by Ken Korman
The New Orleans Film Society has announced the lineup of feature films in competition at the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival. The Louisiana Features and Documentary Features categories look especially strong. Highlights include Iman Shervington's Back Story, for which five young African American men from different New Orleans neighborhoods filmed their own lives over a six-month period; the world premiere of Shelter, a documentary about New Orleans' Covenant House homeless shelter for young people; and Maisie Crow's documentary Jackson, which examines the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. See the full lineup of competition features here.
The 2016 New Orleans Film Festival runs Oct. 12 to 20 at venues all over the city. This year, the festival hub moves from the CAC to the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St.). New venues have been added to create a "walkable downtown campus for the festival." According to the Film Society, 45% of films at this year's festival will be from female directors, and 36% from directors of color.
Early Bird festival passes are currently on sale and are $200 for Film Society members and $270 for non-members. Those prices will increase by $50 on Sept 12. Passes and more info are here.