Sync Up Cinema 2016
Louisiana's film industry conference during Jazz Fest!
FREE & open to the public @ 1225 N. Rampart Street
THURSDAY APRIL 21, 8-10PM: BYO
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. We're teaming up with BYO on Thursday, April 21st at the Jazz and Heritage Center for our 3rd Thursday to kick off 2016 Sync Up Cinema with stories based on the theme:
"(Not) For The Money"
....things you did just for the money, or what you did knowing there was no paper at all; rent parties, Japanese commercials, egg selling? You tell us.
7:30pm- BYO happy hours- drinks from rozzie+leggy, grub from Goodman's BBQ, tunes from Lost in the Holler. 8pm- stories. Oh yes, and we'll be outside! To learn more or sign up to tell a story, email email@example.com
MONDAY APRIL 25, 2016
1:30pm - The Master: best practices in film and video preservation. Panel featuring Toby Armstrong (preserving a film via NOJHFF grant), Ben Solovey (local film print preservationist), and more.
3pm - Best of the Fests & Local Works. Top Louisiana produced short films from NOFF 2015, 48HRFF, the Louisiana Film Prize 2015, and other local works, including The Boatman and Shotgun Boogie.
5pm - Louisiana Film Prize Social. Meet the crew behind the LA Film Prize and have some drinks to the jams of DJ Loira Limbal!
6:30pm - Queen Sugar Panel. Meet the team that’s producing Oprah and Ava’s QUEEN SUGAR, a Louisiana Story being produced in Louisiana. Discussion of Duvernay’s drive for #inclusivecrew and developing voice and vision in white male dominated Hollywood. Producer Paul Garnes in attendance. More to come as we approach the date.
8pm - The Glamour and The Squalor, presented by Shotgun Cinema. As a rock DJ in late-'80s Seattle, Marco Collins achieved something virtually impossible: he became a star, and in the process helped make the city synonymous with grunge music. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains - Collins championed them and countless other bands, was the first to play their breakout albums, and became the go-to source for the newest and greatest in rock. But although he became one of music's most influential tastemakers, Collins is more than his on-air personality - music is just one of his complex, unquenchable, and uncompromising passions. Director Marq Evans in attendance.
TUESDAY APRIL 26, 2016
3:30pm - Music Licensing for Film. With Rob Filomena and more.
4:30 pm - Documentary development and diversity panel with N’Jeri Eaton (ITVS) and Loira Limbal (Firelight Media). MacArthur Foundation, which funds normally 20-25 docs a year, just announced that it won’t be funding individual films any more, but will be funding 5 regrantors. Two of them are ITVS and Firelight, and both have expressed concrete interest in highlighting voices from the South. This is a direct opportunity for local filmmaker to hear about the types of projects and applications that two of the largest documentary funders in the country are interested in.
5:30pm - A Woman, A Shark, A Robot with Misty Talley. Misty is Louisiana filmmaker who started with a dream, a very cheesing dream that involved comic books and cheesy genre movies. Today, she is the first woman ever to have directed a feature for the Sci Fi channel and she is busy producing in Louisiana a slate of films that play on her eye for detail and sense of fun. In a keynote presentation, Misty will talk about how she built a career in film and TV, her Baton Rouge robotic shark builders and what it’s like to be a woman in a very bullshark world.
6:30pm - Springbreak Shark Attack Happy Hour with WIFT. Then join us in the courtyard for a reception hosted by WIFT and some delicious shark attack cocktails!
8pm - I AM THE BLUES (SXSW). This film takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. Director Daniel Cross in attendance and a performance by Little Freddie King.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2016
1pm - First Friday. Oakland made it onto two “top” lists: Top Five travel destinations in the U.S., and Top Five most dangerous cities. Once a month, those two realities meet at First Friday. What started as simple art crawl on the first Friday of every month has grown into a cross-cultural and intergenerational event drawing thousands of people to downtown Oakland for food, entertainment and every kind of art imaginable. The event’s popularity has fueled the city’s larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager was murdered during one of the events, the future of First Fridays is uncertain. Directed by N'Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni.
4:30pm - Made in Japan (SXSW). Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world's first Japanese country music superstar. It is a funny yet poignant multicultural journey through music, marriage and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman. In partnership with the New Orleans Japan Society. The Diamond Brothers, directors of the film, in attendance. Preceded by Garrett Bradley’s LIKE, a 6 minute short about clickfarms, produced with Field Of Vision.
7pm - Belizaire The Cajun 30th Anniversary. In 1859 Louisiana, a wily root doctor must save his friend's life, win a woman's heart, outfox a crooked sheriff, stop marauding vigilantes, expose an evil villain, heal the sick, play music for the dance, keep himself off the gallows, and, of course, rescue the inheritance of three orphaned children in a picture that helped launch both the 1980s all-things-Cajun craze and the independent film movement. The film screened in the Official Selections of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Munich, Torino. Produced by Sandra Schulberg, Allan Durand, & Glen Pitre. Written & directed by Glen Pitre. With Glen Pitre in attendance. Preceded by Atchafalaya, The Construct Films Southern Gothic Thriller.
SYNC UP CINEMA 2015
Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Western), Angela Tucker (Black Folk Don't, (A)Sexual), Amy Mitchell-Smith (Zipper), Michael Goi (American Horror Story, Salem and Glee), Natalie Kingston (Construct Films), Travis Bird & Angela Catalano (Shotgun Cinema), George Wein (Newport Folk Festival and NO Jazz Fest founder).
Fresh Dressed (2015, Sascha Jenkins), This Ain't No Mouse Music: The Story of Arhoolie Records (2013, Maureen Gosling), Keeper of the Flame (2015, Brian Nelson), Screening of The Music Box Kiev and Vice Versa (Airlift), Digital Youth: Project 10 (NOVAC), The Newport Effect (2014, Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young), Gimme Shelter (1970, David & Albert Maysles), Best of the Fests (2014 New Orleans Film Festival, the LA Film Prize, TimeCode NOLA and the 48 Film Project NOLA).
Julie Plec, Executive Producer, The Originals
Franklin Leonard, Founder, The Blacklist (blcklst.com)
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
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