Downton Abbey The Movie
Pimm’s Cup Happy Hour + #NOFF2019 Lineup Highlights

Join us for an early kick off of the 30th New Orleans Film Festival on Wednesday, September 18th with a free Pimm’s Cup happy hour at The Library and a screening of Downton Abbey The Movie at the Prytania Theatre!

This event is free and only open to New Orleans Film Society members and New Orleans Film Festival pass holders. Please show your membership card or membership/pass confirmation email at the door.

5 PM – Join us for complimentary Pimm’s Cups at The Library (3629 Prytania St.)
7 PM – #NOFF2019 programmers will share highlights from the festival lineup and answer your questions at The Prytania Theatre
7:30 PM – Screening of Downton Abbey The Movie at the Prytania Theatre

Doors at Prytania open at 6:30 PM, first come, first seated.

To join the event become a member today by clicking here, or purchase a festival pass here.
Members also get special discounts on festival passes.

A Birthday Tribute to Charles Bukowski
Screening of Bukowski (1973) & a Q&A with director Taylor Hackford

 

August 16, 2019, 8-10PM, International House Hotel (221 Camp St.)
Hosted by Todd Cirillo, Sean Cummings and International House Hotel.

“Being crazy maybe is not so bad if you can be that way undisturbed. New Orleans gave me that.” – Charles Bukowski

Please join us for a birthday tribute to the famous American poet Charles Bukowski, and the extraordinary, lesser known tale of how New Orleans unleashed him to the world.

FREE and open to the public. Click here to RSVP and join the screening. First come first seated. Please arrive at least 15 min. before the screening time.

Escape the Summer heat and enjoy free film screenings at the Orpheum Theater this Summer as a warm-up to the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival (October 16-23, 2019)!

To celebrate the 30th year of the New Orleans Film Society’s film programming, admission to the series is free and open to the public.

New Orleans Film Society members get one free popcorn per screening. Click here to become a member today.


Thursday, August 8th, 7 PM, doors at 6 PM
DOWN BY LAW
Director: Jim Jarmusch, Comedy, 1986, 1h 47min.

Three men, previously unknown to each other, are arrested in New Orleans and placed in the same cell. The trio eventually try to escape prison together.

Summer Film Series at the Orpheum is presented by the New Orleans Film Society, in partnership with the Orpheum TheaterGambit Weekly, and WWNO.

MEMBERS HAVE IT BEST!

This Summer, the New Orleans Film Society members get one free popcorn at each event of the Summer Film Series at the Orpheum; enjoy the member-only screening of The Last Black Man in San Francisco at the Prytania Theatre; and get $100 off of All-Access Passes for the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival (October 16-23, 2019) during the Summer Pre-Sale until July 9th, 2019. New Orleans Film Society Memberships and New Orleans Film Festival passes may be purchased on-site at every event.

See all additional benefits members enjoy and join the Film Society today by clicking here.

Purchase All-Access Passes during Summer Pre-Sale for the 30th New Orleans Film Festival here.


PAST EVENTS

Thursday, August 1st, 7 PM, doors at 6 PM
BAYOU MAHARAJAH
Director: Lily Keber, Documentary, 2013, 1h 30min.
Followed by a post-film discussion with director Lily Keber (recently included in Gambit’s 40 Under 40 list for 2019), moderated by pianist Jesse McBride.

Bayou Maharajah is a poetic documentary with rare footage, photographs, and interviews of late New Orleans pianist James Booker, whose great talent masked personal struggles with substance abuse and isolation. Bayou Maharajah took home the Audience Award and Jury Special Mention when it played as the Closing Night selection at New Orleans Film Festival in 2013.


Thursday, July 25th, 7 PM, doors at 6 PM
GIRLS TRIP
Director: Malcolm D. Lee, Comedy, 2017, 2h 2min.

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Local comics Nkechi Chibueze, Ashleigh Branch, and Camille Roane will be on the stage to warm you up before the film begins. It’s going to be a night full of laughter!





Nkechi Chibueze is a happy-go-lucky stand-up comedian/photographer/teacher currently living in New Orleans Louisiana. Nkechi is a proud founding member of No Lye Comedy, a collective which provides access to comedy education and performance opportunities for Black Women in New Orleans through monthly stand up & sketch shows, writing & improv workshops, and podcasting.

Ashleigh Branch New Orleans native, Ashleigh Branch is a comedian that finds the funny in everyday life. As a wife and mother the material is easy to come by. Ashleigh started doing stand-up-comedy in 2016. Ashleigh believes comedy is a fun way to experience and work out the ups and downs of life. Though her first love is stand-up comedy; writing, sketch, and improv are also things she loves to do. She is also part of two all black, all female comedy groups; Black Girl Giggles and No Lye Comedy.

Camille Roane is a New Orleans based comic who spends most of her time picking fights on Facebook and trying to learn to twerk. She likes to think that makes her a dancer, activist, and comedienne. She is a founding member of No Lye Comedy and was named one of Thrillist’s “Best Undiscovered Stand Up Comedians”. Some people pursue entertainment careers to get their mamas out of the hood. She’s working hard because she just wants to be interviewed by “Fresh Air’s” Terry Gross.


Thursday, June 27th, 7 PM, doors at 6 PM
CHASING DREAMS: A LEAH CHASE STORY
Director: William Sabourin O’Reilly, Documentary, 2011, 27 min.
A heart-warming glimpse into the life of our community’s recent loss, culinary icon Leah Chase, who continued to fight every day for human dignity with inspiring energy and joy. Winner of a jury award at the 2011 New Orleans Film Festival.

Immediately followed by
ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE
Director: Leslie Iwerks, Documentary, 2016, 1h 36min.

Panel: William Sabourin O’reilly, director of Chasing Dreams: A Leah Chase Story and Debra Shriver, producer of Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table will be in attendance to join a panel alongside Ti Adelaide Martin, daughter of Ella Brennan, and Kimberly Reese, granddaughter of Leah Chase. The panel will be moderated by Poppy Tooker.

 

Exclusive Member Screening:

The Farewell

New Orleans Film Society members are invited to RSVP for a FREE, advance screening of the new film THE FAREWELL, directed by Lulu Wang, screening on Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 PM at the Broad Theater.

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

ADMISSIONS

This screening is open to Film Society members (+1 guest each) only. Click here to become a member today. Film screening starts at 7:30 PM, though you must arrive no later than 7:15 PM. 

If you are already a member, please click here to RSVP.

 

In anticipation of inclement weather on July 11th, this screening is cancelled. We are working on setting a new date for the screening & talk will share updates when a new date is confirmed. We hope you stay safe and dry!

 

Co-presentation with the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts:

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts” Film Screening & Talk

Thursday, July 11, 6PM, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Free for New Orleans Film Society members, public tickets are available here.
If you are already a member, please click here to RSVP.

In collaboration with the New Orleans Film Society, Ogden After Hours presents “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts,” a film exploring the life of a unique African American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. The film is a compelling human narrative that gives voice to a man who endures a long life of extreme hardships during an era of legalized racial indignities, to become one of America’s most prominent artists, exhibited in museums and collections worldwide.

Prior to the screening, Leslie Umberger, Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss “The Art of Bill Traylor: Interpreting a Visual History.”

Following the screening, Ogden Museum Curator of the Collection, Bradley Sumrall, will moderate a Q&A with Umberger and Jeffrey Wolf, the film’s director, producer and editor.

This event is free to Ogden Museum and New Orleans Film Society members.

Photography by Albert Kraus, Collection of Tommy Giles Photographic Services.

Exclusive Member Screening:

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

We are thrilled to present an exclusive member-only screening of The Last Black Man in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 19th, at 7:30 PM at the Prytania Theatre. Based on a personal story by Jimmie Fails, and directed by his childhood friend Joe Talbot, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January and won Best Director, and Best Creative Collaboration Awards. A cross between drama and documentary, the New York Times calls The Last Black Man in San Francisco “an indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers.”

ADMISSIONS

This screening is open to Film Society members (+1 guest each) only. Click here to become a member today online or purchase your membership at the box office beginning at 7 PM on the evening of the event to join the screening.

If you are already a member, please click here to RSVP.

Did you see what I heard?

