Baton Rouge

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.



Baton Rouge Creative Industry Internship Program

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 Monthly Meet Up

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

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: