Author Archives: Brian R. Friedman

Alfre Woodard, Trombone Shorty celebrate school's turnaround

Trombone Shorty visits

With Alfre Woodard and Trombone Shorty on the Homer A. Plessy Community School campus Tuesday, you can forgive the students and teachers for being a little star-struck. The Oscar-nominated actress and Grammy-winning musician were at the 7th Ward ... Read More »

Marquee Films highlight New Orleans filmmakers at fest

Fourchon shrimp and oil boats (Photo: Rob Davis)

You’d think that the Cajuns of coastal Louisiana would have pretty clear-cut feelings toward the oil industry in the wake of 2010’s BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. That’s what journalists and filmmakers Rob Davis and David Winkler-Schmidt thought when ... Read More »

Comedian Tig Notaro will bring comedy tour to the Joy Theater

Comic Tig Nataro

Comedian Tig Notaro is bringing her Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour to New Orleans on Sunday, October 12 at the Joy Theater. And it turns out that Notaro, who some may recognize as "Officer Tig" on Comedy Central’s The ... Read More »

NOLA-set film seeks test audience

The cast of "Laundry Day" on set after a day of filming.

After moving from Los Angeles in 2006, filmmaker Randy Mack found himself most at home in the part of town where the lower French Quarter meets the Marigny triangle. The neighborhood’s people and its haunts -- Checkpoint Charlie’s, ... Read More »

2010 New Orleans mayoral candidate to be subject of documentary

Former candidate in the 2010 New Orleans mayoral election Jonah Bascle is the subject of a new short documentary.

Certain careers call out to be explored through documentary films. The life of the stand-up comedian, for example, is ripe with material. The same can be said for the social activist, the writer, the visual artist, or the ... Read More »

LOCOfilm's latest shines a light on 'The Lot'


Seven years ago, filmmaker Russell Blanchard walked into the Blackstar Café in Algiers and began chatting with owner Baakir Tyehimba. Blanchard, a Thibodeaux native, had just moved to the neighborhood, and when the conversation turned towards ways of ... Read More »

'A Confederacy of Dunces' could be Broadway-bound

If all goes according to plan, 'Parks and Recreation; star John Offerman may turn up on Broadway as Ignatius J. Reilly.

Nothing about the beloved New Orleans-set novel A Confederacy of Dunces has come easy. It’s well known that the author, John Kennedy Toole, committed suicide in 1969 after numerous failed attempts to get it published. Only the persistence ... Read More »

Take Five: Independent filmmaker in Hollywood South makes 'Below Dreams'


A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans. “I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I ... Read More »

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