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.
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.
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THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION PRESENTS:
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center, presents the second annual RETROPERSPECTIVE, a documentary showcase featuring the best in documentaries by and about southern Louisiana, with classic feature-length films paired with upcoming works-in-progress by current New Orleans filmmakers. This three-day showcase aims to connect the legacies of documentary filmmaking in the region with new and innovative works happening today.
The weekend kicks off with a cocktail reception on Friday, February 3rd at 6pm at the new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street). The New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Documentary Meetup are partnering to host the event, which will be followed by the opening night film, A House Divided.
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7pm: A HOUSE DIVIDED (Ware, 1987), preceded by NEUTRAL GROUND & GOMELA. Retroperspective kicks off with a documentary filmmaker meetup, and at 7pm we will show Burwell Ware’s 1987 documentary, executive produced by Sybil Morial, about the segregation and integration of New Orleans through the eyes of those who remember it. Featuring New Orleans politicians, luminaries including Oretha Castle Haley and narrated by James Earl Jones, this film begs the question of how much progress we have made in race relations in New Orleans today. Paired with this film will be a work-in-progress screening of Neutral Ground, by CJ Hunt, which looks at the Confederate Monument scandal, and Gomela, a poetic short accompaniment to Junebug Theater’s dance and theater production. Filmmaker Burwell Ware will be in attendance.
1pm: 2017 Music Video Production Project Launch.
NOVAC will host an informational session on the annual class, followed by a showcase of videos completed in the past two years. Musicians interested in a free music video are strongly encouraged to attend.
2:30pm: Forgotten Bayou (2016). Bayou Corne, Louisiana was once a thriving Cajun community. On August 3, 2012 a sinkhole swallowed a swath of nearby swamps and after a mandatory evacuation ordered, residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks. Forgotten Bayou chronicles the events leading up to the tragedy as well as the continuing ways it has altered their lives.
4:30pm: Tootie’s Last Suit (2009). In the aftermath of Katrina, the film bears witness to the Mardi Gras Indians who, in picking up the threads of their torn lives and tradition, are the spiritual healers of New Orleans. Followed by a Skype Q&A with filmmaker Lisa Katzman. The feature will be preceded by Hail To The Queens, a work-in-progress by local filmmaker Brian Nelson.
7pm Doctor: Untitled Professor Longhair Documentary (2016). This is the first screening of an extraordinary work-in-progress about an infamous local character. We welcome you to attend this “piano night” and you will not “shuffle” away disappointed.
3pm: My Louisiana Love (2012). Tracing a young woman’s quest to find a place in her Native American community as it reels from decades of environmental degradation, My Louisiana Love is a modern story of love, loss, and resilience in Southeast Louisiana. Co-producer and co-writer Monique Michelle Verdin will be in attendance.
5pm: A Look at Street Photography: a program by the New Orleans Photo Alliance. This block will include In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith (2009), a short film by Kevin McCaffery, and Don’t Blink (2016), the award-winning documentary about the life and times of Robert Frank, followed by a discussion on the ethics of street photography. The New Orleans Photo Alliance strives to be a cultural stimulus, which fosters economic and artistic growth while preserving the rich and diverse photographic culture of New Orleans and the southern region.
The weekend is free and open to the public. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Louisiana’s film industry conference during Jazz Fest! FREE & open to the public
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. We’re teaming up with BYO on Thursday, April 21st at the Jazz and Heritage Center for our 3rd Thursday to kick off 2016 Sync Up Cinema with stories based on the theme:
“(Not) For The Money”
….things you did just for the money, or what you did knowing there was no paper at all; rent parties, Japanese commercials, egg selling? You tell us.
7:30pm: BYO happy hours- drinks from rozzie+leggy, grub from Goodman’s BBQ, tunes from Lost in the Holler. 8pm- stories. Oh yes, and we’ll be outside! To learn more or sign up to tell a story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1:30pm – The Master: best practices in film and video preservation. Panel featuring Toby Armstrong (preserving a film via NOJHFF grant), Ben Solovey (local film print preservationist), and more.
3pm – Best of the Fests & Local Works. Top Louisiana produced short films from NOFF 2015, 48HRFF, the Louisiana Film Prize 2015, and other local works, including The Boatman and Shotgun Boogie.
5pm – Louisiana Film Prize Social. Meet the crew behind the LA Film Prize and have some drinks to the jams of DJ Loira Limbal!
6:30pm – Queen Sugar Panel. Meet the team that’s producing Oprah and Ava’s QUEEN SUGAR, a Louisiana Story being produced in Louisiana. Discussion of Duvernay’s drive for #inclusivecrew and developing voice and vision in white male dominated Hollywood. Producer Paul Garnes in attendance. More to come as we approach the date.
8pm – The Glamour and The Squalor, presented by Shotgun Cinema. As a rock DJ in late-’80s Seattle, Marco Collins achieved something virtually impossible: he became a star, and in the process helped make the city synonymous with grunge music. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains – Collins championed them and countless other bands, was the first to play their breakout albums, and became the go-to source for the newest and greatest in rock. But although he became one of music’s most influential tastemakers, Collins is more than his on-air personality – music is just one of his complex, unquenchable, and uncompromising passions. Director Marq Evans in attendance.
