Preview: Boston Calling Music Festival

by Alx Bear on May 23, 2016

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This weekend marks the beginning of summer and we have the perfect kick-off event if you want to escape the Big Easy. Boston’s City Hall Plaza will host the seventh annual Boston Calling Music Festival from Friday, May 27th to Sunday, May 29th.  The festival will feature acts from musicians and comedians like Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, and Lamont Price.
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It is not only the headliners that should draw you to this festival. The real gems will take the stage during the day and early evening. The soulful and sassy Lizzo is guaranteed to destroy her 1:30 PM Saturday set. The R&B singer and rapper gained increased recognition after touring with Clean Bandit and Sleater-Kinney and has proven that she can both sonically compliment different acts and bring a distinct attitude that is all her own.  After Lizzo’s performance, City and Colour will help ease you into your Saturday evening.
 Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires add an interesting funk mix to the festival’s lineup. Since releasing his first album at the age of 62, Bradley has brought his raspy voice backed by a strong horn section to stages across the world. On Sunday afternoon, pray that he plays his soulful rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” It is unclear if Elle King should be on the list of comedians or musicians this weekend. King plays up her bad girl persona by ragging on people in the crowd, making crass jokes and downing whiskey. But she’s also a killer blues and rock musician. (Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” has over 100 million listens on Spotify.) Close the night out with the Los Angeles based sister trio, Haim. They sound and perform a little differently live than when in a studio. Their performances are more rock than pop and there is guaranteed to be some witty banter between the musicians.

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New Orleans, LA — On Friday, May 6, 2016

The Joy Theater in New Orleans (1200 Canal Street)presents a one night-only opportunity to see performances by 8 of New Orleans’ top comedians. Show organizer and headlining comedian Matt Owens will be joined by a host of up-and-coming and powerhouse New Orleans comics including Cyrus Cooper, Isaac Kozell, Tony Frederick, Mary-Devon Dupuy, Addy Najera and CJ Hunt. Doors open at 7pm, and show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $20 at (504) 208-1180 or A limited number of VIP packages are available.

The Comedians:

In November of 2014, Matt Owens was personally selected to open/feature for Louis CK at a sold out show at New Orleans’ historic Joy Theater. He was featured at Hell Yes Fest in 2014 and 2015. In February 2015, he performed five nights of shows in New York City. Twice in 2015, Matt headlined at the Joy Theater. After receiving a full acting scholarship, Matt studied and performed Theatre at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Matt performs stand-up regularly in New Orleans (House of Blues, Howlin’ Wolf) and throughout the Southeast. He hosts a monthly New Orleans Comedy Showcase at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS, and regularly headlines sold-out shows at the Castle Theater. In 2014 & 2015, he organized and headlined a New Orleans Comedy Road Tour which ended with sold out shows in the resort town of Saint Simon’s Island, GA. Matt has opened for Hannibal Buress, Dave Stone, Louis Katz and has shared the stage with Bill Burr and Darrell Hammond at the House of Blues. Matt was the headliner and co-producer for The Jay Thomas Show Live from New Orleans on Sirius Xm radio. He is booked for 8 shows at the Joy Theater in 2016.

Tony Frederick is an actor, writer and comedian featured in over 40 films, television & commercial productions. He is also a Professional Equity Theater Actor, acting opposite 7 Oscar winners including Halle Berry, Forrest Whitaker, Don Cheadle, Ellen Burstin and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was voted Gulf South’s Funniest Comedian in 2010 and placed second in 2011, 2012 and 2015 as well as second in Louisiana’s Funniest Person competition in 2011. He is a member of The Screen Actors Guild where he serves on the Screen Actors Guild National Comedians Committee. Television credits include the HBO Series Treme’, Dallas, The Young and the Restless & NCIS: New Orleans. Film credits include Monster’sBall, Hurricane Season, Contraband, Fire with Fire, When the Game Stands and Tall and Terminator: Genisys.

