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FROM THE ARCHIVES...

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25th Anniversary of NOFF............................................... 2–3

Panels...........................................................................28–31

Quarter Century Club..........................................................4

Scene Weekly Panels.........................................................33

Staff........................................................................................5

NOFF Awards......................................................................35

Sponsors...........................................................................6–9

Jurors...........................................................................36–37

Producers Circle & NOFS Membership.............................11

Features.......................................................................40–83

Tickets, Passes, and FAQs...........................................12–13

Shorts............................................................................86–93

Opening and Closing Night Films......................................15

Cinema Reset.....................................................................97

Centerpiece and 25th Anniversary Screenings................16

Moonlight Movies and Lagniappe Screenings..................99

Marquee Screenings...........................................................17

Thank Yous........................................................................100

Programming Sidebars......................................................21

Venues Map.......................................................................107

Parties, Events, and Receptions.................................22–23

Schedule Grid............................................................108–112

Emerging Voices Mentorship Program.............................25

Film Index..........................................................................112

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years ago, the New Orleans Film and Video Festival began with a small group of passionate cinephiles. Today, the New Orleans Film Society boasts over 1,200 members and remains committed to its mission—to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film—and reaches over 33,000 people annually. Each year, the New Orleans Film Festival is the largest event produced by the New Orleans Film Society.

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1997 Professor Andrew Horton (pictured left*) joins forces with Don Marshall (current Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation) and current NOFS Artistic Director John Desplas to launch the New Orleans Film & Video Festival. *And yes, that's a young Brad Pitt on the right. Horton wrote the screenplay for Pitt's very first feature film appearance, The Dark Side of the Sun.

Cinema 16 Founders Dean Paschal (above) and Judy Newman create a "home for independent and low-budget film" at the Festival, drawing 16mm submissions from all over the world. Two illustrious Cinema 16 alumni are now household names: Louis CK and Todd Phillips (the director famous for The Hangover franchise). Louis CK came to the Festival in 1992 with his short film "Caesar's Salad." He's remembered for chasing Presidential hopeful Bill Clinton down Canal Street for his autograph. Phillips won an award for his 1993 doc about GG Allin.

Acclaimed director, Francis Ford Coppola, comes to New Orleans and hosts a special dinner and wine tasting at Ruth's Chris Steak House for the Film Society. Pictured here with Ellen Johnson who would become Board President in 2007.

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Born in New Orleans, Godfrey Reggio (pictured above) brings the last installment of his QATSI trilogy, Naqoyquatsi, back to his home state for the regional premiere. The films chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment. Reggio brought his innovative cinematic style back to NOFF in 2013 with a screening and conversation about his latest work, The Visitors.

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The 2013 New Orleans Film Festival hosts its largest opening night affair in the organization's history, drawing over 650 attendees for a red carpet screening of the Oscar-winning picture, 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve McQueen and cast members participate in Q+A after the film...and a little second line fun!

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The early years of the New Orleans Film & Video Festival saw a core group of dedicated, passionate cinephiles devoting countless hours of their lives to a common goal: "presenting works that would otherwise be missed by local audiencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;selections that are not often available in commercial theatres or video stores." Remember video stores? Without question, the New Orleans Film Festival would not be the organization it is today without the guidance, vision, and commitment of the following individuals: Michael Adler Neil Alexander Roberta A. Belulovich Ben Benton Libby Benton Michelle Broussard Bruce C. Butcher Kimberly Carbo Emily Cox John Desplas Allan Durand Simonne Fischer Carlyn Guillory Steve Hank Andrew Horton* Francis James David Jones Karen Kern Dr. Amit Kshetarpal Peggy Laborde

Yves Laborde Mitchell Lanier Tesa Laviolette Don Marshall* Kathy McClung Jacqueline McPherson Marika Menutis Ruth Ann Menutis John Mosier Judith S. Newman** Phil Nugent Gregory O'Brien Glenn Parsons Dean Paschal** C. Jason Patterson Glen Pitre Rose Marie Puglia James Runge Nellie Sadoun Sally Smolenski Lou Thomas Tom Thurman Mervin Trail Andre Trevigne Kathleen Turner Stewart Walker Hal Weaver Wise Wolf IV J. Gregory Wyrick David Zalkind *Andrew Horton and Don Marshall were the original incorporators of the New Orleans Film and Video Festival on Nov. 7, 1988. **Dean Paschal and Judy Newman founded Cinema 16, "the home for independent and low-budget film" and the foundation for the Competitive Division of today's NOFF.

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In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, the New Orleans Film Society is eager to announce a new donor level, the Quarter Century Club. We hope you will consider becoming an inaugural member of our Quarter Century Club, a new initiative aimed at celebrating our rich history and launching us into an exciting future. As a supporter at this level, you will lay the foundation for a series of important new projects to support emerging filmmakers: a mentorship program for black directors from Louisiana, education programs for New Orleans public school

students that connect youth with working filmmakers, and an initiative to launch a grantmaking program for local filmmakers. This new donor circle will help us start a new chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that ensures the film industry continues to generate significant economic impact for the people of New Orleans and Louisiana. We hope you will join us in our work to bring more diverse voices to the screen and to educate young people about the job opportunities within the film industry. To inquire about the Quarter Century Club, e-mail members@neworleansfilmsociety.org.

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Jacky Lee Morgan Carroll Morton Hamp Overton Josh Penn Glenn Pitre Randall Poster Pamela Senatore James Shade Jen Sharp Deb Shriver Mark Sindler E. Alexandra Stafford Wayne Troyer Tim Watson Melissa Weber Walter Wolf Steve Zimmer

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This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.

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MEMBERSHIP Engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film. Join the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) today and help us create a vibrant cinema culture right here in Louisiana. Each year, the Film Society brings hundreds of films and filmmakers to the city, providing countless opportunities for audiences of all ages to engage with visionary directors and other film lovers. Join today! [MEMBERSHIPS FOR TWO PEOPLE]

NOFS MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

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MOVIE MOGUL PRODUCERS CIRCLE

Members-only discount on tickets to all NOFS events (including the NOFF) and on NOFS merchandise Access to advance tickets for screenings during the New Orleans Film Festival and advance copy of program guide Free regular popcorn at The Theatres at Canal Place for any and all screenings Free admission to regular screenings at the Contemporary Arts Center and bimonthly screenings at Chalmette Movies Free sneak preview tickets to new films at Elmwood, Clearview, Prytania, and The Theatres at Canal Place 2-week free trial and 50% discount on Fandor membership for one year, and access to Fandor’s online magazine Keyframe Two Six-Film Packages good for six regular screenings for filmOrama, our annual spring festival Two Deluxe Six-Film Packages for the NOFF, good for six screenings including Closing Night screening and wrap party Members-only gift to be picked up at the Main NOFF Box Office Free admission to all NOFS screenings, including NOFF, French Film Festival, filmOrama, and year-round screenings at other venues Reserved seating for all film festivals Recognition as an NOFS benefactor in the NOFF program guide Two NOFF Opening Night tickets with reserved seating Recognition on website, e-newsletters, and on-screen before all NOFS programming Invitations for you and a guest to special Producers Circle-only events

PRODUCERS CIRCLE Seth Bloom & Aaron Reuter Brian Bockman & Jack Forbes Jane Ettinger & Vincent Booth Anne Burr Cast & Crew Entertainment Services The Cool Cooperative Pamela & Mac Corbin Katherine Cecil & Emile Dumesnil

Stephanie Durant Janis Eckert Embodyment Salon & Spa Lauren & Bryan Fitzpatrick Gregor Fox Alexa Georges & Jerry Armatis Barbara Gervis Alex Glaser Anna Beth & John Goodman Nomita & Shaminder Gupta Maggie Hadleigh-West Ellen Johnson & Ronald Swartz Allison & Megan Kendrick Jule Lang Chris & Sean Yseult Lee Sharon & Larry Malcolmson

Barbara Marcus Lee McDonough Adam Morris Linda Novak & Adam Marcus Christina & Dr. Nicholas Pappas Angele Parlange Staci Rosenberg Holly Sharp & Geoff Snodgrass Aimee & Mike Siegel Sisung Film Finance LLC Eve Alexandra Stafford & Raymond Rathle, Jr. Molly & Phillip Stagg Felicia Beebe Stallard & Dana Toups Melanee & Steve Usdin studioWTA | Wayne Troyer Architects Nicole Wright

Tamarin Hennebury & Stephen Armbruster Lauren Delery Paula Aston

Eva & Andrew Martinez Michael Glenboski Claire Breaux Lewis & Todd Lewis Charlotte Lancaster

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MOVIE MOGUL MEMBERS Cathy & Rivie Cary Brenda & John Marino Dennis McCartney

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TICKETS

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INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

ALL-ACCESS PASS

NOFS Members $9 | General $11

NOFS Members $200 | General $250

STUDENT RUSH TICKETS $5 | Must present a valid student ID

Available for screenings with open seats left at the start time of the film. Rush tickets cannot be purchased in advance and are subject to availability.

Reserve tickets to all Festival screenings and entry to all official NOFF parties (five in total!) , receptions, events, and Deep South Studios Filmmaker Lounge at The Westin. All-Access Passholders will be given priority seating at screening venues (through a designated All-Access Priority Line).

UNLIMITED FILM PASS

OPENING NIGHT | BLACK AND WHITE AT THE CIVIC THEATRE

NOFS Members $100 | General $120

NOFS Members $25 | General $35

Secure tickets to all regular and Marquee screenings plus Closing Night. This pass does not include entry to Opening Night screening, official NOFF parties, receptions, events, or the Deep South Studios FIlmmaker Lounge.

Limited tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis at the Civic Theatre Box Office starting at 6 PM on Opening Night. These tickets are not available at the NOFF Main Box Office.

DELUXE SIX FILM PACKAGE

CLOSING NIGHT | THE BIG BEAT AT THE CARVER THEATER

NOFS Members $60 | General $70

1st Screening | NOFS Members $15 | General $20

Secure tickets to Closing Night plus five additional regular or Marquee screenings at a discounted rate (only one admission per film per package).

Includes extended filmmaker Q+A and special guests in attendance. Ticketholders for the first screening are also invited to attend the Closing Night party at the Degas House. 2nd Screening | NOFS Members $12 | General $15

Tickets for Closing Night can be purchased individually, redeemed as part of the Deluxe Six Film Package, or as part of the Unlimited Film Pass. Advance tickets for the screening may be purchased online and at all NOFF Box Offices. General Admission tickets do not grant entry to the Closing Night Party.

MARQUEE SCREENINGS AT THE JOY THEATER

BASIC SIX FILM PACKAGE NOFS Members $45 | General $55

Grants admission to six NOFF film screenings. Does not include Marquee screenings, Opening or Closing Night films. *Passes do not guarantee admission to screenings. To attend a movie, passholders must secure tickets in advance, online or at any NOFF Box Office. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Passes are nontransferable and must be worn at all times for priority line access and entry to NOFF parties, events, receptions, and the Filmmaker Lounge.

NOFS Members $12 | General $15

Special offering of nine remarkable films representing the wide spectrum of movies being made in and about New Orleans. Daily red carpet experience with extended filmmaker Q+As and cash bar.

KEY DATES

SEPTEMBER 1 All-Access Passes on sale

SEPTEMBER 25 Tickets can be reserved online (All-Access Passholders, Producers Circle and Quarter Century Club members only)

OCTOBER 1 Tickets on sale online to New Orleans Film Society members only

OCTOBER 13 Tickets on sale online and at NOFF Main Box Office (at the CAC, 900 Camp Street) to the general public

NOFF MAIN BOX OFFICE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER ATRIUM 900 CAMP STREET, NOLA 70130 HOURS MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 2PM–8PM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 10AM–9PM PURCHASE TICKETS AND PASSES AT WWW.NEWORLEANSFILMFESTIVAL.ORG • During the Festival, Box Offices at each screening venue will open one hour prior to the first screening at that venue. • All-Access Passholders can reserve tickets online starting on September 25. NOFS members can reserve tickets online starting on October 1. The Main Box Office opens and tickets go on sale to the general public on October 13. • Passes purchased online must be picked-up at the Main Box Office beginning October 13.


F R E Q U E N T LY A S K E D Q U E S T I O N S ARE ALL VENUES ACCESSIBLE?

I CAN’T FIND MY PRINT-AT-HOME TICKETS. WHAT DO I DO?

All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Visit any NOFF Box Office and, upon presenting your photo ID or NOFS membership card, tickets will be reprinted. The UPC code on each NOFF ticket is valid for only one admission.

If you purchased an All-Access Pass, you must pick-up your pass at the Main Box Office (at the CAC, 900 Camp Street). Please wear your All-Access Pass to all NOFF events as this pass will grant you entry to parties, receptions, the Deep South Studios Filmmaker Lounge, and the priority access line for all screenings. If you purchased an Unlimited Film Pass, you should use your pass code to reserve tickets to as many movies as you like online or at any NOFF Box Office. You are not required to wear your pass for admittance but we hope you do! Please note if you purchased a Six Film Package you will not receive a physical pass. I HAVE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS. CAN I SIMPLY FLASH MY BADGE AND GET INTO A MOVIE? Not always. All-Access Passes do not guarantee admittance to screenings without advance reservations. We highly recommend that all passholders reserve tickets for screenings in advance, but if there is availability at the venue, All-Access Passholders can enter the screening by checking in at the Box Office via the priority access line. CAN I SHARE MY FESTIVAL PASS? No. Individual passes are non-transferable. Your name will be printed on your pass and ID will be required when securing tickets. Individual passes entitle you to only one ticket per screening. Individual passes include: All-Access, Unlimited Film Pass, and Six-Film Packages.

I WANT TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE BUT I DON’T HAVE A PRINTER AT HOME. WHAT DO I DO? You may still purchase tickets online and visit any NOFF Box Office to have your tickets printed. Simply present a photo ID or an NOFS membership card to verify your identity. WHEN DO ONLINE TICKETING AND RESERVATIONS END? Two hours before the listed start time for the film. WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED AT THE FESTIVAL BOX OFFICES? All Festival Box Offices accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and cash. Checks are not accepted. I PURCHASED A FESTIVAL PASS BUT LOST IT. CAN I GET A NEW ONE? No. There are no replacements for lost passes. I’M AN NOFS MEMBER. HOW MANY TICKETS MAY I RESERVE AT THE MEMBER PRICE FOR EACH SCREENING? You may reserve only one ticket per screening at the member price. Encourage your friends and family to join the NOFS to take advantage of the member discount and enjoy our yearround programming!

CAN I GET STUDENT RUSH TICKETS IN ADVANCE?

WHAT IF I AM LATE TO THE SCREENING?

No. These limited $5 tickets will go on sale only after all regular ticketholders are seated in a theater and open seats remain. You must present a valid student ID to purchase rush tickets.

To guarantee seating, you must be at the screening five minutes before the start of the film even if you have a physical ticket or reservation. If you are not at the venue five minutes beforehand, your ticket will be released for sale and there is no guarantee you will be admitted to the movie. No refunds will be given if you miss the movie because you are late!

WHY CAN’T I PURCHASE AN INDIVIDUAL TICKET ONLINE FOR OPENING NIGHT? Opening Night is a very special event and demand always exceeds capacity. NOFF filmmakers, sponsors, Film Society donors (Quarter Century Club, Producers Circle, and Movie Moguls), and All-Access Passholders have priority access to this event. Only Producers Circle and Quarter Century Club members are guaranteed tickets to Opening Night. All-Access Passholders may claim tickets online on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 12:00 p.m. on September 25. We highly recommend that All-Access passholders reserve tickets in advance as this is the only way to guarantee a seat. We do anticipate selling a very limited number of General Admission tickets at the door, based on availability, on Opening Night. The Civic Theatre Box Office will open at 6:00 PM at which time customers may begin lining up for these limited tickets. I WAS TOLD THAT NO MORE TICKETS WERE BEING SOLD TO A MOVIE I REALLY WANT TO SEE. IS THERE ANY WAY TO STILL GET TICKETS? Usually the answer is yes. Unclaimed reserved tickets are released for sale five minutes prior to the screening time. We strongly recommend that you show up for the screening and inquire at the Box Office for a waitlist number—these will start being handed out 30 minutes prior to the start of the film on a first-come, first-serve basis. All unclaimed tickets will be sold to the waitlist in sequential order five minutes before the start of the film. If you are not present when your number is called you forfeit your place in line. In general, never give up hope until the venue manager announces that the screening has indeed sold-out. CAN MY TICKET BE SCANNED ON MY CELL PHONE? No. If you do not have a printed copy of your purchased ticket you will need to check in at the NOFF Box Office.

CAN I GET A REFUND OR EXCHANGE FOR A TICKET THAT I HAVE PURCHASED? No. All ticket and pass sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges. I DON’T HAVE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND OFFICIAL NOFF PARTIES. CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS? Consult the Parties and Events sections (pages 22–23) to learn more about which parties are open to the general public. DO I NEED MY NOFS MEMBERSHIP CARD OR NUMBER? You can access your online account with your member number if you forget your password. You will need your membership card or valid photo ID to reprint lost print-at-home tickets at the Box Office. WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? •

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Unlimited Film Passes grant admission to all film screenings, with the exception of Opening Night, for attendees who just want to see a lot of movies without all the parties and events. Marquee Screenings at the Joy Theater on Canal Street will provide a red carpet experience Saturday through Wednesday. New industry and health and wellness workshops in collaboration with Scene Magazine (page 33) Passholders will not be permitted to reserve multiple tickets for different films screening at the same time.

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OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT FILMS OPENING NIGHT BLACK AND WHITE USA | 2014 | 121 MIN | DIR: Mike Binder [full listing on p 45] > Thursday, October 16 | 7:00 PM The Civic Theatre | 510 O'Keefe Avenue

Opening the festival is the U.S. premiere of the New Orleans–shot film Black and White, starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie. Fresh from its gala screening at the Toronto Film Festival, we welcome members of the cast and crew of Black and White back to Louisiana for a homecoming screening at the Civic Theatre. Following the film, director Mike Binder and special guests from the film will sit down for a conversation and Q+A moderated by Deputy Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Eugene Hernandez.

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> Thursday, October 16 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM The Cellar Door | 916 Lafayette Street

> Thursday, October 16 | 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM Board of Trade | 316 Magazine Street

NOVAC, Louisiana’s independent film resource, hosts an NOFF installation of their popular film industry networking night, Third Thursday. Before kicking off your festival experience, join NOVAC members and NOFF filmmakers for some fun, food, and cocktails. *Open to NOFF Filmmakers and NOVAC Members

After the screening, let’s all form a second line and dance our way to the Board of Trade, where we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival. There is no better way to celebrate this milestone than with craft cocktails, crawfish beignets, live music, and birthday cake! *Open to All-Access passholders only

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CLOSING NIGHT THE BIG BEAT USA | 2014 | 90 MIN | DIR: Joe Lauro [full listing on p 43]

The Festival will close out its anniversary edition with two special screenings of the music documentary The Big Beat at the historic—and newly renovated— Carver Theatre in the Treme. Celebrating the richness of New Orleans’ musical roots, the film explores the careers of legendary performers Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. Guest musicians will pay homage to Fats and Dave with brief tribute performances following the 7:00 p.m. screening. Q+A to follow the 7:00 p.m. screening with director Joe Lauro, editor Anthea Carr, writer Rick Coleman, cinematographer David Leonard, and special guests.

CLOSING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY

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> Thursday, October 23 | 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM The Carver Theater | 2101 Orleans Ave.

> Thursday, October 23 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Degas House | 2306 Esplanade Ave.

Keep the music playing with Ponderosa Stomp at Degas House where we will toast to Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, and the closing of the Festival. *Open to All-Access Passholders and attendees of the 7:00 screening of The Big Beat screening.

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CENTERPIECE FILMS Our trio of centerpiece films anchor the festival and represent some of the most well-regarded and exciting new films of the year. Having already screenedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and won handsome trophiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at prestigious film festivals around the world, these films are sure to engage and impress local audiences at their Louisiana premiere screenings. &!<

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, DIR. JUSTIN SIMIEN Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a provocative satire about being a black face in a white place. k1!!%$D3L%3P'PP* Prytania Theatre

FOXCATCHER, DIR. BENNETT MILLER Directed by Oscar nominee Bennett Miller, Foxcatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;already a critical darling at both Venice and Tellurideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a gripping and profoundly American story of tragedy and a desperate obsession for greatness.

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BLAZE, DIR. RON SHELTON Blaze is a comic-strip retelling of the curious late-1950s relationship between famed striptease artist Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovitch) and Lousiana governor Earl Long (played in gorgeously flamboyant fashion by Paul Newman). k>!%$D3U%33'PP *k*!%$D:P%33'PP * Prytania Theater FREE Prytania Theatre FREE

STEEL MAGNOLIAS, DIR. HERBERT ROSS Revolving around Truvyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Parlor in a small Louisiana parish, Steel Magnolias is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together over hair, holidays, and unexpected tragedies.

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HIGHLIGHTS MARQUEE SCREENINGS AT THE JOY THEATER These nine films speak to the wide spectrum of movies being made in and about New Orleans. From big-budget productions like American Heist that star Oscar-winning actors to more independent documentaries with a local focus like Oil & Water, the films in our Marquee Screenings lineup represent just some of the impressive filmmaking talents the city has to offer. And they are many: from visionary directors like Garrett Bradley to production designers like Jim Gelarden, from supporting actors like Lance Nichols and Laura Cayouette to casting directors like Ryan Glorioso... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder that MovieMaker Magazine named New Orleans the â&#x20AC;&#x153;top small city to live and work as a moviemaker.â&#x20AC;? SPONSORED BY:

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Congratulations to the New Orleans Film Festival on its 25th Year! Please join us for our reception after the Louisiana Documentary Shorts program at the Contemporary Arts Center, Saturday October 18, 4:30pm 432 N. ANTHONY STREET ‡ SUITE 305 ‡ NEW ORLEANS, LA 70119 ‡ OFFICE (504) 486-2192 ‡ FAX (504) 483-9961 ‡ iatse478.org


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SIDEBARS keeping{SCORE} These five documentaries all speak the language that New Orleans knows best: music. Focusing on groundbreaking and beloved musicians (many of whomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, and Alex Chiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have strong ties to the city), these films explore music as both an art form and as a means of bringing people together, serving as a tool for unificationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and political protest. MUSICAL PERFORMANCES SUPPORTED BY:

B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, DIR. JON BREWER The story of how an oppressed and orphaned young man came to influence the music industry. { {  BIG STAR: LIVE IN MEMPHIS PROD. DANNY GRAFLUND, ROBERT GORDON, DAVID JULIAN LEONARD The only known full-length, multi-camera concert film to capture a Big Star performance.

I LAY WHERE I FALL, DIR. ANDREW STUBBS Juston Stens, former drummer of Dr. Dog, travels America on a 1972 Triumph motorcycle with a laptop full of demos to collaborate with multiple artists. { {  JINGLE BELL ROCKS!, DIR. MITCHELL KEZIN A trippy, cinematic sleighride through the subculture of alternative Christmas music. { { 

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THE BIG BEAT, DIR. JOE LAURO World premiere of a new documentary about New Orleans musicians Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. { { 

NAT KING COLE, DIR. JON BREWER One of the greatest jazz icons of all time, Nat King Cole, was the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when America groaned under the weight of racial segregation and prejudice. { { 

THE CASE OF THE THREE-SIDED DREAM, DIR. ADAM KAHAN Story of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk and his work to get increased national exposure for jazz or what he termed, "Black Classical Music." { { 

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS, DIR. EDWARD LOVELACE, JAMES HALL More than a story of determination against all odds, this is an intimate and life-affirming tale of rediscovery about celebrated lyricist Edwyn Collins. { { 

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J.B.H. Posturing, Oil on Panel, 1978-1979

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS, DIR. CHERYL FURJANIC A refreshingly candid documentary film about this four-time Olympic champion.

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BROKEN HEART LAND, DIR. JEREMY STULBERG, RANDY STULBERG This gripping portrait of a boy in crisis looks at the life of gay teen Zack Harrington who killed himself with a gunshot to the head. { {  MASCULINITY / FEMININITY, DIR. RUSSELL SHEAFFER An experimental film-based project that aims to question normative notions of gender. { { 

Sponsored by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust, housed at the University at Buffalo. THE IMITATION GAME, DIR. MORTEN TYLDUM Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley, this is the story of brilliant mathematician and decoder Alan Turing, who was arrested for being gay in post-war London. { { 

OUT IN THE NIGHT, DIR. BLAIR DOROSH-WALTHER One hot night in August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends are harassed in a gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. { { 

SHORT FILMS INCLUDE:

SKANKS, DIR. DAVID MCMAHON In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skanks in a One Horse Town.â&#x20AC;?

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Almost Crimes (p. 87)

The Night Is Ours (p. 89)

Christine (p. 86)

The Return (p. 87)

Easy (p. 88)

Rigor Mortis (p. 86)

Good Morning (p. 86)

Unconditional (p. 89)

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Now in its fourth year, the OUTakes sidebar spotlights stories that speak to some of the specific strugglesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and joysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of LGBT life: homophobia, drag, hate speech, pride, gender, and coming out. These films collectively demonstrate the richness and breadth of LGBT communities and how important these stories are to shareâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just with selfidentifying audiences but with all filmgoers.

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PARTIES & EVENTS

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FILMMAKER WELCOME PARTY   !   Hosted by Gregor Fox in his home, formerly the Anne Rice House 1239 First Street

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I returned to Neww Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I kneww I was home.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Anne Rice, Intervieww with the Vampire Experience Neww Orleans in this historic Garden District mansion, once owned byy Anne Rice and currentlyy owned byy entrepreneur and independent film supporter Gregor Fox. Spend the night enjoying Neww Orleans' best food, drink, and music in a partyy setting that served as inspiration for the writer's gothic stories. Admission: Open to All-Access passholders only.

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1989   !  Howlin' Wolf | 907 South Peters Street

Break out your fannyy packs and high tops to celebrate NOFF's birth year in style! Eat, drink, playy video games, and let DJ Brice Nice take you back in time. Then take on the future with local band, Tank and the Bangas. 80s attire encouraged. Tryy to control your nostalgia. Admission: Free for All-Access Passholders | General Admission: $11 Discount Admission for NOFS Members, LFEAA Members, and 80's Costumes: $9 Complimentaryy drinks for All-Access Passholders | One drink ticket per paid admission SPONSORED BY

SPONSORED BY

GREGOR FOX

NATIONAL BLACK PROGRAMMING CONSORTIUM 360 RECEPTION

WEEKEND WRAP BOWLING PARTY: "MARK IT ZERO, DUDE"

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 Gravier Street Social | 523 Gravier Street

  ! "  Fulton Alley | 600 Fulton Street

Connect with the National Black Progamming Consortium (NBPC) as theyy launch a new phase in their evolution with NBPC 360. NBPC 360 supports content creators from the idea stage through major platform distribution. Mix and mingle with the NBPC team, learn more about this neww initiative, and enjoyy food and specialtyy cocktails featuring Swamp Pop and Tito's Vodka. Admission: Free and open to the public, please RSVP to mentor@ neworleansfilmsociety.org.

Join us at this boutique bowling hangout and wrap up opening weekend byy knocking down some pins with neww friends. Along with complimentaryy access to the lanes, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy delicious bites from our host, Fulton Alley, and wind down with craft cocktails from Smooth Ambler and Swamp Pop. Save some energy, though. We still have four full days of film screenings! Admission: Open to All-Access passholders only.

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PARTIES & EVENTS FILMMAKER LOUNGE AT The Deep South Studios Filmmaker Lounge at The Westin is the ultimate location for AllAccess Passholders to rest and refuel in between screenings throughout the festival. Many thanks to our lounge in-kind sponsors: Abita, CC's Coffee House, Evamor, Honest Tea, PBR, Pearl Wine Co., and Swamp Pop. The Lounge is located on the 12th floor in the River Room. HOURS Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Monday, October 20 - Thursday, October 23 | 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

CANOPENER RECEPTION !%#! #  

#$!%#! #    Contemporary Arts Center Atrium | 900 Camp Street

After the film and panel, continue the conversation with Ridenhour Prize winner Dawn Porter (Gideonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Armyy director), Norris Henderson (Founder and Executive Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender - V.O.T.E.), and Derwyn Bunton (Chief Public Defender at Orleans Public Defenders). Light refreshments will be served. *Free and open to the public.

IATSE LOCAL 478'S "LOCAL BREWS WITH LOCAL CREWS" RECEPTION #$!%#! #   Contemporary Arts Center Atrium | 900 Camp Street

Following the Louisiana Documentaryy Shorts Program, join the Motion Picture Studio Mechanics of Louisiana and Southern Mississippi for some locallyy brewed beverages & bites as we celebrate the talented filmmakers, artists, and technicians who make movies and TV shows in Louisiana. *Open to All-Access Passholders and IATSE Local 478 Members.

CINEMA RESET NEW MEDIA / EXPERIMENTAL FILM RECEPTION #$!%#! &  SPUN Cafe at the Contemporary Arts Center | 900 Camp Street

After the Experimental Shorts screening, enjoyy a chance to mingle with filmmakers and neww media artists while celebrating the third installment of Cinema Reset, as well as Blake Carrington's immersive audiovisual performance, TITLEXXX. Drinks provided byy Pabst Blue Ribbon. *Free and open to the public.

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FILM TAMPA BAY/ECTOTHERMS !%#! #   #$!%#!   ' 

Join Film in Florida, Film Tampa Bay, and the St. Petersburg / Clearwater Film Commission in celebrating the cast and creww of NOFF film Ectotherms, directed byy Monica PeĂąa. Meet the Florida delegation, enjoyy local delicacies, and learn more about the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film scene. *Open to All-Access Passholders and Ectotherms ticket holders.

LOUISIANA FILM & VIDEO MAGAZINE MEETUP #$!%#! # 

In honor of the burgeoning Louisiana film industry, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cordiallyy invited to join LF&VV for a Saturdayy night soiree. Enjoyy complimentaryy cocktails and Cajun cuisine while you mix and mingle with industryy professionals, local business owners and film entrepreneurs. Neww in town? Don't miss this opportunityy to get connected to the business. *Open to All-Access Passholders and LFAVV guests.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FILMMAKING MIXER HOSTED BY PATOIS NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL "%#!# 

This gathering is an opportunityy for those interested in the ins and outs of filmmaking for social justice issues. Network with directors, producers, researchers, and others in the process of making and presenting social justice films. Complimentaryy refreshments provided. *Open to All-Access Passholders and NOFF ticket holders.

LFEA RECEPTION AND THE "HERE'S MY $2" CAMPAIGN

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GIDEON'S ARMY RECEPTION

Stop byy the Filmmaker Lounge to join the Creative Alliance of Neww Orleans for a CANOpener. This is a chance for you to meet neww and familiar faces in the film, video, and other creative industries in Neww Orleans. Share ideas and come up with neww ones with CANO as your host! *Open to the general public.

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EMERGING VOICES Emerging Voices is a mentorship initiative of the New Orleans Film Society supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The aim is to offer African American and Black Diaspora directors and producers in Louisiana an environment to genuinely connect with industry leaders and expand their career opportunities.

FILMMAKER MENTEES

FILMMAKER MENTORS

Project: KEEPER OF THE FLAME Dir / Writer / Producer: BRIAN M. NELSON

Mentor:

BIO Angela Tucker’s directorial work includes (A)sexual,

Set in the secret society of Mardi Gras Indians, a young talented loner and an older ex-con must join forces to protect the integrity of their organization against dirty cops, gangsters, politicians, and internal destruction. (Narrative / Hybrid) Big Chief in the history of the Mardi Gras Indian Nation. In 2011, Brian graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts with his M.F.A.



Project: ENJOY YOUR STAY Dir / Writer / Producer: CJ HUNT

Mentor:

BIO Writer and performer CJ Hunt is a co-founder of The New



THE ILLUMINATION OF INVISIBLE MEN Dir / Producer: JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON

premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Best Editing Award. For her full bio, see page 57.



Project: EPILOGUE Dir / Writer / Producer: KIEL ADRIAN SCOTT

Mentor:

HBO, PBS, CineMAX, Shorts TV, Creative Control, Centric and BET. Kiel’s film "Shallow Waters" was a Regional Finalist at the Student Academy Awards.

In the Cut and Dear White People. For her full bio, see page 36.

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Project: TOKEN EMPIRE Dir / Writer / Producer: LIZZIE FORD MADRID

Join the National Black Programming Consortium for this reception for filmmakers of color interested in learning about their new funding initiative for non-fiction creators. Saturday, October 18 | 5:30 - 8:00pm | Gravier St. Social

Mentor:

MOIRA GRIFFIN

BIO Moira Griffin is the Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Sundance Institute. For her full bio, see page 37.

