writer: Bahman Kiarostami DP: Davood Maleki Editor: Bahman Kiarostami

    SAT OCT 19 | 1:30PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) When the United States withdrew from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal last year, hundreds of thousands of undocumented Afghan refugees, many living in Iran since 1979, found themselves without work. In the hope of returning to Afghanistan, they must first seek approval at an Immigration Center. Director Bahman Kiarostami (son of the late, great Abbas Kiarostami) puts us in the chair of the officers who decide hundreds of human fates daily. Far from a political exposé, this film presents the family histories, relationships, and choices that become the subject of negotiation in times of strife. Guards and migrants exchange laughs, lies, and compassion in a series of portraits that recall the closer struggles of immigrants at the U.S. border. -KM IN COMPETITION   Preceded by Practice China, USA | 2017 | 10 Min DIR: Iyabo Kwayana Filmed near the Shaolin temple in Henan, China: moving from the mundane realm of arduous and repetitive rehearsal to the fantastic fulfillment that comes as a result.  

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  • 1:30pm - 3:02pm

    Doc Shorts: New Drawl

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 1:30 PM | THE RANCH AT CAC - filmmakers in attendance.  MON OCT 21 | 4:45PM | THE RANCH AT CAC New Drawl: Portraits of Today's South   Invisible Hands USA | 2019 | 8 Min DIR: Yulian Martinez-Escobar WORLD PREMIERE An intimate film documenting a group of Mexican seasonal laborers in rural South Carolina.   Departing Gesture USA | 2019 | 11 Min DIR: Brian Bolster, Jonathan Napolitano A funeral director in the heart of the South confronts an environment of societal shame and ignorance to ensure a dignified finality to those fallen from the disease of HIV.   Oklahoma is Black USA | 2019 | 4 Min DIR: Melinda James, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Co-Director) A portrait of Black life on the Northeast side of Oklahoma City.   To Be Queen USA | 2019 | 17 Min Dir: Farihah Zaman, Jeff Reichert In Luling, the "toughest town in Texas", two Latina high school girls compete to be the next Watermelon Thump Queen.   Little Saluda USA USA | 2019 | 13 Min DIR: Lillian Burke, Amada Torruella WORLD PREMIERE In Saluda, SC, established Latino immigrants and generations of Black and White residents coexist in isolation.   Migration USA | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: Syd Horn, Olivia Perillo What is home? Is it a physical place or is it a place we carry with us anywhere we land? The wisdom of three astounding migrating women guide us to arrive at universal truths.   Tutwiler USA | 2019 | 34 Min DIR: Elaine McMillion Sheldon A unique portrait of motherhood: women who give birth while incarcerated at one of America's most notorious prisons struggle to stay connected with their children on the outside.  

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  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Reemergence of 16mm Celluloid for Origination

    | Series: Roundtables

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    SAT OCT 19 | 2:00 pm | The New Orleans Advocate Boardroom Two of the OGs of celluloid give you hands-on crash course in working with 16-millimeter film. Michael Brown is Vice President, motion picture and entertainment group, at Kodak/Kodak Film Lab Atlanta Steve Krul is Marketing Executive at Panavision New Orleans

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  • 2:00pm - 2:17pm

    Microcinema Block IV: Exchanges

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Shalva (Tranquility) USA | 2018 | 4 Min DIR: Danna Grace Windsor In a synthetic meditation space, an empty shell seeks power.   My Mother Resents Me (Mi Madre Me Tiene Rabia) Dominican Republic | 2019 | 7 MIN DIR: Victoria Linares Villegas An only daughter tries to decipher her mother’s resentment towards her by parsing through old photographs and new footage.   Discovery Settings USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Kat Vivaldi A data meshing of instructional videos and found footage, exploring new age relationships and their precursors, and why there’s no one around me.   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 2:15pm - 3:31pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Right Place Wrong Time

    | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Prytania Theatre

    SAT OCT 19 | 2:15PM | PRYTANIA THEATRE MON OCT 21 | 2:15PM | THE RANCH AT CAC Filmmakers in attendance.   The Rougarou USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Lorraine Caffery WORLD PREMIERE A father tells his daughter a cautionary tale to keep her out of trouble.   Terry + Sam USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Eritria Pitts, Ben Donnellon WORLD PREMIERE When Sam finally takes the plunge and moves in with Terry, signs quickly reveal that she may have made a mistake.   Pell: "Skyfall" feat. Ambré & Malik Ninety Five USA | 2019 | 4 MIN DIR: Dominic Scott WORLD PREMIERE A visual representation of community and individuality in the New Orleans creative scene, showcasing the rawness and authenticity of each artist.   Old Crows USA | 2018 | 24 MIN DIR: Jason Affolder WORLD PREMIERE A cranky old veteran and an aspiring young writer form an unlikely friendship at a grungy bar. Filmed at New Orleans' iconic dive bar Snake & Jake's. The film crew invites you to join them after the screening for a party at the film's main location, Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge (7612 Oak Street) from 5-7pm!   vooDO USA | 2018 | 4 MIN DIR: Owen H. Dunne WORLD PREMIERE A visual adventure.   Tank and the Bangas: “Nice Things” USA | 2018 | 3 MIN DIR: Danny Williams Music video by Tank And The Bangas performing “Nice Things.”   And What Happened After That? USA | 2018 | 22 MIN DIR: Iman Shervington, Jason R.A. Foster WORLD PREMIERE A look at the everyday struggles of youth at a New Orleans high school as they sort through their sexual and emotional health, identity, acceptance, safety and the possibility of new love.

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  • 2:15pm - 3:50pm

    Shorts: Southern Voices, Southern Rooms

    | Series: Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Tubi Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 2:15PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC TUE OCT 22 | 11:15AM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC Filmmakers in attendance.    Hierophany USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: Kevin Contento Living on the margins of American society, a Florida boy comes in contact with the sacred via a stolen backpack full of rabbits.   Other Black Boys USA | 2018 | 16 MIN DIR: Nyles Washington A queer, black college student is forced to confront the masks he wears from day to day when an old friend comes to visit.   Liberty USA | 2018 | 19 MIN DIR: Faren Humes Loggy and Alex's friendship and shared life in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square is threatened when Loggy learns that Alex is being relocated to another community.   Quiet and Clear USA | 2018 | 8 MIN DIR: Andre Rangiah Shamed after losing her virginity, a young teenage girl enters an arm-wrestling match with small-town patriarchy to reclaim control over her body.   Will "The Machine" USA | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Kent Lamm Pride and ambition run rampant when an off-kilter high school football star finally meets his match.   T USA | 2019 | 14 MIN DIR: Keisha Rae Witherspoon A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model R.I.P. T-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead.   And the People Could Fly USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Roni Nicole Henderson Based on a childhood memory, And The People Could Fly reimagines an 8 year old girl’s initiation into her role as the family’s deliverer.

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  • 2:30pm - 3:35pm

    Microcinema Block V: Ecologies

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Esplanade USA | 2019 | 38 MIN DIR: David Gamble, Jonathan Freilich A collaboration of image and music between a jazz composer and a photographer, Esplanade is an avant-garde narrative of a journey along the eponymous avenue.   E-Ticket Hong Kong, UK, USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Simon Liu 35mm photo negatives and moving pictures (taken during the artist’s formative years) are obsessively cut apart, reshuffled then spliced together inch by inch.   Kopacabana Brazil | 2019 | 14 MIN DIR: Marcos Bonisson, Khalil Charif An experimental work set in Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images on both super 8 film and digital.   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 2:30pm - 3:57pm

    Hunting for Hedonia

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær Producer: Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær DP: Ben Bernard Editor: Claudio Hughes

    SAT OCT 19 | 2:30PM | BROAD THEATER TUES OCT 22 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER Filmmaker in attendance. US PREMIERE Adventurers, pioneers... lobotomists, criminals? Hunting for Hedonia illuminates the tension between scientific potential and medical ethics through the lens of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), used to treat various disorders from Parkinson’s to PTSD. The cerebral tones of narrator Tilda Swinton guide us through the controversial career of DBS’ inventor, charismatic Tulane University scientist Robert Heath. Amid his enormous breakthroughs are copious ethical failings, from sexual experimentation, to nearly abetting government mind control. Yet the beneficiaries of DBS speak for themselves: neurological disorder patients whose lifetime of suffering was finally eased. What emerges is a multifaceted portrait of this contentious treatment and its immense possibilities. -ST

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  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    The State of Impact Producing

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    SAT OCT 19 | 3:00 PM | Gallier Hall The idea that films can change the world is hardly a new one, but the specialized role of the impact producer, who works to help films achieve their goal of driving social change, is still relatively recent. Come hear experts in the field talk about lessons learned so far. Caitlin Burke (moderator) is Program Manager, IF/Then Shorts, Tribeca Film Institute Sonya Childress is Director of Partnerships and Engagement at Firelight Media Molly Murphy is Co-Director of Working Films Denae Peters is Senior Director of Impact Distribution at Picture Motion

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  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Panavision & Light Iron Happy Hour

    | Series: Receptions

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    October 19, 2019 3:30-5:00 pm Join the Panavision and Light Iron teams for an afternoon fete to recognize the immense filmmaking talent in the festival. Learn more from the jury prize sponsors for Best Narrative Feature and Louisiana Shorts about their cutting edge work in the industry. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres by Clean Course and beverages. 2019 New Orleans Film Festival XRM Media VIP Lounge Located on the 2nd Floor of The New Orleans Advocate Building at 840 St. Charles Ave.

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  • 3:45pm - 4:58pm

    De Lo Mio

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Diana Peralta Producer: Alexandra Byer, Michelle Peralta Writer: Diana Peralta DP: Tim Curtin Editor: Max Bowens

    SAT OCT 19 | 3:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmaker in attendance.  After a years-long absence, sisters Rita and Carolina finally return to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic to prepare their dead father’s childhood home for sale. There, they rejoin their brother Dante, their main link to the family back home. As they excavate the house’s literal and emotional junk, they discover that there’s more than years and miles separating them. In this affecting chamber piece, first-time director Diana Peralta zooms in past the postcard prettiness of the island setting, framing intimate scenes that raise big questions: whether a patriarch’s death severs a sibling bond or starts it anew, and how to square the longing for a home that’s an ocean away with the reality that you’ve forever left it behind. -JK IN COMPETITION   Preceded by Deseisaocho la banda: “Limones (Lemons)” Spain, France | 2018 | 5 MIN DIR: Daniela Godel Emerging from the water, Nadir, the blue man, goes on a bicycle journey through villages and arid mountains. He will cross paths with the mysterious Derina, creator of life.  

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  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Microcinema Block VI: Commissioned Artists Showcase

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    A showcase of single-channel video works by matthew anthony batty, Rachel de Cuba, and Cristina Molina, three Southern artists who are presenting commissioned installation work in the New Orleans Film Festival HUB this year. These single-channel pieces provide a broader sense of their larger, individual bodies of work, dating from 2016 to 2019. Cristina Molina Florida Man + Florida Woman Florida Man + Florida Woman Episode 2 Based on actual news headlines, these animated vignettes recount the weird adventures, crimes, and rituals of notorious Floridians. Ice of the World (from The Matriarchs series) Ice of the World features an intergenerational portrait of women in one family to contemplate themes of eroding landscape, lineage, and loss. The Hypnoverse  A set of images and texts that will hypnotize you until you are rid of your patriarchal vices.   Rachel de Cuba Well Sugared Migrant Comfort Dwelling Growth Dwelling Growth is a meditation on the building of material structures and the disintegration of digital ephemera.   matthew anthony batty re:settingsn.america Navigation of the digital landscape of spaces between resource extractions and enclosed wilderness sanctuaries to a poem written and read by Rosechard Wehrenberg Jr. Firetower in the Deam Wilderness A journey to the top appears different than the same staircase on the way down, the firetower hears the landscape differently than the humyns that climb it. Poem written and read by Rosechard Wehrenberg Jr. they_sing_about_the_long_crawl A poem about gender performances as they pertain to a dancing empty cicada exoskeleton and classic song “These Boots Are Made For Walking” which was written by a mxn for the performance of a womyn. A Subscendence of Sticks If the sum of sticks are not greater than an individual it doesn’t take away from the sum… a poem to a beaver lodge. The Walking Line A performance of walking between tenderness and masculinity as one walks the horizon.       Microcinema received critical support from:      

