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REFUGE

 

Phan Plork emigrated to Buras, Louisiana, in the early 1980s to escape the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge.  He now is part of a vibrant community of over 30 families of Cambodian descent in the heart of Plaquemines Parish.  He and other Cambodian and Vietnames fishermen are active parts of their community, but struggle to be engaged in the process of coastal restoration planning, due to cultural and language barriers.  As he looks towards the possibility of needing to move his family and community, becoming a refugee twice in his life, he wonders if his personal resilience will be enough to see his family, home and livelihood through.

REFUGE, featuring Phan Plork and Sandy Ngyuen.

Directed and produced by Katie Mathews

Camera by Biliana Grozdanova and Alex Glustrom

Edit by James Page

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NOVAC partners with HBO for Community Impact PA Program

Here at NOVAC, we are so proud of the partnerships we’ve forged within the Louisiana filmmaking community. In a traditionally difficult industry, we are immensely proud to crack open the gates for many talented yet unconnected folk. As the new tax incentive is bringing productions back to Louisiana, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on something we’ve been developing for the last two years.

Since 2007, NOVAC has been the leading provider of workforce training opportunities in south Louisiana. In partnership with various organizations like our local government, and union IATSE, we’ve helped galvanize productions coming to Louisiana for the tax credit to utilize a more diverse and locally-based workforce.

Turns out, we did such a good job of it, major studios began to stand up and take notice! And so, for the past two years, we’ve worked with HBO on their Community Impact PA Program in every location, nationwide, where HBO shoots its episodic series. This has been an opportunity for NOVAC to learn exponentially more about the film industry in regards to below-the-line jobs and diversity and inclusion practices around the country.

 

The non-profit provides media training and production resources in the New Orleans area to help those without connections in entertainment gain a foothold in the business. Roewe collaborated with Williams and Pam Hacker, HBO’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, to “replicate what McKinnon had done so successfully in New Orleans on every HBO production across the U.S.” This partnership empowered Williams and Hacker to start the HBO & Cinemax Community Impact Program, with the added goal of expanding diversity to sets as part of this PA training program.”

 

–OLIVIA ARMSTRONG, HBO.COM

 

One of the shows we love working with because of its wonderfully talented and supportive production crew is HBO’s Crashing, which films in New York City.

 

Production prepares for a scene on the Season 2 set of Crashing.

 

We are so happy proud to share with you a snapshot of where and how we work from a PA’s perspective on the 2017 set of Crashing. The article is a great read, and so exciting for us to see NOVAC interns featured on HBO’s website.

 

Kenny Carter, a Navy veteran, at work in the production office.

Ashley Jovine, a recent college grad, assists in the production office.

Thomas Springsteen, an Army veteran, loves being directly on set and learning about operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The best productions happen when you have people who bring a range of talents and diverse perspectives,” noted Roewe. “Diversity enriches the project as it becomes more reflective of the people involved.”

 

 

 

Read the full article on HBO.com!

 

This work has been truly fulfilling, and we are beyond excited to bring more opportunities like this to Louisiana in 2018! We are off to a great start, with high-profile productions like Green Book and The First having already begun filming here at home.

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NO: Breaking Down a Script 101 – 1/14/18

Sunday 1/14/18 from 10am-3pm at NOVAC (532 Louisa St, NOLA 70117)
$50/NOVAC members, $75 for nonmembers
This workshop hosted by NOVAC and taught by visiting filmmaker Camille Brown, covers the breaking down of a script for low budget/non-union crew projects. Participants may bring in a script, 15 pages or less and together we will break it down and create a schedule and budget. For those who don’t have a script, Camille will have some to share.
ABOUT CAMILLE BROWN:
An award-winning filmmaker, Camille earned her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA’s prestigious Film, Television and Theater School. She made her directorial debut with her documentary “A Second Chance at Life” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The documentary went on to screen at several film festivals and winning best documentary.
Camille then went on to write and direct the award winning short film “Thank you for Washing”, which has screened in over 20 festivals winning best short for 10 of them. Most notable is the NBC Short Cuts Festival, from which she also received a blind script deal with the studio. She co-produced the feature film, “A Perfect Getaway” starring Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich, and last year she was a semi-finalist for the HBO Directing Fellowship. Her feature directorial debut “The Nth Ward” was just released on Amazon.
After the workshop, Camille will be screening her film, “The Nth Ward” at Chalmette Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Victoria Greene of WIFT (Women in Film and Television).
Please email jillian@novacvideo.org with any questions about this workshop.
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BR: Breaking Down a Script 101 – 1/13/18

Saturday 1/13/18 from 1pm-5pm at NOVAC:BR (in the Creative Bloc building at 804 Main St, BRLA 70806)
$50/NOVAC members, $75 for nonmembers
This workshop hosted by NOVAC and taught by visiting filmmaker Camille Brown, covers the breaking down of a script for low budget/non-union crew projects. Participants may bring in a script, 15 pages or less and together we will break it down and create a schedule and budget. For those who don’t have a script, Camille will have some to share.
ABOUT CAMILLE BROWN:
An award-winning filmmaker, Camille earned her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA’s prestigious Film, Television and Theater School. She made her directorial debut with her documentary “A Second Chance at Life” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The documentary went on to screen at several film festivals and won best documentary.
Camille then went on to write and direct the award-winning short film “Thank you for Washing,” which has screened in over 20 festivals winning best short for 10 of them. Most notable is the NBC Short Cuts Festival, from which she also received a blind script deal with the studio. She co-produced the feature film, “A Perfect Getaway” starring Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich, and last year she was a semi-finalist for the HBO Directing Fellowship. Her feature directorial debut “The Nth Ward” was just released on Amazon.
On Sunday 1/14, Camille will be screening her film, “The Nth Ward” at Chalmette Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Victoria Greene of WIFT (Women in Film and Television).
Please email jillian@novacvideo.org with any questions about this workshop.
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THE FIRST Production Internship Program 2018

NOVAC is proud to announce a partnership with the Hulu production THE FIRST- a drama from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, starring Sean Penn and filming in Chalmette, LA. Beginning January 5, 2018, NOVAC will be accepting applications for this three-week, paid internship program, which will place locals in specific departments based on their preference and fit.  Departments accepting interns include:  Camera, Art Department, Set Dressing, Production Office, Accounting, Locations, Assistant Directors, Scripty/Video, Hair/Makeup, Costumes, Scenic, Electric, Grips, Props, and Sound.  The internship will be three weeks, beginning around February 1st, and will be five days a week, 8 hours/day for the entire three weeks (excluding holidays).  Participants will be paid minimum wage for the run of the internship.

TIMELINE

  • Jan 5-19: Applications accepted
  • Jan 19-26: Interviews scheduled and conducted
  • Jan 26: Accepted candidates notified
  • Jan 31: Orientation
  • Feb 1: Internship on The First set begins

Applications due by January 19, 2018!

APPLY HERE!

 

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River Parishes Film Industry Job Training 1/18 – POSTPONED

2018 Film Industry Job Training

 

Due to weather, this workshop has been postponed. We are rescheduling it within the next two weeks! Stay tuned.

 

Take the first step towards starting your career in the film industry by joining NOVAC and the Louisiana Workforce Commission for one of our FREE upcoming workshops!

Who: River Parish residents 18+

When: Thursday, January 18th at 10AM-noon or 6PM-8PM

Where: Edward Dufresne Community Center located at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy, Luling, LA 70070

Please email jillian@novacvideo.org with any questions. 

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