CJ Hunt is a writer and comedian living in New Orleans. He is a co-founder of The New Movement and the creator of the original series Sunken City (as seen in Indiewire, Paper Magazine, and Mashable). He travels the country performing with the sketch group Stupid Time Machine. Recent appearances include San Francisco Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Toronto Sketchfest, and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. He spends most of his time writing and directing short films with Stupid Time Machine. Follow his work at Twitter: @gocjhunt


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Urgent: Support Louisiana Film & Entertainment Industry

by Gretchen Erickson on May 5, 2016

Dear Friends and Members of the Film & Entertainment Industry,

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their on-line testimony!  We’ve heard from crew members, actors, jewelry stores, vintage antique stores, hotels, restaurants, machine shops, lumber yards, gyms, sign companies,  paint stores, homeowners, real estate companies, churches, schools, students, parents  and more from all over the state.

The deadline to submit your online testimony to us for the House Ways and Means Committee is Today May 5th, 8 p.m.  

We need you to reinforce the message that the film industry creates high paying Louisiana jobs, spends millions of dollars with Louisiana  businesses, keeps Louisiana students in state after graduation and attracts new Louisiana residents.

Help us as we attempt to secure a more predictable and stable industry environment for all of us.

Please tell your story by clicking the link below to answer the five quick questions.

Remember to follow the instructions carefully and thank you!

 – The Scene Team
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Sync Up Cinema 2016 During Jazz Fest

by Gretchen Erickson on April 21, 2016


Louisiana’s film industry conference during Jazz Fest!
FREE & open to the public At 1225 N. Rampart Street



Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have seven minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on We’re teaming up with BYO on Thursday, April 21st at the Jazz and Heritage Center for our 3rd Thursday to kick off 2016 Sync Up Cinema with stories based on the theme:

“(Not) For The Money”

….things you did just for the money, or what you did knowing there was no paper at all; rent parties, Japanese commercials, egg selling? You tell us.

7:30pm- BYO happy hours- drinks from rozzie+leggy, grub from Goodman’s BBQ, tunes from Lost in the Holler. 8pm- stories. Oh yes, and we’ll be outside! To learn more or sign up to tell a story, email


1:30pm – The Master: best practices in film and video preservation. Panel featuring Toby Armstrong (preserving a film via NOJHFF grant), Ben Solovey (local film print preservationist), and more.

3pm – Best of the Fests & Local Works. Top Louisiana produced short films from NOFF 2015, 48HRFF, the Louisiana Film Prize 2015, and other local works, including The Boatman and Shotgun Boogie.

5pm – Louisiana Film Prize Social. Meet the crew behind the LA Film Prize and have some drinks to the jams of DJ Loira Limbal!

6:30pm – Queen Sugar Panel.  Meet the team that’s producing Oprah and Ava’s QUEEN SUGAR, a Louisiana Story being produced in Louisiana.  Discussion of Duvernay’s drive for #inclusivecrew and developing voice and vision in white male dominated Hollywood.  Producer Paul Garnes in attendance. More to come as we approach the date.

8pm – The Glamour and The Squalor, presented by Shotgun Cinema. As a rock DJ in late-’80s Seattle, Marco Collins achieved something virtually impossible: he became a star, and in the process helped make the city synonymous with grunge music. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains – Collins championed them and countless other bands, was the first to play their breakout albums, and became the go-to source for the newest and greatest in rock. But although he became one of music’s most influential tastemakers, Collins is more than his on-air personality – music is just one of his complex, unquenchable, and uncompromising passions. Director Marq Evans in attendance.


3:30pm – Music Licensing for Film. With Rob Filomena and more.

4:30 pm – Documentary development and diversity panel with N’Jeri Eaton (ITVS) and Loira Limbal (Firelight Media). MacArthur Foundation, which funds normally 20-25 docs a year, just announced that it won’t be funding individual films any more, but will be funding 5 regrantors.  Two of them are ITVS and Firelight, and both have expressed concrete interest in highlighting voices from the South.  This is a direct opportunity for local filmmaker to hear about the types of projects and applications that two of the largest documentary funders in the country are interested in.

5:30pm – A Woman, A Shark, A Robot with Misty Talley. Misty is Louisiana filmmaker who started with a dream, a very cheesing dream that involved comic books and cheesy genre movies. Today, she is the first woman ever to have directed a feature for the Sci Fi channel and she is busy producing in Louisiana a slate of films that play on her eye for detail and sense of fun. In a keynote presentation, Misty will talk about how she built a career in film and TV, her Baton Rouge robotic shark builders and what it’s like to be a woman in a very bullshark world.

