The New Orleans Film Festival begins today, and all this week we've been highlighting a few films by genre out of the multitude of offerings. Today, a handful of narrative films made in New Orleans by creative, young filmmakers using the energy of the area for more than just a backdrop.
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. [Read our feature preview]
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:30 p.m. - Joy Theater
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:30 p.m. - Prytania Theatre
A sensual 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
Based and filmed in New Orleans, Una Vida tells the story of a neuroscientist researching Alzheimer's who becomes captivated by a French Quarter busker. When he discovers that she is suffering from the disease and that those who care for her (her guitarist partner and young adopted daughter) are wrestling with their own lives, he decides to step in. Soon, he is unraveling the history of her life and its music.
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - Joy Theater
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - Prytania Theatre
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.