The Dominic Scott-directed video for Pell's "Skyfall" will screen at the New Orleans Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival announces music-focused lineup

The 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival, which takes place October 16-23, will showcase several films, including a full section dedicated to music. Nine new “cutting edge” music videos from around the world as well as a number of feature films representing the importance of music will be showcased. Seven films in categories Documentary Features, Louisiana Features, Louisiana Shorts, Experimental Shorts and Cinema Reset are on the lineup.

Documentary Features include films by directors Lisa Cortes and Farah X, whose The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion tells a story of how hip-hop changed fashion, leading to the global and stratospheric rise of streetwear.

The Louisiana Features will include films by director Michael Murphy. Up From the Streets, New Orleans: The City of Music celebrates the culture of New  Orleans through the lens of music. This four-year-long project by Murphy, who also shot Make It Funky, a New Orleans concert documentary some years back, will be a world premiere and features Terence Blanchard and many more local music luminaries.

Louisiana Shorts will feature three music videos this year, one of them by directors David Gamble and Jonathan Freilich. Esplanade, which will be a collaboration between a jazz composer and photographer, follows their journey along the eponymous avenue. 

Music Videos to look forward too include Due West by Directors Cara Stricker and Mindy Le Brock, T.S.S.P by director PJ Raval, Searching for Wonder by Director Greg Osei and many many more. Hip-hop fans should look out for “Skyfall,” the Pell music video directed by Dominic Scott.

The New Orleans Film Festival campus is centered around the festival HUB at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), which boasts both an 180-seat and a 300-seat screening room. 

The early bird sale is still going on now and festival-goers can buy their passes now to save $25 on all-access and $20 on weekender passes. New Orleans Film Society members save an additional $50 on pass purchases. Six Film Pass and Student Pass will go on sale on August 30th.

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