A dysfunctional group of musicians living in New Orleans, must scramble to finish their album after their single gets put into an iTunes commercial. (Web Series)

BIO Born in Honduras and raised in New Orleans, Lizzie Ford-Madrid is a photographer with filmmaker tendencies. She has written and directed three short films.

EFFIE T. BROWN

BIO Effie T. Brown in an award-winning producer of films like

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one woman, with the help of an unlikely stranger, struggles to find the most important thing she lost in the storm—herself. (Narrative Feature)

BIO Writer-director Kiel Adrian Scott’s films have aired on

DAWN PORTER

BIO Dawn Porter's first feature documentary Gideon’s Army

The hopes of many are carried on the shoulders of a few young men. (Documentary Feature) filmmaker at The American New Wave Media Group. As a filmmaker, Jonathan has shot over 100+ music videos for artist that range from Moby to C. Perkins from Season 4 of “The Voice."

Development for Time Warner Inc. for a new digital initiative that supports artists and engagement with Time Warner’s divisions (Warner Bros., HBO and Turner Broadcasting). Prior, he was the VP, Content Development for Tribeca Ent. as well as the VP of Film, TV, and Online Programming at Tribeca Film Institute. Over the years, Tamir has also gained significant production experience and he has served in an advisory capacity to several organizations.

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BIO Jonathan Isaac Jackson is the creative director and a

TAMIR MUHAMMAD

BIO Tamir Muhammad oversees Content & Artist

A web comedy about the world of Airbnb and the strangers whose sheets you're sleeping on. (Web Series) Movement (improv theaters in New Orleans and Austin). His videos have appeared on the front page of FunnyOrDie.com, Atom.com, and Studio8.net. CJ is also one half of Cookie Pig Productions, the makers of the web series Sunken City.

a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction available on Netflix, Hulu and iTunes and Black Folk Don't, a documentary web series in its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life.” She is a Co-Producer on The New Black, a feature-length documentary about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements and is Series Producer for the PBS documentary series, AfroPop.

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Proud to Support the NOFS and the 25th annual New Orleans Film Festival

FotoKem NOLA is located in downtown New Orleans just blocks from the French Quarter. Servicing the greater Louisiana area with full post production support, on-set or near-location. FotoKem’s satellite divisions bring 51 years of post to cities experiencing a burgeoning production environment, offering local support anchored to FotoKem’s larger resources.

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E D U C AT I O N P R O G R A M M I N G CINEMA CLASSROOM BUILDING YOUTH AUDIENCES + CHALLENGING YOUNG MINDS

FILMS FEATURED IN CINEMA CLASSROOM WE WON'T BOW DOWN

The New Orleans Film Festival is excited to announce our third year of youth-focused film programming, under a new name: !  %%$"" . Over the past two years, our educational film programming has reached over 2,000 students from 15 different public high schools in the greater New Orleans area. This year, we have extended our programming to reach both high school and middle school students, and we are taking NOFF movies directly to classrooms and school auditoriums. Films featured at Cinema Classroom include "After Trayvon," "The Preservationists," and We Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Bow Down. Throughout the month of October, Cinema Classroom will travel with filmmakers to schools across the city, offering free film screenings to student audiences, and facilitating in-depth Q+A sessions with filmmakers following the film. Through these events, students will learn how to engage critically with visual media, and will enjoy a rare opportunity to meet and engage with working filmmakers. Screenings will also take place at the CAC Freeport-McMoRan Theatre, where students will have the chance to experience Cinema Reset, an exhibit on experimental film and new media.

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This year, participating schools include: Auburn University, Dillard University, Florida State University, Loyola University, Southeastern University, the University of Alabama, the University of New Orleans, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University. #"!%"$+

In this annual competition, film students from across the American South are given five minutes to pitch their next dream film production. Inaugurated in 2011, Pitch Perfect is a unique opportunity for college and university level film students to practice the art of pitching. Students will present their concepts or works-in-progress to film professionals and industry insiders, gaining constructive feedback and invaluable experience.

JUDGES

The competition has two rounds: documentary and narrative. The winning candidate for each session will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize to assist in the completion of the pitched film, in addition to Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling software. Honorable mentions of $500 per category will also be awarded.

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PITCH PERFECT

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PITCH PERFECT OPEN CALL

CREATIVE COMMUNITIES

SPEED DATE AN AGENT:

Louisiana Filmmaker Pitch Competition

Film on Kickstarter Today

A Crash Course in Representation

Friday, October 17 > 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Saturday, October 18 > 10:30am - 11:30am

Saturday, October 18 > 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

Ever wondered what truly makes a good elevator pitch? How do you sell a potential investor on the story you want to tell? Before the first frame of a film is shot, the pitch must be refined and ready to be trotted out, succinctly and confidently, to both skeptical and interested audiences alike.

Kickstarter-funded films comprised over 10% of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Sundance and SXSW slates and six have been nominated for Academy Awards, with one—"Inocente"— taking home an Oscar. From features and docs to animation and restoration projects, filmmakers have funded in whole or in part everything from development through distribution, building a community as they share stories. Over 80 film & video projects have been successfully funded in New Orleans on Kickstarter, with over $1 million pledged. Kickstarter and our panel of filmmakers will give their take on the current landscape of film on the site.

The life of an independent film is an uphill climb: a script is deemed worthy, packaged, financed, shot, claws its way onto the festival circuit, and then, at long last, secures a distribution deal. Each stage of the process presents unique challenges, and even a minor setback or delay can jeopardize the whole project. In this pitched battle, the agent is one of the lesser-sung heroes. Drawing on the experience of three seasoned agents, this panel will demystify the various options available to filmmakers for representation. Why do you need representation? What can an agent do for you? How can you avoid the pitfalls and what are the considerations when securing representation?

New this year to NOFF, Pitch Perfect Open Call will offer filmmakers working in Louisiana a rare opportunity to practice the art of pitching. Crafting and delivering the perfect pitch is a daunting yet vital part of the filmmaking process. Filmmakers will have just three minutes to present their projects to film industry professionals and industry insiders, gaining constructive feedback and invaluable experience.

Presented in partnership wtih Kickstarter

Filmmakers: Stick around after the moderated discussion for a “speed date” with one of our panelists. These brief one-on-one consultations will give you a chance to get some advice that’s tailored to you!

The judges will ultimately decide who best sold their projects. One winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize to be used towards the production of his / her film and Movie Magic software. A runner-up will receive a $500 cash award. NOTE: Interested pitch participants will need to submit a one-minute sample video for consideration. A limited number of applicants will be invited to pitch. Sponsored by Silver Screen Supply JUDGES: PHILIPP ENGELHORN is the Founder and Executive Director of Cinereach. He executive produced Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Canal Street Madam (NOFF '10). CHRISTOPHER MORGAN has worked for every major studio and network, produced more than twenty prime time television series (including Police Story, Quincey, Miami Vice and Dynasty/The Colbys) and been nominated for four Emmy Awards. DAN SCHOENBRUN is the Film Partnerships Lead at Kickstarter. Prior to this position, he was the Associate Director of Programming at IFP in NYC.

Sponsored by Film New Orleans

PANELISTS:

PANELISTS:

VICTORIA ROGERS (moderator) does outreach on behalf of Kickstarter, working with creators and the institutions that support their work.

LYNDA DORF (moderator) is a veteran marketing and PR executive, specializing in independent film finance and production companies. Dorf is a Senior Media Consultant with the PR Dept. in Los Angeles.

JI CHOI used Kickstarter to raise seed money for her narrative feature debut, The Shotgun Waltz. CATHERINE RIERSON helped fund her feature documentary Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital through Kickstarter. Big Charity is a Marquee Screening at the 2014 NOFF. DAN SCHOENBRUN is the Film Partnerships Lead at Kickstarter. Prior to this position, he was the Associate Director of Programming at IFP in NYC. SASHA SOLODUKHINA recently funded her short film “How to Disappear Completely” through a Kickstarter campaign that was showcased in Filmmaker Magazine.

CHRISTINE D'SOUZA is an Agent at the William Morris Endeavor agency in the Global Division. She has worked on titles including Mike Cahill’s Another Earth and David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi. NICK OGIONY works in the Film Finance and Sales Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he secures financing and distribution for independent films on the festival circuit. HAILEY WIERENGO is an agent in the Independent Film Group at United Talent Agency (UTA). She has worked on titles including Mike Mills’ Beginners, Miranda July’s The Future, and Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister.


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WHAT IS "BLACK FILM"?

GETTING ON THE GOOD FOOT:

CASE STUDY: BLACK AND WHITE

A Conversation on Black Voices in Cinema

The State of New Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Indie Film Scene

An In-Depth Look at NOFF's Opening Night Film

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Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

Regardless of genre, films by and about black people are often robbed of their complexity in marketing and given the simple label of â&#x20AC;&#x153;black film.â&#x20AC;? Join us for an open and honest conversation with an esteemed lineup of directors and producers. From first-time filmmakers to industry veterans, we will look into issues facing black filmmakers from development to distribution. Delving deeper into the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;black film,â&#x20AC;? weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll explore what it means to filmmakers and audiences. Does it place a pigeonhole on both, forcing a look at identity instead of work? A canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-miss conversation for all filmmakers of color who are navigating industry and community expectations while trying to remaining true to their artistic voice.

This year, the emerging powerhouse of Hollywood South brought Louisiana to yet another new peak in film production. But outside the soundstage doors and away from the fleets of location trucks, small close-knit families of filmmakers are scattered across the city, scraping together gear and crews on a shoestring, hustling for funding, and shooting small, personal stories for the screen. In other words, the indie film tradition is alive and well in New Orleans. The time has come to get on the good foot, to connect the dots between isolated groups of creators and share ideas and visions for the future. Our panel of energetic young filmmakers will attack the problem of building an independent scene thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regionally driven and nationally significant.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not by coincidence that Black and White opened this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edition of NOFF; almost every aspect of our opening night film involved the hard work of members of Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing class of film professionals. More than just another manifestation of the health of Hollywood South, Black and Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Louisiana premiere is a chance to hear stories from some of the folks who made it happen. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll convene a group of film professionals who worked to bring the film to the screen, inviting them to weigh in on the specific challenges and opportunities facing Black and White as well as the evergrowing number of films being made in Louisiana. Sponsored by FotoKem

With support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences PANELISTS:

PANELISTS:

PANELISTS:

JAI TIGGETT (moderator) is a writer and producer who has worked in film, television, and new media. She is the Associate Editor of Indiewireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shadow & Act blog.

BRENT JOSEPH (moderator) has worked in commercial, independent, and documentary film as an editor and director. His film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mirza the Miraculousâ&#x20AC;? screens at the 2014 NOFF.

GARRETT BRADLEY is a New Orleans-based director. Her feature film Below Dreams premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screens at the 2014 NOFF.

ASHLEY CHARBONNET directed the short film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Price of Flowersâ&#x20AC;? (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12). A feature version of the project was selected by the 2012 IFP Project Forum.

EFFIE T. BROWN is a producer known for her work in film and television. Her company Duly Noted, Inc. produced the film Dear White People (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14).

MILO DAEMGEN & ZAC MANUEL are co-founders of the Greenhouse Collective. They are currently developing two feature films.

GBENGA IDOWU is a co-producer of Black and White. He is also Director of Development at Sunlight Productions.

THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS directed Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. He is also the founder of Chimpanzee Productions.

PAAVO HANNINEN directed the short films â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiny Tape Recorderâ&#x20AC;? (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heart Wants What it Wantsâ&#x20AC;? (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14).

TODD LEWIS produced Black and White with Kevin Costner and Mike Binder. His credits also include Captain Phillips, 21 Jump Street, and The Fantastic Four.

MARK VITTHAL is a director and writer. His first feature film Imperial Dreams (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14) premiered and won the audience award at Sundance 2014.

CHARLIE LAVOY directed the feature film Steve Chong Finds Out that Suicide is a Bad Idea (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13) and produced the feature film The Mourning Hills.

JASA McCALL is a co-producer of Black and White, as well as Vice President of Kevin Costnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tig Productions and Treehouse Films.

WILL GREENFIELD served as Black and Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Production Supervisor. His production management credits include Chef, 99 Homes, and Oldboy. DAVID HALL worked on Black and White as Dailies Producer. He is Director of Operations at FotoKem New Orleans. ELSTON HOWARD was Location Manager on Black and White. His credits include Ray, The Bodyguard, and JFK.

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CARROLL MORTON (moderator) is the Manager of Entertainment Industry Development for the City of New Orleans.

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DIGITAL DIASPORA FAMILY REUNION

SCREENWRITING AND THE SHORT FILM

LIGHT INDUSTRY:

An Interactive Photo-Sharing Workshop

A Conversation with Today's Short-Form Auteurs

New Sources of Film Investment

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Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (Second Floor)

The award-winning documentary film Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (screening Saturday 10/18 at the CAC at 5:00 p.m.) explores the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. The companion transmedia project, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and 1World1Family social media campaign, engages audiences to discover connections between their own family archives and the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historical narrative, thus creating new communal linkages that underlie our common humanity.

What do D.W. Griffith, Maya Deren, David Lynch, and Wes Anderson have in common? Probably nothing, other than dozens of short film credits between them. In a featuredriven industry that often regards shorts as little more than just a pitch for a full-length script or an exercise for the emerging filmmaker, the short filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival is a testament to its strength as a form in its own right. In this presentation, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go beyond the textbooks and how-to guides in search of a more intimate understanding of the form. This presentation will focus on screenwriting as the first stage in which a short film is conceived and shaped. Our guides are two young filmmakers whose shorts have garnered attention at festivals around the world. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll dive into their personal experiences as screenwriters working in the short form, the specifics of their writing process, what animates them about the stories they're telling, and the possibilities they see in the short film form.

Although Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergence as a national-level center of production is hardly news, the age of serious in-state financial support for Louisiana-made projects is still in its infancy. Local investors looking to get involved in Hollywood South are only just beginning to find their way toward films that deserve their support. This discussion will survey the current landscape of private-sector investment with a special focus on business and industry, mining the experiences of local professionals in traditional businesses who have made the jump into the world of Executive Producing.

This free workshop features live interactions with the audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen. Participants are encouraged to critically rethink how they read and interpret the welter of images they encounter, while also highlighting the significance of their own family photographs as historical artifacts in the making.

Through A Lens Darkly, together with Digital Diaspora: 1World1Family, pioneers a new model of filmmaking by merging a robust outreach project with content production, thus reinforcing and reimagining the documentary as a crossplatform, self-generating transmedia experience. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their family photographs. Sponsored by New Orleans Photo Alliance In partnership with the New Orleans Public Library African American Resource Center, Junebug Productions, and the Community Book Center

SPEAKER: THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS directed Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. He is also the founder of Chimpanzee Productions.

With support from Women in Film and Television Louisiana and Women in Film and Television International Reception to follow in the CAC Atrium, hosted by WIFTLA and WiFT-International

Sponsored by BIC Media Solutions Reception to follow in the CAC Atrium, hosted by the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association (LFEA) PANELISTS: CHRIS STELLY (moderator) joined Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment tax incentive program in 2004. He is now the Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment. ALLEN FREDERIC is Co-Chair of Jones Walker, LLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment Law Practice Group and was a co-executive producer on Lee Danielsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Butler.

PANELISTS:

HERBERT W. GAINS is the founder of Big Easy Studios in New Orleans East and has over 40 years of experience in the film industry. He is currently Executive Producing Geostorm.

ROBERTA MUNROE (moderator) worked as a programmer for Sundance before serving as the founding Artistic Director of the Blackhouse Foundation. She now works as a producer, author, and screenwriting consultant focusing on short film.

EARL HEARD is the Founder and CEO of BIC Alliance, BIC Recruiting, and IVS Investment Banking. His newest venture, BIC Media Solutions, is helping to fund and co-produce movies.

FRANCES BODOMO premiered her last two short films, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boneshakerâ&#x20AC;? (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afronautsâ&#x20AC;? (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14) at Sundance. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 New Faces of Independent Filmâ&#x20AC;? for 2014. ANNIE SILVERSTEIN was awarded first prize for her film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skunkâ&#x20AC;? (NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14) at the 2014 Cannes Film Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinefondation, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious award for student work.

GREGORY KALLENBERG is the director and co-producer of the Rational Middle Energy Film Series. To date, films in the series have been seen over 2.5 million times. BOB KATZ is a finance professional who, with his partner Troy Duhon, is an Executive Producer of God's Not Dead, the sixth highest grossing faith based film of all time. JOEY TUFARO is an Executive Producer working in New Orleans. His rĂŠsumĂŠ includes such projects as Maggie, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Culling.

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AWAR DS & PRIZES This year's pool of festival submissions numbered over 2100, a record for the organization. Submissions were sent in from 84 different countries. Of the 237 films programmed this year, a small number of films are selected to compete for grand jury awards in eight different categories. Below are the feature films competing for jury awards, and a list of other awards that will be determined at the festival.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

NARRATIVE FEATURES

61 BULLETS DIR. David Modigliani, Louisiana Kreutz

BUTTERCUP BILL DIR. Émilie Richard-Froozan and Rémy Bennett

BIG MOCCASIN DIR. Chelsea and Andrew Moynehan

DIG TWO GRAVES DIR. Hunter Adams

DWARVES KINGDOM DIR. Matthew Salton

LOVE LAND DIR. Josh Tate

MEET THE HITLERS DIR. Matt Ogens

MANHATTAN ROMANCE DIR. Tom O'Brien

OF KITES AND BORDERS DIR. Yolanda Pividal

PROUD CITIZEN DIR. Thom Southerland

WHEN THE BELL RINGS DIR. Brad Bores

SABBATICAL DIR. Brandon Colvin

WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE DIR. Nicolas Hudak

SUN BELT EXPRESS DIR. Evan Wolf Buxbaum

Jury prize winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and two one-on-one 30-minute consultations: one session with POV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry and one session with POV Vice President of Community Engagement & Education Eliza Licht.

Jury prize winner receives a $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision.

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SHORT $10,000 camera package from Cineverse

$2,500 in film stock from Kodak

LOUISIANA FEATURES Jury prize winner receives a $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision.

BELOW DREAMS DIR. Garrett Bradley BIG CHARITY DIR. Alexander Glustrom

SOUND IN A LOUISIANA FILM

$500 from the New Orleans Film Society

$2,500 in sound services from Apex Post

HELEN HILL AWARD FOR ANIMATION

PROGRAMMER'S AWARD FOR ARTISTIC

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro (one year license)

VISION $500 cash prize from Hollywood Trucks

SPECIAL JURY MENTION ANIMATION

AUDIENCE AWARD: LOUISIANA FEATURE

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BURY ME DIR. Brian Kaz SWEET KANDY DIR. Nick Peate

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE NARRATIVE SHORT

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UNA VIDA DIR. Richie Adams

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EFFIE T. BROWN is an L.A.–based producer. She and her company Duly Noted Inc. were the force behind such critically acclaimed HBO Films as Stranger Inside (dir. Cheryl Dunne, 2001, Sundance) and Real Women Have Curves (dir. Patricia Cardosa, 2002, Sundance), in addition to In the Cut (dir. Jane Campion, 2003) and Rocket Science (Sundance 2007 Grand Jury Prize for Directing). In 2013, Brown produced her latest feature, Dear White People, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film festival for Breakthrough Talent.

N'JERI EATON is a programming manager at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), where she manages the Diversity Development Fund and the Open Call production funding initiatives. She is also a freelance documentary producer and editor. Her short film Perry County screened at festivals around the country and is now being distributed by New Day Films. She was also the associate producer for The Waiting Room, which premiered on Independent Lens on PBS. She is currently producing and directing her first feature film, First Friday.

MATT GRADY is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film distribution company that focuses on conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. He was recently named "One of the Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" and has been called "One of the most important curatorial voices of new, independent American films." His mission is to expose the world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities. Recent titles include Pavilion, The Color Wheel, Sun Don't Shine, and Fake It So Real. He also produced Onur Tukel's Summer of Blood (released worldwide this fall).

DAVID GELB was born in Manhattan, came of age amidst Broadway shows, Metropolitan opera performances, adventures in the Marvel universe, and the first wave of Japanese comics translated into English. After graduating from USC's film program in 2006, Gelb went on to direct a variety of both fiction and non-fiction projects, most notably the acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. He also recently completed the sci-fi horror film Lazarus, starring Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, and is now working on a film called A Faster Horse, a documentary about the creation of the legendary Ford Mustang.

PETER KNEGT is a journalist, filmmaker, and festival programer. He has written for Salon, The Toronto Star, Variety, Xtra! and most notably Indiewire, where he has worked in various capacities since 2006. He's also worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and QFest Houston, and co-created Picton Picturefest (a film festival and youth retreat) in 2011. His first book—a historical account of LGBT rights in Canada—was released in 2011, and his first short film, Good Morning, is currently screening on the festival circuit.

EUGENE HERNANDEZ is the Deputy Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he leads strategy and operations for the institution, and is also the co-publisher of the award-winning Film Comment magazine. He previously served as the Director of Digital Strategy, where he oversaw all digital platforms and content. Prior to the Film Society, Hernandez co-founded Indiewire in 1996 and built the company over twelve years, as editor-in-chief, to become the leading online community and editorial publication for independent and international films and filmmakers.

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS JURY

ANIMATION SHORTS JURY

BLAKE CARRINGTON works within the spheres of the visual, sound, and performing arts. In 2013 he had a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and performed at Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme in Paris. Previously he completed a commission for Radio del Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and performed in the River to River Festival in New York. He has been an artist-in-residence at LMCC's Swing Space on Governors Island, Rustines Lab in Montreal, and Haeinsa Temple in South Korea, among others. He is the recipient of a NYSCA grant.

KEN KEYS began his career in 2D animation working for Hanna Barbera Productions in Sydney, Australia, and has worked as a senior animator on feature animation in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and New Zealand. He worked on the first Shrek, which won an Academy Award for best animated feature in 2001, and animated on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (where he got to animate Gollum). He is currently Studio Art Director for Gameloft New Orleans.

MARY KERR is the manager of Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program, helping artists create a sustainable living. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She began her career as a film programmer, programming for the Sundance, Los Angeles, and SilverDocs film festivals and has served on many funding panels (NEA, NYSCA, ITVS, POV) and festival juries (Ashland, Full Frame, Sarasota). She recently produced the documentary film ONE CUT, ONE LIFE, by Lucia Small and Ed Pincus.

MALLORY MARTIN is the associate programmer and projection manager of the Cleveland International Film Festival. Now in its 39th year, CIFF presents over 350 feature and short films every March in downtown Cleveland. After joining the CIFF in 2010, Mallory quickly advanced to become one of only two head programmers. A graduate of OU’s film school, Mallory began her career by producing public media broadcasts and writing and directing short films, prior to working for the Athens International Film and Video Festival in 2008.

LUCAS LEYVA is the founder of the Borscht Film Festival and Minister of the Interior for the Borscht Corporation in Miami, where he has helped develop over 40 short projects since 2011. Named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2013 with his collaborator Jillian Mayer, shorts Lucas has written and directed have played at Sundance, SXSW, New York, Milan, and AFI. Earlier this year he was selected for the New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship at the Sundance Institute to develop a new musical feature film.

MATT WISDOM is the co-founder and CEO of TurboSquid, one of the web’s first digital marketplaces for user-generated content and the world’s leading seller of 3D models used to create imagery in feature films, computer games, architecture, and defense. He's also the cofounder of Chimera Digital Imaging, a visual effects and 3D animation firm that became part of TurboSquid in 2000. In 2005, Matt contributed the idea and co-authored the legislation for the Digital Interactive Media incentives for the state of Louisiana.


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BRYAN BUCKLEY has been dubbed the "King of the Super Bowl" by the New York Times, having directing over 50 commercials for the game since 2000. His directing career started in 1994 when he directed the Emmy-Award winning This is SportsCenter campaign. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short for the short film "ASAD," which also took top honors at Tribeca and NOFF. He recently wrapped his first feature film, The Bronze, and will soon direct Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, starring Reese Witherspoon.

CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL is the founder and managing editor of Nonfics, a documentary review site, and is an associate editor for both Film School Rejects and Movies.com. He has been a film critic and entertainment writer for more than a decade, contributing to such sites and publications as Indiewire, MTV News, RogerEbert.com, Moviefone, Fandango, Documentary Magazine, and New Orleans’ own Where Y’at Magazine. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, two children, and their dog.

MOIRA GRIFFIN is the Manager of Diversity Initiatives at the Sundance Institute. Previously, she worked as an Independent Producer and Festival Consultant in Los Angeles and also worked as VP of Development with Pipedream Productions, developing scripts with established and emerging writers. A founding director of Rooftop Films, she has curated film programs for multiple organizations, including Ocularis (New York) and the Global Peace Film Festival (Bali, India). In addition, she developed the Ethiopia Film Initiative, which supports Ethiopian filmmakers and the development of an Ethiopian film industry.

WENDY COHEN is a partner and principal at Picture Motion, playing a leading role in business development, strategic planning, and digital strategy. Currently, she spearheads impact and engagement campaigns for the films Inequality for All, Rich Hill, Above and Beyond, and The Newburgh Sting. Previously, she was Senior Director of Film Campaigns at Participant Media where she developed outreach and online initiatives for films like The Cove, Waiting for Superman, Lincoln, and Middle of Nowhere. She has also worked as a programmer and outreach coordinator for the Media That Matters Film Festival.

ROBERTA MUNROE is a producer, author, writer/director, and managing partner of her Los Angeles–based film production and consulting company. After five years programming at Sundance (20022006), Roberta wrote How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer. She has assisted hundreds of films as the story consultant, and over 30 as the producer or consulting producer. Titles include Suicide Canaries (SXSW 2010), The High Level Bridge (Sundance 2011), Debutante Hunters (Audience Award, Sundance 2012), and The Thing (Sundance 2012).

SARI GILMAN is a documentary filmmaker and editor. Her recent film "Kings Point" was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2013 and aired on HBO. She was also the recipient of a Primetime Emmy nomination for her work on Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (dir. Rory Kennedy), which also aired on HBO. Additionally, she has worked on such award-winning films as Regret to Inform, Paragraph 175, and the Emmy-nominated Blue Vinyl. Other programs she has edited have appeared on HBO, AMC, A&E, and PBS, including a history of New Orleans for PBS’ American Experience.

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CHRIS INNIS is the 2010 Academy Award®-winning film editor of the critically acclaimed thriller The Hurt Locker, which won six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Innis graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a BA in film studies, and received a MFA in liveaction filmmaking from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Innis, along with co-editor Bob Murawski, also won the BAFTA for editing The Hurt Locker. Innis serves as an Associate Board Member of ACE and is a producer for Grindhouse Releasing.

ANGELA CATALANO is the co-founder and Programming Director of New Orleans’ own Shotgun Cinema. Formerly the Programming Manager at the Milwaukee Film Festival, she worked her way up the ranks from the organization’s humble beginnings in 2008. She oversaw programming, projection, and hospitality for the 15-day behemoth film festival. Brew City born and bred, she received her Master of Arts in Cinema, Media, and Digital Studies at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee in 2011. She moonlights as a projectionist on occasion.

REBECCA SNEDEKER is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and writer whose work supports human rights and creative expression in her native New Orleans. Recently, she coauthored Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, a book of 22 imaginative maps and essays, with Rebecca Solnit. Snedeker has produced several feature documentaries that take place in New Orleans, including By Invitation Only (PBS), Witness: Katrina (National Geographic Channel), and Land of Opportunity (ARTE). She is a member of New Day Films and a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

PETER LABUZA is the host of The Cinephiliacs, a podcast about cinephiles and cinema during which he interviews critics, programmers, academics, and filmmakers about their relationship to film and film culture. He is also a contributor to Variety, The Film Stage, Little White Lies, and more. He is a booklet editor for the UK Blu-Ray distributor Masters of Cinema, and a PhD candidate in critical studies at the University of Southern California. This month, Peter published his first book, Approaching The End, which examines the apocalyptic movies of Hollywood and beyond.

CAMERON YATES is a filmmaker and curator. He is the former World Cinema and Documentary Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, and has also worked for the Sundance Film Festival, Albert Maysles, Zeitgeist Films, and Indiewire. His first film, 14 and Payrolled, premiered on PBS in 2003. His first feature documentary, The Canal Street Madam, the story of a New Orleans madam who ran a brothel with her mother and daughter until she was busted by the FBI, premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and is currently distributed by Cinema Guild.

BRIAN O'HARE is a writer/producer (and former U.S. Marine Corps Captain) who currently serves as editor-at-large for MovieMaker Magazine. He recently teamed with director/producer Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Blacklist) to produce The Devil’s Dosh, a period British gangster film that won numerous awards. He also produces commercials for California-based Helo Films. Along with producing partner Zach Guerra, Brian started War Rabbit Films and is currently developing a slate of film projects. Recently, he served as visiting artist at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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World Premiere USA | 2014 | 81 min

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USA | 2014 | 58 min

DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 94 min

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25 TO LIFE

61 BULLETS

AMERICAN HEIST

DIR: Mike L. Brown PROD: Leah Thomas, Khaliah Neal, Mike Brown, Yvonne Shirley DP: Daniel Patterson ED: Nicholas Bussey, Emir Lewis, Sandra Christie

DIR: David Modigliani, Louisiana Kreutz PROD: Yvonne Boudreaux, David Modigliani DP: David Layton, Deborah Eve Lewis ED: Angela Pires, Louisiana Kreutz

DIR: Sarik Andreasyan WRITER: Raul Inglis PROD: Gevond Andreasyan, Sarik Andreasyan, Tove Christensen, Georgy Malkov, Vladimir Poliakov DP: Antonio Calvache ED: Kiran Pallegadda

Brawner kept his HIVV status a secret for over twentyfive years. Now, he seeks redemption from his promiscuous past, as he embarks on a neww phase of life with his wife, who is HIVV Negative. We watch as he confronts previous sexual partners and struggles to carve out an open and honest future.

Huey Long was, by his own design, a celebrity politician. He toured across the country, inspiring devotion in those he empowered and fear in those concerned by his own pursuit of power. So when he was fatally shot in the hall of the Louisiana State Capitol, everyone in the state knew the name of his alleged assailant: Dr. Carl Weiss, killed within seconds by retaliation blasts from Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bodyguards.

Two brothers (Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery in this indie action thriller set in New Orleans and also starring Jordana Brewster and Akon.

25 To Lifee is a startlingly fresh look at HIV and AIDS in America. It tackles the tough social issues of sex, race, and manhood and explores the pains and triumphs of Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and those around him. His storyy illuminates the ability of the human spirit to rise above devastating circumstances and discover whyy life is always worth fighting for. > Scheduled to attend: producers Leah Thomas and Khaliah Neal !   Theatres at Canal Place 8  !   Theatres at Canal Place 8

Butt did Weiss, a devoted fatherr and respected doctor, have more off a motive than anyone else in thatt hallway? And was he even carrying a gun? 61 Bulletss is less an attemptt to answerr these questions than a portraitt off the people to whom the questions matterr most: the Weisses, the Longs, and the historians. Carl, Jr., his aunt, and Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s descendants cope with theirr familyy historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status as public property. Interviews with researchers, professors, and a forensic anthropologistt prove thatt you can dig up a corpse and stilll nott knoww exactlyy whatt putt itt underground. And Carl, Jr. builds the courage to speakk publiclyy aboutt his father: perhaps the only time since thatt fatefull dayy in 1935 thatt a Long and a Weiss were in the same room. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Rachell Lazar > Scheduled to attend: directors David Modigliani and Louisiana Kreutz; producer Yvonne Boudreaux; co-producers Cameron Allen, Pete Dahlberg, and Michelle Modigliani; subjects Ida Pavy Boudreaux, Alecia Long, and Michael Wynne

James (Christensen) has a checkered past, but he's trying to put his life on the straight and narrow. He has a decent job in an auto shop, plans to start his own business, and there's even the promise of love on the horizon. But before his dream can become a reality, he opens his front door to find his older brother Frankie (Brody), recentlyy released from a ten-year stretch in prison. Frankie has some moneymaking strategies of his own, and he needs James to help him one last timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in a spectacularly elaborate bank heist. Even though it's Frankie's influence that James is trying to escape, he finds himself drawn into the unsavory plan due to a combination of guilt, greed, and misguided brotherly devotion. > Filmmakers are scheduled to attend. !  Joy Theater

COMMUNITYY PARTNER Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities !   Prytania Theatre  !   Contemporary Arts Center

MIKE L. BROWN Michael L. Brown began his training at Howard Universityy and obtained his MFA A from NYU; he was mentored by Spike Lee and worked on When the Levees Broke. He received NYU's Carl Lerner Award for Best Film with Sociall Significance, and has worked as the personal videographer to Sean "Diddy" Combs.

DAVID MODIGLIANI & LOUISIANA KREUTZ David Modiglianiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ss firstt feature documentary, Crawford, opened att SXSW W and played att 33 festivalss around the world, including NOFF, before making historyy ass Huluâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firstt film premiere. Louisianaa Kreutzz hass beenn producing, editing, andd directingg inn Austin, Texas, forr thee lastt fifteen years. Shee hass editedd forr directorr Bradleyy Beesley, most notablyy on Sweetheartss off thee Prisonn Rodeo, which premieredon d n HBO.

