Locally produced ‘Garden District’ named Best Short Film at London International Film Festival

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Bryan Batt, left and Barret O’Brien were awarded Best Lead Actors in a Short Film for their roles in “Garden District.”

A locally shot short film, “Garden District,” won Best Short Film at the 2021 London International Film Festival, held virtually last month from London, Garden District Productions announced.

During the ceremony, Bryan Batt and Barret O’Brien were awarded Best Lead Actors in a Short Film for their roles in “Garden District.”

“We are so proud of the amazing cast and crew of ‘Garden District’ for this prestigious national honor,” said “Garden District” creator Rosary O’Neill. “This film was written to celebrate New Orleans and all of its eccentricities, and the stellar local cast really deserve this recognition.”

“Garden District” is a short film created as a sizzle reel for a future potential television series.  It was produced in its eponymous neighborhood by a local cast and crew and focuses on the life of a New Orleans family.

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Janet Shea plays Garden District matriarch Irene Dubonnet Crawford.

The story tells the tale of New Orleans matriarch, Irene Dubonnet Crawford, who struggles with balancing her love for her dysfunctional adult children and the direction in which their lives have gone. It is a constant tug of war with her artist-son, writer-daughter, shady son-in-law and actress-stepdaughter.

The recent sudden death of her husband catapults Irene in having to select who will inherit the Dubonnet family millions within a year.

The film was written by local theater mainstay Rosary O’Neill and directed by Oley Sassone.  It stars Batt as Rooster Dubonnet, O’Brien as Quint Levitt, and Janet Shea as Irene Dubonnet. Additional featured cast includes Kelly Lind as Kitten Levitt, Sheri Eakin as Jasmine Dubonnet, Carl Palmer as Clovis Debango, and Dari Lynn Grifin as Ella.

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