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Lundi

June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation

 

Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes

 

Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia

 

Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 

 

Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir

 

Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics

 

Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa

 

Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues

 

Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden

 

A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love

 

Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez

 

MARDI

June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan

 

Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare

 

Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community

 

MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered

 

Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord

 

Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans

 

Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils

 

Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye

 

Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights

 

Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays

 

WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more

 

Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy

 

Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow

 

Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition

 

Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis

JEUDI

June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place

 

Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders

 

Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon

 

Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 

 

Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29

 

Book Signing

TREO, 7PM

SHOT by Kathy Shorr

 

BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam

 

Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater

 

Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends

 

Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul

 

Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy

 

VENDREDI

June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions

 

Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world

 

Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act

 

Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan

 

Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch

 

Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones

 

Spektrum

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents

 

The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar

 

Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management

 

Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more

 

Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase

 

Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds

 

Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception

 

Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson

 

CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia

 

Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set

 

Jason Neville Band

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane

 

Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee

 

The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year

 

New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance

 

Waiting for 'Laundry Day'

Director Randy Mack on Keeping Post-Production Local



In the post-production stage, Randy Mack's film Laundry Day has become a living thing. 

 

"I look at Laundry Day as this little mammal scurrying between the toes of these Brontosaurus productions that are stomping down all the things little mammals need to survive," the director said.

 

 The film involves a fight in a New Orleans bar-laundromat, then untangles the event and the lives of the four characters involved. 

 

"The stories of the street-level life in this town is really what moves me as a storyteller. . .  Plus the personalities that are attracted to it, and it's all this kind of perfect of - it's a place where, well, what's shocking to me its that it's a place where nobody is telling those stories," says Mack.

 

The director is looking to complete his local dark comedy using only resources he finds within Orleans Parish. However he says he won't scrimp on his film's quality because of the local focus.

 

"There's a famous indie-film triangle that's: Good, Fast, and Cheap.  And you can only pick two at any time…and I prefer to go high-quality and cheap and go slower." 

 

Mack spent 2011 and 2012 writing the script.  He shot a teaser in May 2013 "to kind of kick the tires of local crews and actors and see what I could get out of them. And also to test my theory that given I know all the bar owners in lower Decatur that I might be able to have my run of the place, and that turned out to be true."

 

He finished principle photography (actors, lights, cameras - what people think of when they hear "making movies") in December 2013.  He's needed patience, dedication, and ingenuity to get the film done.  At one point, 22 Jump Street took every truck he needed.  With everyone ready to go, he pushed Laundry Day's shooting back months.  The film has had nine different producers.  After shooting, a vital hard drive went haywire.  Mack knows things like this happen to indie filmmakers.  He worked for years inside the mainstream entertainment industry in Los Angeles. His company, Armak, Productions made Burning Annie and kept working on it until Lightyear Entertainment/Warner Brothers picked it up for distribution.

 

For all the trucks, lights, stars and film crews, the entire Hollywood movie industry hasn't descended upon Louisiana in one mass wave like one of their alien invasions or zombie apocalypses.  Finding people to work with challenges filmmakers as much as anything else.

 

"I find the greater filmmakers tend to, they tend to have small groups of colleagues who are working at the same level, who they are in a, sort of, mixed collaborative/competitive relationship with," he said. That need lead Mack and other local filmmakers to survey the remade landscape of local post-production professionals and resources.

 

The New Orleans Video Access Center [NOVAC] has long been the interchange between people working in films and current film projects.  As NOVAC Executive Director Darcy McKinnon puts it, "Part of our mission is to cultivate a sustainable film community We ring the bell when filmmakers get paid." NOVAC has networking nights, often on the third Thursday of each month, where you can, McKinnon says, "meet other people who are interested in doing what you are doing." People meet through NOVAC's educational opportunities such as technical classes taught at its Louisa Street headquarters and events like Web Weekend and Sync-Up Cinema. NOVAC also sends out job requests through its email network of filmmakers, and on request can even sort through responses looking for the best applicants.

 

When McKinnon looks at how the film industry has developed, she stresses just how new everything is. 

 

"When I moved here 13 years ago, there were…four practicing documentary filmmakers and Glen Pitre [Belizaire the Cajun]," she said.  While state tax incentives have been pulling down large Hollywood productions, editing and other post-production tasks involve smaller numbers of specialized talent, which can resist better a move forced by cost-reduction. Still, post-production facilities have opened here, and found a challenging economic environment. McKinnon notes the larger post-production facilities that opened over the last five years have now "contracted significantly." 

 

Many of those facilities process dailies, which they send back to editors in Los Angeles. Editing seems confined to local independent features (like Laundry Day), documentaries, commercials, music videos, and filmed local live events.

