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Festival Credits

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Our Sponsors Membership + Tickets & Passes

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Parties & Events

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Venues & Transportation Jurors & Awards

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Panels

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Film Index

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Opening Night Closing Night

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Special Presentations

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Spotlight Films

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Narrative Features

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Documentary Features

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Louisiana Shorts

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Narrative Shorts

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Documentary Shorts

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Animated Shorts

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Experimental Shorts

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Full Schedule Grid

Thank You

Katherine Williams and Carroll Morton: Film New Orleans Mark Romig, Jeremy Cooker, and staff: New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation Jennifer Day and staff: New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau John Schrimpf, James Finn, and staff: Panavision Tony Maiorana, Jacky Morgan, and staff: Cineworks Matt Pelto and staff: VER Scott Baldwin: Lomography Kristina Bradford: Whole Foods Ryan Broussard, Suzanne Parker, and staff: Entertainment Partners Michael Brown: Kodak Darrien Michele Gipson and Eliza Hajek: SAG Indie Phil LoCicero: IATSE Local 478 Courtney McNair: Honest Tea Diego Martinez: Millennium Studios Jennifer Mueller and staff: Shweiki Media Joseph Rosenfeld: Enterprise Peter Santoro: Fotokem Beth Ann Brannon: W New Orleans Christy Parker: Marriott Hotels Amy Reimer: International House Hotel Adam Miller: The Columns Hotel Kirah Haubrich and Wendy Hajjar: The Big Top

/ 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center Diana Chauvin: La Thai Meg Turner and the Community Printshop Nick Landry and Jamie Larson: Nicholas Landry Events / NOLA Renaissance Andre Champagne, Micah Haley, and staff: Scene Magazine Shanna Forestall and staff: Louisiana Film and Video Magazine Kate Sarphie and staff: Nola.com Liz Dunnebacke, Ashley Charbonnet, and staff: NOVAC Brian Boyles and Jarret Lofstead: The People Say Project Bryan Bailey: New Orleans Film Alliance Thomas Kelly and Rip Odebralski: IFN Buddy Newton, Dionne Boyce, and staff: ENTA Cheron Brylski and Heather Harper Cazayoux: The Brylski Company Blake Haney and Ben Hirsch: The Canary Collective Michael Shoemaker and staff: Purple Monkey Carol Bidault, Kelli Binnings, Jason Curole, Michael Dunaway, Alison Johnson, Kenny Lass, James Shaw, Terry Scott, Stuart Smith, Jeff Tocci, Wayne Troyer, Aaron Walker, Alex Wiltz, Cameron Wood, Jason Wood, and Courtney Young

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Rene Brunet, Robert Brunet, Eric Ramstead, Holland Counce and staff: The Prytania Theatre George Solomon, Brian Jones, Doug Whitford, and staff: The Theatres at Canal Place Jay Weigel, Merit Shalett, Beth Shippert-Myers, Shelley Middleberg, Nanette Saucier, and staff: Contemporary Arts Center Ellis Fortinberry, Wendeslaus Schulz, David Sardenga, and staff: Chalmette Movies Rene Broussard: Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center Susan Brennan, Kevin Murphy, and staff: Second Line Stages Edward Buckner, Ylva Rouse, and Lana Mars: the Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization Richard Brower and staff: Harrah’s New Orleans Jeremy Collins and staff: National World War II Museum Carol Bebelle, Luther Gray, and staff: AshÊ Cultural Arts Center Richard Read, Brian Hammel, Courtney Egan, Paul Werner, Anne Giselson, and staff: NOCCA Brantley and Keri Bissette: NOLA Drive-In Mayor Mitch Landrieu and staff: City of New Orleans Scott Hutcheson: Advisor to the Mayor for Cultural Economy Chris Stelly, Katharina Spindler, and staff: Louisiana Entertainment

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Welcome

Welcome to the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival! 2011 proved to be an incredible year for the New Orleans Film Society and the New Orleans Film Festival. As New Orleans’ profile as an epicenter for film production grows, so does its reputation as a first-class city for film exhibition. With over 180 stunning films to choose from, there is literally something for everyone in this year’s lineup. Most importantly, our “I Love Louisiana Day” lineup has more than tripled this year, showcasing a larger and more diverse cross-section of indigenous talent. We are also proud to launch a few new exciting initiatives: Keeping{SCORE}, a series of films about music and musicians; OUTtakes, a selection of the most acclaimed LGBT films this year made possible by Harrah’s New Orleans, and a Southern student film pitch competition.

Jolene Pinder

NOFS Executive Director

Lastly, thank you to all of the filmmakers, arts leaders, funders, partners, sponsors and of course, the NOFS Board of Directors, for setting the stage for a successful Festival! Sincerely, Jolene Pinder Executive Director, New Orleans Film Society

Hello and Welcome. The Board of Directors and the Staff of the New Orleans Film Society, welcome you to the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival.  We have experienced an exciting and unprecedented year of growth beginning with the addition of Executive Director Jolene Pinder, and her infusion of energy into our organization. With the support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, we have dramatically increased our year-round programming and expanded our outreach to all corners of the city. This expansion has strengthened our existing partnerships while creating new ones.  

Raelynn Tammariello Loop NOFS Board President

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As New Orleans and Louisiana continue to thrive as a center for film production, it is important that we create synergy through focused programming. Our museums, cultural centers, neighborhood associations, venues, year-round sponsors, and local filmmakers, are now partners in our growing film community. Film Society members continue to be the foundation of our organization and we have more than tripled our membership this year. Our newly formed Producers Circle, established as our base of year-round support, has proven crucial to our sustainability, affording us the opportunity to offer highquality film experiences. Thank you for your continued support, allowing us to grow, thrive, and deliver the finest in independent cinema. Welcome, and enjoy the festival! All the Best, Raelynn Tammariello Loop Board President, New Orleans Film Society Welcome! It is my pleasure to welcome back the New Orleans Film Festival for its 22nd annual celebration. The New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is continuing its tradition as Louisiana’s preeminent film event, drawing more than 10,000 attendees each year. Not only is the festival an important economic investment for New Orleans, it is also a major showcase of talent that uses the Crescent City each fall as its backdrop. During the festival, I hope that many attendees will take some time to visit our historic French Quarter, fine restaurants and entertainment venues and absorb the rich culture that makes New Orleans the most authentic and culturally rich destination in America. I extend my best wishes for a successful and joyous festival. Have a wonderful stay in New Orleans.

Mitch Landrieu

Mayor, City of New Orleans

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This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival. Since its inception in 1989, it has grown into a prominent and crucial component of the New Orleans cultural landscape. The New Orleans Film Society, a non-profit 501c(3) cultural organization, presents the Festival each year. The mission of the New Orleans Film Society is to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film. Its history and accomplishments speak volumes about the strength and commitment of its dedicated members, volunteers, board, and staff. The Society presents a diverse range of yearround screenings and film-related events, in addition to the annual New Orleans Film Festival in October: the French Film Festival, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, Film-O-Rama, and screenings

year-round at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Chalmette Movies, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center. The Society is New Orleans’ preeminent vehicle for the exhibition of independent local, national, and international films. The week-long New Orleans Film Festival includes a competitive division, with entries in eight categories (including two for Louisiana filmmakers)— and audience awards. In addition, there is a series of panels and workshops, as well as screenings of curated national and international films.

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ABOUT THE NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY

The New Orleans Film Society welcomes your participation in any and all of its programs and events, and hope you will become a regular visitor to the website,

www.neworleansfimsociety.org

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WE’RE PROUD TO PLAY A SUPPORTING ROLE.

The Academy extends congratulations to the New Orleans Film Festival on the occasion of its 22nd annual celebration of motion pictures.

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New Orleans Film Festival Panavision congratulates all the filmmakers selected for this prestigious festival. We applaud your passion and commitment.

It takes visionaries like you.

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John Desplas

Clint Bowie

Artistic Director

Program Director

STAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jolene Pinder ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

John Desplas PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Clint Bowie serves as the Film Society’s Program Director and manages the Film Festival’s competitive division. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he previously worked for the Portland International Film Festival and the Northwest Film Center, and was a longtime volunteer for Film Action Oregon and the Hollywood Theatre. Some of his favorite films are Grey Gardens, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and La Dolce Vita.

John Desplas is a founding member of the New Orleans Film Society. After graduating from UNO, he wrote film reviews for FIGARO, a New Orleans weekly. In 1995, he was made “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the Ministry of Culture of the French Government in recognition of his efforts to widen the domestic audience for films from throughout the world.  His favorite film remains Jean Renoir’s Rules of the Game. 

FESTIVAL CREDITS THEATER FLOOR MANAGERS

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Marlo Barrera Jessica Chevis Ashley Brett Chipman Anne Loos Lindsay Phillips Melissa Remark Laura Sullivan Abi Tyler

BOX OFFICE MANAGER

Monika Baudoin TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

Alexander Garcia HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR

Adrienne Oliver VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Avi Glick PUBLICIST

The Brylski Company TECHNICAL ASSOCIATES

Lily Keber Trey Ledford Ted Moree Scott Varnado

COVER ARTWORK

Meg Turner PROGRAM GRAPHIC DESIGN

Kelli Binnings Alison Johnson FILM FESTIVAL BUMPERS

So It Goes Productions

PR INTERNS

Jennifer Barkley Lydia White OFFICE INTERNS

Lindsay Armatis Danielle Calle Madelyn Donohue Anne Loos Melissa Remark TECHNICAL ADVISOR

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ADVISORY BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Adler Tracie Ashe Lonnie Bewley Dr. Mary Blue Bob Boeckelman Chris Brown Michele Burton-Oatis Jann Darsie Courtney Egan Rebecca Ferris Lyn Fischbach Richter Fridman Jim Gelarden Anne Giselson Alex Glaser Geoffrey A. Hartnett Chris Jeansonne Ellen Johnson Marci Johnson Karen Kern Brian Knighten Rita Benson LeBlanc Jarret Lofstead Kimaree Long Josh Mayer Julian Mutter Hamp Overton Josh Penn Aaron Rushin Mark Sindler E. Alexandra Stafford Aimee Toledano Wayne Troyer Tim Watson Tanga Winstead

PRESIDENT

Raelynn Tammariello Loop VICE-PRESIDENTS

Steve Armbruster Henry Griffin SECRETARY

Maryann Miller TREASURER

Adam Marcus BOARD MEMBERS

Constance J. Balides Jane Booth Alexa Georges Sharon Gillen Gayle Seybert Gish Nomita Joshi-Gupta Johnny King Sandie McNamara Karen Solomon

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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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HONORARY BOARD Susan Brennan Stephanie Durant John Goodman Taylor Hackford T.G. “Teddy” Solomon

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2011 Sponsors Marquee Sponsors

Premiere Sponsors

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Promotional Partner

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

Festival Partners

NOLAFugees press representing new orleans since 2005

The People Say Project conversations on culture & money

NOLAFugees press representing new orleans since 2005

Party Locations

Venue Partners 7th Ward Neighborhood Louisiana Humanities Center loa Center Ashé Cultural Arts Center National World War II Museum New Orleans Center for The Big Top / 3 Ring Circus Creative Arts (NOCCA) Blue Nile NOLA Drive-In Café Istanbul Prytania Theatre Chalmette Movies Second Line Stages The Columns Hotel Theatres at Canal Place Contemporary Arts Center Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Eiffel Society Arts Center Harrah’s New Orleans La Thai

In-Kind American Cinematographer Bayou Teche Biere Café Amelie Community Coffee Crescent City Technologies Cupcake Fairies Delachaise Docurama Doerr Furniture Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Elizabeth’s Event Rental Film Comment Hilton Garden Inn Kentwood Springs K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen La Croix

Limousine Livery McAlister’s Moon Pie New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau New Orleans Healing Center Parisian Guesthouse Pralines by Jean Rachel Smith Raw Revolution Rotolo’s Saks Fifth Avenue Santa Fe Tapas Smith Micro Software Southern Foodways Alliance Spruce ECO-Studio Ste. Marie

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The New Orleans Film Society is proud to introduce a new donor group: the Producers Circle. Are you in it? Founded as a way to support NOFS’ year-round programming efforts, the Producers Circle is crucial in establishing a sustainable base of support for the Film Society. As New Orleans continues to thrive as a center for film production, it is increasingly important to bring dynamic and diverse screening experiences to every corner of the city.

For an annual contribution of $1500, Producers Circle members receive an exciting slate of year-round benefits for two:

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The last year proved to be an exciting and unprecedented one for the New Orleans Film Society. We saw a 40% increase in attendance at the 2010 Film Festival and a tripling of our membership. In 2011, we strengthened existing partnerships with the Contemporary Arts Center, the Consulat Général de France à La Nouvelle-Orléans and the Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization while dramatically expanding our reach to include new partners like the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, NOLA Drive-In, the American Italian Cultural Center, the Young Leadership Council and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Without support from our Producers Circle, we could not continue to offer these high-quality film experiences to New Orleans audiences.

Two All-Access passes for the annual New Orleans Film Festival (which grants you admission to all Festival events and allows you to secure advance tickets) Two tickets to the Patron Party/Gala Invitations for you and a guest to special Producers Circle-only events Free admission and reserved seating for you and a guest to ALL NOFS-sponsored screenings Free admission for you and a guest to the Prytania on one Tuesday each month Free admission for you and a guest to a select screening at Chalmette Movies every Thursday Visibility on the Producers Circle Page on NOFS logo loop that will run before all NOFS year-round programming Visibility on Producers Circle page in the 2011 Festival Program Guide Visibility on Producers Circle section on the website Visibility on e-newsletters sent by NOFS

We invite you to help us bring the best of independent cinema to New Orleans. Join the Producers Circle today!

Thank You

to our 2011 Producer’s Circle Members

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Walda and Sydney Besthoff

Juli Miller Hart

Booth & Booth

Tamarin Hennebury & Steve Armbruster

Susan Gore Brennan

Walker Hines

Ann & John Burr

Allison Kendrick & Charles Fenet

Peter Calamari & Brian Kirkpatrick

Raelynn & Peter Loop

Stephanie Durant

Barbara Marcus

Stephanie & Ludovico Feoli

Valerie & Adam Marcus

Alexa Georges & Jerry Armatis

Staci Rosenberg

Dathel & John Georges

Parker Roy

Melissa & John D. Gray

Alexandra Stafford & Raymond Rathle, Jr.

Richard Green

SPRUCE Eco-Studio

Matt Greenbaum

Moviegoer

MEMBERSHIP A New Orleans Film Society membership means that you are an ardent supporter of independent film and are committed to helping us bring the finest cinema to the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. In the past year alone, membership to the Film Society has more than tripled. Your membership dollars help support this 22-year-old organization fund events and screenings year-round that would otherwise never happen, many of which focus on our own homegrown talent. With your support through membership, we are able to fulfill our mission: “To engage, educate, and inspire though the art of film.” It is only with support from our members that we can continue to present not only the New Orleans Film Festival, but also the French Film Festival, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, Film-o-Rama and dozens of screenings and events throughout the year with partner organizations around the city. Basic Membership benefits include: members-only discount on tickets to all NOFS events and NOFS merchandise; ability to buy tickets to individual films at the New Orleans Film Festival screenings before they go on sale to the general public; FREE admission to the Prytania Theatre once a month; FREE admission to one screening a week at Chalmette Movies; FREE sneak preview tickets to new and unreleased films; and eligibility to serve as a juror for the New Orleans Film Festival. If you are able to give more, the benefits increase with higher levels of membership. A portion of all memberships are tax-deductible. There are membership levels for everyone—become part of one of New Orleans’ most exciting organizations today! You can join at www.neworleansfilmsociety.org, or at the membership table at every festival venue.

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FREE admission to the Prytania Theatre one Tuesday every month FREE admission to a special screening every Thursday at Chalmette Movies Members-only discount on tickets to all NOFS events year-round (including NOFF) and on NOFS merchandise Eligibility to serve as a juror for the annual NOFF Free sneak preview tickets to unreleased films

Take Two

$100

All the benefits of a Moviegoer membership but for two people

Scene Stealer

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All the benefits of the Take Two membership plus: Two Six-Film Passes, each good for six screenings at the NOFF Access to the VIP lounge at the NOFF

Screen Idol

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All the benefits of the Take Two membership plus: Two All-Access Passes to the NOFF, good for all screenings and access to the VIP Lounge at the NOFF Reserved seating for all year-round programming Recognition as a Film Society benefactor in the NOFF program

Movie Mogul

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All the benefits of the Take Two membership plus: Two All-Access Passes for the entire year to the NOFF, the French Film Festival, and to ALL year-round programming Two tickets to the NOFF Patron Party and Opening Night Gala. Reserved seating for all year-round programming. Recognition as a Film Society benefactor in the NOFF program.

Special Discounts CINEPHILIA (ages 18-29) $25 FILM PROFESSIONAL $35 SENIORS $35

INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS (All ticket sales are final) ALL-ACCESS PASSES

Opening Night Presentations* (The Artist, Brawler, The Big Fix, A Dangerous Method, Tabloid, and Take Shelter): NOFS members: $10 General Admission: $12

The All-Access Pass is your gateway to the 2011 New Orleans Film Festival! All-Access Passes allow entry to all Festival screenings, VIP Lounges, parties, receptions and events, along with access to all shuttle services. All-Access Passes are currently on sale at our website: www. neworleansfilmsociety.org. All-Access Passes bought online will be available for pick-up at the NOFF Headquarters Box Office at the CAC.

*Cost includes free admission to the Opening Night Party at the Columns Hotel. Complimentary food and drink will be served.

Any reserved tickets not claimed at Will Call ten minutes before the start of the screening will be released to the general public. You MUST arrive early to pick up your reserved tickets and secure a seat.

Daily 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

NOFS members: $125

Starting October 14th, Box Offices will be open at all venues, one hour prior to the first screening of the day at that venue. Festival Headquarters at the CAC will be open 11:00 a.m. - 9 p.m. throughout the Festival.

All Other Films NOFS members: $8

General Admission: $10

Individual tickets will be first available to All-Access / Six-Film passholders and NOFS members, starting October 3rd. Passholders can Many NOFF venues have limited seating capacity. To guarantee a seat reserve their tickets online or in-person at one of the two Festival Box for a specific screening, All-Access Passholders must reserve tickets for Offices. NOFS members can purchase individual tickets either online or individual screenings, either online at www.neworleansfilmsociety.org or in-person at the NOFS website or in-person during Box Office hours. at a Festival Box Office (reservations open on October 3rd - Box Office Individual tickets go on sale to non-members on October 10th. hours below). All-Access Passes allow passholders to reserve one ticket Notes: CAC members can pay the NOFS member price for screenings at the CAC only. All per screening only. If reserving your tickets online, all physical tickets panels & conversations are FREE. should be picked up the day of the screening at the Will Call desk at the BOX OFFICE HOURS (October 3rd - October 13th) screening venue for the specific film you are seeing (All-Access Passholders will enjoy priority access to the Will Call line). CAC Box Office (NOFF Headquarters - 900 Camp Street)

Non-NOFS members: $150

SIX-FILM PASSES Filmgoers also have the option of purchasing a Six-Film Pass, which allows access to ANY six screenings (including Opening Night presentations) at a discounted rate. Six-Film Passes allow the passholder to reserve one ticket per screening only, for up to six films. NOFS members: $45

Non-NOFS members: $55

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2011 FESTIVAL TICKETS & PASSES

NOFF Prytania Box Office (5339 Prytania Street) Daily 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

All tickets purchased online or reserved online through an All-Access / Six-Film Pass for individual films will be available for pick-up the day of the film screening at the Will Call desk at the screening venue for the specific film you are seeing. Online tickets CANNOT be picked up at other venues nor can they be picked up prior to the day of the screening.

