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.
You’re in luck — the annual Hell Yes Fest opens Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the world premiere of “The Time-Raptor” at Prytania Theatre.
Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart will release their book “There’s One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans” at a party showcasing old film reels on the Prytania Theatre’s screen (Nov. 1, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.).
The director and cast of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” — the film shot in the marshes of Terrebonne Parish that won over judges at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals — will appear for a question-and-answer session following a screening of the movie Friday evening at the Prytania Theatre.
Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre.
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:
“During this past weekend’s showing of THE ROOM, some jackass threw a metal spoon at our screen and punctured a hole in it,” wrote Robert Brunet on the venerable Uptown single-screen’s Facebook page. “Our screen is a special silver screen designed for our Digital Projector to give an optimum image. If anyone has knowledge of who did this, I will give them a lifetime pass to the theatre.”
The 14th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival begins tonight at the Prytania Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. showing of “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life,” equal parts biography of the singer Serge Gainsbourg and “a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.”
Rene Brunet, the 89-year-old owner of the Prytania Theatre and its gracious doorman, describes growing up in the theater side of the movie business, his hobby of playing the organ, and the Prytania’s place in the world today, in a wide-ranging interview with the website NOLA Defender.
With today’s announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, the Prytania Theatre made an announcement of its own: between now and March 3, the Uptown cinema will be hosting a full slate of Oscar contenders.
The “Best Picture Series” is already underway with showings of The King’s Speech, which led the field with 12 nominations. Through the next several weeks, the Black Swan, Oscar-nominated short films, “True Grit” and “The Fighter” will all be shown, the cinema announced.
Screenings of nearly 30 different films in the New Orleans Film Festival will dominate the schedule at the Prytania Theatre from Friday to the following Thursday.
Taking the theatre stage to a full house’s standing ovation after Monday’s late showing, Shearer thanked the audience for their enthusiasm but described his broader goal.
“Nothing is more moving to me than hearing the reaction of the people of New Orleans, the city I adopted, the city that adopted me,” Shearer said. “But it wasn’t made for us. It was made for the rest of the country.”