SARIK ANDREASYAN Sarikk Andreasyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. After writing and directing his debut feature, Lopukhi ('09), he co-founded the production company Enjoy Movies and subsequently wrote, produced, and directed Pregnantt (11), Momss (12), Some Sloppy Friendd (12), Happy New Year, Moms!! (12), and That Was the Men's Worldd (13). American Heistt (14) is his latest film.


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APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT DIR: Amanda Rose Wilder PROD: Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder DP: Amanda Rose Wilder ED: Robert Greene At any given moment, a wronged child somewhere cries: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfair!â&#x20AC;? But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably have to be at the Teddy McArdle Free School to hear another child reply: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s democratic!â&#x20AC;? Whether he or anyone else knows exactly what that means is a question at the heart of this elegant black and white documentary, shot over the course of the New Jersey schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural year. In free schools, inspired by A.S. Neillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy of selfgovernance in education, students and teachers decide everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from daily schedules to disciplinary proceduresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; by vote. Part of the motivation behind this radical approach to schooling, we learn from committed parents, is that childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;trueâ&#x20AC;? personalities and passions better emerge when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unfettered by conventions dictating what and how one should learn. And what better way to capture the â&#x20AC;&#x153;trueâ&#x20AC;? than the fly-on-the-wall techniques of veritĂŠ? The kids are free to fight, to roller skate through the halls, to forge friendships and tease crushes; the camera is free to follow. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re left to consider whether the school fits the visions of its idealistic designersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or whether the point is that it could never. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: director Amanda Wilder #'%!#  " Theatres at Canal Place 2 & '%!# " Theatres at Canal Place 9

AMANDA WILDER This is Amanda Wilder's first feature film. She spent years writing poems, and wrote her B.A. thesis on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poetic Documentary and the Documentary Poem.â&#x20AC;? She has worked alongside Albert Maysles for Maysles Films, Inc., and has written articles on filmmaking and transmedia for Filmmaker Magazine, Nonfics, IFP, and The Talkhouse. She lives in New York.

UK | 2012 | 95 min

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B.B. KING: LIFE OF RILEY DIR: Jon Brewer PROD: Jon Brewer, Laura Royko, Tina France DP: William Mann, Josh Gibson, Matt Greenham, Jeff Smart ED: Matt Greenham, Andrij Evans â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have idols,â&#x20AC;? B.B.King said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing so.â&#x20AC;? B.B. King worked closely with director Jon Brewer for two years to create this powerful film telling his life story. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends, and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;King of the Bluesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. After battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whilst working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, B.B. King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of the deep American South. Informative and visually stunning, The Life of Riley is the definitive document of a true American treasure. Including appearances and contributions from Aaron Neville, Bill Cosby, Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Morgan Freeman, Ringo Starr, and others. > Scheduled to attend : director Jon Brewer COMMUNITY PARTNER Pondersora Stomp %&#'%!# " Ellis Marsalis Center for Music  $'%!#" Prytania Theatre

JON BREWER Jon Brewer is a well-established music and media industry veteran with a career spanning four decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Bill Wyman, and Mick Taylor before moving into publishing and the video industry. He produced several studio pictures, leading his career completely into film and television.

USA | 2014 | 86 min

DOCUMENTARY

BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS DIR: Cheryl Furjanic WRITERS: Cheryl Furjanic, Karen K.H. Sim, Will Sweeney PROD: Will Sweeney, Cheryl Furjanic DP: Nicolas de Miranda, Kira Kelly ED: Karen K.H. Sim, Jessica Thompson

Back on Board: Greg Louganis is an intimate portrait of the public triumphs and private struggles of the trailblazing, openly gay athlete. A refreshingly candid documentary film about this four-time Olympic champion, it follows Louganis over the past three years as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated but was never made welcome in. The threat of losing his house during the recent financial crisis forces him to re-evaluate the choices, relationships, and missed opportunities of his career. With unprecedented access, the film reveals the complicated life of an athlete whose grace, beauty, and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with diving. It chronicles Louganisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rise from a difficult upbringing to nearly universal acclaim and from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to an overlooked sports icon. Back on Board is the engrossing story of an American legend as he re-emerges on the world stage to combat prejudice, promote tolerance, and return to the diving world after a long period of absence to act as a mentor to the next generation. > Scheduled to attend: director Cheryl Furjanic, subjects Greg Louganis and Johnny Chaillot COMMUNITY PARTNER New Orleans LGBT Community Center &#$'%!#  " Prytania Theatre

CHERYL FURJANIC Cheryl Furjanic's work has screened at 100+ festivals worldwide. Her first feature documentary, Sync or Swim (2008), received numerous awards, including a Billie Award for Journalism from the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Foundation; it also screened at NOFF. She has done freelance writing and consulting for NBC Universal and has taught documentary production at NYU for over a decade.

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World Premiere USA | 2014 | 70 min

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BELOW DREAMS

Italy | 1981 | 120 min

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THE BEYOND (L'ALDILĂ&#x20AC;)

USA | 2014 | 47 min

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BIG BAD ART

[ON 35 MM] DIR: Garrett Bradley WRITER: Garrett Bradley PROD: David Stekert, Andrew Vogelman DP: Brian C. Miller Richard, Milena Pastreich ED: Garrett Bradley Elliott wants to find his way back to the girl he lost in New York. Leanne wants a modeling career and a home for her kids. Jamaine wants the stability of a job after the turmoil of his criminal youth. Individually, their paths turn to New Orleans, a remedy to their incomplete ambitions that may only exist within their collective imagination. Wending their fractured ways into this place of perceived promise, they learn, to their dismay, that they must cope with a decidedly stunted range of possible futures. Led by its roughshod ethos and a hybrid approach that refracts the factual through the fictional, Beloww Dreamss peers into the city like a Rorschach blot, life-sized and in full color: from this side a lair of lust and menace, from that side a bramble-patch of hazard and faint but obstinate hope. -Jonathan Kieran

Throughout Below Dreams, a brief smattering of familiar local artists emerge including the illustrious Meschiya Lake, jazz sensation Mario Abney, and perhaps the most unique artist currently within the sissy bounce scene, Vockah Redu. Following the screening, Vockah Redu and the Cru will present a one-night-only event, immediately following the Q+A.

DIR: Lucio Fulci WRITERS: Lucio Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo, Dardano Sacchetti PROD: Fabrizio De Angelis DP: Sergio Salvati ED: Vincenzo Tomassi Nestled one slot above Carl Theodor Dryerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1932 silent classic, Vampyr, and just below Henri-Georges Clouzotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art house classic Les Diaboliquess in Time Outtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poll of the 100 best horror films, is Italian schlockmeister Lucio Fulciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Beyondâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not too shabby company for an el cheapo gorefest from 1981, heretofore rarely seen in its original, unexpurgated form, and now given the lovingly-restored-classic treatment. Considered by many, if not the greatest zombie flick of all time, definitely a sterling example of echt-zombie cinema (the ur-zombie title going to George Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Night of the Living Deadd). Shot right here in bayou country, The Beyondd (as Stefan might say) has everything: â&#x20AC;&#x153;gory crucifixions, chunkblowing chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs, ravenous zombiesâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;in other words, everything you could ask for in a midnight movie. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;John Desplas > Scheduled to attend: production manager Larry Ray  !"    Prytania Theatre

> Scheduled to attend: director Garrett Bradley, DP Brian Richard, and cast members Leann Miller, Desmond Watson, Jamaine Johnson, and Elliot Ehlers

If you have any interest in contemporary art, the current zeitgeist, 80s house partyy movies, orr simplyy enjoyy a timeless tale aboutt red-blooded American dreamers, this is the film forr you. > Scheduled to attend: director Ben Cannon, coproducer Sasha Solodukhina, DP Brendan Swift, editor Sam Cartwright-Punnett, colorist Bryan McClurg, sound mixer Earl Scioneaux, and subject Andrew Ohanesian

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Joan Mitchell Center, Pelican Bomb "    Contemporary Arts Center !"    Theatres at Canal Place 2

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Garrett Bradleyy is a New w Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based artist and filmmaker whose workk has been exhibited at the Gettyy Museum in Los Angeles and the Tribeca Film Festival, along with published photographyy in Art Asia Pacific, New w Yorkk Magazine, and Vibe Magazine. Below w Dreams, her debut film, was named Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, and Best First Feature in the 2014 IndieWire Critics Picks.

Andreww Ohanesian is an emerging "conceptual" artist who is stressing, strategizing, sighing, and just plain soldiering on in the weeks leading up to the biggest showw off his career. In order to execute this ambitious neww work, an experientiall installation titled "The House Party," he has to oversee the design and constructionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;down to the last detailâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;off an entirelyy freestanding, suburban-style house inside a reputable, iff underdog, art galleryy in the Ăźber-trendyy Williamsburg neighborhood off Brooklyn. Come opening night, onlyy a house fulll off wild party-goers can bring the piece to life, and Andreww willl be rememberedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;orr so he hopesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;forr audaciouslyy combining artt and debauchery. In the hyper-illogical, multibillion-dollarr artt market, a stuntt like this could catapultt Andreww to artistic and financiall success. But successs in thiss world iss often elusive. Failure, on the otherr hand, will almostt surelyy doom him to the buttt end off a quicklyy forgotten joke.

> Preceded by the short film "Chase" (10 min)

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DIR: Ben Cannon PROD: Ren Cannon, Sasha Solodukhina DP: Brendan Swift ED: Ben Cannon, Sam Cartwright-Punnett

LUCIO FULCI Lucio Fulci (1927-1996) was an Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is perhaps best known for his gore films, including Zombi 2 and The Beyond, although he made films in genres as diverse as giallo, western and comedy. He is often called the "Godfather of Gore."

BEN CANNON Ben Cannon is a film and television producer living in New Orleans. Prior to landing in the Crescent City, a longtime family home, Ben lived in Mississippi; Monroe, LA; Colorado; Germany; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and, most recently, Brooklyn, New York, which inspired Big Bad Art, his filmmaking debut.


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USA | 2014 | 90 min

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US Premiere

USA | 2014 | 61 min

DOCUMENTARY

THE BIG BEAT

BIG CHARITY:

[CLOSING NIGHT FILM]

THE DEATH OF AMERICA'S OLDEST HOSPITAL

DIR: Joe Lauro WRITER: Joe Lauro, Rick Coleman PROD: Joe Lauro, Rick Coleman DP: David Leonard, Rob Pagliaro ED: Anthea Carr

The Big Beat, directed by Joe Lauro (Rejoice and Shout, The Howling Wolf Stories), tells the story of the early years of the musical partnership between Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino: the story of the beginning of Rock n’ Roll. The film moves chronologically, from the musicians’ childhoods in the Lower Ninth Ward, to their years recording at Cosimo Matasa’s J & M Studio on Rampart Street, to their chart-topping success. Lauro’s research led him to the French National Archive, where he uncovered a rare 45-minute live concert film shot in 1962—a rarity in a time when performances were usually preserved only in short television appearances. A rich and exciting look at the way these musicians transformed New Orleans Rhythm & Blues into Rock n’ Roll and how their music contributed to racial integration. -Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: director Joe Lauro, producers Rick Coleman and Beth Vest, editor Anthea Carr, writer Rick Coleman, DP David Leonard, associate producer Haydee Ellis, associate producer Andrew Conti, and special guests SPONSORED BY

DIR: Alexander Glustrom PROD: Alexander Glustrom, Catherine Rierson, Ben Johnson DP: Alexander Glustrom ED: Alexander Glustrom, Tim Watson Founded as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital began in 1736 as just a small cottage built on the goodwill of a dying French merchant. Run by the nuns of The Daughters of Charity and serving the city of New Orleans for close to 300 years, it gradually transformed into an enormous public institution—into Big Charity— and a longstanding symbol of compassion, a seemingly eternal place of safety and a beacon of hope in the community. Today the towering art deco building, closed abruptly after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, stands empty, and the community continues to suffer devastating consequences from its absence.

Big Charity includes never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews to tell the story of Charity Hospital, from its roots to its controversial closing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From the firsthand accounts of healthcare providers and hospital employees who withstood the storm inside the hospital, to interviews with key players who helped shut it down, Big Charity shares the untold, true story around its closure and sheds new light on the sacrifices made for the sake of progress. A discussion panel will follow the 10/21 screening. > Scheduled to attend: Alex Glustrom, producers Catherine Rierson and Ben Johnson, editor Tim Watson, and subjects featured in the film

COMMUNITY PARTNERS Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO), New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF), Ponderosa Stomp, WWOZ

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USA, UK | 2014 | 65 min

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BIG MOCCASIN DIR: Chelsea Moynehan, Andrew Moynehan PROD: Chelsea Moynehan, Andrew Moynehan DP: Chelsea Moynehan, Andrew Moynehan ED: Chelsea Moynehan, Andrew Moynehan On a 25-mile stretch of road in the Appalachians of southwest Virginia, there live some people who’ve known each other for a very long time. Big Moccasin is a film about a piece of America which might at first seem foreign, or from another era—the folky soundtrack and dreamy editing powerfully convey an atmosphere teeming with natural energies, religious rituals, and family history. Chelsea Moynehan, the film’s director, began visiting Big Moccasin Road when she was a little girl; her grandmother Geraldine Frazier, to whom the film is dedicated, is one of the main characters. The film, co-directed by Chelsea’s husband Andrew Moynehan, captures the sense of wonder that would accompany a first encounter with this place and its inhabitants. But it also benefits from the director’s familiarity with the landscape, as initial curiosity about a way of life leads deeper, into tender portraits of people and relationships. There’s nothing alienating here about meeting people who’ve known one another for ages and live in a unique place; they let you in with the stories they tell about growing up, growing tobacco, and growing older. –Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: directors Chelsea and Andrew Moynehan > Saturday, October 18, 3:15 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place 9 > Thursday, October 23, 6:15 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place 2

> Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. Carver Theater > Thursday, October 23, 10:00 p.m. Carver Theater

JOE LAURO Joe Lauro is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work includes docs like Louis Prima: The Wildest, The Howling Wolf Story, Reach Out: The Four Tops, Reflections: The Supremes, Motown 50th: The DVD, and Rejoice and Shout, the story of African American Gospel Music which showed at NOFF in 2011.

ALEX GLUSTROM Alex Glustrom graduated in 2010 from Tulane University, where he studied marketing and film. He has since worked closely with underprivileged youth as a film teacher and Boys & Girls Club director, as well as directed, shot, and edited a wide variety of film projects. This is his first featurelength documentary.

CHELSEA & ANDREW MOYNEHAN Big Moccasin is the feature directorial debut of husband and wife team, Chelsea and Andrew Moynehan. Chelsea was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Andrew was born and raised in Bradford, England.

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US Premiere DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 121 min

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France | 2014 | 75 min

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BIG STAR: LIVE IN MEMPHIS

BLACK AND WHITE

THE BLUE ROOM

[OPENING NIGHT FILM]

(LA CHAMBRE BLEUE)

PROD: Danny Graflund, Robert Gordon, David Julian Leonard DP: Geo Holmes ED: David Julian Leonard

DIR: Mike Binder WRITER: Mike Binder PROD: Kevin Costner, Mike Binder, Todd Lewis DP: Russ T. Alsobrook ED: Roger Nygard

DIR: Mathieu Amalric WRITERS: Stephanie Cleau, Mathieu Amalric, based on the novel by Georges Simenon PROD: Paulo Branco DP: Christophe Beaucarne ED: Francois Gedigier

Like photographing a ghost, Big Star: Live in Memphis was never expected to happen. Two decades after the demise of the 1970s power-pop band, original members Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens enlisted a couple of the Posies to rejuvenate the group, and the glory that had eluded them twenty years earlier finally arrived. This show was the band’s first return to Memphis, and the footage captures both the fun and the intensity of Big Star’s homecoming. They were playing for family and friends, and the conviviality spills from the stage. They may have been decades late in getting their due, but the embrace this night between fans and Big Star was mutual. Recorded at the instigation of Alex’s former bodyguard Danny Graflund, the concert got no traction in the mid-1990s record industry. After two more decades in Danny’s living room closet, filmmaker David Leonard digitized and edited the footage, and everyone was surprised to see how good it was. A release was quickly secured. Big Star, always out of sync with its time, now finds its fans when most of the group has died. Fittingly, however, this film is making its festival premiere in New Orleans, the late Alex Chilton’s adopted hometown.

Starring Academy Award winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, Black and White is the story of a widowed grandfather (Costner) who is left to raise his bi-racial granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Spencer) seeks custody, a bitter legal battle ensues that forces the uneasy family members to have an honest conversation about life, death, anger, and America’s racial divide. Also starring Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Burr, Andre Holland, and introducing Jillian Estell. With original music from Terence Blanchard. > Scheduled to attend: director Mike Binder, producer Todd Lewis, co-producer Jasa McCall, cast member Jillian Estell, and other members of the cast and crew

DANNY GRAFLUND, DAVID JULIAN LEONARD & ROBERT GORDON Graflund (Aries) was Alex Chilton’s bodyguard in the mid1970s. That friendship was the entrée to the recording of this Big Star show. Gordon (Aquarius) wrote about Big Star in his first book, It Came From Memphis, and helped Danny pull together the production. Leonard (Gemini), cinematographer and editor, recently pulled the 20-yearold tapes from Danny’s closet and gave them new life.

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>Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 p.m Prytania Theatre

> Scheduled to attend: producers Danny Graflund, Javid Julian Leonard, and Robert Gordon > Monday, October 20, 9:00 p.m. Joy Theater > Wednesday, October 22, 10:00 p.m. Prytania Theatre

Lazing after one of their afternoon trysts in the titular blue room in a local hotel, Julien (director Mathieu Amalric), father of one and farm machinery salesman whose marriage is in a state of genteel disrepair, answers his also-married mistress Esther’s (Stephanie Cleau, also co-writer) questions dreamily, inattentively but sweetly. So when her cajoling tones ask him if he’d be with her if they were both “suddenly free” he replies in the affirmative, and when she peeks a little into what that alternate future would be, he joins in, as though it were a little lovers’ game, like the way she mock-bites him during a kiss. But that bite draws blood, and what he took for sweet nothings take on a far sourer taste when a while later Esther’s husband suddenly dies. -Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

> Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. Civic Theatre > Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. Prytania Theatre

MIKE BINDER Mike Binder was born in Detroit. He worked as an actor, screenwriter, and stand-up comic before pursuing directing. His films as director include Crossing the Bridge (92), Indian Summer (93), The Sex Monster (99), The Upside of Anger (05), Man About Town (06), Reign Over Me (07), and Black and White (14).

MATHIEU AMALRIC Mathieu Amalric is a French actor and film director, known for his role as the lead villain in the Bond film Quantum of Solace and for his roles in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Kings and Queen. His previous film, On Tour, screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won him the Best Director Award.

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

USA | 2013 | 71 min

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Jury Award Finalist

World Premiere Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Greece | 2014 | 97 min

NARRATIVE

USA | 2014 | 82 min

THE BLUE WAVE (MAVI DALGA)



DIR: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan WRITERS: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan PROD: Yamac Okur DP: Daniel Bouquet ED: Cicek Kahraman This impressive debut film from writer-directors Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan perfectlyy captures the restlessness of wishing you were older. Deniz and her friends have been apart for the summer and have much to tell each other. The senior boys grew tall, neww albums were released, college life is on the horizon, and the natural gas pipeline finallyy arrived in their Turkish town of BalÄąkesir. When school resumes, Deniz gets closer with her friend Kaya while also finding herself enamored with FÄąrat, the school counselor. Deniz and her friends do a lot of talking and singing aloud. In a recent review, Varietyy commented that the film's abilityy "to reproduce teenspeak, not so much the vocabularyy but the spurts and fragmented sentences jammed with half-formed ideas, is spot-on." Deniz (played flawlesslyy byy Ayris Alptekin) is exactlyy like every angstyy teen in that she feels completelyy unique in her angst. She desires a life different from the ones around her. She is searching for a song no one has heard, a hopeless love, Ankara instead of Istanbul, social sciences over natural sciences, pleasant solitudeâ&#x20AC;Ś A different world, but where exactly? > Scheduled to attend: director Merve Kayan SPONSORED BY

International Turkish Video and Film Center #!   Theatres at Canal Place 9  #!   Theatres at Canal Place 1

ZEYNEP DADAK & MERVE KAYAN Born in BalÄąkesir, Turkey, Zeynep Dadakk is a doctoral candidate in NYU's Cinema Studies Department and is a writer/editor for AltyazÄą Film Magazine, Turkey's leading film monthly. Merve Kayan, after growing up in UzunkĂśprĂź,Turkey, studied atDenison Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cinema Department in Ohio and received her MFA A in Visual Arts at UC-San Diego. Dadakk and Kayan have been working together since 2005.

DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 47 min

NARRATIVE

BROKEN HEART LAND

BURY ME

DIR: Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg PROD: Eric Juhola, Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg DP: Jason Oldak ED: Jeremy Stulberg

DIR: Brian Kaz WRITER: Brian Kaz PROD: Brent Phillip Henry DP: Brian Kaz ED: Brian Kaz

Soon after the suicide of gay teenager Zack Harrington, his family discovered that, unbeknownst to them, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d attended an unusually heated town council meeting. Norman, Oklahoma, is, as a reporter for the local newspaper says early on in Broken Heart Land, a progressive college town. But a proposed LGBTQ History month prompted a succession of angry opponents to step up to the mic, condemning this â&#x20AC;&#x153;special treatmentâ&#x20AC;? and equating being gay with the spread of AIDS. The Harrington familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal struggle to mourn Zack and confront his secrets becomes intertwined with a sense of urgency about Normanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing political landscape; that fateful council meeting inspired prominent conservative community members to run for seats. The election divides Norman into camps, and the formerly conservative Harringtons find their politics changing. The film uses powerful excerpts from Zackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journals and video art to reconstruct how this environment might have made him feel; immediately surrounded by accepting family and friends, but painfully isolated from this larger community confident in its intolerance. -Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: Scheduled to attend: directors Randy Stulberg and Jeremy Stulberg; producer Eric Juhola; publicist David Ninh; subjects Nancy Harrington, Van Harrington, Nikki Harrington, and Austin Harrington. Y PARTNERS The Fledgling Fund PFLAG, Neww Orleans LGBT Communityy Center

Abby Granger (Taylor Slade, My Friend, Oscar, NOFF '11) is an unassuming teenager trapped in a small country town with a comatose mother and an abusive father. Abbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad (Andrew Sensenig, Upstream Colorr), in the throes of despair over his ailing wife, has decided to prostitute Abby to save their land from foreclosure. Later, Abby receives a letter from her high school teacher Mr. Barret (Shawn Parsons, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torchwoodâ&#x20AC;?), who months earlier left town in search of his rebellious daughter. Abby is stunned to learn her friend has been found dead, but it is in this dark moment that she finds a beautiful white lily. The sight of this lovely flower sparks memories of her time with Mr. Barret, the only person to ever treat her kindly. During these moments with him, the mysteries of faith, nature, and life are unraveled.

Bury Mee is at once beautiful and terrifying, much like nature itself. Told in a series of contrasting flashbacks, the film shows Abbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world as it was compared to what it is, now that Mr. Barret has left her behind. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a harrowing portrait of small town life, where things are not as they seem, but hope is never out of reach. > Scheduled to attend: director Brian Kaz; producer Brent Philip Henry; cast members Taylor Slade and Rebecca Barras; makeup artist Kristal Shannon !"#!    Theatres at Canal Place 1 "#!    Theatres at Canal Place 1

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RANDY & JEREMY STULBERG Randy and Jeremy Stulberg are a sister/brother filmmaking team whose previous film Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa, screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide, won 8 best documentary prizes, was nominated for a Gotham Award, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.

BRIAN KAZ Brian Kaz is a 10-year vet of film and commercial production, where his talents include writing, editing, cinematography, as well as visual effects and sound design. Bury Mee is the sixth film in his filmography, which includes 2006â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awardwinning sci-fi short â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are Not Aloneâ&#x20AC;? and the critically acclaimed feature-length dramedy My Friend, Oscar.


F E AT U R E F I L M S A -Z Jury Award Finalist

USA, UK | 2014 | 95 min

NARRATIVE

USA | 2014 | 62 min

DOCUMENTARY

BUTTERCUP BILL

BY BLOOD

DIR: Ă&#x2030;milie Richard-Froozan, RĂŠmy Bennett WRITER: Ă&#x2030;milie Richard-Froozan, RĂŠmy Bennett PROD: Emma Comley, Sadie Frost DP: Ryan Foregger ED: Vanessa Roworth

DIR: Marcos C. Barbery, Sam Russell PROD: Marcos C. Barbery DP: Sam Russell ED: Kelly Kendrick

The suicide of her childhood best friend Flora brings Pernilla rushing back to New Orleans. What holds her there is the dark magnetism of Patrick, the third term in their precocious mĂŠnage, who is conspicuously absent at Floraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral. Reunited, Pernilla and Patrick take shelter in their shared past, revisiting the play of their childhood with a fresh adult menace. As memories of way-back-when begin to uproot and drift downstream into their present, they lament their irretrievable happiness, the perfection that came too soon, and grapple with the mystery of their long-lost imaginary friend Buttercup Bill. Pocketed away in a dream city stacked with water-stained icons and rusty trinkets, the reckoning of the impossible soul-mates unspools like a sullied fairytale. Shot on location in New Orleans, and featuring performances by Hurray for the Riff Raffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alynda Lee Segarra, Buttercup Billl is packed with sweatily seductive visuals. -Jonathan Kieran

The 10/18 screening will be followed by an extended filmmaker talkback and conversation with New Orleans Birmingham Psycholanalytic Center > Scheduled to attend: directors Ă&#x2030;milie Richard-Froozan and RĂŠmy Bennett; DP Ryan Foregger; production designer Akin McKenzie; costume designer Veronica Forreger; cast members Evan Louison, Goat Carson, Pauly Lingerfelt, J'aime Wallace > Preceded by the short film "Proximity" (4 min)

USA | 2014 | 87 min

DOCUMENTARY

THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM

Largelyy unknown, the Cherokee Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like manyy other indigenous nationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a former African slave-owning tribe, and was just one of manyy American Indian slave-owning nations that fought on the side of the Confederacyy during the Civil War. As part of a treatyy the American Indian Nations entered into with the federal government, their freed black slaves were bestowed with the name Freedmen and granted tribal membership, which would be passed on to their descendants in perpetuity. Nearlyy 140 years later, however, the Cherokee Nation, and other tribes, began removing their Freedmen descendants from the tribes. Because Freedmen descend from their former slaves, theyy were told that they are not true Indians byy blood.

Byy Bloodd chronicles the Freedmen's battle to regain their tribal citizenship, a battle that has manifested into a broader conflict about race, identity, and the sovereign rights of indigenous people. The film demonstrates both sides of the battle, the shared emotional impact of the issue, and the rising urgencyy of the debate: a Native American and African American historyy has been overlooked, and a tribal bodyy feels as though their sovereigntyy is under siege. > Scheduled to attend: directors Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell, editor Kelly Kendrick, and subjects from the film COMMUNITYY PARTNER PATOIS

DIR: Adam Kahan PROD: Adam Kahan DP: Alex Baev ED: Adam Kahan, Liv Barratier story of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who went from blind infant, to child prodigy, to adult visionary, to political activist, and finally to paralyzed showman. Rahsaan's main occupation, as he put it, was simply "Sound." But he also started a political movement, joined by others, with the goal of getting increased national exposure for jazz, or what he termed "Black Classical Music." His main target was television. He led multiple disruptions of live television shows and forced the industry to take notice. The movement culminated when Rahsaan was invited to perform on the Ed Sullivan show. Rahsaan and Black Classical music had conquered America's television airwaves. In 1975, at the apex of his career, Rahsaan suffered a serious stroke. The majority of his right side was paralyzed, including his right arm. But that didn't stop him: within a few months he had his horns altered so that he could play with the use of only one hand. He continued to play, record and tour, literally until the day he died. > Scheduled to attend: director Adam Kahan !"#!   Theatres at Canal Place 1  #!   Theatres at Canal Place 2

Neww Orleans Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center !"#!   Prytania Theatre  #!   Theatres at Canal Place 8

Ă&#x2030;MILIE RICHARD-FROOZAN & RĂ&#x2030;MY BENNETT Ă&#x2030;milie Richard-Froozan & RĂŠmyy Bennett are 28-yearold filmmakers from New w York. Theyy met when they were 16 years old while making a short film about teenagers having backk alleyy abortions in Ireland.

!"#!    Theatres at Canal Place 2 "#!    Contemporary Arts Center  #! $ AshĂŠ Cultural Arts Center

MARCOS BARBERY & SAM RUSSELL Marcos Barbery's work has been broadcast nationally and supported by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, and published by Salon, The Huffington Post, and This Land Press. Sam Russell is a filmmaker and cinematographer who shoots films for PBS and its public-interest program FRONTLINE. He served as DP on the ten-hour series Finding Your Rootss with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

ADAM KAHAN Adam Kahan is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn. He started making films in 1989 in San Francisco, when he bought his first Super 8 camera. He has made multiple short filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;narrative, documentary, and experimentalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that have played on national television and in festivals across the globe. The Case of the Three Sided Dream m is his first feature.

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US Premiere USA | 2013 | 93 min

DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 88 min

NARRATIVE

CAST THE FIRST STONE

CELLAR DOOR

DIR: Jonathan Stack, Nicolás Cuellar PROD: Jonathan Stack, David B. Deniger DP: Colin Morvan ED: Nicolás Cuellar

DIR: Matt Zettell PROD: Hilary Six, Christopher Nelson, Matt Zettell, James DuMont DP: Skye Borgman ED: Franklin Peterson

In May 2012, seventy-five actors and one theater director, all inmates at Angola Prison and the Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women, came together to put on the performance of their lives. The cast and crew were made up of murderers and robbers, thieves and prostitutes, and no doubt a few wrongly convicted. The women traveled 100 miles every day by bus in shackles. The men were cast from the entire Angola prison population. Before a thousand free people, these inmate actors performed the Passion of Christ in perhaps the largest theatrical event in a prison ever. The actors' stories and the film’s story weave together to tell a powerful tale of redemption and forgiveness, and the journey provides an intensely personal mirror for all people, regardless of faith or religion, who are drawn to explore their own spiritual path. It took two years of daily rehearsals to pull off this feat, a long time by theater standards, but not by the standards of Angola. In this prison, once considered the bloodiest in the US, the average sentence is 93 years.

The girl next door—having coffee, lunch with a friend, shopping, unaware she is becoming an obsession. She has been chosen. A young woman awakes to find herself imprisoned in a serial killer's basement. She is not the first to be entrapped in this diabolical torture chamber. She is not the first to captivate his perverse affection. Herman has been searching for the perfect girl, but all he's collected are pieces—a chunk of hair, a severed finger, a jar of blood—and now, the alluring and beautiful Rudy. Imprisoned in a wooden cage and yet refusing to play along in his twisted game, she has only her wits to use against his savage and murderous insanity. Will she win the desperate, hallucinatory game of cat and mouse and escape through the cellar door, or die trying?

Italy, France, West Germany | 1970 | 111 min

NARRATIVE

THE CONFORMIST (IL CONFORMISTA)

> Preceded by the short film "The Box" (5 min)

> Saturday, October 18, 9:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies > Wednesday, October 22, 9:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies

> Monday, October 20, 8:15 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center > Tuesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. Prytania Theatre

In Mussolini's Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode—and murder—joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind, an insane asylum in a stadium, and wife and lover dancing the tango in a working class hall. But those are only a few of this political thriller's anthology pieces, others including Trintignant's honeymoon coupling with his wife in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim's hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look, a score by the great Georges Delerue (Contempt, Jules and Jim), and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Newly remastered digital 4K presentation. Both NOFS artistic director John Desplas and program director Clint Bowie, in a moment of startling aesthetic agreement, are on record, staunchly stating that The Conformist would grace their all-time Top Ten lists. –John Desplas COMMUNITY PARTNER New Orleans Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center > Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. Prytania Theatre > Thursday, October 23, 11:00 a.m. Prytania Theatre

JONATHAN STACK & NICOLÁS CUELLAR Nicolás Cuellar is a Colombian freelance director/ editor based in N.Y. He has led productions all over the world for the last three years, including TV commercials, music videos, and documentaries. Jonathan Stack is a multiple Emmy Award–winning and two-time Academy Award®-nominated documentary filmmaker. His film The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

MATT ZETTELL Matt Zettell has worked as a director, producer, and assistant director on over 45 feature films, 24 television series, hundreds of commercials, infomercials and music videos, and 40 stage productions. He recently finished directing the feature film Axe to Grind. He is currently shooting with Disney International in their promo division.

