Member Spotlight

Jul 26, 2017 |

Meet Valerie M. Grubb- President, New Orleans Film Festival You are a recent transplant to New Orleans – what brought you here? Although I officially moved to NO in January of 2016, I’ve been coming to the City at least once a year since 1991. I have friends whom I consider my 2nd family here so when I was looking…

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Friends + Lovers of the New Orleans Film Society, In just three months, New Orleans shines ever brighter as an epicenter of culture and creativity during the New Orleans Film Festival, the signature program we’ve been growing with your love and support for 28 years! We are riding a wave of excitement and new energy as we move toward the…

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Member Spotlight

Jul 6, 2017 |

Meet VICTORIA GREENE What do you do for a living? I am an indie filmmaker based in New Orleans, Louisiana. What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Rocky (1976) written by Sylvester Stallone. I remember sitting in the theater and watching it twice! The story is simple and shows Rocky’s heart, sincerity, and resiliency. I love it when…

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Member Spotlight

Jun 26, 2017 |

Casey Moore What do you do for a living? I work in Film & TV here in Louisiana. I work in the production office mainly handling all the very unglamorous aspects of filmmaking such as ordering gear and making travel arrangements and distributing information to the crew. What is your favorite movie? Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Favorite NOFF film? Welcome…

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An Interview with Emerging Voices Alum, Kenna J. Moore NOFS: Tell us about yourself and why you were in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival? KM: My name is Kenna and I’m an independent filmmaker from New Orleans via Plaquemines Parish. I own and operate a NOLA independent film company, Ghost of Elysian Films. Founded in 2012, our mission is…

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#CREATELOUISIANA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT FOR NEW FRENCH CULTURE FILM GRANT Out of six finalists, the narrative short film “Le Grand Remix” took home a $32,500 cash grant for a narrative short film about a young teacher at a French immersion school in New Orleans who forges an unlikely bond with a Vietnamese student over heartbreak, music, and a shared love of…

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#CreateLouisiana has announced the six finalists for the French Culture Film Grant. The French Culture Film Grant will award $32,500 to one Louisiana-based filmmaking team to create a groundbreaking new film that showcases French culture and talent. The prize-winning film will include English and French components that exhibit aspects of French Louisiana art, music, and society. The finalists include three…

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From the early explorers to the dancehalls of Acadiana, the stories of French-speaking Louisiana have reached audiences around the globe, continually evolving and inspiring new generations to embrace this unique relationship. This year Create Louisiana announces a new partnership dedicated to the enduring bond between French culture and Louisiana. TV5MONDE USA, America’s only 24/7 French language entertainment channel, has partnered…

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Jolene Pinder, Executive Director Moonlight All These Sleepless Nights Cameraperson A Bigger Splash The Witch The Edge of Seventeen Weiner Dheepan Manchester by the Sea Hunt for the Wilderpeople Cemetery of Splendor Clint Bowie, Director of Programming While I certainly didn’t get to see all the films I had wanted to see this year (does that ever happen?), I did…

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When Prospect and the Contemporary Arts Center announced they were bringing the acclaimed 24-hour film installation The Clock by artist Christian Marclay to New Orleans, the Film Society staff jumped at the opportunity to experience this unique exhibit. It sparked such dialogue and conversation that a number of staffers penned their responses to The Clock , which you can find…

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The ballots are in! Here are the winners of the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival Audience Awards: SPOTLIGHT FILM: NARRATIVE Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins) SPOTLIGHT FILM: DOCUMENTARY Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (dir. Leslie Iwerks) NARRATIVE FEATURE My First Kiss and the People Involved (dir Luigi Campi) DOCUMENTARY FEATURE TIE: After Spring (dir. Ellen Martinez + Steph Ching) Shelter (dir.…

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The New Orleans Film Festival announced its jury winners Sunday, October 16, during an awards ceremony at Gallier Hall, in the presence of 200+ filmmakers with work in the festival. Jury award winners, as well as winners in the technical categories, are listed here: JURY AWARDS NARRATIVE FEATURES Jurors: Kate Hurwitz, Stephanie Northen, Opeyemi Olukemi Jury Winner: Narrative Feature Prize:…

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NEW ORLEANS, La.—After six years of leading the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS), Executive Director Jolene Pinder will step down at the end of January 2017. Pinder will continue to lead the organization through the 27th edition of the New Orleans Film Festival, held October 12-20, 2016. During her tenure as Executive Director, Pinder led the organization during the greatest…

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New Orleans Film Festival to open with LBJ, close with Daughters of the Dust + host World Premiere of Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table Directors Rob Reiner and Julie Dash to receive Career Achievement Awards. NEW ORLEANS, La. (September 7, 2016)- The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced today the 27th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will open with Rob…

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New Orleans Film Society Announces 27th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, October 12-20, 2016 Festival unveils documentary, narrative and Louisiana feature competition lineup + official program artwork New Orleans, La. (August 23rd, 2016)– The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced today the feature competition lineup for the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), taking place October 12th – 20th…

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With our Film Festival around the corner NOFS decided to speak to a mentee about the importance of our programs and film festival opportunities. We caught up with Ahmed Siddiqui, an Emerging Voices filmmaker who has used our program to the fullest potential. Ahmed is from New Orleans, but calls Lafayette and the Acadiana home. Since his start in our…

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Brian Nelson _NOFS spoke to a Emerging Voices Filmmaker Brian Nelson about the upcoming screening and fundraiser of his film Hail to the Queens. Brian, how did you begin this documentary production about Mardi Gras Indian Queens? Hail to the Queens is inspired by a museum exhibit “Queens Rule” that my mom and grandmother curated back in 2009. The museum…

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Jonathan Isaac Jackson NOFS spoke to a local filmmaker alum from our own mentor program who is making waves with his new film Greenlight. “Greenlight” has been picked up by PBS online film festival from July 11th- July 29th. Viewers can vote for their favorite film by facebook or twitter using #PBSolff hashtag. Jonathan, can you tell us what/who are…

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Russell Sheaffer / photo by Grayson Harbour NOFS recently caught up with filmmaker and New Orleans Film Festival alum Russell Sheaffer about the upcoming online release of his feature documentary Masculinity/Femininity. We screened Masculinity/Femininity as part of our new media arm Cinema Reset in 2014. For those who didn’t get a chance to see it, could you explain a bit…

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Katie Cokinos (center) is pictured here speaking on a panel at the 2015 NOFF on career sustainability. After an impressive festival run that included a screening at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival, filmmaker Katie Cokinos successfully acquired distribution for her film I Dream Too Much through The Orchard (thanks to a connection she made at the festival) and is…

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Allendra Freeman, pictured here on a recent video shoot for PJ Morton. Photo by Roe Patterson. Local filmmaker and cinematographer Allendra Freeman, who last year participated in the Film Society’s Emerging Voices mentorship program for Louisiana filmmakers of color, recently added a pretty big credit to her resume: that of cinematographer on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade (as well as the…

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NOFF Named to List of Top Film Festivals The New Orleans Film Festival has been named to MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” For the past several years, the publication has compiled a list of festivals based on criteria such as travel compensation, value of prizes, acceptance/submissions ratio, alumni relations, networking and press…

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The New Orleans Film Society was one of 37 film organizations in the U.S. to receive funding from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the re-launch of its grants program after taking a year off. NOFS received a $20,000 FilmCraft grant for its Emerging Voices Mentorship Program, the highest amount awarded for FilmCraft grants. NOFS…

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Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, directors of the documentary short “unmappable,” pictured here at NOFF 2014, after winning the Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision. The NOFF 2014 selection “unmappable” is an award-winning documentary short from the filmmaking team of Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma. After a successful festival run, it’s now available to screen online for free. Hodson and Luoma…

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In 2013, New Orleans filmmaker Brennan Peters received the Best Louisiana Feature prize at the New Orleans Film Festival. Her prize was a camera package from Panavision valued at $10,000. Though she spent the last several years pursuing film in Los Angeles, Brennan recently returned to New Orleans to shoot a film and take advantage of her Panavision award. She…

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Deep South Studios, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the New Orleans Film Society present grant to local filmmaking team at the Prytania Theatre during New Orleans Film Festival’s closing night festivities Deep South Studios, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the New Orleans Film Society awarded tonight the inaugural 2015 Create Louisiana Filmmakers Grant to Director Nailah…

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (October 18, 2015)—The New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is excited to reveal its 2015 Jury Award Winners. This morning, hundreds of filmmakers, jurors and NOFF staff gathered at the Filmmakers Awards Ceremony and Brunch at Republic New Orleans for the announcement. This year’s pool of NOFF submissions numbered over 3,400 and represented 100 countries of origin, both…

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On Saturday, March 28th, the New Orleans Film Society honored Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey as the organization’s 2015 Celluloid Hero. McConaughey is in New Orleans shooting The Free State of Jones, a Civil War era drama directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games). McConaughey offered a poetic homage to New Orleans and Louisiana in his acceptance speech (read the…

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The New Orleans Film Festival has been chosen as an Academy Award® qualifier in the Documentary Short Subject category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a qualifying festival, recipients of the festival’s juried Documentary Short Award will be eligible for Oscar® consideration without the standard seven-day theatrical run in L.A. or New York, provided the films…

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