Southern Glossary: Independent New Orleans & Louisiana films
This post comes from our friends at Southern Glossary, who are bringing us New Orleans Film Festival spotlights throughout the week, leading up to opening night on Thursday, October 16. Here's a quick list of local indie films:
The first feature-length film by Garrett Bradley, Below Dreams is an amalgamation of the type of young people the filmmaker met while riding Greyhound Buses between New York City and New Orleans, people she felt were not being taken into consideration when popular media outlets continuously used self-centered liberal arts majors as their sole symbol of a wide generation all suffering in the same economic downturn. In Bradley's film, three 20-somethings (a single mother, an ex-felon, and a listless wanderer) make their way to New Orleans with hopes of finding a foothold they can use to eventually establish their independence - Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:30 p.m. - Joy Theater & Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:30 p.m. - Prytania Theatre
A twisted fairy tale film about two people who were soulmates during their childhood who take part in a psychosexual drama after a tragic event reunites them. With females all writing, directing, and producing, the film offers an update on the primarily male-dominated southern gothic tradition, with plenty of sweat, swamp, and sultry music to go around. Hurray For the Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra performs in the film - Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - Prytania Theatre & Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 9:45 p.m. - Theatres at Canal Place
An experimental film that was conceived, written, filmed, and edited all in the same room, Dream Throat uses an eclectic hotel room as the setting for a variety of short vignettes about tenants facing intense situations. The psychic residue of past tenants haunt the room, and the viewer is placed into the role of an omnipresent voyeur. The short film will also tour and evolve other stories in other hotel rooms as part of a long-term art project. You can still contribute to the Kickstarter - Sunday, October 19, 9:00 p.m. - Prytania Theatre
Buy tickets and see full listing info, including information about filmmakers in attendance at these films, at the New Orleans Film Society website. Visit Southern Glossary for feature previews and more through the festival.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a producer at WWNO, The Moth and Listening Post and cofounder of Bring Your Own.