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bernardo Bertolucci is an Italian film director and screenwriter whose films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, and The Dreamers. In recognition of his work, he was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or Award at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

> Scheduled to attend: director Nicolás Cuellar

> Scheduled to attend: writer Christopher Nelson, lead actress Michelle Tomlinson

DIR: Bernardo Bertolucci WRITER: Bernardo Bertolucci, story by Alberto Moravia PROD: Giovanni Bertolucci, Maurizio Lodi-Fe DP: Vittorio Storaro ED: Franco Arcalli

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F E AT U R E F I L M S A -Z Jury Award Finalist

World Premiere NARRATIVE  USA | 2014 | 100 min CRATERS OF THE MOON DEAR WHITE PEOPLE USA | 2013 | 76 min

NARRATIVE

USA | 2014 | 85 min

NARRATIVE

DIG TWO GRAVES

[CENTERPIECE FILM]

Roger (Cody Lightning) and Molly (Breeda Wool) are a married couple on a cross-country road trip. They're traveling in style: a vintage red Mustang with white interior. Sure, the radio is a bit shaky and the heater could be betterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it also lacks four-wheel driveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on second thought, maybe it's not the kind of vehicle you'd like to be in when driving through a blizzard in southeastern Idaho. When they wind up lost and stranded in a remote, snowy wasteland, the car becomes the least of their worries. Their situation becomes increasingly desperate as the days pass, bringing out the dark side of both of them. You think you know someone? Try fighting for survival in a claustrophobic, below-freezing car, with no food and rapidly deteriorating faculties. The worst in a person can come outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it's not pretty. Situations like these remind us that we truly are animals after all. $"    Theatres at Canal Place 8 !$"  Theatres at Canal Place 1

DIR: Justin Simien WRITER: Justin Simien PROD: Effie Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Justin Simien, Lena Waithe, Mel Jones DP: Topher Osborn ED: Phillip J. Bartell Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White Peoplee is a sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place. The film follows four black students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at the predominantly white Winchester University. Hailed as a "smart hilarious satire of the Obama age" by IndieWiree and a "word of mouth Dynamo" by the Wallstreet Journal, Dear White People picked up the Best Picture audience award at the San Francisco International Festival. The film stars rising talents Tyler James Williams (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody Hates Chris,â&#x20AC;? Peepless), Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veronica Marsâ&#x20AC;?), Teyonah Parris (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Menâ&#x20AC;?), Brandon P. Bell (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywood Heightsâ&#x20AC;?), Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street, CBGBB), Malcolm Barrett (The Hurt Lockerr), Brittanyy Curran (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Fireâ&#x20AC;?), Marque Richardson (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Newsroomâ&#x20AC;?) and Dennis Haysbert (â&#x20AC;&#x153;24,â&#x20AC;? Far From Heavenn). > Scheduled to attend: producer Effie Brown "# $"   Prytania Theatre

DIR: Hunter Adams WRITERS: Hunter Adams, Jeremy Phillips PROD: Hunter Adams, Claire Connelly, PJ Fishwick DP: Eric Maddison ED: Scott Hanson Although her mom and dad are busy getting on with their lives, young Jake is still heartbroken over the drowning death of her big brother Sean. That is, until a trio of backwoods magicians waylay her on her walk home from school and convince her that they can charm the quarry water that swallowed up her brother into spitting him back out good as new. As she quickly learns like so many Fausts before her, such dark magic comes at a dear price. The split in Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loyaltiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with the mystic moonshiners on one side and her grandfather, the town sheriff (Ted Levine, Silence of the Lambs, Monkk) on the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;threatens to rip her world right in two. In the process of trying to rewrite history sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll open up an old family wound wide enough to eat her alive.

Dig Two Gravess ladles over a tightly-paced mysteryy with an inkyy dose of the supernatural, etched deep with a sense of place as pungent as pine pitch and deerflesh. -Jonathan Kieran > Scheduled to attend: director Hunter Adams, producers Claire Connelly and PJ Fishwick, co-writer Jeremy Phillips, DP Eric Maddison, editor Scott Hanson, associate producer Jon Parker, production designer Merje Veski, lead actress Samantha Isler  $"    Theatres at Canal Place 1 #!$"    Theatres at Canal Place 1

JESSE MILLWARD Jesse Millward is an Idaho native who graduated with honors from Columbia University's School of the Arts. Craters of the Moonn is his first feature film.

JUSTIN SIMIEN Justin Simien attended film school at Chapman and created the acclaimed web series "INST MSGS" as well as online companion pieces for Participant Media's The Helpp and Middle Of Nowhere. He also worked in publicityy for Paramount Pictures, Focus Features, and Sonyy Television. Earlier this year, he was named to Varietyy's annual "10 Directors to Watch" list.

HUNTER ADAMS Hunter Adams attended the Universityy of WisconsinMadison where he studied film theoryy and French. He also spent a year abroad studying film at La Sorbonne in Paris. Dig Two Gravess is his second feature length writing and directing effort. Hunter is an alumnus of IFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emerging Storytellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Program as well as their Narrative Filmmaker Lab.

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DIR: Jesse Millward WRITER: Jesse Millward PROD: Jesse Millward, Jacob Brumfield DP: Drew Blatman ED: Drew Blatman

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Jury Award Finalist

US Premiere USA | 2013 | 41 min

EXPERIMENTAL

USA, CHINA, JAPAN | 2014 | 70 min

DOCUMENTARY

DUSTY STACKS OF MOM

DWARVES KINGDOM

DIR: Jodie Mack CREW: Basia Gosczynska, Mike Stoltz

DIR: Matthew Salton PROD: Matthew Salton DP: Matthew Salton ED: Matthew Salton

UK, USA | 2014 | 58 min

DOCUMENTARY

ECOCIDE: VOICES FROM PARADISE

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentaryy examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice-over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance. "&$ " ! CAC Microcinema $%"&$ "  ! CAC Microcinema %&$ "! CAC Microcinema

One day, a Lord of the Rings-obsessed Chinese real estate investor met a little person on the train. This downtrodden manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s openness about his trouble finding a job inspired the businessman to tryy and help: he created an amusement park where people with dwarfism could live and earn money performing. Though the park has attracted negative attention from groups like Little People of America, Dwarves Kingdom attempts to capture what the park means to its workers. The film is byy turns moving and discomfiting; in intimate interviews, we learn howw individual workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dwarfism has impacted their relationships and howw the park has created a community, empowering some and upsetting others. Then, in long song-and-dance sequences from the vantage point of the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitors, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reminded that these performances are all most people will see. One of the star performers, an aspiring actress named Gao Yan, asks herself if she prefers her park persona to the roles she plays in the outside world. She journeys from the park to Shanghai and Japan, living with former co-workers, singing karaoke, and dreaming of stardom. Her performance is the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotional anchor, making us wonder whether the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s veryy existence hasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if nothing elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; required one person to make a perverse choice. -Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: director Matthew Salton $%"&$ "   ! Theatres at Canal Place 9  &$ " ! Theatres at Canal Place 1

JODIE MACK Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA A in film, video, and new w media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currentlyy teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning.

MATTHEW SALTON Originallyy from Los Angeles, Matthew w grew w up in the Pacific Northwest and attended the University of Washington, where he studied History and Experimental Art. Over the past seven years, he has produced a varietyy of film projects including music films, documentaries, and shorts. Dwarves Kingdom is his first feature film.

DIR: Juliet Brown PROD: Juliet Brown DP: Juliet Brown ED: Jane Hodge When BPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in 2010, it killed 11 men and spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In the tiny South Louisiana fishing community Grand Isle, the countdown began as locals watched the murky expanse creep into their lapping crystal water, leaving behind a horrifying red paste along the shoreline. The Gulf ecosystem began to collapse, not from the spill directly, but rather from the chemical dispersants sprayed by BPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aircrafts to sink the oil out of sightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to the seabed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where all life starts...â&#x20AC;? laments one trawler as he ponders his future. As crustaceans burst with tumors and healthy people fall ill, BP reps wash their hands clean by pronouncing the waters â&#x20AC;&#x153;safeâ&#x20AC;? once again. Spending two years after the oil spill recording life on Grand Isle, filmmaker Juliet Brown reveals the devastating repercussions of the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history and explores whether the excessive use of chemical dispersants has meant the clean up effort has been more destructive to human health than the spill itself. > Scheduled to attend: subjects Floyd and Julie Lasseigne, Michael and Wendy Frazier %&$ " ! Theatres at Canal Place 2 %#&$ " ! CAC

JULIET BROWN Juliet Brown grew up in Singapore and her first filmmaking experience was in Cambodia, giving a poetic voice to conflict resolution films. She is an NOFF alum (Noah's Canoee '11) and recently received her Documentary Direction MA in the UK. A Bertha Foundation/NFTS Docs for Change graduate award helped fund this film.


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USA | 2013 | 65 min

NARRATIVE

USA, Cyprus | 2014 | 73 min

DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 99 min

DOCUMENTARY

ECTOTHERMS

EVAPORATING BORDERS EVERY THREE SECONDS

DIR: Monica PeĂąa PROD: Monica PeĂąa DP: Jorge Rubiera ED: Monica PeĂąa

DIR: Iva Radivojevic WRITER: Iva Radivojevic PROD: Leandros Savvides, Landon Van Soest DP: Iva Radivojevic ED: Iva Radivojevic

The day begins just like any other for teen Miami metalhead Chelsey with a three-coat application of primer-like black eye shadow, but takes an unexpected turn when she finds her abuelita dead in bed. Rather than face the tragedy, she skips class to hang with her brother Cassidy and his literally toocool-for-school friends. The day is hot, like brand-yourselfon-the-seatbelt hot, and rather than get into anything too sweaty they bullshit and ball from shade to shade. As night falls, they pick their way across town toward a metal show and the revelation Chelseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been holding in these long hours. Daringly angular, Ectotherms feeds its restless eye on the crumbling texture of neglect and foreclosure: graffiti, dirty pools, overgrown yards. Its multiple voices are guided by a submerged logic and peppered with unforeseeable left turns. Like a good metal song, in fact. In case you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked it up yet, an ectotherm is an animal that receives its body heat from external sources. Contrary to the obvious misnomer â&#x20AC;&#x153;cold-blooded,â&#x20AC;? these peculiar animals have the heat in their veins and in their brains. Come spend an hour in their world and you might become an ectotherm, too. -Jonathan Kieran

An essay in five parts, Evaporating Borders offers a series of vignettes, poetically guided by filmmaker Iva Radivojevic's curious eye and personal reflections. Through the people she encounters along the way, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus: a PLO activist and exile from Iraq is denied asylum within 15 minutes; neo-Nazi fundamentalists roam the street in an attack on Muslim migrants; activists and academics organize an antifascist rally and clash with the neo-Nazis; 195 migrants drown in the Mediterranean. Originally from Yugoslavia and an immigrant to Cyrpus, Radivojevic investigates the effects of large-scale immigration on the sense of national identity in one of the easiest ports of entry into Fortress Europe. Lyrically photographed and rendered, the film passionately weaves the themes of migration, tolerance, identity, and belonging. !   Contemporary Arts Center !  Theatres at Canal Place 1

DIR: Daniel Karslake PROD: Daniel Karslake, Helen Mendoza, Michael Huffington DP: Daniel Gold, Bill Donald, Al Lopez, Phil Pratt, Dusty Powers ED: Jen Fineran From Daniel Karslake, the director of 2007's critically acclaimed documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, comes a new film that serves as a call to action. Every Three Seconds tells the compelling stories of five everyday people who stepped up and took action in the fight against hunger and poverty, and who, in the process, ended up both transforming themselves and changing the world. The film shares the inspiring stories of a young boy, a college student, a thirtysomething and two seniors who wake up one day and decide to make a positive impact on the world. According to the film, every three seconds, someone dies of extreme povertyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;usually the victim is a child, and typically the cause is a preventable disease. This moving documentary also points out that every three seconds, a life can be saved. > Scheduled to attend: executive producer Perch Ducote !   Theatres at Canal Place 1

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MONICA PEĂ&#x2018;A A Miami-made filmmaker, Monica PeĂąa was an inaugural Knight Fellow at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Her first feature film Ectotherms premiered at the 2014 Miami International Film Festival and received a rave Variety review and was also featured in Filmmaker Magazine. Monica studied in the graduate film school at UCLA.

IVA RADIVOJEVIC Iva Radivojevic spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus before eventually settling in NYC. Her films have screened at film festivals like SXSW, IFF Rotterdam, and HotDocs, and have been broadcast on PBS and The Documentary Channel. In 2013, she was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.

DANIEL KARSLAKE Daniel Karslake is an American director and producer whose work deals with social justice issues. Prior to Every Three Seconds, Karslake directed and produced For the Bible Tells Me So, (Sundance 2007), which was short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award and recognized by Entertainment Weekly as one of five films that have changed the world.

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EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL

USA | 2014 | 83 min



DIR: Darius Clark Monroe WRITER: Darius Clark Monroe, Jen Gatien, Spike Lee, Jay Kubbasek, Mike Offit PROD: Daniel Patterson DP: Doug Lenox ED: Cicek Kahraman How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood and straight-A student, to the moment he realized the severity of his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life. Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower-class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day. Executive produced by Spike Lee, Monroe's autobiographical film is an insightful story of living with the label of "criminal," whether you've committed a crime or not. > Scheduled to attend: director Darius Clark Monroe > Preceded by the short film "After Trayvon" (5 min) #$!%#!    Theatres at Canal Place 2 #$!%#!     Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

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USA | 2013 | 70 min

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FIVE STAR

FLOOD TIDE

DIR: Keith Miller WRITER: Keith Miller PROD: Luisa Conlon, Daryl Freimark, Keith Miller DP: Ed David, Alex Mallis ED: Keith Miller

DIR: Todd Chandler WRITER: Todd Chandler PROD: BTodd Chandler, Ava Berkofsky DP: Ava Berkofsky ED: Todd Chandler

Primo, a family man diligently tending his drug dealing operation, muses on the birth of his youngest son, which he celebrated in lockup. John, a neophyte package-runner, wonders about the stray bullet that killed his big-boss father, even as he signs himself up for the life. Under the stifling city heat, the seasoned veteran and the baby-faced kid enter a confused partnership: father and son, teacher and student, friends and enemies.

A group of artists and musicians, shaken by the death of their friend, build extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water. Flood Tide is a collaboration with the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a project dreamed up by the artist Swoon and built by a group of artists and performers who floated seven large sculptures down the Hudson River.

Writer/Director Keith Miller (Welcome to Pine Hill, NOFF â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12) enlists untrained newcomers alongside seasoned actors as he steps into none other than Spike Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big kicks to wander the summer streets. Trading that Brooklyn masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loudmouth brilliance and panoramic view for an urgent and poised observation, John and Primoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story crosses and recrosses the barrier between the real and the staged. Where so many other tales from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hood overshoot the gritty and plunge into the grim, here we are never allowed to forget that all the muscles and metal of a hardened banger are wrapped around a warm heart. -Jonathan Kieran > Scheduled to attend: director Keith Miller, producer Luisa Conlon, DP Alex Mallis > Preceded by the short film "Avalanche" (15 min) $%#!    Theatres at Canal Place 2 $!"%#!    Theatres at Canal Place 1

Flood Tide interweaves documentation of this journey with layers of fiction, mythology, and oral history to create a film that both documents and reimagines the real-life project. Music is an integral part of Flood Tide, both on screen and off. The film features an all-original score by the band Dark Dark Dark and includes several onscreen performances by the band as well as a special appearance by renowned experimental musician Pauline Oliveros. Preceeding the film will be three short films from Todd Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;"Plakos," "Bovina," and "Carnival Conquest"â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with live musical accompaniment from Chandler and fellow Dark Dark Dark bandmate Marshal LaCount. > Scheduled to attend: director Todd Chandler, cast member/musician Marshall LaCount, voiceover artist Mirah Zeitlyn COMMUNITY PARTNER Pelican Bomb SPONSORED BY

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DARIUS CLARK MONROE Houston native Darius Clark Monroe is a recipient of a National Board of Review Award, Austin Film Society Grant, Rooftop Filmmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;/DCTV Grant, Warner Bros. Film Award, Cinereach Grant, and a NYU Spike Lee Production Fellowship. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Tribeca All Access, IDFA Forum, and IFP Documentary Lab fellow. NOFF screened his short film "Slow" in 2011.

KEITH MILLER Keith Miller is a filmmaker, artist, professor, and curator. His first feature film, Welcome to Pine Hill, premiered in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to win jury prizes at other festivals, including Seattle, Nashville, Atlanta, and Sarasota. Five Star is his second feature film.

TODD CHANDLER Todd Chandler is a filmmaker and a musician. Live performance, installation, and site specific events are natural extensions of his films. His work has been featured at The Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, Rooftop Films, and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Flood Tide is his first feature film.

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USA | 2014 | 97 min

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FORT TILDEN

USA | 2014 | 130 min

NARRATIVE

FOXCATCHER

USA | 2013 | 96 min

DOCUMENTARY

GIDEON'S ARMY

[CENTERPIECE FILM]

Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of goodlooking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there. The debut feature film of directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers—and showcasing the comedic versatility of McNulty and Elliott—Fort Tilden, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, is a hilariously insightful and recognizable look at the consequences of extended adolescence. > Preceded by the short film "The Disgustings" (13 min) > Saturday, October 18, 8:45 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place 8 > Sunday, October 19, 10:00 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place 9 > Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place 9

DIR: Bennett Miller WRITERS: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman PROD: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Bennett Miller DP: Greig Fraser ED: Stuart Levy, Conor O'Neill, Jay Cassidy Based on actual events, Foxcatcher tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave), du Pont begins "coaching" a worldclass athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence, and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Directed by Oscar nominee Bennett Miller and already a critical darling at both Venice and Telluride, Foxcatcher is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy. As with Miller's previous feature films Capote and Moneyball, he explores large themes in society through his complex character portraits of real people. > Tuesday, October 21, 8:15 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place 1, 2, 8, & 9

DIR: Dawn Porter WRITERS: Matthew Hamachek, Dawn Porter PROD: Julie Goldman, Dawn Porter DP: Chris Hilleke ED: Matthew Hamachek

Gideon's Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay, and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality? An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Gideon's Army was awarded the editing prize there. In 2014, the film received the prestigious Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize.

Following the film, civil rights lawyer Mary Howell will moderate a conversation with Director Dawn Porter, Norris Henderson (Founder and Executive Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender - V.O.T.E.), and Derwyn Bunton (Chief Public Defender at Orleans Public Defenders). A reception hosted by the Tulane Public Interest Law Foundation will follow. > Scheduled to attend: director Dawn Porter SPONSORED BY

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SARAH-VIOLET BLISS & CHARLES ROGERS Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers are filmmakers based in Brooklyn who met at NYU Graduate Film School. They have each written and directed awardwinning short films that have screened at festivals such as Telluride, Sarasota, and Aspen Shortsfest. Fort Tilden was conceived and produced last summer and is their first collaboration.

BENNETT MILLER Miller began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise. He then directed Capote in 2005 (for which he was nominated for a Best Director Oscar) and, in 2009, was hired by Columbia Pictures to direct Moneyball. He won the Best Director Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Foxcatcher.

DAWN PORTER Dawn Porter was trained as a lawyer and is the founder of Trilogy Films. After premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and airing on HBO, Gideon's Army won the Ridenhour Prize. She is an alumni of the Tribeca All Access program. Her second film project is Spies of Mississippi, which debuted on PBS in 2014.

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USA | 2014 | 92 min

DOCUMENTARY

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

THE GREAT INVISIBLE

(ADIEU AU LANGAGE)

[CENTERPIECE FILM]



DIR: Jean-Luc Godard WRITER: Jean-Luc Godard PROD: Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval, Alain Sarde, DP: Fabrice Aragno ED: Jean-Luc Godard The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby's cries. In the meantime, we will have seen people talking of the demise of the dollar, of truth in mathematics, and of the death of a robin. Only the legendary Jean-Luc Godard could pull something like this off, nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;est-ce pas? And in 3-D! If anyone can be said to have changed the face of cinema in the last half of the twentieth century surely it was M. Godard. No serious filmgoer can afford to pass up a Godard film.    Prytania Theatre    Prytania Theatre

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DIR: Margaret Brown PROD: Margaret Brown, Julie Goldman, Kyle Martin (co-producer), Josh Penn (coproducer), Pamela Ryan (co-producer) DP: Jody Lee Lipes, Jeff Peixoto, Adam Stone ED: Tyler Hubby, Robin Schwartz

The Great Invisible tells the story of the modern Southâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the fishermen, the oilmen, and the survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;through the lens of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Filmmaker Margaret Brown (who also made the acclaimed film The Order of Myths, which looked at Mardi Gras in Mobile) traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster. Years later, people still haunted by the explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page. The film garnered the Grand Jury Prize at this year's SXSW Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s John DeFore calls the film a â&#x20AC;&#x153;powerful documentary that reminds those of us whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved on to other worries that this one is far from finishedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and that a government that proclaimed outrage during the summer of 2010 has seemingly done little to prevent or prepare for another such catastrophe." > Scheduled to attend: director Margaret Brown, coproducer Josh Penn    Prytania Theatre

USA | 2014 | 86 min

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HOMEMAKERS DIR: Colin Healey WRITER: Colin Healey PROD: Dave Schachter, Colin Healey, Ella Hatamian DP: Ben Powell ED: Dave Schachter Meet Irene: punk singer, half-feral child-beast, a real-life Calamity Jane under a helmet of Ramona Quimby hair. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to piss all over the last nerves of her long-suffering bandmates, because her hazily-defined non-Platonic codependency with drummer Kicky has just screeched to an ugly halt. But first, an urgent call arrives from the estate of her grandfather, who has bequeathed to her the Pittsburgh row house that he built with his own two hands. Upon arrival, she re-meets long-forgotten Cousin Cam, now a terminally helpless drunk who is (literally) owned by a small-time schwag dealer. Together, Cam and Irene dive into a renovation that confuses drunken cut-ups, performance art, and good old American vandalism. Inspired by her working-class surroundings, her growing attachment to Cam, and the freedom of an adult playpen thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all hers to chew up, spit out, spatter, shred, and smash, Irene the homewrecker begets Irene the homemaker. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only just begun learning to live like common people when Kickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spontaneous re-entrance threatens her resolve to throw down roots in the steel-toed city. With a line on absurd physical comedy running right back to Laurel and Hardy, writer-director Colin Healeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first feature shows an infectious zest for the dust and mayhem of creating any kind of life. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jonathan Kieran > Scheduled to attend: director Colin Healey, producers Ella Hatamian and Dave Schachter, and lead actress Rachel McKeon > Preceded by the short film "The Guitar Lesson" (5 min)     Theatres at Canal Place 1    Theatres at Canal Place 2

JEAN-LUC GODARD Jean-Luc Godard is arguably the most influential French filmmaker of the postwar era. Beginning with his groundbreaking 1959 feature film A bout de souffle (Breathless), he went on to direct films such as Une Femme Est Une Femme (A Woman Is a Woman), Band of Outsiders (Bande Ă part), and Alphaville.

MARGARET BROWN Margaret Brown received the 2010 Peabody Award for her second documentary feature The Order of Myths (about Mardi Gras in Mobile), which also received the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for Best Documentary. Her first feature was the acclaimed documentary Be There to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt.

COLIN HEALEY Filmmaker and writer Colin Healey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design's Department of Film, Animation, & Video, where he won the Bruce Bolduc Memorial Award. As an educator he has taught in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, and founded the Animation program at interdisciplinary Western Massachusetts summer arts program DASAC.

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USA | 2014 | 82 min

DOCUMENTARY



USA | 2013 | 91 min

DOCUMENTARY

UK, USA | 2014 | 113 min

NARRATIVE

HOTLINE

I LAY WHERE I FALL

THE IMITATION GAME

DIR: Tony Shaff PROD: Tony Shaff, Lauren Belfer, Bryce Renninger DP: Tony Shaff, Lauren Belfer ED: Charlie Dugan

DIR: Andrew Michael Stubbs PROD: John Stubbs, Hal Davis DP: Andrew Michael Stubbs ED: Andrew Michael Stubbs

DIR: Morten Tyldum WRITER: Graham Moore (based on a book by Andrew Hodges) PROD: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman DP: Ă&#x201C;scar Faura ED: William Goldenberg

Millions of calls are made each year to hotlines around the world. Who are the people who make these calls...and who picks up the phone on the other end of the line? In an age when voice-to-voice communication is on the decline, and people are increasingly connected to the screens in front of them, Hotline explores why voice-to-voice conversations with strangers are still in demand.

A self-taught guitar player, bass player, piano player, drummer, and singer, Juston Stens felt artistically limited as the drummer of Dr. Dog, so he walked away from the band. Now on his own, Juston travels America on a 1972 Triumph motorcycle with a laptop full of demos to collaborate with multiple artists on recording his songs in their personal spaces. The output of these collaborations is as diverse as the musicians themselves, a group that includes members of Wilco, Spoon, Generationals, Floating Action, Brass Bed, Apollo Sunshine, and solo artists such as David Vandervelde, Jessica Lea Mayfield, among others.

In an attempt to put a face to the voice on the other end of the phone, the film interviews phone sex operators, crisis center workers, suicide counselors, and the queen of the pay-per-call infomercial psychics, Miss Cleo herself, whose catchphrase "Call me now!" in a (faux?) Jamaican accent became a cultural touchstone of the late 90s. > Scheduled to attend: director Tony Shaff, producer Bryce Renninger.

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During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst, and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of gross indecency, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexualityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions, and intelligence officers, Turing was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. With Keira Knightley as Turingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ally and fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke, the film also stars Matthew Goode (Match Point, Stoker), and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, Zero Dark Thirty), and features an original score by six-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat. Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

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TONY SHAFF Tony Shaff is a former telephone psychic and suicide hotline volunteer. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he has been involved in creative and story development with Showtime and MTV networks, and he received a Student Academy Award Nomination for his film "Get Outta Here!" Hotline is his first feature documentary.

ANDREW MICHAEL STUBBS Andrew Michael Stubbs was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and studied film at the University of New Orleans and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I Lay Where I Fall is his first feature film. The film's shoestring budget was supplemented by equipment stolen from GoPro, RayBan, Sylvester Stallone, a now defunct daily deals website, friends, and family.

MORTEN TYLDUM Morten Tyldum was born in Norway and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has directed the short films "Lorenzo" (96) and "Fast Forward" (00), and the feature films Buddy (03), Fallen Angels (08), Headhunters (11), which was nominated for a BAFTA, and The Imitation Game (14).

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USA | 2014 | 87 min

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IMPERIAL DREAMS

USA | 2014 | 80 min



DIR: Malik Vitthal WRITERS: Malik Vitthal, Ismet Prcic PROD: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling DP: Monika Lenczewska ED: Suzanne Spangler 2014 Sundance Audience Award winner Imperial Dreams traces the re-emergence of a young ex-convict into the precarious world of the Watts projects, where he struggles to forge a path of dignity against the gravitational pull of the gangs and the institutions that monitor his every step. Bambi is 21 and fresh out of jail on an assault rap. His prospects for rehabilitation donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look bright: his mother is a barely-present junkie, his Uncle Shrimp is deep in the drug game, and his cousin is running from the cops after a stray-bullet killing. About the only thing going for him is his writing, the one constant source of stability in his life. With his young son Day, he sets out into the rough headwinds of a world thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already selected him for hardship. If he refuses to be a thug or a prisoner or a deadbeat father, can he be something more? Like the handmade towers that guard his Watts home, the future that lies before him must be built brick by brick, out of whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available. From the case-hardened poetry of its narration, to its warm and organic score (by producer Flying Lotus), to its anguished final act, Imperial Dreams is exquisitely elevated to tragic scale. -Jonathan Kieran > Scheduled to attend: director Malik Vitthal, producer Katherine Fairfax Wright > Preceded by the short film "Scoundrel" (9 min)

DOCUMENTARY

CANADA | 2013 | 94 min

DOCUMENTARY

IN COUNTRY

JINGLE BELL ROCKS!

DIR: Meghan O'Hara, Mike Attie PROD: Meghan O'Hara, Mike Attie DP: Mike Attie ED: Lindsay Utz

DIR: Mitchell Kezin WRITER: Mithelll Kezin PROD: Mitchell Kezin, Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Jeffrey Kline, Daniel Cross DP: Van Royko, Kirk Tougas, Mark Ellam ED: Ryan Mullin, Omar Majeed (Asst Editor)

Toward the beginning of In Country, a collector of Vietnam paraphernalia sniffs from a little bottle of the bug-repellent used by soldiers. When veterans check out his collection, he says, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first thing they doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one whiff of the bug-juice, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re transported. This film grapples with another vehicle of emotional transport: the reenactment. The collector, Joel Kinney, leads a troop of Oregonians in a weekend of fighting against two men dressed as the Viet Cong (they wear black). At first glance, our soldiers squat, bond, and whisper into walkietalkies as in any war movie; but filmmakers Meghan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara and Mike Attie push beyond the performance to understand what motivates these men to play this particular war game. Incorporating archival footage from the Vietnam era, the film reminds us exactly what experiences these reenactors seek to conjure. And in interviews, the men themselves explain why they would want to. The younger veterans open up about how being a soldier has shaped their relationships and their nightmares. One Vietnam veteran recalls coming home and wanting to take off his uniform as soon as possible. Maybe the difference between a war movie and a movie of a war game is that we might not want to call this â&#x20AC;&#x153;acting.â&#x20AC;? - Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: directors Meghan O'Hara and Michael Attie, archival producer Helen Hood Scheer %&$ "   ! Theatres at Canal Place 1 %"#&$ " ! Theatres at Canal Place 1

From The Flaming Lips to The Free Design, Jingle Bell Rocks! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh-ride through the subculture of alternative Christmas music. Featuring hardcore collectors, legendary DJs and musicologists, record producers, and Christmas obsessives like cult film auteur John Waters, director Mitchell Kezin's intimate and quixotic search for the SOUL of Christmas music, tells the stories behind twelve of the most profound Christmas songs ever recorded, many of whom you've likely never heard, until now. The documentary offers irreverent insights from Irwin Chusid, Wayne Coyne, Joseph (Rev Run) Simmons, bebop legend Bob Dorough, Clarence Carter, Doctor Demento, and many more. Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimmage and revealing character study, Jingle Bell Rocks! confronts the Christmas music mainstream, re-inventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century. > Scheduled to attend: director Mitchell Kezin COMMUNITY PARTNER Ponderosa Stomp %&$ "  ! Theatres at Canal Place 2  &$ " ! Theatres at Canal Place 2

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MALIK VITTHAL Malik Vitthal was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of USCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Cinematic Arts. Imperial Dreams was developed at the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, where it received the Time Warner Storytelling Grant, the Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship, and the Zygmunt and Audrey Wilf Foundation Award. This marks his feature directorial debut.

MEGHAN O'HARA & MIKE ATTIE Directors Mike Attie and Meghan O'Hara met while attending Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary film program. Mike lives in Chicago and is the Associate Director of the MFA program in Documentary Media at Northwestern University. Meghan is based in San Francisco and teaches film production at California College of the Arts. They are currently Fellows at the Sundance Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Documentary Film Program.

MITCHELL KEZIN Mitchell's first documentary, "Steam", won Best Short at Montreal World Film Festival (1993). His feature drama, Haro, premiered there the following year. In 1999 he received the Telefilm Canada/NSI Drama Prize for the short "Dissonance," winning Award of Achievement at SUPERFEST in Berkeley.


