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Third Eye Film Festival to Come to New Orleans

New Orleans is riding high on the crest of festival season, but after Bayou Boogaloo wraps up, what's a festivalgoer to do? Cinephiles, feminists, and bar mavens alike are in luck, as a new female-focused filmmaker festival will make its debut in the Bywater this Memorial Day Weekend. 


After launching in New York City in December 2016, the Third Eye Film Festival (TEFF) expands its community-minded cinematic offerings with a southern offshoot. The festival, which will run from Saturday (5.27) to Sunday (5.28), will be held on the patio of Bar Redux, giving moviegoers ample chance to grab a frosty brew and snack on the watering hole's signature mix of creole cuisine and Caribbean dishes during screenings. 


According to Darian Brenner and Namrata Desai, filmmakers and co-founders of TEFF, the festival strives "to build a community of visionary artists who explore ‘otherworldly’ stories with themes of fantasy, occult, and mysticism." The lineup for the inaugural NOLA Third Eye Festival features 36 films from female directors or producers originating from 13 countries, each categorized in horror, fantasy, spiritual or female eye genres. 


TEFF’s Female Eye category seems well poised to destroy the male gaze, a notorious term coined by feminist film critic Laura Mulvey to signify the masculine point of view that has long dominated cinema. As Brenner and Desai stated, the festival’s chief aim is to "elevate the work of female filmmakers who work in spiritual, fantasy, and horror genres” — offering one of the few female-driven arts programming events in the world. 


The films on the lineup were first screened during the winter festival in New York City, including the Australian dystopian short Twenty Forty-Three, the tarot-focused In the Cards (A Very Dramatic Film), German relationship-horror flick Hades, and the short animation Blind Eyes. (View the full program here) After runs in New Orleans and Los Angeles, the TEFF team has plans to expand the festival to cities around the world. 


The team behind biannual fest has also put forward a call for submissions for the Spring 2018 TEFF. Female artists can learn more here. 


Third Eye Film Festival

Bar Redux (801 Poland Ave.) 

5.27-5.28, doors open 7PM / screenings 8PM-1:30AM

$5 admission 

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Michael Weber, B.A.


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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

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