First festival arrives this weekend



Originally conceived as an extended Marigny pit stop for bands on their way to the huge annual SXSW Conference in Austin, the locally run foburg music festival takes a cinematic step forward this weekend with the addition of an offshoot called Festivities begin on Friday night with screenings at Mimi's in the Marigny, 2601 Royal Street. The program includes the Polish film Paths of Hate, The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting, and shorts including the New Orleans-made Statue.

After the screenings the party moves to 520 Frenchman Street, otherwise known as the gravel lot at the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres, perennial home to brass bands and aspiring fire-eaters. Here the festival wiill screen something that's come to be known as Dark Side of the Rainbow, or The Wizard of Oz synced to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album. Audio will be transmitted through headphones available for a fee. We must admit that we've tried this at home, and the pairing does yield some remarkably well-timed moments. But as we dimly recall from hazier days, the right frame of mind is probably central to the experience.

Saturday's events include a Flimmakers/Actors Lounge at 6 p.m. at Lost Love Lounge, 2529 Dauphine, followed by a screening of a new film about Mardi Gras indians that "cannot be announced, but is local and awesome," according to The unnamed director will handle a Q&A after the screening, presumably in disguise. Then we go back to the vacant lot for Bowie 2001, a "mixpiece" that combines the music of David Bowie with a "reimagined" version of Stanley Kubrick's classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, for real. On Sunday, things move back to Lost Love for screenings and Q&As featuring local filmmakers including Will Horton. Sketchy information is available here and here.

Those ready to knock off early on a Thursday afternoon may follow this link for a nine-minute sample of Dark Side of the Rainbow. We believe the spanish subtitles add a whole new dimension to the experience.

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