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Parties & Events

VIP LOUNGES for All-Access Passholders

Stop by one of our two VIP Lounges at the Contemporary Arts Center (in the Café) and at La Thai (near the Prytania).

I LOVE LOUISIANA DAY PARTY Sunday, October 16, 9:30 p.m.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY Friday, October 14, 8:45 p.m.

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Nothing says welcome more than a plate of red beans & rice. Join us for an evening of good ole’ comfort food, mingling and enjoying the sprawling front porch at the historic Columns hotel. Open to All-Access passholders and to the public with the purchase of a ticket for any opening night film. Complimentary food and drink will be served.

The Columns Hotel 3811 St. Charles Avenue

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A FILM/FASHION AFFAIR Saturday, October 15, 8 p.m

Sartorialists and cinephiles unite as we celebrate film and fashion. The New Orleans Film Festival and NOLA Fashion Week team up for a haute night under the stars (with stars in attendance!) at Second Line Stages. You won’t want to miss this evening full of food, drink, music and of course our two reasons to celebrate: film and fashion. By invitation only.

Second Line Stages 800 Richard Street

“TALKING TREME” and BEST OF THE FEST Sunday, October 16, 7:30 p.m

Join us for a very special awards ceremony and conversation about Treme with NOFF jurors Melissa Leo, Wendell Pierce, and Eric Overmyer. Watch on as this year’s jurors reveal their favorites from the Festival. Ticketed event $8/$10. 12

CAC, 900 Camp Street

No NOFF is complete without a party to toast our home-grown talent on “I Love Louisiana Day.” Head over to loa for the weekend’s final affair and sip complimentary cocktails from loa Mixologist Alan Walters along with LA-31.

loa 221 Camp Street

Free and open to the public

IFN/NOFA EVENT: EXPANDING THE INDIGENOUS FILM COMMUNITY

Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 p.m. Independent Filmmaker’s Night and the New Orleans Film Alliance offer an inside look at the world of independent filmmaking here in New Orleans. See page 19 for a full description of this exciting event. Free and open to the public

Blue Nile 532 Frenchmen Street

NIGHT UNDER THE BIG TOP

Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 p.m. After a double feature of Disfarmer and Puppet, join us for a rollicking party hosted by The Big Top / 3 Ring Circus. Live music, drinks, and puppeteering all for consumption! Show any NOFF ticket stub for one complimentary drink.

The Big Top / 3 Ring Circus 1638 Clio Street

Free and open to the public

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY AT LA THAI

Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 p.m. Celebrate the last evening of the Festival in style, with complimentary drinks and a last chance to relish in independent film!

La Thai, 4938 Prytania Street

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7th Ward Neighborhood Center 1941 Pauger Street, New Orleans

This year, the NOFF shuttle will return to the New Orleans Film Festival. Launched last year, the shuttle is a service for festival goers, taking them to and from screenings, workshops, and other New Orleans Film Festival events.

7th Ward Neighborhood Center

Shuttles will transport passengers each day of the festival, starting one hour before the first screening begins and stopping one hour after the last screening ends. Pick up a complete shuttle schedule at any festival venue location.

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Jurors & Awards NARRATIVE FEATURES JURY

Melissa Leo was awarded the Academy Award,

Golden Globe, and SAG Award for her performance in The Fighter. She also received Oscar and SAG nominations for her role in Frozen River. Her most recent films include Red State, Mildred Pierce, Conviction, and Welcome to the Rileys, the last two of which screened at the 2010 NOFF. Her television credits include “Treme” and her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”

Jeff Sneider is a Los Angeles–based film

reporter at Variety. A graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, he holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing. Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News in 2005 and has since written for Hollywood Life, TheWrap, MTV Movies Blog and the Colorado Springs Independent. He has appeared in Michael Addis’ documentary Heckler and on “Entourage.”

Matt Singer

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is the on air host of IFC News and a daily contributor to its website, IFC.com.  His criticism has also appeared in print in The Village Voice, Spin, Time Out Chicago, and on NPR, MTV, and E!.  In 2011, he became a contributing critic to Ebert Presents At the Movies. Matt lives in Brooklyn with his wife, dog, and a prop sword from the film Gymkata.

LOUISIANA SHORTS JURY

Katie Williams

has worked at City Hall since 2009: first as a Mayoral Fellow in the then Office of Film and Video and, since January 2011, as the Director of the Film New Orleans office. Since taking that position, she has worked to expand what the office provides for both the film industry and also New Orleans’ citizenry, including the implementation of filming guidelines as well as workforce training, marketing, and workshops aimed at growing the indigenous filmmaking community.

Eric Overmyer is the co-creator and an Executive Producer of the television series “Treme.” Other television works includes “The Wire,” “Law & Order,” and “Homicide.”

Aaron Walker

is the director of Bury the Hatchet, which won the Best Louisiana Feature award at the 2010 NOFF. He works as a cinematographer, director, editor and educator, having collaborated on projects with Marianne Faithfull, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, and others. He also teaches

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film at The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES JURY

Leslie Fields-Cruz

has managed the National Black Programming Consortium’s Production Media Fund and supervised the distribution of its programs to PBS since 2001. Most recently, she is responsible for bringing to public television the new documentary series “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.” She has served on the board of Women Make Movies since 2004.

Jeff Malmberg is a documentary director

and editor whose debut film Marwencol has won over two dozen awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. He is currently working on his second film with partner Chris Shellen through their production company, Open Face.

Nigel Smith

is a full-time contributor to indieWIRE, for which he’s covered a wide range of festivals including Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Abu Dhabi and Dallas, and profiled filmmakers and artists including Isabelle Huppert, Kirsten Dunst, and Javier Bardem. In addition to indieWIRE, he currently also contributes to MTV’s latest film site, NextMovie.

LOUISIANA FEATURES JURY

J. Stephen Hank

was the Director of the Film Program at UNO for over 30 years, where he taught courses in film production, media aesthetics, and screenwriting. He was a founding member of the New Orleans Film Festival, and has served as Executive Vice President of the University Film and Video Association, was twice elected to its Executive Board, and was UFVA’s Scholarship Chair for over ten years.

Wendell Pierce

, a New Orleans native, received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five seasons of the TV show “The Wire” (for which he received three NAACP Image Award nominations). He is currently preparing to reprise his role as trombonist Antoine Batiste on the third season of “Treme.” He also has a supporting role in the 2011 NOFF official selection The Mortician.

Mike Scott

is a native New Orleanian and an award-winning ink-stained wretch who entered the newspaper industry 18 years ago as a cub reporter. Currently, he is the movie critic and film reporter for his hometown paper, The Times-Picayune. He is a lifelong fan of movies and has been an avid New Orleans Saints fan since long before it was cool. 

NARRATIVE SHORTS JURY

Luke Matheny is a filmmaker, writer, and actor based in Santa Monica, California. His short film “God of Love” won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short at the Academy Awards in February. The movie was his thesis project at New York University’s graduate film program. He is currently developing a feature comedy entitled Ron Quixote.

Alicia Van Couvering’s first film as a

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS JURY

Ingrid Kopp is Editor-in-Chief of Shooting

People—an international networking organization for independent filmmakers with over 38,000 members. She began her career in the Documentaries department at Channel 4 Television in the UK. Ingrid teaches Digital Bootcamp workshops for filmmakers focusing on audience engagement and harnessing technology for storytelling. She is also the New Media Consultant for the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund.

Eliza Licht

producer, Tiny Furniture, won the SXSW Film Festival in 2010. Other production credits include Barbara

is the Vice President of Community Engagement and Education at the the award-winning PBS documentary series POV. She works with public

Kopple’s My Generation, Phil Morrison’s Junebug, and Todd Solondz’s Palindromes and Life During Wartime.

television stations, educators, and community-based organizations to present community screenings of POV

She is a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine and in 2010 was named a Creative Producing Fellow of the Sundance Institute.

films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials to audiences nationwide.

Rose Vincelli

Bill Ross’ first feature-length film, 45365, was the

is the Program Manager for the Independent Filmmaker Project, specifically focusing on curating and producing the Independent Filmmaker Labs, a workshop assisting first-time directors with finishing and exhibition strategies for their features in post-production. From 2005-07 Rose was a programmer for the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival.

Roger Beebe

is a professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. He has screened his films around the globe with recent solo shows at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and other venues. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small gauge film in Chapel Hill, N.C., from 1997-2000 and is currently Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival.

Liz Dunnebacke’s professional career began

ANIMATED SHORTS JURY

Stephen David Beck serves as Direc-

tor of the Red Stick International Animation Festival in Baton Rouge. He is also Area Head for the CCT’s Cultural Computing focus area and directs the AVATAR Initiative, a multidisciplinary hiring initiative for research and education in digital media. He is currently the Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of Composition and Computer Music at the LSU School of Music.

Rachel Morgan

over 20 years ago as a script-reading intern at Columbia/ TriStar. Her film and TV production experience ranged from property development for Comedy Central to freelance work on PBS television documentaries. In 2007 she was appointed Director of the New Orleans Video Access Center’s Louisiana Film Crew Training Program, and in 2008 she was promoted to Executive Director, the position she now holds.

is Lead Programmer for the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a film educator and is currently the Director and Instructor of the Media Production Department at Lawson State Community College, as well as a Co-Instructor of documentary film at the University of Alabama. Prior to her work as a festival Programmer and film educator she worked as a commercial Producer for 8 years in S.C, Georgia, and New York.

Paweł Wojtasik is an internationally recog-

Richard O’Connor began his life in anima-

nized video and installation artist whose work has been shown at PS1/MoMA; The Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; and others. His 360° panoramic video installation Below Sea Level was concerned with the plight of New Orleans and will be part of the Prospect 2 Biennial in New Orleans later this year. Wojtasik was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2012.

MEMBERSHIP HAS YEAR-ROUND BENEFITS. J O IN T O D A Y : NEW O RLE A NS F ILMS O CIET Y. O R G

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS JURY

winner of 2009’s SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. He has gone on to receive numerous awards and nominations, including the Independent Spirit “Truer Than Fiction” Award and nominations for Editing, Cinematography, and Debut Feature at the Cinema Eye Honors. His next feature, Tchoupitoulas, was shot in New Orleans and is due out next year.

tion as an assistant to R. O. Blechman at his legendary New York studio, The Ink Tank. In 2003 he formed Asterisk Animation where he produced and directed animation for feature films such as The Stepford Wives and White Countess. He also teaches at Parsons School of Design.

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THE “BEST OF THE FEST” 2011 AWARDS CEREMONY Sunday, October 16th @ 7:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center JURY AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE Panavision $10,000 Camera Package

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Panavision $10,000 Camera Package

“Talking Treme”

BEST LOUISIANA FEATURE Cineworks – $2,500 Post-Production Package

BEST LOUISIANA SHORT

DURING 2011 AWARDS CEREMONY

$500 cash prize sponsored by Hollywood Trucks

Three of this year’s final jurors have prominent

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT $2,500 Kodak Film Certificate

roles within the New Orleans–based television

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

series “Treme”: MELISSA LEO and WENDELL

Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling Software

PIERCE star in the show, and ERIC OVERMYER

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT Showbiz Software – Budgeting and Scheduling Software

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

is the co-creator and an executive producer. Join us for a conversation with the three of them

Manga Studio Debut 4, Poser 8, Anime Studio 8

Through a special partnership with Lomography, all eight winning filmmakers will receive a moving picture camera.

during the 2011 Awards Ceremony where we will discuss what it’s like filming the show in New Orleans.

AUDIENCE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: T H E 2 2 ND A NNU A L NEW O RLE A NS F ILM F ESTIV A L

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Tickets: $8 NOFS members / $10 general admission Enjoy complimentary champagne at the ceremony, courtesy of Delachaise.

Winners will be announced on our website at the close of the festival. Both winners will receive a moving picture camera courtesy of Lomography.

2011 SCREENERS The New Orleans Film Festival solicits submissions from January to June each year. In 2011, we received a record number of entries and accepted fewer than 15%. All submissions are reviewed by our team of over 60 screeners, working in concert with our programming staff. Our screeners comprise a wide range of individuals: from the casual movie-goer to industry professional, from 18 years old to 80.

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Sherry Alexander

Mary Bornholdt

Laszlo Fulop

Ross Matthews

Elizabeth Reed

Jean Stickney

Christina Allen

Danielle Calle

Grissel Giuliano

Lee McDonough

Brett Richman

Tom Strider

Tracie Ashe

Clark Castle

Wendy Hajjar

Rachel McMurray

Sally Roberts

Abbie Sumners

Paula Aston

Gail Chalew

Chris Henson

Andrew Mendez

Aaron Rushin

Gary Talarchek

Jennifer Barkley

Ashley Brett Chipman

Will Kallenborn

Denise Moore

Kelly Ryan

Trevor Taylor

Laticia Barthe

Jessica Coalter

Brooke Iglesias

Adam Morris

Michele Smith

Linda Thompson

Monika Baudoin

Luisa Dantas

Kathy Keane

Vicki Nesting

Melinda Smith

Frank Lee Wills

Norton Berman

Vince Defonte

Ellen Kessler

Matthew Newman

Davida Chanel Smith

Elena Wolf

Bob Boeckelman

Lauren Delery

Stan Kessler

Lynn Ostenson

Diana Smith

Cristina Wollenberg

Anne Borchardt

Tripp Faia

Leonard Lewis

Josh Penn

Miguel Solarzano

Cameron Wood

Linda Bordelon

Sophia Frank

Anne Loos

AuraLee Petzko

Robert Stickney

Courtney Young

Celluloid Hero This year the New Orleans Film Society is telling actor John Goodman, you’re a hero—Our Hero—our “Celluloid Hero” (yes, we’re living thru the dawning of a Digital Age, but you get the idea). Mr. Goodman, you’ve been bringing enormous pleasure to those of us for whom the flickering image means the world. And if you think giving us that pleasure is small potatoes—well, the great Preston Sturges put that argument to rest many years ago in his apologia pro vita sua, Sullivan’s Travels, in which the late director made the definitive case for The Artist as Hero (and from which The Coens got the title for their O Brother, Where Art Thou flick).   Speaking of The Brothers Coen, we’re positively crazy about your collaborations 2011 Celluloid Hero with them: the hilarious Raising Arizona that was an introduction for many of us to the Goodman oeuvre; then there was that truly strange one where you played the eponymous Barton Fink; and, of course, The Big Lebowski, where, with all due apologies to Jeff Bridges, you were really The Dude. Roseanne may have kicked butt on her popular nineties sitcom, where, if not the ideal husband, you were definitely the ideal foil. And when you disappeared from “Treme” after the first season, it wasn’t only Melissa Leo and her daughter who felt the void; it was especially true for us New Orleanians. After all, you were here, all over the place, after The Storm, living the vida loca with the rest of us. You could be seen shopping for groceries at Dorignac’s, sitting up front for a movie at the Prytania Theatre, or just waving from your car as you went cruisin’ down our streets. So yeah, Mr. Goodman, you are a hero, a hero to the citizens of New Orleans, to moviegoers everywhere, and to the New Orleans Film Society—our Celluloid Hero. –John Desplas

John Goodman

Gala Thank Yous Thank you to all of our Patrons, Supporters, and businesses for your generosity in making this year’s Gala a tremendous success. Presented by

Live auction items donated by Alexandra Georges Collection Peter Calamari & Brian Kirkpatrick

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Panels PITCH PERFECT La Humanities Center // 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. // Documentary Pitch Session La Humanities Center // 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. // Narrative Pitch Session Ready…Set…Pitch! That’s right—pitching your film idea has now become a spectator sport at

Engine, Inc. There, she produced Pushing the Elephant (IDFA), the Emmy-nominated documenta-

representation.

ry, Deadline (NBC), and Election Day (POV). Tucker directed the documentary, (A)sexual (a 2011 NOFF

This event is a *must* for emerging and veteran documentary filmmakers alike!

CITIZEN VOICES PANEL

selection), about people who experience no sexual attraction. She recently directed a six-episode web series for the National Black Programming Consortium entitled “Black Folks Don’t.”

the New Orleans Film Festival. This year, NOFF launches a new pitch competition for Southern

LA Humanities Center // 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Moderator and Brazilian-American filmmaker

Who Are You? Who Am I?: Questions about

Luisa Dantas has worked in film and televi-

students as part of the event line-up. Pitch Perfect will convene a group of stellar film students

Representation in Documentary Film

sion production in the U.S. and Brazil for over a decade on a wide array of documentary and

(both narrative and documentary) from across the region to present their projects to an esteemed panel of broadcasters, filmmakers, industry insiders, and critics. This event offers an ideal opportunity for Southern film students to gain invaluable experience in conveying their artistic vision and ideas, a critical step in the filmmaking process that often gets left out of the textbooks.

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matters, constructing your story and funding / outreach -- as they relate to issues of ethics and

At the end of the pitches, the panel of judges will decide on one winner for each session. The winners will be awarded a $500 cash prize (sponsored by Studio WTA) to go towards production of the film they pitched and an Academic version of the Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling software. The following schools will send delegates to Pitch Perfect: Florida State University, Loyola University, Tulane University, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, University of New Orleans, University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program.

CITIZEN VOICES: Perspectives on Ethics & Representation in Documentary Film The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) and the New Orleans Film Festival team up for a special panel and workshop delving into critical issues facing documentary filmmakers today. From its very beginnings, the documentary form has been riddled with questions of representation. One of the so-called fathers of documentary film, Robert Flaherty, was criticized for staging scenes of Inuit life in his 1922 “documentary” Nanook of the North. Nearly a century later, documentary filmmakers tackle more nuanced versions of the same questions: What is documentary? What is the relationship between subject and storyteller? Is there a place for objectivity within documentary film? How do we navigate the troubled waters of representation? And when does the story end? The event kicks off with a panel of documentary filmmakers exploring these questions and examining film clips that present challenging ethical dilemmas. Following the panel, there will be three 45-minute breakout sessions focusing on individual topics within documentary film­—legal

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Join us for a lively conversation about ethics and representation with both local and visiting documentary filmmakers. Panelists will discuss the path to finding a story, representing themselves and their projects to their subjects, and representing subjects and communities within the space of a feature-length film. Video clips will be shared to spark discussion on editorializing and artistic interpretation within documentary film. Panelists have a diverse range of experience in representing different communities through the stories they tell—stories that range from an emerging global community of asexuals to the New Orleans educational system post-Katrina, from a civil rights leader to a Native Cajun community.

