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Sync Up Cinema 2015

Louisiana's film industry conference during Jazz Fest





Best of the Fests - APRIL 27 @ 3PM

See the top short films produced in Louisiana in 2014, as we screen the top films from the New Orleans Film Festival, the LA Film Prize, TimeCode NOLA and the 48 Film Project NOLA. 

Gimme Shelter (1970, David & Albert Maysles) - APRIL 27 @ 5PM

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. Screening in tribute to the Maysles brothers, PRESENTED BY SHOTGUN CINEMA. 

The "Sync Up Effect" Social APRIL 27 @ 6PM

Come mix and mingle before our 6:45pm screening, meet the filmmakers, enjoy delicious treats provided by the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center and a tasty beer selection provided by New Belgium Brewing.

The Newport Effect  (2014, Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young) - APRIL 27 @ 6:45PM

The Newport Effect covers the history of the legendary Newport Folk Festival and its profound impact on the world of folk music and social activism. Infamous as the place where Bob Dylan 'went electric' in 1965, the reach of the festival goes far beyond that iconic moment. The festival brought its audiences roots music from around the world, resurrected the dying art of Cajun Music and introduced the world - on its New Folks stage - to newcomers like James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell. Narrated by Joan Armatrading and featuring segment narrations by Rosanne Cash, Michael Doucet, Steve Earle, Angelique Kidjo, Pokey LaFarge, Tom Morello, Mavis Staples and Lucinda Willimas, all artists who have played the Newport Folk Festival.  Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young, as well as special guest Newport Folk Festival and NO Jazz Fest founder George Wein.

Digital Youth: Project 10APRIL 28 @ 3PM

An innovative city-wide youth media project, partnering with six schools from a variety of neighborhoods and backgrounds, where young people create documentary profiles of our city's Katrina survivors and legacy on the 10th anniversary of Katrina.

LA Film Prize Social - APRIL 28 @ 6PM

Learn about the Louisiana Film Prize, meet the team, and hear all about how filmmaking in Shreveport can get you $50,000! Sponsored by Dos Lunas Tequila.

Fresh Dressed  (2015, Sascha Jenkins) - APRIL 28 @ 7:30PM

Direct from Sundance 2015, this will be the film's Louisiana premiere! Fresh Dressed is a fascinating, fun-to-watch chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Reaching deep to Southern plantation culture, the black church, and Little Richard, director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders, such as Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nas Jones, and Andre Leon Talley. The result is a passionate telling of how the reach for freedom of expression and a better life by a culture that refused to be squashed, would, through sheer originality and swagger, take over the mainstream. PRESENTED BY THE NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY.

After Party at Cosimo's - APRIL 28 @ 9PM

Enough said! The fun continues just down the street at Cosimo's (1201 Burgundy Street)!

Airlift Hour - APRIL 29 @ 3PM

Screening of The Music Box Kiev and Vice Versa, followed by a talk about Airlift's new approach to working with filmmakers and continuing the conversation about the upcoming projects we are working on around the MusicBox and our collaborative artistic approach to documenting our art. 

Keeper of the Flame (2015, Brian Nelson) - APRIL 29 @ 4PM

Brian Harrison Nelson tells the story of his own community, the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, in this urban family drama short.  Q&A with Filmmaker.

This Ain't No Mouse Music: The Story of Arhoolie Records (2013, Maureen Gosling, Chris Simon) - APRIL 29 @ 6PM

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music - music that's the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, bringing Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country - and into the living rooms of Middle America. American music has never been the same. Born a German count, Strachwitz fled his homeland after WWII at 16. In the US, he discovered, and shared, a musical landscape that most Americans missed. He takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America. Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers.

Closing Night Party at Black Penny - APRIL 29 @ 8PM

And let's conclude Sync Up Cinema 2015 with a night at Black Penny (700 N. Rampart Street)!




Travis Bird and Angela Catalano of Shotgun Cinema discuss what to expect when prepping your film for festivals and distribution, and discuss the difference between exhibition formats to ensure you know how to plan for your film's future. 


Three-time president of the ASC and the man behind the camera on American Horror Story, Salem and Glee shares his stories and vision. Moderated by local cinematographer Natalie Kingston.


Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Western), Angela Tucker (Black Folk Don't, (A)Sexual), Amy Mitchell-Smith (Zipper) discuss producing independent films in Louisiana, what it takes to develop a producing culture in Louisiana and getting it done in the genre of their choice.



Julie Plec, Executive Producer, The Originals
Franklin Leonard, Founder, The Blacklist (
Nailah Jefferson, Director, Vanishing Pearls
Yolonda Ross Actress, Go For Sisters, Writer/Director, Blinded by the Light
Garrett Bradley Director, Below Dreams
Allen Toussaint, Ron Yager & Jim Dotson, team, A Tribute to Toussaint

2014 FILMS

Go For Sisters, Dir. John Sayles, presented by the New Orleans Film Society
Vanishing Pearls, dir. Nailah Jefferson
Bayou Maharajah, dir. Lily Keber
A Tribute to Alan Toussaint, WLAE Original
The Whole Gritty City,  dir. Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson 

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