Our Partner Organizations
The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) was founded in 1989 and has a mission to engage, educate and inspire through the art of film. NOVAC has partnered with this exciting organization on a number of educational programs and events like Watch My Movie! and Citizen Voices Panel and Breakout Series. For more on NOFS read below or visit their website.
2012 marks the 23rd anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival, which has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national, and international films. In addition to the annual Film Festival each fall, the NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, Film-o-Rama, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists, and professionals. TheNOFS also partners with local organizations to present monthly film series–at the Contemporary Arts Center, Chalmette Movies, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Throughout the year, the NOFS reaches approximately 20,000 people through its programming.
NOVAC is a proud partner of the Tulane Center for Public Service. Each year, our organization participates in engaging Tulane students in civic and research activities that link the university with our diverse community of constituents.In 2009 our organizations partnered with the Tulane Department of Communication to complete a Community Needs Survey, where Tulane students interviewed a diverse group of New Orleans community members about their experiences with community media and media centers. Currently, Tulane students are assisting NOVAC’s operations in completing community educational, access, and production initiatives.
NOVAC is pleased to have partnered with Dillard University School of Mass Communications’ Film Department on the educational programs Producing the Indie and Get Funded! a two day seminar held at Dillard University’s ProffessionalSchools Building and the George’s Auditorium designed to educate both Dillard film students and the Louisiana independent film community about producing and financing the indie feature. NOVAC continues to partner with Dillard University through the School of Mass Communications’ internship program.
NOVAC has had the opportunity to partner with the HBO series Treme though the workforce training program and PA workshops. Following in-depth and hands on instruction NOVAC’s class of PA’s received further instruction from guest speakers and department heads like Executive Producer Nina Noble as well as Laura Schweigman, Associate Producer of Treme; Tim Cohn, Treme Set Decorator, Sofia Hujabre, Assistant Production Office Coordinator; Ann Walters, Co-Costume Designer; Chris DeAngelis, 2nd Assistant Director; Mike Leonard, 2nd AD, Virginia McCollam, Locations Manager and Joe Incaprera, Treme Producer and UPM. After the training a number of NOVAC’s graduates were hired by the hit show including NOVAC alumna Kate Evans who went on to serve as Executive Assistant to Treme Executive Producer Nina Noble. For more information about Treme click here.
Second Line Stages, the Nation’s first green independent film studio has teamed up with NOVAC in order to provide stages and resources to production workshop students. Both LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) complient and USGBC (United States Green Building Council) registered, Second Line Stages is one of the most forward thinking studios in the country.
With three sound stages, vast amount of production support and films like Green Lantern on the lot, Second Line has fixed itself at the center of New Orleans production, giving NOVAC students in the opportunity to get on-set training at one of the most modern and preferred stages in the industry.
For more information about Second Line Stages visit their website.
- 37,000 sf total soundstage space
- 5 floor office tower
- 43 seat digital screening room
- 73,000 sf warehouse support space
- Secure, on-site parking w/ 24-hour security and card entry system
- Catering & trailer hookups
- 802.11n wireless campus/VoIP/VPN
- Chilled, filtered water and bottle refilling stations
The Filmmakers of Jolu Productions, including Producer/Director Luisa Dantas (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price) explore a myriad of hot-button national issues, such as affordable housing, immigration, economic displacement, and disaster recovery in their multi-platform documentary film Land of Opportunity. A character-driven style documentary, the film interweaves the stories of six protagonists vested in the rebirth of New Orleans. From the urban planner to the immigrant Brazilian worker to the Saint Bernard public housing resident, Land of Opportunity captures their four-and-a-half year journey following the disaster and the cultural shifts that have defined post-Katrina New Orleans.Land of opportunity is comprised of a feature length film as well as shorter interactive web based content in order to better engage viewers and encourage them to respond to issues raised by the film. Dantas and the Jolu team have worked tirelessly to represent the challenges that the protagonists face in an objective way and to bring to light the possiblilities or not only the City of New Orleans, but for major cities across the globe. Other contributing filmmakers are Co-Producer Rebecca Snedecker (By Invitation Only, Choices), Executive Producer Judith Helfand (The Uprising 34, Blue Vinyl), and Wendy Ettinger (The War Room). For more information about Jolu Productions, the filmmakers and LAND OF OPPORTUNITY visit their website.
Scrub Brush Productions partnered with NOVAC in a pursuit to examine the violence that New Orleans youth face daily. Shell Shocked: The New Orleans Youth Story is a feature length documentary that delves into this issue.Scrub Brush led by Producer/Director John Richie has armed seven local teenagers with cameras and given them the technical tools to document their lives. The children participated in a year long intensive documentary class, where they learned the latest production techniques with professional equipment and were asked to use these tools to document their lives in urban New Orleans. After producing a ten minute assignment each month, the students’ films were interwoven with the footage captured by DP/Producer Declan Ryan to become Shell Shocked. For more information on Shell Shocked and Scrub Brush visit the website.