NOFF: Fest Closes With ‘The Big Beat’ and Awards

by Arthur Vandelay on October 24, 2014

2014NewOrleansFilmFestival-webAfter a week of workshops, red carpets and films, the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival came to a close last night with a screening of The Big Beat. The filmmaking team for the feature include director Joe Lauro,  producers Beth Vest and Rick Coleman, editor Anthea Carr, director of photography David Leonard and associate producers Haydee Ellis and Andrew Conti. The Domino family attended the Red Carpet event at Carver Theater, along with a host of other local luminaries.

The New Orleans Film Society recently held their award ceremony at the Republic New Orleans. The 2014 Jury Award Winners are listed below:

Jury Winner: Narrative Feature
$10,000 camera package from Panavision — presented by James Finn
Proud Citizen
Director: Thom Southerland

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: Narrative Feature
Love Land
Director: Joshua Tate
Narrative Features Jury: Effie T. Brown, Matt Grady, and Peter Knegt

Jury Winner: Documentary Feature
$1000 cash prize from the New Orleans Film Society, and two one-on-one 30-minute consultations: one with POV executive director Simon Kilmurry and one session with POV Vice President of Community Engagement & Education Eliza Licht.
When the Bell Rings
Director: Brad Bores

Special Jury Award: Documentary Feature
61 Bullets
Directors: David Modigliani & Lucy Kreutz
Documentary Features Jury: N’Jeri Eaton, David Gelb, and Eugene Hernandez

Jury Winner: Louisiana Feature
$10,000 camera package from Panavision — presented by James Finn
Big Charity
Director: Alex Glustrom

Special Jury Award: Louisiana Feature
Below Dreams
Director: Garrett Bradley
Louisiana Features Jury: Chris Innis, Rebecca Snedeker, and Cameron Yates
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IN THEATERS: ‘St. Vincent’, ‘Ouija’, ‘John Wick’

by Arthur Vandelay on October 24, 2014

02-bill-murray-st-vincent-webSt. Vincent

Bill Murray plays a war veteran who becomes an unlikely mentor to his new friend and neighbor, Oliver. Left in Murray’s care due to Maggie’s (Melissa McCarthy) work hours, Oliver will learn about horse track gambling, strippers and boxing. 102 min. Rated PG-13.


The Ouija board is not just a game in this upcoming horror film. A group of friends search for answers after their friend’s death by trying to make contact with her spirit. When the game begins, so does the haunting. Rated PG-13.

John Wick

Keanu Reeves stars in this action packed thriller as a retired hitman who goes back in the game to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen and Willem Dafoe also star. 101 min. Rated R.


7 Days to Voodoo: Foo Fighters

by Michelle Preau on October 24, 2014

screen-shot-2014-05-15-at-10-36-12-am-webThe best fest is only a week away! In seven days the 2014 Voodoo Experience takes place and the rock band Foo Fighters will be in New Orleans.

Originally formed in Seattle in 1994, the band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The group released their debut album Foo Fighters in 1995 when Grohl was the only official member. Foo Fighters members now include Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins. The band has won Grammy Awards for four of its albums and will be releasing their eighth album Sonic Highways in November.

Don’t miss Foo Fighters when they take the stage at the 2014 Voodoo Experience Sunday, November 2.

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TRAILER: Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Michelle Preau on October 23, 2014

All of your favorite Marvel characters are back for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Leave it to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) to stir up a little bit of trouble reuniting our favorite team of heroes. When Stark tries to jumpstart an inactive peacekeeping program, things don’t go exactly as planned, bringing The Avengers back together to stop the villain Ultron.

The trailer doesn’t tell us much, but it is a very serious trailer and fans get a glimpse at a lot of the main characters.

All of the stars return as their characters: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. James Spader takes on the voice of Ultron and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen join the cast as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film is the sequel to Marvel’s 2012 film The Avengers and director Joss Whedon returns to direct. Below is the official teaser poster for the film.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015 in 2D and IMAX 3D.poster-web

Source: /Film


8 Days to Voodoo: Fuel

by Michelle Preau on October 23, 2014

fuel-(1)-webWith only eight days away, it’s hard not to get excited about all the great performers coming to the 2014 Voodoo Experience. And one of those performers is Fuel. The alternative rock band formed back in 1989 by guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie. The band is now led by Brett Scallions along with Brad Stewart, Andy Andersson and Shannon Boone.

The band was originally called Small the Joy but eventually changed to Fuel in 1994. The band released their first EP Porclelain in 1996. Fuel is probably best known for their hit songs, “Shimmer”, “Bad Day” and “Falls On Me.” The group recently released their latest album Puppet Strings in March 2014.

Catch Fuel and all the other amazing performers in eight days at Voodoo Experience.

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Why Voodoo Fest is the Best Fest

by Micah Haley

This article originally ran in the 2012 October/November issue of Scene Magazine 1.) The Music The music aficionados who select and schedule the Voodoo Music Experience are unparalleled, full stop. The big names are just the beginning. When I see Ozzy’s name in the lineup, I need to see that old man out-rock his juniors. […]

9 Days to Voodoo: Ms. Lauryn Hill

by Michelle Preau

We’re in the single digits now! Only nine more days until the 2014 Voodoo Experience, which will feature Ms. Lauryn Hill,  singer-songwriter, rapper, producer and actress extraordinaire. Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Hill’s love for music began at an early age. Her household listened to the world’s most renowned musicians including Motown, The Temptations, Marvin […]

Crew Up With ProductionBeast

by Michelle Preau

Working freelance is the scariest job of all. And after you’ve reached the end of your social network, hiring freelancers in the film industry is almost impossible. You need a DP for a shoot next week but your go-to guy or gal is AWOL. That’s where ProductionBeast comes in. Rather than thumbing through a physical production guide […]

Eddie Murphy Headed to New Orleans to ‘Cook’

by Michelle Preau

Eddie Murphy will take on a more serious role in the upcoming film Cook. Directed by Bruce Beresford, the film focuses on a cook hired by a dying man to cook meals for his girlfriend and daughter once he is gone. Two and a Half Men‘s Susan McMartin wrote the script which was based on her […]