Sandra Dickson is a Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Documentary Program at Wake Forest University. As a filmmaker, Dickson co-directed Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, which aired on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2006. Other past films include Freedom Never Dies, Angel of Ahlem, Giving Up the Canal, Campaign for Cuba and Last Days of the Revolution.

REBECCA MARSHALL FERRIS started her career with Pennebaker Hegedus Films, serving as Associate Producer on Startup.com, Only the Strong Survive, and Elaine Stritch at Liberty, and producing Al Franken: God Spoke. Ferris’ first feature documentary, Miller’s Tale (a 2011 NOFF selection) about the life of actor and playwright Jason Miller, began airing on PBS stations in March 2011. She is currently in production on Can’t Stop the Water, a documentary about a disappearing

narrative projects. Her most recent endeavor, Land of Opportunity (2010 NOFF selection), is a multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the frontlines. In 2005, Dantas co-produced the acclaimed documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.

CITIZEN VOICES BREAKOUT SESSIONS Each 45-minute breakout session is designed to give participants and session leaders an opportunity to work through real-life ethical dilemmas. Get the advice you need on the topic that matters to you and your film. We encourage you to BYOQ— Bring Your Own Question—about an issue you are facing related to the three breakout topics.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Funding & Outreach La Humanities Center // 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. How do you know if your film is suited for an extended outreach plan? What are the best practices for crafting such a plan? What ethical issues arise when funders are involved in supporting outreach work? Join outreach experts Luisa Dantas (Land of Opportunity), Ada McMahon (Media Fellow at Bridge the Gulf), and Nancy Schwartzman (The Line Campaign) as they share their experiences and expertise and answer your questions.

LUISA DANTAS See bio in panel section. ADA McMAHON is a Media Fellow at Bridge

community in the Louisiana wetlands.

The Gulf (www.BridgeTheGulfProject.org), a

Ben Lemoine is a native of Baton Rouge, and

Coast communities working towards justice and sustainability. In that role, McMahon acts as an independent journalist, and helps build community

The Experiment is his first film. After a decade as an award-winning television news reporter, he returned home from his job in Phoenix to make this documentary. Lemoine is a graduate of LSU and a retired Sergeant in the Army National Guard.

Angela Tucker is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and writer. She was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts

community journalism project for and by Gulf

members’ media-making capacity through editing, technical skills training, and one-on-one support. She previously worked as a blogger and online organizer at Green For All, a national non-profit that fights pollution and poverty through “an inclusive green economy.”

NANCY SCHWARTZMAN, recently named one of the “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011” by

All panels are FREE and open to the public. Independent Magazine, Nancy’s work explores

special series programming for network television.

characters (education & luck,) give rise to the

the intersection of sexuality, new media, and navigating partner communication about consent.

During that time, he’s worked closely with Bill Moyers at PBS and with Ted Koppel at ABC. For

next generation of media productivity?

She is the director and producer of the documentary films The Line (Media Education Foundation,

his work, Bryan has received nine national Emmy awards and a Peabody award. Today, Myers runs

2009) and “xoxosms” (a 2011 NOFF selection). She is also the founder and Executive Director

a New Orleans-based production company which specializes in arts and cultural programming.

of The Line Campaign, a 501(c)3 dedicated to empowering young leaders to end sexual violence using original media to inspire action.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Constructing Your Story La Humanities Center // 3:50 - 4:35 p.m. Get tips from seasoned documentary filmmakers on how to ask the right questions, how to tell a story from multiple perspectives and how to interrogate your own motivations for making a documentary before you even pick up the camera.

REBECCA SNEDEKER is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work supports human rights, creative expression and her native city, New Orleans. Her directorial debut, By Invitation Only (2006), premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and screened at festivals, conferences and PBS stations nationwide. More recently, she produced Land of Opportunity (ARTE France, 2010), Siskel/Jacobs Productions’ Witness: Katrina (National Geographic Channel, 2010) and Choices, featuring Terence Blanchard and Dr. Cornel West (Concord Records, 2009).

and producer in New Orleans. His work has been seen nationally in the U.S. on PBS, the Sundance Channel, HBO, and other cable networks; in Europe on national networks in Spain, Ireland, and Italy; at many film festivals around the world; and on the web. He co-produced and co-edited The Music’s Gonna Get You Through (2010); was supervising producer and co-editor for Bury The Hatchet (2010); co-edited Walker Percy: A Documentary Film (2010); edited Member Of The Club (2008) and co-produced and edited By Invitation Only (2006).

BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Make It Legal

Café Istanbul at the New Orleans Healing Center // 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) and the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) present an I Love Louisiana Day Special Presentation. Join us in a rollicking, raucous conversation on the state of the local media economy. Tax credits, film grants, and tech start-ups, let’s talk to each other on how we can instill in New Orleans and Louisiana a real and true knowledge based on creative economy. Let’s make job creation, economic development and artistic practice the foundation for creating meaningful, strategic and economically viable partnerships. Be forewarned: this is not your typical panel! Come ready and willing for a lively facilitated conversation. Everyone who attends should come prepared to speak on his or her involvement with the local film/media/tech economy. The objective is to come up with ideas and solutions to get this portion of the cultural economy to work in a more integrated fashion. WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA? We aim to take up the following questions:

mediamakers, funders, local production business leaders, and government decision-makers. Whether you’re looking to break into the local media industry or a seasoned veteran of the local cultural economy, you won’t want to miss this event.

Terry Scott is an independent producer and media consultant for independent filmmakers and non-profit arts organizations. His multimedia career includes serving as the Managing/ Development Director of Junebug Productions, and as Senior Coordinator for StoryCorps, the award winning oral history project broadcast nationally on National Public Radio from 2006-2008.

PEOPLE SAY PROJECT See page 37 for full description.

EXPANDING THE INDIGENOUS FILM COMMUNITY Blue Nile // 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Presented by Independent Filmmaker’s Night and New Orleans Film Alliance Working with professionals in the community, we will offer an inside look on the world of independent filmmaking and provide valuable resources to improve your skills as an indie filmmaker. Education plays a vital role in improving your ability to create beautiful films. That is why we will begin our event exploring many different aspects of independent filmmaking, offering a hands-on experience with affordable equipment available to filmmakers today.

• Who locally benefits from the cultural economy?

Spend time meeting filmmakers and enthusiasts

• What have tax credits done for me lately?

that caters to the art of film.

• Why don’t production companies hire locals?

We will wrap the night up with a special screening

• What has to be done to make a film about New Orleans that isn’t a documentary? Can I get a funder?

from all over the world as we host a social event

to show filmmakers there are new ways to market your film that allow you to be in control of its destiny. We will discuss alternative ways to introduce your film to the market, and how your film could

La Humanities Center // 4:40 - 5:25 p.m.

• “Treme,” lightning rod or learning resource?

be a source of revenue for your future projects.

Seasoned ABC Journalist Bryan Myers has answers for the legal questions you’ve always wondered about but were afraid to ask: What

• Are certain features of the local film industry

Independent Filmmaker’s Night and the New Orleans Film Alliance would like to thank the New Orleans Film Society for providing an opportunity

is fair use? How can documentary filmmakers employ it? What are the ins and outs of libel and slander? What does “reasonable expectation of privacy” actually mean? For 30 years, Bryan Myers has been a producer, writer, and director of documentary, news, and

best explained by an intelligent cause (tax incentives, cultural economy promotions), not an undirected process such as natural marketplace selection? • OR, Digital evolutionary change comes about through the abundant production of technology variation in every generation. Do the

MEMBERS H I P H AS Y EAR - R O UN D BENEFITS . J O I N T O D A Y : N E W O R L E A N S F I L M S O C I E T Y. O R G

TIM WATSON is a documentary editor, writer,

BUILDING A LOCAL SUSTAINABLE FILM / TECHNOLOGY ECO-SYSTEM: An Interactive Conversation on Film Funding & Local Media Culture

Attendees will include a diverse cross-section of

to take the next steps in creating a fortified community of filmmakers in New Orleans. More information will be available online at www. ifnnola.com.

individuals who survive, owing to a particularly well-adapted combination of inheritable

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FILM INDEX 40 Views of Water p. 70

Flood Streets p. 45

North Atlantic p. 65

The Thing That Happened p. 66

5 Minutes Each p. 68

Foot Soldier p. 62

Ode to a Post-It Note p. 68

The Voyagers p. 70

75 Watts p. 34

Four Cubic Feet of Space p. 70

Old Oak p. 62

The Winking Boy p. 63

96 Minutes p. 44

Frank Fairfield p. 34

One Night in Kernersville p. 36

The Wonder Hospital p. 68

(A)sexual p. 31

Friday Night Tights p. 68

Orange Appeal p. 61

The Zero Hour p. 26

(notes on) biology p. 68

Getting Outer Space p. 45

Out of True p. 61

Time Freak p. 63

A Dangerous Method p. 23

Ginster-Automat In Der Leer p. 61

Palindrome p. 66

transfer p. 70

A Different Bunny p. 68

Heliotropes p. 70

Pillow p. 62

Undefeated p. 56

A Doctor’s Job p. 26

Henley p. 62

Protect the Nation p. 65

A Fighting Chance p. 54

Holding His Rabbits p. 60

Puppet p. 27

Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression p. 57

A Good Man p. 54

Holly p. 33

Rejoice and Shout p. 37

A Jazzman’s Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story p. 34

Homecoming p. 62

Sahkanaga p. 48

A Love Supreme p. 65

How Do You Tell Someone You’re HIV Positive? P. 33

Saving Pelican 895 p. 67

After the Shearing p. 62

How It Ended p. 64

All Flowers in Time p. 70

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster p. 28

American House p. 63 American Teacher p. 40 An African Election p. 52 An Ordinary Family p. 32 Angels in the Snow p. 64 The Artist p. 21 Babyland p. 63 Barracuda p. 44 Bayou Black p. 65 Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop p. 34 Below New York p. 34 Benda Bilili! p. 34 Benny p. 62 T H E 2 2 ND A NNU A L NEW O RLE A NS F ILM F ESTIV A L

Brawler p. 22            Brighton Rock p. 44 Broken Doors p. 66 Brookton Hollow p. 31 Cade p. 60 Charcoal Burners p. 66 Chasing Dreams p. 60 Cheez…z p. 68 Christimas Tree: A Story in Five Parts p. 65 Crime After Crime p. 53 Danse Macabre p. 70 Day of Remembrance p. 66 Denmark p. 68 Destiny Lives Down the Road p. 60 Devin’s Ward p. 60 Disfarmer p. 27 Dreams and Mirrors p. 70 Eames: The Architect and the Painter p. 28

In the Garden p. 60 Incest: The Musical p. 63 Irma p. 66

Shoot the Moon p. 64 Shrimp and Petroleum p. 60 Slow p. 32 Small, Beautifully Moving Parts p. 48 Something Left, Something Taken p. 68

Jack’s Last Fandango p. 61

Stories from the Sleeping Mind p. 68

Keeper of the Flame p. 61

Streetcar p. 60

Kevin p. 34

Swamp Shark p. 49

King Crawfish p. 54

Swell Season p. 37

Kinyarwanda p. 46

Swing p. 68

Kudzu Vine p. 66

Tabloid p. 22

Lavender & Peroxide p. 61

Take Shelter p. 49

Legends p. 61

Terrebonne p. 62

Letting Go p. 46

The Argument p. 63

Like Crazy p. 47

The Beaufort Diaries p. 68

Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale p. 36

The Bench p. 64

Loft p. 63 Lord Byron p. 41 Magic Trip p. 55 Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story p. 55 Marathon Boy p. 41 Martha Marcy May Marlene p. 23 Matching Jack p. 47 Melancholia p. 42 Melt p. 70 Miller’s Tale p. 55 Minka p. 66 Missed Connections p. 66 Mommy’s Little Helper p. 64 Moon Pie p. 61

The Big Fix p. 21 The Bird Spider p. 63 The Black Power Mixtape: 19671975 p. 52 The Bully Project p. 52 The Candidate p. 64 The Consequence of Oil p. 67 The Contemptuous Ruby p. 61 The Dancer p. 66 The Devil Himself p. 63 The Dungeon Master p. 63 The Experiment p. 53 The First Interview p. 66 The Florestine Collection p. 26 The Hedgehog p. 45

Mrs. Carmella Prays p. 60

The Human Centipede II Full Sequence p. 46

Music from the Big House p. 36

The Interview p. 64

Endangered p. 61

My Friend, Oscar p. 47

The Kook p. 64

Etched p. 32

My Other Half p. 64

The Lady ParaNorma p. 68

Ex-Sex p. 63

Night at the Dance p. 34

The Lost Explorer p. 62

Fambul Tok p. 53

No Floodwall Here p. 48

The Mortician p. 42

Fatum! P. 64

No One Ever Went Hungry: Cajun Food Traditions Then and Now p. 56

The Price of Flowers p. 60

Figs p. 62 Fingers p. 61 Flawed p. 68

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I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful p. 40

Sexting p. 65

Noah’s Canoe p. 31 Nobody But Her p. 60

The Silver Baron p. 61 The Son of None p. 65 The Spirit of the Bluebird p. 66

Waiting for Oil p. 67 We Were Here p. 33 Weekend p. 32 What to Bring to America p. 62 Where Strippers Go to Die p. 61 Who the Hell is Tony Green? p. 56 Wish Me Away p. 33 With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story p. 57 Words p. 64 xoxosms p. 31 Yelling to the Sky p. 49 Zero Percent p. 57

Opening Night The Artist

Friday, October 14, at 6:40 p.m. Prytania Theatre

France / 2011 / 100 min

DIR/WRITER: Michel Hazanavicius PROD: Thomas Langmann, Emmanuel Montamat CAM: Guillaume Schiffman ED: AnneSophie Bion The sensation of this past year’s Cannes Film Festival was a silent film shot in black-and-white and in the boxy 1:33 screen ratio that was standard in the early days of moving pictures. But French director Michel Hazanariciu’s cinematic valentine is no post-modern academic exercise in the tropes of silent cinema; au contraire, his is a joyous, ebullient, full-bodied piece of filmmaking that employs many of the silent period’s narrative and technical conventions with such élan that he avoids the preserved-in-amber effect of previous attempts at resurrecting a bygone style. It’s Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. With Penelope Ann Miller, James Cromwell, and a cigar-chomping John Goodman.

The Big Fix

Friday, October 14, at 8:45 p.m. Prytania Theater Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

DIR: Josh Tickell PROD/CODIRECTOR: Rebecca Harrell Tickell WRITER: Johnny O’Hara ED: Sean P. Keenan, Tina Imahara CAM: Marc Levy On April 22, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig sunk into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. Until the oil well was killed the following September 19, a total of 779,037, 744 liters of crude oil and over 7 million liters of chemical dispersant spread into the sea. By exposing the root causes of the spill, filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell (who were responsible for the Sundance award–winning film FUEL) uncover a vast network of corruption. The film is a damning indictment of a system of government led by a powerful and secretive oligarchy that puts the pursuit of profit over all other human and environmental needs.

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USA / 2011 / 90 min

The Big Fix, which was an official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, features Peter Fonda as well as original music by Jason Mraz. The New Orleans Film Festival is pleased to host the film’s North American Premiere on Opening Night. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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Brawler

Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. Solomon Victory Theatre at the WWII Museum DIR: Chris Siverstson WRITER: Chris Siverstson, Nathan Grubbs PROD: Nathan Grubbs, Paul Knaus, Marc Senter CAM: Zoran Popovic ED: Abe Levy, Phil Norden In New Orleans, the Fontaine family name echoes the streets within both the traditional boxing community and the illegal underground fight world. Charlie Fontaine’s unflinching loyalty turns out to be both his greatest strength and his Achilles heel, while Bobby Fontaine’s ambitions and shenanigans, driven by a dangerous amount of ego, turn destructive. Charlie suffers a USA / 2011 / 87 min permanent injury when called to battle to defend his little brother. While Charlie is forced to hang up his gloves, Bobby’s guilt drags him to new lows. When Bobby finds himself drawn to Charlie’s wife, an all-out war of brother vs brother ensues. *Filmmakers and cast scheduled to attend.

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Tabloid

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Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. Chalmette movies / Sunday, October 16, 7:00p.m. Chalmette Movies Monday, October 17, 9:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies / Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies DIR: Errol Morris PROD: Julie Ahlberg, Mark Lipson CAM: Robert Chappell ED: Grant Surmi Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming, Joyce McKinney, made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra. Academy Award winner Errol Morris’s documentary follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe, into jail, and onto the front page. Joyce’s USA / 2011 / 88 min. labyrinthine crusade for love takes her through a surreal world of kidnapping, manacled Mormons, risqué photography, magic underwear, and celestial sex—until her dream is finally realized in a cloning laboratory in Seoul, South Korea. By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, Tabloid is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life. From the director of The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line.

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A Dangerous Method

Friday, October 14, at Theaters at Canal Place: 6:45 p.m., 6:50 p.m., and 8:55 p.m DIR: David Cronenberg WRITER: Christopher Hampton, John Kerr PROD: Jeremy Thomas CAM: Peter Suschitzky ED: Ronald Sanders Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the “dangerous method”of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina’s spell. Based on Christopher Hampton’s ( “Dangerous Liaisons”—the man has a thing for danger, at least in Canada, Germany, UK, Switzerland / 2011 / 99 min. his titles) and “The Talking Cure.” Both film and play are based on John Kerr’s acclaimed 1992 history of the development psycholanalysis. With Vincent Cassel.

Thursday, October 20, at 7:45 p.m. Prytania Theatre

Closing Night

DIR/WRITER: Sean Durkin PROD: Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond CAM: Jody Lee Lipes ED: Zachary Stuart-Pontier Known by all four of these names, MMMM is a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen), newly escaped from life as a member of a cult, attempting to seek refuge at the seaside home of her sister (Sarah Paulson). Hard physical labor, manadatory sexual relations with the cult leader (John Hawkes), all are endured; it’s not until the cult embarks on criminal activity that she attempts to leave, something that cults USA / 2011 / 120 min rarely graciously allow. Directorwriter Sean Durkin’s first feature concerns itself less with the particulars of the cult than the transformation that is wrecked on the personality of those lured into its circle. Originally entered as a short in an earlier ferstival, MMMM was one of the highlights of the 2011 Sundance Film Festval.

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Tuesday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. CAC / Thursday, October 20, 5:30 p.m. Zeitgeist

USA / 2010 / 31 min

A film by Helen Hill, completed by Paul Gailiunas WRITERS: Helen Hill, Paul Gailiunas PROD/ED: Paul Gailiunas CAM: Helen Hill, Paul Gailiunas, Geoff McFetridge, Mar Elepano Experimental animator Helen Hill found more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile on one Mardis Gras Day in New Orleans. She set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an elderly seamstress who had recently passed away. The dresses and much of the film footage were later flood-damaged by Hurrican Katrina while Helen was working on the film. Helen was murdered in a home invasion in New Orleans in 2007. Her husband Paul Gailiunas has completed the film, which includes Helen’s original silhouette, cut-out, and puppet animation, as well as flood-damaged and restored home movies. *A reception will follow the first screening in the atrium of the Contemporary Arts Center, with Paul Gailiunas in attendance.

