Dispatch from New Orleans Film Festival
Last month, Reel South's main duo, executive producer Rachel Raney and series producer Nick Price, ventured down to Louisiana for the series' third official attendance of the New Orleans Film Festival and to strategize with industry partners and collaborators.
Although New Orleans is often the hub of creative sojourns in Louisiana, we made a point to cross Lake Ponchartrain and visit Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB). LPB is one of Reel South's co-producing stations from a group of state-wide PBS stations in the South that support the series. Rachel and I both agreed that any time we are able to visit another station, there's always an atmosphere of home. Maybe that's just the Southern hospitality we've come to expect or maybe it's just the cut-outs of Poldark's Aidan Shaw greeting us in the lobby. We hope both!
Back in the Crescent City, we were quickly on the grind catching the Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Pitch series, where fantastic southern projects were pitched and eventually awarded. The rest of the weekend included a public television panel, catching up with Reel South alum, viewing a few films, speed-dating with new filmmakers, and brunching with our newly minted Reel South SHORT Award winning film, Knocking Down the Fences, about the impressive AJ Andrews!
For the second year in a row, the New Orleans Film Society, this time in partnership with Creative Capital, hosted the South Summit to discuss challenges filmmakers, artists, organizations and agencies in our region face and discuss new practices to meet these challenges and work toward a more equitable filmmaking and curating industry in our region.
In another fantastic iteration, the New Orleans Film Festival continued to inspire creativity and success across the South and the nation.
All photos present and linked are courtesy the New Orleans Film Society.