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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
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The Filmmaking Partnership Behind "Buttercup Bill"

Rob Cameron Fowler talks to the close-knit friends who co-wrote and directed Buttercup Bill. The New Orleans-shot film is a tense, sensual drama about Patrick and Pernilla, soulmates during childhood but who wrestle with their intense feelings for each other 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.

Rob Cameron FowlerNOFF
The Filmmaking Partnership Behind "Buttercup Bill"

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
Brad RhinesNOFF

Skanks: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview

A small theater troupe comes together to put on an original drag play called Skanks in a One Horse Town in Birmingham, Alabama, and this documentary follows the crew and actors as they interact with their community both in and outside of the playhouse.

Brad RhinesNOFF
Skanks: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview
Ryan SparksNOFF

Below Dreams: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview

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. 

Ryan SparksNOFF
Below Dreams: New Orleans Film Festival Feature Preview