New Orleans


Producer pathways to getting your idea off the ground

Saturday August 26 from 10am – 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.


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.


Editing 101 with Brent Joseph

September 9 – 10

Editing 101 will be a two-day workshop where participants will learn how to use Adobe’s Premiere Pro software to edit narrative & documentary films. The class time with be divided into four parts.

  1. Brief introduction to editing theory and style.
  2. Overview of editing in Premiere Pro CC (importing, organizing, editing, exporting)
  3. Watching and discussing original uncut footage.
  4. Workshop (footage will be provided for you to practice editing and get one-on-one feedback).


Brent Joseph is a New Orleans filmmaker who specializes in post-postproduction. He edited the SXSW feature film Five Time Champion as well as numerous shorts, commercials and documentaries like Shell Shocked (PBS) and MTV’s True Life: I’m Living in Iraq (2005 Edward R. Morrow award for Best TV Network News Documentary). He has also worked as an assistant in the editing rooms of David Fincher, Larry Clark, David Simon and Seth Rogen.

Tickets are $225 for members and $275 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.


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:


NOLA: Retroperspective, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Documentary Festival




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.



Black and White

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 with any questions.




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!