a documentary by Benjamin Simmons
Animals is a love story about a shoe. It is set in New Orleans in the early 90s and tells the tale of inner city kids re-appropriating high-end fashion to meet their wants and needs. This entertaining story is built on the interviews of people who lived during this era of high crime, poverty and great times, including KLC (No-Limit Records mega-producer, Bustdown (New Orleans Rap Legend), Bally’s Swiss Museum curator, former street hustlers, and high-end retailers. Not only for entertainment, the filmmaker aspires to tell a story which relates to all people of all backgrounds; a story of status, dreams of a better life, and a desire to fulfill our basic human needs through external means. Much love to all that support now and later.
by Abby Berendt Lavoi and Jeremy Lavoi
Roots of Fire is a documentary film and digital series that explores Louisiana French Music as it pushes into the future. The film will spotlight breakout artists who are creating music rooted in Louisiana French, as they navigate the fine line between cultural heritage and artistic progression. The digital series will broaden out and feature vignettes with a variety of artists, including established stars in Cajun and Zydeco, behind-the-scenes videos, and featurettes on related topics.
The New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project is an annual event that helps strengthen the home-grown Louisiana film industry and connects it to a global filmmaking community. During a wild weekend, teams of filmmakers are recruited from across the Southeastern Louisiana region to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a finished film in just 48 hours.
by EFI Productions and Worklight Pictures
Easy Does It is a narrative feature film (by EFI Productions and Worklight Pictures) set in a decrepit fantasy world of 1970s Southern Americana. The story follows two wild best friends- Jack and Scottie, who turn to crime to escape from an oppressive small town life. They tear across the Southwest, hostage in tow, searching for the American Dream as they attempt to rob their way to the imagined utopia of San Clemente, California.
The filmmaking team is comprised of 100% Louisiana residents- most of whom are University of New Orleans film alums. Directed by Will Addison.
a live and web variety show by John Calhoun
SPOTLIGHT New Orleans is New Orleans’ very own late night talk show helmed by the friendly and charismatic John Calhoun.
A documentary by Victoria Greene
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. Featuring interviews from current and former community members, Texas Brine employees, scientists and government officials, Forgotten Bayou chronicles the events leading up to the tragedy as well as the continuing ways it has altered their lives. The sinkhole, now 35-acres in diameter continues to grow, very slowly while changing the landscape of what was once beautiful wetlands.
a documentary by Brian Nelson
Hail to the Queens is inspired by a museum exhibit “Queens Rule” that my mom and grandmother curated back in 2009. The museum exhibit was the first of its kind that explored the lives of Black Indian Queens of NOLA.
Directed by local filmmaker Brian Nelson, the work-in-progress film examines the lives and community presence of six Mardi Gras Indian Queens in New Orleans. Nelson is a participant in the Film Society’s Emerging Voices mentorship program, which provide opportunities to African American filmmakers in Louisiana.