The 2nd annual Pontchartrain Film Festival, Nov. 8, 9 & 10 at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive.
The Filmmakers Forum and industry meet up Saturday brought PFF Louisiana Short Films filmmakers Allison Bohl, Courtney Egan and OTAC instructors Scott Threlkeld and Bob Krieger; UNO Film Department Artists-in-Residence Danny Retz; and New Orleans Film Festival Flix coordinator Sarah Smith to the stage for a discussion moderated by independent film producer Jed Riffe. Discussion from the filmmakers included personal techniques in documentary film production by Allison Bohl, and new avenues of online distribution by Jed Riffe.
A note from independent film giant Jonathan Demme - couldn't have said it better how important are volunteers.
"dear sharon, i just wanted to send you a note of congratulations on the forthcoming maiden voyage of the pontchartrain film festival -- HOORAY!!!!
i hope to be there in the audience one of these days. my hat's off to you because nobody knows how much hard work goes into making festivals happen (except all the volunteers :)
so the best of luck to you and your team on what i know will be a huge and recurring success.
yrs, jonathan demme
"I Always do My Collars First" won the Louisiana Filmmaker and Best Short Documentary awards at the New Orleans Film Festival. But it was when I turned around and discovered the four dynamic Cajun women who are the subject of the film were sitting behind me at the festival - that I was glad I had ironed by jacket! "I Always do My Collars First" will be shown at the PFF’s Louisiana Short Films on Saturday, 4 p.m. with co-director Allison Bohl in attendance.
Ever seen a Umiak? Here's a close- up of the boat Alaskan Native American Corey Mann, a Tlingit, uses to catch salmon in the new documentary "Smokin Fish." Later this month, it will be shown at the Olympia Film Festival in Washington, the Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival in Minnesota, and in Paris France. But this week, you're invited to the film's Louisiana premier on Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Film Festival at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive off the Interstate 10 Fremeaux Exit.
"Belizaire the Cajun" played by Armand Assante, must save his cousin’s life, defeat murderous vigilantes, win a woman’s heart, rescue an orphan’s inheritance and escape the gallows in this romantic adventure set in 1859 Louisiana.
Love films? Love books? You've gotta see this one. Using a variety of techniques from miniatures, and computer animation to 2D animation, Moonbot Studios, an animation powerhouse in Shreveport, La., created “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” which was awarded the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in the 84th Academy Awards®. It will show Nov. 2, 4 p.m. as the featured film of the PFF - Louisiana Short Films
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