Cine Latino

presented by the Consulate of Venezuela in New Orleans

The Zero Hour (La Hora Cero) Monday, October 17, at 6:45 p.m. CAC

finalist VENEZUELA / 2011 / 104 min

THE 22ND ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

DIR: Diego Velasco WRITERS: Diego Velasco, Carolina Paiz PROD: Carolina Paiz, Rodolfo Cova CAM: Luis Otero ED: Otto Scheeuren Set in Caracas, Venezuela, during a medical strike that closes down all public hospitals and clinics, La Hora Cero follows the moral awakening of a street gang assassin. After finding his now-pregnant first love shot in the womb, hitman La Parca (The Reaper, played by musician and former gang member Zapata 666) mobilizes his gang members to save her life. With no recourse to the public hospitals that usually serve the poor, La Parca and his gang invade a private hospital and take as hostages its wealthy patients and private doctors. La Parca, recognizing that his desperation for medical care is shared by thousands of other citizens affected by the strike, promises to release one hostage in exchange for every citizen treated. As the media and police close in, along with the sick and injured clamoring for access to the private doctors, La Parca realizes that he may have traded his own life for that of his victim. –Lauren Delery

preceded by

A Doctor’s Job ( ¡Una Carrerita, Doctor!) DIR: Julio Ramos

ER physician Roman Moran has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet in the city of Lima, Peru—a city that constantly challenges his pride and work ethics. Peru / 2010 / 10 min

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*A reception will follow the screenings in the atrium of the Contemporary Arts Center, with filmmakers from both films in attendance. The reception will include complimentary snacks from Santa Fe Tapas and wine.

Dual Perspectives: Two Films About Photographer Mike Disfarmer Disfarmer

Saturday, October 15, at 4:00 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. Zeitgeist

CANADA / 2010 / 52 min

DIR/WRITER: Martin Lavut PROD: Dennis Mohr, Hava Gurevich CAM: Rudi Kovanic ED: Rob Ruzic Discover one of American’s forgotten photographers: Mike Disfarmer. From Heber Springs, Arkansas, Disfarmer captured the faces, lives and emotions of the American heartland in an influential time in our nation’s history. His portraits documenting working-class farmland families and their struggles through World War I, the Great Depression and World War II compile a true visual record – of history and art. Though Disfarmer was actively photographing families up until his death in 1959, his black and white portraits went largely unnoticed until being “discovered” by New York photography dealers in recent years. Critics have hailed his portraits as “a work of artistic genius” and “a classical episode in the history of American photography.” Disfarmer: A Portrait of America illustrates Disfarmer’s influence on the world of photography, his hometown of Heber Springs, Arkansas and the Manhattan art world. –Clark Castle *Filmmaker in attendance.

Saturday, October 15, at 5:50 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Wednesday, October 19, at 8:15 p.m. Zeitgeist

finalist UK / 2010 / 74 min

DIR/WRITER/ED: David Soll PROD: David Soll, Jared Ian Goldman, Hannah Rosenzweig CAM: David Soll, Mark Rasmussen Puppetry has been a human fascination throughout history. What was once a lauded art has become the stuff of children. This film attempts to rectify this unfortunate situation while weaving together three stories: the story of Disfarmer, the story of a director Dan Hurlin’s struggle to create the story of Disfarmer, and the story of the puppeteers bringing the story to life. All of the stories are intercut which creates time jumps, though each narrative stays chronological. All three stories come together in the fascinating footage of the puppets in action telling the story of Disfarmer. The puppets are a tour de force of mind over matter. –Matt Newman

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Architecture + Design Films Eames: The Architect and the Painter

presented by

Tuesday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. Prytania Theater Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. Prytania Theater

DIR/PROD: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey WRITER: Jason Cohn CAM: Ulli Bonnekamp, Andrew Dryer, Vicente Franco, Thomas Hurwitz, Ed Marritz, Jon Shenk, Petr Stepanek, Thaddeus Wadleigh, Brett Wiley, Brian Wingert ED: Don Bernier The Architect and the Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film to peer inside their collaboration, their marriage and the “Renaissance studio” they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, CA. Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival USA / 2011 / 83 min material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office. Family members and design historians help guide the story, but it is in interviews with the junior designers, swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery,” that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges.

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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

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Thursday, October 20 at 5:45 p.m. Prytania Theater DIR: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado WRITER: Deyan Sudjic PROD: Elena Ochoa CAM: Valentin Alvarez ED: Paco Cozar

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world, Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York, UK, SPAIN, GERMANY, USA, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, CHINA, HONG KONG / 2010 / 78 min and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.

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I Louisiana Day!

Join us for the Fourth Annual “I Love Louisiana” Day—SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16—a day to explore, promote, and celebrate film and filmmaking in Louisiana!

FILM IN LOUISIANA PANEL BUILDING A LOCAL SUSTAINABLE FILM / TECHNOLOGY ECO-SYSTEM: An Interactive Conversation on Film Funding & Local Media Culture— 1:00 p.m. Café Istanbul in the New Orleans

Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Avenue)

Join us in a rollicking, raucous conversation on the state of the local media economy. Tax credits, film grants, and tech startups, let’s talk to each other on how we can instill in New Orleans and Louisiana, a real and true knowledge-based creative economy. Let’s make job creation, economic development and artistic practice the foundation for creating meaningful, strategic and economically viable partnerships. If you are making media in Louisiana, ink this panel into your NOFF schedule now! You’ll have a chance to interact with each other and with industry and government leaders working in film.

TALKING TREME

7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street) Join us for a conversation with NOFF jurors Melissa Leo, Wendell Pierce, and Eric Overmyer about filming Treme in New Orleans. Part of the “Best of Fest” Awards Ceremony.

Screenings of Louisiana Films (made by Louisiana filmmakers or filmed in the state) King Crawfish and No One Ever Went Hungry: 12:00 p.m. Second Line Stages Southern Gothic - “Hush Now”: 12:05 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place My Friend Oscar: 12:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center Louisiana Shorts 1: 2:10 p.m. Prytania Theatre The Experiment: 2:15 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place No Floodwall Here: 2:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story: 2:40 p.m. Second Line Stages

Louisiana Shorts 2: 3:10 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center Getting Outer Space: 4:30 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Letting Go: 4:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies Flood Streets: 4:45 p.m. Prytania Theatre Louisiana Documentary Shorts: 5:00 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center The Mortician: 9:10 p.m. Prytania Theatre Best of the Fest Awards Ceremony: 7:30–9:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.)

I Love Louisiana Day Party 9:30-11:30 p.m. at loa (221 Camp Street) Join us for complimentary LA-31 beer and a specialty cocktail by loa mixologist Alan Walters.

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OUTakes by Harrah’s Come out and enjoy “OUTakes,” a new feature of the Film Festival made possible by Harrah’s New Orleans. In this sidebar, we proudly feature LGBT-related films from around the world that range from narrative shorts to documentary features.

USA / 2011 / 43 min

USA / 2011 / 74 min

(A)sexual

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Noah’s Canoe

Sunday, October 16 at 2:20 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Monday, October 17, at 9:00 p.m. Harrah’s Theater

DIR: Angela Tucker PROD: Katy Chevigny, Beth Davenport, Jolene Pinder CAM: Jolene Pinder, Jason Blalock ED: Michelle Chang

DIR/PROD/CAM: Juliet Brown ED: Katherine Lee

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

xoxosms

DIR: Nancy Schwartzman USA / 2010 / 11 min

Two awkward American teenagers fall in love via Skype.

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Brookton Hollow

DIR: Joshua Smith

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(A)sexual follows the growth of a community that experiences no sexual attraction. In 2000, David Jay came out to his parents. He was asexual and was fine with it. And he was not alone. Studies show that 1% of the population is asexual. But in a society obsessed with sex, how do you deal with life as an outsider? Combining intimate interviews, vérité footage, and animation with fearless humor and pop culture imagery, David and our four other characters grapple with this universal question, and the outcomes might surprise you.

Noah’s dream has always been to move back home to the North Woods of Maine and work with his father building wooden canoes. But every time he tries to return to his father’s canoe shop he is overcome with fear. The mystery of the film unfolds as Noah and his mother talk of the decade that Noah lived with physical illness. Noah’s voice is heard reading a letter to friends and family as we see shots of an icy northern lake. “10 years ago I awoke to sickness...recently I have discovered how and why my body has spent a decade in this turmoil. The truth that has been so long hidden from even my own consciousness is that I am transgender... The parts of me that are surfacing have been suffocated and tortured...I will now be going by the name Noah. I have been waiting years for this.” The film follows Noah as he finds the courage to go home. There he confronts the ghosts within himself and the constant reflection of ‘Holly,’ the person he used to be. A healing that he never expected begins as Noah finds his place as a man in a family of his own.

USA / 2010 / 11 min

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend. A farm boy learns that his cow and only friend must be killed because meat is running low. As night falls, a mysterious young man draws the boy deep into the forest who holds a secret that could save his cow and change the boy’s life forever.

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OUTakes by Harrah’s

UK / 2011 / 96 min

USA / 2011 / 93 min

An Ordinary Family

Weekend

DIR: Mike Akel WRITER: Mike Akel, Matt Patterson PROD: Matt Patterson, Mike Akel CAM: David Blue Garcia ED: David Fabelo

DIR/WRITER/ED: Andrew Haigh PROD: Tristan Goligher CAM: Urszula Pontikos

An Ordinary Family explores family dynamics and one-on-one relationship issues in the wake of the coming out (and coming home) of an estranged brother. When Seth (Greg Wise) brings his husband unannounced to a yearly family vacation, his familiy must confront their own prejudices, examine their relationships with Seth and each other, and decide whether they can accept their brother as an openly gay man. As in all families, individual and group relationships color the process of Seth’s coming out and his family’s coming to terms.

Winner of Audience Awards at both SXSW and Outfest 2011 and the opening night selection of Brooklyn’s acclaimed BAMcinemafest, Weekend is a startlingly authentic love story, featuring the talents of two incredible new actors and the unique work of a fresh new voice in filmmaking, Andrew Haigh. After a particularly bibulous evening with some straight friends, Russel (Tom Cullen) sets out to a local gay watering hole. Just before the closing time, he picks up Glen (Chris New) for what he presumes will be just another one-night stand. Instead the two find themselves caught up in a lost weekend full of sex, drugs, and intimate conversation. Although they have conflicting ideas of what it is they want from life and certainly how to get it, they form a startling emotional connection that will resonate throughout their lives. Winner of the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW 2011.

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Tuesday, October 18, at 9:00 p.m. Harrah’s Theater

This quiet film allows each relationship to evolve naturally and to affect the family as a whole. It builds emotional layers while respecting all members of the family, and depicts longing and love that ultimately ring true. –Lauren Delery

Tuesday, October 18, at 9:50 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Friday, October 20, at 10:00 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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Etched

DIR: Darius Monroe USA / 2011 / 13 min

DIR. Mark Lucaj USA / 2011 / 15 min

The last night between two best friends erupts in violence when the buried truth of their relationship finds its way to the surface.

26 yo, DDF, 5’ 11’, 185 fit. 7 cut. Vers. Looking to host now. 420 is cool. Send a face pic. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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USA / 2010 / 89 min

USA / 2011 / 120 min

We Were Here

Wish Me Away

Monday, Oct. 17, at 6:15 p.m. Harrah’s Theater

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. Harrah’s Theater

DIR/PROD: David Weissman EDITOR/CO-DIRECTOR: Bill Weber CAM: Marsha Kahm

DIR: Bobbie Birleffi PROD: Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf CAM: Paul Mailman ED: Lisa Palattella

We Were Here documents the coming of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed. It offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS. It opens a window of understanding to those who have only the vaguest notions of what transpired in those years. It provides insight into what society could, and should, offer its citizens in the way of medical care, social services, and community support.

As a filmmaker and political activist who arrived in San Francisco in 1976 and was deeply impacted by the epidemic, director David Weissman brings a unique personal understanding to this history.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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How Do You Tell Someone You’re HIV Positive?

DIR: Hima B.

USA / 2010 / 14 min

Haneefa, a young African American woman from New Jersey, struggles to disclose her HIV+ status to the father of her daughter and to others she is close to. As Haneefa travels to refill her AIDS medication, she reflects on the decisions she faces.

DIR: Brian Diggs, Rebecca Drummond USA / 2010 / 6 min

No one is crueler than a teenage girl. Holly has made herself a target of Marissa’s scorn, and Marissa just so happens to be the school’s queen bee. But Holly isn’t going to take her punishment lying down.

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Archival imagery conveys an unusually personal and elegiac sense of San Francisco in the pre-AIDS years, and a window into the compassionate and courageous community response to the suffering and loss that followed. And it also conveys in a very visceral sense the horrors of the disease itself.

After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright becomes the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville, her conservative heartland family and, most importantly, within herself. With unprecedented access over a two-year period, including her private video diaries, the film layers Chely’s rise to fame while hiding in the late 90’s with the execution of her coming out plan, culminating in the exciting moment when she steps into the media glare to reveal she is gay. The film shows both the devastation of internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. The film also documents the conflicting responses from Nashville, the heartland and the LGBT community as Chely Wright prepares for an unknown future.

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The New Orleans FIlm Festival is proud to present our first year of Keeping{SCORE}, a new sidebar shining a spotlight on films about music and musicians. The integration of music into the festival represents a shift to highlight the dynamic and symbiotic relationship between music and film in the city of New Orleans.

USA / 2010 / 55 min

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Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO/FRANCE / 2010 / 85 min

Benda Bilili!

Wednesday, October 19, at 7:45 p.m. CAC

Sunday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Zeitgeist

DIR/WRITER/CAM: Klaus Schneyder PROD: Angela Viscido ED: Klaus Schneyder, Angela Viscido, Sebastian Etcheverry, Benedikt von Seherr-Toss

DIR/WRITER/CAM: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye PROD: Renaud Barret, Yves Chanvillard, Nadim Cheikhrouha, Florent de La Tullaye ED: Jean-Christophe Hym

Human beatboxing has become a global phenomenon, which is organized and celebrated in the annual BeatBox Conventions and through Beatbox Competitions, that are being held in an increasing number of countries every year.

Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. Benda Bilili, or “see beyond,” is the name of this Kinshasa band which has acquired a global following. Chances of success were slim at first for these homeless handicapped artists who struggled to survive on the streets of their dilapidated capital.

This documentary aims at providing a full picture of this incredible art form starting with its genesis within hip hop culture and continuing with its further developments and its use in various musical fields in several countries throughout the world. Featuring artists from New York, California, Florida, Spain, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium , Canada, Austria, and Germany.

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Night at the Dance (Noc na Tanecku)

DIR: Annie Silverstein USA / 2011 / 13 min finalist

A profile on the last days of a Czech dance hall in rural Texas and the old-timers who go there to polka.

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Benda Bilili is not a music film, it’s the story of a dream that became reality, and a plunge into the streets of Kinshasa without a safety net.

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A Jazzman’s Jazzman: The Gerry Carruthers Story

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Sunday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m. Second Line Stages Wednesday, October 19, at 9:25 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place DIR/WRITER/PROD: Ben Harris, Paul Maupoux CAM/ED: Paul Maupoux A mockumentary in rare form, A Jazzman’s Jazzman is an unflinching portrait of jazz musician and bandleader Gerry Carruthers. The film examines the life of this quintessential musical genius, from his humble beginnings playing the off-nights at a local hotspot, through his success, failure, reinvention and ultimately tragic end. Eccentric, prolific, incomprehensible, and utterly irresistible, Gerry Carruthers was a true jazzman’s jazzman.

*Filmmaker in attendance.

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Frank Fairfield DIR: Austin Wilson

USA / 2010 / 12 min

Frank, a 25 year-old old-time musician from L.A. plays to the timeless beat of eccentricity–but this is not an act. His unique world-view on the natural state of things includes playing songs that have existed forever and collecting old 78s from around the world.

DIR/CAM: Jay Duplass WRITER: J. Davis, Jay Duplass PROD: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Josh Polon ED: J. Davis In Austin, TX in the early ‘90s, Kevin Gant was the Duplass Brothers’ hero. They reveled in Kevin’s exploratory musical style and playful spirituality. But in 1995, Kevin mysteriously disappeared. Jay Duplass’ documentary debut explores who Kevin is, how he lost his inspiration, and what he must do to get it back.

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75 Watts

DIR: John Cullen USA / 2010 / 13 min

Young and talented drummer Matt Giordano is faced with the challenges of Tourette Syndrome. He hopes his recent move to Denver will help fuel his creative pursuits and lead him to a fulfilling life. *Filmmaker in attendance.

Below New York DIR: Matt Finlin

USA / 2011 / 29 min finalist

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The film recreates the life of Gerry Carruthers through interviews with his family, friends, and enemies; interpretations of his music by leading artists and critics; and stop-motion re-enactments of notable events in his life and career. The film features inspired claymation (Gerry refused to be photographed or videotaped), an impressive musical score, and a deadpan delivery that allows the viewer’s imagination to color the humor. –Lauren Delery

Saturday, October 15, at 4:25 p.m. Prytania

An intimate look into some of New York’s most acclaimed subway performers, musicians and artists. *Filmmaker in attendance.

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USA / 2010 / 96 min

Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale Monday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. Prytania Thursday, October 20, at 9:20 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

DIR: Danny Clinch PROD: Danny Clinch, Ben Jaffe CAM: Elia Lyssy ED: Grant James

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Since 1961, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been keeping the traditional sound of New Orleans-style jazz alive, performing at a Crescent City venue that as much as possible has been kept as it was when the music first came alive in the American South. In 2010, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed a special concert with My Morning Jacket, the Louisville-based alternative rock band that has won critical acclaim and a loyal following for their unique take on roots rock. Live At Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale is a documentary by filmmaker Danny Clinch that includes performances from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and My Morning Jacket as well as the set they performed together; the two acts inform one another’s style as they share their unique musical visions.

USA / 2010 / 87 min

Music from the Big House Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 pm CAC DIR: Bruce McDonald WRITERS: Tony Burgess, Erin Faith Young PROD: Jennifer St. John, Erin Faith Young CAM: Steve Cosens ED: Eamonn O’Connor Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape and armed robbery. This musical journey is a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker Danny Clinch and producer/performer Ben Jaffe are scheduled to attend the first screening.

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One Night in Kernersville

DIR: Brian Diggs

USA / 2010 / 6 min

Musician and bandleader John Brown is about to live the dream of his life: to make a big band Jazz recording. Set in the legendary recording studios of Mitch Easter. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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USA, Czech Republic, Ireland / 2011 / 91 min.

Rejoice and Shout

The Swell Seaon

FREE Screening Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. Ashé DIR: Don McGlynn PROD: Joe Lauro CAM: Steven Wacks ED: Chase Voorhees

THE PEOPLE SAY PROJECT: Film + Music Tuesday, Oct. 18 Louisiana Humanities Center Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for FREE happy hour + reception. Conversation begins at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

This October, the People Say Project presents a special edition in collaboration with the New Orleans Film Festival. The People Say Project is a partnership between Loyola University’s English Department and NOLA Fugees Press to explore the intersections of culture and money in New Orleans. With a nod to NOFF’s new Keeping{SCORE} program, this month’s People Say conversation focuses on the intersections between music and film and how together the two can present opportunities for stimulating the cultural economy. Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe (Producer of the 2011 NOFF selection Live at Preservation Hall: Louisiana Fairytale) and local composer Gabriel Velasco (Composer on 2011 NOFF selection La Hora Cero) discuss how making films about musicians and scoring films can ultimately mean scoring money for two artistic endeavors—music and film.