6:30pm – Springbreak Shark Attack Happy Hour with WIFT. Then join us in the courtyard for a reception hosted by WIFT and some delicious shark attack cocktails!

8pm – I AM THE BLUES (SXSW). This film takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us. Director Daniel Cross in attendance and a performance by Little Freddie King.


1pm – First Friday. Oakland made it onto two “top” lists: Top Five travel destinations in the U.S., and Top Five most dangerous cities. Once a month, those two realities meet at First Friday. What started as simple art crawl on the first Friday of every month has grown into a cross-cultural and intergenerational event drawing thousands of people to downtown Oakland for food, entertainment and every kind of art imaginable. The event’s popularity has fueled the city’s larger cultural and economic renaissance. But after a teenager was murdered during one of the events, the future of First Fridays is uncertain. Directed by N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni.

4:30pm – Made in Japan (SXSW). Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first Japanese country music superstar. It is a funny yet poignant multicultural journey through music, marriage and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman. In partnership with the New Orleans Japan Society. The Diamond Brothers, directors of the film, in attendance. Preceded by Garrett Bradley’sLIKE, a 6 minute short about clickfarms, produced with Field Of Vision.

7pm – Belizaire The Cajun 30th Anniversary. In 1859 Louisiana, a wily root doctor must save his friend’s life, win a woman’s heart, outfox a crooked sheriff, stop marauding vigilantes, expose an evil villain, heal the sick, play music for the dance, keep himself off the gallows, and, of course, rescue the inheritance of three orphaned children in a picture that helped launch both the 1980s all-things-Cajun craze and the independent film movement. The film screened in the Official Selections of Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Munich, Torino. Produced by Sandra Schulberg, Allan Durand, & Glen Pitre. Written & directed by Glen Pitre. With Glen Pitre in attendance. Preceded by Atchafalaya, The Construct Films Southern Gothic Thriller.

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Sync Up 2016 at Jazz Fest Connects Music, Film, & Digital

by Gretchen Erickson on April 21, 2016

The 9th annual Sync Up conference  brings together leaders in music, film, and digital media for educational and networking sessions during Jazz Fest.  With panel discussions and interviews in the mornings before Jazz Fest, Sync Up explores various aspects of a career in music: recording, touring, distribution, crowdfunding and more – all from the perspective of an independent artist.

All events take place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (map).

Admission is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required. Register online here.


Discussion Topics and Speakers

9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
How To Launch A Career In Jazz
So, you just graduated from Berklee, Juilliard, UNO or another fine jazz conservatory. Now what? How do you get your career off the ground? Do you apply for the Monk Competition? Do you hope that whoever plays your instrument in Wynton Marsalis’ band gets a better gig (whatever that could be) and makes room for you? Do you hit the road like a punk rock band? All of the above? We talk to two rising young stars of the jazz world – who took very different paths to their current success – to get their perspectives on how best to approach launching a career as a jazz musician.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, trumpeter and bandleader
Jamison Ross, drummer, singer and bandleader

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
The Art of a Career in Jazz: Geri Allen
How do you start a career in jazz? By talking to one of the most respected pianists, composers and educators around. Far from being a traditionalist, Geri Allen – who headlines the Jazz Fest’s Jazz Tent – started her touring career with Mary Wilson and the Supremes. After that, she worked with the genre-busting Black Rock Coalition and Brooklyn’s M-Base Collective. Whether working with Ornette Coleman or recording jazz versions of Beatles and Motown classics, she’s a restless artist who breaks all manner of boundaries. Now, as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, she mentors young musicians as they take their own places on the global stage.
Geri Allen, musician; Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
Moderator: Geoffrey Himes, Jazz Times/Paste Magazine

12:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Take Me To the Next Level: Artist Managers On What It Takes to Make It
You’ve got talent. You’ve got smarts. You’ve got a great work ethic and 50,000 likes on your SoundCloud. But you still don’t have a manager. Could it be that there’s something essential that you just don’t understand? Our panel, of some of the most experienced artist managers in New Orleans, sounds off on the biggest misconceptions about what managers can – and can’t – do for your career.
Alex Bowen, Able Partners Group (manager of Earphunk, Flow Tribe, George Porter, Jr.)
Howie Kaplan, Howlin’ Wolf Management (manager of Rebirth Brass Band)
Jon Phillips, Silverback Artist Management (manager of Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk)
Tavia Osbey, Simple Play Presents (manager of Tank & the Bangas)

9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
The Business of Gospel Music
Gigging, recording, social media and… God? Gospel has lots in common with its secular cousin – and a lot that makes it different. Still, it can be a lucrative path for artists who feel the call. We reveal the mystery of how to pursue opportunities in gospel.
Alfred Caston, Jamalar Entertainment and Rampart Street Music
Reginald Nicholas, Jr., gospel and secular artist/producer
Jeremiah Stewart, booking agent
Jai Reed, gospel artist
Charles Driebe, Manager of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Grammy-winning gospel group

11:00 a.m. – Presentation
$treaming, Spotify and You. Or, Where the Money Goes from Online Streaming Services
What do Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke know that you don’t? Is there a good financial reason to keep your music off of streaming services? Or are you the one who is missing out? Our man from New York, who handles Bruce Springsteen’s online publishing, breaks down the revenue streams from streaming.
Jedd Katrancha, Executive Vice President, Downtown Music Publishing

12:00  p.m. – Keynote Interview
Newport Revived: Jay Sweet
A few short years ago, the Newport Folk Festival was known more for its history than for breaking new acts. Now, after consistently providing the crucial gig that has helped to push dozens of indie bands into the media spotlight, we talk to the talent booker who gave the spark back to the event where Dylan famously went electric.
Jay Sweet, producer of the Newport Folk Festival and executive producer of the Newport Festivals Foundation
Moderator: Dave Margulies, co-producer, High Sierra Music Festival

9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
Busting A Move: S-8ighty On His Trip to a Major Label
Singer/songwriter/producer S-8ighty (Dave Welcome, Jr.) is a New Orleans native who has been working in the hip-hop trenches for years – most notably contributing tracks to albums by Juvenile in 2009 and 2010. After some independent output of his own, he’s signed to a major label and making noise with his song “Halfway,” with a remix that features Li’l Wayne and Mannie Fresh. New Orleans’ favorite hip-hop DJ, Wild Wayne, talks to S-8ighty about his ride so far.
S-8ighty, artist
Moderator: Wild Wayne

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
Managing a Platinum Rap Artist: Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad
Three albums, three Number Ones, more than a million copies sold, headlining arenas – J. Cole has had quite a ride. Along for the entire trip has been Cole’s wingman, Ib Hamad, who has provided the steady hand and calm support that a rising megastar needs. New Orleans’ own rising rap star, Dee-1, talks to Ib about the thrills and challenges of managing a platinum-selling artist.
Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad
Moderator: Dee-1, rap artist

Thursday, April 21: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sync Up Cinema + NOVAC’s 3rd Thursday + BYO Storytelling presents:
(Not) For The Money
The things we’re ashamed to say we did for that paper, and/or what we do knowing there’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Like shooting a Fruity Pebbles commercial in between making your own doc, even though you didn’t know they still made Fruity Pebbles…or selling your own fruity pebbles… The theme is inspired by this month’s partner, Sync Up Cinema, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s conference that focuses on how to make it in the industry as an indie.

Sync Up Cinema Screenings and Panels:
Monday, April 25, 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 2:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Our showcase for the Louisiana independent film community features screenings and panel discussions. It’s produced in partnership with the New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Film Society. For details, see here.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Esplanade Studios, 2540 Esplanade Ave.
Featuring a keynote by Geoff Emerick, recording engineer for the Beatles. Also featuring panels on demystifying mastering and the studio magic of Allen Toussaint. Free admission for Sync Up registrants and Recording Academy members. Detailshere.
9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
Running a Grammy-winning Independent Jazz Record Label: Jana Herzen, founder and CEO, Motema Music
Gregory Porter, Arturo O’Farrill, Geri Allen, Monty Alexander and dozens of other jazz artists entrust their recordings to Jana Herzen, founder of the indie label that gets more Grammy nominations that just about any other. What’s the secret to selling records – and supporting creative artists – in the digital age? Danny Melnick, Producer of the Newport Jazz Festival and other events, interviews Jana to find out.
Jana Herzen, founder and CEO, Motema Music
Moderator: Danny Melnick, President, Absolutely Live Entertainment, and Producer, Newport Jazz Festival

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
Crowdfunding Originator: Brian Camelio, Founder & CEO, ArtistShare
Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Pledge Music, GoFundMe – all of them are well-known crowdfunding sites for music and other creative projects. And they all followed – by a long shot – in the footsteps of ArtistShare, which is not only the oldest crowdfunding platform but also the one with (by far) the most Grammy nominations and wins. Founder and CEO Brian Camelio has dedicated his life to helping off-the-beaten-path jazz and classical ventures, providing the kind of support that leads to not just awards but sustainable careers outside of the label system. Now he has a new project up his sleeve – one that he hopes will do for the masses what ArtistShare has done for a select few.

12:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Hitting It Big the Old Fashioned Way: The Suffers
A soul band in the age of EDM? A 10-piece that tours even when the money can barely support a trio? How does that happen? The old-fashioned way: By rising to the top of a local scene, hitting key showcases and getting national exposure (thank you, NPR). Still indie (that is, with no record label but their own), the Suffers has management, booking and a publicist – and is playing major festivals around the world. We bring the band and their team together for an inside look at how an unlikely combo – one that started as a reggae jam band – now has the tiger by the tail.
Kam Franklin, lead singer, the Suffers
Adam Casteneda, bass player, the Suffers
Marc C. Austin, The Convoy Group (Suffers’ manager)
Gregg Little, New Frontier Touring

9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion
Social Music Platforms: Turning Content into $$
Alex Ebert – best known as the leader of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes – says he releases one album every three years, but in that time may write and record 300 songs. He didn’t want the songs to go unheard, or to deny his fans the chance to pay for the privilege of hearing them. So he built an app for that, Skrapps. Tim Quirk, a veteran of Rhapsody and Google Play, has started a new company, Freeform Development, to help musicians make money the same way game developers do. 
Tim Quirk, Founder & CEO, Freeform
Alex Ebert, Skrapps

11:00 a.m. – Keynote Interview
How to Build a Rap Artist’s Career: The Story of PELL
Born in New Orleans, evacuated after Katrina, the rapper Pell has steadily built the kind of career most indie artists dream about: More than 15 million spins on Spotify, a tour schedule packed with more than 200 gigs a year, and he owns the rights to all of his music. No wonder his web site rhymes with “hell, yeah.” With Pell since the beginning has been Chris Cajoleas, whose own success as a manager has mirrored that of his fast-rising client. We talk to Chris for a peek at what it takes to build a rap artist’s career. 
Chris Cajoleas, Founder & CEO, SWMMNG, manager of PELL

12:00 p.m. – Keynote Interview
Making Money From Artist-Owned Records – Ghazi Shami, Founder & CEO, EMPIRE
You want to put out your own records? You want to keep ownership of your master recordings and publishing? And sell lots of copies and make it onto the Billboard charts? If you’re in hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop, gospel or Latin, you want to talk to Ghazi Shami, founder and CEO of the indie distributor EMPIRE, the San Francisco-based company that launched the career of Kendrick Lamar.



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Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) 2016 Award Winners

by Gretchen Erickson

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‘Star-Crossed’ Star Johnathon Schaech

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Johnathon Schaech is a veteran actor and writer from Baltimore, Maryland. His films include That Thing You Do!, How to Make an American Quilt, Quarantine, Takers, 5 Days of War, The Legend of Hercules, and Phantom. His television series include Time of Your Life, The Client List, Ray Donovan, Star-Crossed, Texas Rising, and Blue Bloods. […]

‘Better Call Saul’s’ Rhea Seehorn

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Rhea Seehorn is a triple threat: beautiful, funny and incredibly smart. After making her Broadway debut in Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds From Broadway, she landed a series regular role on I’m With Her starring Teri Polo. Since relocating to Los Angeles, the mecca of film and television, Seehorn has appeared on The Starter Wife, The […]