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KARPOTROTTER DIR: MatjaĹž IvaniĹĄin WRITERS: MatjaĹž IvaniĹĄin, NebojĹĄa Pop-Tasi PROD: Ă?or e Legen DP: Marko Brdar ED: Uja Irgoli

Karpotrotter is a road movie about place, time, and memory, as well as an homage to filmmaker Karpo Godina, whose work flourished during the Black Wave of Yugoslav filmmaking in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Contemporary filmmaker Matjaz Ivanisin retraces the footsteps, 40 years later, of his compatriotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road trip through small villages in the rural countryside. Constructed from Godinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8mm footage from this journey, Ivanisin interlaces this material with landscape footage from his current road trip and contemporary interviews of the citizenry who recall Godinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit decades earlier; period folkloric music augments the soundtrack. The filmmaker structures his film in five sections that articulate the local character of different villages. Richly multi-layered in both temporal and spatial terms, the filmmaker constructs a poignant meditation about the local village culture and inhabitants of this rural region of the former Yugoslavia. -Jon Gartenberg, Tribeca Film Festival

USA | 2014 | 95 min

DOCUMENTARY

THE LAST KAMIKAZIS OF HEAVY METAL DIR: Biliana & Marina Grozdanova PROD: Biliana & Marina Grozdanova DP: Biliana & Marina Grozdanova ED: Biliana & Marina Grozdanova A story about five young guns from Chicago's underground music scene who prove that the hardworking musician needs no more than his own bootstraps and band mates to rise to success. Brought together by their passion for rock and roll and by their allegiance to the legacy of heavy metal, the members of HESSLER will pursue their dreams no matter what it takes. Followw these hungry musicians from coast to coast (including a stop in the Big Easy), as a story of sacrifice, identity, and the ultimate immigrant's journey unravels... accompanied by the sound of heavy metal's last kamikazis. > Scheduled to attend: directors Biliana Grozdanova and Marina Grozdanova "%#!   Theatres at Canal Place 9

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USA | 2014 | 78 min

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THE LAST SEASON DIR: Sara Dosa PROD: Josh Penn DP: Star Rosencrans, Alana Pryor Ackerman ED: Erin Casper, Stuart Sloan Amid the bustling world of Central Oregonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild matsutake mushroom hunting camps, the lives of two former soldiers intersect. Roger, a 75-year-old sniper with the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, and Kouy, a 46-year-old platoon leader of Cambodiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the brutal Khmer Rouge, come together each fall to hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom, a rare mushroom prized in Japanese culture and cuisine. However, the pair discover more than just mushrooms in the woods: they find a new life, and livelihood; and a means to slowly heal the scarring wounds of war. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, The Last Seasonn is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place. > Scheduled to attend: director Sara Dosa, producer Josh Penn, DP Alana Pryor Ackerman > Preceded by the short film "Salmon Smoker" (5 min) SPONSORED BY

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MATJAĹ˝ IVANIĹ IN MatjaĹž IvaniĹĄin was born in Maribor in 1981. In 2000, he entered the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana to study Film and TV directing. Since his graduation in 2007, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker.

BILIANA & MARINA GROZDANOVA Sisters Biliana and Marina Grozdanova form "El Jinete"â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the rider, the drifter, the adventurer in search of unique music-focused stories to tell. Biliana is director of programs at the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), and Marina is pursuing an MFA in film in Montreal.

SARA DOSA Sara Dosa is a filmmaker and writer based in San Francisco. The Last Season, which recentlyy won a Golden Gate Award, is her directorial debut. She was the field producer and associate producer on the 2013 Sundance award-winning Inequalityy for All, and was a co-producer on the criticallyy acclaimed Brazilian documentary, Elenaa (IDFA, 2012).

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LAST SPRING BREAK

USA | 2014 | 94 min

NARRATIVE

USA | 2014 | 66 min

DOCUMENTARY

LAST WEEKEND

LITTLE WHITE LIE

DIR: Sean Gerowin WRITERS: Michael Dardant, Armando Leduc PROD: Gregor Fox, Sean Gerowin ED: Jerry McLaughlin

DIR: Tom Dolby, Tom Williams WRITER: Tom Dolby PROD: Mike S. Ryan DP: Paula Huidobro ED: Michael R. Miller, David Gray

DIR: Lacey Schwartz WRITERS: Lacey Schwartz, Mehret Mandefro PROD: Lacey Schwartz, Mehret Mandefro DP: James Adolphus ED: Toby Shimin, Erik Dugger

Twenty years after college, fraternity brothers in the throes of a collective midlife crisis reunite during Spring Break to film material for their hastily conceived smartphone game, Bikini Girls Behaving Badly. The smartphone game is the brainchild of Luis, the former fraternity president. After college, he's leading a boring, pedestrian life. To reinvigorate himself, he has gathered his old minions to join him at South Padre Island. Chris, the former Social Chair, is his right-hand man, who needed very little convincing to take leave of his wife and children. Their smart phone game may have just been a ploy to attend Spring Break, but now they at least need to make some effort. Besides, they believe the game could actually make them millions. To film the action, they brought along their old frat brother, Howard, who now owns a wedding videography company. Luis hired Howard's crew, but Howard agreed to work for free, if he could also make a behind-thescenes documentary. Howard thinks this will finally give him the material he needs to gain film festival recognition.

In this dark comedy of manners, the action of Last Weekend unfolds over the course of a long Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer at Lake Tahoe. Celia Green (Patricia Clarkson) is at a crossroads. She and her husband, Malcolm (Chris Mulkey), are the founders of a fitness empire and among San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealthiest citizens. They have been coming to Lake Tahoe for more than 30 years, and yet Celia now feels that something in her life is missing. She gathers her two adult sons (Zachary Booth and Joseph Cross) and their partners for a rare weekend together. As the holiday begins, Celia finds herself torn between the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the past that it representsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and her desire to move forward with her life. As the weekend progresses and tensions rise, the four members of the Green family are joined by an eclectic assortment of houseguests and drop-ins, young and old. On Saturday morning, an accident threatens to unhinge Celiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meticulously devised weekend. Last Weekend is a film about the end of an era for a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the steps we must often take in order to create new beginnings.



From the filmmaking team behind the Audience Awardwinning comedy from NOFF 2012, Trailer Park Jesus. > Scheduled to attend: director/cast member Sean Gerowin; producer/cast member Gregor Fox; writers/ cast members Michael Dardant and Armando Leduc; cast member/camera operator Michelle Kowalski; cast member Marisa Welles

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SEAN GEROWIN Sean Gerowin was raised in St. Louis but "grew up" in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he formed Backyard Shed Films with business partner Gregor Fox. This is their third feature comedy. Their previous film, Trailer Park Jesus, screened at 13 film festivals, won 8 awards (including the Audience Award at NOFF), and has over a million views on YouTube.

TOM DOLBY & TOM WILLIAMS First time co-director Tom Dolby took the advice of his directing partner Tom Williams and turned his unfinished novel Last Weekend into a screenplay. Tom Williams makes his directorial debut with Dolby, after having produced several films, most recently Bless Me Ultima (2013) and Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Back Down (2012).

Growing up, Lacey Schwartz felt a little differentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she wondered why her skin was darker than that of her white Jewish family. But when she asked her parents about her skin and curly hair, they told her not to worry about it: obviously, she took after her Sicilian grandfather on her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. In Little White Lie, Schwartz recounts her gradual and painful approach to the truth, illustrated by home videos from her childhood, footage of emotional therapy sessions, and the inevitable tense confrontations with her parents. She interviews her extended family and childhood friends, wondering what things looked like from the outside. The film investigates this long-kept secret and its creeping effect on her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationship. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a personal journey for Schwartz alone: her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; affairs and denial aside, what does it mean for her now to know that she is black? And does it matter that she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always seen herself that way? An intimate and thoughtful consideration of racial identity, selfdeception, and family relationships. -Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: director Lacey Schwartz > Preceded by the short film "And Let Me Tell You" (18 min) "#!   Theatres at Canal Place 9 #! Prytania Theatre

LACEY SCHWARTZ Lacey Schwartz is a director/producer who has worked with a variety of production companies and networks, including MTV, BET, and @radical. media. She is also the CEO of the production company Truth Aid. She executive produced the narrative film Difret, which won audience awards at the 2014 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Little White Lie is her directorial debut.

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USA, Ukraine, Indonesia, Australia | 2014 | 94 min

DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 98 min

NARRATIVE

LOVE LAND

LOVE ME

MANHATTAN ROMANCE

DIR: Josh Tate WRITERS: Paul Gleason, Joshua Tate PROD: Maritte Go, Andrew C. Richey, Joshua Tate DP: Damian Horan ED: Andrew Nackman, Andrew C. Richey, Joshua Tate

DIR: Jonathon Narducci PROD: Jon Barlow DP: Jonathon Narducci ED: Carol Martori

DIR: Tom O'Brien WRITER: Tom O'Brien PROD: Dennis O'Neill, Michael Harrop DP: Scott Miller ED: Nick Houy

Can people find love through the modern â&#x20AC;&#x153;mail-order brideâ&#x20AC;? industry? Or is the international romance business just a scam? Sincere and unflinching, Love Mee follows Western men and Ukrainian women as they embark on an unpredictable and riveting journey in search of love.

When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not stealing time from his corporate editing job to toil on his passion projectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a documentaryy about love (or maybe friendship, or maybe just connections, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reallyy too earlyy to force a narrative on the material, yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know?)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Danny submits himself to the romantic torture of new-age goddess Theresa (Caitlin Fitzgerald, Masters of Sexx). As a reprieve from struggling to stayy earnest through bouts of shamanistic dance-meditation and asexual massage, he hangs out with his bestyy Carla (Katherine Waterston, Night Moves, NOFF 2013â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s "Ă starsaga") whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently ensconced in mildly dysfunctional domestic bliss with Emmyy (Gabyy Hoffman, HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Girlss). With everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder he occasionallyy feels the need to just disappear for a while.

Getting high and crashing cars is all good fun when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a restive adolescent in a dead dumpster of a small town, but try it as a 24-year-old with life-altering brain damage and folks might raise more than the indulgent eyebrow. Thus begins the story of Ivy, wrenched from her comfortable world of sloppy love affairs and even sloppier tattoos and reborn as the newest VSP (Very Special Person) at Love Land Ranch, a place of nutritive mushes, enforced musical chairs, and mind-numbing hours of Day Hab. Ivyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desperation to escape back into her old delinquent life runs her afoul of the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harried administrators and into the arms of Roger, Love Land lifer and incorruptible Good Buddy. Their romance, in which manipulation and sweetness become hopelessly indistinguishable, will teach her the loneliness of rejecting the only family you have left.

Each character's experience exposes the myths and realities of this unique industry, while also exploring the much deeper, human story that is too often overlooked. Forget everything you think you knoww about â&#x20AC;&#x153;mail-order" brides and get ready for an outrageously funny, touching, and unforgettable look at the extreme lengths people travel for love. > Scheduled to attend: director Jonathon Narducci "     Theatres at Canal Place 9 "   Theatres at Canal Place 9

Deftly humanizing, never patronizing, Love Landd keeps one eye locked on the social issue that is institutionalization while its deadly sarcastic wit illuminates the troubled hearts of its discarded-but-not-defeated heroes. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jonathan Kieran

> Scheduled to attend: director Tom O'Brien, producer Mike Harrop, DP Scott Miller, executive producers Dennis O'Neill, Laura Casarano, Patrick Tompkins, Marianne Tompkins, Todd Braggins, Jessie Barr.

> Scheduled to attend: director Joshua Tate; producers Maritte Lee Go, Alex Glenn Prather, and Andrew C. Richey; composer Aaron Guidry; and cast members Monica Gaseor, Michael Iovine, Memphis DiAngelis, Maddy Davidson, Skyy Moore, Angelica Briones, and April Hartman

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JOSHUA TATE Hailing from Central Texas, Joshua Tate holds an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he produced nearly a dozen advanced projects, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Josephine and the Roach,â&#x20AC;? which won First Place Comedy at the 2013 Student Emmys and Silver at the 2013 Student Academy Awards. His family has been involved in disability advocacy for decades.

This Neww York love storyy matches wits with the chattiness and urbanityy of its formidable forbears, while maintaining an essential gentleness that wouldn't dream of selling out its characters for the sake of a laugh. Director Tom Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brien (who also stars as Danny) wields an acute sensitivityy to the passing of time, the fluidityy of intimacyy in a big city, and the aching in-between states that shelter us from the inconvenience of love. -Jonathan Kieran

JONATHON NARDUCCI Jonathon Narducci is an award-winning commercial and music video director and cinematographer. He holds a Bachelors in Film Studies degree from the University of Iowa. His previous work has been featured internationally at the International Film Festival at Rotterdam, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival. This is his feature-length documentary directorial debut.

TOM Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN Manhattan Romancee is Tom Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second feature film. His first feature, Fairhaven, premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was bought for North American distribution byy Starz Digital Media and then released theatricallyy in Januaryy 2013. Before Tom got into film he was an accomplished stage actor in New w Yorkk as well as a produced and published playwright.

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Jury Award Finalist

World Premiere USA | 2014 | 85 min

EXPERIMENTAL

MASCULINITY / FEMININITY

USA, GERMANY, ECUADOR | 2014 | 84 min

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DIR: Russell Sheaffer PROD: Meredith Heil, Russell Sheaffer ED: Russell Sheaffer Experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer's Masculinity/ Femininityy takes over where his short film starring James Franco, "Masculinity & Me", left off. Shot mainly on Super 8 film, Sheaffer asks filmmakers, academics, gender theorists, and artists to present their concepts of gender construction in what works as a sort of performance piece rather than as full-on narrative. In fact, the filmmakers themselves question whether Masculinity/Femininityy is scripted or not. Whether through monologue, visual art, performance art, or storytelling, individuals including B. Ruby Rich, Susan Stryker, Barbara Hammer, John Greyson, Chris Vargas, and Yvonne Tasker represent the personal experiences they have had with gender-normative societal constructs. Each performance is unique, but somehow viewers will be able to see something of themselves in each one. > Scheduled to attend: director Russell Sheaffer, associate producer Samantha Sobash, camera and sound John McWilliams #!   CAC Microcinema #! 

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RUSSELL SHEAFFER Russell Sheaffer is an experimental film and documentary filmmaker who received a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree from NYUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Cinema Studies and is currently working on his PhD at Indiana University. His experimental work has screened at numerous venues and festivals including MoMA, Inside Out, Anthology Film Archives, MIX NYC, and Queer Lisboa.

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DIR: Matt Ogens PROD: Matt Ogens, Joshua Evan Greenberg, Bryn Mooser DP: Charlie Gruet, Jon Michael Ryan ED: Bill Chessman, Steve Prestemon Does your name contain your destiny? Does it seal your doom? Does it mean anything at all? Andâ&#x20AC;Śwhat if your name is Hitler? In Meet The Hitlers, Matt Ogens (Confessions of a Superheroo) has tracked down a motley crew, connected only by their possession of this infamous name. In interviews, these individuals speak about how this name has impacted their lives and what the name means to them personally. Also featured are individuals whose lives are, by choice, entwined with Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. A British journalist keen on interviewing Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last living descendant wonders whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever get the scoop once and for all, the artist Jim Roswold uses the images associated with the dictator in an attempt to defeat evil by mocking it, and a man decides to bestow Hitlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name upon his only son. Meet The Hitlerss is both a portrait of people in a peculiar situation and a reflection on the connection between names and identity. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Rachel Lazar > Scheduled to attend: director Matt Ogens, coproducer Brad Lavery, editor Bill Chessman, DP Charlie Gruet, composer Greg Kuehn #! 

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MATT OGENS Matt Ogens's previous documentary, Confessions of a Superhero, exposed the world to an eccentric group of characters chasing success in Hollywood. His television workk has been featured on several networks and earned him three Emmy Award nominations. In the world of advertising, Matt has helmed major national commercial campaigns and branded content.

UK | 2014 | 90 min

DOCUMENTARY

NAT KING COLE: AFRAID OF THE DARK DIR: Jon Brewer PROD: DJon Brewer, Seth Berg, Laura Royko DP: Josh Gibson, Matt Greenham ED: Matt Greenham, William Mann Imagine what it would feel like to be the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when America groaned under the weight of segregation and prejudice. Imagine being in possession of a natural talent so great, unique, and disarming that these issues were seemingly swept to one side to allow you to perform and be acknowledged for this gift, yet behind closed doors they were trying to think of a way to package you as something you were not: white. This candid account of the actual happenings in and around the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairytaleâ&#x20AC;? life of fame and fortune of Nat King Cole are taken from his own private journals, as well as a series of exclusive interviews with Natâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s widow Maria Cole and a host of family, contemporaries and friends. With unparalleled access, Jon Brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film explores the life of a true cultural and musical icon. > Scheduled to attend: director Jon Brewer #!  Prytania Theatre  #!

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JON BREWER Jon Brewerr is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career spanning four decades. Brewer produced several studio pictures, leading his career completely into film and television, where he applied his knowledge, contacts and experience into making a series of music documentaries. He also directed B.B. King: Life of Riley, another NOFF selection.


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USA | 1968 | 96 min

NARRATIVE

USA, UK, Poland, Sweden, France | 2014 | 82 min

DOCUMENTARY

USA, Mexico, Spain | 2013 | 60 min

DOCUMENTARY

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

OBAMA MAMA

OF KITES AND BORDERS

DIR: George A. Romero WRITERS: George A. Romero, John A. Russo PROD: Karl Hardman, Russell W. Streiner DP: George A. Romero ED: George A. Romero

DIR: Vivian Norris PROD: Vivian Norris, Brian Woods DP: Bruce Hutson, Yuri Zakovitch ED: Angelos Angelidis

DIR: Yolanda Pividal PROD: Yolanda Pividal, Teresa Garcia, Carlos Centeno, Sara Booth DP: Carmen Vidal, Yolanda Pividal ED: Yolanda Pividal, Jaime Sagivela, Sara Booth

Seems like you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go anywhere these days without running into zombies. You see them lurking on bookshelves (Pride and Prejudice and Zombiess), stalking the landscape of video games, attacking A-list actors like Brad Pitt in the megaplexes of suburbia (World War Z)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;surely itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a matter of time before plush zombies invade the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nursery. Our current mania for all things zombie can probably be traced back to 1968 when they were found with expressionless faces and outstretched arms in stumbling pursuit of featherless bipeds at a farmhouse in George A. Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low-budget black-and-white Night of the Living Dead. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the entire movie: hollow-eyed zombies chasing (well, lumbering after) hollow-souled humans. With its lack of any explication of why or how did this come to be or just what-do-zombies-want, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Deadâ&#x20AC;? were early arrivals in cinematic territory where grisliness was itself the raison dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;etre, the whole point of the enterprise (though it seems charmingly quaint by SAW W standards). Final Irony: yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disreputable guilty pleasure was selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in The National Film Registry for being â&#x20AC;&#x153;culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant". â&#x20AC;&#x201C;John Desplas "     Prytania Theatre

The most powerful man in the world says he owes everything he is to his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. An anthropologist with a Ph.D, she lived an extraordinary life, globetrotting from the Midwest to Seattle, Hawaii, and Indonesia. Her personal and public life mirrored (and often presaged) the important political, cultural, and social changes of her time. From Cold War fears to the Civil Rights movement, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights and the United States' presence abroad, Ann Dunham's journey from a small town in Kansas to the remote villages of Indonesia, taught her what it truly meant to be an American. Including interviews with Dunham's high school friends and colleagues, as well as rich archival footage, Obama Mama explores Dunhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels and activism, her dedication to raising awareness of global poverty, and her development of microcredit programs to address poverty in rural villages. A rounded portrait of a charismatic woman whose own life's work has had ripples on a global, political scale.

Off Kites and Borderss follows fourr children living in Tijuana as theyy help theirr families to make ends meet, capturing what the U.S.-Mexico borderr looks like from the otherr side. The everyday routines and encounters collected here demonstrate howw the borderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s veryy existenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the possibilityy off crossing, the idea off Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;shapes the lives off those who live alongside it, whetherr orr nott theyy everr leave Tijuana. We meet Edie, a tough 15-year-old who leads people across the border, risking his freedom forr the high payy that comes with this dangerous job. Carmela, an articulate young daydreamer, collects scrap metall with herr family. Fernando and Adrian dress up as luchadores, wrestling one anotherr in the road to collect moneyy from passing cars. Theirr stories are connected byy the crackling off Tijuanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radio stations: talkk showw hosts dispatch â&#x20AC;&#x153;checkpoint reportsâ&#x20AC;? afterr theirr traffic updates, musicians boast off theirr braveryy in illegallyy crossing. Through intimate interviews with children and familyy members, the film shows howw border controll impacts individualsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thoughts and lives. -Rachell Lazar

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GEORGE A. ROMERO Dubbed the "Grandfather of Zombie," George A. Romero was a pivotal figure in the development of the contemporary horror film and the progenitor of the zombie apocalypse subgenre. In addition to Night of the Living Deadd (68), his other work includes Dawn of the Deadd (79), Creepshow w (82), Day of the Deadd (85), and the TV series "Tales from the Dark Side" (84-84).

VIVIAN NORRIS Vivian Norris was based in Paris for many years until her recent move to New Orleans. She holds a doctorate focusing on Cinema Studies, and was previously a programmer and development director at the Seattle International Film Festival and co-founder of the Women in Cinema Festival in Seattle and Nordic Film Festival in Rome, Italy.

YOLANDA PIVIDAL Yolanda Pividal is a Spanish journalist and documentary filmmaker based in New York. Her work has received support and recognition from the Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg, IDA, and, more recently, the International Filmmaker in Residence fellowship from the Jacob Burns Film Center, where she currently teaches documentary and develops innovative visual literacy programs.

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OIL & WATER

USA | 2014 | 70 min

NARRATIVE

USA | 2014 | 75 min

DOCUMENTARY

OTHER MONTHS

OUT IN THE NIGHT

DIR: Alan Robert Davis WRITERS: Alan Robert Davis, David Winkler-Schmit PROD: David Winkler-Schmit DP: Alan Robert Davis ED: Alan Robert Davis

DIR: Nick Singer WRITER: Nick Singer PROD: Emily Pontecorvo, Sasha Solodukhina, Claire Stolowitz, Nick Singer DP: Justin Zweifach ED: Nick Singer

DIR: blair dorosh-walther PROD: Giovanna Chesler, Mridue Chandra, Yoruba Richen DP: Daniel Patterson ED: Kristen Huntley, Sarah Devorkin

"We love the oil industry." Some might find these words shocking coming from George and Carol Terrebonne, the owners of a family-run seafood business in Louisiana, as they struggle to survive in the midst of the BP oil spill. But for the Terrebonnes, whose family's Cajun ancestry has lived off the land in Louisiana for generations, the oil business has become as much a part of life as fishing. However, as fears about the long-term effects of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history add to uncertainty about the future of the coast itselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the land is rapidly eroding due in large part to industrial developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they are forced to deal with the harsh reality that their way of life may be in jeopardy.

Nash is anxious, isolated, and directionless. He works as a plumber, marking time in a nondescript northeastern town. He dreams of becoming a writer, but never writes. He lingersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in bars, in nightclubs, in the arms of strangersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; hungry for intimacy, for connection, yet is always left wanting. There is a deep disquiet in Nash, an undercurrent running beneath his inertia. In the heady rush of sex, in the ecstatic pulse of a dance floor, in the electric punch of a confrontation with deathâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in these access points to the animalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he finds a certain undeniable potency. These moments in turn excite and terrify him, but ultimately leave Nash with a profound longing. Nash is temporizing, unwilling to confront the overwhelming uncertainty of his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s course. From fixing a flooded basement in February, to starting a summer romance in July, to reuniting with his family and exgirlfriend in November, Other Months encompasses nearly a year in Nashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post-grad life.

When group of gay, black women from Newark were arrested after a brawl with a stranger whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d approached them in Manhattan, they were taken straight to Rikers Island. The women were dubbed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gang of killer lesbians,â&#x20AC;? and the possibility that they were truly threatened by the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harassment was totally absent from most of the coverage. Director blair dorosh-walter saw a headline about the fight in the New York Times that read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man is stabbed after admiring a stranger,â&#x20AC;? and two years later couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thinking about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to understand why this man was considered by the mainstream media a potential suitor and not a threatâ&#x20AC;? she said in an interview with Indiewire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t these women seen as victims of violent, homophobic harassment? And why were a group of friends with no criminal records who were not a gang being charged as a gang?â&#x20AC;? Interviews with a New York Post reporter and with the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys help recreate the atmosphere of the trial itself, demonstrating the way the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prejudices (as well as the carelessness of a court) interfere with our system of justice. And interviews with the women, known as the NJ4, reveal how their imprisonment has impacted their lives, but also reveals their tremendous strength. -Rachel Lazar



Oil & Water follows the Terrebonnes during the four years following the spill, telling their story in the context of the broader history of Cajuns and the oil industry. From the oil industry's first migration to Louisiana from Texas in the early 1900s to the emergence of deepwater technology in the 1980s and on up through the BP disaster and aftermath, it offers a unique perspective on the complicated relationships between the industry, fishing, and Cajuns on the coast. Join us after the screening for free live music at the Joy Theater from Lafayette-based band La Bande de Plaquemine BrĂťlĂŠe. > Scheduled to attend: director Rob Davis, producer David Winkler-Schmit, executive producer Blake Haney COMMUNITY PARTNER Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Other Months is a character study, a tone poem, a headspace, and a feature film. The film moves to the beat of its images as much as its story, utilizing a deliberate cinematic choreography to place us firmly inside of Nashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head. We spend time with Nash, in the way that Nash spends time in the world. > Scheduled to attend: director Nick Singer, producer Sasha Solodukhina, DP Justin Zweifach, production designer Daniel Hymanson, and actress Britannie Bond "# $"    Theatres at Canal Place 9 # !$"    Theatres at Canal Place 8

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ALAN ROBERT DAVIS Alan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robâ&#x20AC;? Davis is a cinematographer and still photographer by trade, based in New Orleans. Starting out as a newspaper photojournalist before migrating to the film industry after moving to New Orleans in 2008, Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work varies in medium and form but his mission is consistent: to tell stories with images. Oil & Water marks his directorial debut.

The 10/17 screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers and community partners. The 10/22 screening will be followed by a Social Justice Filmmaking Mixer hosted by PATOIS. > Scheduled to attend: director blair dorosh-walther, producer Giovanna Chesler. COMMUNITY PARTNERS Youth BreakOUT, Women with a Vision, New Orleans LGBT Community Center, PATOIS  $"     Contemporary Arts Center !$"   Theatres at Canal Place 9

NICK SINGER Nick Singer, 25, grew up in New York, and graduated from Wesleyan Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Studies Department in 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;February,â&#x20AC;? the first section of the Other Months project, was his thesis film at Wesleyan, and was selected as an in-competition short at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. Other Months is his first feature.

BLAIR DOROSH-WALTHER blair dorosh-walther identifies as gender nonconforming, using both male and female pronouns, and is a social issue documentary director & activist/ artist. blair was awarded the Adam Balsano Award for Social Significance for hir short documentary Metsi, and his short documentary "Cry Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Cry" won the National Health Information Silver Award in 2005.

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Mexico, The Netherlands | 2013 | 98 min

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PATH OF BLOOD

PENUMBRA

DIR: Eric Power WRITER: Eric Power PROD: Lewis Bowen, Pete Power, Peter McQuillan DP: Eric Power ED: Eric Power

DIR: Eduardo Villanueva WRITER: Eduardo Villanueva PROD: Eduardo Villanueva DP: Patrick Ghiringhelli ED: Eduardo Villanueva, Zazil Barba

Masterless samurai displaced through defeat or reform wander the countryside, seeking work where they can find it. At the edge of a forgotten village lies a path leading deep into the mountains. It is rumored the brave few who make it down the path will be rewarded with a life free from the worry of a wandering life. However, none who have entered the path have returned.

A rural Mexican coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;poor and decades past their primeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;carry about their ritualistic, day-to-day lives, awaiting the inevitable, in this pensive film from Mexican director Eduardo Villanueva. The man, Adelelmo Jimenez, whose face tells stories that his words never do, goes on hunting trips into the woods, setting traps for wild animals and gathering medicinal plants. Meanwhile, his wife, Dolores, tends to their provincial home, washing dishes and preparing whatever meal she can make with what Adelelmo brings home, all the while mourning the death of her son, who was stabbed to death while trying to cross the U.S. border. Penumbra appreciates stillness and likes to lingerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;oftentimes at lengthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on beautiful imagery. Shot almost exclusively during the magic-hour, right before the sun settles into night (the title means "partially shadowed"), the film examines the quiet twilight of one couple's life and finds the beauty in that transitional period from life to death.

Path of Blood is the first feature animated film both directed and animated by Eric Power (who also created the prescreening animated bumpers that play before each NOFF film this year). Shot in traditional paper stop motion, the film boasts a unique visual style, paired with a visceral tale of samurai, bandits, and deadly ninja. > Scheduled to attend: director Eric Power  !    Theatres at Canal Place 8  !   Theatres at Canal Place 8

Join us for a free reception and talk with the director at the Mexican Consulate on 10/21 at 6:30 p.m. > Scheduled to attend: director Eduardo Villanueva

UK | 2014 | 83 min

DOCUMENTARY

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS DIR: Edward Lovelace, James Hall PROD: Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski DP: Richard Stewart ED: David Charap Celebrated lyricist Edwyn Collins could only say two phrases after waking up from a coma following a debilitating stroke: "Grace Maxwell" (the name of his wife) and "the possibilities are endless." This is the incredible story of Collins, best known for his work with the band Orange Juice and his solo singer "A Girl Like You" (1994), who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted at the age of 46 after a cerebral hemorrhage. Placed inside Edwynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life, and love. With the help of his wife Grace, Edwyn submerges himself in a landscape of memories, as he tries to unlock the story of his past. More than a story of determination against all odds, it is an intimate and lifeaffirming tale of rediscovery.  !  Theatres at Canal Place 1 !  Theatres at Canal Place 8

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ERIC POWER Eric Power has been crafting exciting animated films in a wide array of styles for over a decade, having directed over 30 animated music videos, several short films, and two long form documentaries. He created the bumpers for the the 2014 NOFF. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his beautiful fiancĂŠe Alicia, and his daughter Lily.

EDUARDO VILLANUEVA Eduardo Villanueva studied music and architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico. Previous films include A Trip to Tulum (2011) and Tramp (2010). His film work has been supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and the Global Film Initiative Award. Penumbra received the Lions Film Award at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and has screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide.

EDWARD LOVELACE & JAMES HALL Lovelace and Hall graduated from the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious Bournemouth Film School in 2006. Their first film was Werewolves Across America, a documentary about the DIY indie music scene in the U.S., which was followed in 2012 with Part of Me, a portrait doc about global pop star Katy Perry, which became the 4th highest grossing music documentary of all time.

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DOCUMENTARY

PRIVATE VIOLENCE

USA | 2014 | 90 min



DIR: Cynthia Hill PROD: Cynthia Hill DP: Rex Miller ED: Tom Vickers

Private Violencee explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex-) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t she just leave?â&#x20AC;? Private Violencee shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. Their experiences challenge entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world that is largely invisible; a world we have locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws, and our lack of understanding. The film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Candescent Award for a film exploring social issues. > Scheduled to attend: director Cynthia Hill COMMUNITY PARTNER Hagar's House "    Theatres at Canal Place 8 !"  Theatres at Canal Place 9

CYNTHIA HILL Cynthia Hill's credits as producer/director include Tobacco Money Feeds My Family, The Guestworker, February One, and A Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life. Her work has appeared nationally on PBS and the Sundance Channel. She has lectured at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and is the co-founder of the Southern Documentary Fund.

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USA | 2014 | 72 min

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PROUD CITIZEN

SABBATICAL

DIR: Thom Southerland WRITERS: Thom Southerland, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer PROD: Thom Southerland DP: Thom Southerland ED: Thom Southerland

DIR: Brandon Colvin WRITER: Brandon Colvin PROD: Brandon Colvin, Tony Oswald, Michael Sellers DP: Aaron Granat ED: Tony Oswald

Raven-haired, bespectacled Krasimira Stanimirova touches down in Lexington, Kentucky, where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sent as the 2nd-place winner of a playwriting contest. Without a car, without friends, as mismatched as an ostrich at a stakes race, she sets out to explore the southern cityy so removed from her proletarian seaside hometown in Bulgaria. Traversing the deserted streets and parks, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawn into a walking meditation, equal parts playful and melancholy, on items of unfamiliar American history, Lexingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mix of affluence and emptiness, the enduring weirdness of equestrian culture.

Baggy-but-kempt professor Ben (Robert Longstreet, Take Shelter, Pineapple Expresss) takes a leave of absence to return home. There, in the house of his ailing mother, who has just suffered a stroke, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work on his book. Over the course of his visit, he also copes with the sullen presence of his hard-luck younger brother Dylan (Kentucker Audley, V/H/S, Sun Don't Shinee) and seeks the comfort of his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caregiver Sarah.

As her week in exile draws on, Krasi befriends felloww single mother Sami, encouraging the younger woman to pursue abandoned aspirations both artistic and romantic. Despite herself, she discovers a sudden attachment to her consolationprize destination. Her steadyy inner gaze unearths shrouded recollections of her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and reflections on her hard-won bond with her once-abusive father. Dappled with moments of surprise lyricism, Proud Citizen subtlyy evokes a moment of repose in the midst of life, capturing perfectlyy the dawning wisdom of middle age. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jonathan Kieran > Scheduled to attend: director Thomas Southerland, producer Naomi Uechi, writer/lead actress Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, actress Judy Sanders  !"    Theatres at Canal Place 2 "   Theatres at Canal Place 8

THOMAS SOUTHERLAND Kentucky native and AFI graduate Thomas Southerland has been making films of various lengths and quality for 15 years. His screenplay 65 Southh is currently under option by Anecdote Films. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a co-partner in Giant Dolphin Pictures, which has produced the award-winning animated shorts "Horses on Mars" and "The Looking Planet".