DIR: Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis PROD: Carlo Mirabella-Davis CAM: Chris Dapkins ED: Nick August-Perna After starring in the indie hit Once in 2007 and winning the Oscar for best original song, folk rock musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won over audiences and skyrocketed to fame. For them, life seemed to imitate art—the onscreen relationship was closely intertwined in both fact and fiction. But when they got back to reality, Hansard, 35, and Irglova, only 18 years old, decided to ride the wave of newfound popularity by heading on tour. This subtle and mesmerizing black-and-white music documentary bears witness to the band and the couple, from musical numbers that pleasure the ears and vibrate the screen to quiet moments where body language and silent pauses linger with foreboding heartbreak. It has always been apparent that the modest duo has a special connection musically, but when the offstage relationship doesn’t run as smoothly, it raises real questions about the future.

BEN JAFFE was raised with Preservation Hall. He grew up two blocks away and spent many of his evenings, weekends and after school hours there. His father, Allan Jaffe, co-founded Preservation Hall. Currently, Ben is the Hall’s creative director, and he plays the tuba (sousaphone), upright bass, and banjo in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Ben re-mastered and released several archival recordings of the early Preservation Hall Jazz Band, including recordings by Sweet Emma Barrett and Sister Gertrude Morgan as well as new recordings.

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Rejoice and Shout traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles—the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements. Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture—slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, civil rights and empowerment. Rejoice and Shout connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large. Years in the making, Rejoice and Shout captures so much of what is special about this music and AfricanAmerican Christianity—the sermonizing, the heartfelt testimonials, getting slain in the spirit, the hard hollering, and of course the inspiring music. Includes footage of gospel lengend Mahalia Jackson.

Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. Zeitgeist

GABRIEL VELASCO currently plays live as a drummer and a percussionist with different New Orleans based bands. He has performed in just about any setting possible, from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival stages to Las Vegas Casino Strip. He recently scored La Hora Cero (highest grossing film in Venezuelan history).

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Spotlight Films American Teacher

Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. NOCCA DIR: Vanessa Roth PROD: Ninive Calegari, Dave Eggers, Vanessa Roth CAM: Daniel Gold Steve Milligan, Rich White Arthur Yee ED: Brian McGinn American Teacher is the featurelength documentary created and produced by The Teacher Salary Project. The film is based upon the New York Times best-selling book, Teachers Have It Easy, written by Nínive Calegari, Dave Eggers, and Daniel Moulthrop, and directed by Vanessa Roth. It includes a musical score by Thao Nguyen, and is narrated by Matt Damon. The film closely follows the stoUSA / 2011 / 81 min ries of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas across the country. The film’s narrative balances the personal stories of each character with a mixture of interviews and animation, each highlighting the big sacrifices made by our nation’s teachers, and how these demanding costs force many of our greatest teachers out of the profession. Research has shown that the top-performing school systems in the world all share one consistent feature: top-performing teachers. In the next five years, over one million teachers will retire. By following four feature teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, our film tells the deeper story of the teaching profession in America today, and what we can do to invest in it for tomorrow. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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Saturday, October 15, at 6:40 p.m. Prytania Theatre Tuesday, October 18, at 2:30 p.m. Prytania Theatre DIR/WRITER/PROD/CAM: Jonathan Demme PROD: Stephen Apkon, Lindsay Jaeger, Daniel Wolff ED: Ido Haar Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the floodwaters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the “impossible dream” of bringing her ruined home back to life.

I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, USA / 2011 / 93 min the Mad, and the Beautiful unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Mrs. Parker takes us deep inside her personal biography as a child born in the 40s, raised in segregated New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, who became a teenager joining the front lines in the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, who worked for 30 years as a cook-turned-chef in the hotel industry, and became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for every New Orleanians’ right to return home after the devastation of the floods that followed Katrina. That Carolyn faced these odds with unbridled wit, spirituality, and an abiding sense of social justice borne of her life in New Orleans makes for a unique cinematic tale of personal triumph. It’s the portrait of an “ordinary family” who banded together under extraordinary circumstances, and reclaimed their home. *Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) and subject of the film Carolyn Parker are both scheduled to attend and participate in a Q+A after the screening.

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Lord Byron

Saturday, October 15, at 8:40 p.m. Prytania Theatre Thursday, October 20, at 7:35 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Louisiana filmmaker finalist

DIR/CAM/ED: Zack Godshall WRITER/PROD: Zack Godshall, Ross Brupbacher Byron has always been a lover of women. He’s a romantic, and he loves all of his girlfriends the same way—totally and completely. But recently he’s been lost in some heavy thoughts about big things like love and God, and he’s growing restless in middle age. When a TV preacher suggests he retreat from the chaos of the world, Byron escapes his town to start a spiritual journey of the fantastic kind. In this deadpan Greek tragedy, USA / 2011 / 94 min set on the Gulf shores, a cast of bizarre, comedic characters, led by newcomer Paul Batiste, pursue uncommon dreams and missions of their own making. Director Zack Godshall (who won the 2009 Louisiana Filmmaker Award for his documentary God’s Architects) shares a world seen through the bloodshot eyes of Byron, a quixotic philosopher/poet and bayou Don Juan who seeks spiritual fulfillment by any means possible. Made for less than $1000, Lord Byron was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Marathon Boy

Sunday, October 16 at 4:15 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Wednesday, October 19 at 5:35 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place DIR/WRITER: Gemma Atwal PROD: Gemma Atwal, Matt Norman CAM: Matt Norman ED: Peter Haddon

Marathon Boy follows fouryear-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. When Budhia displays an uncommon talent for long-distance running, Biranchi nurtures his gift, heralding him as a folk hero for the impoverished masses, and maybe even for India itself. But after golden child Budhia breaks UK, USA, INDIA / 2010 / 98 min down during a world-record 65 kilometer run at the age of four, public opinion begins to turn on the guru and his disciple, and soon the two are swept up in a maelstrom of media controversy and political scandal.

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Following Budhia’s roller-coaster journey over five years, Marathon Boy is a Dickensian tale of greed, corruption, and broken dreams set between the heart-racing world of marathon running, the poverty-stricken slums, and the political intrigue of a modernizing India. Nothing is what it seems in Budhia and Biranchi’s riveting story, and Atwal continually shifts viewer identification to tell both a shocking story of opportunism and exploitation, but also a touching portrait of an authentic bond between a parent and child.

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Melancholia

Sunday, October 16 at 6:50 p.m. Prytania Theatre Wednesday, October 19 at 5:45 p.m. Prytania Theatre DIR/WRITER: Lars von Trier PROD: Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth CAM: Manuel Alberto Claro ED: Morten Hojbjerg, Molly Stensgaard It’s the End of the World…not as we know it, not as some cataclysmic CGI spectacle; nor would you expect such from Lars von Trier, the melancholy Dane who was the promulgator of Dogma 95, the late nineties school of minimalist filmmaking. In his beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous DENMARK, SWEDEN, FRANCE, GERMANY / 2011 / 136 min party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth.

The Mortician (in 3D)

Sunday, October 16, 9:10 p.m. Prytania Theatre

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DIR/WRITER/PROD: Gareth Maxwell Roberts PROD: Rene Bastian, Linda Moran, Rhys David Thomas CAM: Michael McDonough ED: David Charap The Mortician is a contemporary urban noir. A redemption tale, the story of a man stepping from darkness into light, one man’s struggle through the violence and corruption of a dying city where the poor are corralled into lawless ghettos. Alienated and cold, The Mortician (Method Man) processes the corpses with steely disregard. He is lonely and isolated. He is introduced to his new UK / 2011 / 87 min employee, Noah, (EJ Bonilla) by the morgue boss (Edward Furlong). A volatile youth working as part of his parole, Noah brings the notorious gangster, Carver (Dash Mihok), to the mortuary door. The Mortician’s attention is pricked by the tattoo of Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ inked on the body of a murdered woman (Judy Marte), that arrives at the morgue, triggering a series of haunting dreams from his childhood. Discovering a scared child, Kane (Cruz Santiago), fleeing the morgue, he’s forced to act. Kane sparks The Mortician’s emotional awakening. They become reluctant allies struggling for redemption. They flee from danger, determined to escape the physical and emotional chains that threaten to imprison them forever. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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Barracuda

Brighton Rock

USA / 2011 / 94 min

UK / 2010 / 111 min

DIR/WRITER: Aimeé Lagos PROD: Lee Clay, Justin Moore Lewy, Charlie Mason, Paul Gilreath CAM: Michael Fimognari ED: Aram Nigoghossian

DIR: Shane Woodson WRITER: Christy Oldham PROD: Christy Oldham, Shane Woodson CAM: Marco Taylor ED: Robert Pergament

DIR/WRITER: Rowan Joffee PROD: Paul Webster CAM: John Mathieson ED: Joe Walker

96 Minutes is the spellbinding story of a carjacking and four kids caught in the hair-raising maelstrom of one night. The story builds to a thrilling climax as it intercuts between the car and the beginning of that day, following the separate stories of each kid—where they come from, who they are, and how they all ended up in one car on this fateful night. With incredible performances by a mulitcultural cast, this riveting moral tale touches on the issues of race, class, friendship and our connections to our past. Not all of them are innocent, not all of them survive, but in these 96 minutes the choices they each make will change their lives forever.

Based on actual events, Barracuda is an original, dark comedic story and fresh take on sexual perversions, the lives it affects and the pursuit of it. When we first meet Summer, a sensitive yet cynical portrait artist who supplements her income as a phone sex operator from her rickety old houseboat in Venice, she is at the end of her emotional rope. The callers, whom she began recording as proof of how normal, professional men can also be pedophiles and rapists, have entered her dreams at night.

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USA / 2011 / 94 min

Saturday, October 15, at 9:50 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Sunday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. Second Line Stages

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When no one will believe or listen to the taped phone conversations with these otherwise ordinary men, Summer take matters into her own hands and drives her vintage Plymouth Barracuda across the country, surprising and exposing these deviants at their homes. A funny conclusion of accountability, closure with ones demons and how love conquers even the most cynical ensues. Barracuda is a witty and brazenly honest tale which will drive home the feeling that when you believe in yourself, and throw caution to the wind, regardless of adversity, anything is possible. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Saturday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies

Screenwriter Rowan Joffe’s debut feature Brighton Rock embraces the classic elements of film noir and the British gangster film to tell the story of Pinkie, a desperate youth who is hell bent on clawing his way up through the ranks of organized crime. When a young and very innocent waitress, Rose, stumbles on evidence linking him to a revenge killing, he sets out to seduce her to secure her silence. The film stars up-and-coming British actors Sam Riley (Control) and Andrea Riseborough (Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) as the young couple. Helen Mirren and John Hurt co-star as two friends who set out to save Rose from Pinkie’s deviant designs. Brighton Rock is based on the iconic 1939 Graham Greene novel of innocence and evil but the action has been updated to 1964 Britain, the year the Mods and the Rockers were rioting across the South Coast. The ‘60s were also the era of the great British gangster, the kind of working class hero, the frightened and ambitious Pinkie longs to be.

Tuesday, October 18, at 7:35 p.m. Prytania Theatre Wednesday, October 19, at 2:30 p.m. Prytania Theatre

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Flood Streets

The Hedgehog

Getting Outer Space WORLD PREMIERE Louisiana filmmaker

USA / 2011 / 90 min

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USA / 2010 / 99 min

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FRANCE, ITALY / 2009 / 98 min

DIR: Joseph Meissner WRITER/PROD: Helen Krieger EX. PROD: Michelle Benoit, Glen Pitre CAM: Miceal Og O’Donnell ED: Robert Hebert

DIR/WRITER: Evan Falbaum PROD: Evan Falbaum, Kemerton Hargrove CAM: Daniel Lachman ED: Evan Falbaum

DIR/WRITER: Mona Achache PROD: Mark Lombardo, Anne-Dominique Toussaint CAM: Patrick Blossier ED: Julia Gregory

Flood Streets explores life in New Orleans a little over a year after Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of the city, interweaving characters as diverse and eccentric as the city itself.

Neil Henderson is a young insurance salesman who after 6 years in another town, with another job, and the start of another family, decides to return home to his family estate to reconcile his past. Upon return, Neil finds his family in pieces, with his stepmother dead and his step-brother, Travis, alone for Christmas.

Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic), a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (French Twist’s Josiane Balasko). When Paloma’s camera reveals the extensive secret library in Renée’s back room, and that the often gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, Paloma begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. As the unlikely friendship deepens, Paloma’s own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect.

A nuanced view of the city and its people, Flood Streets shows the changing landscape of New Orleans as it has never been seen before, dispelling the stereotypes about this tragic, defiant, joyful city. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend. Harry Shearer, who has a supporting role in the film, will also participate in a Q+A with the filmmakers immediately following the screening.

Sunday, October 16, at 4:45 p.m. Prytania Theatre

Neil spends the holidays with Travis, and the two decide to rebuild their inventor father’s forgotten spaceship as a means of coping and reconnecting. Together they explore the boundaries of childhood, the reality of adulthood and the space in between. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Sunday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Wednesday, October 19, at 8:20 p.m. Prytania Theatre

Monday, October 17, at 9:30 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Thursday, October 20, at 2:30 p.m. Prytania Theatre

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Matt Bergeron is a reformed bohemian who is putting aside youthful creative pursuits to start a small advertising business. Madeline Mueller is a rising singer-songwriter, but to pay the bills she’s trying to sell real estate in the devastated Lower 9th Ward. Ruby is an older Creole woman with terminal cancer, who has been happily living without electricity or water inside the bare stud walls of someone else’s abandoned home. Georgia struggles to be a good mother, but her shady schemes to find love and money may put her feisty thirteen year-old, Feliciana, in danger. These and other stories coalesce and explode in a moment of jouissance that could only happen in New Orleans.

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Kinyarwanda

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USA, RWANDA / 2011 / 99 min

USA / 2010 / 115 min

DIR/WRITER/PROD: Tom Six PROD: Ilona Six CAM: David Meadows

DIR/WRITER: Alrick Brown PROD: Darren Dean, Tommy Oliver, Alrick Brown CAM: Danny Vecchione ED: Tova Leibowitz

DIR: Jeremiah Fry WRITER/PROD: Lisa Arnold CAM: Marlon Torres ED: Andrew Larson, Jeremiah Fry

The story interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative, providing the most complex and real depiction yet presented of life and human resilience during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few. We follow the young lovers, the child, the couple, the soldiers, the Imam, and the priest as they are swept up by the chaos of the world around them.

Emma Abbott is living a carefree life with her family until her “happily ever after” existence comes crashing around her with the sudden death of her husband. Emma finds comfort in her own solitude until she is forced to leave her home in Atlanta and begin a job awaiting her in New Orleans. She makes several new acquaintances, many humorous, and runs across a former love interest. As she struggles to find the courage to move forward, Emma must first learn to let go of the past. Will she be able to start over, to find herself and to even love again?

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Martin is a mentally disturbed loner who lives with his mother in a bleak housing project. He works the night shift as a security guard in an equally grim and foreboding underground parking complex. To escape his dreary existence, Martin loses himself in the fantasy world of the cult horror film The Human Centipede: First Sequence, fetishizing the meticulous surgical skills of the gifted Dr. Heiter, whose knowledge of the human gastrointestinal system inspires Martin to attempt the unthinkable. Few films went further than The Human Centipede: First Sequence in plunging the viewer into a visceral world of constriction, suffocation and conjoinment. The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence ups that ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. Be forewarned: it’s vile (it was banned in the UK).

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Letting Go Louisiana filmmaker

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Friday, October 14, at midnight Prytania Theater Saturday, October 15, at 9:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies Wednesday, October 19, at 9:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies Thursday, October 20, at 9:30 p.m. Chalmette Movies

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Like Crazy

Matching Jack

My Friend, Oscar WORLD PREMIERE

finalist

USA / 2011 / 89 min

USA / 2010 / 103 min

DIR: Drake Doremus WRITERS: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones PROD: Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling CAM: John Gulesarian ED: Jonathan Alberts A love story is both a physical and emotional tale, one that can be deeply personal and heartbreaking for an audience to experience. Director Drake Doremus’ film Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is devastating. When a British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and lifechanging journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa. Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and of the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress for Felicity Jones, Like Crazy depicts both the hopefulness and the heartbreak of love.

DIR: Nadia Tass WRITERS: Lynne Renew, David Parker PROD: David Parker, Nadia Tass, Richard Keddie CAM: David Parker ED: Mark Warner Life seems idyllic for Marisa (Jacinda Barrett of Real World fame) and her son, Jack (Tom Russell), until a poor performance at a school soccer match ends with Jack in the hospital and Marisa trying to find her husband, David (Richard Roxburgh), who is at a conference and planning to leave Marisa for his current mistress. Jack is diagnosed with leukemia and the only possibility of a cure is if David has had a child from one of his many flings who could be a bone marrow donor. So Marisa looks back through his diaries, figures when he could have been having affairs, and goes out door knocking. Matching Jack beautifully captures the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit…with a gentle and uplifting ending, that hints at a future full of hope.

Louisiana filmmaker

CANADA / 2010 / 115 min

finalist

DIR/CAM/ED: Brian Kaz WRITERS: Brian Kaz, Blake Balu PROD: Charlie Farve Hayes, Blake Balu Oscar Austiego is a 36-year-old mentally challenged man living with his recluse father who befriends a quirky, artistic 12-year-old named Sophie. Like Oscar, Sophie is the frequent target of ridicule and condemnation. The two become fast friends (much to the chagrin of Sophie’s parents) and find a common interest in art as well as reveling in each other’s unique take on life. Over the next year, they forge a special bond that would become impervious to the disdain of the outside world. That is, until a bizarre twist of fate conspires to bring their new found utopia crashing down on them. My Friend, Oscar is a comedy-drama wrapped in a fairy tale as odd and intriguing as the characters that populate it—a film whose only requirement is that you not be afraid to embrace your weird. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

Sahkanaga

No Floodwall Here Louisiana filmmaker

finalist

finalist

USA / 2010 / 73 min

USA / 2011 / 80 min

DIR/WRITER/ED: Jim Cummings PROD: Mark Vashro, Liz Marshall, Donna Cummings CAM: Jonathan Silva ED: Danny Madden

DIR/WRITER/PROD: John Henry Summerour PROD: Miky Wolf, Tara Anderson CAM: Damian Ward ED: Miky Wolf

DIR/WRITERS/PROD: Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson PROD: Jennifer Dougherty CAM: Charles E. Swanson ED: Jennifer Lee

DIR: Iwen, Lewis

Ari visits his friend Cal in New Orleans to write an article about Katrina. He realizes during his visit that he is exploiting people for his own gain. Paul K visits New Orleans to escape his girlfriend. Cal publishes a book about the storm and Ari realizes that he has stolen the stories from a mysterious friend. The film is about storm exploitation and the old upper class of New Orleans being beaten by a new younger New Orleans.

