JamFest Indie Film Festival rolls in Hammond

by Danielle Tabary on September 13, 2010

The 3rd annual JamFest International Independent Film Festival will be screening approximately 50 films in downtown Hammond in a 2-day festival, Fri., Sept. 24 and Sat., Sept. 25. Sponsored by the Northshore Regional Endowment for the Arts, the festival will feature films from around the U.S. as well as films from Singapore, Iran, Australia, Iceland, France, Spain, United Kingdom, and Canada. Of the works chosen nationally, films from New Orleans, Slidell and Hammond will also be featured.

All screenings are scheduled either at the Hammond Regional Arts Center at 217 E. Thomas St. or Tope lá! Catering at 113 E. Thomas St. (both places are within two blocks of each other in downtown Hammond).

The viewing will be broken down into sections of comedies, dramas, documentaries, experimentals, music videos with music documentaries and finally the “Platinums”, which are the films considered the best of the festival. One of the Platinums screening is a feature comedy produced in New Orleans titled “I Ran Against Us”. Many of the film’s producers also worked on the Disney TV show, “Imagination Movers”, which also shot in New Orleans.

A special screening session of children’s films is scheduled for Saturday morning 9:00-11:45 a.m. Also, Emmy awarding winning writer and director Robert Nowotny will give a talk on fundraising for film projects and distribution starting at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, followed by a roundtable discussion of the attending filmmakers; both events at Tope lá! Catering.

Admission for the 2-day festival is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and Southeastern Louisiana students are free with a student ID. For more information about the festival go to www.strawberryjam.org.