Creative Connect 9/26

Creative Connect, a monthly meet up hosted by The Parlor and NOVAC:BR, exists to create a space for the Louisiana creative community to be inspired to dream bigger and execute projects together.

The Parlor is located at 705 St. Joseph St, Baton Rouge. Creative Connect is every last Tuesday of the month. As always, we provide free beverages and good company.

This month on Tuesday 9/26 from 7pm-9pm, we are pleased to welcome spoken word artist, Donney Rose and local filmmakers of the forthcoming short film, JANE.


Donney Rose, a Baton Rouge native and active member of the city’s poetry scene, has been performing spoken word and facilitating spoken word events for over a decade. He works as a teaching artist  and marketing director for an arts-based non-profit, Forward Arts Inc.  Donney has recorded three spoken word CDs and is the author of the chapbook, The Crying Buck (Next Left Press).  His work has been featured on, Atlanta Black , Button PoetryAll Def Digital and in online journals Drunk In A Midnight Choir Nicholls State’s Gris Gris literary journal. He holds a B.S. in Business Marketing degree from Southern University.

Donney will be sharing work from Black Out Loud, his recently published collection of prose-style poetic interpretations of Black History Month 2017.


JANE is a short film that acts as a lens into the multi-racial experience in America and the identity struggles that often ensue. Written by Cat Miguez and Abe Felix, it is set to be filmed locally soon. Abe & Cat will discuss their own experiences both with the issues presented in the film and with creating media locally.

Cat graduated from UL in Lafayette with a B.A. in Moving Image Arts and a minor in Business. Since then, she has been working at Baton Rouge-based video production company, Launch Media, as an Associate Producer and Post Production Coordinator. However, ever since she was a young girl, she has always aspired to act. Jane will serve as Cat’s first starring role as an actor.

Abe is an award-winning director and DP based in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. His background in writing and editing for print and television birthed his passion for visual storytelling. To him filmmaking is a platform for saying things that truly matter, and he carries this responsibility into his craft.


BR: Locations 101 – 9/23 & 9/24

BR – Locations 101 Workshop

September 23 & 24, 2017

Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm

Want a multi-faceted position in the film industry? Or do you want to start making your own
films? Knowing the ins and outs of “Locations” will fit both interests. Working in the Locations Department allows you to work with the production team and the community. Anticipating the needs for every department, from transportation and parking to catering spaces, from finding the perfect setting
for a scene to setting up hair and makeup stations, you will get acquainted with every facet of
film production and what goes on behind the scenes to make it happen.

NOVAC, in partnership with the Baton Rouge Office of Community Development, is providing 2 days of in-depth training to locals looking to learn what it takes to work in the Locations Department. Students will leave the class knowing the ins and outs of this crucial role and will be better prepared to secure jobs on set. The class will be hosted at the Creative Bloc and taught by local Locations Manager, Wendi Coates.

Our workforce training classes are free to qualified residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Where: The Creative Bloc in Downtown Baton Rouge, 804 Main St

How to apply

  • Applications are ONLY open to residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • Interested applicants should APPLY HERE and email a one-page resumé and proof of residence to by 5pm on Friday, September 1.
  • Phone interviews will be scheduled between September 4 and September 8 and acceptance announcements will be made on Friday, September 8.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.



De-Mystifying Distribution

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), a sister media arts center in Seattle, provides an array of technical and financial support to regional filmmakers, including the Start-to-Finish program. Since 1998, it has also been a film distributor, using its institutional muscle and expertise to shepherd local, regional and international films into the marketplace. Having built this component of NWFF’s offerings from the ground up, Former Program Director Adam Sekuler knows the behind-the-scenes terrain inside and out. Learn from his insights to plan and apply realistic solutions to properly promoting and marketing your film to the largest audiences possible (increasing your chances of creating a revenue stream). Case studies will reveal how the worlds of film festivals and publicity have played out with different films and how the network of North American film organizations fits in to today’s changing theatrical landscape. You might think with all of the new digital platforms out there now, it’s easier to get your film distributed. Actually, it’s just gotten more complicated. The good news is, there is a lot of opportunity to reach your audience and to keep more revenue. But you have to understand the new system and make the right choices for you and your project. This content-packed workshop will give you not only a comprehensive overview of all of those choices, but will also give you concrete steps to paving a path of success. There really are a myriad of workable options available out there, so don’t let the daunting challenges of distributing your own film become an afterthought.


Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $100 for members and $150 for new members.


Music Supervision for Filmmakers

 11/11 & 11/12  from 10AM – 4pm @NOVAC

$100 for NOVAC members + $150 for New Members

Purchase tickets here! 

Can I use this song in my film? Is there any way for me to afford the rights to this Beatles song? How do I license this indie band’s song? Where can I find affordable, easily cleared music to play from the radio in that scene?

Music can an enigma for many filmmakers – small and large. But it doesn’t have to be! Understanding the basics of music licensing and music supervision can open up a world of creative opportunities for filmmakers. In this class we will answer all the above questions and more. We will open up the doors to basic licensing, where to find affordable music, how to afford big copyrights for small films, and how to best creatively choose music for your film.

About Sarah Bromberg:

Sarah Bromberg started her supervision career as Associate Director of music and talent at Creative License where she worked on Walmart, Subaru, Budweiser and handled several Super Bowl commercials. This lead to work in TV and film, including the second season of NBC’s SmashPitch Perfect 2, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and PeteThe Affair and more.