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  • 4:15pm - 5:24pm

    Louisiana Shorts: Sweet Home, New Orleans

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 4:15PM | THE RANCH AT CAC - filmmakers in attendance.  TUES OCT 22 | 6PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC   Non-unanimous USA | 2019 | 17 MIN DIR: Ben Donnellon WORLD PREMIERE An exploration of the Jim Crow-era origins of Louisiana's non-unanimous jury verdict law and the activists who fought to put it to a state-wide referendum.   Katie and the Black Robin Hood USA | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: Alessandra Giordano, John Richie A public defender in New Orleans, Katie Carter makes sentencing films on behalf of her clients. Her latest is Christopher Simms AKA “The Black Robin Hood” - incarcerated since age thirteen for robbing ten banks.   All Skinfolk, Ain't Kinfolk USA | 2018 | 21 MIN DIR: Angela Tucker Told through the eyes of New Orleans' black women, this film shows the 2017 mayoral runoff between two very different candidates and black woman, Desirée Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell.   Preston's Gone USA | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: Aaron Fisher In 2017, an Army veteran experiencing paranoid delusions is convinced by his sister to call the Veteran’s Crisis line. The tragedy that followed could have been prevented.  

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  • 4:30pm - 5:52pm

    Vimeo Staff Picks: Live Director's Commentary

    | Series: Special Events

    Tubi Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 4:30PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC FREE EVENT   A person talking during a film can be the most annoying thing imaginable —unless that person is the director. Join Vimeo curator Ina Pira as she screens recent films from NOFF alumni with live, unscripted commentary. Founded in 2008, Vimeo Staff Picks has emerged as one of the preeminent channels for online video and one of the most coveted awards for filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of many celebrated directors. Hear from the next generation of storytellers in a format that’s sure to be eclectic and insightful.   An Uncertain Future - Filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: Chelsea Hernandez, Iliana Sosa In Austin, Texas, two expectant mothers must contend with mounting hostility towards immigrants under President Trump.   Lavender USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: Matthew Puccini A young gay man grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple. Also playing in “69 Minutes” program.   Modern Love - Filmmaker in attendance. 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.   Papa Machete - Filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2014 | 10 MIN DIR: Jonathan David Kane A glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer living in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. He is also a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, Tire Machèt.

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  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Virtual Reality and Immersive Media

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    SAT OCT 19 | 4:30 PM | Gallier Hall Virtual Reality has come a long way from a 90s oddity to an Aughts novelty to an established artform. Our panelists, who are supporting and creating work in VR, will map the challenges and potential of a medium that’s officially past its infancy. Lisa Osbourne (moderator), Director of Emerging Media, Black Public Media Carla Borrás is Director of Digital Video for Frontline Alvaro Morales is an immersive media creator working at the intersection of media, tech, and activism.

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  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm

    Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Features

    Orpheum Theater

    Director: Alexander Glustrom Producer: Daniel Bennett, Katie Mathews, Catherine Rierson DP: Alexander Glustrom Editor: Alexander Glustrom

    SAT OCT 19 | 4:30PM | ORPHEUM THEATER In a town founded by formerly enslaved African Americans after the Civil War, Stacey Ryan’s home in Mossville is no longer in a neighborhood but a busy construction site, as South African company Sasol expands their compound of petrochemical plants. They’ve bought out every other resident and cut off his utilities but, even faced with the risk of illness and death from chemical exposure that chased many of his neighbors away, Ryan doesn’t waver in refusing their offers. With an empathetic but rigorous documentary approach, director Alexander Glustrom (Big Charity, NOFF 2014) exposes environmental racism threatening a community founded on resistance. -KM   Preceded by By the River - filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Keely Kernan WORLD PREMIERE Pastor Harry Joseph from St. James Parish, Louisiana, tells the story of his community and church in the chemical corridor of the Mississippi River.  

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  • 5:00pm - 6:35pm

    The Long Shadow

    | 2019 | Series: Made in Louisiana, Louisiana Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Daniel Lafrentz Producer: Jeremy Hill, Nancylee Myatt, Miles Hardy Writer: Daniel Lafrentz, Stephen Peltier DP: Paul Cannon Editor: Misty Talley, Eva K. Morgan

    THURS OCT 17 | 7:00PM | BROAD THEATER SAT OCT 19 | 5:00PM | BROAD THEATER Filmmaker in attendance.  Pont Minou, Louisiana, where patches of cane and tumble-down houses are laced by sodium-lit highway flyovers, crumbling river roads, and dusty oak drives. For world-weary sheriff's deputy Bernadette, this is both her beat and her hometown, and a railroad conglomerate’s bid to buy up family homes and land by the acre starts new tensions bubbling among her neighbors. After Bernadette’s lover Lesley, a public-interest lawyer, turns up dead, she must decide whether to walk the line or plunge in waist-deep. NOFF alum Daniel Lafrentz returns with an inky slow-burn mystery that puts the soul of Chinatown inside the skin of True Detective. -JK

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  • 5:00pm - 6:34pm

    Troop Zero

    | 2019 | Series: Spotlight Films

    Prytania Theatre

    Director: Bert & Bertie Cast: Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan Producer: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch Writer: Lucy Alibar DP: Jim Whitaker Editor: Catherine Haight

    SAT OCT 19 | 5:00PM | PRYTANIA THEATER In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl named Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace) dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond. Written by Beasts of the Southern Wild co-writer Lucy Alibar and helmed by directing duo Bert & Bertie, Troop Zero was shot in Louisiana and stars Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, and Mike Epps.   Preceded by "Balloon" - filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2019 | 17 MIN DIR: Jeremy Merrifield

    A film that questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity has become narrow by exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth.

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  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Linkup + Kickback with No Evil Eye

    | Series: Special Events

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    SAT OCT 19 | 5:30 PM | The New Orleans Advocate Following the No Evil Eye takeover in the Cinema Reset Microcinema on Friday, come in for an informal meetup and workshop with local organizers.

