by Ken Korman
FF2 is the second edition of an annual independent film festival focusing on New Orleans films and filmmakers. Created by local non-profit organization Timecode:NOLA, FF2 runs Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept 22 at a variety of downtown venues including One Eyed Jack's, Lost Love Lounge, Allways Lounge & Theatre, Mimi's in the Marigny, the Old U.S. Mint, and others.
The festivities begin with a Kick-Off Party at One Eyed Jack's on Wednesday night featuring a screening of Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip and a live appearance by Clifton, who began life as an Andy Kaufman alter-ego. Other festival highlights include a Skateboard Film Fest; Humidity, a feature film in 15 segments made by 15 different local filmmakers; the premiere screening of this year's Super 8 One-Reel Challenge, for which local directors had to shoot three-minute silent films in sequence and turn over their footage to FF2 without seeing or editing it; and multiple themed blocks of short films along with screenings of feature-length films from New Orleans and beyond.