2019 STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
4 p.m. Saturday, June 1
Mandeville Trailhead Depot
675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, Louisiana.
Admission is $5
AUDIENCE AWARDS: The public is invited to vote for their favorite in the annual Audience Award competition. Ballots are given out at 4 p.m. and votes are collected from those who view all the films.
JURY AWARDS: There will be a cash award of $100 each for the jury selection of Best College Film and Best High School Film.
A Q&A with the student filmmakers in attendance will follow the screening. Winners will be announced following the Q&A.
FILMS IN COMPETITON:
I by Director Ava Hellstern, 1:58
An exploration of the negative effect the structure of high school can have on students and the creativity that is taken away from them when they are forced into a "one size fits all" type of learning environment.
TWO GENTLE PEOPLE by Director Ruby Kline, 13:07
Two strangers enjoy a summer’s afternoon in the park. Inspired by Graham Greene’s short story “Two Gentle People,” the film touches on themes of time, age and love.
EXTRA CREDIT by Director Teiron Motley, 3:10
A student tries his best to get extra credit before the end of the school year.
BLACK SHEEP by Director Adam Seal, 5:48
A mom reunites with her son after abandoning him for 3 years in hopes to reconcile with him.
WHITE GLOVES by Director Luke Singleton, director, 4:28
As a boy comes to terms with the recent death of his mother, his closest friends help him in his greatest time of need.
THE ART OF LOVE by Director Stevie Cavalier, 13:43
Peter Knicks, an insurance adjuster, competes for the woman of dreams, his regional manager, but discovers that love has a will of its own.
THE WATER CLOCK by Director Amy Collier, 18:42
Joanna, a hardworking, high school dropout, looks after her little sister Abigail and waits for her mother’s return as they struggle to escape a stagnant cycle of dependency and pay rent for their one room apartment with a dripping sink.
CAMP SHAKESPEARE FOR YOUNG PERFORMING ARTISTS by Director Lauren Erwin, 20:00
On the first day of her last year at a performing arts camp, an ambitious camper will do almost anything to win a leading role.
EVERY LITTLE LANDSCAPE by Director Nia Rincon, 16:13
The story of David and Eloise as told by the music of Young Jesus.
The competition is sponsored by the Pontchartrain Film Festival, a project of the nonprofit Olde Towne Arts Center’s Digital Arts program and hosted by the City of Mandeville.
For information, email info@PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.
The 7TH ANNUAL PONTCHARTRAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Nov. 2-3, 2018 at the Mandeville Trailhead
LEAH CHASE: THE QUEEN OF CREOLE CUISINE
Friday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville
Culinary giant and civil rights icon Leah Chase was born and raised in St. Tammany Parish and has been honored as the 2018 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanist of the Year. Screening of this documentary is in partnership with WLAE-TV, followed by a Q&A with director Bess Carrick and Jim Dotson of WLAE-TV.
PFF7 SATURDAY SHORT FILM SHOWCASE:
Sat. Nov. 3 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville
$5 admission for the day
4 p.m. LOUISIANA MADE SHORT FILMS
A curated selection of films by Louisiana filmmakers.
Q&A with filmmakers in attendance.
THE INTERVIEW by director Benjamin Connell, 24 min. A young man must find a job to support his new-found relationship with the girl of his dreams.
DEAD MAN’S FUEL by director John Darbonne, 12:30 min. A man wakes up in a riverbed with no idea of how he got there. Soon, he meets a gunslinger who tells him he is there to give him instructions and equipment for a journey, one he will take alone.
THE MELANCHOLY MAN by director Samantha Aldana, 5 min. The world's saddest man meets the world's saddest woman.
LANGUAGE OF SILENCE by director Caterina Picone, 20 min. A musician who has recently lost his hearing must decide whether to get cochlear implants. Although his born-Deaf girlfriend is supportive, his anxieties about fitting in with society begin to cause a schism in their relationship.
SEED OF THE FREE by director Jency Griffin Hogan, 9:55. Based on a true story about Sojourner Truth in her early years, and the love she had for her son that transcended racial and social boundaries.
NOPD: GETTING IN by director Rachel Grissom, 6:11 min. Two best friends move to New Orleans, where they hope to be part of a brave new police department. Two best friends apply to the New Orleans Police Department.
FATHER by directors Baron and Brandon Creighton, 15:00 A young man, Bronson, is forced to deal with the demons of having an abusive father as his wife is giving birth to his first child.
