NOVAC and HBO have partnered to present a paid internship program on the set of Quarry from June 5-26. Here’s the press release:

In a unique partnership opportunity between the film industry and the New Orleans community, NOVAC is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the HBO/Cinemax production Quarry, which commenced filming in March, to create training and job opportunities that focus on serving local veterans. Based on a successful internship program partnership between NOVAC and HBO Productions during the filming of the series Treme, this new program will offer a group of locals paid internship opportunities in a variety of departments, as well as provide classroom training, resume and soft skills support and ongoing job placement support after the internship.

“Connecting with the community of job seekers and provide high-wage, low barrier to entry positions in the film industry is exactly what our film industry workforce training is designed to do,” says NOVAC Executive Director Darcy McKinnon, “and to have the content of Quarry be so relevant to local veterans makes this project a logical choice for the internship program.” NOVAC will be doing community outreach, collecting applications and interviewing candidates for the program, as well as providing the ongoing classroom and job support after the internship.

“HBO/Cinemax is proud to once again connect with the New Orleans community and partner with NOVAC to support this very important initiative,” says Kary Antholis, President, HBO Mini-Series and Cinemax Programming. “Our partnership allows us to engage with members of the city’s community by offering valuable production work experience and skills that are critical to success in our industry.”

Quarry is a dramatic series that follows a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. He is drawn into a network of crime and corruption as he struggles to cope with the lingering effects of his experiences at war at a time before most knew what PTSD was. The production is currently shooting in New Orleans and will offer many on-set experiences for local veterans interested in entering the film industry.  The series will make its debut on Cinemax.

The Quarry internship will be paid positions for up to 15 participants, and will take place in late June 5 – June 26. Applications for the Quarry internship program will be available May 11, 2015 at, final deadline for applications is May 22, 2015 at 5pm.  The Quarr internship program is open to all interested candidates in the Greater New Orleans area; NOVAC will be conducting informational meetings with local veterans groups to recruit candidates, as well as targeting previous participants in NOVAC’s recent Production Assistant Boot Camp training programs, which have been sponsored by the City of New Orleans.  For more information on the Quarry internship program or to apply, please visit


Sync Up Music & Cinema 2015

by Jordan McGuire on April 7, 2015


Sync Up Conference returns to New Orleans April 27-29. Here’s the press release:

Sync Up – the entertainment industry conference during Jazz Fest – makes its eighth annual appearance at a new venue: The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

Join us for seven days of educational and networking sessions for independent artists and industry professionals in music, film and digital media, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Admission is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required.

Sync Up brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for educational and networking events – all designed to help independent artists navigate the ever-changing landscape of new media.

As in the past, Sync Up Music will host sessions on the mornings of the Friday and Saturday of both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell – April 24-25 and May 1-2.

Sync Up Cinema (organized by our colleagues at the New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Film Society) will present film screenings and workshops on the MondayWednesday between Jazz Fest weekends – April 27-29.

And once again our friends at Launch Fest – which connects technology start-ups with venture capital – will take place on the Thursday between weekends, April 30.

Admission to all Sync Up events is free, but seating is limited so advance registration is required.

Register for Sync Up Music here, and for Sync Up Cinema here. Register for Launch Fest here.

Sync Up Music will be streamed in live video at And don’t forget that you can always watch the content from previous editions of Sync Up at our YouTube channel here.

We’re proud to host Sync Up at our new building, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (map) – a state-of-the-art education and performance facility located at the gateway to the Tremé neighborhood.

Sync Up MUSIC Highlights At a Glance

Music Publishing: A keynote interview with Matt Pincus, CEO and founder of Songs Music Publishing, which with artists like Lorde, DJ Mustard and Q-Tip is one of the hottest boutique publishers in the business.
Touring: Two panels featuring booking agents with long experience helping up-and-coming as well as established acts build profitable careers on the road.
Independent Distribution: A keynote interview with David Macias, co-founder and CEO of Thirty Tigers, who is helping independent artists top the charts and score Grammy nominations while owning their own masters.
Crowdfunding: A panel with local artists who can share lessons from working with various platforms, including Indiegogo, Pledge Music and Kickstarter.
Case Studies: Sturgill Simpson and Aaron Watson, two artists who’ve hit the big time on self-released records, will be the subjects of special presentations.
Digital Distribution: Top leaders from BitTorrent will discuss why their platform – once known only for file sharing (stealing) – is now the first choice for rappers like Curren$y and rock stars like Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
E-Commerce: The drummer Stanton Moore shares his creative ideas for making money over the Internet.
Music In Film: Music coordinators for three TV shows that are filming right now on the streets of New Orleans will explain how best to get local music into their shows.