When a teenage boy discovers a dark secret haunting his small town, he is faced with the decision to keep it to himself or expose it, knowing that he might risk losing his family’s business, friendships, and his first love.

Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is pregnant and feeling wholly ambivalent, despite her boyfriend’s pure enthusiasm. A committed techgeek, she fears she is more interested in ultrasound technology than in what’s being ultra-sounded. When her sister lures her to L.A. for what ends up being a terrorizing baby shower, Sarah keeps her rental van and hits the road in search of the source of her anxiety: her estranged mother, now living off the grid.

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Set against the grisly backdrop of the shocking TriState Crematory scandal in rural Georgia (for those who don’t recall: bodies were being dumped in the woods instead of being cremated), Sahkanaga is a coming-of-age drama that is at once seemingly fresh and also a throwback to the Southern Gothic fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers. Shot near the site of the events that inspired the story and employing untrained actors from the area, the film possesses a rare (and creepy) authenticity. Director John Henry Summerour captures the rural South like few other filmmakers have. –Clint Bowie

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USA / 2011 / 73 min

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Small, Beautifully Moving Parts takes a comic and poignant look at one woman’s coming-of-parenthood in the age of technology. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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Swamp Shark

Take Shelter

Yelling to the Sky

USA / 2011 / 85 min

USA / 2011 / 85 min

USA / 2011 / 102 min

DIR: Griff Furst WRITER: Charles Bolon, Jennifer Iwen, Eric Miller PROD: Kenneth M. Badish, Daniel Lewis CAM: Lorenzo Senatore ED: Matt Taylor

DIR/WRITER: Jeff Nichols PROD: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin CAM: Adam Stone ED: Parke Gregg

DIR/WRITER: Jeff Nichols PROD: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin CAM: Adam Stone ED: Parke Gregg

On a remote patch of swamp, an illegal animal smuggling deal goes bad and a vicious creature is released into the river. Meanwhile at the Broussard family-owned Gator Shack restaurant a disgruntled customer and their whole pen of gators are mangled to bits by whatever has gotten loose. In the commotion, Rachel Broussard, the head of the clan, catches a glimpse of a massive, armored shark. The crooked town sheriff pins the deaths that pile up on the Broussard’s “escaped” pack of gators—when he’s the one who brokered the shark deal to begin with. Unwilling to go down without a fight, Rachel and her family—with the help of a mysterious stranger named Charlie, take on the Swampshark in order to clear their names, save the restaurant, and prevent the unwitting folks at the upcoming Gator Fest from being torn to shreds. Starring Kristy Swanson and Robert Davi.

In writer/director Jeff Nichols’ drama Take Shelter, Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and six-year-old daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart), who is deaf. Curtis makes a modest living as a crew chief for a sand-mining company. Samantha is a stay-at-home mother and part-time seamstress who supplements their income by selling handmade wares at the flea market each weekend. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. He chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. The resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn’t compare to Curtis’ private fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes.

17-year-old Sweetness O’Hara (Zoe Kravitz) has arrived at the first of several life changing forks in the road. Being the daughter of mixed race parents in a less than tolerant community, she lives with an alcoholic and intermittently abusive father, and a mother suffering from a mental illness, the exact nature of which Sweetness is unsure. Her protective older sister, Ola, is pregnant, with no support from the child’s father. Yet, with all this chaos enveloping her, Sweetness takes her life into her own hands in a neighborhood where to become an adult, you first must survive as a teenager. Also starring Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

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An African Election

The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975

The Bully Project

SWITZERLAND, USA, GHANA / 2011 / 89 min

SWEDEN / 2011 / 92 min

USA / 2011 / 90 min

DIR: Jarreth J. Merz, Kevin Merz WRITERS: Erika Tasini, Shari Yantra Marcacci CAM: Topher Osborn ED: Samir Samperisi

DIR/WRITER/ED: Göran Olsson PROD: Annika Rogell ED: Hanna Lejonqvist

DIR/PROD/CAM: Lee Hirsch, Cynthia Lowen ED: Jenny Golden, Enat Sidi, Lindsay Utz

The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om’Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent AfricanAmerican artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle–including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles–give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution. Featuring music by The Roots and Michael Jackson.

Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each preresent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. The Bully Project follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids, and parents struggle to find answers, The Bully Project examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as prents, teachers, children and society as a whole.

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What happens when a too-close-to-call election takes place in Ghana, a country known for political unrest, corruption and violence? The answer: a thrill-ride examining the dangers and rewards of holding a fully democratic election. A highly political documentary, An African Election exposes the ins and outs of political electioneering taking place in much of Africa. Capturing the intrigue of the 2008 political campaigns, the film is set within the dramatic backdrop of a violent, uneasy time for the entire nation of Ghana. Can a third-world nation successfully hold a democratic election free of corruption? That question is made all the more significant given that the two parties featured in this film are willing to do almost anything to win and gain control of Ghana. Gain an unprecedented inside view of the political, economic and social forces at work within Ghana while exploring the pride and humanity of larger-than-life politicians and the citizens fighting for the rights of their country. –Clark Castle

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Sunday, October 16, at 9:00 p.m. Zeitgeist

Thursday, October 20, at 7:35 p.m. Theaters at Canal Place

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Fambul Tok Louisiana filmmaker

USA / 2011 / 93 min

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DIR/WRITER/PROD: Yoav Potash CAM/ED: Ben Ferrer, Yoav Potash Crime After Crime is the exclusive documentary film on the dramatic legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined African-American woman. Despite suffering many injustices and abuses, she remains an inspiring and upbeat individual, leading the gospel choir and teaching other inmates to read and write while behind bars. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when the case becomes a matter of life and death. The film was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the rights were acquired by Oprah Winfrey for the OWN Network.

USA / 2010 / 88 min

finalist

USA / 2011 / 82 min

finalist

DIR/WRITER/PROD: Ben Lemoine PROD: Katherine Cecil, Kami McDonald CAM: Leonel Mendez ED: Leonel Mendez, Justin DeLong

DIR: Sara Terry PROD: Sara Terry, Rory Kennedy, Libby Hoffman CAM: Henry Jacobson ED: Brian Singbiel

When Hurricane Katrina shredded the levees in New Orleans, the floodwaters took lives, homes, and a piece of the soul of the city. But when the water receded, it exposed the problems of the past, most vividly, the disastrous school system that robbed the futures from generations of people. And they decided not to rebuild that system, letting it sink into the soil with the storm water. Today, education in New Orleans is by far the most radical change since the storm–most of the public schools are run by private organizations. The dynamic transformation of an entire school system has never been attempted on this scale anywhere in the U.S. Some say it will be the model for education reform around the world. Others call it a risky project with children’s lives at stake. It has united political enemies and divided lifelong friends. It denounces the status quo. It promises something better. Only time will tell whether it will work. It is an experiment.

Victims and offenders of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time, to revive their ancient cultural practice of “fambul tok” (family talk) to address the horrors of the conflict. Rebuilding shattered lives and communities through truthtelling and forgiveness ceremonies at bonfires and in cleansing rituals used by their ancestors, Sierra Leoneans are also building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed. Neighbors and whole villages come to terms with rape, murder–and massacre, in a story that involves one of the most notorious alleged offenders of the war, Captain Mohammed Savage, who plays a surprising role in the film. Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals–and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

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*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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A Good Man

USA / 2010 / 88 min

USA / 2011 / 86 min

DIR/WRITERS/CAM/ED: Alex Shofner, Takashi Doscher PROD: Alex Shofner, Takashi Doscher, Kyle Maynard, Ted Leonsis, Rick Allen

DIR: Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn PROD: DIR/WRITER/PROD: Conni Castille CAM/ED: AlJoanna Rudnick, Rachel Pikelny CAM: Keith Walker lison Bohl ED: David E. Simpson In King Crawfish we watch the Cajun spirit pour A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choout on a communal table, even as the wild harvest reographer Bill T. Jones (Last Supper at Uncle is diminishing. At the 50-year old Breaux Bridge Tom’s Cabin, Still/Here, FELA!) as he and his Crawfish Festival we see everything Cajuns value company create their most ambitious work, an take to the stage: their language, music, food, original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham dance, and crawfish. Thousands, and thousands of Lincoln’s Bicentennial. Through two tumultuous pounds of the humble mudbug get served up at the years, we witness raw moments of frustration as festival, most coming from their natural habitat, the Jones struggles to communicate his vision to his Atchafalaya Basin. But in one small fishing comdancers and collaborators, as well as moments of munity in the Basin, crawfishermen fight to retain great exhilaration when movement transcends the their way of life. limitation of words. Jones and his company come face to face with America’s unresolved contradicIf the crawfishermen fail to preserve their right to tions about race, equality and the legacy of our fish and to bring back the free-flowing water that 16th President. Initially an indictment of The Great the Basin’s wildlife needs to survive, we could Emancipator, the work evolves into a triumph of be witnessing the last generation of wild harvest hope for our struggling democracy, with Jones crawfishermen, and the loss of the largest swamp revealing that Lincoln was “the only white man I in the United States. was allowed to love unconditionally.” Double feature with No One Ever Went Hungry: Cajun Food Traditions Then and Now.

A Fighting Chance explores wrestler Kyle Manard’s goal of fighting in an official Mixed Martial Arts match. The twist? Kyle was born without arms or legs and seeks a match against an able-bodied fighter – an aspiration some MMA officials and fighters disagree with. At age 23, Kyle became a top-ranked wrestler, ESPY award-winner, motivational speaker and bestselling author, but his latest goal proves highly controversial and even dangerous. He learns to man up to the greater challenge of the majority of the world seeing him as disabled.

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Kyle shows how difficult (and rewarding) life can be when every day is a challenge. Aside from his goal of earning an MMA fight, Kyle’s work with recovering military veterans plays a large part in his successful “No Excuses” philosophy. Explore his emotional journey from highly-regarded wrestler to the low-man-on-the-totem-pole MMA fighter training. Kyle’s story is an inspiration for all. –Clark Castle

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King Crawfish

A Fighting Chance

finalist

USA / 2011 / 52 min

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Monday, October 17, at 7:45 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Sunday, October 16, at noon Second Line Stages

finalist

Magic Trip

Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story

Miller’s Tale

USA / 2011 / 107 min

USA / 2011 / 83 min

USA / 2011 / 57 min

DIR: Alison Ellwood, Alex Gibney PROD: Will Clarke, Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes ED: Alison Ellwood

DIR/CAM: Patrick Sheehan WRITERS:Patrick Sheehan, Jared Shull PROD: Ganoon Weaver, Melanie Jeffcoat CAM: Patrick Sheehan ED: Jared Shull

DIR: Rebecca Marshall Ferris PROD: Stephen Scalese, Rebecca Marshall Ferris CAM: Jason Ferris ED: Bryan Gunnar Cole, Matthew Prinzing

In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set off on a legendary, LSD-fueled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He was joined by “The Merry Band of Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac’s On the Road, and the driver and painter of the psychedelic magic bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16mm, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With Magic Trip, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They worked with the Film Foundations, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history.

LSU fans rejoice! Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story chronicles the legacy of fabled (and often-criticized) LSU basketball coach (1972-1997) Dale Brown. From his battles with the NCAA, his successful campaign to have a prisoner released from Angola State Penitentiary, his efforts on behalf of Native Americans and his lifelong commitment to his players, Dale Brown is a man full of passion, humanity and fire. Featured in the documentary are well-known personalities including Matthew McConaughey, Shaquille O’Neal (one of Coach Brown’s most successful players), John Wooden, Dick Vitale and Tim Brando. Each personality offers their own unique perspective on Coach Brown’s effect on their lives, the game of college basketball and the sports world.

When Miller died in 2001, filmmaker Rebecca Marshall Ferris set out with a camera to find some answers. Through a personal and intimate narrative, Miller’s Tale examines the themes that weave our lives together: dreams of success, personal failure, passion for art, and small town pride. Featuring Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino, Stacy Keach, Bruce Dern, and William Friedkin. Funded by the Independent Television Service. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

*Filmmakers and subject of the film Dale Brown are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q+A after the first screening.

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Saturday, October 15, at 2:15 p.m. Prytania Theatre

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The story tells the tale of not a basketball coach, but a unique person whose compassion knows no boundaries. Relive Coach Brown’s thrilling highs and low points as coach of the LSU Tigers’ men’s basketball team. Geaux Tigers! –Clark Castle

Best known as Father Karras in The Exorcist, Jason Miller experienced a brief but brilliant period of national acclaim, then curiously abandoned Hollywood to return to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. The town reveled in the presence of its local celebrity but not many understood why he had come back. Why did this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who experienced such explosive beginnings never write a Broadway play again? And what happened to Jason in Hollywood that would make him run away?

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No One Ever Went Hungry: Undefeated Cajun Food Traditions Then & Now

Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression

USA / 2011 / 58 min

USA / 2011 / 110 min

USA / 2011 / 86 min

DIR/WRITER: Kevin McCaffrey PROD: Kevin McCaffrey, Neil Alexander CAM: Neil Alexander ED: Lenny Delbert This documentary explores the color, the rich tradition, the musical resonance and the fragrant food traditions in today’s Cajun Louisiana, a place where a unique community of people, in touch with their roots, has happily survived in the face of huge environmental compromises, coastal erosion and America’s biggest oil spill disaster.

DIR/CAM/ED: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin PROD: Ed Cunningham, Seth Gordon, Daniel Lindsaw, Rich MiddlemasChandra ED: Shannon Kennedy, Sakae Ishikawa

DIR/CAM: Max Good PROD: Max Good, Nathan Wollman

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Cajun foodways are a cultural continuum, starting with the traditions imported to the Louisiana landscape by Acadian immigrants of French descent, mixed with existing Native Americans, and German, Spanish, Isleno and Irish settler practices; and influenced by the range of minority immigrant populations co-existing in this place. All of these cultural ingredients, mixed with the accessibility of improving cooking technology, and the population’s inherent pragmatism and willingness to experiment, have been shaped and refined by the richly productive wetland and prairie habitats of the region. The film looks at the role of music, the actual use of seasoning (not over-spicing), industrious food related business people and fishermen on their boats. Festivals, Mardi Gras, a boucherie and backyard crab boil all come together in a startlingly vivid and intimate picture of these unique people. It is a picture few in Louisiana have ever seen in this way. Double feature with King Crawfish. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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Set against the backdrop of a football season, Undefeated is a coming-of-age vérité documentary centering on three underpriviledged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and an unexpected volunteer coach who struggles to provide them with the discipline, resources and inspiration they’ll need to not only overcome their bleak surroundings, but also to win the first playoff game in the high school’s 110-year history. Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, Undefeated is an irresistible tale of the underdog without the mawkishness that usually attends such fare. The Weinstein Company snapped rights at this year’s SXSW fest with the intent of remaking it as a “major motion picture.” Here’s an opportunity to see the diamond in the rough.

Thursday, October 20 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies

A new breed of crime-fighter now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante. These dedicated blight-warriors stop at nothing to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art, stickers, tags, and posters. Yet several of these vigilantes have become the very menace they set out to eliminate. In their relentless attempt to stamp out graffiti, they have turned to illegally and destructively painting other people’s property. Vigilante Vigilante is the story of two filmmakers who set out to expose these mysterious characters and discover a battle of expression that stretches from the streets to academia. One of the “vigilantes” profiled in the documentary is Fred Radtke of New Orleans, commonly referred to as the “Gray Ghost.” In 2008, Radtke was arrested by a National Guardsman for painting out a colorful graffiti mural that had been sanctioned by the property owner. In a city known for colorful expression, he is often seen as the bad guy. World-renowned street artist Banksy came to New Orleans and battled with Radtke, creating stencils of him in action and mocking his efforts to eliminate creativity on the streets. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Monday, October 17, at 9:15 p.m. Prytania Theater

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Who the Hell Is Tony Green?

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Zero Percent

USA / 2011 / 54 min

USA / 2011 / 80 min

USA / 2011 / 92 min

DIR/WRITER/PROD/CAM: Todd Grove ED: Chrispin Barnes

DIR: Nikki Frakes, Will Hess, Terry Dougas WRITER: Nikki Frakes, Will Hess PROD: Nikki Frakes, Will Hess, Terry Douglas, Paris Latsis CAM: Keyan Safyari ED: Nikki Frakes, Nicholas Stitch

DIR/WRITER: Tim Skousen PROD: Robert Fernandez, Tim Skousen CAM: Ed Stephenson ED: Mitch Gerbus

Tony Green is a New Orleans artist, musician, patriot and independent thinker. This is a documentary of his art, music, politics and unique life. Tony Green was born in Italy, grew up in New Orleans, and has traveled the world with his Gypsy Jazz, portraits and perspective. One thing is for certain: Everyone who has had the opportunity to meet and know Tony has something to say about him. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Saturday, October 15, at noon Second Line Stages

With Great Power explores the life of Stan Lee from the early days of his Depression-era upbringing through the Marvel age of comics. The film uncovers original transcripts, illustrations, photographs and stories of Lee’s journey from his early years at Timely Comics, his military service, the comic book industry’s censorship battle of the 1950s, the dawn of Marvel Comics and the legendary characters Stan co-created, to his current company POW! Entertainment. The film is told through the words of Stan himself and numerous interviews with comic book creators, actors, film producers, family and friends. It paints a portrait of a man whose creativity knows no bounds and whose characters have grown from humble beginnings in the pages of Marvel Comics in the early 1960s to power house properties in all media including film, television, video games, toys and beyond.

Offering a unique way of dealing with recidivism, the Hudson Link program has produced astounding results through the transformative power of education. Prisoners at the notorious Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York are given a full college education within the confines of the prison walls. The results will leave you amazed at the success rate of this groundbreaking educational program. The program also presents an interesting moral and societal conundrum: Do convicted criminals deserve a college degree in a world where the average family struggles to finance a non-criminal child’s education? The film gives viewers rare access within the walls of the facility and into the lives of the prisoners participating in Hudson Link. Explore the intense prison life and challenges for the inmates hoping to earn not only their college degree, but societal redemption – and ultimately, forgiveness. –Clark Castle

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Sunday, October 16, at 2:40 p.m. Second Line Stages Monday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. Chalmette Movies

Saturday, October 15, at 1:40 p.m. Second Line Stages

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At 88 years old, Stan Lee’s name appears on more than one billion comics in 75 nations in 25 languages. Arguably the most recognized name in comics, Stan has co-created over 500 legendary pop culture characters including: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, etc.

