In conjunction with the ongoing exhibit entitled “Then and Now” at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, which looks at earlier and later work of 14 Louisiana artists, the New Orleans Film Society presents a collection of four short films made by Louisianans that span two decades. The four films were all produced in Louisiana and feature identifiable topics related to the unique culture and people of the state.
The films will screen as one presentation on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center.
The four films are:
Heavy Brass (Directed by Paul Grass, 1998)
One day three renegade Sousaphonists arrive in the town of Musicville. They immediatly begin to wreak havoc on the innocent musicians of the village, but their actions prove to have dire consequences when a certain dead composer comes back fro the grave and brings them to justice.
Mutiny (Directed by Henry Griffin, 1999)
A comedy about five jazz musicians who pile into a GMC Jimmy to go on tour in the middle of the night. They’ve got problems of their own, and they get lost, and they hate each other.
The cast of this film includes Nicky Katt (Dazed and Confused, The Limey), Alex McMurray (of Royal Fingerbowl), Theryl deClouet (of Galactic), and Rio Hackford.
Official selection of the 1999 Sundance Film Festival
Glory at Sea (Directed by Benh Zeitlin, 2008)
Incredibly moving, celebratory and evocative of the spirit of tragedy and hope in New Orleans, Glory at Sea follows a group of mourners as they build a boat from debris found on the streets. Led by a mysterious man, they embark on a quest to find their departed loved ones trapped beneath the sea.
Official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Narrative Short prize at the 2008 New Orleans Film Festival.
Statue (Directed by Andrew Bryan, 2010)
A lonely, ‘living-statue’ street performer in the French Quarter of New Orleans tries to win the heart of a nearby street musician.
Winner of the Louisiana Shorts award at the 2010 New Orleans Film Festival
Click on the VIDEO box on the left side of this article to see a brief video of filmmaker Andrew Bryan talking to Timecode: NOLA about the NOFS “Then and Now” showcase at the CAC and his film.
Several of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a conversation and Q+A afterwards.
The Louisiana Short Films presentation will screen on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street)
Tickets are $7 (General admission) and $5 (CAC/NOFS members) and can be purchased through CAC’s website.
Visit the Contemporary Arts Center’s website
And for more information on special screenings, events, and membership details, you can visit the New Orleans Film Society’s official website
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