 

“We've seen here a lot of post-production houses and effects houses open and close, grow and contract, and so I think it is difficult to create a culture of post-production... The whole industry is going through a major shift, so it's not as likely to pop up in the same way that production has,” McKinnon said.

 

With 47 hours of film in-hand, Randy Mack and his "scurrying mammal" of a movie needed an editor next. 

 

"The number of editors in this town who have a narrative feature film credit is basically…you can put them on a single hand," Mack said.

 

He began advertising and then sorting through responses. He filled some other key post-production slots, but couldn't go forward until he found the right editor. Mack, a longtime NOVAC member, ended up writing up a job description for editing Laundry Day, and that went out over the organization’s network.

 

Film editor Eva Contis was living in Shreveport when she saw the NOVAC email about Laundry Day. Sitting next to Mack, she recalls, "What attracted to me to Louisiana is the fact that I've been looking for people like Randy. I've been looking for people who want to make movies here, and want production from within. And it took me five years to find you!" Contis moved to Louisiana from Los Angeles, where she had worked steadily as an editor after a year's unpaid tutelage. She worked as an assistant editor for last summer's Olympus Has Fallen and the mob-hitman movie The Iceman. She's excited to say that Laundry Day marks a rare project "that someone hasn't been impaled or shot in the head."

 

Mack couldn't be happier with the result of his six-month quest. "Her resume is easily four or five times as deep as anyone else's I've found in the City."  Now living in New Orleans, Contis reflects, "I do know that post-production is the one area of the film industry that hasn't flourished.  It's always imminent. It's coming; it's coming. And I came in 2009, and every job that I've gotten in this state I've gotten through my contacts in Los Angeles." 

 

She's found the material in Laundry Day "resonates to my San Francisco growing up.  You know, running through New York as a teenager, and the people that I hung around with in New York. So I think though it's uniquely about New Orleans, it not only resonates with other cities, it resonates with the parts of cities that's dying." Part of her joy editing the film comes from learning about it the way audiences will, because the action doesn't take place in chronological order. 

 

"I didn't think you could tell a linear story in this town and have it make sense because of the depth of history,” Mack said.

 

Contis says she'll have a solid cut of Laundry Day ready shortly. Mack is aiming to having the film ready to be submitted to next year's Sundance Film Festival, and plans exclusive test screening in September. After editing, the next great post-production hurdles involve sound and color-correction. Mack notes the movie industry adage that "sound is 75% of what you see", and wonders if that's under-estimated.

 

"ADR is a vital part of the thing," he says of Automatic Dialog Replacement, where actors come into studios and repeat dialog they spoke during filming.  Color-correction involves changing the color balance of every frame of Laundry Day, shot on digital cameras including Red Scarlets, to enhance the film's visual message.

 

"The middle of editorial is a very antsy stage for a director," Mack states. "There's a lot to be discovered and a lot of problems that have not been solved. I'm sure we'll be feeling great about it all in the end."

 

Meanwhile, both Randy Mack and Darcy McKinnon continue to seek means to expand and improve local filmmaking and filmmaking opportunities. NOVAC and McKinnon are actively involved in the assessing Louisiana's film tax credit and creating recommendations for the next legislative session. McKinnon emphasizes the difficulty in simply mandating or putting in place "an exact model" for a state incentive to develop or import "a community of production that leads to a community of makers that leads to a culture of creation."  Still, that remains her ultimate goal. 

 

Randy Mack has put forward his own proposal for "Above the Water Line" to bring together creative people and local financial support to, in Mack's words, "get some energy going around the idea that, 'Hey, you know, there are cinematic storytellers in this town that could do something really exciting for the culture of the community in the same way that a HBO TV show can and maybe more so." However he says the idea "needs a critical mass" to become viable.

 

McKinnon points out, "I think one of the struggles we have is that this industry in Louisiana is ten years old, it's ten years old. That's not a long time." NOVAC continues to produce programs, bring in internationally-regarded filmmakers and industry experts, and tries to encourage mentorships, which both McKinnon and Mack feel are a prime ingredient for a strong creative community. For both, proper funding of this branch of the arts remains a key, though elusive, goal. Mack further feels that bringing his movie to theaters will help encourage other local filmmakers and the support networks they need. 

 

"Laundry Day is designed to be a blueprint for indigenous independent film in New Orleans,” Mack said. “It's suppose to be a role model down the line, and it will not be that role model unless it's really, really good.  And not just local good, like, it's a fun time for locals to see their friends on screen, but it needs to move the needle on a national level." 

 

To learn more about Laundry Day, written and directed by Randy Mack, visit: www.laundrydayfilm.com.  Find out about NOVAC's upcoming programs, events, and the benefits of membership at www.novacvideo.org.

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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