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DATE

2011 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16

MONDAY OCTOBER 17

TIME 10 AM

10:00 PITCH PERFECT: DOCUMENTARY (90 MIN)

10:30 FILMMAKER BRUNCH

11 AM

11:30 PITCH PERFECT: NARRATIVE (90 MIN) 12:00 ANIMATED SHORTS (70 MIN)

12:00 THE END IS NEAR (94 MIN)

12 PM

12:00 WHO THE HELL IS TONY GREEN? (58 MIN) 12:05 COMEDY SHORTS (78 MIN)

12:00 KING CRAWFISH (48 MIN) + CAJUN FOOD (56 MIN) 12:05 SOUTHERN GOTHIC (96 MIN) 12:30 MY FRIEND OSCAR (118 MIN)

1:00 FILM ECOLOGY CONVERSATION (90 MIN)

1 PM 1:30 CITIZEN VOICES PANEL (90 MIN) 1:40 ZERO PERCENT (104 MIN) 1:45 AFRICAN ELECTION (105 MIN)

2 PM

2:00 LA SHORTS 3 (97 MIN)

2:10 LA SHORTS 1 (94 MIN)

2:15 MAN IN THE GLASS: THE DALE BROWN STORY (90 MIN)

2:15 THE EXPERIMENT (88 MIN)

2:30 LETTING GO (115 MIN)

2:20 (A)SEXUAL (88 MIN)

2:30 I’M CAROLYN PARKER (91 MIN)

2:30 NO FLOODWALL HERE (73 MIN) 2:30 DOC SHORTS (77 MIN) 3:00 - 5:25 CITIZEN VOICES BREAKOUT SESSIONS (145 MIN)

3 PM

2:40 WITH GREAT POWER (80 MIN) 3:10 LA SHORTS 2 (97 MIN)

4 PM

4:00 DISFARMER (70 MIN)

5 PM

4:05 EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS (94 MIN) 4:05 XOXO RELATIONSHIP SHORTS (80 MIN)

4:15 MARATHON BOY (110 MIN)

4:25 KEVIN + BELOW NY (68 MIN)

4:30 GETTING OUTER SPACE (100 MIN)

5:00 MAGIC TRIP (90 MIN)

4:30 LETTING GO (115 MIN)

5:20 MAN IN THE GLASS: THE DALE BROWN STORY (90 MIN) 5:25 DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (77 MIN)

4:45 FLOOD STREETS (85 MIN)

5:30 LA SHORTS 1 (94 MIN)

6 PM

4:30 JAZZMAN’S JAZZMAN (80 MIN)

6:40 THE ARTIST (100)

5:50 PUPPET (85 MIN)

4:45 GROWING PAINS (90 MIN)

6:15 WE WERE HERE (103 MIN)

6:45 A DANGEROUS METHOD (99 MIN) 6:50 A DANGEROUS METHOD (99 MIN)

6:00 FOREIGN SHORTS (81 MIN)

5:00 LA DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (94 MIN)

6:30 FOREIGN SHORTS (81 MIN)

6:40 I’M CAROLYN PARKER (91 MIN)

6:30 96 MINUTES (98 MIN)

6:45 CINE LATINO: LA HORA CERO (114 MIN) 7:00 WITH GREAT POWER (80 MIN) 7:15 CRIME AFTER CRIME (100 MIN)

6:00 MILLER’S TALE (58 MIN)

7:00 BARRACUDA (94 MIN)

6:30 LIKE CRAZY (90 MIN)

7:00 PORCH: KINYARWANDA (115 MIN)

7:50 A FIGHTING CHANCE (101 MIN)

6:50 MELANCHOLIA (136 MIN)

7:30 LOUISIANA FAIRYTALE (70 MIN)

7:30 BRAWLER (92 MIN)

8:00 SAHKANAGA (80 MIN)

6:50 YELLING TO THE SKY (105 MIN)

7:45 A GOOD MAN (90 MIN)

7:30 TABLOID (87 MIN)

8:00 SCENE MAGAZINE - A FILM/ FASHION AFFAIR

7:00 TABLOID (87 MIN)

8:45 THE BIG FIX (90 MIN)

8:40 LORD BYRON (110 MIN)

7:00 BENDA BILILI (95 MIN)

8:30 RELATIONSHIP SHORTS (80 MIN)

8:45 TAKE SHELTER (120 MIN)

9:30 HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (90 MIN)

7:30 TREME CONVERSATIONAWARDS CEREMONY

9:00 NOAH’S CANOE (75 MIN)

8:45 OPENING NIGHT PARTY AT THE COLUMNS HOTEL

9:45 TAKE SHELTER (120 MIN)

8:20 LIKE CRAZY (90 MIN)

9:15 VIGILANTE, VIGILANTE (86 MIN)

8:55 A DANGEROUS METHOD (99 MIN)

9:50 96 MINUTES (110 MIN)

9:00 BLACK POWER MIX TAPE (100 MIN)

9:30 TABLOID (87 MIN)

9:05 LIKE CRAZY (90 MIN)

9:30 YELLING AT THE SKY (105 MIN)

10 PM

9:10 THE MORTICIAN

9:30 GETTING OUTER SPACE (100 MIN)

12 AM

9:30 BARRACUDA (94 MIN)

7 PM 8 PM 9 PM

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MIDNIGHT HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (90 MIN)

MIDNIGHT SWAMP SHARK (85 MIN)

9:30 I LOVE LOUISIANA DAY PARTY @ LOA

KEY CODE TUESDAY OCTOBER 18

Prytania Theatre

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 THURSDAY OCTOBER 20 TIME 10 AM

5339 Prytania Street

11 AM Theaters at CP 12 PM

333 Canal Street, 3rd floor

CAC 900 Camp Street

1 PM

Chalmette Movies 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Ste D

Victory Theater 945 Magazine Street

2 PM

2:30 EAMES (81 MIN)

2:30 BRIGHTON ROCK

Humanities Center 938 Lafayette Street

2:30 HEDGEHOG (98 MIN)

Zeitgeist 3 PM

4 PM

1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

Second Line Stages 800 Richard Street

5:00 PEOPLE SAY PROJECT

(Happy Hour @ 5; Conversation @ 6)

5:25 SOUTERN GOTHIC (96 MIN)

5:30 ANIMATED SHORTS (70 MIN)

5:25 THE END IS NEAR (94 MIN)

5:30 EAMES (81 MIN)

5:35 MARATHON BOY (100 MIN)

5:30 LA SHORTS 2 (96 MIN)

5:30 LA DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (94 MIN)

5:45 MELANCHOLIA (136 MIN)

5:30 FLORESTINE COLLECTION (45 MIN)

6:00 FLORESTINE COLLECTION (45 MIN)

6:00 THE EXPERIMENT

5:45 HOW MUCH DOES THIS BUILDING WEIGH (93 MIN)

6:30 LA SHORTS 3

6:30 DISFARMER (70 MIN)

6:00 BEST OF THE FEST SHORTS

6:30 REJOICE AND SHOUT

7:00 AMERICAN TEACHER

6:30 WISH ME AWAY (103 MIN)

7:00 THE BIG FIX

7:00 TABLOID (87 MIN) 7:35 BRIGHTON ROCK (111 MIN)

7:15 MY FRIEND OSCAR (118 MIN) 7:25 SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS (85 MIN)

5 PM

Harrah’s Theatre 8 Canal Street

6 PM

NOCCA 800 Chartres Street

Ashé Cultural 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

7:00 SWELL SEASON (91 MIN) 7:00 UNDEFEATED (120 MIN)

7:40 MATCHING JACK (103 MIN)

7:45 BEATBOXING (95)

7:35 THE BULLY PROJECT (90 MIN)

7:45 FAMBUL TOK (102 MIN)

8:15 PUPPET (80 MIN)

7:35 LORD BYRON (110 MIN)

8:00 MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE (90 MIN)

8:20 HEDGEHOG (96 MIN)

7:45 MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (120 MIN)

8:00 IFN/NOFA EVENT @ BLUE NILE

9:25 A JAZZMAN’S JAZZMAN

8:00 ENCORE SCREENING

8:30 OIL ON FILM (81 MIN)

9:30 HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2

9:00 BLACK POWER MIX TAPE (100 MIN)

9:00 AN ORDINARY FAMILY (100 MIN)

9:45 EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS (94 MIN)

9:20 LOUISIANA FAIRYTALE

9:30 SWAMP SHARK (85 MIN)

9:30 PUPPET PARTY @ BIG TOP

9:30 THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE

9:45 MAGIC TRIP (90 MIN)

9:30 CLOSING NIGHT PARTY @ LA THAI

9:45 A FIGHTING CHANCE (101 MIN)

10:00 WEEKEND (105 MIN)

9:50 WEEKEND (105 MIN)

10:15 ENCORE SCREENING

7 PM

7th Ward Center

8 PM

1910 Urquhart Street

Cafe Istanbul 9 PM 2372 St. Claude Avenue (Inside the New Orleans Healing Center)

Parties 10 PM 59

Louisiana Documentary Shorts

Cade

Streetcar

USA / 2011 / 9 min

UK / 2010 / 18 min

DIR: Tony Ledet finalist

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A look inside the life of family with a child suffering from severe autism. Through the happy moments and everyday struggles, we find a humorous and sometimes heartwrenching account.

Streetcar is a concise and quietly observed film that takes you through the lives of the passengers and the mechanics of this mode of public transport, and the significance it has placed in their lives.

DIR: James Page

Sunday, October 16, at 5:00 p.m. CAC Tuesday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Chasing Dreams: A Leah Chase Story

Mrs. Carmella Prays Shrimp and USA / 2011 / 7 min Petroleum

USA / 2011 / 27 min DIR: William Sabourin O’Reilly finalist

DIR: Patrick Jackson / Daneeta Loretta Jackson finalist

USA / 2011 / 32 min

A heart-warming glimpse into the life of Chef Leah Chase, who at 88 continues to fight every day for human dignity with inspiring energy and joy.

In her extended Italian Catholic family, 89-year-old Mrs. Carmella is the last survivor of her generation of Depression-era babies. Making peace with the notion that her death is imminent, she settles into a meditative prayer ritual that includes family, neighbors, and, well, the entire world.

It’s the long-awaited 75th anniversary of the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, the oldest chartered harvest festival in the state of Louisiana. There’s just one problem: a little over 100 miles away, the cataclysmic BP oil spill is still being mopped up. Can the party still go on?

*Filmmakers and subject scheduled to attend.

*Filmmakers and subject scheduled to attend.

WORLD PREMIERE

WORLD PREMIERE

*Filmmakers and subject scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Louisiana Narrative Shorts 1 Devin’s Ward

T H E 2 2 ND A NNU A L NEW O RLE A NS F ILM F ESTIV A L

USA / 2010 / 8 min finalist

DIR: David Lee / Rex New finalist

Sunday, October 16, at 2:10 p.m. Prytania Theatre Monday, October 17, at 5:25 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

DIR: Michael Gottwald Twelve-year-old Devin and his mom have recently returned home to New Orleans. On the eve of her birthday, Devin’s mother tells him to stay home after school—instead, he goes on a personal mission around the neighborhood.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Destiny lives Down the Road USA / 2011 / 21 min finalist

Nobody But Her USA / 2011 / 7 min

DIR: Patrick Jackson / Daneeta Loretta Jackson Small-town life proves tiresome to seventeen-year-old Destiny. Deadbeat dad, alcoholic mother, her fantasy is to dance her way out of her predicament. When she joins a dance school after a five-year hiatus, hard choices must be made.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend. DIR: Phillip Jordan Brooks The terrifying story of eight-year-old Great and her abusive grandmother. After her grandmother’s strange death, two detectives work to unravel the mystery by questioning the young girl, leading them to discover the unsettling truth.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

In The Garden USA / 2011 / 21 min finalist

Holding His Rabbits USA / 2011 / 10 min finalist

The Price of Flowers USA / 2010 / 16 min finalist

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DIR: Zac Manuel Desire and disillusionment devastate a young couple in this modern spin on a classic tale set in paradise. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

DIR: Ji Un Choi Set over one day in the rural terrain of yesteryear, William, a lovelorn woodsman is tormented by his wife’s detachment.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend. DIR: Ashley Charbonnet Red, a New Orleans street hustler, sells carnations to keep himself and his disabled lover alive, but when he is stripped of the little he has, his will is tested.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Louisiana Narrative Shorts 2

Endangered

The Silver Baron

USA / 2010 / 19:57 min DIR: Christopher Wade

USA / 2010 / 6 min DIR: David Beier

Sunday, October 16, at 3:10 p.m. CAC Thursday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Where Strippers go to Die USA / 2010 / 20 min

Moon Pie

Orange Appeal

USA / 2011 / 9 min DIR: John Alden Patton

USA / 2011 / 8:20 min DIR: David LeBlanc

Jones Marshall rumbles through his cluttered doublewide searching for a missing Moon Pie, the consumption of which is the centerpiece of his morning ritual. Along the way he encounters all six residing family members.

Patrick is a kleptomaniac with a penchant for oranges. When confronted by the cashier, the two find chemistry. When he returns for the cashier’s number, will he steal an orange or the cashier’s heart?

DIR: Ed Holub After an alien attack, Jen’s perfect life culminates in the loss of her fiancé and her legs. Confronting an apocalyptic world, Jen places her trust in the man who saves her and nurses her to health. Can two strangers find happiness in a world on the brink of destruction?

Howard is an elderly former fighter pilot bound to a wheelchair. In an attempt to recreate the thrill of soaring through the he air, Howard decides to zoom down the side of Mount Washington on his wheelchair.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Out of True USA / 2011 / 28:15 min finalist

When a beautiful New Orleans stripper suffers an untimely demise, the investigation into her death reveals the dark world of the club and the secrets of its colorful inhabitants. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

DIR: Andrew Bryan Mark, a wedding photographer who recently had his heart broken, meets Ashley one night while taking a candid photograph of her on the street. Mark falls for her almost instantly but soon discovers that she recently became homeless. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Louisiana Narrative Shorts 3

Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m. Zeitgeist

DIR: JonGunnar Gylfason Jimmy has hit rock bottom. He is behind on paying his debts, the mother of his child wants him to babysit and the hot waitress doesn’t want anything to do with him. One night, he puts his hand into a machine to get workers compensation. Little does Jimmy know that the rules have changed… *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

DIR: Kd Amond

DIR: Franklin Fehrman A vacuum salesman from Ann Arbor comes down to the Crescent City and finds only the succubus ghost of Madame Bovary, the infamous witch in New Orleans history. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

DIR: Avi Glick

Lavender and Peroxide USA / 2011 / 15 min

Ginster-Automat in Der Leer USA / 2011 / 19 min

Legends

A young man is given the opportunity to spend a few moments with his infatuation. But beneath the surface, something’s not quite right. Shot on 8mm. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

USA / 2010 / 5 min

DIR: Brian Nelson

Keeper of the Flame

Young Michael expectantly becomes the big chief of a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian gang, and must take on his older uncle to prove his worthiness. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

USA / 2011 / 30 min

DIR: Robbin Michael Wagner

The Contemptuous Ruby

This film takes a tried and true concept of treachery and sexual debauchery and spins it into a well-defined psycho thriller with a classic story line, taking place in the dark and steamy French Quarter. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

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Jerry is an obsessive-compulsive germaphobe who must fulfill an ultimatum by asking the first girl that speaks to him out on a date. This person happens to be a quirky and unorganized woman. What could go wrong? *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Fingers USA / 2010 / 23 min

USA / 2010 / 15 min

DIR: Carlos Bilbe

Jack’s Last Fandango

When an interior designer Thierry Bison receives a panicked call, he must call on the one person he knows who can fix the situation... Winner of the 2011 New Orleans 48 Hour Filmmaker Project. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

USA / 2011 / 8 min

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Southern Gothic Shorts

Sunday, October 16, at 12:05 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Tuesday, October 18, at 5:25 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Pillow

Foot Soldier

Old Oak

Terrebonne

Henley

USA / 2011 / 18:28 min DIR: Joshua Miller / Miles Miller finalist

USA / 2011 / 19 min

USA / 2011 / 14:57 min

USA / 2010 / 14 min

USA / 2010 / 11:27 min

DIR: Jon Bryant Crawford finalist

DIR: Kevin Jones

DIR: Jeremy Craig finalist

DIR: Craig Macneill finalist

Emmit, a door-to-door Bible salesman, pays penitence by putting gravel in his shoes. Along his route, he meets a series of quirky characters that lead him to a new way of celebrating faith.

Set in 1956, Old Oak tells the story of a death row prisoner who is granted permission to eat his final meal at a favorite diner. Honey, the waitress’ 10-year-old daughter, observes closely and narrates the story as the evening unfolds.

This beautifully shot short tells the story of siblings who encounter unexpected trouble when they venture deep into the Louisiana swamp in search of the mythic ivory-billed woodpecker.

Meet nine-year-old Ted Henley—budding motel manager, and roadkill entrepreneur. When the motel cash register starts to run dry, Ted decides to turn his attention to collecting bigger game.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

A tale of two brothers who will stop at nothing to please their overbearing mother. When she demands a new pillow, the brothers set out on a journey only to find the answer in the sky above. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Growing Pains

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Sunday, October 16, at 4:45 p.m. Zeitgeist

Short films that focus on growing up and coming of age.

Benny

DIR: Huay-Bing Law

USA / 2011 / 15:20 min finalist

Benny is an introverted, overweight teenager who decides to reconnect with an old crush from the past—now a personal trainer. When they see each other again for the first time in years, the two reminisce on old times giving Benny the motivation to change himself.

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In Attendance: Huay-Bing Law

After the Shearing

DIR: Vanessa Rojas

USA / 2009 / 10:30 min

A young girl living on a sheep farm learns of her mother’s battle with cancer and tries to save her by making a magical potion.

In Attendance: Vanessa Rojas

Figs

DIR: Anu Valia

USA / 2011 / 20 min

Amidst the desolate farmland-turned-industrial wastelands of Indiana, Annie, a dejected and lonely girl, searches for someone or something to care about. She finds friendship in a mysterious little boy.

WORLD PREMIERE

In Attendance: Anu Valia

The Lost Explorer

DIR: Tim Walker

UK / 2010 / 20 min finalist

A little girl finds an anthropologist from Africa dying of malaria in the garden behind her London home and manages to keep his existence, his death and burial a secret from her parents.

Homecoming

DIR: Gursimran Sandhu

USA / 2011 / 20:03 min

When Nina Patel is nominated to represent her eighth grade class at homecoming, she’s thrilled. But when trying to convince her traditional Indian parents to let her go to the dance, she discovers her father in a compromising position.

In Attendance: Gursimran Sandhu

What to Bring to America USA / 2010 / 14:29 min

DIR: Christophe Nassif Helen, an Ethiopian immigrant living in Los Angeles, is pressured by her family and tradition to take a decision as the moment approaches for her daughter’s “coming-of-age.”

In Attendance: Christophe Nassif

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XOXO (Exes and Ohs)

Saturday, October 15, at 4:05 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Monday, October 17, at 8:30 p.m. Zeitgeist

Short films about the difficulty of relationships

The Argument

Ex-Sex

USA / 2011 / 12 min

USA / 2011 / 9 min finalist

DIR: Clara Aranovich

WORLD PREMIERE Edouard, a Frenchman stuck in New Orleans, has just had a colossal argument. The mother of his infant child has left him without a wallet and with their baby wailing in need of diapers. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

DIR: Michael Mohan

Two former lovers navigate their fizzled relationship by confusing their emotional needs with their physical desires. Ex-sex makes it better. Ex-sex makes it worse.

