Founded in 1989, the moviemaking festival, which prides itself on providing an eclectic platform for new and established filmmakers wishing to exhibit their latest works, attracts thousands of industry professionals every year including actors and actresses, producers, directors, writers, and other industry professionals. Named as one of the ’25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine for four consecutive years, the NOLA Film Festival hit the international scope in 2013 for being one of the first film circuits to screen the Louisiana-shot docudrama by director Steve McQueen, Twelve Years a Slave, which went on to win three Academy Awards, one of them being for Best Picture, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
This year’s festival premieres at the Orpheum Theater with LBJ, a feature directed by American writer, actor, and producer, Rob Reiner. The drama film, staring Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Donovan and Jennifer Jason Leigh, chronicles the story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
LBJ, directed by Rob Reiner
Even though the NOLA Film Festival lineup is set to screen more than 200 films this year, we’ve rounded up a list including the can’t-miss motion pictures:
Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table, directed by Leslie Iwerks
After Spring, directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching
I am Haiti, directed by Raul de la Fuente
The Shelter, directed by Abbas Sendi
72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?, directed by Raafi Rivero
Clouds, directed by Diego Maclean
The New Orleans Sazerac, directed by James Martin
For a detailed list of the movies being screened at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival, click here.
By Rebeca Trejo