The 29th annual, Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (#NOFF2018), will take place from October 17th through October 25thin venues across the city. With 60% of films by female directors and 54% by directors of color – and 80% from either a female director or director of color – the 2018 lineup boasts the most diverse line-up in the festival’s history. Louisiana-made films represent 27% of the lineup.
Here is a look at films in the Louisiana Features Competition:
A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story (dir. Cameron Washington)– This is a portrait of legendary New Orleanian trumpeter Leroy Jones, who spearheaded the New Orleans brass band revival.
Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs (dir. Allison Bohl DeHart, Peter DeHart)– Obsessed with the repeating geometry of nature, a sculptor works in the space between art and science.
Buckjumping (dir. Lily Keber)– World Premiere documentary chronicles different communities throughout New Orleans as they express themselves through dance.
Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson (dir. Mark Brockway, Timothy Givens)– In 1902 Nellie Jackson, an African-American woman born into poverty in Possum Corner, Mississippi, traveled north to Natchez and opened “Nellie’s”, a brothel she ran for more than sixty years.
Same God (dir. Linda Midgett)– The first African American woman to gain tenure at “the evangelical Harvard” faces a life-altering backlash to her public show of solidarity with American Muslims.
Tomorrow Never Knows (dir. Adam Sekuler)– Faced with the stark reality of death, Shar and Cynthia who, upon Shar’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s, make a brave and difficult decision.
The True Don Quixote (dir. Chris Poché)– World Premiere of this modern-day adaptation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Tim Blake Nelson stars.
Films will screen at venues such as the Broad Theater, the Orpheum Theater, and the Prytania Theater. For more information on tickets, showtimes and locations visit NewOrleansFilmFestival.org or NewOrleansFilmSociety.org.