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  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Atlanta Film Festival Happy Hour

    | Series: Receptions

    XRM Media VIP Lounge

    October 19, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm Celebrate Southern filmmaking in style with brews, beats, and the Atlanta Film Festival crew. Hear directly from them about some of their amazing projects, upcoming events and how to get more involved in the festival.  2019 New Orleans Film Festival XRM Media VIP Lounge Located on the 2nd Floor of The New Orleans Advocate Building at 840 St. Charles Ave.

    The VIP Lounge is open to All Access and Weekender Passholders only, except for noted invite-only receptions.

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  • 6:00pm - 7:20pm

    A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Yu Gu Producer: Yu Gu, Elizabeth Ai Writer: Elizabeth Ai DP: Yu Gu, Tom Campbell Editor: Victoria Chalk

    SAT OCT 19 | 6PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) - filmmaker in attendance.  WED OCT 23 | 1:30PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) The thesis of A Woman’s Work is implicit in its title: there is a huge blindspot around what constitutes work worthy of payment. Spoiler alert: homemaking, caretaking, and cheerleading don’t qualify, and it’s no stunt heel stretch to decipher what these have in common. The film follows the legal cases brought by two former NFL cheerleaders against their clubs for lack of fair pay, while the men around them—players, owners, and even mascots—make bank. The women and their team face myriad hurdles, many anchored by sexist myths around beauty and sexuality. Yet by documenting the time, money, and energy put into perfecting their craft, the film debunks the idea that respect for those who entertain us is only merited when that entertainer is a man.  -ST   Preceded by Knocking Down the Fences USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Meg Shutzer Follows AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, and her struggle to make it as one of the best professional softball players in the world.

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  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    Detroit Stories

    | Series: Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Tubi Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 6:30PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC Filmmakers in attendance.  Dangerous Times | Rebellious Responses USA | 2018 (Work in Progress) | 13 MIN Dir: Alicia M. Diaz Traces the 1980s rise of the Sanctuary Movement as recounted by Esther Gálvez; a Sanctuary advocate and Detroit community activist whose work with civil-war exiles seeking asylum took her from her Detroit home to El Salvador and Sihanouk Mariona.   Take Me Home USA | 2018 | 13 MIN DIR: Willie Orlando Ford A home foreclosure crisis has gripped Detroit for over a decade. "Take Me Home" follows one family as they fight to save their home and struggle to keep their neighborhoods and communities from being lost.   Sidelots USA, Kenya | 2018 | 16 MIN Dir: Atieno Nyar Kasagam By digging up familial and land roots across the diaspora, this film tells a love story of Black land reclamation told in ritual between Detroit, Alabama and Kenya.   Riding with Aunt D. Dot USA | 2018 | 7 MIN Dir: Bree Gant A part of a multimedia art film project: a young artist takes a bus ride in Detroit that makes her question reality as several eclectic characters take her to task on where she's going with her life.   Femme Queen Chronicles USA | 2018 | 11 MIN DIR: Ahya Simone In episode One, “The Clock,” three friends on their way to the club must decide whether or not to succumb to the transphobic interactions they encounter or to take matters into their own hands (without getting clocked as trans women or clocking someone else over the head on the way.)

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  • 6:45pm - 8:31pm

    The Truth (La Vérité)

    | 2019 | Series: Spotlight Films

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Producer: Muriel Merlin Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda DP: Éric Gautier Editor: Hirokazu Kore-eda

    SAT OCT 19 | 6:45PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Catherine Deneuve, playing awfully close to type, stars as Fabienne, a reigning queen of French cinema who has just published her long-awaited memoirs. For the occasion, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) arrives in Paris with her American husband (Ethan Hawke) in tow. There, the long-buried friction between Lumir and her mother's versions of their lives' stories erupt into full bloom. Though Hirokazu Kore-eda's followup to last year's much-admired (and Palme d'Or-winning) Shoplifters is his first film shot outside of his native country and language, he remains dedicated to excavating the fundamental contradictions that uphold families, the unknowns of the people who know us best.

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  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Music That Makes the Movies

    | Series: Panels

    Gallier Hall

    SAT OCT 19 | 7:00 PM | Gallier Hall This year, NOFF’s first-ever Music Initiative will connect visiting film-music professionals with artists working in our city’s world-renowned music scene. In this public talk, participating music supervisors give a beginner’s guide to their crucial work at the crossroads of music and movies. Stephanie Diaz-Matos is founder and creative head of music supervision company, Bonfire Collective, with work spanning from Netflix's The Get Down to Primetime's Lost. Andrew Gross is on the Board of Directors of the Production Music Association and is a Creative Director and Composer at Konsonant Music. Ed Gerrard is the 2017 Grammy Award Winner for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the film Miles Ahead. Jonathan McHugh is a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors, has worked on films such as Blindspotting as well as directing his own documentaries. Tracy McKnight is former Head of Film Music at Lionsgate and has worked on projects from The Hunger Games to Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo. Gil Talmi is Creative Director and Composer at Konsonant Music, with the bulk of his work focusing on socially conscious films, including official NOFF 2019 selection Building the American Dream.

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  • 7:30pm - 9:08pm

    The World Is Full of Secrets

    | 2018 | Series: Narrative Features

    Broad Theater

    Director: Graham Swon Producer: Graham Swon Writer: Graham Swon DP: Barton Cortright Editor: Graham Swon

    SAT OCT 19 | 7:30PM | BROAD THEATER Filmmaker in attendance.  “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard?” In the summer of 1996, a sleepover among five teenage girls is about to descend into tragedy. Post-narrated by an elderly survivor, the evening’s entertainment consists of a contest, each girl trying to one-up the others by reciting the ghastliest story. Filmed with an elliptical beauty that throws a Glamour Shots™-esque soft-touch across its arty frames, The World is Full of Secrets channels the many layers of adolescent morbidity, summoning gothic tales, campfire spookery, sinister parlor games, and the ghost of 1,000 slasher films to arrive at something like a deconstructed episode of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?, an uber-stylish invocation of the teenage death drive. -JK IN COMPETITION

