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Christian Harkness

Christian Harkness is a photographer and printmaker working in the Gulf island community of Cedar Key, Florida. He photographs the men and women of the often overlooked commercial fishing and clamming industry there, and creates cyanotypes, zines, and books of his work. He has taught photography at the Florida State University and in Florence, Italy.

Christian Harkness

Rachel Eubanks

Rachel Eubanks is a visual journalism and publication management student at The University of Georgia. Her long-term portrait and interview project Boss Bitches of Athens focuses on feminist and LGBT communities in Athens, giving insight into what it's like to be an independent woman in the South.

Rachel Eubanks

Johnathon Kelso

Photographer Johnathon Kelso took over our Instagram account last week. For several years, Kelso has been documenting Sacred Harp singers and Primitive Baptist congregations throughout the region. His photographs provide a respectful look into the lives and settings of these people of faith.

Johnathon Kelso

The Big Beat: A Labor of Love Fifteen Years in the Making

The talents of Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew burst out of the neighborhoods of New Orleans to change America's landscape forever. While recordings and television footage abound, Joe Lauro, a vintage collector and archivist of musical performance footage, uncovered a film recording of a live performance of the two musicians and their band and decided it was time to create a feature documentary about Fats and his contribution to rock and roll. The discovered concert footage is included in its entirety, allowing viewers to see an extended evidence of the energetic performers.

Gideon’s Army: Public Defender Documentary Portrays an Uphill Battle of Justice

Gideon's Army is a stripped-down documentary that captures the early careers of three young public defenders in the Deep South. It's a look at the reality of dealing with an overwhelming caseload, providing a street-level look at the energy and focus of these often overlooked defense lawyers who offer the only guidance through the legal system that some people have. Rob Cameron Fowler talks with Porter about the film and needed reform.

Gideon’s Army: Public Defender Documentary Portrays an Uphill Battle of Justice

"Big Charity" Captures The Legacy of Compassion at an Iconic Hospital

Charity Hospital, the iconic institution that was the birthplace of so many New Orleanians and often the last resort for care, has been closed since its ground floors were inundated with water in the flooding of Hurricane Katrina. A long, complicated battle has been fought over what to do with the city-owned building since then, but tied up in the conflict are memories of the public hospital's higher mission as exemplified by its staff, a mission that hasn't been revived since. This film tells the story of the hospital from its beginnings in the early 1700s through interviews with staff, notable citizens, and government leaders.

"Big Charity" Captures The Legacy of Compassion at an Iconic Hospital

Big Moccasin: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview

Filmmakers Chelsea and Andrew Moynehan spent months in a rural community in southwestern Virginia to create this close look at one corner of the Appalachias. The stories and beliefs of four residents living along Big Moccasin Road provide the center of this documentary that is also rich in scenery and the bluegrass and gospel music that is so identifiable with the region.

Big Moccasin: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview

Cast the First Stone: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview

Angola Prison has such an almost mythic reputation that it's almost easy to overlook the personal stories of the inmates themselves, but Cast the First Stone gives a unique access point to some of them as they come together to put on an amateur theatrical production of the Gospel story--inside the prison walls.

Cast the First Stone: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview
DOCUMENTARYBrad Rhines

Graffiti Artists Honor Cultural Heroes in "Strong Light" Doc

In New Orleans, abandoned public housing project became an improvised hall of heroes with art provided by graffiti artists until it was abruptly fenced off. The new documentary Strong Light tells the story of those who participated.

DOCUMENTARYBrad Rhines

GRITTY NOLA MARCHING BAND DOCUMENTARY TO AIR NATIONALLY ON CBS

On Saturday, February 15, jazz great Wynton Marsalis will host the national television premiere of The Whole Gritty City, an engrossing documentary that zooms in on New Orleans brass and marching band culture and the escape it offers from the traps of some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods.