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Sync Up Cinema 2015

Louisiana's film industry conference during Jazz Fest

Catch up on the festival's history here

APRIL 27 - 29 @ a NEW venue!  Join us this Jazz Fest at the brand new George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center for three days of screenings, panels and events focusing on Lousiana fillmmaking, culture and music!  We've got a new venue, and in addition to our partners at the Jazz and Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Film Society, we are happy to announce that Shotgun Cinema will be projecting our films pristinely in the beautiful new theater!  All of this brought to you FREE thanks to the N.O. Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Napper Law, IATSE 478, Hollywood Rentals, Second Line Stages and Breathe Video Nation.


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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.


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.


Fresh Dressed  (2015, Sascha Jenkins) 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.

The Newport Effect  (2014, Beverly Penninger and Alyson YoungThe 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.

Gimme Shelter (1970, David & Albert Maysles) 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. 

This Ain't No Mouse Music: The Story of Arhoolie Records (2013, Maureen Gosling, Chris Simon)  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.

BEST OF THE FESTS: 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. 

KEEPER OF THE FLAME (dir. Brian Nelson) 





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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