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The New Orleans Film Society discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. We produce the Academy-accredited® New Orleans Film Festival annually and invest year-round in building a vibrant film culture in the South to share transformative cinematic experiences with audiences, and connect dynamic filmmakers to career-advancing resources.

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This year we proudly present the most diverse line-up in the New Orleans Film Festival’s history: 53% of films are helmed by female and gender non-conforming directors, and 45% are by directors of color. We hope that among these 230+ films, you will find inspiration in the growing number of perspectives represented at the 28th New Orleans Film Festival, revel in the opportunity to discover exhilarating new films, and mingle with over 400 filmmakers in attendance. Our thanks and appreciation go to our sponsors, donors, members, screeners and volunteers, whose unwavering support has helped us become a critical platform for emerging filmmakers. Your support means the New Orleans Film Society can share dynamic new films with over 30,000 people each year, and invest year-round in the career growth of Southern filmmakers. Together, we ensure the New Orleans Film Festival continues as a vital launchpad to foster meaningful connection, create space for generative discussion, and seed relationships that result in the great filmmaking of tomorrow.

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On behalf of the 2017 Officers, Board Of Directors, and the Honorary Board of the New Orleans Film Society

WELCOME TO THE NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 OFFICERS

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HONORARY BOARD

President Valerie M. Grubb

Seth Bloom Michael Collins Liz Dunnebacke Sayde Finkel Monica Frois Britt Galloway James Gelarden Katherine Gelderman Alex Glaser Lesli D. Harris Jimmy Hornbeak Sian McArthur Joann M. Ricci Sandy Shilstone Conway Solomon Alexandra Stafford

Susan Brennan Stephanie Durant Alexa Georges John Goodman Taylor Hackford Wendell Pierce

Vice-Presidents Jean-Paul Gisclair Brad Hunter Treasurer Glenn Gruber Secretary Tracie Ashe

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Tickets REGULAR SCREENINGS

NOFS Members $10 | General $13

MATINEE SCREENINGS

Any screening scheduled before 5pm on a weekday

NOFS Members $7 | General $10

OPENING NIGHT FILM AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER Does not include Opening Night Party

Passes & Packages ALL-ACCESS PASS

NOFS Members $250 | General $320

- Admission to all festival screenings, and special presentations with reservations (over 200 movie options to choose from). - Early access to online reservations. - Access to the VIP Lounge at the New Orleans Advocate. - Access to all official NOFF parties (each night of the Festival) & receptions. - Priority entrance to all screenings. - NOFS Member discount on vintage merchandise.

NOFS Members $25 | General $35

CLOSING NIGHT + CENTERPIECE SCREENING NOFS Members $20 | General $25

SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

NOFS Members $15 | General $18

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

NOFS Members $15 | General $20

WEEKENDER PASS

NOFS Members $150 | General $175

- Admission to all festival screenings and special presentations on Friday-Sunday, with reservations (60 movie options to choose from). - Admission to Friday and Saturday night parties. - Access to the VIP Lounge at the New Orleans Advocate. - Early access to online reservations. - Priority entrance to all screenings. - NOFS Member discount on vintage merchandise.

STUDENT RUSH LINE TICKET

Available for all regular + matinee screenings $5

You have to wear your All Access/Weekender Pass to all NOFF screenings and events to gain access to the priority access lines, parties, and the VIP Lounge at the New Orleans Advocate.

FREE SCREENINGS (SEE INDIVIDUAL FILM LISTINGS)

You must be 21 years of age to purchase All Access or Weekender Pass. ID will be checked during pick up process.

Thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

Main Box Office MERCH STORE & PASS PICK UP

Ace Hotel New Orleans, 600 Carondelet St. New Orleans, LA 70130

HOURS

Monday, October 9 – Wednesday, October 11 12PM–7PM Thursday, October 12 – Thursday, October 19 10AM–10PM

CUSTOMER SERVICE HOTLINE:

September 25 – October 8; 3PM–7PM October 9 – October 19; 11AM–7PM Phone: 504 309 6633 General Public: info@neworleansfilmsociety.org NOFS Members: members@neworleansfilmsociety.org

UNLIMITED FILM PACKAGE

NOFS Members $125 | General $150

- Admission to all festival screenings and special presentations (excluding Opening & Closing Night), with reservations (over 200 movie options to choose from). - Early access to online reservations.

SIX FILM PACKAGE

NOFS Members $45 | General $55

- Admission to six regular screenings (excluding Opening + Closing Night, Centerpiece, Spotlight + Special Presentations) at a discounted rate. - Early access to online reservations.

PASSES AND PACKAGES DO NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO SCREENINGS OR SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS. TO GUARANTEE A SEAT, RESERVATIONS MUST BE SECURED IN ADVANCE ONLINE OR AT ANY BOX OFFICE. FULL FAQ ON OUR WEBSITE NEWORLEANSFILMSOCIETY.ORG

BOX OFFICES AT EACH SCREENING VENUE OPEN ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE FIRST SCREENING AND CLOSE ONE HOUR AFTER THE LAST MOVIE OF THE DAY STARTS ONLINE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL 2H BEFORE EACH SCREENING 3

All sales are final, including NOFF merchandise. Passes and tickets are neither refundable nor transferrable. Only in a situation that a screening is canceled by NOFF, tickets will be refunded.

Arrive 10 minutes before the start of the film to guarantee a seat. NOFF will release all unclaimed tickets to the rush line at that time. We will not issue refunds if ticket holders arrive late.


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1. ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS - FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS Screening Venue, Main Box Office, MerchFrench Store, Panels, Music Video Lounge Louisiana Features 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Parking: valet, street or adjacent lots Public transit: 1 block from streetcar stop (St. Charles streetcar line) ADA accessibility + seating 2. HOTEL MONTELEONE 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 3. HILTON NEW ORLEANS RIVERSIDE 2 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130

VENUES 4. THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE* Screening Venue, VIP Lounge, Roundtables, Pitch Perfect, Cinema Reset 840 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 Parking: street or adjacent lots Public transit: on St. Charles streetcar line ADA accessibility + seating * Referred to in guide as The Advocate 5. THE ORPHEUM THEATER 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 Parking: street or adjacent lots Public transit: 1 block from streetcar stop (Canal St. line) ADA accessibility + seating + assistive listening devices available per request 6. THE BROAD THEATER 636 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119 Parking: free lot or street Public transit: combination of streetcar and bus ADA accessibility + seating 5

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12. CRESCENT PARK-MANDEVILLE SHED 2300 N Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70117 Parking: Street Documentary Shorts Public transit: Bus and 1 block from streetcar stop (French Market Line) ADA accessibility

8. CINEBARRE CANAL PLACE 9* 3rd Floor, 333 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 Parking: adjacent lot with validation Public transit: by streetcar stop (all lines) ADA accessibility + seating + assistive listening devices + Captiview available per request * Referred to in guide as Canal Place

13. DRIFTER HOTEL 3522 Tulane Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119 Parking: Street Public transit: Bus and 6 blocks from streetcar stop (Canal St. Line) ADA accessibility

9. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MARKET Closing Night Screening + Party 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113 Parking: street Public transit: 91 bus route or 3 blocks from streetcar stop (St. Charles Line) ADA accessibility + seating

PARTY VENUES 10. FOUR WINDS LUXURY APARTMENTS 210 Baronne St. New Orleans, LA 70112 Parking: Street or adjacent lots Public transit: Bus and 1 block from streetcar stop (Canal St Line) ADA accessibility 11. WHANN-BOHN MANSION 807 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70116 Parking: Street Public transit: Bus and 3 blocks from streetcar stop (N. Rampart at Esplanade) ADA accessibility

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14. FULTON ALLEY 600 Fulton St. New Orleans, LA 70130 Parking: Street and adjacent lots Public transit: Bus ADA accessibility 15. THE PARLOR @ PONTCHARTRAIN HOTEL 2031 Saint Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130 Parking: Street Public transit: Bus and Streetcar (St. Charles Line) ADA accessibility 16. ART GARAGE 2231 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans, LA 70117 Parking: Street Public transit: Bus and 4 blocks from streetcar stop (St. Claude at Pauger) ADA accessibility 17. LIGHTHOUSE 743 Camp St. New Orleans, LA 70130 Parking: Street Public Transit: 1 block from St. Charles streetcar line. Bus #11


Sponsors Marquee Sponsors

Signature Hotel Sponsor

Producing Sponsors

Signature Media Sponsor

Directing Sponsor

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Premiere Sponsors

Premiere Trade Sponsors

Feature Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

Media Partners

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Contributing Sponsors

Grantors This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This program is supported in part 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 by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

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OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Parties & Events

FOUR WINDS 210 BARONNE ST.

FILMMAKER WELCOME PARTY

Wednesday Oct 11 | 10pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders Only

Following the opening night screening at the Orpheum, follow the sounds of Kinfolk Brass Band to the rooftop of nearby Four Winds luxury apartments. Enjoy sparkling city views, speciality cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the electric sounds of DJ Bouffant Bouffant as we dance the night away in celebration of the start of the 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival.

HOSTED BY NOVAC

Lighthouse | 743 Camp St. Warehouse District. Thursday Oct 12 | 9pm-12pm Open to All Access Passholders and NOVAC Members The New Orleans Video Access Center welcomes you to its 4th annual filmmaker welcome party! Mingle and dance with local DJs, food and drink to kick of your festival party run!

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY FRIDAY THE 13TH MANSION PARTY

PRESENTED BY SHUDDER

Whann-Bohn Mansion | 807 Esplanade Ave. Friday Oct 13 | 10pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders Only

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MARKET 1436 ORETHA CASTLE HALEY BLVD Thursday Oct 19th | 10pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders Only

Join us at the historic, 1850’s-era Whann-Bohn Mansion, located on oak-lined Esplanade Avenue at the edge of the French Quarter for an evening of revelry and otherworldly delights, sponsored by premium video streaming service Shudder, serving fans of thrillers, suspense, and horror. This epic event spans all floors of the three-story mansion: the musical stylings of Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns on the first floor and DJ Kazu’s hot beats on the third. With drinks and New Orleans-inspired dishes from 12 Seasons Catering, enjoy some old-world charm—and maybe a ghost encounter. It’s New Orleans—you never know!

Join us at The New Orleans Jazz Market as we close out the 28th edition of the festival, with some of New Orleans’ finest dishes and smooth jazz provided by the Cool Nasty House Band. Don’t miss the endcap to the 28th New Orleans Film Festival!

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DIVA DANCE FEVER Crescent Park - Mandeville Shed | 2300 N Peters St. Saturday Oct 14 | 10pm-2am Free Admission + Complimentary Drinks for All Access Passholders General Admission with Open Bar: $20 NOFS members $25 non-members It’s time to party! And what better place to get down than alongside the Mississippi as the ships float by. It’s going to be non-stop entertainment as we bring you the world premiere of “Tropical Punch” by New Orleans’ own Big Freedia and director Wilberto Lucci—a high-octane, dance-filled short documentary and visual album about the history of New Orleans Bounce Music, starring the one and only Queen Diva. Trust us, it’s going to set the mood for an evening of fun times. Open bar, good vibes, DJ RQ Away spinning on the 1’s and 2’s, food trucks, and more. Are you ready!?

MONDAY NIGHT MINGLE Fulton Alley | 600 Fulton St Monday Oct 16 | 9:30pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders Only It’s time to get your game on! We’ve got your lanes, parlor games, and bocce ball court reserved for our 4th Annual weekend-wrap bowling party at Fulton Alley. Enjoy complimentary bowling, along with appetizers, craft cocktails, and conversations about your favorite films of the festival.

SOIRÉE AT THE PARLOR The Parlor @ The Pontchartrain Hotel | 2031 Saint Charles Ave. Tuesday Oct 17 | 10pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders Only Join us at The Parlor at the beautiful Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District. The Parlor’s industrial shell and glamorous details pair with delectable dishes from award-winning Executive Chef Chris Lusk via The Caribbean Room, plus tunes from indiegypsy New Orleans jazz band Bon Bon Vivant.

TOO LEGIT TO DIP AT THE DRIFTER Drifter Hotel | 3522 Tulane Ave. Sunday Oct 15 | 10pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders Only Tropical cocktails, palm trees, smooth tunes from DJ Otto, and a heated pool... Come prepared to mingle and strut your beachwear (if you dare) on the catwalk at this hidden gem, a renovated midcentury hotel inspired by subcultural nonconformity. Get your selfie game on for the weekend’s most Instagrammable event. *Transportation from Ace Hotel New Orleans sponsored by Hertz.

THRILLER PARTY Art Garage | 2231 St Claude Ave Wednesday Oct 18 | 10pm-1am Open to All Access Passholders and Free to the Public Celebrate the 5th anniversary of local production company Ghost of Elysian Films with a party inspired by Micheal Jackson’s Thriller. This unique venue takes auto body to dance party in the St. Claude Arts District. Cocktails, bites, and sounds by DJ FTK! Free cocktails for All-Access Passholders, and special performances throughout the night. Costumes and smooth moves encouraged.

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Receptions

Unless otherwise noted, receptions are located at the VIP Lounge at The New Orleans Advocate.

Additional Event Sponsors

FILM TAMPA BAY Open to All Access Passholders Thursday, October 12 | 4pm–5:30pm Meet the Film Tampa Bay delegation, sample local delicacies and learn about the state’s film scene. Florida films at NOFF 2017 include The Florida Project, Macho, Clean Hands, You See ‘Em, and Lance Lizardi.

A CHAMPAGNE TOAST WITH FULL ARMOR FILMS Open to All Access Passholders Friday, October 13th | 4-6pm at Hotel Monteleone, Criollo Lounge Join Full Armor Films and the cast and crew of Hotel AI in a champagne toast to the 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival and the opening of Full Armor Films New Orleans office.

TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE IF/THEN PITCH FRIDAY

Official After Party Venue

Thurs Oct 12- Sun Oct 15

Free and open to the public Friday October 13 | 6pm–7:30pm Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks as we celebrate a day of filmmaker pitches and announce the winner of the IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition, which comes with up to $20,000 in funding and a year of mentorship with TFI.

#CREATELOUISIANA Open to All Access Passholders Location TBA Join the team behind #CreateLouisiana for a casual reception to toast this year’s grantees and learn more about upcoming opportunities for Louisiana’s film community. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION–LOUISIANA AND WIFT-INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATE WOMEN FILMMAKERS Open to all those who support women in film Saturday, October 14 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm Join WIFT-LA & WIFT-International in celebrating the work of the wonderful women panelists and filmmakers participating in this year’s film festival— and learn more about WIFT-LA programs and membership.

INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION Free and open to the public Sunday, October 15 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm Following the ISA Table Read, join the staff of the International Screenwriters Association for complimentary food and drinks. Connect with other writers and learn more about the art of writing for the screen.

VIP Lounge

VIP Lounge at the New Orleans Advocate 2nd Floor, 840 St Charles Ave.

Relax and refuel between screenings with food, beverages, entertainment, and special receptions in the lounge, furnished by Modern Market.

The Lounge is open to All Access Passholders only, except for noted receptions. Hours Thursday Oct 12 – Sunday October 15 10:00am – 10:00 pm Monday October 16 – Wednesday October 18 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Featuring food and drinks by Aunt Sally’s Pralines, French Market, HiVolt Coffee, Nola Brewing, Southern Recipe Small Batch Pork Rinds, Topo Chico, Whole Foods, Zapp’s and more. Music by DJ Blanche. 12


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Panels

PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

All panels are free and open to the public. @ Three Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans.

TAX TALK: A NEW LOOK AT THE INCENTIVES

KICKSTARTER TALKS STRATEGY

Now that the dust of the summer’s legislative session has settled, come hear about the latest changes to the Motion Picture Production Tax Credit, the long-term vision for the program, and what it means for productions big and small in Louisiana.

The pitch video is uploaded; the perks are dialed in. What comes next? Here’s a practical toolkit for fundraising: brainstorming around your target communities and finding the best, most engaging and innovative ways to reach them. We’ll cover strategies for converting interest into support, and reaching beyond friends and family.

FRI OCT 13 | 1:00 PM - 2:00PM

Chris Stelly is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development

SAT OCT 14 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM

Elise McCave is Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter

DISTRIBUTION DEMYSTIFIED

WHOLE WORLD’S WATCHING: THE ART OF UNREST

Each year, more films find their way to larger audiences over a wider and wider variety of platforms. The scale is staggering and the ink shows no signs of drying on the map of the 21st-century distribution model. Our panelists make it their business to stay on the frontier, so now’s the time to benefit from their experience.

In times of crisis, what is the role of those who make and engage with film: do we keep calm and continue our work, or reposition to engage a country’s concerns? A conversation probing the prerogatives and responsibilities of artists, critics, and audiences alike in the post-election upheaval.

Sean Flanagan is the co-founder and Head of Distribution of Magnetbox Films. Kristen Fitzpatrick is Director of Distribution & Acquisition at Women Make Movies Evan Morehouse is Manager of Acquisitions at The Orchard Jake Hanly is Head of Content Acquisitions at Gunpowder & Sky

Manuel Betancourt (moderator) is a film critic and a cultural reporter. Jordan Firstman is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles. Merrill Sterritt is Head of Audience Strategies and Partnerships at Cinereach Anu Valia is a writer, director, and actor. Her short film “Lucia Before and After” won a jury prize at Sundance earlier this year.

MASK ON: VIRTUAL REALITY AT THE MOMENT

ISA TABLE READ

Virtual Reality is everywhere now, but its production is still out of reach for many people. This so-called “empathy machine” isn’t quite democratized yet, but our panelists are rising to the challenge, looking past the hype, and introducing us to the process and implications of working in VR.

The International Screenwriters’ Association presents an inspiring hour of readings from two award-winning scripts, with professional actors bringing these incredible writing examples to life:

FRI OCT 13 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM

SAT OCT 14 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Matthew Findley is President of inXile Entertainment, where he’s made games for more years than the average age of the people who play them. Matthew Hales (moderator) is VP of Immersive Technology at TurboSquid, the world’s largest provider of 3D content. Jessica Ann Peavy is a filmmaker and visual artist and member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at the New Museum. Tracy Rector is Co-founder and Executive Director of Longhouse Media, an indigenous media arts organization.

SUN OCT 15 | 1:30PM - 2:30PM

SUN OCT 15 | 3:00PM

Grand Prize Winner “Going Sane” by Greg Wells & Rob Ripley and New Orleans Writer Award Winner “Neuro Confinement” by Rory White. Reception to follow in the VIP Lounge.

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Roundtables

Roundtables are open to Filmmaker Pass holders only. @ Conference room at The New Orleans Advocate, 2nd floor.

PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

TECH DEMO WITH SOUND HARD

MEET THE PROGRAMMERS

New Orleans’ only full-service rental house for sound professionals gets handsy with some of the latest technology in location sound-recording for film.

Where does your film go once you hit the SEND button on your fest submission? How do you take 200 films and turn them into pairings and blocks that speak to one another? How do you watch 40 hours of shorts a week while retaining your grip on reality? These dutiful programmers have the answers, and they’re ready to tell all!