5:30 p.m. THE 2018 LA FILM PRIZE WINNERS
See the Top 5 winners of Shreveport’s $50,000 short film competition including the winner, FUNKY BUTT by Jonnie Stapleton and LILAC OCEAN PUMPKIN PIE by Sarah Phillips, WAR PAINT by JC Doler and Taylor Bracewell, ESMERALDA by Paul Peterson and GIRL STEALS PAINTING by Alexander Jeffrey.
The PONTCHARTRAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 TOUR
SEPT 14: BAYOU MAHARAJAH: THE TRAGIC LIFE OF JAMES BOOKER
Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall screening with director Lily Keber in attendance for Q&A.
430 Lamarque St., Mandeville
OCT. 8: FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE
Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation screening in observance of
Indigenous People’s Day, followed by Q&A.
71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs
Oct. 19: A TRIBUTE TO TOUSSAINT
Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Ozone Songwriters Festival celebrates legendary songwriter Allen Toussaint at
Mandeville Trailhead with filmmakers in attendance.
675 Laffite St. , Mandeville
Oct. 24: HAND OF THE MASTER: THE ART AND LIFE OF DOM GREGORY DE WIT
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. St. Tammany Art
Association screening with director David Michael Warren in attendance for Q&A.
320 N. Columbia St., Covington
$5 admission, free for STAA members
OPENING NIGHT - "ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE"
by Academy Award nominated director Leslie Iwerks
Friday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. at the Mandeville Trailhead
Tickets are $5 at the door
Celebrity chefs such as Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, Leah Chase help tell the story of how Brennan brought New Orleans food, and chefs, to the attention of the world. A Meet and Greet with Brennan’s daughter, Ti Martin co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace, begins at 6:30 p.m. with wine and cheese reception.
Martin co-wrote her mother’s’memoir and is featured in the film.
PFF6 SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Saturday, Nov. 4. $5 admission for all three screenings
2 PM - Student Short Film Showcase
See finalists in the high school and college competition and cast your vote for the Audience Favorite Award.
Ballots will be given out at 2 p.m. and collected at the end of the showcase. Q&A with filmmakers in attendance.
High School films in competition
LEFT BEHIND by Matilda Plaza 7:32
A young man wakes and searches for his family.
ALONE WITH ME, IN HARMONY by Zoe Carter. 2:42
This film portrays the life an introverted teenager who feels comfort in loneliness.
STREET FREAK by Crawford Lemoine. 8:04
Magician Harry Copperplate receives bad news in the middle of his magic show. His miserable life ensues.
College films in competition
IN FINE PRINT by Dustin Foret (UNO, 6:34)
New Orleans artist John Fitzgerald, uses old school machines and techniques to make pressing prints.
EXPEDITION SAFFRON by John McCoy (LSU 10:03)
An archeologist who sought magic his whole life, comes across a map to a mysterious island.
INTO THE GREEN by Mary McDade Casteel (UNO, 14:02)
A high school principal is a queen in her kingdom of concrete walls and vinyl floors, until a teacher is missing.
MS. HERRINGTON by Patrick Sanderson (Loyola, 12:00)
A 16 year old outcast, is a good kid who is very interested in the opposite sex, but not in the way that most other boys are.
4 PM - Louisiana Made Short Films
A curated selection of films by emerging Louisiana filmmakers.
Q&A with filmmakers in attendance. Student winners announced at 5:30 p.m.
ALONE, directed by Garrett Bradley 12:18 What would it mean to marry someone behind bars? With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts of New Orleans must decide whether to go through with their wedding.
NICABOB by Daneeta Loretta Jackson and Patrick Jackson. 14:00. A lonely teenager inadvertently makes a real human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.
BLACK AND BLUE by John Swider with the Cool Collective. 7:22. When a black police office is shot down in the line of duty, his angry son and reserved father must look to each other for comfort.
CREATURES OF GOD by Sandy Parker. 14:51
Two lovers are headed to the altar and small creatures are dying along the way. Predestination or coincidence?
FOREIGN BODY by Andrea Kuehel. 9:18
In the near future, a ballerina undergoes a full body transplantation and struggles with the physical and psychological implications that she is faced with after the procedure.
AUGUST by Caitlyn Greene 8:10
Deep in Louisiana's swampland, a woman wakes from a fever dream where it has been August for 16 years.
GET OUT FAST by Haley Elizabeth Anderson 13:26
A 15 year old boy remembers his best friend Coyote Boy: a free-living train-hopper who has gone missing.
Louisiana Film Prize winners: 7 p.m.
See the Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize winners including the $50,000 winner EXIT STRATEGY by Travis Bible. Other Top 5 winners are STAG by Jonnie Stapleton; CANDYLAND by Taylor Bracewell, SCOUNDRELS by Mark Blitch and MY FATHER’S SON by Kyle Clements.