Way downtown, a crowd gathers to watch the men of the Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club show out on their second-line Sunday. At Seal’s in the 7th Ward and Sportsman’s Corner in Central City, hard-working drag king Hustler entertains his adoring public. After school, the young ladies of the Edna Karr High School dance team practice for the big parade. And before dawn on Mardi Gras day, the indians of the Creole Wild West set out on their long patrol across the city. On any day of the week, in any corner of the city, the people of New Orleans are on their feet, dancing to mourn the dead, to celebrate life, and to leave their everyday routines for a moment of pure joy. Featuring interviews with DJ Jubilee, Mannie Fresh, Mia X, and more, the second feature by Lily Keber (Bayou Maharaja) offers a panoramic view of the city’s ever-evolving dance traditions.
You know that Don Quixote trod the plains of La Mancha four centuries ago, writing wrongs, protecting the innocent, and lancing the occasional windmill. But did you know that he had a spiritual successor who lived in our very backyard? Watch as this benighted soul, Danny Kehoe, harks to the stirrings of destiny, mounts his noble steed Rosacea, summons his unemployed squire, and lights out for the open road, where adventure and chivalry beckon. Starring Tim Blake Nelson (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War), this big-hearted comedy finds Cervantes’ addlepated knight errant in his proper home, somewhere between the river and the I-10.
Founded as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital began in 1736 as just a small cottage built on the goodwill of a dying French merchant. Operated by nuns of The Daughters of Charity and serving the city of New Orleans for close to 300 years, it gradually transformed into an enormous public institution - into Big Charity - and a longstanding symbol of compassion, a seemingly eternal place of safety and a beacon of hope in the community. Today the towering art deco building, closed abruptly after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, stands empty, and the community continues to suffer the devastating consequences of its absence. This documentary film includes never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews to tell the story of Charity Hospital, from its roots to its controversial closing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From the firsthand accounts of healthcare providers and hospital employees who miraculously withstood the storm inside the hospital, to interviews with key players involved in the closing of Charity and the opening of New Orleans' newest hospital, Big Charity shares the untold, true story around its closure and sheds new light on the sacrifices made for the sake of progress
The debut feature film of local director Kenna Moore, She Was Famous is an edge-of-your-seat portrait of a bipolar disorder. Jill, a recent college dropout and widow, can't seem to get life right. While ruining all of her remaining relationships, she finds herself going down some twisted rabbit hole inspired by her recent discovery of Karl Marx and the German language only to learn that things have become a bit mental.