FRI OCT 13 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

SAT OCT 14 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Lukas Gonzales and Justin Ditch are co-owners of Sound Hard, New Orleans

REACHING OUT WITH SEED & SPARK FRI OCT 13 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM

From getting in sync with collaborators, to courting backers, to finding an audience for your work, making movies can sometimes feel like asking for a dance at a middle school formal. Here’s some sound advice for getting out on the floor, courtesy of crowdfunding platform/streaming channel/ all-around indie brain trust Seed & Spark. Julie Keck is Head of Education & Outreach at Seed & Spark and author of Social Media Charm School

BUDGETING YOUR PROJECT FROM MEDIA SERVICES PAYROLL SAT OCT 14 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Alyssa Armand is a programmer for the Atlanta Film Festival. Ina Pira curates videos at Vimeo, and formerly programmed at the Montclair and Sarasota Film Festivals. Paul Sloop is Short Films Programming Manager at Cleveland International Film Festival Joi Tribble is a Shorts Programmer at Sidewalk Film Festival

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE SAT OCT 14 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Since its inception in 2001, Tribeca Film Institute has supported artists in scripted and documentary cinema, as well as a growing array of interactive and new media disciplines. Come learn more about their vital work. Bryce Norbitz is Manager of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute

Getting ready to shoot your next big feature, pilot or web series? The first thing you’ll need is a solid budget that takes into account your spending as well as payroll expenses, and can unlock incentives money and help you plan how much you might get back. Learn about some common industry practices and pitfalls, plus the tools available to make the process easier for you. Steve Bizenov is VP of Sales and Software development at Media Services

BEFORE AND AFTER DISTRIBUTION WITH MAGNETBOX FILMS SUN OCT 15 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM

After your festival run is over, should you be looking for a sales agent, a distribution company or self distribution? Seasoned distribution wonks from Magnetbox, a sales and development consultancy, are here to school you in planning during production for distribution requirements and seeking the right type of release to sustain your film’s life. Sean Flanagan is the co-founder and Head of Distribution of Magnetbox Films. Jake Coburn is the co-founder and Head of Production of Magnetbox Films.

Pitch Perfect Free and open to the public

STUDENT NARRATIVE PITCHES

FRI OCT 13 | 10:00AM THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE Winner receives: a Samsung 360 Camera, Final Draft 10, an ISA Membership, and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.

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STUDENT DOCUMENTARY PITCHES

FRI OCT 13 | 12:00PM THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE Winner receives: a Samsung 360 camera, a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc., and Showbiz Budgeting Software

Students from southern universities compete to win funding for their next project. This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University.

Pitch Perfect provides a unique opportunity for Southern filmmakers to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, filmmakers have just a few minutes to pitch their concepts or works-in-progress to a panel of judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer on-the-spot constructive feedback and select a winning pitch.

PITCH PERFECT FOR SOUTHERN IF/THEN SHORT FILMMAKERS DOCUMENTARY PITCH FRI OCT 13 | 2:00 PM COMPETITION THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE

Filmmakers at any stage in their career pitch their next project to our panel of judges for a chance to make it a reality.

FRIDAY OCT 13 | 4:00PM THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE

A program in conjunction with the Tribecca Film Institute, documentary filmmakers have a chance to pitch Winner receives: $10,000 camera rental their next project for funding and package sponsored by 4:4:4 camera, support. 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc., Final Draft 10, Vimeo Pro Account, ISA Winner receives: up to $20,000 in Membership, and Showbiz Budgeting production support from IF/Then, Software. and year-round mentorship from TFI


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Opening Night

Lead Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

At The Orpheum Theater

The Florida Project USA | 2017 | 115 MIN

DIR: SEAN BAKER; PRD: SEAN BAKER, CHRIS BERGOCH, KEVIN CHINOY, ANDREW DUNCAN, ALEX SAKS, FRANCESCA SILVESTRI, SHIH-CHING TSOU; WRI: SEAN BAKER, CHRIS BERGOCH; DP: ALEXIS ZABE; ED: SEAN BAKER

From the visionary director of indie hit Tangerine, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live week-to-week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel near Disney World managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the unique world into which they’ve been thrown.

WED OCT 11 | 7:30PM | ORPHEUM THEATER

Closing Night

At Ace Hotel New Orleans

Call Me By Your Name

ITALY, FRANCE, BRAZIL, UNITED STATES | 2017 | 132 MIN DIR: LUCA GUADAGNINO; PRD: EMILIE GEORGES, LUCA GUADAGNINO, JAMES IVORY, MARCO MORABITO, HOWARD ROSENMAN, PETER SPEARS; WRI: JAMES IVORY; DP: SAYOMBHU MUKDEEPROM; ED: WALTER FASANO

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

THURS OCT 19 | 8:00PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

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Centerpiece Screening At Ace Hotel New Orleans

Mudbound USA | 2017 | 134 MIN

DIR: DEE REES; PRD: CARL EFFENSON, SALLY JO EFFENSON, CASSIAN ELWES, CHARLES KING, CHRISTOPHER LEMOLE, KIM ROTH, TIM ZAJAROS; WRI: VIRGIL WILLIAMS, DEE REES, HILLARY JORDAN; DP: RACHEL MORRISON; ED: MAKO KAMITSUNA

SAT OCT 14 | 9PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Presenting Sponsor

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


Spotlight Films

Fresh from premieres at top-tier film festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and Venice— and coming from prestige indie distributors like Fox Searchlight, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, and Open Roads, these Spotlight Films represent some of the most exciting releases of the fall season. You’ll be hearing more about these as awards season ramps up, we guarantee it...

THE DARKEST HOUR UK| 2017 | 125 MIN

DIR: JOE WRIGHT; PRD: TIM BEVAN, ERIC FELLNER, LISA BRUCE, ANTHONY MCCARTEN, DOUGLAS URBANSKI; WRI: ANTHONY MCCARTEN; DP: BRUNO DELBONNEL; ED: VALERIO BONELLI

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

SUN OCT 15 | 5:00PM | PRYTANIA THEATER

MARSHALL

USA | 2017 | 118 MIN DIR: REGINALD HUDLIN; PRD: REGINALD HUDLIN, JONATHAN SANGER, PAULA WAGNER; WRI: JACOB KOSKOFF, MICHAEL KOSKOFF; DP: NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL; ED: TOM MCARDLE

As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

THURS OCT 12 | 8:30PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Presenting Sponsor

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THE UPSIDE

USA | 2017 | 118 MIN DIR: NEIL BURGER; PRD: TODD BLACK, JASON BLUMENTHAL, STEVE TISCH; WRI: JON HARTMERE, PAUL FEIG, OLIVIER NAKACHE, ERIC TOLEDANO; DP: STUART DRYBURGH; ED: NAOMI GERAGHTY

Based on a true story, this remake of the critically acclaimed French film Les Intouchables chronicles the unexpected friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell Scott (Kevin Hart), in need of a job and a fresh start. From worlds apart, Phillip and Dell form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Juliana Margulies, and Aja Naomi King, the film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

MON OCT 16 | 7:15PM | PRYTANIA THEATER

THE CURRENT WAR USA | 2017 | 105 MIN

DIR: ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON; PRD: TIMUR BEKMAMBETOV, BASIL IWANYK, STEVEN ZAILLIAN; WRI: MICHAEL MITNICK; DP: CHUNG-HOON CHUNG; ED: DAVID TRACHTENBERG

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, The Current War is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current.

SCREENING DATE, TIME & LOCATION TBD

LAST FLAG FLYING USA | 2017 | 124 MIN

DIR: RICHARD LINKLATER; PRD: GINGER SLEDGE, JOHN SLOSS; WRI: DARRYL PONICSAN, RICHARD LINKLATER; DP: SHANE F. KELLY; ED: SANDRA ADAIR

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old military buddies, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. With the casket, the three friends take a bittersweet road trip up the East Coast, reflecting on the impact of war and reminisce about their times together. Marking a new direction for Linklater after his joyful college romp, Everybody Wants Some!!, Last Flag Flying is a poignant exploration of aging, masculinity, and friendship.

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TUES OCT 17 | 7:30PM | PRYTANIA THEATER


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Special Presentations IN CONVERSATION WITH

PATRICIA CLARKSON

Patricia Clarkson first fell in love with acting as a teenager in her native New Orleans and honed her skills at Yale and later on the New York stage. She made her film debut in Brian DePalma’s 1987 gangster flick The Untouchables and went on to become the darling of the indie film world with her stunning turn in 1998’s High Art, followed by strong roles in such lauded films as Far from Heaven, The Station Agent, and Pieces of April. Her spot-on performance in the latter earned her her first Golden Globe and Oscar nods. She also won a pair of Emmys for guest appearances on the HBO hit series Six Feet Under. She has continued to wow movie lovers with finely etched portraits in such diverse films as Good Night, and Good Luck; Vicky Christina Barcelona; Shutter Island; and Cairo Time. Saturday Oct 14 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Ace Hotel New Orleans

GABOUREY SIDIBE

IN CONVERSATION WITH AISHA HARRIS Live Recording for Slate’s “Represent” Podcast

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

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Join us for a discussion about the hit TBS show Search Party with the co-creators and writers of the show, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. The collaborators wrote and directed the feature film Fort Tilden (NOFF 2012), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. They went on to write for the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and also on the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Search Party premiered in the fall of 2016 on TBS and the second season returns this November.

Creators and Writers of Search Party

In the dark comedy series, a group of friends—Dory (Alia Shawkat), Portia (Meredith Hagner), Elliott (John Early), and Drew (John Reynolds)—must deal with the disastrous consequences of successfully tracking down missing classmate Chantal (Clare McNulty). As the friends’ paranoia grows, their relationships fray, and it becomes increasingly difficult to trust that no one will discover the group’s secret. These privileged, self-absorbed 20-somethings are in danger.

SARAH-VIOLET BLISS AND CHARLES ROGERS

Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Sunday, October 15 | 8:00pm - 9:15pm | The New Orleans Advocate

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New French Cinema

In partnership with the Champs-Elysées Film Festival, we are pleased to present three French feature films that represent exciting new voices in French cinema. This program is supported by Unifrance.

BONHEUR ACADÉMIE FRANCE | 2015 | 65 MIN

DIR: ALAIN DELLA NEGRA & KAORI KINOSHITA; PRD: EMMANUEL CHAUMET; WRI: ALAIN DELLA NEGRA, KAORI KINOSHITA, ROSE PHILIPPON; DP: YOANN DE MONTGRAND; ED: NICOLAS BOUCHER

People seeking enlightenment attend a retreat at the “Happiness Academy,” where workshops and social gatherings focus on “laughter, orgasm, and meditation.” The leader of this center video chats with his congregation as “Raël”—but the film focuses not as much on the religious practices of the center’s worshippers as the love triangle of three attendees. In particular, one woman, played by Laure Calamy, commands our attention as she overcomes insecurity to connect with a more confident woman and a pop singer whom she desires. Reality and fiction are two sides of the same coin in this documentary/narrative hybrid, which had its U.S. Premiere at New Directors/ New Films. -KM

In Partnership with: FRI OCT 13 | 1:30PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

EMBRASSE-MOI!

WALLAY

DIR: OCÉANE MICHEL & CYPRIEN VIAL; PRD: MAXIME DELAUNEY, ROMAIN ROUSSEAU; WRI: OCÉANE MICHEL, CYPRIEN VIAL; DP: PASCAL AUFFRAY; ED: ANNY DANCHÉ, JULIE DUCLAUX

DIR: BERNI GOLDBLAT; PRD: NICOLAS ANTHOMÉ; WRI: DAVID BOUCHET; DP: MARTIN RIT; ED: LAURENT SÉNÉCHAL

Océane Michel, an emerging French standup comedian, brings charm and charisma to this romantic comedy, which she stars in and directs. Her eccentric family, hilarious gaggle of friends, and seemingly unending roster of ex-girlfriends keep her busy. When her girlfriend dumps her, she falls hard for Cécile, a sweet, shy photographer played by natural talent Alice Pol. In this irreverent film the ensemble cast shines as Océane’s meddling but devoted cohort speculate whether or not this fling will last. -KM

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

FRANCE | 2017 | 86 MIN

FRANCE, BURKINA FASO | 2017 | 84 MIN

Filmmaker scheduled to attend Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

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THURS OCT 12 | 12:00PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS


Caribbean Voices

Recognizing the historical and cultural ties between the Caribbean and New Orleans— oftentimes called the northernmost Caribbean city—this program showcases the vibrant and varied landscapes and cultures of the Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora, featuring stories from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti.

PLAY THE DEVIL

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, THE BAHAMAS, USA | 2016 | 90 MIN DIR: MARIA GOVAN; PRD: MARIA GOVAN, ABIGAIL HADEED, JONATHAN GREY, CHRIS MORTIMER; WRI: MARIA GOVAN; DP: JAMES WALL; ED: THOMAS A. KREUGER

Dancing deftly between the confusion and possibilities of youth, Play the Devil offers the story of Gregory, a teenager on the cusp of graduation in the town of Paramin, Trinidad. He is torn between meeting the expectations of his family by studying medicine abroad and his passion to study the world’s beauty through photography. Amid this choice and the return of his father—a recovering addict—his artistic spirit catches the attention of an affluent businessman who attempts to foster Greg’s talent until the relationship goes too far. Tender moments intertwine with the lush cliffsides and vistas of Trinidad and Tobago, toppling one into the next until a choice with dire consequences is made during the year’s Carnival. -AL

Community Partner: WED OCT 18 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER

Prospect New Orleans

Community Partner: Pelican Bomb

SAMBÁ

SERENADE FOR HAITI

DIR: LAURA AMELIA GUZMÁN & ISRAEL CÁRDENAS; PRD: ETTORE D’ALESSANDRO, CAROLINA ENCARNACIÓN; WRI: ETTORE D’ALESSANDRO; DP: ANDREI BOWDEN SCHWARTZ; ED: ANDREA KLEINMAN

DIR: OWSLEY BROWN; PRD: CHRISTY MCGILL, GINA LIEBRECHT, EVA ILONA BRZESKI, JEFF BOYETTE; DP: MARCEL CABRERA; ED: GINA LEIBRECHT, EVA ILONA BRZESKI, JEFF BOYETTE

After his release from a U.S. prison, Cisco hardly expects to be welcomed back into his home in the Dominican Republic with open arms, but life on the island for an ex-convict with no marketable skills is even harder than he’d imagined. Left with no better option, he uses his gifts as a boxer to earn cash in backalley bloodbuckets. Here he catches the eye of Nichi, an exiled Italian gambler who sees, in making Cisco legit, a chance to pay off the bookies with his share of the prize purse. Mixing bruising match scenes with a hardscrabble view of island life, Sambá’s fighting elegy goes toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. -JK

Director Owsley Brown spins a gorgeous and soulful symphony of a city, Portau-Prince, sprung to life through the performances and words of the students and teachers at Sainte Trinité Music School. Beginning three years before the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that left 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, music’s saving grace takes on new meaning in the aftermath of the horror that leaves the school in ruins. However, Serenade for Haiti never wallows in sorrow: it’s a visual feast and celebration of a musical and cultural heritage whose fingerprints can be found all over New Orleans. -NS

FRI OCT 13 | 11:30AM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

SAT OCT 14 | 1:45PM | BROAD THEATER

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | 2017 | 90 MIN

USA | 2016 | 110 MINS

Filmmaker scheduled to attend

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Cine Cubano:

Presenting Sponsor:

Cuban Short Films

Nuestra Voz Prospect New Orleans

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN

SAT OCT 14 | 1:00PM |ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

WORLD PREMIERE

CUBA | 2017 | 10 MIN

THURS OCT 19 | 11:30AM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

PARADE

Community Partner:

DIR: ORA DEKORNFELD WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: KIRA AKERMAN (WORLD PREMIERE)

Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

In Cuba, where women are banned from competitive boxing, a 13-yearold girl steps into the ring.

PRINCE OF SMOKE CUBA | 2017 | 24 MIN DIR: MATTHEW GELB

CONNECTION (CONECTIFAI)

Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

CUBA | 2017 | 16 MIN DIR: HORIZOE GARCIA

A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

CHARLIE

OTHER CARIBBEAN FILMS SCREENING IN THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE:

USA, CUBA | 2016 | 13 MIN DIR: KADRI KOOP

Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

MANUEL

WORLD PREMIERE

CUBA, USA | 2017 | 9 MIN

DIR: GABRIELA CAVANAGH (World Premiere)

By the train tracks in Havana, 87-year-old Manuel brews an aphrodisiac juice called pru.

FOREVER, COMANDANTE (HASTA SIEMPRE, COMANDANTE)

US PREMIERE

SPAIN, USA | 2016 | 14 MIN DIR: FAISAL ATTRACHE

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Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

ADOLESCENCIA

PUERTO RICO, USA | EXPERIMENTAL SHORT | PAGE 67

COMING AND GOING (ALE VINI)

HAITI, USA | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | PAGE 57

DAYS OF WHOLESOME JOY

CUBA | NARRATIVE SHORT | PAGE 52

HOLY HILL (SANTO CERRO)

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ChangeMakers

“Change-Makers” brings to the forefront stories of social activism and advocacy, featuring films that speak to a pulsing awareness of social issues and the responses among everyday citizens, shared by creative voices who endeavor to effect change. From farm workers’ union activists in the 60s, to the front lines of AIDS activism in the 80s, and even recent responses to the first 100 days of the current administration, the New Orleans Film Festival gives a voice to issues that are at once deeply personal and political.

ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM USA | 2017 | 84 MIN

DIR: REUBEN ATLAS & SAM POLLARD; PRD: REUBEN ATLAS, SAM POLLARD; DP: NATALIE KINGSTON, FRANK LARSON, SPENCER CHUMBLEY, NATI GAMEZ; ED: FRANCISCO BELLO, PAUL GREENHOUSE

Before it was associated with all things wrong with liberalism during the fateful 2008 election, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now wielded more power than any anti-poverty community rights group in American history. ACORN and the Firestorm chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of this agent of social change, as a video smear campaign from a proto-alt-right, Breitbart-backed activist takes down the group and its New Orleans-based founder Wade Rathke. Directors Reuben Atlas and NOFF alum Sam Pollard have created a work that feels like both a time capsule and a warning shot, a potent lesson in the power of media and a harrowing blueprint for our current era of alternative facts and fake news. -NS Preceded by the short film “Fired Up” (3 min)

MON OCT 16 | 8:30PM | THE ADVOCATE Community Partner:

DOLORES

USA | 2017 | 95 MIN DIR: PETER BRATT; PRD: BRIAN BENSON; WRI: PETER BRATT, JESSICA CONGDON; DP: JESSE DANA; ED: JESSICA CONGDON

The greatest political organizer you’ve never heard of is a MexicanAmerican divorcée with eleven children, a close friend of Bobby Kennedy and Gloria Steinem, and a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association with César Chavéz. Mistakenly called “César Chavéz’s girlfriend” instead of “co-founder,” Dolores Huerta has been all but erased from the history books and diminished in her role as a top leader of Latino rights movements. Produced by Carlos Santana, Dolores crafts a stirring and frustrating portrait of an American hero who has not been given proper recognition. -LA

Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

NOTHING WITHOUT US: THE WOMEN WHO WILL END AIDS USA | 2016 | 85 MIN

DIR: HARRIET HIRSHORN; PRD: HARRIET HIRSHORN; WRI: HILARY BROUGHER; DP: NADIA HALLGREN; ED: MARY PATIERNO

Since the early 90s, AIDS has largely been painted as affecting mainly white, gay males. Rich with stories, Nothing Without Us brings light to those who this narrative passes over. Viewers are brought to locations as close as New Orleans and as far as Nigeria to meet the women who fight for equal rights and medical protection against AIDS. These women have banded together in organizations to bring medication, counseling, and—perhaps most importantly—attention to the women of color that are most afflicted by the crisis. The fight may not be over, but Nothing Without Us is threaded with the hope an end is possible. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation Free Rapid HIV tests will be available on site

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TUE OCT 17 | 8:30PM | THE ADVOCATE

SUN OCT 15 | 3:45PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

Community Partner:

Community Partner:

New Orleans NOW

Nuestra Voz

Insitute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) Belle Reve New Orleans Gallery of the Street


WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

ON OUR WATCH

SICK TO DEATH!