As a music supervisor at Bonfire Collective Sarah recently completed music supervising the film Youth In Oregon released wide by Samuel Goldwyn Films in February 2017 and associate music supervised Netflix’s The Get Down. Currently she is working on the films Uncle Drew – starring Kyrie Irving and based on Pepsi’s wildly popular viral campaign as well as Lena Dunham’s upcoming pilot based on her Lenny Letter newsletter series and Every Day a young adult film based on the popular book.



Producer pathways to getting your idea off the ground

Saturday August 26 from 12pm – 3pm @NOVAC


Tickets are $50 for NOVAC Members + $100 for New Members


Angela Tucker has produced and directed in nearly every format including – documentary short, documentary film, short, TV series, TV documentary series, and TV movie documentary.  

In this 3 hour workshop, Angela Tucker will guide you through the process of turning your good idea into a real film project

The workshop will:

  • Go over the basics of the successful pitch, from knowing genre, audience and format to making your logline pop
  • Help you begin to develop materials including an elevator pitch and a production packet,
  • Guide you through the process of finding funding and determining the best type of funding for your project, and
  • Brainstorming the perfect distribution platform!

After an initial presentation, Angela will take on your projects as mini-case studies, helping you troubleshoot ideas for your own projects!

Angela Tucker (Founder/President) is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. Her directorial work includes PAPER CHASE, a teen comedy in pre production with Gunpowder and Sky; ALL STYLES, a dance movie in post production starring Fik-Shun (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Heather Morris (GLEE); BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series in its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” and (A)SEXUAL a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu for four years. She is in her sixth year as Series Producer of the PBS strand, AFROPOP and was Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS’ Independent Lens). In 2006, she co-founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.


PA Bootcamp 8/12 & 8/13

August 12 & 13, 2017 from 9am to 5pm

Operation Spark (748 Camp St. in downtown New Orleans)


Learn the basics of being a production assistant in the film industry!

Our PA Boot Camp program is a 2-day intensive of in-depth production assistant training for locals looking to get their foot in the door of Louisiana’s film industry. Taught by instructors from Quixote’s PA Bootcamp, locals will gain the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for their first  job on a feature film, television or commercial set.

Topics include:

  • production paperwork
  • set terminology and protocol
  • hands-on short radio training
  • crew departments
  • finding work in the industry
  • and more!

PA Bootcamp is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Interested applicants should submit a completed application (including one-page resume and proof of residence) by Friday July 28 at 5pm.

You can submit an application here. 



Sync Up Cinema 2017

It’s festival time y’all, and NOVAC is pleased once again to partner with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation to bring you Sync Up Cinema – three days of free films, panels and fun at the Jazz and Heritage Center! Kicking off with the Sync Up music industry conference, Sync Up Cinema brings industry leaders and Louisiana filmmakers directly to you.  This year’s schedule is better than ever, with some awesome highlights below – join us at Sync Up Cinema this year!



Meet the über talented production designer from MOONLIGHT, CREED, Beyoncé’s LEMONADE and the upcoming BLACK PANTHERS.


presented by Firelight Media and Field of Vision, with local films Aloné by Garrett Bradley and selections from NOVAC’s BetteR series.


the Sundance premiere by New Orleans native Gerard McMurray tackles hazing at HBCU fraternities, and the director will be in attendance to discuss his rise from the 7th ward to producing and directing.


New Orleans-based producer Joe Incaprera fell in love with the Crescent City when he worked on HBO’s Tremé. He moved his family here and produced and production managed hit television shows including American Horror Story, Quarry, and most recently, 13 Reasons Why, which is currently the most watched television show in history.  Now he’s shepherding a new and innovatively produced project right here in New Orleans.  Joe talks with indie producer Angela Tucker about his path from Baltimore PA to NOLA Producer to Hollywood Powerhouse in the new golden age of television.

Musician’s Clinic Birthday celebration & screening of ONE NOTE AT A TIME

A special screening of Renee Edwards’ ONE NOTE AT A TIME in celebration of the 19th birthday of the New Orleans Musician’s Assistance Foundation and Clinic.  And, the happy hour celebrating the clinic’s 19th anniversary!


A short exploration into Cuban cinema expression, from the documentary CODIGO COLOR, about the legacy of colorism and racism in Cuba, to a partnership of youth media between Baton Rouge and rural Cuban media makers, to a special sneak preview of a high profile upcoming documentary featuring a legendary group of New Orleans musicians as they explore and meet their Cuban musical heritage dopplegängers.  SPECIAL GUESTS!

And loads more local films, music films and panels and parties – all FREE thanks to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.



Louisiana Film Prize Social

Join NOVAC and the Louisiana Film Prize team on March 30th from 6-8PM at Black Penny (700 N. Rampart) and learn how YOU can become THE PRIZE! This is the world’s most generous short film competiton ($50,000!!!) so don’t miss out on your chance to participate!

For more information about the Prize, please visit:


MY STORY: Community Film and Photo Workshops @ NORDC

SESSION 1: January 28 – Feb 25

SESSION 2: March 4 – April 15

Saturdays @ NORDC Tremé Center

NOVAC and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission are teaming up to offer FREE documentary video and photography workshops at the NORDC Treme Center.  These workshops are open to participants ages 15 & up, and will focus on basic techniques of filmmaking and principles of photography, which we will use in partnership with the Tremé Center and the neighborhood of the Tremé to create photography and video projects highlighting the history, architecture and personal stories of this neighborhood.