NOVAC-webSync Up CINEMA Highlights At a Glance

Sync Up Cinema, programmed by NOVAC, is bringing you great locally produced projects, music documentaries and industry experts in film.  Highlights include:

The Newport Effect: Telling the story of the Newport Folk Festival, founded by George Wein, the founder of Jazz Fest, who will be in attendance along with the filmmakers and special guests – preceded by a trailer for The Blues House, currently in production.
Fresh Dressed: Fresh from Sundance, Sascha Jenkins’ documentary explores the intersection of fashion and hip-hop. Presented by the New Orleans Film Society.
Gimme Shelter: The Maysles brothers’ iconic rock documentary of the Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 concert at the Altamont Motor Speedeay, presented by Shotgun Cinema.
This Ain’t No Mouse Music: Exploring the genesis and history of Arhoolie Records, which preserves American roots music, especially Louisiana.  Filmmaker Maureen Gosling will attend.
Local Films: Sync Up Cinema will present the BEST OF THE FESTS, the best of Louisiana short films from the New Orleans Film Festival, TImeCode NOLA, 48HR Film Project and the Louisiana Film Prize, as well as Brian Harrison Nelson’s KEEPER OF THE FLAME and NOVAC’s Digital Youth project, PROJECT 10. There’s more!


NOVAC PRESENTS: Intro to Grip & Electric

by Michelle Preau on September 29, 2014

Screen-Shot-2014-09-29-at-8.38.28-AM-webNOVAC: Baton Rouge will be hosting a workshop that teaches how you can become a member of the grip/electric departments on a production. “Introduction to Grip & Electric” is a two day workshop that will include hands on equipment use and practical set-ups. The class will be taught by industry veterans and members of Local 478.

NOVAC’s Workforce Training program has delivered high-quality technical training in industry skills since 2007. The first “Intro to Grip & Electric” session was held in February 2013. Their training is designed for Louisiana residents looking for immediate employment and long-term careers in the local film industry. Those who graduate the training will receive job placement support following the program.

This is a FREE class but those interesting in attending must apply at and click ‘Baton Rouge’ to download an application. “Intro to Grip & Electric” will be held October 11-12 at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge.


BROVAC-PA-Bootcamp-AD-INTENSIVE-SliderThe New Orleans Video Access Center, better known as NOVAC, will be offering two entry-level training courses this August in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The first is a PA Bootcamp that will prepare newbies for their first day on set. Participants will get an intro to production paperwork (“Have they signed the G?!”), film set terminology (“Sue’s going 10-2!”) and hands-on short radio training AKA how to do the talkie part on a walkie-talkie. They’ll also learn about crew departments and how to find work in the industry. PS: you can find work by making friends and applying to the films listed on jobScene. The PA Bootcamp will take place from August 16-17 and is free to Baton Rouge residents.

The second unit is an Intro to ADing – that is, an intro to the Assistant Director department. The AD Department is the backbone of a film set, making the film’s schedule and acting like a metronome for set operations. The ADs are the hub of set communication and essential to making a film on time and on budget. The AD course will be held from August 19-21 and is free to Baton Rouge residents.

Both courses will be held at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge. Unfortunately, the application deadline has already passed, but you can check NOVAC’s official website at


Apex Post to Teach ‘In the Loop’ for NOVAC

by Michelle Preau on July 9, 2014


NOVAC presents an opportunity for local actors, directors, editors and producers in the upcoming workshop “In the Loop.” Attendees will learn from one of the best, Jon Vogl, a film industry veteran who has worked on 12 Years a Slave, Elysium, The Host, Olympus Has Fallen and more. The cost for the event is $100 for current members and $150 for new members.

‘In the Loop’ takes place this Saturday, July 12 at Apex Post 1523 Constance Street, New Orleans. For more information visit Novac’s website or at


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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with outgoing New Orleans film commissioner Jennifer Day

by Danielle Nelson

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