DIR: JONATHAN EVANS; PRD: BRUNO STEINER; WRI: JONATHAN EVANS, CAROLINE TAYLOR; DP: RYAN MARTIN; ED: JONATHAN EVANS

DIR: MAGGIE HADLEIGH-WEST; PRD: ELIZABETH DUNNEBACKE, CATHERINE REIRSON; WRI: MAGGIE HADLEIGH-WEST; ED: ILKO DAVIDOV, KIM CONNELL, DAVID BEAR

USA | 2017 | 59 MIN

USA, BELGIUM | 2016 | 86 MIN

The problem of coastal land loss in Southern Louisiana demands honesty, directness, and urgency. On Our Watch responds with interviews with activists, professors, and community leaders who demonstrate how we got here and where we are going. The effects of sea rise and erosion in the wetlands touch down on numerous industries and influence the lives of residents throughout the Delta, including New Orleans. Solutions have been placed on the table, but they are underfunded, and civic engagement on a small scale appears to be the only route to sustainability on a larger one. But such radical transformation might be wishful thinking. -KM Filmmaker scheduled to attend. Preceded by short film “Flooded With You” (8 min)

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

TUES OCT 17 | 7:30PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

SAT OCT 14 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER

Presenting Sponsor:

WED OCT 18 | 6:00PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

Community Partners: Gulf Restoration Network Tulane Environmental Law Clinic

QUEST

USA | 2017 | 105 MIN DIR: JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI; PRD: SABRINA SCHMIDT GORDON; DP: JONATHAN OLSHEFSKI; ED: LINDSAY UTZ

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

SMALL TOWN RAGE: FIGHTING BACK IN THE DEEP SOUTH USA | 2016 | 98 MIN

DIR: RAYDRA HALL & DAVID HYLAN; PRD: RAYDRA HALL, DAVID HYLAN; ED: CLINT MCCOMMON

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

THURS OCT 12 | 3:45PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

MON OCT 16 | 2:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

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Our 100 Days TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES USA | 2017 | 85 MIN

DIR: STANLEY NELSON; PRD: STANLEY NELSON, MARCO WILLIAMS, CYNDEE READDEAN, STACEY L. HOLMAN; WRI: STANLEY NELSON, MARCIA SMITH; DP: ANTONIO ROSSI; ED: K. A. MIILLE

Tell Them We Are Rising is the story of how education provides a gateway to empowerment. Including in its scope the embargos on knowledge enforced during slavery, student-led Civil Rights Protests of the 60s, and the Historically Black Colleges of present day, a portrait of perseverance and determination is given light within a narrative that so often ignores black history. Archival footage and interviews with former students and historians lends richness to discussions of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, and incidents at Southern University—incidents that resonate today. Though the struggle for equality continues, the work of HBCUs has brought us far, and with grace and strength we are still rising. -AL Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

MON OCT 16 | 8:00PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Community Partner: NOW, LOVE

“OUR 100 DAYS”

Created through a collaboration between Firelight Media and Field of Vision, this collection explores threats to U.S. democracy and its most vulnerable communities in the current highly polarized political climate.

AN ACT OF WORSHIP

USA | 2017 | 10 MIN | DIR: NAUSHEEN DADABHOY & SOFIAN KHAN

Upon the announcement of Trump’s travel ban executive order, the Council for American-Islamic Relations springs into action.

AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

USA | 2017 | 11 MIN | DIR: CHELSEA HERNANDEZ & ILIANA SOSA

In Texas, two expectant mothers, one undocumented and one US citizen contend with ICE raids and mounting hostility towards immigrants.

HERE I’LL STAY

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USA | 2017 | 11 MIN | DIR: LORENA MANRÍQUEZ & MARLENE MCCURTIS

Community Partner: Karlaro Media

In Mississippi, activists confront local lawmakers. Among them is 13-yearold Yizel, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

PICKET LINE

USA | 2017 | 10 MIN | DIR: CECILIA ALDARONDO

In upstate New York, workers at a chemical factory—mostly Trump supporters—have been striking for over 100 days.

WORLD PREMIERE

STATE OF OREGON

USA | 2017 | 10 MIN | DIR: ADELE FREE PHAM

This film aims to shed light on the fatal encounter that ended Larnell Bruce’s life—while unpacking Oregon’s fraught racial history.

AMERICAN CARNAGE

Community Partner: Karlaro Media

USA | 2017 | 16 MIN | DIR: FARIHAH ZAMAN & JEFF REICHERT

A look at how Stephen Bannon’s movies provided a training ground for tactics later seen in Breitbart and the Trump campaign.

GAVIN GRIMM

THE ORGANIZER

USA | 2017 | 19 MIN | DIR: NADIA HALLGREN

USA, CANADA, HONDURAS, INDIA, UK | 2017 | 101 MIN DIR: NICK TAYLOR; PRD: JOEY CAREY; WRI: NICK TAYLOR; DP: JOEY CAREY; ED: NICK TAYLOR

How do you remember ACORN? Does the name evoke local marches, the legislative battles for social justice, or the headlines accusing members of supporting prostitution rings? Regardless, the memory of ACORN remains in the public consciousness and helps inform our perception of politics today. At the center of this influential organization is Wade Rathke, a youthful redheaded Mississippi intellectual who, with the skill and charisma of a startup founder was able to create an international movement to empower low-income communities. Using archival footage and extensive interviews with past and present members, The Organizer presents the rise and fall of an organization that represented the democratic ideals of an entire demographic. -LA

THURS OCT 12 | 7:30PM | PRYTANIA THEATER MON OCT 16 | 11:OOAM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Community Partners:

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“THE MAGNIFYING GLASS”

Made by Louisiana-based filmmakers and funded by Artless Media, these three rapid-response short docs speak to social injustices within the communities of the filmmakers who made them.

THE FIRE NEXT TIME

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN | DIR: JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON

WORLD PREMIERE

Following a brutal French Quarter attack that made national headlines, community leaders talk about the causes of NOLA’s crime.

REQUIEM FOR TYRIN

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 3 MIN | DIR: PATRICK JACKSON & DANEETA LORETTA JACKSON

Through a series of letters about a murdered teenage boy in New Orleans, this film asks why black lives matter so little in the Deep South.

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Gavin Grimm, a teenager from rural Virginia, becomes the unlikely plaintiff in the first transgender civil rights case heard by the Supreme Court.

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USA | 2017 | 5 MIN | DIR: MARCUS BROWN

WORLD PREMIERE

The story of a young man in New Orleans whose life was changed one night after an altercation in the French Quarter left a tourist paralyzed.


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Narrative Features Competition Ten narrative feature films will compete in juried competition for the Best Narrative Feature award. The winner of this award will receive a $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision, $2,500 Music Licensing Credit sponsored by Musicbed, in addition to Final Draft 10 and Showbiz Budgeting Software.

Additionally a Best Sound award will be presented by Apex Post, valued at $3,500. Competing for this award but not listed here is Sambá, directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas. Details on that film can be found in the Caribbean Cinema section on page 28.

AFTER LOUIE

USA | 2017 | 100 MINS DIR: VINCENT GAGLIOSTRO; PRD: LAUREN BELFER, BRYCE RENNINGER, ALAN CUMMING; WRI: VINCENT GAGLIOSTRO, ANTHONY JOHNSTON; DP: AARON KOVALCHIK; ED: MARIA CATALDO

The AIDS crisis appeared in a flash and threatened the physical and emotional livelihood of generations of queer communities. Sam (Alan Cumming), a former member of ACT UP, remembers that pain all too well. Memories of those years pervade his artistic work and have pushed him to abandon painting in favor of a new video project connected to a close friend whom he lost to AIDS. Even as other friends seem to move on, tt’s a past he can’t escape, until he meets Braeden. Braeden is young and taking full advantage of the achievements that Sam worked so hard to reach, but their romance may be what Sam needs to move forward in the changed reality that AIDS activism has created. -AL Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “In A Heartbeat” (4 Min)

SUN OCT 15 | 8:15PM | BROAD THEATER WED OCT 18 | 8:45PM | BROAD THEATER Presenting Sponsor:

Jurors Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, and his work of cultural criticism has been featured in Film Comment and The Atlantic. He is a regular contributor to Remezcla where he covers Latin American cinema.

Community Partners: Belle Reve New Orleans New Orleans Pride

WORLD PREMIERE

DAMASCENE

UK | 2017 | 72 MINS DIR: FREDDY SYBORN; PRD: HAYLEY WILLIAMS, GUY THOMPSON, FREDDY SYBORN; WRI: FREDDY SYBORN; DP: FREDDY SYBORN; ED: JACK HEXTALL

Christine Dávila is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, an original digital-first content brand that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. She has over 12 years of experience in film programming at festivals like Sundance, where she has been a Programming Associate since 2008.

Aisha Harris is a culture writer and editor for Slate and the host of its podcast centered around representation in film and TV, Represent, hosting guests like Barry Jenkins and Rita Moreno. She’s also contributed to the New York Times and The Dissolve.

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

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RIFT (RÖKKUR)

ICELAND | 2017 | 111 MINS DIR: ERLINGUR THORODDSEN; PRD: BALDVIN KÁRI SVEINBJÖRNSSON, ERLINGUR THORODDSEN; WRI: ERLINGUR THORODDSEN; DP: JOHN WAKAYAMA CAREY; ED: ERLINGUR THORODDSEN

SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE UNITED STATES | 2017 | 40 MINS

DIR: RACHEL WOLTHER & ALEX H. FISCHER; PRD: DANIEL KWAN, DANIEL SCHEINERT, ANU VALIA, JASON KLORFEIN, MATT DAY WRI: RACHEL WOLTHER & ALEX H. FISCHER, COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM DP: ASHLEY CONNOR ED: PAUL ROGERS, ALEX FISCHER, RACHEL WOLTHER

In the midst of the beautiful desolation of Iceland, Einar sits in an isolated cabin. His memories inform a growing depression and in a moment of desperation, he calls his ex, Gunnar, hoping that their conversation will temporarily alleviate his despair. Hearing the frightened and hopeless edge in his voice, Gunnar sets out in the middle of the night in an effort to assuage Einar’s fears. As they spend the next few days together, the seclusion and their memories become an all-consuming prison. Gunnar feels a creeping paranoia and is unable to discern what is real and what is fabricated. Einar’s sudden disappearance throws Gunnar into total chaos, seemingly without hope of escape. Rift is a masterclass in tension and a tribute to the art of slow-burn cinema. -GHR

Deep in the recesses of space there is a planet covered in snow and ravaged by a constant storm of plummeting beach balls. In the planet’s isolated tundra three furry creatures alternate between fighting back against two different plastic menaces: those beach balls and the harsh audition rooms of Hollywood. Created by the Cocoon Central Dance Team, Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone is part performance art piece and part Pop Rocks-personified romp through a galaxy where friendship, support, and— their most powerful weapon—dance are what will save them all. -AL

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance.

Preceded by the short film “The Shadow” (3 Min)

SUN OCT 15 | 8:15PM | CANAL PLACE

Screening in conjunction with the program of short films “Princess Raccoon and The Teenage Yakuza.”

SAT OCT 14 | 9:30PM | THE ADVOCATE Community Partners:

Live Girls Maya Taylor Dance

Shotgun Cinema Pelican Bomb

US PREMIERE

SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS UNITED STATES | 2016 | 75 MINS

DIR: MICHAEL REICH; PRD: ANTHONY BALDINO, VAUGHN REVER HAMPTON, ANDREW VAN DEN HOUTEN; WRI: MICHAEL REICH; DP: ZACH DRISCOLL; ED: FORREST BORIE

A film ostensibly about a lonely dog groomer’s twin quests, to find love and to fund his all-cat remake of Carrie, She’s Allergic to Cats angles after darker, deeper-swimming fish. Shooting across tape and digital formats, director Michael Reich slathers on pops, skips, noise, and other magnetic crust with an almost precognitive aesthetic sense, building up a visual fabric that’s one part giallo, one part Men’s Wearhouse commercial c.1992, and one part Stephen King straight-to-video cheese. Bucking the specter (everywhere in our post-Too Many Cooks moment) of weirdness for its own sake, Reich reaches down into his story’s molten core: the unwell subconscious writhing behind the painfully composed face of the American male. -JK Filmmaker in attendance.

THE WORLD OF WHICH WE DREAM DOESN’T EXIST UNITED STATES, MONGOLIA | 2017 | 103 MINS

DIR: AYOUB QANIR; PRD: AYOUB QANIR, ENKHTSAG DAMDINJAV, SHIRMEN BATDELGER; WRI: AYOUB QANIR, GEORGE THOMSON; DP: ROMAN KUZNETS; ED: AYOUB QANIR, ROMAN KUZNETSK

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

Preceded by the short film “Ok Call Me Back” (5 Min).

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WORLD PREMIERE

VICTOR’S HISTORY

YOUNG AND INNOCENT

DIR: NICOLAS CHEVAILLIER; PRD: SHOAIB LOKHANDWALA; WRI: NICOLAS CHEVAILLIER DP: SHOAIB LOKHANDWALA; ED: NICOLAS CHEVAILLIER

DIR: JESSE ROBINSON; PRD: VERONICA FITZPATRICK, JESSE ROBINSON; WRI: JESSE ROBINSON; DP: ALEX PARKER; ED: JESSE ROBINSON

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

Deceived by the scruffy ginger counselor who’s the only boy near her emotional age at Emily Dickinson Writing Camp, Marion ditches lunch duty and jumps the next bus out of town. Alone and friendless, she holes up in a nowhere motel, ignoring the nagging calls from her sister and indulging in utter anonymity. There Marion meets Norman, and each is haunted by the feeling that they’ve met the other before. Like a garage band covering a string quartet, freshman director Jesse Robinson rebuilds Psycho from a looser, warmer material. Young and Innocent throws a haze across Hitchcock’s spartan menace, replacing autumnal chill with summer swelter, and adult frailty with the languageless longings of adolescence. -JK

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance.

GERMANY, INDIA | 2017 | 78 MINS

USA | 2017 | 90 MINS

Preceded by the short film “Fry Day” (16 min).

SUN OCT 15 | 6:00PM | CANAL PLACE TUES OCT 17 | 8:45PM | CANAL PLACE

WEXFORD PLAZA CANADA | 2017 | 87 MINS

DIR: JOYCE WONG; PRD: MATT GREYSON, HARRY CHERNIAK, JOYCE WONG; WRI: JOYCE WONG DP: MAYA BANKOVIC; ED: DARBY MACINNIS

During the day, strip malls are the habitat of diners and soccer moms, but as night falls they quickly give way to young, bored security employees and tired bartenders closing up shop. Betty has just joined their ranks, patrolling the strip and breaking up adventurous couples, but the night shift is messing up her social life. As long nights pass she finds a friend in Danny, a bartender who has fallen on rough times. When signals get crossed it is unclear whether it’s friendship or more, but it’s sure to be awkward either way. -AL Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “Troll” (13 min). Free admission thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation. (Saturday screening only)

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Documentary Features Competition Ten documentary feature films will compete in juried competition for the Best Documentary Feature award. The winner of this award will receive a $2,500 Music Licensing Credit sponsored by Musicbed, a Samsung 360 camera, and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc. Also competing for this award but not listed here is The Organizer, directed by Nick Taylor. Details on that film can be found in the Change-Makers section on page 32.

US PREMIERE

ASK THE SEXPERT USA | 2017 | 80 MINS

DIR: VAISHALI SINHA; PRD: VAISHALI SINHA AND MRIDU CHANDRA; DP: ANUP SINGH; ED: MYLES KANE & ASHISH RAVINRAN

90-year-old Dr. Mahinder Watsa is a fixture on page 34 of the Mumbai Mirror, where he doles out sage counsel to the city’s impotent, celibate, and otherwise sexually perplexed. In a country whose sexual mores are still catching up to its surging economy, the retired gynecologist is a hero to his readership and a comfort to the anonymous patients who make pilgrimage to his backstreet apartment. While Watsa is being fêted as the dean of India’s sex-ed movement, censorious forces in India’s public sphere, led by litigious activists, try to shut him down on grounds of obscenity. But through it all, the redoubtable Watsa maintains the unflappable cool of a man who has truly seen it all. -JK Filmmaker in attendance. Free admission thanks to the generous support of the Helis Foundation

THURS OCT 12 | 6:45PM | THE ADVOCATE THURS OCT 19 | 1:45PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Community Partners:

Esoterotica, Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers The Sex Sensei

Jurors Leslie Fields-Cruz is the Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium. In this role, she coordinates and directs NBPC’s development fund programs and supervises the acquisition, distribution, and delivery of programs to the public television system.

BURQA BOXERS

FRANCE, USA, INDIA | 2016 | 84 MINS DIR: ALKA RAGHURAM; PRD: FARID REZKALLAH, ALKA RAGHURAM; DP: RAJA DEY; ED: GIULIANO PAPACCHIOLI

Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include Trinidad, the Christeene video collection, and Before You Know It. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and 2016 Firelight Media Fellow.

Dolly Turner is a producer (having produced Sundance jury–winning short film “Alone” & NOFF alum 25 to Life), a marketing & outreach specialist, and a film programmer (for Da Bounce Urban Film Festival in Amsterdam). She also serves on the boards of The Blackhouse Foundation and ImageNation.

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

TUES OCT 17 | 6:30PM | THE ADVOCATE Community Partners:

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LOVE AND SAUCERS

DIR: ANNA ZAMECKA; PRD: ANNA WYDRA, ZUZANNA KROL, HANKA KASTELICOVA, IZABELA LOPUCH; WRI: ANNA ZAMECKA; DP: MAŁGORZATA SZYŁAK; ED: AGNIESZKA GLINSKA, WOJCIECH JANAS, ANNA ZAMECKA

DIR: BRAD ABRAHAMS; PRD: MATT RALSTON; DP: MUNN POWELL; ED: BRAD ABRAHAMS

14-year-old Ola has largely replaced her alcoholic father as head of her family, minding her live-wire younger brother Nikodem and longing to reunite with their absent mother. It’s almost time for Nikodem’s first communion, and successfully catechising her deeply irreligious brother seems like Ola’s big chance to affect the longed-for reunion and impress the priests and social workers who manage her family. In her feature debut, Anna Zamecka secrets her camera into Ola’s impossibly cramped apartment, ducking the daily crossfire of bickering and tears. Never looming or claustrophobic, her gaze achieves an illuminating closeness, peeling away sentimentality and unveiling the pain that runs in a family. -JK

David Huggins lives a quiet life in Hoboken, New Jersey. At 72 years old he fills most of his time with painting, watching movies, and a part-time job at a local store. But, mostly, David spends his time reminiscing on his past relationship with an alien being. Through books and forums David connects with others who have similar experiences; through painting his memories he finds his catharsis. Welcoming viewers into his home, Love and Saucers is composed of David’s rich descriptions of his life and works, and supported by interviews with the friends, family, and various members of the community. Each has been touched by his positive influence, and each discusses the distinct possibility that we are not alone. -AL

POLAND | 2016 | 73 MINS

USA | 2017 | 67 MINS

Filmmaker in attendance.

THURS OCT 12 | 1:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

SAT OCT 14 | 8:45PM | CANAL PLACE

SUN OCT 15 | 12:15PM | CANAL PLACE

TUES OCT 17 | 1:45PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

Community Partners:

Community Partner: Pelican Bomb

Family Service of Greater New Orleans New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

HORACE TAPSCOTT MUSICAL GRIOT

OLANCHO

DIR: BARBARA MCCULLOUGH; PRD: CHEPHREN RASIKA, SCOTT BROCK; WRI: BARBARA MCCULLOUGH; DP: JOHNNY SIMMONS, AL SANTANA, CHARLES BURNETT, BERNARD NICOLAS; ED: SCOTT BROCK

DIR: CHRIS VALDÉS & TED GRISWOLD; PRD: CHRIS VALDÉS & TED GRISWOLD; DP: SHLOMO GODDER; ED: ANDREA CHIGNOLI

Horace Tapscott came up in 1950s Los Angeles as a composer and piano player, relying on the support of the local black musician’s union and the Watts Happening Coffee House. Later forming the Pan-Afrikan Arkestra, he promoted self-love in the black community, which he saw mainstream white American culture rejecting as militantism. New Orleans-born director Barbara McCullough takes us on a lyrical journey through Tapscott’s oral history and performances. Tapscott’s evocative storytelling about the status of black men, jazz, and resistance in mid-century America resonates today as the country grapples with the legacy and future of the Civil Rights Movement. -KM

Manuel Chirinos, lead singer of “Los Plebes de Olancho,” tells his perilous story to a radio DJ in the United States where he has fled from his hometown of Olancho, Honduras. Back home his band was the preferred entertainment for the drug cartels whose power touches every part of local life. Manuel’s bandmates take us through gorgeous, peaceful afternoons with family, fun but unprofitable shows at neighborhood parties, and anxious, clandestine nights performing for Olancho’s jefes. Even after surviving a harrowing escape across the U.S. border, Manuel longs for the dangerous but beautiful place whose beauty permeates the melodies of his songs. -KM

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance.