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  • 8:00pm - 8:30pm

    Microcinema Block III: Vibrations

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Just a Small USA | 2019 | 5 Min DIR: Na Kyung Kim A story, told in individual paintings on a single large canvas, of a small eel wishing to become something greater than itself.   Displace USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Carter Eggleston, David Franusich, Tacie Jones, Vasia Ampatzi WORLD PREMIERE A symbolic ritual involving the ubiquitous plastic water bottle reconnects modern expediency to the natural world.   Palace of Pope USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: Stephanie Barber An experimental video composed of found photographs, original text and sound art, balancing between an essay film and poem.   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 8:00pm - 9:18pm

    Burning Cane

    | 2019 | Series: Centerpiece Film, Louisiana Features

    Orpheum Theater

    Director: Phillip Youmans Producer: Phillip Youmans, Cassandra Youmans, Wendell Pierce, Karen Kaia Livers, Mose Mayer, Ojo Akinlana Writer: Phillip Youmans DP: Phillip Youmans Editor: Phillip Youmans, Ruby Kline

    SAT OCT 19 | 8:00PM | ORPHEUM THEATER Filmmaker in attendance. 

    "The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?" Religion is at the heart of Burning Cane, ever-present beneath the surface of its characters' lives as they navigate their vices. Headstrong matriarch Helen Wayne takes in her son as he struggles with alcoholism while raising her grandson. Helen reflects on her relationship with her family, her Pastor (Wendell Pierce), and her God in this multidimensional meditation on life in rural Louisiana. Phillip Youmans delicately balances beauty, faith, and toxicity in his directorial debut, which won him the Founders Prize at Tribeca. Youmans is the youngest and only African American director to win the prestigious award, but don't let his age fool you—Burning Cane flows with maturity and grace. -EM

     
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  • 8:00pm - 10:32pm

    Ford v. Ferrari

    | 2019 | Series: Spotlight Films

    Prytania Theatre

    Director: James Mangold Cast: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal Producer: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold Writer: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller DP: Phedon Papamichael Editor: Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland

    OCT 19 | 8PM | PRYTANIA THEATRE Academy Award®-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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  • 8:45pm - 10:17pm

    Romance Analyst

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Rachel Wortell Producer: Dan Erickson, David Maximé, Rachel Wolther Writer: Rachel Wortell DP: AJ Strauman Editor: Kenneth Casey Swoyer

    SAT OCT 19 | 8:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) WED OCT 23 | 4:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmakers in attendance.  Feeling uninspired and worried that her filmmaking career is going nowhere, Felicia decides to go back to therapy. When her best friend, Max (Peter Vack), recommends a new therapist, Felicia becomes intensely obsessed with her. As she dives deeper into her fixation with her therapist, Elisabeth, the boundaries between therapist and patient become blurred in a humorous and surreal exploration of friendship, mental health, and art. Colored by saturated visuals and an array of candy that echoes the sweetness and stillness of summer, Felicia and Elisabeth demonstrate the wacky consequences that can arise from the unhealthy relationship between therapist, patient, and best friend in this off-kilter pastel dream world. -EM IN COMPETITION   Preceded by Golf! USA | 2018 | 7 MIN DIR: Julia Bales A golfer and his caddy have a very difficult conversation on the green.  

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  • 8:45pm - 10:25pm

    Doc Shorts: Conversations with History

    | Series: Documentary Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Tubi Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 8:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC TUE OCT 22 | 11AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmakers in attendance.  Admission is free for NOFS and CAC members. If you are an NOFS member, add the ticket to your cart and the fee will be waived at the checkout. If you are a CAC member, contact CAC to receive your fee waiver code. ... Petting Zoo USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Daniel Robin Stemming from the filmmaker's perspective as a young boy in a 1974 TV news bit on Jewish rituals, a story about the current rise in anti-Semitism and nationalism emerges.   Guillermina Brazil, Cuba, Spain | 2019 | 17 MIN DIR: Aida E. Bueno Sarduy WORLD PREMIERE Intertwining animation and archival images, the son of a well-to-do family in Havana in the 1940s remembers his wet-nurse, a black woman named Guillermina.   Hall of Fishes USA | 2019 | 9 MIN DIR: Jennifer Boles An all-archival film using the first underwater moving images of the ocean floor to explore the webs of power and violence behind the desire to see and know the ocean.   We Waited Until Nightfall (Esperábamos a que Anocheciera) Dominican Republic, USA | 2019 | 17 MIN DIR: Wendy V. Muñiz, Guillermo Zouain US PREMIERE Repurposed cinemas are revisited through haunting images and sounds that trace the practices of belonging still embodied in the theatres’ remains.   “Searching for Wonder” USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: Greg Osei Deals with the tremendous power we have to rediscover and reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods, their cultures and our interconnectedness.   A Love Song for Latasha USA | 2019 | 19 MIN DIR: Sophia Nahli Allison A spiritual and physical conversation of dreams, memories, and legacy, documenting Latasha Harlins through memories shared by her best friend Ty and cousin Shinese.   Spit on the Broom USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich A surreal documentary that explores the history of the United Order of Tents, a clandestine organization of black women organized during the height of the Underground Railroad.   Good Family USA, Germany | 2019 | 9 MIN DIR: Ruth Owens WORLD PREMIERE A bittersweet and intimate film combining archival and present-day footage to present a mixed-race family’s personal yet culturally relevant past.

