New Orleans Film Festival Picks

The New Orleans Film Festival started yesterday and continues through next Thursday. Here is the full schedule. The venues this year are Prytania Theater, The Theatres at Canal Place, Chalmette Movies, NOMA, the CAC, and The Porch. There is also a lecture series at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. Also, this year they are offering a handy shuttle service.

There are so many offerings that it can be a bit daunting. After combing through this year’s film, I’m particularly excited about certain films, these documentaries: Waiting for Superman (about Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone), John Kennedy Toole: the omega point, Walker Piercy: a Documentary Film, Life 2.0 (which follows some people through their virtual lives in the video game Second Life), also, if you didn’t get a chance to see it, The Big Uneasy. Also, there is the Mardi Gras Indian documentary by local boy Aaron Walker, Bury the Hatchet.  And, in the “special presentation” category, the Pennebaker documentary about Bob Dylan, Don’t Look Back is a “must have seen.” In the narrative category: Todd Solondz has a new one (if you dare) Life During Wartime, also Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch has Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci owning a Nevada Brothel which employs Gina Gershon and Bai Ling (!), as well as the latest in The Girl Who…franchise, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and Howl, with James Franco playing a young Allen Ginsberg. And, in the “oldie but goody” category, Hitchcock’s masterpiece Strangers on a Train, based on the work of the devilish Patricia Highsmith.

That oughta keep you busy!

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