Preceded by the short film “KOJO” (14 min).

Preceded by the short film “Dead Horses” (6 min).

SAT OCT 14 | 4:15PM | BROAD THEATER

SAT OCT 14 | 8:45PM | BROAD THEATER

MON OCT 16 | 6:15PM | CANAL PLACE

WED OCT 18 | 6:15PM | CANAL PLACE

Community Partners: Gallery of the Streets Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO)

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USA | 2016 | 72 MINS

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USA, HONDURAS | 2017 | 70 MINS

Community Partner: Nuestra Voz Pont:Productions


US PREMIERE

POW WOW

THE WORLD IS MINE

DIR: ROBINSON DEVOR; PRD: VICTORIA NEVINNY; WRI: MICHAEL MCCONVILLE; DP: SEAN KIRBY; ED: ADAM SEKULER

DIR: ANN OREN; PRD: ANN OREN, MOTOMI HARUYAMA, DAFNE NARVAEZ BERLFEIN; WRI: ANN OREN; DP: HIROKI IWAI; ED: ISABELL SPENGLER

In 1909, a Paiute runner named Willie Boy led a posse of deputies on a legendary chase through the California desert. 60 years later, Robert Blake played Willie in the film. Almost 50 years after that, the arid Paiute homeland is trod by retirees in loud golf pants, irrigated by a massive aquifer to quench the desert into lush submission. Piling up loopy and scathing images (a golf cart shaped like Bob Hope’s face, a wine-sipping partygoer in a hot-pink buckskin) Robinson Devor (Zoo, Police Beat) forgoes any attempt at linearity, taking an almost geological view of time in the certainty that, no matter how hard it may be to see with the naked eye, history obeys cycles. -JK

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

USA | 2016 | 85 MINS

Filmmaker in attendance.

ISRAEL | 2017 | 68 MINS

Preceded by the short film “Commodity City” (11 min).

THURS OCT 12 | 9PM | THE ADVOCATE WED OCT 18 | 3:30PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

THURS OCT 12 | 2:45PM | THE ADVOCATE

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US PREMIERE

THE THUNDER FEAST (TRUENOS DE SAN JUAN) MEXICO | 2017 | 83 MINS

DIR: SANTIAGO MAZA STERN; PRD: GONZALO ÁLVAREZ, SANTIAGO MAZA & JUAN SARQUIS; DP: BRANKO GOMEZ PALACIO, RASHID MAKHLOUF & RAYMUNDO MARMOLEJO; ED: BRANKO GOMEZ PALACIO & SEBASTIÁN NUÑO

For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. -KM Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “Skull + Bone” (6 min).

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SAT OCT 14 | 6:30PM | CANAL PLACE TUES OCT 17 | 5:30PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS 44


Documentary Features Special Screenings Presented here is a collection of documentary features screening out of juried competition. Like all films in the festival, these films are eligible for Audience Awards.

BANGAOLOGIA - THE SCIENCE OF STYLE ANGOLA | 2016 | 84 MINS

DIR: CORÉON DÚ; PRD: CORÉON DÚ; WRI: CORÉON DÚ; DP: JORGE PELICANO; ED: PEDRO SOUSA

Banga best translates as “style,” but for Angolans, banga dress embodies the spirit of the music, culture, and most importantly, the individual. In this frenetic exploration of Angolan sartorial aesthetics Coréon Dú takes us across his home country to excavate the manifestations of banga. For local style celebrity Papa Swegué, a slow, thoughtful promenade moves passersby to stop and admire him. In the traditional ceremonies of the Uíge Province elders mock the ostentatious nature of banga while donning their own fashionable garb. Meanwhile influencers in the United States and Europe are hiring Angolan models and taking notes from banga on their runways and in the streets. -KM Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “Closed to Interpretation” (6 min).

SUN OCT 15 | 3:45PM | BROAD THEATER MON OCT 16 | 1:15PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS Community Partner:

Aya Designs

DOPEciety

Noirlinians

CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA & LOUISE

FOR AHKEEM

DIR: JENNIFER TOWNSEND; PRD: JENNIFER TOWNSEND; DP: STUART FERRIER; ED: SARAH FERRIER

DIR: JEREMY S. LEVINE AND LANDON VAN SOEST; PRD: NICHOLAS WEISSMAN, IYABO BOYD, JEFF TRUESDELL; DP: NICHOLAS WEISSMAN; ED: LILY HENDERSON

With hands clasped and hair blowing in the wind, the image of Thelma and Louise speeding across the desert in a powder blue convertible has influenced generations of women. Thelma and Louise spoke to empowerment, strength, and freedom, and inspired a national survey created by Jennifer Townsend, the director of Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise. Over several months, she collected the thoughts and impacts of this iconic film. Now, over 25 years later, Townsend is reopening the conversation with those original survey participants. Through interviews with fans and some of the actors, including Christopher McDonald, audiences are brought into an intimate discussion of the many realities of being a woman in society. -AL

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

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance.

USA | 2016 | 87 MIN

USA | 2017 | 90 MINS

Free admission thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

WED OCT 18 | 6:15PM | THE ADVOCATE Community Partner:

Women in Film and Television

SUN OCT 15 | 1:45PM | CANAL PLACE New Orleans NOW

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THE CAGE FIGHTER

THE JONESES

DIR: JEFF UNAY; PRD: ANDREA MEDITCH, JAMES ORARA, ARIEL SULTAN, DAVID TEAGUE, JEFF UNAY; DP: JEFF UNAY; ED: DAVID TEAGUE

DIR: MOBY LONGINOTTO; PRD: AVIVA WISHNOW; DP: MOBY LONGINOTTO; ED: VANESSA ROWORTH

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

Jheri Jones is a vivacious, life-loving transsexual woman. At 74 she still goes out dancing and is the loving matriarch of a family of four sons and two grandchildren—two of her sons live in her own home and the rest are close by. Their family is tight-knit now, but Jheri’s gender transition in deeply religious Mississippi left a stain that they are still trying to overcome. After the passing of her ex-wife and mother of her children, each of the Joneses must learn to move forward with their own personal struggles and with each other in everything from explaining the intricacies of gender to the grandkids to figuring out their own identity. The Joneses is a touching family portrait full of life, love, and strength. -AL

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance.

MON OCT 16 | 8:30PM | CANAL PLACE

TUES OCT 17 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER

THURS OCT 19 | 8:30PM | CANAL PLACE

WED OCT 18 | 11:30AM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

USA | 2017 | 81 MINS

USA, UK | 2016 | 80 MINS

Community Partner: New Orleans Pride

THE FAMILY I HAD

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

DIR: KATIE GREEN & CARLYE RUBIN; PRD: KATIE GREEN, CARLYE RUBIN, TINA GRAPENTHIN; DP: KATIE GREEN & MARTINA RADWAN; ED: TINA GRAPENTHIN

DIR: ANGELIQUE MOLINA; PRD: LILIANA GRANADOS, MAX WYMAN; DP: ESERAELE ALEMU; ED: YONGLE WANG, LAURIE GARDINER

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

How do you talk about something that’s as large as history itself, but also right outside your front door? Angelique Molina centers her essay on gentrification on the residents of View Park, an L.A. neighborhood that wears its affluence, and its blackness, proudly. Beyond a legacy of red-lining and block-busting, she finds an older generation fighting hard to maintain their neighborhood’s identity and younger one who can no longer afford a house in the only place that feels like home. Though far from sanguine about the fate of View Park or the will of people on all sides to attack the problem in earnest, Molina captures the bitter with the sweet, both the anxiety of home-owners on the edge and the kinship that keeps them upright. -JK

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance.

USA | 2017 | 77 MINS

USA | 2016 | 27 MIN

Free admission.

SUN OCT 15 | 6:00PM | BROAD THEATER

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THURS OCT 19 | 6:15PM | CANAL PLACE

FRI OCT 13 | 4:00PM | THREE KEYS AT ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

Community Partner:

Community Partner: Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative

New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

HousingNOLA Blights Out


Made in Louisiana The winner of the Best Louisiana Feature Award will receive a $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision, in addition to Final Draft 10 and Showbiz Budgeting Software. Additionally, a Best Cinematography prize will be presented to a Louisiana Narrative Feature with a $10,000 camera rental package sponsored by VER. Also screening in competition but listed elsewhere are On Our Watch, directed by Jonathan Evans; Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South, directed by Raydra Hall & David Hylan; and Sick to Death!, directed by Maggie HadleighWest, all of which are listed in the Change-Makers section (pages 31-33).

Jurors Head of Education and Outreach at Seed&Spark, Julie Keck has almost twenty years of low-budget filmmaking under her belt. She regularly speaks on topics like crowdfunding, digital distribution, and audience building. Her web series, Fck Yes, is in its second season.

AS IS BY NICK CAVE USA | 2016 | 70 MINS

DIR: EVAN FALBAUM; DP: EVAN FALBAUM, KEMERTON HARGROVE; ED: EVAN FALBAUM

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

SAT OCT 14 | 12:00PM | BROAD THEATER Community Partner:

Dancing Grounds

Creative Alliance of New Orleans

DOPEciety

WORLD PREMIERE

CUT OFF

USA | 2017 | 87 MINS DIR: JOWAN CARBIN; PRD: CAROL BIDAULT DE L’ISLE; WRI: JOWAN CARBIN; DP: JUSTIN ZWEIFACH; ED: DEREK DROUIN

A journalist and documentary filmmaker, Anjanette Lavert was previously Associate Director for the Documentary Forum at City College of New York and is the founder of the Atlanta Documentary Meetup. She is a professor in Documentary Film at Spelman College.

Leah Mahan has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab. Her 2013 film Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek won an Audience Award at NOFF.

After suffering a crippling personal loss, Clive is thrown into a grief-stricken daze, stacking up empty days and empty bottles. To the rescue comes Trevor, an iconoclastic former professor who’s recently been pried from his tenured university job. Trevor all but drags Clive bodily to the farm out in Cut Off where he’s holed up like a Cajun Colonel Kurtz, attracting a personal coterie that’s half-encounter therapy group, half-Mansonesque kill-cult. Under Trevor’s diabolical tutelage, Clive gouges away at the layers of delusion sealing him off from the truth: about his former life, his imperilled future, and Trevor’s true designs. Cut Off matches regional flair with a paranoid streak a mile wide. -JK Filmmaker in attendance.

MON OCT 16 | 8:30PM | BROAD THEATER Community Partner:

Women in Film and Television

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DO U WANT IT?

HATE CRIME

DIR: JOSH FREUND AND SAM RADUTZKY; PRD: SAM RADUTZKY, JOSH FREUND, ALEX MALLONEE; WRI: JOSH FREUND AND SAM RADUTZKY; DP: JOSH FREUND AND SAM RADUTZKY; ED: SAM RADUTZKY, JOSH FREUND, MANUEL TSINGARIS:

DIR: STEVEN ESTEB; PRD: STEVEN ESTEB, ALICIA ALLAIN, SEAN DONNELLY, BLAKE PALMINTIER, MICHAEL ANDERSON; WRI: JONAH TAPPER; DP: JON PHILION; ED: BLAKE PALMINTIER

Papa Grows Funk carved out a successful place for themselves in the New Orleans live music scene, playing to loyal crowds of locals and tourists every Monday night at The Maple Leaf. Cobbled together in 2000 from local jam sessions, the band eventually became a mainstay in the Crescent City and booked international tours. But defining success proves to be as murky as achieving happiness. Do U Want It? revisits the band’s career as they prepare for a final tour and album recording before a planned hiatus. The film asks the eternal question for New Orleans’ performers: in a city where you can make it as musician, is that enough? Does success mean always leaving your home behind? -KM

In a picturesque farm community, two couples must grapple with their emotions on the eve of an execution. The parents of the victim, a gay man in his early 20s, reluctantly drive to the prison, hoping for closure in seeing the killer brought to justice. At the same time, the parents of the killer sit helplessly in their dimly lit kitchen as their son is executed. Presenting a heartbreaking portrait of guilt and poisoned love, the parents cling to each other, blame each other, and mourn their son’s tormented life. Though the film grapples with a politically charged crime, after the layers of the story are slowly peeled away, what is left are issues of family and the importance of support in the home. -LA

USA | 2017 | 92 MINS

Filmmaker in attendance.

USA | 2016 | 92 MINS

Filmmaker in attendance.

WED OCT 18 | 7:30PM | PRYTANIA THEATER

FRI OCT 13 | 6:30PM | CANAL PLACE

Community Partners: Cutting Edge NOLA NOLA Hip Hop Archive #Awayteam Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO)

Community Partner: New Orleans Pride

WORLD PREMIERE

US PREMIERE

FAT TUESDAY

ISLEÑOS, A ROOT OF AMERICA

DIR: JORGE TORRES-TORRES; PRD: MATT KOROGHLIAN, MICHELLE KOWALSKI, JORGE TORRES-TORRES; WRI: MATT KOROGHLIAN, JORGE TORRES-TORRES; DP: JORGE TORRES-TORRES; ED: JORGE TORRES-TORRES

DIR: EDUARDO CUBILLO; PRD: LA GAVETA PRODUCCIONES AND RADIOTELEVISIÓN ESPAÑOLA; WRI: GUILLERMO CUBILLO AND EDUARDO CUBILLO; DP: GUILLERMO PAZ ENRÍQUEZ DE SALAMANCA AND TAREK SERRAJ; ED: EDUARDO CUBILLO

USA | 2017 | 79 MINS

During the good times of Mardi Gras, few people stop to ask questions. In festival alum Jorge Torres-Torres’ new feature something sinister stalks the streets of New Orleans, taking advantage of that festive chaos. As we weave in and out of parades and around street corners along with wild revelers and dazzling performers, it becomes clear that not everyone has the same idea of a good time. Latching on to a group of friends, a stranger immerses herself in their connections to each other and the city, even as she picks them off one by one. Part narrative, part documentation of America’s biggest celebration, Fat Tuesday leads you through location footage of the closing week of Mardi Gras with a firm, blood drenched hand. -AL Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “ Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant” (7 min)

SPAIN | 2016 | 57 MINS

For the residents of the idyllic St. Bernard Parish on the outer perimeter of the Louisiana bayou, identity is a source of immense pride as well as some sadness. Through recreations and interviews, we learn of the immense influence that this small community has had on American history and culture: from participating in every American war to contributing to the invention of jazz. Recent revelations about the true ancestry of the group—that they are descended from immigrants from the Canary Islands—have transformed the way that the residents view themselves. Through the community members’ interviews we can see an insistence that their contribution to US history and culture not be forgotten like their ancestors’. -LA Filmmaker in attendance.

SUN OCT 15 | 2:00PM | BROAD THEATER FRI OCT 13 | 8:30PM | ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS 49

MON OCT 16 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER


US PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

POWER OF GLOVE

WOKE

DIR: ANDREW AUSTIN & ADAM WARD ; PRD: ANDREW AUSTIN, PAULA KOSOWSKI, ADAM WARD; WRI: ANDREW AUSTIN, PAULA KOSOWSKI, ADAM WARD; DP: ADAM WARD, ANDREW AUSTIN; ED: ANDREW AUSTIN, ADAM WARD

DIR: IMAN SHERVINGTON; PRD: CHLOE WALTERS-WALLACE, JAMIE BALTHAZAR, GINA HOLLAND; WRI: IMAN SHERVINGTON; DP: JAKE SPRINGFIELD; ED: IMAN SHERVINGTON

Developed at a whirlwind pace, hyped to the gills, dumped on the market with no support, and abandoned within a year: the story of the Power Glove, 1989’s hottest video gaming accessory and the world’s first whiff of massmarket virtual reality, is hardly unique in the annals of retail, but its cultural impact runs deep. Power of Glove’s oral history revels in chunky 8-bit futurism: cyberpunk fashion statements, neon VHS eye-candy, and heavy machine-made sounds (via a banging synthwave score by Magic Sword). As an enduring tribe of Glove hackers and enthusiasts already knows, futurist promises have an inspirational power no matter how shoddily they’re fulfilled, and limitlessness sometimes comes wrapped in cheap plastic. -JK

Maisha and Brandon are moving in opposite directions: she’s changing majors, leaving town for a new school, taking a leap of faith. He’s talking about settling down, starting a family, hoping to heal some of the scars his own father left in raising him. For the moment, though, they’re still together, unified by habit and comfort, but above all by their shared devastation at the daily injustices to which they’re subject as young African-Americans, and their shared resolve to keep pushing back. As it weaves the love story at its center, Woke remains world-weary yet open-hearted, looking outward, surveying the voices and faces of the righteously indignant class of 2017. -JK

USA | 2017 | 65 MINS

USA | 2017 | 60 MIN

Filmmaker in attendance.

Filmmaker in attendance. Preceded by the short film “My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It” (15 min).

FRI OCT 13 | 6:45PM | BROAD THEATER

TUES OCT 17 | 8:45PM | BROAD THEATER

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Crescent City Comics

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Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*

The winner of the juried award for Best Narrative Short will receive $2500 in Kodak film stock, a six-month membership to the International Screenwriters Association, Showbiz Budgeting Software, Final Draft 10, and a Vimeo Pro account, in addition to a one week color grading and sweetening package at AnsgarMedia / Village Studios with roundtrip airfare and accommodations included. Also screening in competition in this category but not listed here are Fry Day, directed by Laura Moss and Troll, directed by Ann Valia, both listed on p54. *The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Jurors Curran Nault is the Artistic Director of OUTsider, an LGBTQIA multi-arts festival & conference in Austin. Previously he was the Artistic Director of Polari: The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival and Director of Programming for the Austin Asian American Film Festival. He teaches at UT Austin.

Miss World

The Sacred Disease

Narrative Shorts THE FLOWERS AND THE ANGRY WAVES | 112m

GATE OF FLESH | 95m

SUN OCT 15 | 1:30PM | THE ADVOCATE

SAT OCT 14 | 7:15PM | THE ADVOCATE

WED OCT 18 | 12:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

WED OCT 18 | 4:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

GIRLFRIENDS (PODRUGI)

SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 17 MIN DIR: EVGENIA KOVDA

UK | 2016 | 20 MIN

A tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia.

AMERICAN DREAM

US PREMIERE

DIR: HARRY LIGHTON

In search of his tribe in 1994 Britain, Max journeys to a seaside public restroom with with his twin brother. WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 12 MIN DIR: ALEXIA OLDINI

A young Chinese immigrant moves to New York City in the hopes of achieving her dreams.

AFTER THE REUNION (LUOKKAKOKOUKSEN JÄLKEEN) FINLAND | 2016 | 14 MIN DIR: KIRSIKKA SAARI

50-year-old Saila wakes up next to her old classmate Esa the morning after their class reunion, leading to revelations for both of them.

THE SACRED DISEASE USA | 2016 | 28 MIN DIR: ERICA SCOGGINS

Reeling from the death of her brother, a small-town epileptic ditches her pills and follows a mysterious woman into the deep woods of Tennessee.

MISS WORLD

TAIWAN | 2017 | 20 MIN DIR: GEORGIA FU

A pill-popping party girl and a traditional Taiwanese father try to say goodbye to each other on the day before the father has to start a prison sentence.

MY TREASURE (MI TESORO) EL SALVADOR | 2017 | 24 MIN DIR: MICHAEL FLORES

A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son.

DAYS OF WHOLESOME JOY (CON SANA ALEGRÍA) CUBA | 2016 | 18 MIN

Kevin Niu is the CEO and founder of Urus Entertainment. As a producer, his films have screened at Tribeca and Venice, and the animation studio he co-launched is in production on the new film from director Barry Cook (Mulan). He is also the founder of the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition.

