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October 1st

Octavia Gallery, 4:30p.m.
Hyper-realist sculptor rolls out her new book
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.
Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson
BEATnik, 8p.m.
NOLA songwriter combines folk, Americana, bluegrass, and pop
Country Club, all day
Half-off pool admission for service industry members

Fest Brings All American Horror

By Jason Raymond

The New Orleans Horror film festival continued Friday night with screenings of short films as well as the features Savageland and the locally-filmed All American HorrorAll American Horror is a coming-of-age story set in rural Louisiana in 1959. Five teenagers from different cliques become trapped inside a church and have to face their fears while accepting someone different than any of them. Director John Swider along with Producers Wayne Douglas Morgan and Murray Roth attended the Friday night 10pm screening.

Boo Orleans: Horror Film Fest Opens

For the next few days, NOLA will have somehting scarier than the crime. The New Orleans Horror Film Fest [NOHFF] begins tonight at the Indywood Movie Theater. The four-day festival celebrates "the craft and art of genre filmmaking at its best." Tonight the festival begins at 7pm with screening short films from past horror festival screenings. At 9p.m., an opening night party and pub crawl follows

Film Review: A Walk Among The Tombstones

Currently, Liam Neeson stars in movies at about the same rate as Michael Caine from the late 60s through 1990. A Walk Among The Tombstones feels like a throwback to Caine’s era: a lean, workman-like detective story whose pacing and editing isn't flashy. In Caine's better efforts like The Black Windmill or The Fourth Protocol , he played a spy. Here the source material comes from Lawrence Block, who has thrived as a second-tier detective mystery staple for decades. There's nothing original, but everything fits and functions. The movie doesn't shatter style like Michael Mann's Manhuter [1986], but it's better than a lot of recent crime movies.

Film Review: Zero Theorem

Heath Ledger's death midway through shooting marred his Terry Gilliam's last effort. Watching his first work since proved a joyless exercise. Though he's been on a slide since his splendid Time Bandits [1981], the American who worked his way into Monty Python via animation once offered visually unique, deeply flawed films that are fun to argue over. Can anyone who doesn't have a drug dependency really like The Fisher King [1991]?  Is Baron Munchausen [1988] good or just pretty in spots?  Unfortunately, The Zero Theorem, though better than his disastrous Jabberwocky [1977], looks far too much like Brazil [1985].

Film Review: The Last Sentence

In the glow of Ingmar Bergman, you might forget that Sweden has other filmmakers. Jan Troell's The Last Sentence [Dom over dod man] is so forgettable you'll keep on forgetting. The feature follows Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt as he writes caustic editorials about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler from 1933 until Segerstedt's death in 1945. While becoming Sweden's most prominent anti-Nazi, Segerstedt had a long-time adulterous relationship with his wife's publisher, a rich, urbane woman of Jewish ancestry. His boss, Axel Frossman, knows of the

Intense Experience

New Service Creates Reels for Aspiring Actors

Dream of screen acting? Actor/Director/Entrepreneur Vanessa Cloke suggests finding an agent: no agent, no real acting work. How do you get an agent? That remains tricky, even in a city with expanding performance opportunities. "One of the biggest challenges to even getting an agent out here," Cloke explains over coffee in Mid-City, "because it's becoming extremely exclusive, is if you don't have footage so they can see your acting, if you don't have a resume, if you don't have credits, you probably won't get an agent."

Foxy Lady

Lisa Haas Fights Discrimination with Humor

The star of The Foxy Merkins and Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same talks to NoDef's Jason Raymond.

Behind the Lens: 48 Hr. Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project kicked off last Friday evening with teams receiving their instructions and picking their genres out of a hat. The groups gathered in the ballroom of Maison St. Charles, anxious to get started, and knowing that a hectic, sleepless 48 hours lay in store. Submissions of the four to seven minute films had to be submitted no later than 7:30p.m. Sunday.


Another 48 Hours

Fast Film Fete Comes to NOLA

The New Orleans installment of the 48 Hour Film Project begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Maison St. Charles Hotel Ballroom (1319 St. Charles Avenue.) NOLA Project Producer Bill Rainey reports that as of last night 48 teams (he insists it's a coincidence) have registered for the two-day competition which gives teams two days to create a movie script and then complete a film at least four minutes, but no longer than seven minutes long. 

Film Review: The Return to Homs

The point of The Return to Homs seems quite clear: to mobilize world opinion against the horrible regime of Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad so much that Assad will be forced to end the civil war that erupted when he refused to abandon power three years ago. 

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