Nailah Jefferson and Jon Wood
received the $50,000 CreateLouisiana Filmmakers Grant to support their production of Plaquemines, a short film about Louisiana's disappearing ways of life. Plaquemines was inspired in part by Jefferson's 2014 film Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Point a la Hache. The award was announced Oct. 22 on the closing night of the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival.
VH1 Save the Music
awarded LaPlace Elementary School a $30,000 grant for the school to purchase instruments and build its music program — its first in more than a decade. VH1 Save the Music raised the money through Toyota, which donated $1 to the organization for every participant at its music education installations at various music festivals, including the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.
director of Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, received the inaugural Pelican Award from SouthWings, a national nonprofit organization that provides volunteer pilots to advocate for wildlife restoration efforts. Atchafalaya Basinkeeper supports conservation and restoration efforts for the Atchafalaya Basin, as well as for Louisiana's coastal cypress forests.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)
took 40 minutes to respond to — and another 10 days to follow up with — a man who was left partially paralyzed after he was attacked on Frenchmen Street Oct. 15, according to an investigation by The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV. NOPD averages 73 minutes to respond to calls for service — nearly four times as long as the wait times in 2011, according to an Oct. 26 report from NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8.