New Orleans Events

NO: Breaking Down a Script 101 – 1/14/18

Sunday 1/14/18 from 10am-3pm at NOVAC (532 Louisa St, NOLA 70117)
$50/NOVAC members, $75 for nonmembers
This workshop hosted by NOVAC and taught by visiting filmmaker Camille Brown, covers the breaking down of a script for low budget/non-union crew projects. Participants may bring in a script, 15 pages or less and together we will break it down and create a schedule and budget. For those who don’t have a script, Camille will have some to share.
An award-winning filmmaker, Camille earned her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA’s prestigious Film, Television and Theater School. She made her directorial debut with her documentary “A Second Chance at Life” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The documentary went on to screen at several film festivals and winning best documentary.
Camille then went on to write and direct the award winning short film “Thank you for Washing”, which has screened in over 20 festivals winning best short for 10 of them. Most notable is the NBC Short Cuts Festival, from which she also received a blind script deal with the studio. She co-produced the feature film, “A Perfect Getaway” starring Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich, and last year she was a semi-finalist for the HBO Directing Fellowship. Her feature directorial debut “The Nth Ward” was just released on Amazon.
After the workshop, Camille will be screening her film, “The Nth Ward” at Chalmette Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Victoria Greene of WIFT (Women in Film and Television).
Please email with any questions about this workshop.

AMIA Community Archiving Workshop New Orleans

2017 Community AV Archiving Fair, New Orleans

Community AV Archiving Fair!
New Orleans, LA
Wednesday, November 29, 2017


The annual meeting of the Association of Moving Image Archivists ( will be taking place in New Orleans November 29-December 2 and, as a part of this, AMIA members are joining forces with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) for an all-day Community AV Archiving Fair. Aimed at helping local individuals and organizations improve their audiovisual archiving skills, the Community AV Archiving Fair invites independent media makers, collecting institutions, and community groups in the New Orleans area to bring their challenges, their media objects, and their data for a day of collaborative problem solving and training in collaboration with the AMIA community.

The fair is organized around a number of “stations,” each of which will be staffed by AMIA volunteers, and focus on a particular workflow, technique, or tool. Stations will likely include: Digitization Strategies, Inventory Strategies, Prioritizing Media for Digitization, File Management & Storage, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery, Tool/Resource Matchmaking, How to Run a Community Archiving Workshop, and more!

New Orleans Community Members

Community members are invited to sign up in advance for sessions, which may include working one-on-one with AMIA volunteers who will help you to gain the skills needed to meet specific challenges and learn to use the tools that best fit your AV archiving and preservation needs.

AMIA Conference Attendees

Conference attendees are invited to sign up to assist at a station or to propose their own stations, which may include working one-on-one with attendees, helping them gain the skills needed to meet specific challenges, or providing demonstrations to help people learn to use the tools that best fit their needs. Conference attendees are also welcome to join stations to expand their own knowledge-base. We are particularly interested in showcasing the work of past Hack Day events, and encourage Hack Day participants to come share the tools and resources that have been developed as a part of past events!



Once again, we are thrilled to partner with our friends at the New Orleans Film Society, as they present the 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival.  We are excited this year to be at the festival in new ways – this year, not only as a partner throwing the Filmmaker Welcome Party for the 4th year in a row, but also as filmmakers!  Check out our NOFF events here:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12: Filmmaker Welcome Party!


REFUGE is a portrait of Phan, a Cambodian fisherman who escaped the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields as a child to resettle along the coast in Buras, Louisiana. Today, Phan and his community are faced with the possibility of becoming refugees again, this time from coastal erosion, rising sea levels, and state restoration programs that struggle to engage with affected communities. REFUGE is screening at the New Orleans Film Festival at the Pyrtania Theater on October 14th at 5 PM.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18: Premiere of KEEPERS OF THE MOUND, at the Advocate Headquarters, 8PM!

KEEPERS OF THE MOUND is a short documentary film about a Native American family who cares for one of the many ancient earthen mounds threatened by the rapid disintegration of the Louisiana coastline.  With the threat of land loss looming and limited resources available for coastal restoration and protection, KEEPERS OF THE MOUND highlights indigenous communities’ fight to be considered in the cost-benefit-ratio of coastal protection. KEEPERS OF THE MOUND is screening at the New Orleans Film Festival at the Advocate Headquarters, October 18th at 8 PM.


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.



Music Video Production Launch @ Retroperspective

Join us on February 4th at 12pm at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N Rampart St. New Orleans) for the official launch of the 2017 Music Video Production Project. This will be a one-hour info session, free and open to the public, where you can learn all about the class, what we’ve done in the past and what we will be producing this year!

Thanks to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, this is the third year in a row we are able to offer free music videos to a variety of local musicians, as we pair talented filmmakers and eager students in the A-Z process of making a top quality creative product.

If you’re ready to dive in, you can reserve your spot today!



Perceptive Practices: the Observational Documentary Film

July 22 & 23

Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker and curator whose films strike a delicate balance between stylization and naturalism, anchored within an observational world while creating a poetic and lyrical form of visual storytelling. His work screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Locarno Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, Seattle Art Museum, and dozens of other venues across the globe.

The task of this weekend course is to practice paying attention in our filmmaking. Using a looking and listening technique, we’ll investigate how our eyes and ears connect us to space and to others. We will use elements of personal storytelling, fictional narrative and environmental description to generate images and ideas; and then craft those images with further explorations of focus. Participants will be introduced to observational documentary filmmaking and will be invited to see and document their familiar surroundings in a new way. The goal will be to present lived human experience in a way that respects the context in which that experience takes place, while still presenting an artistic point of view. The workshop will consist of one day in the field practicing audio and camera work and one day editing. The class will include screenings and culminate in a 5-10 minute observational-styled documentary.


Reserve your spot now! Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for non-members. 


Sync Up Cinema 2016

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 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



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.


RETROPERSPECTIVE: 2016 Jazz & Heritage Documentary Film Festival

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.


Thursday, Feb. 18:

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!

Friday, Feb. 19:  Political Culture and Cultural Politics in New Orleans

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.

Saturday, Feb. 20: The Art of the Matter

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)

Relive Mardi Gras with a trio of 2015 short films that focus on the bacchanal, plus Q & A with filmmakers.
FLOTSAM, Olivia Motley, 2015
BIG CHIEF, Paavo Hanninen, 2015

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.  

Sunday, Feb. 21: A SENSE OF PLACE – Everywhere else is just Cleveland

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).


Sync Up Cinema 2015

Louisiana’s Film industry conference during Jazz Fest

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).

2015 FILMS

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).