New Orleans 2017: Documentary Overview

The 28th New Orleans Film Festival

October 11-19

The 28th edition of this increasingly popular stop on the festival circuit is Fallon Young’s first as Executive Director, while the programming – more than 50 new and recent features, with nonfiction representing greater than half that number – continues under the stewardship of Artistic Director Clint Bowie.

Nonfiction appearing in thematic groupings include several in the activism-oriented Changemakers section, including Harriet Hirshorn’s NOTHING WITHOUT US (pictured), about the pivotal role women have played in the fight against HIV/AIDS; Raydra Hall and David Hylan’s SMALL TOWN RAGE: FIGHTING BACK IN THE DEEP SOUTH, on a Louisiana chapter of ACT UP; Nick Taylor’s THE ORGANIZER, which profiles the founder of ACORN, Wade Rathke; and Jonathan Evans’ ON OUR WATCH, about Southern Louisiana’s coast land loss.

Documentaries in competition include Alka Raghuram’s BURQA BOXERS, about a female Muslim boxing coach; Santiago Maza Stern’s THE THUNDER FEAST (pictured), about a Guanajuato festival known for its explosives; and Barbara McCullough’s HORACE TAPSCOTT: MUSICAL GRIOT, on an under-appreciated African American jazzman.

Finally, among the docs in the Made in Louisiana section are Evan Falbaum’s AS IS BY NICK CAVE, about a collaboration the acclaimed musician made with Louisiana communities; and Adam Ward and Andrew Austin’s THE POWER OF GLOVE (pictured), about the history of an early virtual reality accessory for Nintendo.


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