FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 14, 2008
Contact: Isabel R. Theriot
NOVAC presents the 18th Louisiana Shorts Fest: a media arts festival with a focus on youth media programs and career development.
October 17th and 18th at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium
938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans
The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), presents the 18th year of the Louisiana Shorts Fest, a local media festival that showcases independent film and video by and about Louisianans and provides a forum for professional and creative exchange. This year’s festival, which will be held in the Louisiana Humanities Center on Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th, showcases the original work of local youth media education programs. A selection of student projects will be screened and students and teachers will have the opportunity to spotlight their programs. Saturday’s schedule will also include a panel discussion on the topic of careers in the media where industry professionals will speak about prospects for careers in this industry and will be available to answer individual questions. NOVAC’s 18th Louisiana Shorts Fest
Schedule of Events:
Night One: Friday, October 17th
7:00 Opening Reception and Greeting
7:30 Program Showcase
Each media program representative will discuss their organization and some will
screen sample work. Participants include: Echo Olander, KID smART; Joanna Rosenthal, Kid Camera Project; Lusher Charter School Media Arts Program; Paul Werner, NOCCA; NOVAC Summer Teen Digital Filmmaking Camp; Joshua Johnston, Positive Image Entertainment; Brandan Odums, Remedee Reel Earth; Ben Balser, Southern Louisiana Final Cut Pro User’s Group
The Program Showcase will be moderated by Emily Ratner, Co-Director, New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.
9:00 Reception (Light refreshments will be served.)
Night Two: Saturday, October 18th
4:00-6:00 Careers in Media Workshop for Youth
Panelists representing different sectors of Louisiana’s creative media industries will discuss various career options in an effort to shed light on the many opportunities for employment in this growing field. Panelists include: Sonny Averett, 3D Animation Artist; Andre Champagne, Entertainment Executive/Producer/Consultant; Patrick Mulhearn, Assistant Director of Film & Television, Louisiana’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development; Hamp Overton, Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans, Department of Film, Theater and Communication Arts; Rebecca Snedeker, Independent Filmmaker, Palmetto Pictures, Inc.
The Careers in Media Workshop for Youth will be moderated by Dr. Vicki Mayer, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communications at Tulane University.
6:30-8:00 Youth Media Projects Screening
8:00 Recognition Ceremony
8:30 Closing Reception (Light refreshments will be served.)
The 18th Louisiana Shorts Fest is presented by the New Orleans Video Access Center and is supported by grants from the Office of the Lt. Governor, the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF), the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation, and the City of New Orleans Office of Film & Television. The event is hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in the Louisiana Humanities Center in the Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium, 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans, LA 70113.
For more information about the Louisiana Shorts Fest, please contact Isabel Theriot by calling 504-940-5780, or email email@example.com.