The Bird Spider (La Migala)

Loft

Babyland

USA / 2010 / 8:08 min

Spain / 2011 / 14 min finalist DIR: Jaime Dezcallar

DIR: Elizabeth Wood

USA / 2010 / 27:46 min finalist

A brokenhearted man seeks for something—anything— to bring feeling back to his numb state of existence. He buys a bird spider, the most poisonous of tarantulas, and sets him free in the house…making every day a life or death struggle.

An unsatisfied Brooklynite tries to discover the excitement she longs for by inviting a guy from her block into her loft while her boyfriend is away.

Comedy and Musical Shorts DIR: Michele Chivu A young couple responds to the economic crises by moving into a retirement home. This short satire follows the couple as they balance their retirement home lifestyle with their day jobs.

DIR: Marc Fratello

*Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Tortured soul Amber Dvorsky seeks love and beyond in in Upstate N.Y. By day she strolls baby stores, bonding with local expectant mothers. By night she plots her escape, and for the life of her own she has long been designing. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Saturday, October 15, at 12:05 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

American House USA / 2010 / 11 min

*Filmmaker in attendance. DIR: Andrew Bowler

DIR: Rider Strong / Shiloh Strong After they discover they were both fantasy geeks as kids, Shane and Cooper decide to spend a night playing Dungeons and Dragons. But they can’t remember the rules, so they invite a true gamer to help them. When he shows up in a cape, things get awkward very quickly...

DIR: Marcus Dineen Communicating only by winking, Martin enjoys a lifestyle of pampering at Calm Springs Rest and Recuperation Center, where he has everyone fooled into believing he is completely paralyzed. However, everything changes when a mysterious new nurse starts working at the center.

DIR: Phillippe Lupien / Vincent Ethier The Devil pays a visit to a man who never did anything good nor bad the day before his death, to tempt him into joining him in the underworld. “The Devil Himself” is a short musical about death, lonelyness and redemption…

Time Freak USA / 2010 / 11 min

The Dungeon Master USA / 2011 / 13 min

The Winking Boy Australia / 2010 / 15 min

The Devil Himself (Le diable en personne)

Canada / 2011 / 10 min finalist

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Stillman, a neurotic inventor, builds a time machine. Instead of using his machine to explore past civilizations as he’s always dreamed, he begins obsessing over all the dumb things he did and said just a few hours ago.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend. DIR: Grant Reed Alex is class president. Katie is valedictorian. They’re perfect for each other. They’re also twin brother and sister. This year’s prom is going to be interesting…

Incest! The Musical USA / 2011 / 23 min

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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Shorts: “The End Is Near”

Sunday, October 16, at noon Theatres at Canal Place Thursday, October 20, at 5:25 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

This collection of shorts deals with end times: impending losses, the rapture, approaching foreclosure dates, your own demise.

The Kook

The Interview

Shoot the Moon

How It Ended

The Candidate

USA / 2011 / 17:45 min

USA / 2011 / 12 min

USA / 2011 / 26 min finalist

USA / 2011 / 17:45 min

USA / 2010 / 11:27 min

DIR: Nat Livingston / Gregory Mitnick

DIR: Michelle Steffes

DIR: Alexander Gaeta

DIR: Gabriel Nussbaum

DIR: David Karlak

Fa is a gentle and unassuming member of an eccentric religious sect. On the eve of her group’s scheduled “departure from Earth” Fa discovers that their leader, who appears as an alien hologram, is crossing signals with Malcolm, a man who lives close by.

Sam Cohen makes his way across an apocalyptic Los Angeles to interview for a position at a radio station. When he meets Howard, the de-facto czar of broadcast media, he realizes that sometimes it’s hard to get the job, even when you’re the only one applying for it.

Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and now an imminent home foreclosure, she has nowhere to turn but to the hope of a miracle.

A fatally ill woman (played by Debra Winger) has decided to end her own life. Her husband is willing to help. They invite a young friend to join them for what should be a calm and civilized final evening…

Burton Grunzer—a hyperaggressive and confident dealmaker—lives in the pressure cooker of a Fortune 500 company. His hard work and tenacity guarantee him a place at the top, but one man threatens everything that he’s built... Someone’s days at the company are numbered.

*Filmmaker in attendance.

WORLD PREMIERE

*Filmmaker in attendance.

Foreign Shorts Program Mommy’s Little Helper (Mamis kleiner helfer) Germany / 2011 / 11 min finalist

My Other Half (Mi otra mitad) T H E 2 2 ND A NNU A L NEW O RLE A NS F ILM F ESTIV A L

Spain / 2010 / 18 min finalist

The Bench (La Panchina) Italy / 2010 / 5 min

Saturday, October 15, at 6:00 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place Monday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. Zeitgeist DIR: Michale Lavelle A dark psychological thriller about Catherine, the forty-something wife of a Berlin diplomat. Preoccupied over her pear-shaped body, Catherine masks her insecurities with the charms of a privileged life. Her daughter Ailish catches on to her mother’s dark mentality.

DIR: Beatriz Sanchis Adrián and Andrea have been linked from the very moment they were born. A weird optical deformity makes them see the world in an incomplete but complementary way.

DIR: Massimiliano Battistella Walking precariously on the top of a skyscraper, a young man falls in love with a mysterious girl deeply plunged in her reading.

In Attendance: Marco Pascucci / Sara Nicolini

Words (ORD)

DIR: Sven Vinge

Denmark / 2011 / 15 min

Who is more guilty—the man behind the idea of a murder or the man who acts upon it? In this black & white thriller, a harmless stranger knocks on the door of a best-selling author. Things go awry as the stranger-turned-fanatic seeks revenge. –Danielle Calle

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*Filmmaker in attendance.

Fatum!

DIR: Pablo Millan

Spain / 2010 / 9 min

“Fatum is the boundless force of opposition against free will,” said F. Nietzsche. After reading bad news in the morning paper, a man becomes a victim of his own fears.

Angels in the Snow (Engle i Sneen)

DIR: Sven Vinge

Denmark / 2011 / 25 min

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Two brothers meet at their recently deceased father’s farm. Klavs is a seemingly responsible family man and Jens has just been released from prison. They cope with their father’s death in very different ways, but slowly, their roles change.

*Filmmaker in attendance.

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Narrative Shorts Screening with Feature Films DIR: C.R. Reisser In the spring of 2008, a shocking wave of xenophobic attacks against foreign immigrants spread across South Africa, leading to the deaths of 62 people and the displacement of over 40,000.

DIR: Jonas Carpignano Willy Jones (played by Michael Kenneth Williams, “Omar” from The Wire) is a single father in southern Louisiana who traps nutria to make ends meet. When a local landowner suspects him of poaching on his property, desperation, need and an unwanted confrontation drive him to take drastic measures. In Attendance: Jonas Carpignano

DIR: Neil LaBute People are not who they seem in this short film penned by Neil LaBute. When a young woman (Julia Stiles) meets the wife of her boyfriend to ask what is really going on in their relationship, she’s in for a big surprise.

Protect the Nation

(w/ Kinyarwanda) South Africa, Germany / 2010 / 18:04 min

Bayou Black

(screens w/ Lord Byron) USA / 2010 / 12 min

Sexting

(w/ Matching Jack) USA / 2010 / 13 min

In Attendance: Tim Harms

DIR: Marc Slobada / Jay Hurst As Christmas approaches, a family of four go through some troubles—a mysterious woman haunts dad’s psyche causing his son to see him in a different light, mom’s obsessing over stray hairs, and their daughter’s concerned with the asymmetry of her legs

DIR: Evan Houston

Christmas Tree: A Story in Five Parts

(screens w/ Small, Beautifully Moving Parts) USA / 2011 / 18 min

A Love Supreme

Recently released from prison, former high school basketball star Saul is hopeful to meet his daughter, Abigail, for the first time. When he learns that she is unaware of his existence, he struggles to decide what role he will now play in her life.

(screens w/ Yelling to the Sky)

DIR: Bernardo Nascimento

North Atlantic

DIR: Todd Looby Joshua is a seven-year-old Liberian war orphan new to a Christian Mission. When a baby goat goes missing, he finds himself on the edge between the loss of his past and a future of hope.

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UK, Portugal / 2010 / 15 min finalist

The Son of None

(w/ African Election) Liberia / 2009 / 16 min

In Attendance: Todd Looby / Dan Schiller

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An isolated air-traffic controller in an island off the Azores archipelago receives a transatlantic emergency signal from a lost plane. As the engagement with the lone pilot unfolds, it emerges that their newfound friendship will not last through the night.

USA / 2010 / 8:30 min finalist

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Documentary Shorts Program

Palindrome (Capicúa) Charcoal Burners Spain / 2010 / 3 min (Smolarze) Poland / 2010 / 15 min DIR: Roger Villarroya

Kudzu Vine USA / 2011 / 20 min finalist DIR: Josh Gibson

DIR: Piotr Zlotorowicz A meditation on the lives of three-year-olds in a nursery told through the images of the elderly in a Spanish nursing home.

An intimate look at the daily (and sooty!) routine of two aging charcoal burners who live and work in rural Poland. Cut off from society, their lives are pared down to single-word communication.

Missed Connections USA / 2010 / 9 min

An ode to the climbing, trailing, and coiling species, Pueraria lobata. Photographed in black and white 16mm and hand processed, this film radiates the luminance of early cinema through images of kudzu-covered forms.

Sunday, October 16, at 2:30 p.m. Zeitgeist Monday, October 17, at 5:25 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Day of Rememberance

Broken Doors

One day a year, the entire nation of Israel stops for a few moments of silence and homage for the Jews who died in the Holocaust.

A young, homeless couple struggles to survive on the streets of Hollywood. An unexpected pregnancy has them attempting to rise above their circumstances as they maintain dignity in a relentless environment.

USA / 2010 / 35 min USA, Israel / 2011 / 4:24 min in competition DIR: Goro Toshima DIR: Charles(Chad) Cobb Jr.

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DIR: Mary Robertson A short documentary that peers inside the popular online messages-in-a-bottle forums found on Craiglist that ponders whether lost love can be found again. *Filmmakers in attendance.

Documentary Shorts Screening w/ Feature Films The Thing That Happened (screens w/ Fambul Tok) THE 22ND ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

USA / 2010 / 28:12 min

The Spirit of the Bluebird (screens w/ Crime After Crime) Canada / 2011 / 6 min finalist

The First Interview (screens w/ Disfarmer) Australia / 2011 / 15 min

The Dancer (screens w/ Marathon Boy) USA / 2010 / 11 min finalist

Minka

(screens w/ How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?)

DIR: Andrew Waltson Hope North Secondary and Vocation School, located in Northern Uganda, struggles to provide a home and an education for children displaced by the civil war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UDPF).

DIR: Xstine Cook & Jesse Gouchey Life and art intertwine in this beautiful commemoration of aboriginal mother Gloria Black Plume. Cree artist Jesse Gouchey uses spray paint on the wood fence where Gloria was brutally murdered to portray an animated bluebird in flight giving us a glimpse of a woman lost to violence and injustice. *Filmmakers in attendance.

DIR: Dennis Tupicoff The world’s first media interview, shot in Paris in August 1886, finally comes to life as a film. The great photographer Nadar interviews the famous scientist and skeptic Chevreul on his 100th birthday. They discuss photography, color theory, Moliere, the scientific method, the crazy ideas of balloonists, and of course, how to live for 100 years. Narrated by renowned French filmmaker Agnés Varda.

DIR: Seth Stark A young orphan boy in India struggles through strife and circumstance to make a better life for himself. *Filmmaker in attendance.

DIR: Davina Pardo A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.

USA / 2011 / 15 min finalist

Irma (screens w/ Fighting Chance) USA, Mexico / 2010 / 12 min finalist

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DIR: Charles Fairbanks Irma is an intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling. Filmed in Mexico City, Irma’s story surges with love and deceit, masculine strength, feminine charms, and an extraordinary sense of humor.

Oil on Film Shorts about the Oil Spill

Tuesday, October 18, at 8:30 p.m. Zeitgeist

Waiting for Oil

DIR: JP Eason More than a month after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, residents of Terrebonne Bay remain seemingly spared from the ravages of the oil. As hurricane season approaches, residents brace themselves with the threat of a major hurricane.

USA / 2010 / 29:33 min in competition

*Filmmakers in attendance. DIR: Mark Manning This documentary short seeks to expose the truth and consequences of the BP oil spill, bringing to light the individuals affected by the spill.

*Filmmakers in attendance.

DIR: Irene Taylor Brodsky

The Consequence of Oil USA / 2010 / 14:37 min in competition

Saving Pelican 895

Nearly 9,000 birds were found in the oily waters of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill. One of them was a young pelican coated by oil near his nest in Louisiana. “Saving Pelican 895” is the story of the 895th bird to be rescued and rehabilitated by a dedicated team of wildlife experts and every day people, many of whom travel the world responding to oil disasters. The tale of a single animal and the compassionate people deployed to save him, “Saving Pelican 895” shows how the process of saving one life restored a degree of humanity for the rest of us.

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Animated Shorts

Saturday, October 15, at noon Theatres at Canal Place Wednesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

Flawed

Cheez...z

Ode to a Post-it Note

Canada / 2010 / 12 min finalist

USA / 2010 / 3 min finalist

Canada / 2010 / 5 min finalist

DIR: Andrea Dorfman

DIR: Arut Tantasirin

DIR: Jeff Chiba Stearns

Part homage to storytelling and tribute to the dawning of love, Flawed tells the encounter between a woman and a potential romantic partner, questioning her attraction and the uneasy possibility of love. Can she accept herself, imperfections and all?

Yamasaki is an old man who just wants to take a nice picture of Warbie, a little bird. Problem is, he is too slow for this tricky bird.

On a cluttered office desk plastered with Post-it Note ‘to do’ lists, one little Post-it Note escapes on an incredible journey of selfdiscovery to find its ‘father’. Featuring Art Fry, inventor of the Post-it Note.

A surreal, 3D journey into a mysterious hospital where the modification of physical beauty is not what you would expect. A girl’s desire for beauty leads her to chase after images on a path of advertisements throughout a hospital.

Estranged from the rest of the townsfolk, an eccentric lady is haunted by ghostly whispers that grow louder with each passing day. Obsessed with a need to know why they beckon her, she follows their eerie call to an unusual happily ever after.

Swing

Something Left, Something Taken

A Different Bunny

5 Minutes Each

USA / 2011 / 2 min finalist

Serbia, Canada / 2011 / 10 min

The Beaufort Diaries

DIR: Danijel Zezelj

finalist DIR: Vojin Vasovic

finalist DIR: Alexander Petrowsky

A small bunny in a big city looks for love in the wrong place.

An allegorical film on an individual’s desire to achieve five minutes of fame.

What happens when an arctic refugee finds himself adrift in L.A.? Behold this bear’s rocket rise to stardom, his inevitable crash and burn, and finally—his painful journey to redemption and bear-awareness.

Taiwan / 2010 / 4 min in finalist DIR: Yen-Ting Kuo

USA / 2010 / 10 min finalist DIR: Max Porter / Ru Kuwahata

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“Swing” is about how living people influence the perspectives of people on the brink of death. If there were a choice for unconscious patients to decide to live or die, how would their surroundings influence that impossible choice? *Filmmaker in attendance.

Everyone who enters a crime scene leaves something behind and takes something away. This is an animated dark comedy about a vacationing couple’s encounter with a man they believe to be the Zodiac Killer. Louisiana filmmaker

Stories from the Sleeping Mind

USA / 2010 / 3 min finalist

The Wonder Hospital S. Korea / 2010 / 11 min finalist DIR: Beomsik Shimbe Shim

The Lady ParaNorma Canada / 2011 / 6 min finalist DIR: Vincent Marcone

USA / 2010 / 3 min

DIR: Kayla Elorza A celebration of the stories produced by the sleeping mind. Through the telling of her dream filled with sharks and lizards, five-year-old Selena sparks what turns out to be a vivid story line composed of eight unique dreams, all told by eight different individuals. *Filmmaker in attendance.

Animated Shorts Screening w/ Feature Films (notes on) biology (screens w/ American Teacher)

An animated account of an organism adapting to its environment.

USA / 2011 / 5:38 min finalist

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Denmark (screens w/ Puppet)

DIR: Daniel Fickle

USA / 2010 / 6:31 min finalist

Using puppetry and hand-built sets, this short tells the story of Pily, a crustacean of mixed origin, who lives alone at the bottom of a polluted river. After a troubling premonition, he prepares for escape by building a rocket ship. *Filmmaker scheduled to attend.

Friday Night Tights (w/ A Good Man)

DIR: Joonki Park

USA / 2010 / 3:58 min finalist

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Experimental Shorts Program

Saturday, October 15, at 4:05 p.m. Second Line Stages Wednesday, October 19, at 9:45 p.m. Theatres at Canal Place

All Flowers in Time

Heliotropes

Dreams and Mirrors The Voyagers

Canada / 2010 / 14 min

USA / 2010 / 3 min DIR: Michael Langan finalist

Canada / 2010 / 20 min DIR: Kyoka Tsukamoto finalist

Adapted from poet Brian Christian’s The Most Human, “Heliotropes” offers a glance at how certain patterns repeat themselves at different levels of nature, whether we know it or not.

Fragments of memories, hidden thoughts and dreams are woven together to show the emotional landscape of Sara. Her forbidden past is slowly revealed as her inner desires elaborately appear in the symbolic stories of her dreams.

DIR: Jonathan Caouette

The director of Tarnation takes us on a guided tour through the shattered remains of memory and identity. Starring Chloë Sevigny. Official selection of both Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.

*Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

Four Cubic Feet of Space

USA / 2010 / 16 min

USA / 2011 / 8 min DIR: Tony Gault finalist

DIR: Penny Lane finalist

In 1977, NASA sent two Voyager spacecraft on an epic journey into interstellar space. Each Voyager carried a golden record album, a compilation embodying the best of Planet Earth. While working on the records, Carl Sagan met and fell in love with his future wife. The record became their love letter to humankind and to each other.

Dan Sprick’s studio is lit solely by outdoor light, and his hyper-realistic paintings look more like mirrored reflections than representations. His personality, at first glance, seems to contrast the expansiveness of the space. *Filmmakers scheduled to attend.

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USA / 2010 / 5 min

USA / 2010 / 8 min DIR: Patrick Weishampel finalist

USA, Canada / 2010 / 10 min DIR: Noémie Lafrance finalist

DIR: Tom Varisco

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WORLD PREMIERE

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Narrated in forty lines, this meditation on the liquid state seeks to express the sense of disorientation, journey, and sheltering many New Orleanians experienced after the levees fell.

Nourishment twists into darkness, and the grotesque becomes eerily beautiful as three individuals suck, contort and bind each other to the shapes of their secret hungers in this collaboration between the filmmaker and boundarypushing Portland-based dance company tEEth.

Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light.

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In Attendance: Noémie Lafrance

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Experimental Short Screening w/ Feature Danse Macabre (screens w/ The Mortician) Canada / 2009 / 8:30 min

DIR: Pedro Pires While we believe it to be perfectly still, lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet. Are these spasms merely erratic motions or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life? In Attendance: Danny Lemon

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