Virtuous Videos

NOVAC premieres its 2017 MVPP Music Videos!

We are happy to premiere today three of the four music videos that NOVAC’s 3rd Annual Music Video Production Project has created with local musicians and bands! This project has been funded annually by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation and in partnership with WWOZ, and we are happy to be able to continue working with local musicians to develop original video content that can support their careers.  Check out our three videos below:

The Revelers, “Trip to the Moon” Music Video from NOVAC on Vimeo.

THE REVELERS, TRIP TO THE MOON

(dir Jillian Hall, written by Amanda Zapp & Jillian Hall, camera Abe Felix, puppets Amanda Zapp, puppeteering Clay Achee, edit Jillian Hall)

Produced in Baton Rouge and Lafayette

This handcrafted marionette puppet music video was made in a Baton Rouge garage with local crew. Going along with the playful nature of this swamp pop classic, the puppet characters travel from the juke joint to outer space to the surface of the moon all while being followed by a rougarou (the Cajun werewolf). Because Lafayette’s The Revelers were on tour all summer, they were thankful to have puppet versions of themselves to represent the band in the video.


LIL TEDDY, ONE DAY

(dir/edit Bob Weisz, Camera Sean O’Grady, Norman Lewis, Cierra Sutton, prod. Akasha Rabut and Garrett Bradley)

Produced in New Orleans, shot in the 8th ward

Lil Teddy has been in NOVAC’s youth media programming for the past few years. He and his friends, along with some talented adult mentors, produced this video featuring him and his family on his high school graduation day as part of NOVAC’s Creative Counsel after school program.

“Mialato Lenche Iabalka” – Blato Zlato from NOVAC on Vimeo.

BLATO ZLATO, MIALATO LENCHE LABALKA

(dir/prod/edit Biliana Grozdanova, camera Cameron Wheeless)

Produced in New Orleans, shot in City Park and the French Quarter

With over 170k views on facebook, we can finally say, NOVAC is big in Bulgaria!  New Orleans based Balkan folk band, Blato Zlato recorded a traditional Bulgarian folk song that tells the story of a young woman being tricked into marriage. Filmed in City Park and the French Quarter, the music video shows off a surprisingly strong Balkan folk community that exists in New Orleans.

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YES! for NOLA Libraries

NOVAC and Breathe Video Nation partnered to help the Yes! for NOLA Libraries campaign express how important libraries are to a thriving community, in advance of a millage vote.

 

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Louisiana District Judges Association

NOVAC: Baton Rouge partnered with local filmmaker Teddy Smith to create a series of videos for the Louisiana District Judges Association, designed to help self-represented litigants be prepared for and navigate representing themselves in court.

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IMPACT 100, Greater New Orleans Foundation

NOVAC and Breathe Video Nation partnered with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to help three local organizations, the New Orleans Women’s Shelter, NAMI New Orleans and Eden House to create video pitches highlighting their work, as part of the IMPACT 100 Giving Circle. The NOWS video featured above was part of the pitch that helped secure the organization’s $100,000 grant from IMPACT 100.

 

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International School of Louisiana

NOVAC, filmmaker Ben Long and sound designer Ian Painter collaborated with the International School of Louisiana to create 12 videos in 3 languages designed to connect incoming teachers from around the world with the practices and ethos of working at ISL. Big kudos to Ben Long for editing in three languages, only one of which does he speak!

 

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Collegiate Academies

NOVAC partnered with the Greenhouse Collective and the students of Collegiate Academies to help them explain, in their own words, some of the unique cultural practices at their schools.  Working to both capture the daily life experience on campus and replicate Collegiate’s unique branding style, we created a set of videos that Collegiate used in press releases, newsletters, on their web sites and on social media.

 

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Foundation for Louisiana, LEAD Program

NOVAC and Breathe Video Nation partnered with the Foundation for Louisiana to document their LEAD program, which trains a diverse group of community organizers in the knowledge and skills they need to accomplish their goals, and then allows them to make grants to local organizations whose work supports their community development. In addition to filming the workshops and interviewing participants, NOVAC also participated in the workshop, teaching the participating organizations about digital storytelling and using video for advocacy campaigns.

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