Proceeding with formal boldness and extreme deliberation, Sabbaticall inhabits a world where characters speak without conciliating humor or hesitation. Although their trimmed speech betrays little emotion, their fearless delivery and the silence between them is revelatory. This ruthless austerity might just force you to confront the words and faces on the screen with fresh eyes, as you might look at your home and family after a long time away. -Jonathan Kieran > Scheduled to attend: director Brandon Colvin, producer Tony Oswald > Preceded by the short film "(After) She Left" (11 min)  !"    Theatres at Canal Place 8 !"    Theatres at Canal Place 8

BRANDON COLVIN Originally from Kentucky, Brandon Colvin is a 26-year-old filmmaker and film scholar. His first film, Frames (2012), was a minimalist, postmodern thriller that was distributed online through NoBudge.com. In addition to being a filmmaker, Brandon is a Ph.D. student in film studies and a film production instructor.

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

USA | 2014 | 77 min

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DOCUMENTARY

USA | 2014 | 53 min

NARRATIVE

USA | 2013 | 85 min

DOCUMENTARY

SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF THE CREATION

SHOOTER AND WHITLEY

SKANKS

(SAGRADA: EL MISTERI DE LA CREACIĂ&#x201C;)

DIR: Laura Stewart PROD: Laura Stewart, Kevin Peil DP: Kevin Peil, Laura Stewart ED: Laura Stewart and Jeremy Bessoff

DIR: Stefan Haupt WRITER: Stefan Haupt PROD: Stefan Haupt DP: Patrick Lindenmaier ED: Christof Schertenleib

DIR: David McMahon PROD: David McMahon, Alan Oxman, Brendan Reed, Laura Cardwell, Daoud Heidami, Brandon Miller DP: Cameron Cardwell ED: Brendan Reed

Shooter and Whitley is a 16mm film that blurs the boundaries of narrative and documentary, shot without a script, with actors playing versions of themselves on screen. It was filmed on the outskirts of town, where an outlaw motorcycle club reigns supreme in a no man's land by the rail yards in a nondescript Midwestern town bereft of opportunities. The bike club spends their time hanging out at a tiny little motel with a 1950s neon sign, the Sky Lit Motel, and a bar called Bourbon Street where dancers ply their trade.

One of the most iconic and enduring human structures ever built, Barcelonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Sagrada Familia is a unique and fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni GaudĂ­. Originally commissioned by the Order of St Joseph in 1882, conflicts between the Order and the original architect led to the hiring of then-31-year-old GaudĂ­ to complete the design. A devout Catholic and architectural prodigy, GaudĂ­ envisioned a place of worship that combined elements of classic French Gothic style and the curvilinear, organic aspects of the budding Art Nouveau school. However, more than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished.

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation celebrates GaudĂ­â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision and the continuing work of countless laborers, artisans, designers, and architects as they strive to complete the colossal project while delving into the mysterious process of artistic creation. SPONSORED BY

This film is a collaboration between Shooter, leader of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club, and Whitley, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wild child,â&#x20AC;? as Shooter calls her, who dances for the Black Pistons at Bourbon Street, and becomes romantically involved with Shooter, perhaps out of necessity. Whitley recounts her experience growing up in the back of a club, her mother and grandmother both dancers before her. Visually intoxicating and deeply cinematic, the film exposes the underbelly of the other side of the tracks, as portrayed by those who know it the best. The story itself may or may not be real, but the world is as authentic as they come. > Scheduled to attend: director Laura Stewart "    Theatres at Canal Place 2 !"    Theatres at Canal Place 9

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STEFAN HAUPT A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Stefan Haupt attended the Theatre Academy of Zurich. In 2002, he won the Swiss Film Award for Best Fiction Film for Utopia Blues. From 2008-2010, he served as the president of the Swiss Filmmakers Association. Since 2007, he has been a member of the SWISS FILMS Board of Trustees.

Skanks follows a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, and its attempt to produce the original musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skanks in a One Horse Town,â&#x20AC;? a romp of a play that follows three women, played of course by men, who accidentally travel from 1978 Studio 54 to 1878 Deep Hole Texas via a disco ball time machine. It's a funny-enough premise for a play, but the off-stage story of the months leading up to opening night rival the play for humor and eccentric characters. Their names alone are worth mentioning: there's Chuck Duck, a hairdresser by day, recently diagnosed as positive, who has emerged from a stark religious background; Flannery Hooks, newly married musical composer who sells makeup to get by; Juan Carlos Battle, who works at his mom's second-hand shop and cares for his mentally ill dad; and, of course, Billy Ray Brewton, the ringleader and musical director whose penchant for Big Gulps is as intense as his appreciation of drag. The cast of 22 bond to form a loving family of misfits, who also happen to be truly talented performers. Funny, touching, and compelling from start to finish, Skanks is, at its core, about the redemptive power of the stage. > Scheduled to attend: director David McMahon, subjects Billy Ray Brewton and Chuck Duck COMMUNITY PARTNER New Orleans LGBT Community Center "    Theatres at Canal Place 1 "    Theatres at Canal Place 8

LAURA STEWART Stewart constructs tales where fictive elements coexist with cinema veritĂŠ. Preferring to work with non-actors, stories are influenced by forgotten worlds and fleeting fantasies. She recently completed her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where Shooter and Whitley was awarded the William French Fellowship for outstanding thesis.

DAVID MCMAHON David McMahon is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Skanks is his first film as a solo director. He previously co-directed Bayou Blue (NOFF '12) with Alix Lambert. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from UCSan Diego and co-founded Apparition Productions, which produced both Appartion by Anne Washburn and Deathbed by Mark Schultz Off-Broadway.


F E AT U R E F I L M S A -Z Jury Award Finalist

US Premiere DOCUMENTARY

STRAY DOG

USA | 2014 | 85 min



DIR: Debra Granick PROD: Anne Rosellini, Victoria Stewart DP: Eric Phillips-Horst ED: Victoria Stewart When Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bonee writer and director Debra Granik ventured to Missouri to make what became a multiple Oscar-nominated film, she discovered more than what she expected to: the subject of her next film. Stray Dogg is her neww documentary about Ron â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stray Dogâ&#x20AC;? Hall, a Vietnam vet whose big heart is only matched in size by the largeness of the landscape that he cuts through on his beloved motorcycle. Every year, Stray Dog joins thousands of bikers hurtling down Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highways on a cross-country ride to Washington, D.C., where they pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. He seeks to unravel the effects of fighting in Vietnam and poses the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness. Wrapped into this is the unexpected romance between Stray Dog and Alicia, his Mexican wife. The two families become increasingly entwined and the questions of contemporary American life loom larger and thornier. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at this year's L.A. Film Festival. > Scheduled to attend: co-producer/editor Victoria Stewart, DP Eric Phillips-Horst      Theatres at Canal Place 2   Theatres at Canal Place 9

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USA | 2014 | 85 min

NARRATIVE

SUN BELT EXPRESS

SWEET KANDY

DIR: Evan Wolf Buxbaum WRITERS: Evan Wolf Buxbaum, Chance Mullen, Gregorio Castro PROD: Arun Kumar, Noah Lang, Iyabo Boyd, Evan Wolf Buxbaum DP: Luke Geissbuhler ED: Beth Moran

DIR: Nick Peate WRITER: Nick Peate PROD: Randell Cole, Bruce MacVittie, Nick Peate DP: Chris Blauvelt ED: Nick Peate

Morning commutes are tough enough when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to cross the most heavilyy policed borderr in the Western Hemisphere. Add to that a trunkfull off restless immigrant-hopefuls and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough to give anybodyy a serious case off the Mondays. Allen (Tate Donovan, Argo, Good Night and Good Luckk) is a Yankee professorr moonlighting as a coyote to supplementt his meager income at a dying universityy in Mexico. Desperate forr cash, he sets offf on a job that might finallyy put him backk in the black, enough to get ahead on the mortgage and start contributing toward a college fund forr his idealistic daughterr Emilyy (India Ennenga, HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tremee). Things go immediatelyy pear-shaped when Emilyy stows awayy forr the trip and Allen's precious cargo turns out to be his pregnant co-workerr Ana (Ana de la Reguera, Cowboys and Aliens, HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastbound & Downn). Byy nightfalll heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring an end to shielding Emilyy from the realityy off his damaged life and, in the process, embrace a neww type off family. Good-natured to the core, Sun Belt Expresss zips through the desert like a battered baby-blue Volvo 240, with garrulous comedyy stashed in the trunk, familyy drama simmering in the back seat, and a sunnyy outlookk through the fly-specked windshield. Also starring Rachaell Harris (The Hangover, Wreck-it Ralphh) and Miguell Sandovall (Jurassic Park, Bloww). â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jonathan Kieran

Set amid the mysterious funk of New Orleans, Sweet Kandy is a tale of two young lovers looking for a chance. In love, out of luck, and locked up, 18-year-old Val Fontenot (Brendan Miller) is a modern-day Romeo, willing to risk everything to reconnect with his Juliet: Kandy (Jontille Gerard), a sometimes-stripper at a local night club who lives under the thumb of her drugged-out detective father. When Val attempts an escape so that he can be with Kandy, all doesn't go as planned and he winds up seriously injured. Meanwhile, Kandy, not knowing Val has broken freeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and in a misguided attempt to assuage the pain of having lost him to prisonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; decides to marry Val's friend, Bobby. Capturing the seedy side of a modern-day Shakespearean-like New Orleans, Sweet Kandyy is a portrait of young love trying to beat the odds. > Scheduled to attend: director Nick Peate, actor Thomas Francis Murphy      Contemporary Arts Center    Theatres at Canal Place 9

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DEBRA GRANIK Debra Granik is the Academy Award-nominated director and co-writer of Winter's Bone, which received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Her first feature film, Down to the Bone, won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

EVAN WOLF BUXBAUM Evan Wolf Buxbaum grew up in New York and started making movies when he was strong enough to pick up a Hi8 camera. His films have screened at festivals across the country from Aspen, to HBO Latino, to the Nantucket International Film Festival. Sun Belt Expresss is his first feature film.

NICK PEATE Nick Peate is a first-time filmmaker who has made New York and New Orleans his home for many years. He admires and is inspired by the artfulness of classic cinema and the stories of outsiders and underdogsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;those excluded or existing on the margins of the mainstream. He also works as an artist in Jackson Square.

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

USA | 2014 | 105 min

Jury Award Finalist

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Jury Award Finalist

USA | 2014 | 90 min

DOCUMENTARY

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE DIR: Thomas Allen Harris WRITERS: Thomas Allen Harris, Don Perry PROD: Ann Bennett, Thomas Allen Harris, Don Perry, Deborah Willis DP: Martina Radwan ED: Matthew Cohn, K.A. Miille

Through A Lens Darkly explores the history of black photography and representation, and how contemporary artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. The film assembles a community of photographers and artists— including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Glenn Ligon, to name a few—who together shake up the familiar foundations of the images that have shaped the popular culture’s view of what “blackness” is and who “black people” are. The film was inspired by photo-historian Deborah Willis’ ground-breaking publication, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present. In conjunction with the screening is a free interactive event called the "Digital Diaspora Family Reunion" Sunday, October 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the CAC Theater. See page 31 for full details. > Scheduled to attend: director Thomas Allen Harris, producer Don Perry, outreach producer Greg Warren

UK, France, USA | 2014 | 96 min

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USA | 2014 | 97 min

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THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

UNA VIDA: A FABLE OF MUSIC AND THE MIND

DIR: Hossein Amini WRITER: Hossein Amini, based on a book by Patricia Highsmith PROD: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Tom Sternberg DP: Marcel Zyskind ED: Nicolas Chaudeurge, Jon Harris

DIR: Richie Adams WRITERS: Richie Adams, Nicolas Bazan PROD: Richie Adams, Brent Caballero, Nicolas Bazan, Nancy Green-Keyes DP: Tom Lembcke ED: David Rogow

Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from a novel by Patricia Highsmith (who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train).

Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz returns home from a lecture in Paris, heartbroken and disheartened. In his absence, his mother has succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. Nothing that his research could do could stop this from happening. He decides to take some time off work and reconnect with the love of music that he shared with his mother. While finding solace in the music that permeates New Orleans' French Quarter, he hears the mesmerizing voice of Una Vida for the first time. After repeat visits to hear her sing, he discovers that she is suffering from Alzheimer's and that her unconventional family cannot cope with her declining health. Una Vida's musical partner and caregiver, Stompleg, will soon be retiring to a home out of state and her adopted daughter, Jessica, has issues of her own to overcome before she can provide the real care that is needed to prevent a tragic end for Una Vida. When Una Vida's condition worsens, Cruz surprises his wife, Angela, by bringing her home. Together, Cruz and Jessica seek out Una Vida's long lost son in hopes of finally giving her resolution to the grief, loss and longing that has overshadowed her hard but beautiful life.

Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him—but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio’s allegiance is put to the test. > Saturday, October 18, 4:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies > Sunday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies > Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies

COMMUNITY PARTNERS New Orleans Public Library African American Resource Center, McKenna Museum of African-American Art, Junebug Productions, Community Book Center, Nola Black Professionals SPONSORED BY

> Scheduled to attend: director Richie Adams, writer/producer Nicolas Bazan, cast members Aujanue Ellis and Marcus Brown COMMUNITY PARTNER Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities >Sunday, October 19, 6:00 p.m Joy Theater >Tuesday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. Prytania Theatre

>Saturday, October 18, 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center

THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS Thomas Allen Harris' award-winning films include Vintage—Families of Value, That’s My Face (E Minha Cara), and Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship, and has garnered nominations for several Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award.

HOSSEIN AMINI Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter/ director who has worked as a screenwriter since the early 1990s. He was nominated for numerous awards for the 1997 film The Wings of the Dove, including an Academy Award for Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay. The Two Faces of January is his directorial debut.

RICHIE ADAMS Richie Adams is an award-winning writer, director, and producer who cut his teeth as a title designer, working with many of the great players in film and television. After several years in L.A., he returned to his hometown of Baton Rouge to form the liveaction studio River Road Creative. Una Vida is Richie’s second feature film.


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USA, RUSSIA, POLAND, UKRAINE | 2014 | 73 min

DOCUMENTARY

THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

USA | 2014 | 88 min

DOCUMENTARY

VESSEL

Generations of Eastern Europeans grew up fearing the sinister witch Baba Yaga, who lived in the dark woods in a hut perched on chicken legs and would gobble up children who ventured too close. This film attempts to get at the heart of the nature of fairy tales like thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where they come from, what they mean, what they say about the society that spreads them, and how they inform a collective identity. Using a variety of storytelling techniques, including voice-over narration, animation, and traditional documentary filmmaking, director (and New Orleans native) Jessica Oreck gathers history, folklore, and memory into one to present a unified narrative of the common but widely-varying tale of Baba Yaga. This fairy tale of a film is intertwined with an anthropological exploration of modern day, post-conflict Eastern Europe. Combining these elements, the film is about more than just fairy tales. It is about the accumulation of history, the accumulation of repetitive action, the retelling of stories retold, the retention of belief, and the unconscious osmosis of ideas. It is a study of collective memory and the sociology of fear, imagination, and survival.

DIR: Diana Whitten PROD: Diana Whitten, Mitchell Block DP: Diana Whitten ED: Simeon Hutner Dr. Rebecca Gomperts sails a ship around the world, providing abortions at sea for women with no legal alternative. Her idea begins as flawed spectacle, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockade. But with each roadblock comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca realizes she can use new technologies to bypass lawâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and train women to give themselves abortions using WHO-researched protocols with pills. From there we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebeccaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story: one of a woman who hears and answers a calling, and transforms a wildly improbable idea into a global movement. The film premiered at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the Documentary Competition, as well as a Special Jury Award for Political Courage. > Scheduled to attend: director Diana Whitten  !    Theatres at Canal Place 9  !   Theatres at Canal Place 9

> Scheduled to attend: director Jessica Oreck

WE ARE THE BEST! DIR: Lukas Moodysson WRITERS: Lukas Moodysson, based on material by Coco Moodysson PROD: Lars JĂśnsson DP: Ulf BrantĂĽs ED: Michal Leszczylowski Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Together) is back with a delightful portrait of teen rebellion at its most disarming. It's the early 1980s in Stockholm and everyone says punk is deadâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but that doesn't stop two rebellious 13-year-old girls from starting a punk band. Tomboyish, bespectacled Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and brassy Klara (Mira Grosin), who sports a mohawk, are outsiders and best friends. On the spur of the moment, to claim the rehearsal space from an annoying heavy-metal guy band who forgot to sign up for it, they announce that they are forming a punk band. They have no instruments and no musical talentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so what? Attitude is all. Their first song is the heartfelt "Hate the Sport!"â&#x20AC;&#x201D;an energetic attack on their school's P.E. policy, combined with naively expressed Cold War anxiety. Eventually it dawns on them that at least one member of the group should have some musical talent, so they recruit another outsider, shy but talented guitarist and devout Christian Hedwig (Liv LeMoyne) to join the band. Sweet and appealing, We Are the Best! earns its exclamation point with a hilarious yet honest and touching portrait of the spirit of youth. !  Chalmette Movies  !  Chalmette Movies

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New Orleans native Jessica Oreckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning first feature-length documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, played theatrically around the world and aired on PBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independent Lens series. Her second film, Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys screened at NOFF in 2013. She is currently in production on several short animated projects, including the web series Mysteries of Vernacular.

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DIR: Jessica Oreck WRITER: Jessica Oreck PROD: Jessica Oreck, Dan Cogan DP: Sean Price Williams ED: Jessica Oreck

JESSICA ORECK

Sweden, Denmark | 2013 | 102 min

DIANA WHITTEN Diana Whitten founded Sovereignty Productions in 2008, following a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia, and was the director of communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Awards include the inaugural Peter Wintonick Award from Sheffield DocFest and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award. Vessel is her first feature film.

LUKAS MOODYSSON Lukas Moodyson is a Swedish writer and director known for the acclaimed films Show Me Love (1998), Lilya 4-Ever (2002) and Together (2000). In 2007, The Guardian ranked Moodysson 11th in its list of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best directors, describing his directorial style as â&#x20AC;&#x153;heartfelt and uncompromising."


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World Premiere USA | 2014 | 97 min

DOCUMENTARY

WE WON'T BOW DOWN

GERMANY | 2013 | 109 min

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WETLANDS

USA | 2014 | 82 min

DOCUMENTARY

WHEN THE BELL RINGS

(FEUCHTGEBIETE)

Deep in the heart of the New Orleans night, men covered in ornate feathers and glittering rhinestones march toward the sound of distant pounding drums. Surrounded on all sides by pressing crowds, beating drums, and shaking tambourines, the men arrayed in tribal panoply push their way through the throngs toward each other. Thunderous chants support each clan as they meet in a clash of brilliant colored feathers. Spinning and dancing, shouting challenges to each other. Spy Boy meets Spy Boy in a heated contest for respect and territory. Big Chief meets Big Chief, battling with rhyming claims as to who is the prettiest. In interviews with over 40 practicing Mardi Gras Indians, we learn the legends and the history of a culture whose practices date back to the times of slavery. We watch these men ply their craft to painstakingly construct beaded patches, sewing one bead at a time to create elaborate pictorial stories. As Mardi Gras day approaches, Indians around the city sew day and night to complete their suits in time for the big day. Tensions run high as the final hours dwindle, the night before a combination of desperate toil and jubilant anticipation. > Scheduled to attend: director Christopher Levoy Bower #!   Joy Theater " #! Prytania Theatre

DIR: David Wnendt WRITERS: David Wnendt, Claus Falkenberg, based on the book by Charlotte Roche PROD: Peter Rommel DP: Jakub Bejnarowicz ED: Andreas Wodraschke Not for the squeamish or the faint-of heart. We repeat: not for the squeamish or the faint-of-heart...including the following description: Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, XXXXXXXXXX with vegetables, and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a wayy to reconcile her parents and forms an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski).

Wetlandss is an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, first love, and anal fissures. We repeat: unapologetically vulgar. It's based on the best-selling novel by Charlotte Roche. The book was the first German title to make it to No. 1 on Amazonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international bestseller list and, for more than seven months in a row, it perched at the top of the literature charts; in 2008 it was the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-selling book. !"#!   Chalmette Movies "#!  Chalmette Movies "#!   Chalmette Movies " #!  Chalmette Movies

DIR: Brad Bores PROD: Brad Bores DP: Brad Bores, Tony Ledet ED: Brad Bores, Kevin DeVore The regulars at the Crescent City Boxing Gym thought 41-year-old Dino Wells was a little crazy when he first walked through the door, wanting to train. Director Brad Bores met former boxer Wells when they worked together in Los Angeles; Wells opened up to Bores about his violent childhood and his dreams of renewing his relationships with his children. When the Bell Ringss follows Wells as he moves to New Orleans to be a part of his youngest sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, searches for employment, and begins a grueling exercise regimen in the hopes of returning to the ring. While the story of Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempted comeback would make a compelling sports underdog story in its own right, the film suggests that his strength and persistence are, in a way, only the outer marks of a man radically transforming his inner life. Wells is not pining for his glory days; he wants to change into a father. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dino has carried these torments like scars his entire life, but before he moves forward he must confront and find closure in his painful past,â&#x20AC;? says Bores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He will stop at nothing to not only reclaim his boxing career and family but to reclaim his own self worth.â&#x20AC;? -Rachel Lazar

Join us after the 10/19 screening for a reception celebrating the premiere at Crescent City Boxing Club (3101 Erato St). > Scheduled to attend: director Brad Bores, co-editor Kevin DeVore, co-cinematographer Tony Ledet, associate producet Patricia Glenn, and subjecet Dino Wells COMMUNITYY PARTNER Crescent City Boxing Club "#!  Prytania Theatre  #!  Theatres at Canal Place 2

CHRISTOPHER LEVOY BOWER Christopher Levoyy Bower is a self-taught filmmaker. His 2010 short film "Solatrium" screened at film festivals worldwide, won Best Science Fiction Film at the 2009 Famous Monsters Film Festival. His feature film, Moon Europa, was workshopped at the IFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Narrative Rough Cut Lab and won the Daniel DeLaVergne Media Arts Advantage Fund Award.

DAVID WNENDT Born in 1977 in Gelsenkirchen, David Wnendt grew up the son of a well-traveled diplomat. He attended the renowned film program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Konrad Wolfâ&#x20AC;? in Potsdam-Babelberg before directing his first full length feature, Combat Girls, which went on to win three German film awards after its cinema release in 2012. Wetlandss is his second feature-length film.

BRAD BORES Brad Bores got his start in film working a variety of production jobs in L.A. In 2011 he moved back to his home state of Ohio to work as a construction laborer and save funds for filming his debut feature documentary When The Bell Ringss in New Orleans. Since then he has continued to seek out unrepresented stories of adversity and triumph.

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Jury Award Finalist

USA, Germany | 2014 | 71 min

DOCUMENTARY

WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE

USA | 2014 | 106 min



DIR: Nicolas Hudak PROD: Anna Hudak DP: Nicolas Hudak ED: Nicolas Hudak

Where God Likes To Bee portrays what it means to be Native American today, taking a personal, cinematic, and lyrical journey into the heart of the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana. The film follows three young protagonistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Andrea Running Wolf, Edward Tailfeathers, and Douglas Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; over the course of one summer, a summer that marks a turning point in their lives as they must decide if they want to leave home to attend college or stay and struggle with life on the impoverished reservation. The film breaks down stereotypes and transforms conventional views of the reservation, showing it as the spectacular home of a great and openhearted group of people who do their best to survive in and identify with a country that has tried to strip them of their identity. > Scheduled to attend: director Nicolas Hudak COMMUNITYY PARTNER PATOIS #$"    Theatres at Canal Place 1 # !$"   Theatres at Canal Place 9

NICOLAS HUDAK Nicolas Hudak was raised in a small town in the mountains of Montana. As a storyteller and visual raconteur he has always been drawn to projects giving voices to people that would otherwise go unheardandshow w places off the mainstream mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radar. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

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WHIPLASH DIR: Damien Chazelle WRITER: Damien Chazelle PROD: David Lancaster, Michel Litvak, Jason Blum DP: Sharone Meir ED: Tom Cross Writer-director Damien Chazelle's Whiplashh took top honors at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, nabbing both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The film stars Miles Teller (The Spectacular Noww) as Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz drummer single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite East Coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, he hungers day and night to become one of the greats. J.K. Simmons plays Terence Fletcher (in a startling turn that could easily earn him the kind of awards attention that his role in Law & Orderr never did), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, who leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his abilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his sanity. # !$"    Theatres at Canal Place 1, 2, 8, & 9

DAMIEN CHAZELLE Damien Chazelle directed his first feature, Guyy and Madeline on a Parkk Bench, while an undergraduate at Harvard University. It was named one of 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best films byy the New w Yorkk Times, the Village Voice, and Film Comment. His scripts â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Claimâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whiplashâ&#x20AC;? were included in the 2010 and 2012 Blackk Lists.

USA | 2014 | 91 min

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WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD DIR: Gregg Araki WRITER: Gregg Araki, based on the book by Laura Kasischke PROD: Gregg Araki, Pascal Caucheteux, Pavlina Hatoupis, Sebastien Lemercier, Alix Madigan DP: Sandra Valde-Hansen ED: Gregg Araki Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. Directed by Gregg Araki, whose early films pushed the envelope in LGBT filmmaking, the film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and also stars Gabourey Sidibe (Precious, American Horror Story: Coven).  $"    Chalmette Movies "# $"   Chalmette Movies $"   Chalmette Movies # !$"   Chalmette Movies

GREGG ARAKI Gregg Araki earned an MFA A at USCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Cinematic Arts, and his films have screened at the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious festivals. His films include Kaboom m (2011), Smileyy Facee (2007), Mysterious Skin (2005), Splendorr (1999), Nowheree (1997), The Doom Generationn (1995), Totallyy F***ed Upp (1994), and The Living Endd (1992).


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USA | 1957 | 99 min

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USA | 2014 | 75 min

DOCUMENTARY

WHITE RABBIT

WRITTEN ON THE WIND

ZACK AND ADDIE

DIR: Tim McCann WRITER: Anthony Di Pietro PROD: Shaun Sanghani DP: Alan McIntyre Smith ED: Tim McCann

DIR: Douglas Sirk WRITERS: George Zuckerman, Robert Wilder PROD: Albert Zugsmith DP: Russell Metty ED: Russell F. Schoengarth

DIR: Rob Florence DP: Brian P. Bruhn, Jr. ED: Brian P. Bruhn, Jr., Rob Florence

Shot in New Orleans, White Rabbit is the story of Harlon (Nick Krause, The Descendants), who has been tormented since childhood by visions of the white rabbit that his father (Sam Trammell, True Blood) forced him to kill while hunting as a young boy. Now that Harlon is a bullied teenager, his undiagnosed mental illness has started to manifest itself in increasing troublesome waysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he begins hearing voices and imagines the characters in his dark comic books are speaking to him.

Over-the-top melodrama was standard fare during the Mad Men era, but in latter years director Douglas Sirk would be proclaimed an â&#x20AC;&#x153;auteurâ&#x20AC;? and his mid-to-late fifties â&#x20AC;&#x153;womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picturesâ&#x20AC;? (Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Imitation of Life) would be rehabilitated by academic film critics (and nouvelle vague directors such as Jean-Luc Godard) as worthy of serious consideration. Rainer Werner Fassbinder would even cite Sirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films as the greatest influence on his work. More recently, in 2002, Todd Haynes gave a nod to Sirk with his homage to melodrama, Far From Heaven. Not to mention that the late Roger Ebert gave Written on the Wind a big thumbs upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so there.

When a rebellious new girl (Britt Robertson) moves to town, she and Harlon become fast friends. But when she betrays him, the rabbit, along with other imaginary characters, taunt him into committing one final act of revenge. Also starring Ryan Lee (Super 8). > Scheduled to attend: director Tim McCann, producer Shaun Sanghani, co-producer Ben Bickham, cast members Nick Krause and Sam Trammell    Joy Theater

TIM MCCANN Tim McCann has directed nine independent feature films (including Desolation Angels and Revolution #9) and won a variety of awards, including the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) at the Toronto Film Festival, the Merchant Ivory/Kodak Award at the Telluride Film Festival, as well as the Criticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Award at Rotterdam.

Set among the filthy rich Texas oil set, the central plot involves the classic case of a married woman falling in love with the husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend. With Rock Hudson (a staple of the Sirk stable), the ever alluring Lauren Bacall, and Dorothy Malone who kicks up her heels (quite literally) in a drunken terpsichorean moment that is the stuff of a John Watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wet dream.    Prytania Theatre   Prytania Theatre

DOUGLAS SIRK Best known for his Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s, Douglas Sirk (1900-1987) first achieved success in post-WWI Germany as a theater director. Despite his great success there, he left Germany in 1937 and eventually wound up in Hollywood, where he established his reputation with a series of films for Universal-International Pictures.

It was the kind of crime that seemed to come straight out of a cheap horror flick: a young Army vet kills and dismembers his girlfriend in a French Quarter apartment above a voodoo temple, then ends his own life by jumping from the top of a nearby hotel. There were even rumors that he cooked herâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with seasoning. But beyond the yellow journalism surrounding their deaths, there is also a story of two individualsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;New Orleaniansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who had friends, coworkers, landlords. They were real people, not just subjects of a sensationalized crimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and this documentary seeks to offer as much of that backstory as possible. Through interviews with the people who knew them the best, the film explores the crime from multiple perspectives. And in seeking to come to terms with how this horrible crime could have ever come to happen, it ends up raising as many questions as it answers. > Scheduled to attend: director Rob Florence COMMUNITY PARTNER Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities    Contemporary Arts Center   Contemporary Arts Center

ROB FLORENCE Rob Florence is an author whose books include City of the Dead and New Orleans Cemeteries, and playwright whose plays include Burn K-Doe Burn! and Katrina's Path. He is the Dramatists Guild Gulf Coast / Mississippi Delta regional representative. He is currently working on a documentary about Cosimo Matassaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studios. Zack and Addie is his first film.

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Seventh Grade

92 min.

Jewish Girls Are Easy

83 min.

Tzniut

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ALMOST ROMANCE

BELIEVE IT OR NOT

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  " A man wakes up hungover the morning after his thirtieth birthdayy to find the kid he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember taking home sitting on the couch, wanting to bond.

  $# Charles is an 18-year-old unborn man living inside the uterus of his folk-singer mom. Just as their bizarre familyy act starts to get big, Charles' captivityy becomes too much for him.

$)%$ A Hasidic woman in Williamsburg decides to find out what her husband reallyy does when he says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studying texts.

CANADA / 2014 / 10 min. DIR: Peter Knegt, Stephen Dunn

# After her jock boyfriend leaves for sports camp, a naive girl learns some hard lessons of romance through the veryy public medium of social media. USA / 2014 / 9 min. DIR: Peter Vack

%#$$$" %# A couple that's been married for fortyy five years is looking for a third. Theyy have fun interviewing candidates in a coffee shop until a man arrives and gets along with the wife. It's only then that theyy both feel the fragilityy of their situation.

FRANCE / 2013 / 25 min. DIR: Valentin Potier & FrĂŠdĂŠric Potier

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What happens when clowns are in mourning? BRAZIL / 2013 / 8 min. DIR: Rubens Marinelli, Marcos Alberti

'$" Following the sudden death of his wife, Stan is pursued byy a full brass band that onlyy he can see and hear. USA / 2014 / 17 min. DIR: Michael Slavens

USA / 2014 / 13 min. DIR: Angela Tucker

!  Hera and Orri meet one night in downtown Reykjavik. Excitement and attraction is in the air. In the morning light, the gloww from the night before abruptlyy disappears. Howw do the young lovers perceive each other in the harsh light of day?

'#"#"#( Tova needs to find her brother Saul, get rid of her (gentile) one night stand, deal with the brick thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been thrown through her windowâ&#x20AC;Ś all in time to run tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seder. USA / 2013 / 13 min. DIR: Charlotte Glynn

ICELAND / 2013 / 14 min. DIR: Elsa MarĂ­a JakobsdĂłttir

$#$$" ' Sandro returns to his hometown, hoping to reconnect with his girlfriend, Tina. But he receives a replyy from her mother: Tina has been killed in a gayy rights protest, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just got to help arrange for the funeral.

# #" $ %$# A production team editing a film can hardlyy believe it when it seems like theirr workk is influencing the world off the film. A rock-opera about aliens, sentient speakers, studio ghosts, and the powerr off music.

REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: George Sikharulidze

BELGIUM / 2013 / 29 min. DIR: Michael Van Ostade

#&$" To divert attention of her schoolmates awayy from her best friend's recent indiscretion, quiet Patrice takes drastic measures to pull attention onto herself. USA / 2014 / 11 min. DIR: Stefani Saintonge

  $& A middle schooler with a crush on a death roww murderer. USA / 2013 / 16 min. DIR: Sarah Leibman

USA / 2013 / 12 min. DIR: David Formentin in competition

!!" '"! " When Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother finds him being beaten up for being gay, she has him wait for her in a communityy center. He follows a stranger he meets there, and unwittinglyy finds out about his mother's neww job. USA / 2014 / 13 min. DIR: Raymond Yeung

" " "$# Things get mortal when an undertaker's photogenic family life is imperiled byy his clingyy younger boyfriend. AUSTRALIA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Eddie Diamandi

"#$ A Catholic nun in her trial phase, Lilya, requests a leave to go see her dying mother in Beirut. Her supervisor, Christine, has a soft spot for her, and might be able to make it happenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but Lilya would not be allowed back in the convent. Will she go, even if it means she can't return? LEBANON / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Mounia Akl

# A repressed young woman finds power in an act of deviance. USA / 2014 / 12 min. DIR: Alexander Yan in competition

 %#! While the ladyy of the house is away, a young nannyy confronts her entanglement with the familyy under her care. USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Catherine Licata


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The Exhibition

83 min.

Ni-Ni

90 min.

Skunk

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THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

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!  & US Premiere Two lonely people, one young and confused and the other at the end of her life, find each other through happenstance and graffiti.

%'  A young girl shows off her feral side when her dirtbag dalliance walks off with her pit bull.

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+&$%&$'*&'! A young girl in Vietnam helps her father with his businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; transporting workers on his truck. Their relationship is tested when he gets a special delivery. BRAZIL, VIETNAM / 2013 / 15 min. DIR: Mauricio Osaki

&$&'$ $&!'$ Will's world is turned upside-down when he finds out his revered older brother, Theo, is gay. Will pulls awayy from everyone, silentlyy brooding, until he finallyy lashes out. FRANCE / 2013 / 20 min. DIR: Yohann Kouam

)$+ )$  A kindergarten teacher convinced she could never have children of her own becomes mom for the evening when one of her students isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t picked up from school. AUSTRIA, GERMANY / 2013 / 22 min. DIR: Ulrike Kofler in competition

 !! It's just another miserable day on the dairy farm until Esra tries to kill his wretched father. Now he has to keep prying eyes at bay while he tries to revive dad (or not). ICELAND, USA / 2014 / 11 min. DIR: Markus Englmair

$!$*! ! On their way to visit the motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents, a family of three canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really handle each other. UNITED KINGDOM / 2013 / 9 min. DIR: Francis Lee

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CANADA / 2014 / 13 min. DIR: Robert Aubert

   The last days of a dead-end street punk as seen through the eyes of a straight-edge protest angel. USA / 2014 / 19 min. DIR: Melissa Hickey

%& A solitaryy writer is drawn to a young man she sees while walking in the park. GERMANY / 2013 / 19 min. DIR: Katharina Woll World Premiere

#'+ A Vietnamese woman who moved to Korea to marryy still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak the language. When an old friend visits her, she gets an outsiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective on her fussyy mother-in-laww and handicapped husband.

SOUTH KOREA / 2014 / 17 min. DIR: Lucretia Stinnette

USA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Annie Silverstein in competition World Premiere

%" $% Two teenagers spend their summer spinning signs on corners, shilling forr predatoryy lenders. When the dailyy rituall off getting shit thrown att them goes too far, theyy decide to startt packing heat.

USA / 2012 / 14 min. DIR: Erik Barnes in competition

!%&$% Outsider Sam and golden boy Jack conspire to rob a loan office, but their relationship and complex feelings for each other get in the way. PERU, USA / 2014 / 11 min. DIR: Diego Vega Jenkins in competition

!*) On the eve of a journey, a young man visits his seriouslyy ill father and recalls a pivotal experience theyy shared.

! US Premiere Wheelchair-bound Billyy asks his aloof caretaker to bring him to an anonymous sex club.

USA / 2013 / 15 min. DIR: Tony Fulgham in competition

CANADA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Martin Edralin in competition

( %! &$% A 13-year-old on the verge of manhood joins his estranged father for a hunting trip on which he learns an arcane and bloodyy familyy secret. USA / 2014 / 34 min. DIR: Jordan Taratoot in competition

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

107 min.

US Premiere

The employees off a Slovakian museum are preparing forr its 30th anniversary, when the government abruptlyy shuts it down. SLOVAKIA / 2013 / 30 min. DIR: Peter Beganyi, Andrej Kolencik 87


SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

88

93 min

Crazy Bitch

85 min.

Gloom (Perfidia)

84 min.

Easy

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

PRESSURE COOKER

SOFT FOCUS

Portraits of outsiders, rebels, and pariahs.

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"# Krisha's having a horrible Thanksgivingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;her familyy is sick of her, she can't stop drinking or stealing pills, and her nephew is being suspiciouslyy standoffish.

" A shipping man confronts a mob boss who refuses to payy for his crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labor. He suffers the consequences.

"$ $$ In an elementaryy schooll in snowyy Montana, Jessica feels the first stirrings of affection for her often-absent classmate Buddy.

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA / 2014 / 19 min. DIR: Johnny Ma

USA / 2013 / 16 min. DIR: Katie Hadar-Meade in competition

USA / 2013 / 14 min. DIR: Trey Edward Shults World Premiere

")($ Julia is prettyy high energy, and when it seems like her boyfriend has gotten sick of it, she does everything possible to avoid confronting him. Including interrupting her (only?) friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s date.

 " & World Premiere The son of a mafia don has his loyaltyy tested on the night of his parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; anniversaryy party.

USA / 2014 / 14 min. DIR: Alice Shindelar

World Premiere !"&"$ A lonelyy innkeeper lets his predatoryy streak bloom when an unaccompanied young ladyy shows up looking for a room for the night.

"$  &!"# US Premiere

Alfie's homelife of argument and anger impacts his interactions with the world, as he is byy turns gentle, violent, playful, sympathetic and destructive to those around him. UNITED KINGDOM / 2013 / 13 min. DIR: Tom Beard

$##(& Jay wants to be a successful director/producer/actor in Hollywood. As the subject off a documentary, Jayy goes through the ups and downs of making a film and its public premiere. USA / 2014 / 27 min. DIR: Tony Yacenda

#$"%## A doughy, balding guyy and his bodybuilder ladyy friend go on a road trip, getting a bit kinkyy on the way. USA / 2014 / 13 min. DIR: Efren Hernandez

$!$' " An older man, alone on Christmas, stops in a pet store to let the owners know that one of their fish is stuck between the glass and a plant. Does nobody care?! UNITED KINGDOM / 2013 / 12 min. DIR: Tommaso Pitta

USA / 2014 / 23 min. DIR: David Gutnik

USA / 2014 / 18 min. DIR: Michael Roberson

 !" A servant obsesses over the daughter of his recently deceased boss. Turns out the dead bossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with his daughter had an obsessive side as well. MEXICO / 2013 / 25 min. DIR: David Figueroa GarcĂ­a

!# A young boyy with Down syndrome and his mother share the grief of losing a loved one, but have difficultyy connecting with each other. Until the boyy does something unexpected. USA, MALAYSIA / 2014 / 8 min. DIR: Laura Mohai in competition

 %# %  #&?"( After a sudden death in the family, two young brothers learn, for the first time, what death means. They observe their parents reacting and arranging the funeral, and are exposed to the etiquette and awkwardness of mourning. NORWAY / 2013 / 17 min. DIR: Truls Krane Meby in competition

$$ "&$( A group of high school girls get a realityy check when they learn a little too much about the girl theyy like to tease. USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Alicia J. Rose

#( After an online comment from a stranger and an offhand comment from his brother, a young gymnast questions whether his hobby says something about his sexuality. USA / 2014 / 12 min. DIR: Daniel Laabs in competition

$%$"!$  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game dayy in 1972 Pittsburgh, and Joeyy canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find his lucky jersey. But when he realizes his crush and her familyy have been invited over, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to keep watching the game. USA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Charlotte Glynn in competition


SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

Afronauts

98 min.

Sermon of the Serpent

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

[DOCUMENTARY SHORTS]

THE STARS MY DESTINATION

AMERICAN LIVES

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+%&$+ In between looking after the helpless men in her life and working her factoryy job, a woman dreams of owning cats and visiting the stars. SPAIN / 2013 / 11 min. DIR: Chema GarcĂ­a Ibarra in competition

$! '&% It's 1969, and 17-year-old Martha deals with alienation and the pulll off historyy as the starr astronautt off a Zambian space program. USA / 2014 / 14 min. DIR: Frances Bodomo in competition

!! % In 1957, the Soviets sent a dog named Laika into spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; though there was no plan in place to bring him back. This short pays homage to Laika and his legacy. USA / 2014 / 1 min. DIR: Liesje Kraai in competition

& &%!'$% When Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend Olivia drowns, she goes to her house to sayy goodbyeâ&#x20AC;Śonlyy to find her totallyy awake, wanting to go out and look at the stars. USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Aubree Bernier-Clarke in competition

$#'!$$!!& Depressed, alcoholic Robot Rob just wants to find out where he went wrong. AUSTRIA, USA / 2013 / 6 min. DIR: Christoph Rainer

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Torre David

[DOCUMENTARY SHORTS]

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All documentary shorts are jury award finalists.

All documentary shorts are jury award finalists.

%$! !&%$" & In southern West Virginia, Pastor Mack Wolford leads one of the feww remaining snake-handling churches in the U.S. He was a child when he lost his father to a rattlesnake bite during a church service, yet his familyy remains deeplyy tied to the faith.

&!$$( Torre David, a 45-storyy office tower in Caracas, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the collapse of the Venezuelan economyy in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home of a communityy of more than 750 families, living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that some have called a vertical slum.

USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Mark Brown

&"!&$+ In an impoverished former mining town, a beloved druggist runs the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main hub: the sole pharmacyy within 4,000 square miles. While serving as surrogate doctor, life counselor, and communityy benefactor, he also suffers a private pain for which there is no drug and no relief. Winner of the 2014 Student Academyy Award for Best Live Action Short. USA / 2014 / 18 min. DIR: Helen Hood Scheer

 !%, Filmed over a ten-year span, this film follows an ex-champion bodybuilder on a quest to reclaim his former gloryy while pushing the human bodyy beyond its limits, despite one injury after another, even recognizing his own addiction to size. USA / 2013 / 17 min. DIR: Peter Michael Dowd

(%!%%%*%% Travel down US Highwayy 127 from Michigan to Alabama and meet the quirkyy cast of characters at the world's longest yard saleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an annual 4-day, 690-mile exchange of not onlyy goods, but narratives of love, loss, renewal, and nostalgia. USA / 2014 / 18 min. DIR: Riley Hooper

 !% Three black deaf individuals in Alabama explore larger issues of identity, race, and disability.

USA / 2013 / 22 min. DIR: Markus Kneer, Daniel Schwartz

)!!%!'%%  North American Premiere

Two stories and two destinies meet in a small, rural Italian village, as told through the silence and routine of two elderly farmers: cutting wood, tending their animals, completing domestic chores, and building a wooden house. Italy, Switzerland / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Tommaso Donati

&$&( &'$$ ( &'$ A thesis film from Cuban documentaryy film students, this short profiles the loneliness of a radio soap scriptwriter. As her life is projected onto the character she is creating and sharing with a listener, she connects two different worlds which seek, through fiction, to make sense of the daily adventure of life. CUBA / 2013 / 25 min. DIR: Cassandra Oliveira

&!D&% A portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 30-year-old Caribbean Sports Club has witnessed the transformation of South Williamsburg from a Hispanic neighborhood ravaged byy gang violence and drugs into one of the hippest and most luxurious places in Neww York. USA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Beyza Boyacioglu, Sebastian Diaz

USA / 2014 / 10 min. DIR: Johanna Obenda, Gabrielle Taylor

)&$& Set against the backdrop of the oil fields in America's Northern Plains, three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home, and the American Dream. Winner of the Silver Award at the 2014 Student Academyy Awards. USA / 2014 / 20 min. DIR: J. Christian Jensen

' ! &!  A second-parent adoption, for an unmarried couple, allows a 'second parent' to adopt their partner's biological or adoptive child without the legal parent losing their parental rights. The film follows two same-sex North Carolina families as they navigate the legal system and fight to obtain legal parentalchild bonds. USA / 2014 / 25 min. DIR: Rhonda Chan Soo, Kelly McKenna, Hanna Teachey

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

47 min.

89


SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

90

100 min.

Unmappable

84 min.

Notes on Forgiveness

81 min

Call Me Cappy

[DOCUMENTARY SHORTS]

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

PORTRAITS

MADE IN LOUISIANA 1

MADE IN LOUISIANA 2

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All Louisiana shorts are jury award finalists.

 % ! A daughter struggling to care for her dying mother in New Orleans receives the gift of forgiveness and redemption in the place where life and death meet for one last celebration.

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USA / 2014 / 22 min. DIR: Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma

 "& !" Working from his ramshackle home studio in rural France, taxidermist Jacques Gilbert breathes neww life into dead skin, transforming plaster, metal, and flesh into eerilyy lifelike sculptured animals. FRANCE, NEW ZEALAND / 2013 / 19 min. DIR: Prisca Bouchet, Nick Mayow



  ! " John Jo MacDonald is a 67-year-old fisherman who has worked the sea his whole life off a remote U.K. island. Full of character and Celtic charm, this short gives voice to a humble fisherman whose opinions are based on experience and not just fishing quotas. UNITED KINGDOM / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Nick Jones World Premiere   #!$ The courageous tale of Darius Glover, the world's first paraplegic motocross rider, as he trains to win the biggest amateur race in the motocross world.

USA / 2014 / 19 min. DIR: Lamar McPherson

" ! At the age of 21, Patricia Krenwinkel murdered at the command of Charles Manson. Noww as Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest incarcerated woman, she continues to be demonized byy the public and haunted byy the suffering she caused over four decades ago. USA / 2014 / 25 min. DIR: Olivia Klaus

USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Laura J. Medina World Premiere  " $ On the dayy of her wedding, 18-year-old Elise decides whether or not to go through with her arranged marriage with the older Pastor of her cult-like church.

USA / 2014 / 19 min. DIR: Gwendolyn Granger World Premiere !#'%" When a man looking for peace of mind and physical release hires a hooker on his first and onlyy trip to Neww Orleans, lessons are learned, lines are crossed, and life-altering decisions are made.

USA / 2014 / 20 min. DIR: Samantha Smith

World Premiere

The famously circular and overlapping melody of "The Flight of the Bumblebee" is expressed in this allegory by intertwining scenes of emotional limbo set in the Marigny and Bywater communities of New Orleans. USA / 2014 / 9 min. DIR: Alison J. Forest

' A single mother embarks on her own investigation when she receives a mysterious phone call from her daughter, Joy, who disappeared almost one year ago. USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Andrew Bryan World Premiere # '  The storyy of Caroline & Wesley, a young couple who leave their colorless hometown and unfulfilling ways of life behind in search for their own paradise.

USA / 2014 / 10 min. DIR: Lizzie Guitreau

"! $!! World Premiere

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A talented but troubled student sets out to trap a brilliant professor with a disturbing past and discovers that morality is a slipperyy slope, desire knows no boundaries, and winning often comes with a heftyy price tag.

On the anniversary of a loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, four lifelong friends gather to honor his memory when a series of surreal events unravel dark secrets from their past.

USA / 2014 / 29 min. DIR: Elizabeth Burris

USA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Adam Intriago

!"" ! Longtime friends Patrick and Zac struggle with tough decisions after Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story idea makes Zac a famed screenwriter. Fed up, Patrick takes action to claim the life thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rightfully his. USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Eric Gibson World Premiere ' Wally is a bowling alley manager who leads a perfectly uneventful life dominated by his wife. Their comfortable routine of TV dinners and Bingo is disturbed when Wally receives a piece of junk mail informing him that he has won a tropical cruise in his own yacht.

USA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Maja Holzinger


SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

Mirza the Miraculous

58 min.

Church in Black

57 min.

Avoiding the Obvious

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

[DOCUMENTARY SHORTS]

[CINEMA RESET SHORTS]

MADE IN LOUISIANA 3

LOUISIANA STORIES

MICROCINEMA

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All Louisiana shorts are jury award finalists.

All Louisiana shorts are jury award finalists.

World Premiere $"'" Welcome to Guisheppy's, a restaurant so extreme, so delicious, so unlike anything you've ever experienced, that Zagat ate here and died.

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USA / 2014 / 10 min. DIR: Oscar Brett

!(#!$$" World Premiere

This lo-fi, sci-fi tale of outer space, mystics, and carnivals centers around a fraudulent shaman known as The Great Bazandini and his daughter, Mirza, who really does have special powers. Originally shot in 1999 along the Mexican border, this is a film 15 years in the making. Featuring Paul Soileau (Christeene) and an original score and sound effects by Quintron. USA / 2014 / 24 min. DIR: Brent Joseph

##$ A love affair â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with pasta. USA / 2014 / 3 min. DIR: JonGunnar Gylfason

World Premiere

The storyy of the livelyy and controversial neighborhood that was the Lafitte Housing Project in the Treme in Neww Orleans, as told byy the people who lived there. Communityy members recall memories and share their thoughts following its postKatrina demolition. USA / 2014 / 25 min. DIR: Royce Osborn

 $$ Camile Persica of Livonia, Louisiana, makes Maque Chou and tells her personal historyy with this Cajun comfort food. World Premiere

USA / 2013 / 5 min. DIR: Christy Ward

#!"!%#"#" Located on Oak Street in Neww Orleans, Driscoll Antiquesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;run byy husband-wife duo Ralph and Audreyy Driscollâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has been restoring antique furniture for over 20 years. This short doc follows their approach to restoration, as theyy use traditional techniques and materials of 18th & 19th centuryy craftsmen. USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Arnaud Dufrechou

World Premiere

!#!# You are in a room that has hosted numerous tenants. This room is a collector of aggression, love, lust, and pain. The tenants change while the stiff taxidermyy and rose wallpaper remain viewers, like yourself. This film contains content for mature audiences.

USA / 2014 / 20 min. DIR: Michael Arcos

#!#&#"&##&#" Two lovers attempt to reconnect, onlyy to discover that neither is the person theyy remember. And though theyy want the same thing, theyy want it for entirelyy different reasons. USA / 2014 / 16 min. DIR: Paavo Hanninen

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World Premiere

$! This film interviews a wide cross section of individuals, attempting to get at the heart of the relationship between African Americans and religion.

USA / 2014 / 13 min. DIR: Kenna J. Moore

%#%$" The difficultyy of making oneself disappear from a 360 degree landscape. USA / 2014 / 8 min. DIR: Max Bernstein

#%# A man goes on a surreal odysseyy through Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s psychedelic underworld in search of his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s missing voice. USA / 2014 / 26 min. DIR: Adan Jodorowsky

#!!!! Gregor and Harold, two corals living in the underwater remains of Miami, share their dreams with each other. Made without any computer effects, using real coral specimens. USA / 2013 / 3 min. DIR: Lucas Levya

"!##!! On the 10th anniversary of the First Alien Attack, this documentary tells the true story of Campiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the man who locked himself in his basement after a heartbreak, and incidentally cracked the code of Alien language. USA / 2013 / 20 min. DIR: Luigi Campi 25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

73 min.

91


SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

92

96 min.

An Adventurous Afternoon

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64 min.

MUSIC VIDEOS 6 !# On an island, a watchman and his bird live a miserable and isolated life. One day, the opportunity to escape the boredom appears. But great danger lurks behind it.

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SWITZERLAND / 2014 / 7 min. DIR: Nino Christen

&#!! "A Blue Room" tells the story of a man in a coma. Images of of his life are filtered by his own subconscious from the window of his tiny room. Over time, the events seen by him become more and more incredibleâ&#x20AC;Ś

#  A winter visitor causes a poet to reflect on love and work. Based on diary entries of the young Bertolt Brecht.

(#% This animation illustrates a song by Will Rigby in which the singer has regrets about a previous correspondence and relationship.

USA / 2014 / 3 min. DIR: Richard O'Connor

USA / 2013 / 4 min. DIR: Emily Hubley

#% # The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsessionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; finding the formula for the third dimension.

(%%!( A homeless man wearing a lion mask seeks out to send joy and happiness by dancing.

HUNGARY / 2013 / 16 min. DIR: PĂŠter VĂĄcz

USA, SOUTH KOREA / 2014 / 7 min. DIR: Eddie Sooyoung Chae

 #%  The rabbits are happy living in the ruins of Rabbitland, the perfect democracy. Every day, its inhabitants go out to vote, and they vote for the same representatives.

& The tragic story of a dead girl and her improbable encounter with the dregs of American society.

FRANCE / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: TOMASZ SIWINSKI

#%!(#$%$&  # The odyssey of a small animated character who must face the city in order to free his goldfish. FRANCE / 2013 / 3 min. DIR: Damien Stein

 ' %&#!&$%# !! Actually, Giant Fox & William Honda just want to enjoy a coffee together, but the afternoon is getting more adventurous than they thought... GERMANY / 2013 / 6 min. DIR: Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser

# %& ) In this 1920s-style cartoon, a baker is cannibalized by his creations. USA / 2013 / 5 min. DIR: Scott Raskin

! &$! %#!&$  A 19-year-old kid finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react. USA / 2014 / 12 min. DIR:Danny Madden

!(%!$ ()!# ! ) Armed with a map, a plan, and his beloved red hat, Melvin is excited to see New York City many years after his first visit. But he didn't account for gusty wind... USA / 2013 / 5 min. DIR: Ben Haist

! ! When a frustrated detective begins to put the evidence together on an unsolvable case, his pursuit for the truth takes an unexpected turn. USA / 2014 / 4 min. DIR: Yizhou Li, Dustin Reno

USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Fabien Coupez

SERBIA / 2013 / 7 min. DIR: Ana Nedeljkovic, Nikola Majdak Jr.

 %' They line up like animals at a slaughter house. The only thing they know is that when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all over, they will become something else.

!$%!$ A father leaves his son to participate in a secret bout of bare-knuckle fighting. The boy secretly follows him. DENMARK / 2013 / 4 min. DIR: Peder Thomas Pedersen & Simon Bonde

USA / 2013 / 3 min. DIR: Wally Chung

 )#!! A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Jury Award for best animated short. USA / 2013 / 6s min. DIR: Bernardo Britto

#! ) What does it take to become a Dance Dance Revolution God? Much must be suffered, learned, and lost. USA / 2013 / 7 min. DIR: HB no.2

( !$! In this lovingly rendered throwback to 1950s Americana, a neighborhood cocktail party turns into something far more sinister. USA / 2014 / 3 min. DIR: Ben Phillippo


SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

After Trayvon

With the Flow

SCREENING WITH FEATURES

USA / 2013 / 5 min. DIR: Jeff "Silence" Arthur, Stacey Debono

   A sarcastic filmmaker tells his story of overcoming writers' block when his hand-drawn stick figure, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;girl of his dreams," appears in reality. USA / 2014 / 9 min. DIR: Jonathan Isaac Jackson

      World Premiere

An old man wakes in the mountains with his trusty camera and begins a journey into his own past, or perhaps into his own future. USA / 2014 / 3 min. DIR: Evan Houston

   

 A single flashlight is multiplied hundreds of times to illuminate the landscape of this music video for Hundred Waters. USA / 2014 /3 min. DIR: Michael Langan

  In the middle of one of the harshest Parisian suburbs, locked up behind the gates of a school, teenagers, their teachers, supervisors, and a cleaning lady are daydreaming about their secret desires FRANCE / 2014 / 4 min. DIR: Olivier Babinet

[DOCUMENTARY SHORTS]

[NARRATIVE SHORTS]

>  

>  North American Premiere An older couple copes with the loneliness of an emptyy nest.

One dayy after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a group of young men gathered in Brooklyn to discuss Trayvon's death. USA / 2014 / 5 min. DIR: Alex Mallis Screens with EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, see pg. 55 for times

>    The director points her camera at three generations of her Louisiana kin to find out why her family, of mixed-race heritage, has chosen to identifyy as black, starting a dialogue of great candor and insight. USA / 2013 / 18 min. DIR: Ariel Jackson Screens with LITTLE WHITE LIE, see pg. 65 for times

>    Told almost entirelyy through voicemail messages, this film documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, their cat-loving landlady. USA / 2014 / 11 min. DIR: Brian Bolster Screens with HOTLINE, see pg. 61 for times

> Coming to London from the wilds of northern Norway, Hansen yearned to taste the authentic smoked salmon of his childhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and so he set about building his own smokery, along with a Scandinavian-style cabin, on the roof of his flat.

USA / 2014 / 11 min. DIR: Sarah Friedland Screens with SABBATICAL, see pg. 75 for times US Premiere > A young archer, Nathan, rebels when his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough love gets a little too tough. But at school, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginning to emulate the man he fears at home.

CANADA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Thyrone Tommy Screens with FIVE STAR, see pg. 55 for times

>   A middle-aged hipster bartender returns home from his summer vacation to find his missing blue jeans on his doorstep, and learns that the ex-wife of one of his regular customers is on her way to kill him. USA / 2014 / 10 min. DIR: Michael Yusko Screens with BIG BAD ART, see pg. 42 for times

>  A day in the life of two catty men in Los Angeles who keep the world at bay through their derision and sarcasm. USA / 2014 / 13 min. DIR: Jordan Firstman Screens with FORT TILDEN, see pg. 57 for times

UNITED KINDGOM / 2013 / 6 min. DIR: Nikolaj Belzer Screens with THE LAST SEASON, see pg. 63 for times

World Premiere >  A grown-up guitar pupil loses it when she messes up her tribute to her dreamy teacher's song.

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USA / 2014 / 5 min. DIR: Josh Crockett Screens with HOMEMAKER, see pg. 59 for times

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Lorenzo, Leonel, and Luis are gifted, 16-year-old triplets who live with theirr familyy in a two-room informall house in Tijuana. Through discipline and resolve, theyy find alternatives to the limited opportunities available in conditions of structural poverty.

US Premiere > A man enlists a quiet young boy to help him steal and resell car parts. After an altercation with a mechanic, the two share a fleeting moment of connection.

MEXICO, USA / 2014 / 15 min. DIR: Itzel MartĂ­nez del CaĂąizo Screens with OF KITES AND BORDERS, see pg. 69 for times

USA / 2013 / 9 min. DIR: Michael Kefeyalew Screens with IMPERIAL DREAMS, see pg. 62 for times

[ANIMATED SHORTS] >  The storyy of Ismael "Izzy" Nazario and the time he spent in solitaryy confinement in Neww York City's Rikers Island jail.

> A suspensefull romantic crime drama involving ceramic statues, a Victorian gentleman, and a sixties cowgirl.

USA / 2014 / 5 min. DIR: Michael I Schiller Screens with CAST THE FIRST STONE, see pg. 49 for times

USA / 2014 / 4 min. DIR: Joshua Cox Screens with BUTTERCUP BILL, see pg. 47 for times

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1 BINARY A digital brain attempts to understand the two primal opposites from a survey of human opinions. USA / 2014 / 1 min. DIR: Andre Silva

6 LIVING FOSSIL Springtime along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, thousands of horseshoe crabs spawn on beaches under the glow of the full moon, providing a brief glimpse into a 450 million year old ritual.

2 DOUBT #2 A single 100' roll of 16mm black and white film exposed with vertical lines that follow the natural trajectory of the film strip. Worked under red light, the emulsion was treated by hand with various chemical applications, giving the strip its color, texture, and sense of movement.

USA / 2014 / 3 min. DIR: Sean Hanley

USA / 2013 / 5 min. DIR: Josh Lewis

USA / 2014 / 7 min. DIR: Joshua Gen Solondz

3 RETURN TO THE WORLD OF DANCE An instructional guide for those perplexed by the post-modern condition, this short is not about dance, but a tribute to Fernand Léger’s Ballet Mécanique. Part of a larger series of films that ask "If it is big, orange, and ugly, is it contemporary art?"

8 ACETATE DIARY After receiving a difficult medical diagnosis, filmmaker Russell Sheaffer decided to use a roll of 16mm film as a written diary.

USA / 2013 / 7 min. DIR: Dan Boord, Marilyn Marloff, Luis Valdovino

9 INFINITE NOW (INFINITE JETZT)

4 WE ARE OUTSIDE PLAYING IN THE GARDEN The indoor garden institution is a place where people can apply to go on holidays from their everyday life. They offer ponies, princess costuming, garden games, and more. Fun! Party! Yay!

Three people from different cultures, two women and one man, happen to find themselves in one place, gathered by one story. The place is generic, and so is the story.

7 IT'S NOT A PRISON IF YOU DON'T USE THE DOOR Godzilla emerges from a mix of melting, stuttering pixels, as if from a mutated world of decay and destruction.

USA / 2014 / 4 min. DIR: Russell Sheaffer

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BELGIUM / 2014 / 19 min. DIR: Julie Pfleiderer

GERMANY / 2013 / 10 min. DIR: Friederike Hoppe

5 HAPPY TEARS An unexpected encounter with an object from the past plunges a man into a dream-like state of reminiscence. GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, USA / 2013 / 5 min. DIR: Martin Monk

A WEAK FORCE THAT BINDS + CINEMA RESET RECEPTION Following the screening of the Experimental Shorts program, join us for a reception celebrating Cinema Reset at Spun Cafe in the Contemporary Arts Center, and a special audiovisual performance called "A Weak Force That Binds" in the CAC Gallery from artist Blake Carrington.

In partnership with the New Orleans Film Festival, Cinema Reset is an experimental film initiative focused on new media exhibition, educational workshops, & film screenings to open a creative dialogue about new endeavors in the filmmaking landscape. SPONSORS

This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.


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After receiving a difficult medical diagnosis, experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer decided to use a roll of 16mm film as a written diary. Projected, "Acetate Diary" is an expression of handmade sound and color. Examined as an object, the acetate contains words and drawings from a place of trauma. On Loop. DIR: Russell Sheaffer > SATURDAY OCT. 18 , 6:30 PM > SUNDAY OCT. 19, 4:00 PM (on loop) > SUNDAY OCT. 19, 6:00 PM

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See page 52 for a full synopsis of this film. USA / 2013 / 41 min. / DIR: Jodie Mack > FRIDAY OCT. 17, 2:30 PM > SATURDAY OCT. 18 , 2:15 PM > SUNDAY OCT. 19, 3:00 PM

[SHORTS] > FRIDAY OCT. 17, 5:30 PM > SATURDAY OCT. 18 , 4:45 PM > SUNDAY OCT. 19 , 1:30 PM

See page 68 for a full synopsis of this film. USA / 2014 / 1 hr 25 min/ Russell Sheaffer > FRIDAY OCT. 17, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM > SATURDAY OCT. 18 , NOON &!" "!"

Come watch 16mm film screenings from our Direct Animation and Cyanotype community workshops. Additional 16mm short film screening of "Acetate Diary" and discussion with filmmakers Sean Hanley and Russell Sheaffer to follow. Open to the public.

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A macro view into the fluorescent world of zoanthid soft corals aquacultured by Coral Morphologic. Each circular polyp with its mouth is an individual clone amongst the larger honeycomb-like colony of interconnected, photosynthetic animals. Found in every color of the rainbow, zoanthids are one of the most widely distributed coral reef organisms on the planet. Coral Morphologic is a Miami-based, art-scienceaquaculture endeavor that seeks to build understanding between human and coral worlds. www.coralmorphologic.com

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Also exploring subjective image space and hybrid systems aesthetics, A Weak Force That Binds is a live audiovisual performance using multiple custom software engines of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design. Sound generated by his â&#x20AC;&#x153;CScanâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haeinsaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Granular Extenderâ&#x20AC;? engines, also incorporating new field recordings made in New Orleans the week prior to the performance, are shaped into a composition then translated in a breath to spectral visual formsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an endless event horizon. Blake Carrington (b. 1980) works within the spheres of the visual, sound, and performing arts. Blake was born in Indiana and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

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SATURDAY OCT. 18 | 12 - 5PM CAC BOARDROOM

SUNDAY OCT. 19 | 2 - 4PM CAC SIDEWALK (MEET IN CAC LOBBY)

Get your hands dirty! Learn to manipulate the surface of celluloid film using a variety of direct film-making techniques; painting, scratching, collage, and masking in order to create a unique and hand-made experimental film on 16mm. This workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate animated movement through the tactile gesturing of this cinematic language. All work will be screened at the end of the workshop.

Learn to use this 19th-century photographic process in combination with 16mm film to create abstract moving images without a camera! Cyanotype photogramming describes the process of placing objects directly onto the surface of film coated with a light-sensitive solution and exposing it to the sun. The simple, DIY procedure can result in brilliantly blue imagery when viewed in motion. Participants are encouraged to bring translucent fabrics, small objects (like Mardi Gras beads!) and film negatives to use for the photograms and contact prints. All work will be screened at the end of the workshop.

> Workshops led by Sean Hanley of Mono No Aware

Rachel Lin Weaver (b. 1985) is a curator and artist working at the intersections of filmmaking, new media, and performance. Her projects have been exhibited in over a dozen countries and she has forthcoming curatorships in ReykjavĂ­k, Doha, and Zagreb. Rachel is co-founder of Thesthetics, a creative new media force based in Brooklyn. Earlier this year she began production on a feature-length experimental documentary about fishing and memory in rural Iceland. Rachel grew up in Alaska and West Virginia, and currently splits her time between Indiana and New York. .