ABSENT

DIR: CLAUDIA MUÑIZ WORLD PREMIERE

DIR: SUDARSHAN SURESH

Zayda has taken care of her grandma afflicted with dementia for a long time, but on the eve of her birthday tries to regain her previous life.

When a nail salon owner suspects her husband of sleeping with one of her employees, she decides to confront them in her own way.

MOUSE

USA | 2017 | 16 MIN

USA | 2017 | 11 MIN

THE SHUTTLE X

Ina Pira curates videos at Vimeo. Prior to her work at Vimeo, she was the Senior Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. In addition to programming, Ina has helped manage and select scripts for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab.

USA | 2017 | 16 MIN

DIR: CELINE HELD & LOGAN GEORGE

A desperate, coke-fueled couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity.

DIR: LU HAN

Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush.

HOLY HILL (SANTO CERRO)

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | 2017 | 12 MIN DIR: RODNEY LLAVERIAS

In the heat of summer, the sexual awakening of an orphan boy provokes the curiosity of a nun.

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Paco

They Charge For The Sun

Night Shift

Miss World

A HELL OF A GUY | 94m

THE INCORRIGIBLE | 95m

PRINCESS RACCOON AND TEENAGE YAKUZA | 100M

SAT OCT 14 | 2:45PM | THE ADVOCATE

TUES OCT 17 | 3:30PM ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

SAT OCT 14 | 9:30PM | THE ADVOCATE

MODERN LOVE

ELEGY (ELEGÍA)

GREAT CHOICE

TUES OCT 17 | 2:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

USA | 2017 | 10 MIN

SPAIN | 2016 | 15 MIN

DIR: FRANCESCA MIRABELLA

DIR: ALBA TEJERO

DIR: ROBIN COMISAR

A young man who lives his life through social media has an encounter with a young woman who challenges his ideals about sexual stereotypes.

After the death of two of her classmates, Julia’s resentment toward the two girls drives her to write something that will have dire consequences.

A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

TRUE BLUE

THEY CHARGE FOR THE SUN

DIR: CHRIS OSBORN

DIR: TERENCE NANCE

USA | 2017 | 19 MIN A lonely pyramid schemer’s dark night of the soul in Atlantic City.

NIGHT SHIFT

USA | 2017 | 16 MIN DIR: MARSHALL TYLER

A bumpy night at his longterm gig as a bathroom attendant forces an on-again, off-again actor to face a reality he’s not yet ready to embrace.

CALL YOUR FATHER USA | 2016 | 19 MIN

DIR: JORDAN FIRSTMAN

On Josh and Greg’s first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries.

ALEX AND THE HANDYMAN USA | 2016 | 14 MIN DIR: NICHOLAS COLIA

A precocious nine year old develops a crush on the 25-year-old handyman working in his family mansion.

US FUNNY

USA | 2016 | 17 MIN

USA | 2017 | 7 MIN

Community Partner: Coffy Film Collective

In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her in the dark.

HOT WINTER: A FILM BY DICK PIERRE USA | 2016 | 17 MIN

DIR: JACK HENRY ROBBINS

One of the first films in American cinema to address climate change was also a hardcore porno.

PACO

USA | 2016 | 12 MIN

DIR: CATALINA (JORDAN) ALVAREZ

ADULT

He wants you to bounce on his lap.

AUSTRALIA | 2016 | 12 MIN DIR: JAMIESON PEARCE

Having enabled a loss that torments her, a woman goes to an adult store in search of redemption.

FRENCHY AND JETT IN “WILD ANIMAL KEYBOARD”

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 6 MIN

HALFMAN (HALVMAND)

WORLD PREMIERE

DIR: ANTHONY DOMINICI

DENMARK, GERMANY | 2016 | 30 MIN

Along with their pet piano, Frenchy and Jett make music about anything and everything.

Their violent disagreement about whether and when to start a family turns a middle-aged couple’s lives upside-down.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE MURAL

DIR: FREDERIK LOUIS HVIID

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: MICHAEL ARCOS

FRENCH (LE BLEU BLANC ROUGE DE MES CHEVEUX) FRANCE | 2016 | 21 MIN DIR: JOSZA ANJEMBE

Her diploma in hand, a teenager from Cameroon aspires to one thing: getting French nationality. But her father Amidou is fiercely opposed.

An amateur German female filmmaker becomes infatuated with a tire shop’s mural.

MALLORY OF PUPAVILLE USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: KRISTI DELASIA

In Pupaville, a town where sex is taboo, a rebellious puppet goes on a journey of sexual discovery.

USA | 2016 | 16 MIN

DIR: JULIA BALES & JIM CUMMINGS

Jim and Julia have a wonderful date leading up to a serious conversation.

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ALL NARRATIVE SHORT FILM PROGRAMS ARE NAMED AFTER FILMS FROM THE LATE JAPANESE FILMMAKER SEIJUN SUZUKI (1923-2017).

SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE USA | 2017 | 40 MIN

DIR: RACHEL WOLTHER & ALEX H. FISCHER

A blissfully bonkers whatzit from unclassifiable dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team.


Walk For Me

VOICE WITHOUT A SHADOW | 100m

MY NAME IS MARC, AND YOU CAN COUNT ON IT

LOUISIANA SHORT

USA | 2017 | 13 MIN

MALESH (MALEŠ)

US PREMIERE

SERBIA, MONTENEGRO | 2016 | 20 MIN DIR: IVAN BAKRAC

LOUISIANA SHORT

LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER USA | 2016 | 13 MIN DIR: ANU VALIA

After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.

WALK FOR ME

USA | 2016 | 12 MIN

DIR: ELEGANCE BRATTON

Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter’s secret life.

Community Partner: Maya Taylor Dance

DIR: LUZ OLIVARES CAPELLE

Games, lies, and rituals unfolding in circular fashion for three cousins who find a drowned young woman drifting in the water.

FAREWELL TO FLESH (ADEUS À CARNE) BRAZIL | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: JULIA ANQUIER

During Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, three girls revel in a drug-fueled street party until something goes awry.

MACHO

USA | 2017 | 14 MIN DIR: FAREN HUMES

The tenuous bond of an effeminate twelve-year-old and his conservative uncle is tested after the killing of a transgender woman in the small, rural town of Sanderson, Florida.

Using audio of an Obama speech, the short explores the origins of his “fired up, ready to go!” chant. -Screening with ACORN and the Firestorm

THE SHADOW

ANIMATED SHORT

USA | 2017 | 3 MIN DIR: ISAAC SWITZER

USA | 2017 | 8 MIN

Four women are torn between an undeniable desire to have a child and the freedom they think they know.

AUSTRIA | 2016 | 30 MIN

FLOODED WITH YOU

ANIMATED SHORT

DIR: DAN FIPPHEN & ELYSE KELLY

Meet Marc Brown, a cult icon behind the bizarre, late-night TV commercials for Norton Furniture. -Screening with The Power of Glove

MON OCT 16 | 4:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

FIRED UP

USA | 2017 | 3 MIN US PREMIERE

DIR: LINDSEY PHILLIPS

SUN OCT 15 | 5:45PM | THE ADVOCATE

FOREST OF ECHOES

Shorts Screening with features

DIR: EVAN KIDD

After the historic August 2016 floods in Baton Rouge, the Davis family now all lives together in one small apartment owned by the family matriarch. -Screening with On Our Watch

A darkness looms. -Screening with Rift

IN A HEARTBEAT

ANIMATED SHORT

USA | 2017 | 4 MIN

DIR: BETH DAVID & ESTEBAN BRAVO

CLOSED TO INTERPRETATION

LOUISIANA SHORT

USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: ZAC MANUEL

A 2016 second line raises haunting questions of race, identity, and whether local communities have the right to self determination. -Screening with Bangaologia

SKULL + BONE

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

USA | 2017 | 6 MIN DIR: VICTORIA RIVERA

The Northside Skull and Bone Gang will scare you straight at dawn on Mardi Gras morning. -Screening with The Thunder Feast

A closeted boy is almost outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down his crush. -Screening with After Louie

DON’T THINK OF A PINK ELEPHANT

ANIMATED SHORT

UK | 2017 | 7 MIN DIR: SURAYA RAJA

We’ve all imagined dropping the baby or stabbing someone with a fork. Usually we can easily dismiss these thoughts– but what if we couldn’t? -Screening with Fat Tuesday

DEAD HORSES (CAVALLS MORTS)

ANIMATED SHORT

KOJO

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Community Partner: Pont:Productions

USA | 2016 | 14 MIN

SPAIN | 2016 | 6 MIN

DIR: MICHAEL FEQUIERE

A loveable and precocious jazz prodigy, Kojo tours the world, which serves as both his stage and classroom. -Screening with Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot

COMMODITY CITY

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

DIR: MARC RIBA & ANNA SOLANAS

Caught in a war, a child is forced to flee down a road littered with horse corpses. -Screening with Olancho

FRY DAY

NARRATIVE SHORT

USA | 2017 | 16 MIN

USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: JESSICA KINGDON

DIR: LAURA MOSS

The daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. -Screening with Pow Wow

A party on the eve of Ted Bundy’s execution, seen through the eyes of a woman who looks like one of his victims. -Screening with Young & Innocent

OK, CALL ME BACK

TROLL

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

USA | 2016 | 5 MIN

NARRATIVE SHORT

USA | 2017 | 13 MIN

DIR: EMILY ANN HOFFMAN

DIR: ANU VALIA

Craving companionship, a woman leaves a voicemail late at night. -Screening with She’s Allergic to Cats

An unassuming woman visits a teenage boy in the hospital following his failed suicide attempt. -Screening with Wexford Plaza 54


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The winner of the juried award for Best Documentary Short will receive a 2TB hard drive and DCP Kit sponsored by CRU, Inc. and a Vimeo Pro Account. Also screening in competition are the documentary short films screening as part of the Cine Cubano: Cuban Shorts program (page 29); the short There Goes the Neighborhood, which screens on its own (page 47); and the shorts Kojo, directed by Michael Fequiere and screening with Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot (page 43) and Commodity City, directed by Jessica Kingdon, screening with Pow Wow (page 44).

TOGETHER APART | 92m

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND | 81m

SAT OCT 14 | 12:30PM | THE ADVOCATE*

SAT OCT 14 | 5:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

MON OCT 16 | 12:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

TUE OCT 17 | 12:00PM| THE ADVOCATE

EDITH + EDDIE

CLEAN HANDS

DIR: LAURA CHECKOWAY

DIR: LAUREN DEFILIPPO

USA | 2017 | 29 MIN

USA | 2016 | 9 MIN

America’s oldest interracial newlyweds, Edith and Eddie, find themselves at the center of a family feud that threatens to disrupt their love story.

MOTHER’S DAY

USA | 2017 | 21 MIN

Jurors Kristen Fitzpatrick is the director of distribution at Women Make Movies, where she programs the global exhibition of WMM’s collection of over 500 films and is also responsible for the acquisition of their new releases. She has served as a judge for the Student Academy Awards and was recently on the board of NewFest.

Merrill Sterritt develops audience strategies for Cinereach grantees and productions. Prior to this, she co-founded Film Presence and led theatrical outreach campaigns. She has also worked as a film editor and as the manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies. Farihah Zaman is a filmmaker, critic, and programmer. She currently works as production manager for Field of Vision and previously worked in acquisitions. She has written for Reverse Shot, Huffington Post, Filmmaker Magazine, and the AV Club. Her films include Remote Area Medical and This Time Next Year.

Community Partner: NOW, LOVE

DIR: HANNA MILLER

DIR: ELIZABETH LO & R.J. LOZADA

The impact of mass incarceration on youth is explored through an annual Mother’s Day charity bus that takes children to visit their mothers in prison.

A FRIENDSHIP IN TOW/TOE (ATÉ A PRÓ/CIMA!)

On a Sunday morning the congregation of the Daytona Beach Drive-In Church tunes in.

ROOTS AND WINGS

USA | 2017 | 9 MIN *The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Atlantic City Character Study

Edith And Eddia

Doc Shorts

US PREMIERE

JAPAN, PORTUGAL, HUNGARY, BELGIUM 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: ATSUSHI KUWAYAMA

In the span of five nights, two strangers share stories and sarcasm on one of the longest stairways in Lisbon.

Tangled family roots complicate 19-year-old wife and mother Leatrice Black’s journey to find home in rural south Mississippi.

(ALMOST) FREEDOM USA | 2016 | 8 MIN DIR: PUCK LO

In a world where GPS-enabled electronic ankle monitors track their wearers performing the most mundane tasks, what does it mean for prison to come home with us?

ALONE

USA | 2017 | 13 MIN

ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN USA | 2017 | 11 MIN DIR: DANIEL ROBIN

A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree.

MY FATHER’S FILM (PELÍCULA DE MI PADRE) USA | 2017 | 8 MIN

DIR: PRISCILLA GONZÁLEZ SAINZ

A daughter crafts a portrait of her father through the spaces he occupied; a meditation shaped by the tools he left behind.

DIR: GARRETT BRADLEY

With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding.

ATLANTIC CITY CHARACTER STUDY USA | 2016 | 29 MIN

DIR: BEN CAREY & BILLY LINKER

A short documentary about the people who pass through one of America’s most well-known resort towns as it teeters on the brink of economic collapse.

*Free admission thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

ALL GOOD THINGS USA | 2017 | 26 MIN DIR: CHLOE DOMONT

In a portrait of a modern marriage, a filmmaker follows her mother’s relationship with two men, who each satisfy her different needs. 56


Coming And Going

Pehelwani

Atlantic City Character Study

GENDER GEOGRAPHY | 93m LABOR OF LOVE | 93m

WATER/WAYS | 83m

SUN OCT 15 | 3:45PM | THE ADVOCATE

FRI OCT 13 | 6:30PM | THE ADVOCATE*

WED OCT 18 | 8:30PM | THE ADVOCATE

TUES OCT 17 | 4:15PM | THE ADVOCATE

WED OCT 18 | 2:00PM | THE ADVOCATE

Presenting Sponsor:

A THOUSAND MOTHERS

THE ROCK (‫) درب‬

DIR: KIM SHELTON

DIR: HAMID JAFARI

MYANMAR, USA | 2017 | 39 MIN Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar.

IRAN | 2016 | 26 MIN

In the South of Iran, a woman goes to the mountain every day with her sledgehammer and crowbar, breaks rocks, and sells them to support her family.

PEHELWANI

ONE EIGHTIETH OF ZHANG TIANYI

DIR: JOÃO CANZIANI

DIR: SHUHAN FAN

INDIA, USA | 2017 | 10 MIN A group of young men practice the ancient art of pehelwan, or mud wrestling, in the town of Mathura, India.

THE BATHS

UK | 2016 | 12 MIN

DIR: ANOUSKA SAMMS & SOFIA PANCUCCI-MCQUEEN

Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat, and chat.

HOUSE OF JXN

USA | 2017 | 10 MIN

CO-CREATORS: ROSIE HABER & LAUREN CIOFFI

The latest installment of the New Deep South web series examines the Rainbow Families of Jackson, Mississippi, and the bonds, connections, and rivalries within the community.

#LOVEYOURZ

USA | 2017 | 20 MIN DIR: NICK BENTGEN

A teenage self-love collective searches for love and adventure as they explore the outer boroughs of NYC.

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US PREMIERE

Community Partner: Gulf Restoration Network Tulane Environmental Law Clinic

KEEPERS OF THE MOUND

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 20 MIN DIR: KATIE MATHEWS

A Houma family cares for one of the many ancient Native American earthen mounds threatened by the rapid disintegration of the Louisiana coastline.

CHINA, USA | 2016 | 19 MIN

After spending five minutes learning how to make a traditional ramen dish, a 25-year-old Mao Zedong fan creates a Communist kingdom by selling his Hunan hometown food.

STATION 15

USA | 2017 | 15 MIN

DIR: KIRA AKERMAN & SOPHIE TINTORI

A New Orleans high school student’s meditation on a broken drainage system in an era of climate change.

BELLS IN THE MOUNTAIN (ESQUILAS EN LA MONTAÑA)

BORN ON THE BAYOU

DIR: SEBASTIAN LASAOSA ROGERS

DIR: KEVIN MCCAFFREY

SPAIN, USA | 2016 | 15 MIN

Two hundred cows from the town of Ulle make the three-day journey up the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains at the start of the summer.

COMING AND GOING (ALE VINI) HAITI, USA | 2016 | 34 MIN

DIR: ANNIE HUNTINGTON & CLAY THOMAS

A young translator from a small Haitian town considers his future: should he stay in the community where he grew up or join the exodus abroad in search of other opportunities?

*Free admission thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 22 MIN

The most successful levee management district in Louisiana is South Bayou Lafourche. It is constantly perfected by the leadership of sixth generation Cajun Windell Curole who combines a canny knowledge of science, best practices, political acumen and knowledge from locals.

PLAQUEMINES AND THE MID-BARATARIA DIVERSION

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 22 MIN DIR: JOHN RICHIE

Plaquemines Parish, located just south of New Orleans, runs the entire length of the Mississippi on both banks of the river. Residents of the area are torn on a governmental plan to reinforce the area’s marshlands.


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Also screening in competition in this category but listed elsewhere are Parade (page 29); My Name Is Marc and You Can Count On It (page 54); Closed to Interpretation (page 46); Frenchy and Jett in Wild Animal Keyboard (page 53); This Is My Favorite Mural (page 53); Escape (page 65); Doomed (page 65); The Final Nights of E. Zann (page 65); Sestina (page 65); and Alone (page 56).

(DIS)CONNECT | 100m

EVOLUTION | 102m

FRI OCT 13 | 7:30PM | PRYTANIA THEATER

THURS OCT 12 | 6:00PM ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

DVRKER: INFINITY ROOM

HE COULD’VE GONE PRO

DIR: JONATHAN ISAAC JACKSON

DIR: MCGHEE MONTEITH

USA | 2017 | 14 MIN

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN DIR: JANE GEISLER

A glance between two women outside a bar sparks a strange confrontation.

WORLD PREMIERE

Community Partner: Women in Film and Television

TIGER TEAM

Carroll Gelderman is a member of the domestic sales team at Cinetic Media, a New York based film and media advisory firm. Recently, Carroll has been involved in the sales of festival titles like Kate Plays Christine, Strong Island, Tower, and The Force.

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Elise McCave is the Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter, where she works with filmmakers worldwide to build communities of support and bring their films to life. She was previously at BRITDOC, where she served as Deputy Director and oversaw Good Pitch.

Three start-uppers want to sign a lease on a new office, but business may not be as booming.

FOREIGN BODY (FREMDKOERPER) USA | 2017 | 9 MIN

DIR: ANDREA KUEHNEL (WORLD PREMIERE)

A paralyzed ballerina undergoes a body transplant and struggles with the implications.

USA | 2016 | 17 MIN

DIR: JENCY GRIFFIN HOGAN

Community Partner: Women in Film and Television

Addie returns home to shed light on her dark past.

USA | 2017 | 19 MIN DIR: HENRY GRIFFIN

Four generations of New Orleanians decide whether to leave town in search of better opportunities.

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN

DIR: SAMANTHA SMITH

The world’s saddest man meets the world’s saddest woman.

WORLD PREMIERE

Community Partner: Women in Film and Television

PEARL MOTEL

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 17 MIN DIR: CHRIS JONES

A young sex worker fights to loose the shackles of her troubled past.

HONEY AND THE HIVE USA | 2016 | 12 MIN

With a baby sister on the way, an adopted child struggles to maintain her place in the family hive.

USA | 2016 | 8 MIN DIR: CAITLYN GREENE

Deep in Louisiana’s swampland, a woman wakes from a dream where it has been August for 16 years.

STRAIGHT LINE

WORLD PREMIERE

DIR: AUSTIN ALWARD

AUGUST

Community Partners: DOPEciety USA | 2017 | 15 MIN #Awayteam DIR: CARL HARRISON JR. PONT:Productions

THE FAREWELL RAG

THE MELANCHOLY MAN

DIR: HARRY BARTLE

LAST LIGHT

When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother are forced to confront family truths.