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  • 9:15pm - 10:56pm

    Late Night Shorts

    | Series: Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    SAT OCT 19 | 9:15PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC TUE OCT 22 | 9:00PM | BROAD THEATER Filmmakers in attendance.    Cosmic Spaghetti USA | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Gurleen Rai WORLD PREMIERE The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.   TWO WORDS USA | 2019 | 12 MIN DIR: Jordan Michael Blake A recently engaged couple deals with the stress of competing for $10,000 on a public access gameshow.   Bam & Rawls Grab a Slice USA | 2019 | 5 Min DIR: Horatio Baltz Two bike riders in New York City stop off for an afternoon snack.   Valerio's Day Out USA, Colombia | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Michael Arcos A young jaguar goes on a killing spree when he escapes from his enclosure at a zoo.   No, I Don't Want to Dance! UK | 2019 | 2 Min DIR: Andrea Vinciguerra US PREMIERE ANIMATED A stop-motion short seeking to raise awareness of how deadly dangerous dance can be.   Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews USA | 2019 | 17 Min DIR: Meghan Fredrich Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.   “Addict” USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Sexparty, David Bear WORLD PREMIERE Friends meet for food.   Chemistry of Mood USA | 2018 | 15 MIN DIR: Nona Schamus WORLD PREMIERE A new-age lifestyle guru thinks she 'knows her wound,' but discovers the path to healing is full of unexpected twists and turns.   Bullfrogs USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Brent Joseph WORLD PREMIERE A nameless scavenger finds a body in the swamp. The horror of being alive leads to a loving embrace. This dark fairy tale is a relic of Southern filmmaking from the 1990s.   CHRISTEENE: “T.S.S.P.” USA, Canada | 2018 | 3 MIN DIR: PJ Raval Here CHRISTEENE turns, stares, shakes and poses through Toronto performance collective Hotnuts’ mega-dosed acid ass cracked world in search of the one thing she really needs. Tha' Dick.   Date Movie USA | 2019 | 10 MIN DIR: Sasha Solodukhina, Emily MacKenzie A woman goes on a date with a self-proclaimed male feminist with one goal in mind - to engage in an elusive animal ritual - sex.   Peopling USA | 2019 | 9 MIN DIR: Lucas Amann When George accidentally births a doppelgänger, he finds competition for his mother’s affection.  

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  • 9:30pm - 10:35pm

    Microcinema Block V: Ecologies

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Esplanade USA | 2019 | 38 MIN DIR: David Gamble, Jonathan Freilich A collaboration of image and music between a jazz composer and a photographer, Esplanade is an avant-garde narrative of a journey along the eponymous avenue.   E-Ticket Hong Kong, UK, USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Simon Liu 35mm photo negatives and moving pictures (taken during the artist’s formative years) are obsessively cut apart, reshuffled then spliced together inch by inch.   Kopacabana Brazil | 2019 | 14 MIN DIR: Marcos Bonisson, Khalil Charif An experimental work set in Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images on both super 8 film and digital.   Microcinema received critical support from:

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  • 10:00pm - 2:00am

    It's Lit

    | Series: Parties

    Parties

    Saturday, October 19, 10 PM-2 AM, Kingsley House (alternative entrance) ENTRY VIA 1601 ANNUNCIATION STREET.  Open to All Access, Weekender, and Student Pass holders. Click here to buy a pass. NOFF celebrates the Louisiana premiere of Burning Cane with our home-grown filmmaker in true NOLA fashion. In New Orleans, Hip Hop and Bounce have celebrated many more than 30 years in the upper echelon of party vibes...so join us for a hip-hop house party in...you guessed it...an old school gymnasium."It's Lit" will display some of the best local hip hop and bounce acts of today from the #NOFF2019 Music Initiative cohort including O.G. Blake Owens and Denisia and anchored by DJ Red Stylez with MC B-Nice and a special appearance by BJ So Cole.  If you can pull yourself away from the dance floor, the rest of the party will feature a hosted bar with flowing Absolut Elyx signature cocktails, and light displays from all angles, including a special installation by Get Up 'n Ride Bike Tours.

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  • 10:40pm - 10:57pm

    Microcinema: Special Screening

    Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Malcolm Washington | 2019 | Series: Cinema Reset, Free Event

    Microcinema

    Saturday, October 19 at 10 PM | Inside the Microcinema | FREE
      Boogie: "Everything's for Sale" This visual compilation of American hip-hop artist Boogie’s debut studio album weaves together a rich tapestry of images exploring the rapper’s life. Microcinema received critical support from:      

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    Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • 11:00am - 8:00pm

    Virtual Reality

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    The CAC

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, Oct 17th to Tuesday, Oct  22rd 11am-8pm.
      Accused #2: Walter Sisulu France | 2018 | 14 MIN DIR: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte 256 hours of sound archives bring back to life the political battle wagged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants. The film looks at one of them in particular, Walter Sisulu: accused number two.   Children Do Not Play War USA, Brazil, Uganda | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Fabiano Mixo A cinematic Virtual Reality tale of the war in Uganda told through the eyes of a young girl.   Legendary Cyphers: A 360° Documentary USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: Omotola Omolayole This raw 360-degree documentary celebrates hip hop in its most organic form: the freestyle cypher. Once the beat drops, the rhymes literally don’t stop.   All On A Mardi Gras Day [WORLD PREMIERE] Filmmaker in attendance. USA | 2019 | 5 MIN DIR: Biliana Grozdanova A wild Mardi Gras Day virtual reality experience featuring scenes from the St. Ann parade, Bourbon Street and the Uptown Mardi Gras Indians.   Goodbye Paradise Bislama | 2019 | 4 MIN DIR: Scott E. Schimmel Through this immersive experience, learn first hand the devastating effects that climate change is having on the community of the Maskelyne Islands in Vanuatu.   Tower of Babel by the Sea (海邊的巴別塔) Taiwan | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Feng Wei-Jung Ever-changing in his outward appearance, the devil sells man a destiny with the promise of a Tower of Babel. Man becomes cursed by his own greed, and as pollution spreads, nature is caught in a spiral of death.   Coast 360: A Virtual Day in the Delta Sponsored Content Presented by Restore the Mississippi River Delta USA | 2018 | 7 MIN CREATED BY: Launch Media and Mesh, along with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Communications Team In this exclusive 360 experience, viewers will visit one of the areas of Louisiana’s coast actually gaining land, an active barrier island restoration project and a coastal community on the forefront of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. With an on-the-ground (and in the air) look at our coastal crisis, viewers will learn what needs to be done to restore and protect our coast, and, more importantly, why it matters.