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OCTOBER 18 SAY ANYTHING

OCTOBER 21 DO THE RIGHT THING

BYWATER BRICKYARD | CHARTRES ST. AT MONTEGUT 7PM | RAIN DATE: NOVEMBER 1*

WHOLE FOODS MARKET ROOFTOP GARAGE | 300 N. BROAD ST. 7PM | RAIN DATE: OCTOBER 19

DILLARD UNIVERSITY CAMPUS | 2601 GENTILLY BLVD. 7PM | In the event of rain, screening will take place indoors on site

DIR. MICHAEL LEHMANN, 1989 Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) halfheartedly tries to be part of the “in crowd.” There, she meets rebel Jason Dean (Christian Slater) who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics. In partnership with The National Rice Mill Lofts. ADMISSION—$3 suggested donation | No pets | Food permitted, food trucks on site.

DIR. CAMERON CROWE, 1989 A noble underachiever (John Cusack) and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. Sponsored by Broad Community Connections, Whole Foods Market, and The Broad Theater and in partnership with Nola Drive-In. ADMISSION—FREE and open to the public | No pets | Food permitted, food and beverage sold on site.

DIR. SPIKE LEE, 1989 The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of BedfordStuyvesant, Brooklyn. Spike Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise. Sponsored by Dillard University Film Department with support from The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences. ADMISSION—FREE and open to the public | No pets | Food permitted, food trucks on site.

SCREENING AS PART OF THE NOFF's 25TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING SERIES SPONSORED BY THE HELIS FOUNDATION OCTOBER 24 NORTH BY NORTHWEST SYDNEY & WALDA BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN | 1 COLLINS DIBOLL CIR. 7:00 PM | RAIN DATE: NOVEMBER 15*

DIR. ALFRED HITCHCOCK, 1959 A suave, successful New York advertising executive (Cary Grant) finds himself, through a case of mistaken identity, embroiled in a web of intrigue and murder that takes him across the country to prove his innocence to the police and get an evil crime syndicate, looking for a lost microfilm, off his tail. In partnership with the New Orleans Museum Of Art. ADMISSION—NOFS/NOMA Members: $5, General: $8 | No outside food or drink, food and beverage sold on site.

OCTOBER 25 GHOSTBUSTERS

NOVEMBER 14 CITIZEN KANE

ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS AT PALMER PARK | CARROLLTON AVE. AT CLAIBORNE 7:00 PM | RAIN DATE: OCTOBER 26

SYDNEY & WALDA BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN | 1 COLLINS DIBOLL CIR. 6:30 PM | RAIN DATE: NOVEMBER 15*

DIR. IVAN REITMAN, 1984 Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattanbased “paranormal investigators.” When their government grants run out, the former three go into business as The Ghostbusters. Armed with electronic paraphernalia, the team is spectacularly successful, ridding The Big Apple of dozens of ghoulies, ghosties, and long-legged beasties. In partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans. ADMISSION—FREE and open to the public | Pets allowed | No outside food or drink, food and beverage sold on site.

DIR. ORSON WELLES, 1941 Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word: rosebud. Newsreel producer Rawlston sends a reporter out with the assignment of uncovering the meaning behind the great man’s dying thought. Orson Welles’ first feature film proved to be his most important and influential work—a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. In partnership with the New Orleans Museum Of Art. ADMISSION—NOFS/NOMA Members: $5, General: $8 | No outside food or drink, food and beverage sold on site.

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SCREENING VENUES CONTEMPORARYY ARTS CENTER 900 Camp St

10 FULTON ALLEY

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THE CIVIC THEATRE 510 O'keefe Ave

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NEW W ORLEANS BOARD OF TRADE LTD 316 Magazine St

3

THE JOYY THEATER 1200 Canal St

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REPUBLIC NEW W ORLEANS 828 S Peters St

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THE THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE 333 Canal Street 3rd Floor

13 HOME OF GREGOR FOX

ELLIS MARSALIS CENTER FOR MUSIC 1901 Bartholomeww St

14 THE HOWLIN' WOLF

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CHALMETTE MOVIES 8700 W Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette

15 DEGAS HOUSE

7

PRYTANIAA THEATRE 5339 Prytania Street

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THE CARVER THEATER

PARTY + RECEPTIONS VENUES

5

8

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ASHÉ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 1712 Oretha Castle Haleyy Blvd THE CARVER THEATER 2101 Orleans Ave

600 Fulton St

1239 First St

907 S Peters St 2306 Esplanade Ave

OUTDOORS SCREENINGS

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

VENUE PARTNERS

16 BYWATER BRICKYARD 17 WHOLE FOODS MARKET

Suite 103, 300 N Broad St 107 18 DILLARD UNIVERSITY 2601 Gentillyy Blvd


FILM SCHEDULE TIME

108

VENUE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 I Morning

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NOVAC Opening Night Meet-Up

Parties

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Opening Night Gala 10:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.

TIME

5:30-7 / Cellar Door

VENUE

I 11 P

Black and White 7:00 / 121 min

Civic Theatre 25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 I Morning

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Theatres at Canal Place 1

I5P

I7P

I6P Every Three Seconds 5:30 / 99 min

I8P Dig Two Graves 7:30 / 85 min

Theatres at Canal Place 2

Approaching the Elephant 6:00 / 89 min

Theatres at Canal Place 8

Private Violence 6:00 / 77 min

Theatres at Canal Place 9 Contemporary

Arts Center

Narr Shorts:

Love Me 1:45 / 94 min

Foreign Shorts - FREE

11:45 / 107 min Pitch Perfect Documentary 10-11:30 / FREE

Pitch Perfect Narrative 11:45-1:15 / FREE

Pitch Perfect Open Call 1:30-3:00 / FREE

Karpotrotter

Microcinema

FREE

at the CAC

1:00 / 48 min

Prytania Theatre

Blaze â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FREE 11:00 / 120 min

The Blue Wave 3:30 / 97 min Evaporating Borders 3:30 / 73 min

Dusty Sacks Masculinity / of Mom -FREE Femininity - FREE 2:30 / 41 min 3:30 / 85 min

Steel Magnolias â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FREE 1:05 / 117 min

Mystery Train â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FREE 3:15 / 110 min

Narr Shorts: The Stars...FREE

5:45 / 47 min Out in the Night 5:15 / 75 min Cinema Reset Shorts - FREE

5:30 / 57 min Made in Louisiana 1 5:30 / 84 min

Shooter and Whitley 8:00 / 53 min Ectotherms 7:45 / 65 min

Meet the Hitlers 7:15 / 84 min Big Bad Art 7:30 / 57 min

61 Bullets 7:45 / 58 min Last Weekend 7:00 / 94 min

Outdoor Screening

Heathers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; FREE Bywater Brickyard 7:00 / 103 min CANOpener Reception 5-6 Filmmaker Lounge

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I 11 P

I 12 A

Skanks 9:30 / 85 min Music Videos 9:30 / 64 min 25 to Life 9:15 / 81 min Imperial Dreams 9:15 / 96 min Flood Tide 9:15 / 85 min

Masculinity / Femininity - FREE 7:00 / 85 min

Chalmette Movies

Parties and Events

I9P

Focus on Florida: Ectotherms Reception 6:30-7:30

Manhattan Romance 9:30 / 98 min

Night of the Living Dead 12:00 / 96 min

White Bird in a Blizzard 9:00 / 91 min

Filmmaker Welcome Party 10:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 a.m. / Home of Gregor Fox (former Anne Rice House)

Runtimes listed on the grid include any short films that may precede a feature but does not include time for filmmaker Q+A following the program.

DO A SHOT OF SUPER 8 

    Deep South Studios Filmmaker Lounge at the Westin

    Contemporary Arts Center Atrium

"Do a Shot of Super 8" is a free, hands-on shooting clinic, where participants receive some basic one-on-one training with a Super 8 camera and are then allowed to borrow a Pro8mm Super 8 camera and shoot a free roll of Kodak Super 8 Film. All the film will be processed and scanned in native 1080p HD at Pro8mm in Burbank, California, and a compilation reel will be edited together. You can sign up and check out a camera for one hour and claim your roll of film by stopping by the Kodak registration desk at the locations listed left. You will have to leave one form of ID or credit card to reserve the camera. Michael Brown, of NOFF sponsor Kodak, will be on hand to help interested participants.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 I Morning

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I7P I6P White Rabbit 5:45 / 89 min

Joy Theater Theatres at Canal Place 1 Theatres at Canal Place 2

Narr Shorts: Soft Focus FREE

11:15 / 84 min Narr Shorts: Believe It Or Not FREE 11:15 / 92 min

Narr Shorts: Outlaws & Underdogs 1:15 / 90 min

Of Kites & Borders 3:15 / 74 min

Evolution of a Criminal 1:15 / 88 min

Narr Shorts: Postcards from the Edge 3:15 / 93 min

Theatres at Canal Place 8

Narr Shorts: Cover Ups 11:30 / 83 min

Narr Shorts: Pressure Cooker 1:30 / 85 min

Theatres at Canal Place 9

Doc Shorts: Portraits 11:30 / 100 min

Narr Shorts: The Stars... 1:45 / 47 min

Contemporary Arts Center

Microcinema at the CAC

Prytania Theatre

Louisiana Stories 3:30 / 58 min

Dusty Stacks of Mom -FREE

12:00 / 85 min

2:15 / 41 min

Karpotrotter FREE 3:30 / 48 min

La. Shorts 2 11:00 / 81 min

The Last Season 1:00 / 84 min

White Bird in a Blizzard 2:30 / 91 min

Chalmette Movies

Dwarves Kingdom 7:15 / 70 min

Through a Lens Darkly 5:00 / 90 min

Experimental Shorts 7:15 / 57 min

Cinema Reset Shorts - FREE 4:45 / 60 min

Sun Belt Express 3:00 / 85 min

Panels

Love Land 5:00 / 101 min The Two Faces of January 4:30 / 96 min

Parties and Events

Representation 12:00-1:30 / CAC

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Hotline 9:00 / 93 min Fort Tilden 8:45 / 108 min Other Months 9:00 / 70 min Zack and Addie 9:15 / 75 min

Workshop Screening FREE

6:30 / 45 min

CENTERPIECE FILM Dear White People 10:00 / 100 min

Buttercup Bill 7:30 / 99 min

The Beyond (35 mm) 12:00 / 120 min

Cellar Door 9:00 / 88 min

Wetlands 7:00 / 109 min Say Anything – FREE Rooftop of Whole Foods on Broad 7:00 / 100 min

16mm Workshop with Mono No Aware 12:00-5:00 / CAC What Is Black Film? 2:00-3:00 / CAC

I 11 P

Imperial Dreams FREE 6:30 / 96 min

Outdoor Screening Film on Kickstarter 10:30 / CAC

Sabbatical 6:45 / 83 min

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Bury Me 9:15 / 47 min

By Blood 7:15 / 62 min

The Vanquishing of the Witch... 5:00 / 73 min

Evolution of a Criminal - FREE 4:15 / 88 min

B.B. King: Life of Riley - FREE 1:30 / 95 min

Ellis Marsalis Center for Music

5:15 / 60 min

Big Moccasin 3:15 / 65 min

Masculinity / Femininity FREE

Path of Blood

I9P Below Dreams 8:30 / 70 min

Homemakers 7:15 / 91 min

Proud Citizen 5:15 / 90 min

Ectotherms 3:30 / 65 min

Gideon's Army FREE 1:15 / 96 min

Animated Shorts 11:00 / 96 min

The Case of the Three-Sided Dream 5:00 / 87 min

I8P

New Orleans Indie Film Scene

3:30-4:30 / CAC

Gideon's Army Reception 3:15-4:15 /CAC

Case Study: Black and White 4:45-5:45 / CAC Ectotherms Reception 5-6

LFAV Meet-Up / 7-8

Filmmaker Lounge

Filmmaker Lounge

Cinema Reset Party 8:30-9 / CAC

Party Like It's 1989 10:00 - 'til The Howlin' Wolf

IATSE "Local Brews Nat'l Black Programming for Local Crews" Consortium Reception 4:30-6:00 / CAC 5:30-8:00 / Gravier St. Social

THANK YOU TO OUR 2014 SUBMISSIONS SCREENERS Tracie Ashe, Paula Aston, Jean Bingham, Mary Blue, Bob Boeckelman, Becca Brubaker, Angela Catalano, Lauren Delery, Cheree Dillon, Lauren Domino, Jeanne Dumestre, Tripp Faia, Stephanie Fitts, Dennis Gleiber, Marina Grozdanova, Eleanor Jardine, Warren Johnson, Kat Keane, Jonathan Kieran, Morgan Lawrence, Rachel Lazar, Leonard Lewis, Sergio Lobo-Navia, George MacLeod, Lee McDonough, Andrew Mendez, Auralee Petzko, Lindsey Phillips, Jolene Pinder, Melissa Remark, Diana Smith, Melinda Smith, Jean Stickney, Angela Tucker, Melissa Weber

"I don't understand this compulsion of mine for seeing movies. It almost seems as if movies are in my blood."

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

VENUE

TIME

FILM SCHEDULE

–IGNATIUS J. REILLY IN A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES 109


FILM SCHEDULE VENUE

TIME

110

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 I Morning

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I4P

The Possibilities Are Endless 12:00 / 83 min

Theatres at Canal Place 2

Ecocide: Voices from Paradise 12:15 / 58 min

Narr Shorts: Foreign Shorts 11:30 / 107 min

Theatres at Canal Place 8 Theatres at Canal Place 9

Five Star 4:00 / 98 min

Stray Dog 6:15 / 105 min

Narr Shorts: The Kindness... 1:45 / 83 min

Doc Shorts: How We Live 4:00 / 103 min

25 to Life 6:15 / 81 min

Vessel 1:45 / 88 min

Approaching the Elephant 4:00 / 89 min

Cinema Reset

Karpotrotter

Microcinema at the CAC Written on the Wind 10:00 / 99 min

FREE

Shorts Program

11:45 / 48 min

1:30 / 57 min

of Mom

FREE

FREE 3:00 / 41 min

Last Weekend 2:30 / 94 min

Chalmette Movies

Screenwriting for Short Films 3:00 - 4:00 / CAC

Panels & Workshops

Obama Mama 8:00 / 82 min Sweet Kandy 8:45 / 85 min

Cyanotype Photogram loop FREE

6:30 / 60 min

The Imitation Game 6:45 / 113 min

Made in Louisiana 3 9:00 / 73 min

Wetlands 4:30 / 109 min

The Two Faces of January 7:00 / 96 min

Wetlands 9:00 / 109 min

Film Investing 4:30-5:30 / CAC LFEA Reception Patois Social 5:30-6:30 Justice Mixer CAC Atrium 6:30 / Lounge

Weekend Wrap Bowling Party 10:00-1:30 / Fulton Alley

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 I Morning

I 12 P

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I4P

I5P

Joy Theater

I6P

I7P We Won't Bow Down 6:15 / 97 min

I9P I 10 P Big Star: Live in Memphis 9:00 / 71 min

I8P

Theatres at Canal Place 1

Narr Shorts: Believe It Or Not 5:45 / 92 min

I Lay Where I Fall 7:45 / 91 min

Theatres at Canal Place 2

Doc Shorts: American Lives 5:45 / 98 min

Jingle Bell Rocks! 8:00 / 94 min

Theatres at Canal Place 8

Love Land 5:45 / 101 min

Theatres at Canal Place 9

The Vanquishing of the Witch... 12:00 / 73 min

Arts Center

Chalmette Movies

Narr Shorts: Postcards from the Edge - FREE 2:00 / 93 min

Narr Shorts: Foreign Shorts - FREE

Contemporary

Prytania Theatre

Fort Tilden 10:00 / 97 min

When the Bell Rings 4:30 / 82 min

Women in Film & TV Reception 4-5 / CAC Spun Cafe

Parties and Events

Sabbatical 8:15 / 83 min

By Blood 7:15 / 62 min

Workshop Screening FREE 6:00 / 45 min

4:00 / 120 min

Broken Heart Land – FREE 2:15 / 82 min

Steel Magnolias FREE 12:00 / 117 min

Meet the Hitlers 5:15 / 84 min

FREE

I 12 A

Jingle Bell Rocks! 8:30 / 94 min

Little White Lie 6:00 / 84 min

Dusty Stacks Acetate Diary - loop

I 11 P

Bury Me 9:45 / 47 min

In Country 7:45 / 80 min

Doc Shorts: American Lives 1:45 / 98 min

61 Bullets 3:45 / 58 min

I 10 P

Oil & Water 8:45 / 74 min + live music

Where God Likes to Be 6:00 / 71 min

Penumbra 3:45 / 98 min

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion - Interactive Workshop 1:30 / 120 min – FREE

Contemporary Arts Center

TIME

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Narr Shorts: Almost Romance 1:45 / 89 min

Theatres at Canal Place 1

VENUE

I9P

I8P

Una Vida 6:00 / 97 min

Joy Theater

Prytania Theatre

I7P

I6P

1:00 / 107 min Blaze – FREE 11:00 / 120 min

Sun Belt Express 1:15 / 85 min

Narr Shorts: Almost Romance 4:00 / 89 min

Narr Shorts: Narr Shorts: The Stars...

The Kindness... FREE 3:00 / 47 min 4:00 / 83 min FREE Little White Lie 3:30 / 66 min

Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark

5:30 / 90 min

Craters of the Moon 9:45 / 76 min

Love Me 8:00 / 94 min

Zack and Addie 6:15 / 75 min

Dwarves Kingdom 9:45 / 70 min Homemakers 10:00 / 86 min

Skanks 7:45 / 85 min

Penumbra 6:00 / 98 min

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Sweet Kandy 10:00 / 85 min

Cast the First Stone 8:15 / 93 min CENTERPIECE FILM: The Great Invisible 7:45 / 92 min

We Are the Best 7:00 / 102 min

Mystery Train 10:00 / 110 min

White Bird in a Blizzard 9:00 / 91 min

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 I Morning

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I6P

Joy Theater

I7P Big Charity 6:30 / 61 min

I9P I 10 P Last Spring Break 8:45 / 81 min CENTERPIECE FILM Foxcatcher 8:15 / 130 min

I8P

Theatres at Canal Place 1

Dig Two Graves 6:15 / 85 min

Theatres at Canal Place 2

Big Bad Art 6:45 / 57 min

CENTERPIECE FILM Foxcatcher 8:15 / 130 min

Theatres at Canal Place 8

Path of Blood 6:45 / 60 min

CENTERPIECE FILM Foxcatcher 8:15 / 130 min

Private Violence 12:00 / 77 min

Theatres at Canal Place 9

Narr Shorts: Pressure Cooker 2:00 / 85 min – FREE

Doc Shorts: Portraits – FREE 2:45 / 100 min

Contemporary

Arts Center Prytania Theatre

Cast the First Stone 3:00 / 93 min

Hotline 1:15 / 82 min

Una Vida 11:00 / 97 min

Narr Shorts: Cover Ups – FREE

Ecocide: Voices from Paradise

4:45 / 83 min

6:30 / 58 min

The Last Season 5:00 / 78 min

Do the Right Thing – FREE We Are the Best Dillard University Campus 7:00 / 102 min 7:00 / 125 min

TIME

Outdoor Screening

Wetlands 9:00 / 109 min

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 I Morning

I 12 P

I1P

I2P

I3P

I4P

I5P

Joy Theater

I6P

I7P Big Charity 6:30 / 61 min

Theatres at Canal Place 1

Evaporating Borders 6:00 / 73 min

Theatres at Canal Place 2

The Case of the Three-Sided Dream 5:45 / 87 min

6:00 / 83 min

Theatres at Canal Place 9 Written on the Wind 10:00 / 99 min

Stray Dog 12:00 / 105 min

Broken Heart Land – FREE 2:00 / 82 min

Obama Mama 12:00 / 82 min

Goodbye to Language 2:00 / 70 min

Narr Shorts: Outlaws and Underdogs – FREE 4:30 / 90 min

B.B. King: Life of Riley 3:30 / 95 min

I8P

I9P I 10 P American Heist 8:45 / 94 min

The Blue Wave 7:45 / 97 min

The Possibilities Are Endless

Theatres at Canal Place 8

Manhattan Romance 7:30 / 98 min

The Blue Room 6:00 / 75 min

Buttercup Bill 9:45 / 95 min

The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal 8:30 / 95 min Black and White 7:30 / 121 min

The Two Faces of January 7:00 / 96min By Blood FREE 6:00 / 62 min

Craters of the Moon 10:00 / 76 min When the Bell Rings 9:30 / 82 min

Proud Citizen 7:45 / 90 min

Out in the Night 6:30 / 75 min

Chalmette Movies Ashé Cultural Arts Center

I 12 A

Goodbye to Language 9:15 / 70 min

The Conformist 7:00 / 111 min Last Weekend 7:00 / 94 min

Prytania Theatre

I 11 P

Music Videos 8:15 / 64 min

Chalmette Movies

VENUE

I 12 A

CENTERPIECE FILM Foxcatcher 8:15 / 130 min

Animated Shorts 6:00 / 96 min

Fort Tilden 4:00 / 108 min

I 11 P

Big Star: Live in Memphis 10:00 / 71 min

Cellar Door 9:00 / 88 min

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

VENUE

TIME

FILM SCHEDULE

Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 7:30 / 90 min – FREE

Runtimes listed on the grid include any short films that may precede a feature but does not include time for filmmaker Q+A following the program.

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112

VENUE

TIME

FILM SCHEDULE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23

I Morning

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Narr Shorts: Soft Focus 6:00 / 84 min

Theatres at Canal Place 8 Of Kites and Borders 12:00 / 60 min The Conformist 11:00 / 111 min

Where God Likes To Be 1:45 / 71 min We Won't Bow Down 1:30 / 97 min

Whiplash 7:45 / 106 min

I Lay Where I Fall 9:45 / 91 min Other Months 9:45 / 70 min Shooter and Whitley 9:45 / 53 min

Vessel 5:45 / 88 min

Whiplash 7:45 / 106 min

Below Dreams 3:30 / 70 min

Sagrada 5:45 / 89 min

Back on Board: Greg Louganis 7:45 / 86 min We Are the Best 7:00 / 102 min

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TBD 10:00 White Bird in a Blizzard 9:00 / 91 min Closing Night Party 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Degas House

Parties

117: Darius Glover ................................. 90 Call Me Cappy ....................................... 216 Months ........................................... 86 The Case of the Three Sided Dream ........ 25 to Life .............................................. 40 Cast The First Stone .............................. 57 Degrees North .................................. 90 Cellar Door ............................................ 61 Bullets ............................................. 40 Chase ................................................... The Blue Room (Feature)........................ 45 Christine ............................................... The Blue Room (Short).......................... 92 Church in Black ..................................... (After) She Left...................................... 93 Circle to the Left ................................... A Generation of Vipers ........................... 88 Citizen Kane .......................................... A Grand Canal ....................................... 88 The Conformist ...................................... A Ride Towards the Sea.......................... 92 Confusion Through Sand ........................ Afronauts .............................................. 89 The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again ........ After Trayvon ......................................... 93 Craters of the Moon............................... All the Pain in the World ........................ 88 Crazy Bitch ............................................ Almost Crimes....................................... 87 Dear White People ................................. American Heist ...................................... 40 Dig Two Graves ...................................... Amongst Laughter and Tears .................. 86 The Disgustings..................................... An Adventurous Afternoon...................... 92 Do The Right Thing ................................ And Let Me Tell You ............................... 93 Doubt #2 .............................................. Angel of Joy .......................................... 90 Dragonfly .............................................. Animals ................................................ 86 Dream Throat ........................................ The Apothecary...................................... 89 Dusty Sacks of Mom.............................. Approaching the Elephant ...................... 41 Dwarves Kingdom .................................. Avalanche ............................................. 93 Easy ...................................................... Avoiding the Obvious ............................. 91 Ecocide: Voices from Paradise ............... B.B. King: Life of Riley........................... 41 Ectotherms ........................................... Back on Board: Greg Louganis ............... 41 Elisabeth............................................... Bakerman & the Bunnymen ................... 92 Elvis Loses His Excess... ........................ Below Dreams ....................................... 42 Escape from Planet Tar .......................... The Beyond ........................................... 42 Evaporating Borders .............................. Big Bad Art ............................................ 42 Every Three Seconds.............................. The Big Beat.......................................... 43 Evolution of a Criminal .......................... Big Charity: The Death of America’s ........ 43 The Exhibition ....................................... Fettucine............................................... Oldest Hospital Big Moccasin......................................... 43 The Fish That Drowned .......................... Big Star: Live in Memphis ...................... 45 Five Star ............................................... Binary ................................................... 96 The Flight of the Bumblebee ................. Black and White .................................... 45 Flood Tide ............................................. Black Noise........................................... 89 Fort Tilden............................................. Blaze..................................................... 16 Foxcatcher ............................................ The Blue Wave ...................................... 46 Ghost of a Smile.................................... The Box ................................................. 93 Ghostbusters......................................... Box Walk .............................................. 87 Gideon’s Army........................................ Bradford Halifax London ........................ 87 The Gift of Gravity.................................. Brokedown Paradise .............................. 90 Giusheppy’s ........................................... Broken Heart Land................................. 46 Gloom ................................................... Bury Me ................................................ 46 Good Machinegun Sound........................ Buttercup Bill........................................ 47 Good Morning ........................................ By Blood ............................................... 47 GoodBad Not Evil ...................................

I 11 P

Five Star 9:45 / 83 min

Whiplash 7:45 / 106 min

Doc Shorts: How We Live – FREE 3:30 / 103 min

Chalmette Movies

FILM INDE X

25TH NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Big Moccasin 6:15 / 65 min

Theatres at Canal Place 2

I 10 P

CLOSING NIGHT FILM The Big Beat 10:00 / 90 min

Whiplash 7:45 / 106 min

In Country 6:00 / 80 min

Theatres at Canal Place 1

Prytania Theatre

I9P

CLOSING NIGHT FILM The Big Beat 7:00 / 90 min – w/ live music

Carver Theater

Theatres at Canal Place 9

I8P

90 47 49 49 93 86 91 88 99 49 92 91 51 88 51 51 93 99 96 92 91 52 52 88 52 53 87 89 91 53 53 55 87 91 86 55 90 55 57 57 92 99 57 88 91 88 88 86 86

Goodbye to Language............................... The Great Adventure................................. The Great Invisible................................. The Guitar Lesson.................................. Happy Tears .......................................... The Hearts Wants What It Wants ........... Heathers ............................................... Her Name Was Alice .............................. Hole ...................................................... Homemakers ......................................... Hotline .................................................. Housekeeping ....................................... How to See New York in One Day ............ Hundred Waters-Cavity .......................... I Am a Cinematographer ........................ I Lay Where I Fall................................... If Those Bricks Could Talk ..................... The Immaculate Reception .................... The Imitation Game ............................... Imperial Dreams .................................... In Country ............................................. Infinite Now It’s Not a Prison If You Don’t Use the Door Jewish Girls Are Easy............................. Jingle Bell Rocks! ................................. John Doe ............................................... Just the Three of Us .............................. Karpotrotter .......................................... King of Size ........................................... Krisha ................................................... L’île Noire.............................................. The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal........... The Last Season .................................... Last Spring Break .................................. Last Weekend ....................................... Laundry Room ....................................... Le Taxidermiste ..................................... Life After Manson .................................. Life On Earth ......................................... Little White Lie...................................... Living Fossil .......................................... Love Land.............................................. Love Me ................................................ Manhattan Romance.............................. Maque Chou .......................................... Marianne............................................... Masculinity / Femininity ........................ Master Muscles..................................... Meet the Hitlers ....................................

59 89 59 93 96 91 99 90 87 59 61 86 92 93 93 61 91 88 61 62 62 96 96 86 62 92 86 63 89 88 93 63 63 65 65 90 90 90 93 65 96 67 67 67 91 92 68 88 68

Megaphone ........................................... Milk and Blood ...................................... Mirza the Miraculous ............................. Moons................................................... My Father’s Truck .................................. Mystery................................................. Mystery Train ........................................ Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark ........... Neon Love in Pastel Colors .................... The Night Is Ours................................... Ni-Ni..................................................... Night of the Living Dead ........................ North By Northwest ...............................

86 87 91 89 87 89 16 68 93 89 87 69 99

Notes on Forgiveness............................. Obama Mama ........................................ Of Kites and Borders.............................. Oh My Devil ........................................... Oil & Water ........................................... On Cement ............................................ One-Year Lease...................................... Original Love ......................................... Other Months ........................................ Out in the Night..................................... Paper Wrap Fire..................................... Path of Blood ........................................ Penumbra ............................................. Pervert.................................................. Pigs ...................................................... The Possibilities Are Endless ................. The Preservationists .............................. Private Violence .................................... Proud Citizen ......................................... Proximity .............................................. Quyen ................................................... Rabbit and Deer..................................... Rabbitland ............................................ Requiem for a Robot .............................. The Return ........................................... Return to the World of Dance................. Rigor Mortis .......................................... Sabbatical............................................. Sagrada: The Mystery of the Creation..... Salmon Smoker ..................................... Say Anything ......................................... Scotch on the Rocks.............................. Scoundrel ............................................. Send ..................................................... Sermon of the Serpent........................... Seventh Grade .......................................

90 69 69 93 71 87 93 88 71 71 86 73 73 88 88 73 91 74 74 93 87 92 92 89 87 96 86 74 76 93 99 90 93 86 89 86

Shooter and Whitley .............................. Skanks ................................................. Skunk ................................................... Songs from the Outside ......................... Spinners ............................................... Steel Magnolias .................................... Stray Dog .............................................. Sun Belt Express ................................... Sunday Water ........................................ Sweet Kandy ......................................... Tall Evil ................................................. This Is Jay Calvin................................... Through a Lens Darkly .......................... Photographers and the Emergence of a People Toñita’s ................................................. Torre David ............................................ Triples................................................... The Two Faces of January ...................... Tzniut.................................................... Umba .................................................... Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind Unconditional ........................................ Unmappable .......................................... The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga Venison Eaters ...................................... Vessel ................................................... The Veil................................................. The Voice Thief ...................................... We Are Outside Playing in the Garden We Are the Best! ................................... We Won’t Bow Down .............................. We’re Flying .......................................... Wetlands .............................................. What Cheer? ......................................... When He Comes Home........................... When The Bell Rings ............................. Where God Likes to Be........................... Whiplash............................................... White Bird in a Blizzard.......................... White Earth ........................................... White Rabbit ......................................... With The Flow ....................................... Wood’s House ....................................... Write Back ............................................ Written on the Wind .............................. Yearbook ............................................... Zack and Addie ......................................

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A n e x hibi t ion on v ie w t hr ough No v e m be r 2 6 From Cameo t o Close-up highlights items linked to classics as well as lesser-known works in which New Orleans or Louisiana takes center stage. The free exhib bition features posters, lobby cards, photographs, press books, and other ephemera from the silent era to the mid-1199 0s. All of the items on display are from THNOC’s permanent holdings. W i l l i am s R e s e a r c h Ce n t e r 410 Char tres Street in the French Quar ter Tuesday –Saturday, 9:3 0 a.m.–4:33 0 p.m. Admission is free.

The Historic New Orleans Collection presents free film screenings in conjunction with the exhibition. Screenings begin at 10:30 a.m., at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 Miller’s Crossing (1990) S arrriing St ng Gab abri r el ri e l Byrne yrrne, ne, Maarc ne rciaa Gayy Har a deen, Joh ohn Tu T rt rtur urrro u o, an nd A Allbe bert r Fin rt nne neyy TH HNO NOC CS Seeniior o Curr att or or/H /H Hiiss to t ori riian n Joh hn T. T. Mag agililil wi w ll giv i e a br b ie ieff in intr trod tr oodduc uc ti tion on n of the h fifilm lm m a t 10 0:330 a. a m. m.

SATURDAY, NOVEE M BER 22 These Amazing Shadows (2011) A do ocu c me m nttar aryy ab a ou ut th he Na Nati Nati t on o al Fililm m Re Regi giist s ry ry,, th thee list liisstt of fil films ms dee eeme med me d ““ccul cul ultu tura tu raalllly, y, hissto oriicall caallly, or ae aesstthe heti tica ti c llllyy siign nifi fica fi caant n ” ea earm rm mar arke ked ke d fo for pr p eesser erva v ti va tion on byy thee Lib i rary raary of Co ong greessss. Fe Feat attur urin in ng in nte terv rvie rv ieewss wiitth Ro ob Re Rein in ner e , Jo John hn Watter hn ers, s s, Tiim Ro T R th h, an a d mo m ree.

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New Orleans Film Society  

25th Annual | Oct. 16-23, 2014

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