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 19 MIN

Angelica Jade Bastién is a Southern-born, Chicago-based essayist and critic. She’s written for The New York Times, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone, and primarily uses film and TV to explore gender, race, mental health, acting, and genre construction. She’s currently a staff writer at Vulture.

Presenting Sponsor:

USA | 2016 | 13 MIN

A young African American lawyer is chosen and kidnapped by a radical group named Dvrker.

STRANGER

Jurors

The Farewell Rag

The winner of the juried award for Best Louisiana Short will receive a one-year license for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and one-year license for Toon Boom Harmony Premium. Additionally, a Best Cinematography prize will be presented to a Louisiana Short with a $10,000 camera rental package sponsored by VER

Stranger

Louisiana Shorts

NOBLE CREATURES

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 20 MIN WORLD PREMIERE

In rural Louisiana, a group of musicians must confront the harsh realities of existing in black skin.

GET OUT FAST

USA | 2016 | 13 MIN

DIR: HALEY ELIZABETH ANDERSON

A 15-year-old boy remembers his best friend Coyote Boy: a train-hopper who has gone missing.

DIR: DANIEL LAFRENTZ

In the swamps of South Louisiana, two adversarial escaped convicts square off against a tortured corrections officer known as Put-Down.

YA ALBI

USA | 2016 | 16 MIN DIR: CHRISTINE CHEN

A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s visa is rejected. 60


Community Partner: #CreateLouisiana

SUN OCT 15 | 1:30PM ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS

1227 LESSEPS

WORLD PREMIERE

INTERSECTION

USA | 2017 | 9 MIN A trip forces a young woman and her two friends to examine their respective identities in the South.

MORNING STEPH

US PREMIERE

Community Partner: Women in Film and Television

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2016 | 12 MIN DIR: MAJA HOLZINGER

After a night of partying, Stephanie commits to staying home and spending sober time by herself.

RIPE FIGS

WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

After working with the U.S. Forces in Iraq, Ihssan Sharbah flees to America with his family.

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 24 MIN

DIR: MIRA KOHL, JOE HILLER, & JACK COLLINS

A look at U.S. internment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans and across the U.S. South.

YOU SEE ‘EM

A girl’s ripening sexuality is reflected by the seasons as she seeks to leave the countryside.

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 7 MIN

USA | 2017 | 17 MIN

WORLD PREMIERE

Community Partner:

Mid-City’s statue of Jefferson Davis, Martinet Foundation former president of the Confederacy, serves as the battleground for the Louisiana Chapter argument over the removal of the National Confederate monuments. In this Lawyers contentious stand-off, Louisianans camp Guild out with hot trays of food and lawn chairs, and while they argue over history, passions intensify and violence looms large.

SILENT PARADE OR THE SOUL REBELS VS. ROBERT E. LEE USA | 2017 | 10 MIN

DIR: EMMA LANDECHE

The Abita Mystery House is home to a number of strange artifacts, junk, and folk art.

ECHOES OF VIETNAM

GOODBYE, OLD GLORY

Louis A

DIR: CLAIRE BANGSER

CAMP OF THE INNOCENTS

Hot out of the editing suite, these three documentaries give an up-to-the-minute report on the debate that dominated the city’s attention this summer after simmering for years.

DIR: JORDAN HARO

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN

USA | 2017 | 9 MIN

DIR: ARTEMIS PREESHL

Divided City

THURS OCT 19 | 3:30PM | ACE HOTEL

A Cambodian fisherman in coastal Louisiana faces the prospect of becoming a refugee for the second time.

REALLY HUMAN

DIR: ANGELA TUCKER

A lonely teenager makes a human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.

REFUGE

MORE THAN MONUMENTS | 57 MIN SUN OCT 15 | 7:45PM | ACE HOTEL

DIR: KATIE MATHEWS

After moving to New Orleans, Emily questions her relationship to Lara and her role as a transplant.

DIR: DANEETA LORETTA JACKSON & PATRICK JACKSON

Presenting Sponsor:

USA | 2017 | 10 MIN

DIR: CHACHI HAUSER

USA | 2017 | 14 MIN

PORTRAITS | 97 MIN SAT OCT 14 | 5:00PM PRYTANIA THEATER

USA | 2017 | 18 MIN

NICABOB

Hotel Al

1227 Lesseps

The Farewell Rag

IDENTITY | 97 MIN

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 26 MIN

DIR: WILLIAM CORDOVA

The Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ most revered brass bands, confronts the legacy of slavery in a powerful rooftop performance across from Robert E. Lee’s statue.

WORLD PREMIERE

Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hop Archive Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO) Prospect New Orleans

DIR: JOEL WOODMAN

THE HOLE PUNCH

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2016 | 6 MIN DIR: HARRY BARTLE

A quarrel over an unusual party-guest culminates in a dramatic confession.

RESIDUAL

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 13 MIN

A struggling actor deals with his inept agent, nonsensical auditions, and a customer at his day job. WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 14 MIN DIR: PAAVO HANNINEN 61

HOTEL AL

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 24 MIN DIR: COLLEEN KEELEY

DIR: JASON R. A. FOSTER

TOURIST

A group of Vietnamese refugees from New Orleans find an unlikely source of strength after traumatic events like post-war relocation and Hurricane Katrina.

After a tragedy, a woman assumes an alternate identity.

A quick-tongued Cajun hustler celebrates his 55th year working for the oldest family-owned hotel in America.

DIVIDED CITY

USA | 2017 | 30 MIN

WORLD PREMIERE

Community

DIR: ANDREA B. SCOTT & KATIE MITCHELL Partner:

Members of the Monumental Task Committee and the Sons of Confederate Veterans reveal the nostalgia that they feel for antebellum Southern values. Leaders of Take ‘Em Down Nola contend that such a perspective conveniently omits the fundamental role slavery played in the making of these leaders. Radio commentary fuels the impassioned soundtrack of this film, which documents the days leading up to the city council vote all the way to the statues’ removal.

Louis A Martinet Foundation


architecture + planning + interiors


Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*

89 MIN

The winner of the juried award for Best Animated Short will receive a one-year license for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and one-year license for Toon Boom Harmony Premium.

SAT OCT 14 | 11:00AM | ACE HOTEL

Also screening in competition in this category but not listed here are Fired Up, directed by Dan Fipphen & Elyse Kelly; The Shadow, directed by Isaac Switzer; In a Heartbeat, directed by Beth David & Esteban Bravo; Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant, directed by Suraya Raja; and Dead Horses, directed by Marc Riba & Anna Solanas, all of which are screening with features and are listed on page 54.

FROGS’ SONG

STRETCH

TURKEY, UNITED STATES | 2016 | 2 MIN

TUES OCT 17 | 11:30AM | ACE HOTEL

DIR: CAGIL HARMANDAR

Community Partner: Crescent City Comics

Strange morning rituals of a girl between awake and asleep.

FRANCE | 2016 | 11 MIN DIR: CLEO PASQUET

Deep in the bayou, frogs live and die by the sound of brassy jazz.

WHAT IS YOUR BROWN NUMBER? INDIA | 2016 | 5 MIN DIR: VINNIE ANN BOSE

*The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

An animated short dealing with the varieties of skin color in India, and the desire for fairer skin.

FUNDAMENTAL DIR: SHIH-CHIEH CHIU

As a filmmaker, director, and illustrator, NOFF alum Tom Brown’s award-winning films have screened worldwide, winning accolades from Sundance, SXSW, AFI Fest, Annecy, and three British Animation Awards. Tom is also a programmer for GLAS Animation Festival. Joi Tribble is the lead Short Film Programmer for the Sidewalk Film Festival. With over a decade of film festival experience, she has also served on multiple juries and screening committees. She promotes film education and festival knowledge by traveling to speak to students. X

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Dustin Woehrmann graduated from CalArts with an Experimental Animation degree, and his thesis film Everybody Bowl was a regional finalist for the Student Academies. He was an animator on South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and is the Owner and Creative Director of Communify.

THE HISTORY OF MAGIC: ENSUEÑOS USA | 2016 | 6 MIN

DIR: JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ

When the high school bell rings, Ester Bolaños carves out her own path in the search for something,

ESCAPE

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN DIR: LIMBERT FABIAN & BRANDON OLDENBURG

A space explorer crash-lands on a deserted planet and must find a way to create shelter.

TAIWAN | 2017 | 7 MIN

Jurors

Hot Dog Hands

The Final Nights of E. Zann

Animated Shorts Animated Shorts

A teenager grows up in the strange and terrifying reality of fundamentalism and finds a way out.

DOOMED

US PREMIERE

USA | 2016 | 4 MIN

DIR: MAX WARD (US PREMIERE)

A melting head and its offspring speak to the impermanent, the inevitable, and the uncontrollable.

UNSATISFYING

FRANCE | 2016 | 1 MIN

DIR: N | DIR: THIBAULT DE FOURNAS, YANN PINEILL, NICOLAS LEFAUCHEUX

A video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch.

THE NOISE OF LICKING (A NYALINTÁS NESZE)

SUMMER CAMP ISLAND USA | 2016 | 9 MIN DIR: JULIA POTT

Once parents leave their kids at Summer Camp island, all of the strangeness lurking beneath the surface starts to come out.

NEVADA

US PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 13 MIN

HUNGARY | 2016 | 9 MIN DIR: NADJA ANDRASEV

DIR: EMILY ANN HOFFMAN

A woman is watched every day by a cat as she takes care of her exotic plants, but their perverted ritual ends when the cat disappears.

A young couple’s romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap.

THE FINAL NIGHTS OF E. ZANN

WORLD PREMIERE

HOT DOG HANDS USA | 2016 | 7 MIN

USA | 2016 | 3 MIN

DIR: MATT REYNOLDS

DIR: GURLEEN RAI & F. ANTHONY SHEPHERD

A woman just can’t stop growing new fingers.

Erich Zann, a theater viol player, is driven to madness by his nightly battle to cover the horrific sounds of evil forces clawing into his world.

LOVESTREAMS

USA | 2016 | 10 MIN

SESTINA

USA | 2016 | 2 MIN DIR: TOM VARISCO

A couple’s assessment and reassessment of their relationship takes a surreal turn.

DIR: SEAN BUCKELEW

A confessionary tale of two strangers in an online chat room one lonely night in 2002; a love story from the early days of the Internet.


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85 MIN

FRI OCT 13 | 8:45PM | THE ADVOCATE

NICHOLE

Community Partner: Shotgun Cinema

Thirteen experimental short films will compete in juried competition for the Best Experimental Short award. The winner of this award will receive a Vimeo Pro account. Also competing for this award but not listed here are Ok, Call Me Back, directed by Emily Ann Hoffman, which screens with the feature She’s Allergic to Cats, and Black America Again, directed by Bradford Young, which screens with Music Videos.

The Garden Of Delight

Turtles Are Always Home

Animated Shorts Experimental Shorts

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 4 MIN

DIR: KATHERINE VIVALDI

The disruptions and imperfections that occur within the frames of light as a camera travels through space inconsistently.

TURTLES ARE ALWAYS HOME (SOKUN AL SULHUFAT)

CANADA, LEBANON, QATAR | 2016 | 12 MIN DIR: RAWANE NASSIF

A short essay about the meaning of home and the search for it in a transient environment.

ADOLESCENCE (ADOLESCENCIA)

RETURN TO FORMS USA | 2016 | 10 MIN DIR: ZACHARY EPCAR

A constellation of objects, each emerging into the soft peach-light void of an indeterminate condominium space.

PUERTO RICO, USA | 2017 | 10 MIN DIR: JOSÉ FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ

Shot on Hi8, a teenage boy in 2002 Puerto Rico films odd and unusual movie vignettes of himself, and tries to get a girl’s attention in the process.

Jurors Lesley Duffield makes documentaries and processdriven installation art that playfully layers kitsch, personal memory, personae, and digital media. This past summer he was awarded residencies at the Santa Fe Art institute, The Taft Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, and the Icelandic Textiles Center. Barbara McCullough is a director, production manager, and visual effects artist whose directorial works are associated with the Los Angeles School of Black independent filmmaking. A native of New Orleans, she is currently Chair of the Visual Effects Department at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Jessica Ann Peavy is a filmmaker and visual artist, having exhibited her work across the U.S. and abroad. She has worked directly with film education initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute and the Maysles Documentary Center and is currently a member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at the New Museum.

VOUCHSAFE

WORLD PREMIERE

LANCE LIZARDI USA | 2017 | 8 MIN

DIR: XANDER ROBIN, LANCE LIZARDI

A young man takes his love for lizards to the extreme.

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN

DIR: BRADLY DEVER TREADAWAY

An exploration of a punishment enforced by the artist’s grandfather: that of kneeling on the family’s heating grate.

THE GARDEN OF DELIGHT

THE NETHERLANDS, USA | 2017 | 12 MIN DIR: MICHAEL FLEMING

Three scenes reflecting on paradise, lust, and hell.

GROWING GIRL

MEMORY OF AUGUST

USA | 2017 | 11 MIN

DIR: MARNIE ELLEN HERTZLER

USA | 2017 | 6 MIN

A PowerPoint presentation about snakes and wouldhave-been situations.

MELANCHOLY BABY

US PREMIERE

DIR: MARGARET RORISON

Intimate spaces of time spent with the filmmaker’s grandmother, Margaret, during a monthlong recovery in a rehabilitation center in Baltimore.

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN

DIR: ERIKA ROSIE ROSATO

Mirroring footage from New Orleans and the filmmaker’s home in Brooklyn, a ghostly time capsule documents the digestion of white privilege and self image.

BLOT

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 2 MIN

DIR: BENJAMIN ROUSE

Bodies move through space, and with every step, a blot.


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“Suicide Note”

Music Videos Music Video Lounge designed by Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave

Episodic Content  ree admission thanks to the generous support of F The Helis Foundation.

OCT 12 & 13 | 12PM-8PM | ACE HOTEL

SUN OCT 15 | 9:15PM | THE ADVOCATE

FRI OCT 13 | 9:00PM | BROAD THEATER

OCT 14 & 15 | 12PM-4PM | ACE HOTEL

A program of exciting new episodic work from three shows. 57 MIN

USA | 2016 | 86 MIN

Community Partner: NOLA Hip Hop Archive, Pont:Productions

YETI LANE: “L’AURORE”

US PREMIERE

FRANCE | 2016 | 6 MIN | DIR: SIMON GESREL & ARNAUD VIÉMONT

LIL DICKY: “PILLOW TALKING” FT. BRAIN

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 11 MIN | DIR: TONY YACENDA

CHERRY GLAZERR: “TOLD YOU I’D BE WITH THE GUYS” USA | 2016 | 5 MIN | DIR: RILEY BLAKEWAY

UNICORNLAND

Community Partner: The Sex Sensei

USA | 2016 | 21 MIN DIR: NICK LEAVENS

OLY: “GROWING YOUNG”

POLAND | 2017 | 5 MIN | DIR: KATARZYNA SAWICKA

“SUICIDE NOTE”

UK | 2016 | 5 MIN | DIR: MARINA WALZ

KING WOMAN: “MANNA”

WORLD PREMIERE

PSYCHIC HOTLINE: “EMPATHY”

WORLD PREMIERE

KROSS: “ESC ELATION”

WORLD PREMIERE

Through the eyes of Annie, a recent divorcée, Unicornland takes a tender and nuanced look at relationships and polyamory in its numerous forms. (Screening episodes 1 + 4)

USA | 2017 | 6 MIN | DIR: VINCENT JUDE CHANEY

NORWAY, UK | 2017 | 3 MIN | DIR: THOR BRENNE

PSUSY

NEW ZEALAND | 2016 | 19 MIN

US PREMIERE

Nasty, absurd, hilarious, grotty; follow two girls as they try to navigate the more repulsive realities of adult life with the help of some laughs (and some drugs). (Screening episodes 1 - 6)

USA | 2017 | 3 MIN | DIR: ZACK GREGORY

ROAR!: “WATER”

USA | 2017 | 6 MIN | DIR: CARLY MEYERS & ADAM GERTNER

ELOHIM: “HALLUCINATING”

USA | 2016 | 4 MIN | DIR: MEGAN PARK

SURFER BLOOD: “TAKING CARE OF EDDY”

USA | 2017 | 4 MIN | DIR: NIKO GUARDIA & SACHIO COOK

STEADY HOLIDAY: “TERROR” “STREET PUNX OI”

DIR: KATE MARKS WORLD PREMIERE

MYANMAR, USA | 2017 | 4 MIN | DIR: MAJA HOLZINGER

CHRISTEENE: “AKTION TOILET”

USA | 2017 | 4 MIN | DIR: PJ RAVAL

DELISH DA GODDESS: “BLACK EXCELLENCE”

WORLD PREMIERE

USA | 2017 | 3 MIN | DIR: SEAN O’GRADY

COMMON: “BLACK AMERICA AGAIN” USA | 2016 | 22 MIN DIR: BRADFORD YOUNG

MANIC (PILOT) USA | 2016 | 17 MIN

USA | 2017 | 5 MIN | DIR: JOSEPH ARMARIO

An incident finds Ivy League-bound Aurora in a boarding school for kids dealing with mental illness. As she holds on to her university dreams, she realizes it’s okay to ask for a little help. (Screening pilot episode)

SHEPHERD (PILOT) USA | 2017 | 44 MIN

Community Partner: #Awayteam

Jim Cummings is most recognized for his Sundance Jury Prize-winning short, “Thunder Road,” which was shot in one take and was lauded as one of “the best short films ever made” by Indiewire. Continuing his exploration of long take cinema, Cummings returns with a comedy series composed of single takes. Each episode features different protagonists as they experience the most pivotal moments of their lives.

EPISODE 1: THE ROBBERY 10 MIN

“I was just trying to get my dog back today.” To save her dog from the pound, Crystal robs a liquor store: it doesn’t go so well.

16 MIN

DIR: JAYA BEACH-ROBERTSON

FEMDOT: “SOUL”

DIR: JIM CUMMINGS, DUSTIN HAHN, & DANNY MADDEN; PRD: NATALIE METZGER; WRI: JIM CUMMINGS, DUSTIN HAHN; DP: DREW DANIELS, LOWELL A MEYER; ED: JIM CUMMINGS

EPISODE 2: MARTY <3 KATE

USA | 2017 | 3 MIN | DIR: MICHAEL ARCOS

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The Minutes Collection

DIR: ANDREW BRYAN

TUES OCT 17 | 5:45PM | CANAL PLACE Father Joseph is called to action after a little girl is murdered on his church’s steps. Tortured by his past, he exacts vigilante justice on those who wreak havoc on his community. (Screening pilot episode)

“Man’s life is cheap as beast’s.” As the manager of a restaurant, Marty has to spin many plates, but he drops all of them when his ex-girlfriend comes in for a date.

EPISODE 3: PARENT TEACHER 17 MIN

“Nobody should be eating tater tots as a meal.” Mr. Zahn meets the parents of his unruly students and learns that the apples don’t fall far from the trees.

EPISODE 4: CORY COMES TO CHRISTMAS 17 MIN

“If you fall, I’ll catch you.” Bringing someone home for the holidays is always tough, especially in this family....

EPISODE 5: THE STOP 12 MIN

“Last thing you guys want in your car is a feathered serpent.” Gloria and her friends do drugs and then get pulled over by a cop.

EPISODE 6: NATIVE STAND UP 14 MIN

“Do you guys know where I can find a bunch of people that look like me?” John performs standup comedy for the first time. It actually goes pretty okay.


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Cinema Reset is the new media program of the New Orleans Film Festival. As technology has transformed and expanded, so have the limits of cinematic storytelling. The Cinema Reset program celebrates the forward-thinking creative innovators whose works span animation, performance, interactivity, projection mapping, and virtual reality. Cinema Reset filmmakers and artists are transforming the landscape of contemporary media, and creating exciting experiences and immersive contexts that have never existed before. Directed by Lindsey Phillips and Rachel Lin Weaver cinemareset.com

VIRTUAL REALITY FRI OCT. 13 - SUN OCT 15 4-9PM | THE ADVOCATE

EAGLE BONE (CH’AAK’ S’AAGI) USA | 2016 | 5 MIN

DIR: TRACY RECTOR; PRD: MISCHA JAKUPCAK, LEACY LEAVITT; DP: CHRIS MOSSON; ED: MARA AUSTER

Ch’aak’ S’aagi is a new direction of visual storytelling rooted in being unapologetically Indigenous. Through freestyle spoken word by artist Nahaan, Pacific Northwest scenes and ceremonies, we enter into a journey of reflection on the lessons of the old ones. Like an eagle bone we are all individual vessels of spirit and transformation.