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  • 11:00am - 9:00pm

    Microcinema

    | Series: Cinema Reset

    Microcinema

    Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our Microcinema within NOFF's Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC, 900 Camp St, New Orleans, entrance from St. Joseph Street side). Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival, Thursday, October 17th to Wednesday, October 23rd, 11am-9pm. Microcinema received critical support from:         On Saturday, October 19th, each programming block will be presented twice, with artist talks with visiting filmmakers to follow:

    11:00 AM - Block I: Journeys
    12:00 PM - Block II: Declarations
    1:00 PM - Block III: Vibrations
    2:00 PM - Block IV: Exchanges
    2:30 PM - Block V: Ecologies
    4:00 PM - Block VI: Commissioned Artists Showcase
    6:00 PM - Block I: Journeys
    7:00 PM - Block II: Declarations
    8:00 PM - Block III: Vibrations
    9:00 PM - Block IV: Exchanges
    9:30 PM - Block V: Ecologies
    10:15 PM - Boogie: Everything's for Sale
     
    Block I: Journeys
    Relic 2 USA, UK | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Larry Achiampong US PREMIERE Informed by technology, agency and the body, narratives of migration. This multi-disciplinary project builds upon a postcolonial perspective and Afrofuturist thematics in various locations and landscapes.   I Snuck Off The Slave Ship USA | 2018 | 20 MIN DIR: Lonnie Holley, Cyrus Moussavi Lonnie Holley, a self-taught African American artist and dimensional traveler, attempts to sneak off the slave ship America.  
    Block II: Declarations
    Two Parts Black USA | 2018 | 6 MIN DIR: Cleon Arrey An exploration and celebration of black bodies in an inverted world.   Get Off the Paper USA | 2019 | 25 MIN DIR: Sabrina Cates WORLD PREMIERE As an ode to her triumph of generational and childhood tragedy, poet Sabrina Cates takes us on a poetic odyssey from hardship to happiness  
    Block III: Vibrations
    Just a Small USA | 2019 | 5 Min DIR: Na Kyung Kim A story, told in individual paintings on a single large canvas, of a small eel wishing to become something greater than itself.   Displace USA | 2019 | 11 MIN DIR: Carter Eggleston, David Franusich, Tacie Jones, Vasia Ampatzi WORLD PREMIERE A symbolic ritual involving the ubiquitous plastic water bottle reconnects modern expediency to the natural world.   Palace of Pope USA | 2018 | 12 MIN DIR: Stephanie Barber An experimental video composed of found photographs, original text and sound art, balancing between an essay film and poem.  
    Block IV: Exchanges
    Shalva (Tranquility) USA | 2018 | 4 Min DIR: Danna Grace Windsor In a synthetic meditation space, an empty shell seeks power.   My Mother Resents Me (Mi Madre Me Tiene Rabia) Dominican Republic | 2019 | 7 MIN DIR: Victoria Linares Villegas An only daughter tries to decipher her mother's resentment towards her by parsing through old photographs and new footage.   Discovery Settings USA | 2019 | 6 MIN DIR: Kat Vivaldi A data meshing of instructional videos and found footage, exploring new age relationships and their precursors, and why there's no one around me.  
    Block V: Ecologies
    Esplanade USA | 2019 | 38 MIN DIR: David Gamble, Jonathan Freilich A collaboration of image and music between a jazz composer and a photographer, Esplanade is an avant-garde narrative of a journey along the eponymous avenue.   E-Ticket Hong Kong, UK, USA | 2019 | 13 MIN DIR: Simon Liu 35mm photo negatives and moving pictures (taken during the artist's formative years) are obsessively cut apart, reshuffled then spliced together inch by inch.   Kopacabana Brazil | 2019 | 14 MIN DIR: Marcos Bonisson, Khalil Charif An experimental work set in Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images on both super 8 film and digital.  
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    Boogie: "Everything's for Sale" USA | 2019 | 20 MIN DIR: Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Malcolm Washington This visual compilation of Boogie’s debut studio album weaves together a rich tapestry of images exploring the rapper’s life. Playing Sat Oct 19 at 10pm in the Microcinema in the Film Festival Hub at the CAC.  

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    The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

    | 2019 | Series: Narrative Features, Free Event

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn Producer: Tyler Hagan, Lori Lozinski, Alan R. Milligan, Dyveke Graver Writer: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn DP: Norm Li Editor: Christian Siebenherz

    FRI OCT 18 | 11:45AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) SUN OCT 20 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) On a cold Vancouver afternoon, Áila finds Rosie shivering in the rain, fleeing a domestic violence attack. Deciding to help, her fate becomes entangled with the seemingly meek stranger. The viewer is drawn in to witness to their day spent together, almost in real time, privy to the inner lives of these two Indigenous women. We feel their moments of confusion and tension in the sadness and awkwardness of their long-held silences. Rosie, in turns abruptly harsh and incredibly vulnerable, is a familiar portrait of trauma. Gradually, their tentative relationship develops into something more meaningful but just as fragile, a mutual acknowledgement between two complex women, on whose bodies histories of colonialism and gendered violence—as well as strength and kinship—are forever affixed. -ST IN COMPETITION

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  • 11:30am - 12:48pm

    Vision Portraits

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features

    The Ranch Theater

    Director: Rodney Evans Producer: Rob Wunder DP: Kjerstin Rossi Editor: Hannah Buck

    THURS OCT 17 | 6:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) SUN OCT 20 | 11:30AM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Filmmaker in attendance.    What if, instead of measuring blindness as the opposite of sight, we considered it merely another perspective? Director Rodney Evans follows visually impaired artists who use their limited sight to inform their work. Photographer John Dugdale composes photos through the “crescent moon” sliver of sight he has left. Writer Ryan Knighton reckons with how much of a role sight actually plays in bringing his vision to life. Dancer Kayla Hamilton’s other senses govern her movements in her personal choreography. Evans himself doesn’t have any peripheral sight and posits that his filmmaking may in fact benefit from his tunnel vision. With his camera, he mimics the experiences of these artists to reveal a world, not lacking, but rather more expansive and imaginative than we know. -KM   Preceded by Dani USA | 2018 | 9 Min DIR: Lizzy Hogenson A 30-year-old woman delivers her grim breast cancer prognosis to her mother over a simple phone call.