Join us in celebrating our hometown music heroes with this new music film series: Seeing Music, presented by the New Orleans Film Society, in partnership with the NOCCA Institute, WWOZ, and OffBeat Magazine.

The last event of the series will be held on Tuesday, April 9th with What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?, directed by Roberto Minervini (director of Louisiana – The Other Side, 2015), the film premiered and won four awards at the Venice Film Festival last September. The film is set in Summer 2017 and weaves four strands together, comprising different voices within the African-American communities of New Orleans. After the film, we’ll have a conversation with film participants: Judy Hill, who won awards at both Venice and Mar del Plata Film Festivals, who is also the daughter of late New Orleans R&B icon Jessie Hill, Big Chief Kevin Goodman (Flaming Arrows), and members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense featured in the film.

Admission is FREE for New Orleans Film Society members and NOCCA students.
Tickets are available to the public for $10 or you can become a member of the New Orleans Film Society here.
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The series kicked off on February 5th, 2019 with Closeup: Tank & the Bangas. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Tank and the Bangas and director Charlie Steiner (of WWOZ) and continued with a screening and conversation of Buckjumping, directed by Lily Keber and won the Audience and Best Cinematography Awards at #NOFF2018.

If you are a member, please use the “Member Log In” link on the upper right corner of this page to see your ticket fee waived at the checkout.

A third screening will be held on April 11th and the surprise film will be announced in early February.


Seeing Music: A Music Film & Conversation Series
presented by the New Orleans Film Society
Venue: Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, The NOCCA Institute, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.
Dates:
February 5th, 2019 – Closeup: Tank & the Bangas
March 14th, 2019 – Buckjumping
April 9th, 2019 – What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?
Time: Mingle with other music lovers from 7pm – 7:30pm with a cash bar in the lobby of the Lupin Hall, film begins at 7:30pm, post-film Q&A to follow.


Tank and the Bangas

Closeup: Tank and the Bangas – February 5th, 2019, 7pm, Lupin Hall at the NOCCA Institute.
Tickets are available here.

Closeup: Tank and the Bangas, dir: Charlie Steiner, USA, 2018, 35 min.
This WWOZ documentary is in-depth profile of the exciting New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas as they surge to national prominence. The film pulses with fiery poetry and the band’s infectious music that defies categories.

Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shotgun house, Jerk Chicken Sam’iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that cried out for original music from them. Combining the various musical technique among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans. Group members include Tank/ Lead vocalist/Norman Spence on Bass/keyboard, Joshua Johnson/Drums, Merell Burkett/keys/ Nita Bailey/Percussion; and various other Bangas.


Buckjumping

Buckjumping – March 14th, 2019, 7pm, Lupin Hall at the NOCCA Institute.
Tickets are available here.

Dir: Lily Keber, USA, 2018, 80 min.
Way downtown, a crowd gathers to watch the men of the Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club show out on their second-line Sunday. At Seal’s in the 7th Ward and Sportsman’s Corner in Central City, hard-working drag king Hustler entertains his adoring public. After school, the young ladies of the Edna Karr High School dance team practice for the big parade. And before dawn on Mardi Gras day, the indians of the Creole Wild West set out on their long patrol across the city. On any day of the week, in any corner of the city, the people of New Orleans are on their feet, dancing to mourn the dead, to celebrate life, and to leave their everyday routines for a moment of pure joy. Featuring interviews with DJ Jubilee, Mannie Fresh, Mia X, and more, the second feature by Lily Keber (Bayou Maharaja) offers a panoramic view of the city’s ever-evolving dance traditions.


What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?April 9th, 2019, Lupin Hall at the NOCCA Institute.
7 pm – Reception, 7:30 pm – Film Screening, 8:50 pm – A conversation with Judy Hill, Big Chief Kevin Goodman (Flaming Arrows), and members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense featured in the film.
Tickets are available here.

Dir. Roberto Minervini, USA, 2018, 120 min.
Summer 2017, a string of brutal police killings of young African American men has sent shockwaves throughout the country. A Black community in the American South tries to cope with the lingering effects of the past and navigate their place in a country that is not on their side. Meanwhile, the Black Panthers prepare a large-scale protest against police brutality. A blistering meditation on the state of race in America from the director of THE OTHER SIDE.