Film festival selection features Central City youth football team and combating violence-based trauma

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. Purpose
The premise of the film is as follows:
For the boys on the Davis Park team, it’s not a matter of if they’ve been exposed to violence– it’s how often. In their young lives, they’ve already attended funerals for slain family and friends, and stepped off school buses to the sight of flashing blue lights and yellow crime scene tape. They can tell the difference between fireworks and gunfire, and they know what to do when they hear the latter.

Louisiana-shot ‘The God Inside My Ear’ to open Horror Film Fest this weekend

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It may still be over a month to Halloween, but the NOLA Horror Film Fest is set to bring in some scares a little earlier as it opens for its eighth annual event Thursday at the Prytania Theatre. Thursday night will feature the festival’s opening film — Louisiana-produced “The God Inside My Ear,” one of 60 films selected for the festival out of 590 overall submissions. Produced, written and directed by Joe Badon, the film focuses on the character of Elizia, who “discovers a world of conspiracies, strange voices, and horrifying visions,” the festival’s film description reads, after experiencing a “peculiar and sudden” breakup with her boyfriend. The film stars Linnea Gregg as Elizia and holds a 7.6 out of 10 rating from 18 votes on the Internet Movie Database. The film is also described as a comedic style of horror on its IMDb profile, which states the film premiered in August of 2017.

Kristine Froeba: Southern Charm: New Orleans’ Benny Poppins

The Sassy Private Chef’s Shrimp n’ Grit’s Recipe as featured on Bravo

Each series has one breakout character, and while the Bravo Southern Charm New Orleans series offered little to locals other than indigestion, it did present us with the sass of New Orleans’ private cook, Mr. Benny Poppins. Poppins, aka Benjamin Levasseur, originally from Algiers, plies his trade amongst New Orleans’ families as a personal cook. “The name ‘Benny Poppins’ came from working closely with families and their children as a personal chef, and it stuck,” said Levasseur. In the Bravo series, Benny Poppins, of the bow tie, eye-roll and discreet side-eye proved popular amongst the audience who enjoyed the series. Levasseur portrays the cook and private assistant to New York documentary film producer Nicelle Herrington – also a real-life gig.

Carpark Cinema offers free screening of “The Lost Boys”

“The Lost Boys,” the 1987 movie that the New York Times hailed as a “hip, comic twist on classic vampire stories” set in a beachfront California town, will be screened for free Wednesday night on Broad Street as part of the Carpark Cinema film series. The movie starts at 7 p.m. at Broad Street Cider & Ale, 2723 South Broad, according to The Carpark Cinema’s announcement:

Do you like the 80s? Perms? Vampire gangs? A soundtrack to die for?

Kristine Froeba on Bravo’s Southern Charm New Orleans: Authentic as Canned Gumbo from Texas

Where to begin with this contrived foolishness? I’ll start with the rent-a-voodoo princess who wears the bejeweled and feathered turban of a Hindu Maharaja. If that isn’t enough, she also travels with a Home Decor store crystal ball, Italian Tarot cards and sprinkles Arabian frankincense and myrrh from a miniature broom–the type my grandfather kept under the seat of his car. Bravo states that the Southern Charm New Orleans television series will follow an “elite circle of friends…born into prominent families,” presumably from New Orleans. “Presumably” being key.

Local director’s first feature film ‘Thunder Road’ headed to Pyrtania Theater

Join the New Orleans Film Society as they present the homecoming of New Orleans native director Jim Cummings’s first feature film “Thunder Road,” which won the Grand Prize in SXSW 2018 and heading to Cannes Film Festival for its international premiere in May. “Thunder Road” tells the story of a flawed police officer, Jim Arnaud (Jim
Cummings), who’s life is made worse by his mother’s passing. Unable to change his life for the better, his only stability comes in the shape of his daughter (Kendal Farr). New Orleans’ premiere of “Thunder Road” will be on Tuesday, April 24, 8 p.m. at the Prytania Theater. The screening is free for New Orleans Film Society members, with public tickets available at the Prytania box office and online.

This Week at The Broad: Spies and Secrets

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Another weekend in the books and more records broken. We’ve been amazed by the turnout the last two weeks and are so happy to meet more and more of our neighbors who are visiting The Broad for the first time. If this is your first newsletter or your 100th, we’ve got a bunch of new movies and special events to share with you. RED SPARROW opens this week, led by another stellar Jennifer Lawrence performance. You might have seen her in mother!

This Week at The Broad: Your Guide to The Oscars

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This morning the staff at The Broad woke up to a startling discovery. The entire lineup of films currently playing at the theater can now be called Oscar nominated films. Over the past twelve months we have played seven of the nine films nominated for Best Picture with four of those being played at this very moment. We even ended up playing one of the animated shorts with our free screening of REVOLTING RHYMES late last year. So with our entire lineup being nominated we felt it best to not change things around too much. This next week you can catch CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, THE POST, THE SHAPE OF WATER, I, TONYA, and LADY BIRD just in time to start handicapping your favorites for the awards on March 4th (which just happens to be our 2nd birthday).

This Week at The Broad: Globe Winners Posted

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The Hollywood Foreign Press has spoken: The Broad Theater shows the best films. Four of our pictures have 9 awards between them. THE POST opens this week, and while it was shut out at the Globes for its 6 nominations, any film combining the talent of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep is worth the price of admission. This is the true story of The Washington Post newspaper’s struggle to publish the Pentagon Papers, which ultimately blew the lid off the government’s deception surrounding the Vietnam War. 
THE SHAPE OF WATER (Best Director – Guillermo del Toro, Best Original Score – Alexandre Desplat) I, TONYA (Best Supporting Actress – Allison Janney) LADY BIRD (Best Actress Musical or Comedy – Saoirse Ronan) and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Best Picture Drama, Best Actress Drama – Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor – Sam Rockwell, Best Screenplay – Martin McDonagh) continue their run. BYOB(aby) will be showing I, TONYA this week.

This Week at The Broad: Icy Conditions Ahead

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We feel it, too. It’s COLD outside. The new year has brought in some frigid air, so we’ve turned on the heater to bring you the warm fuzzies while you enjoy our lineup this week. Coincidentally enough, this week’s new release takes place in the frigid world of figure skating, so lace up your skates and let’s dig into the newsletter. I, TONYA is not your ordinary biopic.