The 29th New Orleans Film Festival
Filmmakers and industry continue to be drawn to this popular and well-regarded Southern regional event, which presents nearly 40 docs among its 60+ feature offerings.
WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE
Among the films competing in the Documentary Competition are: Emily Harrold’s WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE
, which follows Bakari Sellers uphill struggle as he runs for lieutenant governor in South Carolina; Nadia Shihab’s JADDOLAND
, a portrait of the filmmaker’s mother, an Iraqi artist in Texas; and Hao Zhang’s GIMME A FAITH
, which follows evangelical Christian Chinese students studied in North Carolina.
The Louisiana Competition’s nonfiction titles include: Mark K Brockway and Timothy Givens’ MISSISSIPPI MADAM: THE LIFE OF NELLIE JACKSON
, about an African-American divorcee-turned-brothel madam; Allison Bohl Dehart and Peter Dehart’s BENDING LINES: THE SCULPTURE OF ROBERT WIGGS
, a portrait of an artist and his unique scientific approach to his work; and Lily Keber’s BUCKJUMPING
, a look at New Orleans’ dance traditions.
THIS TACO TRUCK KILLS FASCISTS
Other sections featuring documentaries include: Spotlight Films, with upcoming DOC NYC opening night selection, John Chester’s THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
, which follows a couple’s odyssey to establish a biodynamic farm; Caribbean Voices, with Jose Hiriart’s PÉP SOUVREN (SOVEREIGN PEOPLE)
, about activists fighting for true democracy in Haiti; and Change-Makers, which includes Harry Moses’ GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
, a case study exposing the injustices in New Orleans’ criminal justice system; Ada McMahon and Wendi Moore-O’Neal’s THIS LITTLE LIGHT
, about a woman forced to stay closeted to do relief work post-Katrina; and Rodrigo Dorfman’s THIS TACO TRUCK KILLS FASCISTS
, about a traveling theatre project exposing the impact of immigration on New Orleans.