Going into Saturday night there was a lot of hype surrounding Burning Cane, the directorial debut of New Orleans native Phillip Youmans that is set to be available November 6 on Netflix. Phillip Youmans is the youngest director to have a film accepted to the Tribeca Film Festival; moreover, his debut won the Founders Prize and the prize for Best Cinematography at Tribeca.
Shortly after last night’s world premiere of Easy Does It at the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival, it was announced that the Saturday, October 19 screenings at the Orpheum Theatre are to be rescheduled and/or moved to a separate venue due to the demolition of the cranes at the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets are still available. The affected screenings are below:
A delight to the eyes and the heart, Guaxuma is a short film that utilizes experimental animation techniques all connected to sand and drawing from director Nara Normande’s childhood in Guaxuma, Brazil.
Documentary producer and director Owsley Brown was not looking for a movie when he arrived in Port-au-Prince. He found himself at the Sainte Trinité Music School and was immediately struck by it. Brown remembers an indescribably welcoming feeling that he couldn’t explain but knew immediately he had to capture on film. Here the roots of Serenade for Haiti began.
One moment, Lariyah Daniels dejectedly says, “I want to play arenas.” In the next scene, she’s onstage at Banks Street Bar, playing the small Mid-City bar like she was rocking the Smoothie King Center.
[Updated] The New Orleans Film Festival started Thursday night and continues until next Thursday. Last year, Lily Keber's The Bayou Maharajah ended the festival on a local note, and this year will ended similarly when Joe Lauro’s documentary The Big Beat on the music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew screens at The Carver Theater.