TRACES

Traces

High View

Eagle Bone

@cinemareset

PROJECTION MAPPING

VIVE

HIGHVIEW

Virtual Reality is transforming the fundamental possibilities of storytelling. With the help of our friend Matt Hales at TurboSquid, Cinema Reset’s Interactive VR Showcase reveals an exciting survey of projects to take you out of the role of spectator, and make you part of the narrative in the truest sense. Strap on a headset, hold some controllers, suspend your disbelief, and get ready to explore Virtual Reality’s most captivating horizons!

FRI OCT. 13 - SAT OCT 14 7-10PM | SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE 619 CARONDELET ST.

HONG KONG, USA, UK | 2017 | 20 MIN

DIR: SIMON LIU; PRD: SIMON LIU; DP: SIMON LIU; ED: SIMON LIU

Artist Statement: Up on the North Point a downpour of instants tease their way into our sight, but never fully form. Shutter-induced memories reduced to speckles, dissipating into fog. I want to go home. These images were meant to show us what goes where - but I can’t make out the path. Maybe we should lay them all out on the floor and try to put the pieces back together. In another five days, I’ll need to leave.

INTERACTIVE VR SHOWCASE: YOUR PLACE IN THE NARRATIVE FRI OCT. 13 - SUN OCT 15 | 4-9PM THE ADVOCATE

USA | 2016 | 8 MIN

DIR: GABRIELA ARP; PRD: GABRIELA ARP; WRI: GABRIELA ARP; DP: GABRIELA ARP; ED: GABRIELA ARP, FRED BEAHM

A cinematic virtual reality film, Traces explores the memories of Willie White, an 88-year old woman living with dementia. Through her vibrant recollections, illustrated through re-enactments, we journey with Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.

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Filmmaker Programs In addition to the annual New Orleans Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Society invests year-round in filmmaker professional development programs designed to nurture diverse voices in filmmaking in the American South. These programs and partnerships are designed to build filmmaker networks, hone their craft,and develop sustainable creative careers.

SOUTHERN PRODUCERS LAB

Launching in spring of 2018, the Southern Producers Lab is an intensive, pioneering professional development program for producers working in the South. The core of the program is an immersive lab during which 8-10 participants from around the Southeastern U.S. converge with industry leaders and seasoned producers for a series of workshops, one-on-one mentorship sessions, case studies, and skill-building seminars.

PITCH PERFECT

Founded in 2011 in response to the dearth of pitching opportunities for Southern filmmakers, Pitch Perfect offers a chance for college students and emerging directors to practice the art of pitching. In this annual competition, film students and directors from the American South have just three minutes to pitch their next dream project to a panel of film professionals who offer on-the-spot feedback on their pitches. The competition includes four rounds: student narrative, student documentary, non-student narrative, and non-student documentary. The winners in each category receive a prize package to go towards the production of their winning idea. This year, the non-student documentary competition at NOFF is supported by the Tribeca Film Institute under the banner of the IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program and offers the winner a $20,000 cash award and a year of mentorship.

#CREATELOUISIANA

To champion Louisiana-based talent and support the entertainment industries that are integral to our region, the New Orleans Film Society is an institutional partner with local nonprofit #CreateLouisiana, collectively offering grant packages to in-state filmmakers. Previous grants that NOFS has funded in part include a $50,000 cash grant awarded in 2015 for a short film showcasing Louisiana talent in front of and behind the camera; a $32,500 cash grant with lead sponsor TV5 MONDE USA for a film that celebrates the deep connection to French and Francophone culture in Louisiana; a $40,000 documentary feature grant that provides $10,000 in cash and $30,000 in post-production services; and a $1,250 travel grant to a Louisiana-based filmmaker working as part of a diverse core team to attend the 2018 Tribeca Film Institute Network and pitch their prospect to investors, distributors and financiers.

THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

This suite of three micro-grants supports small-budget films from Louisiana filmmakers investigating social injustices within their communities. These grants support those who know injustice firsthand and are able to bring awareness to specific injustices within these communities through short-form film. Founded in 2016, this micro-grant program is supported by Artless Media. Funded shorts screen during the NOFF.

THE COOL COOPERATIVE DIRECTOR’S PROGRAM

Working in conjunction with the New Orleans Film Society, the COOL Cooperative Director’s Program seeks to support emerging talent from the New Orleans Film Festival alumni community. This program offers the opportunity for Louisiana filmmakers to work collaboratively with The COOL Cooperative staff and COOL Creators (students) to develop and produce a new short film. COOL Creators are involved in learning opportunities in all phases of production. Filmmakers receive production funding of $5000 and approved in-kind production support from The COOL Cooperative.

TRICENTENNIAL STORY INCUBATOR

As the City of New Orleans prepares for its 300th Anniversary celebration, the New Orleans Film Society teams up with NOVAC, The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy/Film New Orleans, #CreateLouisiana, and Kickstarter to celebrate and share our rich history and culture by cultivating and funding five short films from New Orleans filmmakers. The five selected film projects will receive mentorship from Kickstarter to aid in the creation of dynamic crowdfunding campaigns to raise $5,000 in funding for their films. Provided they raise their $5,000, they will then be awarded an additional $5,000 in project support.

EMERGING VOICES

The Emerging Voices Mentorship program was created in 2014 and founded on the principle that, in order to create a more diverse storytelling landscape, filmmakers of color in Louisiana need greater access to gatekeepers. In its inaugural year, the program sought to fill the lack of opportunities for local AfricanAmerican and Black Diaspora directors to meaningfully connect with industry leaders, expand career opportunities, and to help strengthen the local film community. In 2015, Emerging Voices expanded to include all filmmakers of color based in Louisiana, adding an even more vast and diverse perspective to the program and reflecting the depth and breadth of the state. Applicants include filmmakers with narrative or documentary projects (shorts, features or web-based), experimental films and new media projects in the development/pre-production stage. Once selected, filmmakers are paired with a film industry leader who acts as a mentor through one-on-one meetings during the annual New Orleans Film Festival. Mentees also participate in short intensive meetings with other industry professionals during the NOFF Industry Exchange to pitch their projects and build further connections. 76


Emerging Voices BRON MOYI is a filmmaker based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s worked primarily in the film industry since 2010 and has since garnered over 30 credits to his name in both the art and camera department. He is particularly drawn to coming-of-age stories.

ALEJANDRO DE LOS RIOS is a Cuban-Venezuelan writer and filmmaker with experience writing for ESPN the Magazine, VICE, the Associated Press, and Deadspin and directing nearly a dozen short films, in addition to news documentaries, music videos, and commercials.

PROJECT: Round Lake Road (Narrative Short) A barely teenage boy is exposed to a night of drugs, sex, and violence in a small town in Florida.

NICHOLAS MANUEL PINO made his acting and narrative

MENTOR: Moira Griffin is the Executive Director, Production, Creative Labs for 21st Century Fox where she oversees development labs for writers, directors, and producers for TV and Film. Previously she was the Head of Diversity Initiatives at Sundance.

ASLI OZYENGINER is a New Orleans-based Turkish

filmmaker and writer. After studying Western Literature in Istanbul, she shifted her focus towards Visual Arts while at Dartmouth College graduate school. Her work focuses on displacement, notions of identity, belonging and forms of intimacy.

PROJECT: Taxidermist (Documentary Short)

Taxidermist explores the human obsession with preservation through Rick, an ex-air force veteran and taxidermist living in New Orleans.

MENTOR: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her latest film, Quest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017.

PHILIP WILLIAMSON JR is a Creative Director at The Colored Section. As a filmmaker, Philip’s work has been showcased by PBS and HBO. His latest short documentary, “After Claudetteia,” was selected for Artless Media’s 2016 Magnifying Glass grant. PROJECT: Perfectly Audible (Narrative Short)

A deaf young man must come to terms with his romantic feelings for his male bandmate in this short film about music, love, and gender.

MENTOR: Lisa Cortés, CEO of Cortés Films was executive

producer of the Academy Award–winning film Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. Her films have earned 70 international awards and nominations, including the Academy Award and the Golden Globe.

CARL HARRISON JR.’s directorial debut, the narrative

short Straight Line, premieres at this year’s NOFF. Currently, Carl works as crew for Queen Sugar.

PROJECT: St. Roch (Documentary Short)

A filmmaker examines change and life in New Orleans’ St. Roch historic neighborhood through the lens of his family who’s lived there for four generations.

MENTOR: Niema Jordan is the program manager for

the Off/Page Project, The Center for Investigative Reporting’s collaboration with Youth Speaks. She has a Master of Journalism in Documentary Film from UC Berkeley and her focus is on socially conscious films.

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directorial debut with British Quarter Hustler and won “Best Music Video” from Offbeat Magazine. Recently, Pino directed a Juan Lafonta Big Freedia commercial which has been called “iconic” by Fader Magazine.

PROJECT: Contrabanda (Narrative Short)

Two friends who are caught with contraband at customs give conflicting accounts that reveal a deeper emotional story about family and loss.

MENTOR: Christine Dávila is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, a new original digital-first content brand that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. She has over twelve years of experience in film programming at festivals like Sundance, where she has been a Programming Associate since 2008.

EDWARD BUCKLES is a filmmaker, writer, and high school digital media instructor. He has directed content for Saint Heron, Complex, MTV, BET, VH1, and XXL and interned with director Spike Lee on the remake of Oldboy. Buckles is also the recipient of the 2017 Millennial Award for Film. PROJECT: Katrina Babies (Documentary Feature) Katrina Babies sparks first time conversations with young New Orleans natives about the impact of the storm on their physical, mental, and social well being. MENTOR: Maurice James is the Head of Creative and

Development at NBCUniversal Digital Content Lab. He was also the founder and senior vice president of Soul of the South Television Network, a 24/7 broadcast/cable TV Network in 35 million households and 28 markets.

JASMIN MARA LÓPEZ is a New Orleans-based journalist, radio producer, and youth media educator. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was impacted by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.- México border. PROJECT: Silent Beauty (New Media) Using super 8 silent home movies and incorporating sound design that mimics the sounds of hearing loss, “Silent Beauty” is an experimental autobiographical exploration of a family history with abuse and a culture of silence. MENTOR: Filmmaker and visual artist Jessica Ann Peavy has exhibited across the US and abroad and has worked directly with film education initiatives organized by Tribeca Film Institute and the Maysles Documentary Center. She is currently a member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at the New Museum.


Staff NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY STAFF Fallon Young Executive Director

Donors PR

Emily Reimsynder + Andrew Freeman Bond Moroch

Clint Bowie Artistic Director

VENUE, LOGISTICS & TECH STAFF

Monika K Baudoin Director of Operations

Lori Atkinson, Travis Bird, Jeremy Blum, Christiana Botic, Cassidy Brown, Kris Butler, Jonay Campbell, Angela Catalano, Libby Coyne, Ben Donnellon, Juliana Goode, Shantrell Green, Scott Jolet, William McGovern, Daniela Leal, Eileen Level, Cheyenne Logan, Michelle Mashon, Nicole Oria, Emily Russell, Tyler Schiro, Josh Stover, Madeline Peters, Javier Torres, Christine Tremblay, Ashley Weiss, Rory White, Remy Williams.

Jennifer Samani Director of Development John Desplas Artistic Director Emeritus Hector Cassini Business Manager Greta Hagen-Richardson Marketing & Communications Coordinator + Programming Associate (Shorts + Features) Sergio Andrés Lobo-Navia Technical Director

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL STAFF Lucia Ahrensdorf, Content Coordinator + Merchandise Coordinator Jean Bingham, Programming Assistant (Features) + Film Revisionist Lauren Delery, Programming Associate (Shorts) Caleigh Flynn, Office Manager Gabrielle Gatto, Volunteer Coordinator André Harrison Jr., Programming Associate (Features) Kirah Haubrich, Warehouse Manager Maria Hinds, Graphic Designer Dawn Jefferson, Community Partner Liaison Jessica Johnson, VIP Lounge Coordinator Jonathan Kieran, Programming Coordinator Amber Love, Programming Associate (Shorts) + Hospitality Coordinator Pedro Lucero, Transportation Coordinator Lucy Macedo, Development Coordinator Kate Mason, Programming Coordinator + Operations Coordinator Kelsey Murry, Development Assistant Lindsey Phillips, Cinema Reset Director

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS WHO MAKE SO MUCH OF THE NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY PROGRAMMING POSSIBLE. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS CIRCLE Susan Gore Brennan + Ralph Brennan, Anne Burr, Blair S. Davis, Nan and Britt Galloway, Alexa Georges + Jerry Armatis, Victoria + Max Loubiere, Scott Niemeyer, Paige Royer + Kerry Clayton, Earline Torres, Mackie + Sandy Shilstone, Felicia Beebe Stallard

INTERNS Lucia Bellanger, Zontre City, Luke Cogliano, Markell Jackson, Katie Pham, Teresa Williams.

PRODUCERS CIRCLE

SCREENERS

Tracie Ashe, Toni + Richard Bachmann, David Bernard + Charles Urstadt, Seth Bloom, Brian Bockman + Jack Forbes, Jane Ettinger Booth + Vincent Booth, Catherine Brannigan, Kate Fagan Burgun + Bruce Burgun, Michael Collins + Olesya Valentina, Jerrianne Cullinan, Sean Cummings, Margo + Clancy Dubos, Katherine Cecil + Emile Dumesnil, Janis Eckert, Bill Edwards, Monica Ann Frois + Eve Barrie Masinter, Katherine + Tony Gelderman, Michael Glenboski, Krista + Alex Glaser, Anna Beth + John Goodman, Valerie M. Grubb, Nomita + Shaminder Gupta, Juli Miller Hart, Lesli D. Harris + Shawn Lindsay, Lori + Brad Hunter, Scott James + Gregory Morey, Ellen Johnson + Ronald Swartz, Nina M. Kelly, Kaki + Rick Kohnke, In Memory of Jule H. Lang, Chris + Sean Yseult Lee, Lee McDonough, Frank + Kathleen Monteleone, Linda Novak + Adam Marcus, Christina + Dr. Nicholas Pappas, Joann M. Ricci, Staci Rosenberg, Aimee + Michael Siegel, Nathalie Simon, Sisung Film Finance LLC, Conway Solomon, E. Alexandra Stafford + Raymond Rathle Jr., Daniel C. Taylor, Catherine Whitney

Lucia Ahrensdorf, Michael Arcos, Steve Armbruster, Colin Ash, Tracie Ashe, Monika K Baudoin, Andrew Bergeron, Hector Berky, Carol Bidault de l’Isle, Travis Bird, Layan Bitar, Sally Jane Black, Bob Boeckelman, Laura Brown, Clark Castle, Gloria Dauphin, Lauren Delery, Les Duffield, Jeanne Dumestre, Tripp Faia, Caleigh Flynn, Rashada Fortier, London Fougerousse, Elizabeth Frazier, Gabrielle Gatto, Henry Griffin, Greta Hagen-Richardson, Erik Hansen, Holly Hobbs, Eleanor Jardine, Darlene Jones, Jordan Keller, Eileen Level, Leonard Lewis, Sergio Lobo-Navia, James Logan, Amber Love, Skye Macdonald, Lee McDonough, Amanda McFillen, Laura Medina, Andrew Mendez, Julie Mitchell, Sanaa Msemaji, Meghann Niehus, Julian Martin Nunez, Cypriene Oliver, Nicole Oria, James Page, AuraLee Petzko, Jolene Pinder, Tom Roche, Katrina Rogers, Anastasiya Rul, Darby Shields, Diana Smith, Samuel Spencer, Jean Stickney, Tiffany Tate, Jene’ O’Keefe Trigg, Angela Tucker, Rachel Weaver, Mimi Wright

Film Synopses Provided by: LA - Lucia Ahrensdorf GHR - Greta Hagen-Richardson AL - Amber Love JK - Jonathan Kieran KM - Kate Mason NS - Nick Shimkin

MOVIE MOGULS Sarah Jarrett + Matthew Sewell Casey Lipscomb Bill + Michelle Ganon Andrew + Eva Martinez Brenda + John Marino

Jessica Richmond, Credentialist Amanda Rose, Events Manager Nick Shimkin, Programming Associate (Features) Juli Shipley, Box Office Supervisor

For information on membership, contact Jennifer Samani at jennifer@neworleansfilmsociety.org

Chloe Walters-Wallace, Emerging Voices Director Rachel Lin Weaver, Cinema Reset Director

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Community Partners NOFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO CONNECT COMMUNITIES WITH FILMS. NOFF hopes to unite people around the issues that matter to them, spark conversations and help inspire community action. With the goal of reaching a diverse range of audiences, we could not do any of this without the aid of our amazing community partners. ACORN International #Awayteam Aya Designs Belle Reve New Orleans Black Star Books & Cafe Blights Out Coffy Film Collective Congo Square Preservation Society #CreateLouisiana Creative Alliance of New Orleans Crescent City Comics Cutting Edge NOLA Dancing Grounds DOPEciety Esoterotica, Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers Fair Grinds Coffeehouse Family Service of Greater New Orleans Gallery of the Streets Gulf Restoration Network HousingNOLA Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative Kalaro Media Kawaii NOLA Le Boxeur Gym Live Girls Local 100 United Labor Unions Louis A Martinet Foundation Louisiana Chapter National Lawyers Guild Maya Taylor Dance Music & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO) Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center New Orleans NOW New Orleans Pride Noirlinians NOLA Hip Hop Archive NOW, LOVE Nuestra Voz Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival Pelican Bomb PONT:Productions Prospect New Orleans The Sex Sensei Shotgun Cinema Tulane Environmental Law Clinic WAMF-LP 90.3 New Orleans Women in Film and Television Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

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NOFS Membership

JOIN AT ANY NOFF BOX OFFICE OR AT NEWORLEANSFILMSOCIETY.ORG

Member support allows New Orleans Film Society to cultivate Southern filmmakers and present vibrant new films at the Academy-accredited New Orleans Film Festival, French Film Festival, and other yearround screening programs. Our members receive great perks, like free or discounted tickets, passes to our festivals, members-only sneak previews, and year-round programming at partnering arts centers and neighborhood theaters. Memberships For Two

BENEFITS

Moviegoer Take Scene Movie Producers Executive Two Stealer Mogul Circle Producers Circle

Access advance tickets for screenings during New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) & French Film Festival (FFF) Get the inside scoop with a subscription to the NOFF & FFF Program Guides and e-newsletter Free & discounted sneak previews hosted year-round by NOFS and neighborhood theaters 15+ free screenings annually hosted at neighborhood theaters (Prytania Theater and Broad Theater) and co-presentations with partners like the Contemporary Arts Center Members-only discount on tickets, passes, packages, events & merch Two FFF Passes, good for all screenings Two NOFF Six-Film Packages, good for six regular screenings (excludes opening, closing and spotlight) Two All-Access Passes to NOFF, good for all screenings, parties & events Free admission and reserved seating at NOFS events yearround, including NOFF, FFF, sneak previews & any film series or co-presentation with our partners Recognition as an NOFS benefactor in the NOFF Program Guide Two NOFF Opening Night tickets with reserved seating & VIP reception Recognition on website, e-newsletters & on-screen before all NOFS programming Invitations for you and a guest to special Producers Circle-only events Personal Concierge for ticket bookings & film selections The New Orleans Film Society is a 501(c)3 and a portion of all membership dues are tax-deductible.

Member benefits are subject to change. New Orleans Film Society will communicate benefit changes in a timely manner to members.


JAMES LAXTON ON MOONLIGHT

‘ ’ To me a successful project is based on

trust. Trust in my colleagues from the producers

and director to the actors, the crew and the

equipment house to the editors and post house—

all collaborating to bring something meaningful

to the screen. And trust that following my instincts

is the best path to telling an honest story.

