We are happy to premiere today three of the four music videos that NOVAC’s 3rd Annual Music Video Production Project has created with local musicians and bands! This project has been funded annually by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation and in partnership with WWOZ, and we are happy to be able to continue working with local musicians to develop original video content that can support their careers. Check out our three videos below:
THE REVELERS, TRIP TO THE MOON
(dir Jillian Hall, written by Amanda Zapp & Jillian Hall, camera Abe Felix, puppets Amanda Zapp, puppeteering Clay Achee, edit Jillian Hall)
Produced in Baton Rouge and Lafayette
This handcrafted marionette puppet music video was made in a Baton Rouge garage with local crew. Going along with the playful nature of this swamp pop classic, the puppet characters travel from the juke joint to outer space to the surface of the moon all while being followed by a rougarou (the Cajun werewolf). Because Lafayette’s The Revelers were on tour all summer, they were thankful to have puppet versions of themselves to represent the band in the video.
LIL TEDDY, ONE DAY
(dir/edit Bob Weisz, Camera Sean O’Grady, Norman Lewis, Cierra Sutton, prod. Akasha Rabut and Garrett Bradley)
Produced in New Orleans, shot in the 8th ward
Lil Teddy has been in NOVAC’s youth media programming for the past few years. He and his friends, along with some talented adult mentors, produced this video featuring him and his family on his high school graduation day as part of NOVAC’s Creative Counsel after school program.
BLATO ZLATO, MIALATO LENCHE LABALKA
(dir/prod/edit Biliana Grozdanova, camera Cameron Wheeless)
Produced in New Orleans, shot in City Park and the French Quarter
With over 170k views on facebook, we can finally say, NOVAC is big in Bulgaria! New Orleans based Balkan folk band, Blato Zlato recorded a traditional Bulgarian folk song that tells the story of a young woman being tricked into marriage. Filmed in City Park and the French Quarter, the music video shows off a surprisingly strong Balkan folk community that exists in New Orleans.
NOVAC:BR is starting a program that would pair qualified interns with local businesses. We need your help to build the best program possible!
We already have a broad network of talented members looking to gain experience in creative and administrative fields and will expand that further as the program develops. NOVAC:BR would manage the recruitment and application process to remove that burden from the companies so that meaningful interactions between intern and employer can be the focus of the experience.
We’re looking to gather information from local businesses in the creative media fields (advertising, production, communications, marketing, graphic design, web coding, gaming, event planning, etc) to help us structure this program in a way that’s useful for all involved. Can you please take a few moments to complete this survey?
Creative Connect is a monthly gathering of creatives of all types from around Louisiana. Presented by The Parlor and NOVAC:BR, it is a curated night that allows for creatives to cast vision for their projects to others, connect with the community, and hear from key note speakers sharing and revealing their current projects. If you’d like to present your work, please contact email@example.com.
Where: The Parlor (705 St. Joseph St, Baton Rouge)
When: Every last Tuesday of the month
We are pleased to have hosted the following past presenters:
July 2016 — Clay Achee & Barton Gilley with their short film, Twiggly’s Battle and the featured animatronic puppet, Emily Nemens discussing her work as an editor for the Southern Review and a cartoonist for the New Yorker, and Brandon Singleton sharing his love of music and a screening of rap music videos he’s made for local artists.
September 2016 — Vincent Cellucci with his interactive poetry app, Diamonds in Dystopia.
November 2016 — Zack Godshall with a sneak preview of his new web series, HOGWASH
January 2017 — Marcus Brown sharing his short documentary from NOVAC’s BetteR series
March 2017 — Presentation by LA Film Prize and script analysis demo by Screenwriters Down South
April 2017 — Evan Kidd’s screening of the pilot episode of his locally made web series, HOME REMEDY
May 2017 — CKA process-oriented dancers teaching spontaneous choreography and The Futures Fund showcasing their student photography
June 2017 — Open Screen, an invitation for local filmmakers to screen short films and works-in-progress.
August 2017 — Creative Connect Birthday Bash with musician Matthew Schwartz of Pacifico, artist Kathryn Hunter with Blackbird Letterpress and creative entrepreneurs, Thurman & Torrence Thomas of The Brothers Fresh.
September 2017 — Spoken word artist, Donney Rose presenting work from his new book Black Out Loud and filmmakers Cat Miguez & Abe Felix sharing information about their forthcoming short film JANE.
Check out our calendar for upcoming Creative Connect event dates, times and locations: