Nov 092019
 

King Ester, directed by Dui Jarrod, is the story of a black trans woman in Uptown New Orleans on the week prior to Hurricane Katrina. (via kingester.com)

The New Orleans Film Festival turned 30 this year, and their diversity in films and filmmakers is a point that they stress. This year, they screened “232 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives,” 26% of which were Louisiana-made and 56% directed by people of color. One series based in Uptown New Orleans made its debut on the NOFF big screen and online simultaneously.

“King Ester”—directed by Dui Jarrod and presented by Issa Rae’s ColorCreative production company—takes the viewer into the world of a black trans woman right before natural disaster.  Continue reading »

Oct 182019
 
Spy Bow Dow by Carl Harrison, Jr.

Spy Boy Dow Edwards is the subject of director Carl Harrison Jr.’s latest film, premiering at New Orleans Film Festival tonight. (via NOFF)

Dow Michael Edwards — a lawyer from Uptown New Orleans who grew up loving the Black Masking Indian culture — is headed for a big screen debut in the short film “Spy Boy Dow.” The film directed by Carl Harrison Jr. follows Edwards’ suit-making process in preparation for Mardi Gras Day.

This is Harrison’s second project to be accepted into the New Orleans Film Festival in three years, and it premieres at The Broad Theater tonight (Oct. 18).

The birth of Spy Boy Dow

“The Spy Boy is first in the front… he is ahead looking for trouble. Only a chosen few can be Spy Boy. It’s his job to send a signal to First Flag when he sees other Indians. First Flag signals back down the line to Big Chief. Big Chief has a stick that controls the Indians. When he hits the ground with the stick, they better get down and bow to the Chief.” – the late Big Chief Larry Bannock of Gert Town’s Golden Star Hunters, (via mardigrasneworleans.com)

Edwards is a partner at the Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart & Moore law firm, and spy boy for the Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indian tribe. His interest was sparked as a child when watching Indians with his family on Mardi Gras Day. He admired the tradition and culture from afar until he found a way in. Continue reading »

Oct 162019
 

“The Long Shadow” directed by Daniel Lafrentz (via NOFF)

The New Orleans Film Society kicks off the 30th New Orleans Film Festival at tonight (Oct. 16) with the Opening Night Film Marriage Story. Uptown’s Prytania Theater will screen over a dozen films, including Motherless Brooklyn, directed by and starring Edward Norton, and The Long Shadow, by Louisiana director Daniel Lafrentz. Shorts from the state and big-budget films are some festival highlights coming to the neighborhood this year.

Of the 6,500 submissions from 104 countries, 232 “visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives” made it into the festival. 50% of the films were made in the American South, and 26% are Louisiana-made.

“The festival’s strong accent on Southern voices is a vote of confidence in the rich storytelling in this region,” said New Orleans Film Society’s Artistic Director Clint Bowie in a statement to the press.

via NOFF

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Jun 042019
 

The 2018 New Orleans Film Festival opens with a second-line and a showing of “Green Book.” (courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society)

The New Orleans Film Society is gearing up for the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival to be held Oct. 16–23.

All-Access Passes for the festival are now on summer pre-sale with up to a $100 discount at neworleansfilmfestival.org.

Film and screenplay submissions for #NOFF2019 are open through June 21 via this link. The full film and event lineup will be announced in mid-August. Continue reading »

Feb 142019
 

(courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society)

During the last weekend before parades take over Uptown streets, there’s still plenty to do without leaving the neighborhood. To name a few: You can take in a French movie at the Prytania or a play at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center.

French Film Festival

The 22nd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest running foreign language festivals in the country, showcases contemporary and classic francophone Cinema for audiences of about 4,000 at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana.

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Dec 162018
 
22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival

The New Orleans Film Society will host their 22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival in February 2019 at Prytania Theatre. (via NOFS)

The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced that the 22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival will be held from February 15 to 21, 2019, at the historical Prytania Theatre. Last year, the festival reached a record audience of about 4000 attendees, and NOFS expects the festival to grow even more next year. Continue reading »

Oct 222018
 

The A.L. Davis Park Panthers, its players, and their mental health are the points of focus for the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) selection, The Children of Central City.

The 18-minute documentary—shot and directed by Emma Scott, based on the reporting of Jonathan Bullington and Richard A. Webster—shows the impact of the youth football program based in Central City New Orleans, and the violent environment its children must go through.


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May 192016
 
(image via New Orleans Film Society)

(image via New Orleans Film Society)

The New Orleans Film Society and the Coliseum Square Association will continue their annual early-summer love affair with the free outdoor showing of another cult film, “The Princess Bride,” on Saturday evening. Continue reading »

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Feb 232015
 
The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2015 Oscar Awards were screened at Prytania. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday evening, the 87th annual Oscar Awards were screened at the Prytania theatre. Complimentary food and beverage were provided for attendees. There were also glam and costume contests, as well as cinema trivia during commercial breaks.

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Feb 192015
 
Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Aurielle Brimmer poses for photos on the red carpet outside Prytania Theatre prior to the annual Oscar-watching party in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Scientist Alan Turing, the superhero “Birdman,” as well as the Hollywood glitterati — the Prytania Theatre is saving room for all of them on the red carpet Sunday night, when the New Orleans Film Society hosts its annual Academy Awards watching party and costume contests. Continue reading »

Oct 162014
 
A shot from the film "Black and White," screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

A shot from the film “Black and White,” screening during the New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

New Orleans Film Festival 2014

While participating in the parade of documentaries, foreign and independent films, and Hollywood features that will headline the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival, Uptown’s landmark Prytania Theatre will also screen a substantial number of legendary movies that may have played much earlier in its 100-year history. Continue reading »

Oct 112012
 

The Prytania Theatre and the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard are once again among the venues in the New Orleans Film Festival, which opens Thursday night and continues for the following week. Continue reading »

Feb 262012
 

Marie Tan and Chelsea Murphy, both dressed as versions of Marilyn Monroe from "My Week With Marilyn," pose for a photo together Sunday evening in the lobby of the Prytania Theatre before the start of the New Orleans Film Society's annual Oscar-watching party. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 262012
 

The New Orleans Film Society is hosting its annual Oscar party tonight at Prytania Theatre, complete with film trivia and a costume contest. Meanwhile, the society is also looking for supporters to help purchase a screen and projector for an outdoor film series.

Details on both tonight’s party at the Prytania and the “Movies to Geaux” project are below, via email: Continue reading »