by Ken Korman
Beasts of the Southern Wild isn't the year's only New Orleans film starring a local non-actor kid. Tchoupitoulas is a unique stream-of-consciousness blend of documentary and narrative elements that features William Zanders — who was 11 when the film was shot — and his older brothers Bryan and Kentrell as they explore the French Quarter over the course of a single night. On Friday night, July 20, The New Orleans Film Society will present the local premiere of the movie in the most appropriate setting imaginable: outdoors at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue in the Quarter.
Directors Bill and Turner Ross will be in attendance at the screening. Little Freddie King, who appears in the film, will open the proceedings with a set of live music at 7:30. The screening will follow at around 8:30. Tickets are $3 for Film Society members, Louisiana Museum Foundation members, and Friends of the Cabildo. General admission tickets are $6. Blankets and chairs are recommended, but the Film Society is asking that we refrain from bringing in outside food or drink. The Rue Chow food truck will be on hand, along with a bar. More information here.
Look for our full review of Tchoupitoulas when its local theatrical run begins later this year.