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  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    In Conversation: Kim Cattrall

    | Series: Special Events

    Tubi Theater

    SUN OCT 20 | 12:00PM | TUBI THEATER AT THE CAC General Admission $13 Free for All Access and Weekender passholders and New Orleans Film Society members: please log in and book your complimentary ticket in advance. Actress Kim Cattrall talks with Elisabeth Sereda of Hollywood Foreign Press Association about her career, the changing role of women in Hollywood and about Filthy Rich, a serialized dramedy TV series currently in production in New Orleans. Filthy Rich, created by Tate Taylor, is a Southern Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion collide—with outrageous results–– scheduled to premiere in January 2020. About Kim Cattrall: Kim Cattrall has had an extensive acting career that spans film, stage and television. The British born actress was trained at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts is currently starring and producing the Fox show Filthy Rich in New Orleans. Her film credits include Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, Meet Monica Velour, Sex and The City and Sex in the City 2 in which she reprised her award-winning role as the infamous ‘Samantha Jones’. Cattrall was recognized for her work in the tv series with a Golden Globe; two Screen Actors Guild Awards; five Emmy Award nominations and Three Screen Actors’ Guild nominations. In 2015, she starred and produced the International Emmy nominated series Sensitive Skin which can be seen on Netflix. On stage Kim has been seen on the West End in Sweet Bird of Youth and Richard Eyre’s Private Lives, which also received a Broadway run. She starred in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse as well as David Mamet’s The Cryptogram, Peter Hall’s production of Whose Life is it Anyway? ; Wild Honey, Miss Julie ; The Misanthrope ; The Three Sisters and A View From the Bridge.

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  • 1:30pm - 2:43pm

    Building the American Dream

    | 2019 | Series: Documentary Features, Free Event

    Blue Orleans

    Director: Chelsea Hernandez Producer: Chelsea Hernandez, Marisol Medrano, Mario Troncoso, Iliana Sosa Writer: Joanna Rabiger DP: Erik Mauck Editor: Sarah Garrahan, Chelsea Hernandez, Manuel Tsingaris

    SUN OCT 20 | 1:30PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) TUE OCT 22 | 4:00PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE) Filmmakers in attendance. In Texas, the economy is booming due to lower taxes and lighter regulations that leave immigrant construction workers vulnerable to exploitation. As a result, workers are losing wages—and sometimes losing their lives—and companies are well aware. Building the American Dream confronts the unjust reality that countless workers face by interweaving stories of three immigrant families affected by wage theft or deadly working conditions. Despite the looming threat of deportation in a fear-driven political climate, these families refuse to give up hope. Fighting bureaucratic laws that have left workers unprotected, they attempt to live under the contradiction of an American Dream that excludes those who build it. -EM   Preceded by How to Breathe in Kern County USA | 2019 | 9 Min DIR: Chris Filippone As the workday grinds to a halt, a gathering of street racers makes way for the backroads of Bakersfield to find catharsis.  

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  • 1:30pm - 2:52pm

    Animated Shorts

    | Series: Animated Shorts, Shorts Programs

    The Ranch Theater

    THURS OCT 17 | 2:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC SUN OCT 20 | 1:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC Bloeistraat 11 Belgium, Netherlands | 2018 | 10 Min Dir: Nienke Deutz Over the course of their last summer holiday, the bodies of two inseparable best friends start to change. An awkwardness descends on their friendship.   I’m Going Out For Cigarettes (Je Sors Acheter Des Cigarettes) France | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Osman Cerfon A twelve-year-old boy lives with his sister, his mother, and some men. They all have the same face and nest in closets, drawers, a TV set.   Under Covers USA | 2018 | 7 Min Dir: Michaela Olsen On the night of a lunar eclipse, the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town are uncovered.   Kim USA | 2019 | 6 Min Dir: Madeline Landry A stop-motion mockumentary following a day in the life of a friendly, outgoing, people-eating siren.   The Quintet Of The Sunset China | 2018 | 8 Min Dir: Jie Weng The changes in the life of a human being from the point-of-view of five different cats.   No Gravity (Sans Gravité) France | 2018 | 8 Min Dir: Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Fioretta Caterina Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham An astronaut comes back to earth and tries to fit in.   I Bleed (Sangro) Brazil | 2019 | 7 Min Dir: Tiago Minamisawa, Bruno H Castro, Guto Br (Co-Director) A film that demystifies issues that, to this day, persist in society’s imagination about being a person living with HIV.   Gray Body (جسم خاکستری) Iran | 2019 | 5 Min Dir: Samaneh Shojaei WORLD PREMIERE While a doctor is calmly seeing a patient, a roomful of psychiatric patients sit in the waiting room. There’s nothing calm about this room.   Ice Time (Temps de Glace) Canada | 2019 | 3 Min Dir: Rachel Samson US PREMIERE A poetic, hand-drawn reflection on a little girl’s daydreaming while on the sidelines of a hockey rink. … Guaxuma France, Brazil | 2018 | 14 Min Dir: Nara Normande Tayra and Guaxuma grew up on a beach in the north east of Brazil. They were inseparable. The sea breeze brings back happy memories.  

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  • 1:30pm - 2:40pm

    Shorts: Observe and Control

    | Series: Shorts, Shorts Programs

    Tubi Theater

    SUN OCT 20 | 1:30PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC WED OCT 23 | 11AM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC Filmmakers in attendance.    Rehearsal USA | 2019 | 8 MIN DIR: Courtney Hope Thérond A film crew for an upcoming feature film pushes the boundaries of consent during a courtesy rehearsal for its female lead.   The Butcher USA | 2019 | 9 MIN DIR: Tang Tian On New Year's Eve, a middle-aged Chinese butcher roams the streets of New York City, lost in a photographic obsession.   Diva & Astro USA | 2019 | 9 MIN DIR: Angel Barroeta Following parallel paths in real time, a streetwise posse idly roam the hood they call home, hurtling irrevocably toward the consequences of the habits they find hardest to overcome.   Dominant Species USA | 2018 | 19 MIN DIR: Joseph Sackett Ten aliens in human host bodies learn how to be men.   Alien (령희) South Korea | 2019 | 15 MIN DIR: Je-gwang Yeon After her friend dies in an immigration raid at their factory, a woman takes action to recover her body from the bosses.   7A Canada | 2018 | 10 MIN DIR: Zack Russel A dystopian battle for survival emerges when a woman prepares to record a video message but is interrupted by a service repairman.

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  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm

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