James Laxton has been universally lauded for his uniquely stunning imagery in Moonlight. He sensitively brings the viewer into the psyche of the characters, immersed within the lush Monet greens and salty blues of the Florida landscape. VER applauds cinematographer James Laxton on his many Moonlight honors for this Best Picture Oscar® winner.

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Film Schedule Wednesday Oct 11 11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

8pm

9pm

10pm

11pm

Opening Film 7:30pm p18

Orpheum Theater

Opening Night Party at Four Winds 10:00pm-1:00am p10

Parties

Thursday Oct 12 11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

Communion (72 min) 1:00pm p43

The New Orleans Advocate

Music Video Lounge: Ace Hotel New Orleans

Parties & Receptions

9pm

10pm

11pm

The Organizer (101 min) 7:30pm p33

Prytania Theatre

Ace Hotel New Orleans

8pm

Wallay (84 min) 12:00pm p27

The World Is Mine (68 min) 2:45pm p44

The World of Which We Dream Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Exist (103 min) 4:30pm p39 Quest (104 min) 3:45pm p32

Ask the Sexpert (80min) 6:45pm p42

FREE

Louisiana Shorts: Evolution (102 min) 6:00pm p60

Pow Wow (96 min) 9:00pm p44

Marshall (118 min) 8:30pm p20

Music Videos (87 min, loop) 12:00pm - 8:00pm p69

Reception: Film Tampa Bay 4:00pm-5:30pm p12

Filmmaker Welcome Party 9:00pm-12:00am p10

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Friday Oct 13 10am

11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Pitch: Student Narrative (90 min) 10:00am p15

Pitch: Student Documentary (90 min) 12:00pm p15

Pitch: Open Call Narrative (90 min) 2:00pm p15 Bonheur Academie [65 min] 1:30pm p27

Samba (90 min) 11:30am p28

Pitch: IF/Then Doc Short (120 min) 4:00pm p15

Embrasse-Moi! (86 min) 3:45pm p27

FREE

Doc Shorts: Labor of Love (93 min) 6:30pm p57 FREE Young and Innocent (106 min) 6:00pm p41

Broad Theater

Power of Glove (80 min) 6:45pm p50

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

Hate Crime (92 min) 6:30pm p49

Music Video Lounge: Ace Hotel New Orleans Panel: Tax Credits 1:00pm p14

Roundtables

Sound Hard 1:00pm p15

Cinema Reset

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10pm

Experimental Shorts (86 min) 8:45pm p67

Fat Tuesday (87 min) 8:30pm p49

The Minutes Collection (87 min) 9:00pm p69 Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Allergic to Cats (80 min) 8:45pm p39

Music Videos (87 min, loop) 12:00pm - 8:00pm p69

3 Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans

Parties & Receptions

9pm

Louisiana Shorts: (Dis)Connect (96 min) 7:30pm p60

Prytania Theatre

The New Orleans Advocate

8pm

Panel: Distribution 2:30pm p14

There Goes the Neigh... (60min) 4:00pm p47

Seed & Spark 2:00pm p15

IF/Then Doc Shorts Reception 6:00pm-7:30pm p12

Virtual Reality + Vive 4:00pm - 9:00pm | The Advocate p73

Friday the 13th Party 10:00pm1:00am p10

Projection Mapping 7:00pm - 10:00pm | The Scottish Rite Temple p73


Saturday Oct 14 10am

11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

Doc Shorts: Together Apart (92 min) 12:30pm p56 FREE

The New Orleans Advocate

Broad Theater

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

Animated Shorts (92 min) 11:00am p65

Three Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans

Roundtables

Parties & Receptions

Cinema Reset

Narrative Shorts: Hell of a Guy (94 min) 2:45pm p53

7pm

AS IS by Nick Cave (70 min) 12:00pm p48

Small Town Rage (98 min) 12:00pm p32

Doc Shorts: This Land... (81 min) 5:00pm p56

Conversation with Patricia Clarkson 3:30pm p23

Cuba Shorts (97 min) 1:00pm p29

FREE

Music Video Lounge: Ace Hotel New Orleans

6pm

8pm

9pm

10pm

Louisiana Shorts: Portraits (97 min) 5:00pm p61

Prytania Theatre

Ace Hotel New Orleans

5pm

Slate Represent Podcast with Gabourey Sidibe 5:00pm p23

Serenade for Haiti (110 min) 1:45pm p28

Horace Tapscott Musical Griot (86 min) 4:15pm p43

Samba (90 min) 2:15pm p28

Wexford Plaza (101 min) 4:15pm p41

Media Services 1:00pm p15

Thunder Feast (88 min) 6:30pm p44

Olancho (76 min) 8:45pm p43 Love and Saucers (67 min) 8:45pm p43

Eyeslicer (120 min) 5:00pm p73

Music Videos (87 min, loop) 12:00pm - 4:00pm p69

Panel: VR 1:00pm p14

Centerpiece Film: Mudbound (134 min) 9:00pm p19

Sick to Death! (86 min) 6:30pm p32

FREE

Snowy Bing Bong + Narrative Shorts: Princess Racoon... (100 min) 9:30pm p39 + p53

Narrative Shorts: Gate of Flesh (94 min) 7:15pm p52

Panel: Kickstarter 2:30pm p14 Meet Programmers 2:00pm p15

Tribeca Film Inst 3:00pm p15

Reception: Women in Film + TV (WIFT) 4:00pm-5:30pm p12

Emerging Voices Reception 6:00pm-7:30pm p12

Virtual Reality + Vive 4:00pm - 9:00pm | The Advocate p73

Diva Dance Fever 10:00pm2:00am p11

Projection Mapping 7:00pm - 10:00pm | The Scottish Rite Temple p73

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Sunday Oct 15 10am

11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

The New Olrleans Advocate

Narrative Shorts: The Flowers & the Angry Waves (95 min) 1:30pm FREE p52

Doc Shorts: Gender Geography (93 min) 3:45pm p57

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Louisiana Shorts: Identity (95 min) 1:30pm p61

Nothing Without Us (70 min) 3:45pm p31 FREE

Isleños (57 min) 2:00pm p49

Broad Theater

Music Video Lounge: Ace Hotel New Orleans

Three Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans

Roundtables

Parties & Receptions

Cinema Reset

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6pm

7pm

8pm

9pm

10pm

Darkest Hour (99 min) 5:00pm p21

Prytania Theatre

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

5pm

Communion (72 min) 12:15pm p43

For Ahkeem (90 min) 1:45pm p46

Bangaologia (90 min) 3:45pm p46

Damascene (72 min) 4:00pm p38

Conversation New with Search Episodic Party Creators Content (70 min) (57 min) 8:00pm 9:15pm p23 FREE FREE p69 More Than Monuments (52 min) 7:45pm p61

The Family I Had (77 min) 6:00pm p47

Victor’s History (78 min) 6:00pm p41

After Louie (104 min) 8:15pm p38

Rift (114min) 8:15pm p39

Eyeslicer (120 min) 5:00pm p73

Music Videos (87 min, loop) 12:00pm - 4:00pm p69

Panel: Art of Unrest 1:30pm p14

Narrative Shorts: Voice Without a Shadow (100 min) 5:45pm p54

International Screenwriters’ Association Table Read 3:00pm p14

Distribution w/ Magnetbox 2:00pm p15

#CreateLouisiana 3:30pm p12

ISA Reception 5:00pm p12

Virtual Reality + Vive 4:00pm - 9:00pm | The Advocate p73

Too Legit to Dip 10:00pm1:00am p11


Monday Oct 16 11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

9pm

10pm

11pm

The Upside (118 min) 7:15pm p21

Prytania Theatre

Doc Shorts: Together Apart (92 min) 12:00pm p56

The New Orleans Advocate

Ace Hotel New Orleans

8pm

The Organizer (101 min) 11:00am p33

Narrative Shorts: Voice Without a Shadow (100 min) 4:00pm p54

Quest [104 min] 2:00pm p32

Bangaologia (90 min) 1:15pm p46

Wexford Plaza (101 min) 3:30pm p41

Tell Them We are Rising (85 min) 6:15pm p33

ACORN and the Firestorm (87 min) 8:30pm p31

Our 100 Days (127 min) 8:00pm p33

Serenade for Haiti (110 min) 5:45pm p28

Isleños (57 min) 6:30pm p49

Broad Theater

Cut Off (87 min) 8:30pm p48

Horace Tapscott Musical Griot (86 min) 6:15pm p43

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

The Cage Fighter (83 min) 8:30pm p47

Monday Night Mingle 9:30pm-1:00am p11

Parties & Receptions

Tuesday Oct 17 10am

11pm

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Doc Shorts: This Land Is Your Land (81min) 12:00pm p56 Animated Shorts (92 min) 11:30am p65

Narrative Shorts: Hell of a Guy (94 min) 2:00pm p53 Love and Saucers (67 min) 1:45pm p43

Doc Shorts: Gender Geography (93 min) 4:15pm p57 Narrative Shorts: The Incorrigible (94 min) 3:30pm p53

Parties & Receptions

Burqa Boxers (85 min) 6:30pm p42

10pm

On Our Watch (67 min) 7:30pm p32

The Joneses (80 min) 6:30pm p47 ShepherdPilot (44 min) 5:45pm p69

Dolores (95 min) 8:30pm p31

FREE

Thunder Feast (88 min) 5:30pm p44

Broad Theater

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

9pm

Last Flag Flying (124 min) 7:30pm p21

Prytania Theatre

The New Orleans Advocate

8pm

Damascene (72 min) 7:00pm p38

Woke (60 min) 8:45pm p50 Victor’s History (78 min) 8:45pm p41 Parlor Soirée 10:00pm1:00am p11

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Wednesday Oct 18 10am

11am

12pm

1pm

2pm

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

8pm

9pm

10pm

Do You Want It? (92 min) 7:30pm p49

Prytania Theatre

Narrative Shorts: The Flowers and the Angry Waves (95 min) 12:00pm p52

The New Orleans Advocate

The Joneses (80 min) 11:30am p47

Ace Hotel New Orleans

Documentary Shorts: Labor of Love (93 min) 2:00pm p57

The World of Which We Dream Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Exist (103 min) 1:30pm p39

Narrative Shorts: Gate of Flesh (94 min) 4:00pm p52

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise (87 min) 6:15pm p46 FREE

Water/Ways (88 min) 8:30pm p57

Sick to Death! (86 min) 6:00pm p32

Pow Wow (96 min) 3:30pm p44

Play the Devil (90 min) 6:30pm p28

Broad Theater

After Louie (104 min) 8:45pm p38

Olancho (76 min) 6:15pm p43

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

Thriller Party 10:00pm1:00am p11

Parties & Receptions

Thursday Oct 19 11am Ace Hotel New Orleans

Cinebarre Canal Place 9

New Orleans Jazz Market

Parties & Receptions

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12pm

Cine CubanoCuban Shorts (97 min) 11:30am p29

1pm

2pm Ask the Sexpert (80 min) 1:45pm p42

3pm

4pm

5pm

6pm

7pm

More Than Monuments (52 min) 3:30pm p61

8pm

9pm

10pm

11pm

Closing Film 8:00pm p18

The Family I Had (77 min) 6:15pm p47

The Cage Fighter (83 min) 8:30pm p47

Surprise Screening 8:00pm Closing Night Party at Jazz Market 10:00pm-1:00am p10


Film Index “Aktion Toilet” - Christeene 69 #LoveYourz 57 (Almost) Freedom 56 1227 Lesseps 61 A Friendship in Tow/Toe (Até a pró/cima!) 56 A Thousand Mothers 57 Absent 52 ACORN and the Firestorm 31 Adolescence (Adolescencia) 67 Adult 53 After Louie 38 After the Reunion (Luokkakokouksen jälkeen) 52 Alex and the Handyman 53 All Good Things 56 All the Leaves Are Brown 56 Alone 56 American Carnage 33 American Dream 52 An Act of Worship 33 An Uncertain Future 33 AS IS by Nick Cave 48 Ask The Sexpert 42 Atlantic City Character Study 56 August 60 Bangaologia - The science of style 46 Baths, The 57 Bells in the Mountain (Esquilas en la montaña) 57 “Black America Again” - Common 69 “Black Excellence” - Delish Da Goddess 69 Blot 67 Bonheur Académie 27 Born on the Bayou 57 Burqa Boxers 42 Cage Fighter, The 47 Call Me By Your Name 18 Call Your Father 53 Camp of the Innocents 61 Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise 46 Charlie 29 Clean Hands 56 Closed to Interpretation 54 Coming and Going (Ale Vini) 57 Commodity City 54 Communion (Komunia) 43 Connection (Conectifai) 29 Current War, The 21 Cut Off 48 Damascene 38 Darkest Hour, The 20 Days of Wholesome Joy (Con Sana Alegría) 52 Dead Horses (Cavalls Morts) 54 Divided City 61 Do U Want It? 49 Dolores 31 Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant 54 Doomed 65 DvRKER: Infinity Room 60 Eagle Bone (Ch’aak’ S’aagi) 73 Echoes of Vietnam 61 Edith + Eddie 56 Elegy (Elegía) 53 Embrasse-Moi! 27 “Empathy” - Psychic Hotline 69 Escape 65 “Esc Elation” - Kross 69 Eyeslicer 73 Family I Had, The 47 Farewell Rag, The 60 Farewell to Flesh (Adeus à Carne) 54 Fat Tuesday 49 Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban 29 Final Nights of E. Zann, The 65 Fire Next Time, The 33 Fired Up 54 Flooded with You 54 Florida Project, The 18 For Ahkeem 46 Foreign Body (Fremdkoerper) 60 Forest of Echoes 54

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante) 29 French (Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux) 53 Frenchy and Jett in “Wild Animal Keyboard” 53 Frogs’ Song 65 Fry Day 54 Fundamental 65 Garden of Delight, The 67 Gavin Grimm 33 Get Out Fast 60 Girlfriends (Podrugi) 52 Goodbye, Old Glory 61 Great Choice 53 Growing Girl 67 “Growing Young” - Oly 69 Halfman (Halvmand) 53 “Hallucinating” - Elohim 69 Hate Crime 49 He Could’ve Gone Pro 60 Here I’ll Stay 33 Highview 73 History of Magic: Ensueños, The 65 Hole Punch, The 61 Holy Hill (Santo Cerro) 52 Honey and the Hive 60 Horace Tapscott Musical Griot 43 Hot Dog Hands 65 Hot Winter: A film by Dick Pierre 53 Hotel Al 61 House of JXN 57 In a Heartbeat 54 Intersection 61 Isleños, a Root of America 49 Joneses, The 47 Keepers of the Mound 57 Kojo 54 Lance Lizardi 67 Last Flag Flying 21 Last Light 60 “L’Aurore”- Yeti Lane 69 Love and Saucers 43 Lovestreams 65 Lucia, Before and After 54 Macho 54 Malesh (Maleš) 54 Mallory of Pupaville 53 Manic 69 “Manna” - King Woman 69 Manuel 29 Marshall 20 Melancholy Baby 67 Melancholy Man, The 60 Memory of August 67 Minutes Collection, The 69 Miss World 52 Modern Love 53 Morning Steph 61 Mother’s Day 56 Mouse 52 Mudbound 19 My Father’s Film (Película de mi padre) 56 My Name is Marc, And You Can Count On It 54 My Treasure (Mi Tesoro) 52 Nevada 65 Nicabob 61 Nichole 67 Night Shift 53 Noble Creatures 60 Noise of Licking, The (A nyalintás nesze) 65 Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS 31 Ok, Call Me Back 54 Olancho 43 On Our Watch 32 One Eightieth of Zhang Tianyi 57 Organizer, The 33 Paco 53 Parade 29 Pearl Motel 60

Pehelwani 57 Picket Line 33 “Pillow Talking” - Lil Dicky 69 Plaquemines and The Mid-Barataria Diversion 57 Play the Devil 28 Pow Wow 44 Power of Glove 50 Prince of Smoke 29 Psusy 69 Quest 32 Really Human 61 Refuge 61 Requiem for Tyrin 33 Residual 61 Return to Forms 67 Rift (Rökkur) 39 Ripe Figs 61 Rock, The (‫( ) درب‬57) Roots and Wings 56 Sacred Disease, The 52 Sambá 28 See Smitty 33 Serenade for Haiti 28 Sestina 65 Shadow, The 54 She’s Allergic To Cats 39 Shepherd 69 Shuttle, The 52 Sick To Death! 32 Silent Parade or the Soul Rebels Vs. Robert E. Lee 61 Skull + Bone 54 Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South 32 Snowy Bing Bongs Across The North Star Combat Zone 39, 53 “Soul” - Femdot 69 State of Oregon 33 Station 15 57 Straight Line 60 Stranger 60 “Street Punx Oi” 69 Stretch 65 “Suicide Note” 69 Summer Camp Island 65 Sunday Morning Coming Down 52 “Taking Care of Eddy” - Surfer Blood 69 Tale of Four, The 23 Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities 33 “Terror” - Steady Holiday 69 There Goes the Neighborhood 47 They Charge for the Sun 53 This Is My Favorite Mural 53 Thunder Feast, The (Truenos de San Juan) 44 Tiger Team 60 “Told You I’d Be With The Guys” - Cherry Glazerr 69 Tourist 61 Traces 73 Troll 54 True Blue 53 Turtles Are Always Home (Sokun al Sulhufat) 67 Unicornland 69 Unsatisfying 65 Upside, The 21 Us Funny 53 Victor’s History 41 Vouchsafe 67 Walk for Me 54 Wallay 27 “Water” - ROAR! 69 Wexford Plaza 41 What is Your Brown Number? 65 Woke 50 World is Mine, The 44 World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist, The (Le Monde Dont On Rêve N’existe Pas) 39 Ya Albi 60 You See ‘Em 61 Young and Innocent 41 88


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While While we’re we’re celebrating celebrating more more than than 200 200 talented talented filmmakers filmmakers who who areare attending attending andand showing showing here here at at thethe festival, festival, wewe would would likelike to take to take a moment a moment to honor to honor these these industry industry pioneers. pioneers.

Teddy Teddyand andDoris DorisSolomon Solomonbuilt builtaatheatre theatreempire. empire. What What began began as after-school as after-school work work in his in his family’s family’s silent silent movie movie house house became became an an active active career career in the in the industry industry thatthat spanned spanned seven seven decades. decades. With With Doris Doris by by his his side, side, Teddy Teddy grew grew his his family’s family’s single single movie movie screen screen intointo more more than than 600 600 theaters theaters andand drive-ins drive-ins spread spread across across thethe country. country. HeHe waswas elected elected president president of the of the National National Association Association of Theatre of Theatre Owners, Owners, where where he he ledled thethe reform reform of film of film bidding bidding practices practices thatthat continue continue to shape to shape thethe industry. industry. HeHe built built andand opened opened thethe firstfirst stadiumstadiumstyle style megaplex megaplex in Greater in Greater New New Orleans. Orleans. HeHe waswas also also thethe catalyst catalyst thatthat established established thethe popular popular taxtax incentive incentive programs programs forfor filmmakers filmmakers thatthat have have made made Louisiana Louisiana known known as “Hollywood as “Hollywood South.” South.” And, And, nearly nearly a quarter a quarter of aofcentury a century ago, ago, Teddy Teddy andand Doris Doris helped helped start start thethe New New Orleans Orleans Film Film Society. Society. What What inspired inspired them them to become to become so so involved involved andand invested invested in the in the movie movie business? business? It was It was thethe talent, talent, passion passion andand hard hard work work of filmmakers of filmmakers likelike you. you. It gave It gave Teddy Teddy andand Doris Doris great great joyjoy to share to share their their love love forfor movies movies with with countless countless others. others. Because Because when when thethe lights lights dimdim andand thethe projector projector rolls rolls in aindarkened a darkened theater... theater... it’s it’s pure pure magic. magic.


28th New Orleans Film Festival  

2017

28th New Orleans Film Festival  

2017