3:30pm – Music Licensing for Film. With Rob Filomena and more.
4:30 pm – Documentary development and diversity panel with N’Jeri Eaton (ITVS) and Loira Limbal (Firelight Media). MacArthur Foundation, which funds normally 20-25 docs a year, just announced that it won’t be funding individual films any more, but will be funding 5 regrantors. Two of them are ITVS and Firelight, and both have expressed concrete interest in highlighting voices from the South. This is a direct opportunity for local filmmaker to hear about the types of projects and applications that two of the largest documentary funders in the country are interested in.
5:30pm – A Woman, A Shark, A Robot with Misty Talley. Misty is Louisiana filmmaker who started with a dream, a very cheesing dream that involved comic books and cheesy genre movies. Today, she is the first woman ever to have directed a feature for the Sci Fi channel and she is busy producing in Louisiana a slate of films that play on her eye for detail and sense of fun. In a keynote presentation, Misty will talk about how she built a career in film and TV, her Baton Rouge robotic shark builders and what it’s like to be a woman in a very bullshark world.
6:30pm – Springbreak Shark Attack Happy Hour with WIFT. Then join us in the courtyard for a reception hosted by WIFT and some delicious shark attack cocktails!
8pm – I AM THE BLUES (SXSW). This film takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. Director Daniel Cross in attendance and a performance by Little Freddie King.
1pm – First Friday. Oakland made it onto two “top” lists: Top Five travel destinations in the U.S., and Top Five most dangerous cities. Once a month, those two realities meet at First Friday. What started as simple art crawl on the first Friday of every month has grown into a cross-cultural and intergenerational event drawing thousands of people to downtown Oakland for food, entertainment and every kind of art imaginable. The event’s popularity has fueled the city’s larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager was murdered during one of the events, the future of First Fridays is uncertain. Directed by N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni.
4:30pm – Made in Japan (SXSW). Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first Japanese country music superstar. It is a funny yet poignant multicultural journey through music, marriage and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman. In partnership with the New Orleans Japan Society. The Diamond Brothers, directors of the film, in attendance. Preceded by Garrett Bradley’s LIKE, a 6 minute short about clickfarms, produced with Field Of Vision.
7pm – Belizaire The Cajun 30th Anniversary. In 1859 Louisiana, a wily root doctor must save his friend’s life, win a woman’s heart, outfox a crooked sheriff, stop marauding vigilantes, expose an evil villain, heal the sick, play music for the dance, keep himself off the gallows, and, of course, rescue the inheritance of three orphaned children in a picture that helped launch both the 1980s all-things-Cajun craze and the independent film movement. The film screened in the Official Selections of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Munich, Torino. Produced by Sandra Schulberg, Allan Durand, & Glen Pitre. Written & directed by Glen Pitre. With Glen Pitre in attendance. Preceded by Atchafalaya, The Construct Films Southern Gothic Thriller.
Showcasing the best in documentaries by and about southern Louisiana, with classic feature-length films paired with upcoming works-in-progress by current New Orleans filmmakers.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents its first annual retrospective of documentary films, Feb. 19-21 at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street).
Covering topics ranging from Louisiana politics to New Orleans street culture to impending environmental catastrophe, the films we’ll screen offer unique perspectives on our community, often viewed through the prism of history.
It’s a rare opportunity to see important films – some of them funded by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation through its Community Partnership Grants – that are either seldom seen, or, in some cases, still in progress.
In addition to 13 screenings of feature-length films and shorts, we’ll host a kickoff party, a panel discussion on fair use of copyrighted material in films – and even a vinyl records swap. Admission to all events is free; no advance registration is necessary.
6:00 p.m.: Festival Kickoff Party
Join NOVAC at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center for cocktails in the courtyard to kick off the RETROPERSPECTIVE festival!
6:00 p.m.: LOUISIANA BOYS: RAISED ON POLITICS
Filmmakers: Andy Koelker and Louis Alvarez, 1993
In Louisiana, Mardi Gras and elections run neck and neck as the favorite pastimes. This film presents a cast of characters only Louisiana could produce: Huey P. Long – “His Excellency,” the “Dictator of Louisiana”; Earl K. Long, Huey’s uncle, committed to an asylum while he was still governor; and Jimmie Davis, singing his farewell speech to the state legislature. This film is a romp through the high jinx and low morals of Bayou State politics.
7:15 p.m.: THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana
Filmmakers: Andy Koelker and Louis Alvarez, 1982, plus Q&A with filmmakers
This is the story of the Perez family and how its political wheeling and dealing have affected Plaquemines Parish. The film features interviews with Judge Leander Perez, whose total control of the parish was legendary. We also see clips of Leander Perez, Jr., and Chalin Perez, plus conversations with voters and prominent Plaquemines residents. The film reveals how – in a once-forgotten parish rocked by the discovery of oil in 1933 – poverty and wealth coexist uneasily amid political tyranny.
3:30 p.m.: Vinyl Record Swap and DJ Session hosted by Euclid Records
Come exchange bona fides and jam to undiscovered gems with the gentlemen DJs from Euclid Records!
5:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion: FAIR USE REVOLUTION – Yes you can! (use that footage)
When is it allowed – or not – to use film footage, a magazine cover, a family photo, a YouTube video (yes, the one with the celebrity in it), in your film? Fair use expert Patricia Aufderheide of American University explains how the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use makes those decisions easy and dependable.
6:00 p.m.: Screenings: WORKS IN PROGRESS
We offer sneak previews of exciting projects by respected New Orleans filmmakers before they’re released – or even finished – plus Q & A with the filmmakers.
BUCKJUMPING (Lily Keber, 2016)
THE FREE SOUTHERN THEATER (Jason Foster and Kiyoko McCrae, 2016)
7:00 p.m.: CARNIVAL SHORTS
Relive Mardi Gras with a trio of 2015 short films that focus on the bacchanal, plus Q & A with filmmakers.
FLOTSAM, Olivia Motley, 2015
THE EXCEPTIONALLY EXTRAORDINARY EMPORIUM, Lindsey Phillips, 2015
BIG CHIEF, Paavo Hanninen, 2015
8:00 p.m.: BY INVITATION ONLY
Filmmaker: Rebecca Snedeker, 2008, plus Q&A with the filmmaker
New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker explores the insular world of the elite, white Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras. Questioning their racial exclusivity, she takes an unprecedented insider’s look at the pageantry and asks: What does it mean to be the queen of the masked men? As she examines her own place in an alluring tradition, Snedeker challenges viewers to reflect on the roles we all play – and disguises we wear – in our own lives.
2:00 p.m.: YEAH, YOU RITE! Andy Koelker and Louis Alvarez, 1984) explores the unique accents and vernaculars that make the spoken language of New Orleans so unique.
RUTHIE THE DUCK GIRL (Rick Delaup, 1999) tells the fascinating story of one of the French Quarter’s most dynamic and eccentric characters, Ruth “Ruthie the Duck Girl” Moulon. For more than 50 years, the wedding dress-clad Ruthie roller-skated through the streets of the quarter with her pet ducks in tow. But, as we learn, every visible feature of Ruthie’s outlandishly public existence echoes an event from her hidden past.
4:00 p.m.: THEY’RE TRYING TO WASH US AWAY – Environmental Justice in Louisiana
WORKS IN PROGRESS SCREENING: Learn about brewing environmental disasters in MOSSVILLE (Alex Glustrom, 2016) and FORGOTTEN BAYOU: Life on the Bayou Corne Sinkhole (Victoria Greene, 2016), followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
5:30pm: BLUE VINYL
Filmmaker: Judith Helfand, 1995
The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary. Judith Helfand follows the pathway of the siding destined for her parent’s house and traces its toxic origins in Louisiana. Plus Q&A with the filmmaker.
“Retroperspective” is presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation with assistance from the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC).
Scheduled for April 27th – 29th and held at the The Jazz & Heritage Center, Sync Up Cinema 2015 is just around the corner! NOVAC is thrilled to partner once again with the Jazz & Heritage Foundation to bring back leaders and tastemakers in the national and local film industry for an exciting reprise of our conference, screenings, and events – all during the week of Jazz Fest!
The Sync Up conference started in 2008 as a music industry conference during the week of Jazz Fest, and due to a growing film community, Sync Up Cinema launched in 2012. Showcasing Louisiana productions, upcoming trends in the film industry, and also bringing experts in the film industry to connect with local filmmakers, Sync Up Cinema merges music, film, Louisiana culture, and more.
Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Western), Angela Tucker (Black Folk Don’t, (A)Sexual), Amy Mitchell-Smith (Zipper), Michael Goi (American Horror Story, Salem and Glee), Natalie Kingston (Construct Films), Travis Bird & Angela Catalano (Shotgun Cinema), George Wein (Newport Folk Festival and NO Jazz Fest founder).
Fresh Dressed (2015, Sascha Jenkins), This Ain’t No Mouse Music: The Story of Arhoolie Records(2013, Maureen Gosling), Keeper of the Flame (2015, Brian Nelson), Screening of The Music Box Kiev and Vice Versa (Airlift), Digital Youth: Project 10 (NOVAC), The Newport Effect (2014, Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young), Gimme Shelter (1970, David & Albert Maysles), Best of the Fests (2014 New Orleans Film Festival, the LA Film Prize, TimeCode NOLA and the 48 Film Project NOLA).
Julie Plec, Executive Producer, The Originals
Franklin Leonard, Founder, The Blacklist (blcklst.com)
Nailah Jefferson, Director, Vanishing Pearls
Yolonda Ross Actress, Go For Sisters, Writer/Director, Blinded by the Light
Garrett Bradley Director, Below Dreams
Allen Toussaint, Ron Yager & Jim Dotson, team, A Tribute to Toussaint
Go For Sisters, Dir. John Sayles, presented by the New Orleans Film Society
Vanishing Pearls, dir. Nailah Jefferson
Bayou Maharajah, dir. Lily Keber
A Tribute to Alan Toussaint, WLAE Original
The Whole Gritty City, dir. Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson