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Meet the filmmakers at The Big Easy International Film Festival

From: Daniel M.
Sent on: Thursday, December 9, 2010 12:17 AM
GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FILMMAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!
 
THE BIG EASY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
12/10 - 12/16
Tickets for the 4th Annual Big Easy International Film Festival have gone on sale. Louisiana's 2nd largest film festival will screen 9 feature length and 31 short films during the week long event at the Theatres at Canal Place (333 Canal St.). Starting Friday, December 10th and ending Thursday, December 16th, the festival will feature films from around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, the U.K., Canada, South Korea, and Hungary. Also, with many films from the USA, including 9 from Louisiana, the festival offers an amazing assortment of great cinema to watch.

We have everything from great dramas (?Transpose?, from Louisiana filmmaker Ethan Grey) to thought-provoking documentaries (?Flags, Feathers, and Lies; A provocative look at the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, or ?China: The Rebirth of an Empire; which essentially examines how China is taking over) , from scary sci-fi (?Lunopolis?, from Louisiana filmmaker Michael J. Avant, a Blair Witch meets the X-files thriller) to hilarious comedies (?Take My Wife?, about a couple who intend to hire a gigolo to spice up their sex life, but accidentally hire a hitman)... Great feature films, great short films, something for everyone! Visit: www.BigEasyInternationalFilmFestival.com for more details.

 
BIG EASY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
Feature Films:

Banjo & Whistle (DOC) - USA
Directed by Andrew Scott
tale of two Superfans and the tale of two cities. Leroy "Whistle Monsta" Mitchell and Stacy "Banjo Man" Samuels have become icons in New Orleans and San Francisco. From the French Quarter to the Haight Ashbury and from Super Bowls to Lombardi Gras. All aboard!

China: The Rebirth of an Empire (DOC) - USA
Directed by Jeremy & Jesse Veverka
China?s unprecedented growth has placed it on the verge of overtaking the United States as the world?s preeminent power. But what type of power will China become? Whether it?s a peaceful rise or potential threat, China's 21st century emergence as a great world power will change the lives of everyone.
 
Dynamite Swine (NAR) - USA
Director: Mark Poisella
Writers: Mark Poisella & Kirk Cunningham
Rebel, a run-n-gun gambler, promises to save his girlfriend?s ?hair salon for the homeless? from foreclosure but instead falls into debt to a sadistic Russian quadriplegic. After his bumbling friends complicate things further, Rebel enters the biggest card tournament of his life in order to save the day!

Flags, Feathers, and Lies (DOC) - USA
Directed by Pablo Palacios
A provocative look at the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans ? in all their rich, resplendent, and rhythmic glory ? and how they and the community they love have survived the twin disasters of Hurricane Katrina and government neglect. The culture of the lower 9th ward comes from a heritage that merges African and Native American traditions and has combined celebration with solidarity.
 
Flag of My Father (NAR) - Louisiana
Directed by Rodney Ray
Written by Rodney Ray, Leslie Lamb, & Monica Grim
After a tumultuous tour in Iraq, Judith returns home with nightmares and wounds that will never heal. Still, serving as an Army nurse in her veteran father?s footsteps was an honor. Envious of their military bond, her brothers condemn her-a snub that intensifies when their father dies suddenly.

Grey Skies (NAR) - USA
Directed by Kai Blackwood
Written by Mark E Reilly
A weekend getaway turns into unimaginable horror for seven friends. Bright flashes of light announce the arrival of a dark presence. These friends will have their loyalties tested as they must outwit a force that is extremely intelligent in order to survive. The outcome will shock and amaze as we come to realize... we are not alone in the universe.
 
Katrina Cop in the Superdome (DOC) - USA
Directed by Paul Lisy
Exploring the experiences of a black member of the NOPD and other New Orleans residents within the Louisiana Superdome during and after Hurricane Katrina struck. Issues of blame and personal responsibility are addressed by those who went through a week in a place some called ?worse than hell?.
 
Lunopolis (NAR) - Louisiana
Written & Directed by Matthew J. Avant
Two documentary filmmakers accidentally uncover the greatest moon secret the world has never known, and the global organization determined to keep it hidden. Blair Witch meets the X-Files in this mind-bending sci-fi thriller being called ?The most novel lunar conspiracy theory since Capricorn One.?
 
Out for the Long Run (DOC) - USA
Directed by Scott Bloom
At a time when young gay men and women are literally being bullied to death, Out For The Long Run examines the lives of openly gay High School Athletes, showing the world a new generation of courage in what could be the most homophobic place on a high school campus: the locker room.
 
Transpose (NAR) - Louisiana
Written & Directed by Ethan Grey
Andrew Barrington is about to find out just how quickly things can change.
Turmoil stricken through a strange series of events, he is forced to turn his attention to what matters most. Can he now find himself before he is swept away in this Hurricane called life?

 
Shorts Programs:
 
Drama Program #1
Another Life - USA
Written & Directed by Nathan Ruegger
A suspense thriller about a young female veteran who has three days to kill an innocent man or they both die.
 
Heart and Seoul - USA
Directed by Kevin Porter
Written by Alexander Bedria
In war, Casualties don't always occur on the battlefield. Set against the backdrop of the Korean war, two souls find each other and the brief moment of peace in each other.

The Desperate - USA
Written & Directed by Ben Hur Sepehr
On a rainy night in a concentration camp a fearsome Nazi general is forced to plead with a condemned Jewish doctor to save his dying only son.
 
Siren - Hungary
Written & Directed by Andras Novak
A story about a young Hungarian boy and his fatal acquaintance with a Russian soldier during the 1956 Revolution in Budapest, which leads to an unusual trip down memory lane.
 
 
Drama Program #2
 
My Alien Mother - Louisiana
Written & Directed by M. Baker
Set in the 70's about 12yr old Michael, who spends his days taking care of his ailing mother. Though conversations with his grandfather, Michael discovers a disturbing fact about his mother's birth date, which could explain why he feels she is an alien.

Black Crayon - South Korea
Written & Directed by Hanjin Park
A boy stays alone at home by himself while his mother, a woman diver, goes to work. He waits his mother but she comes and leaves before he falls a sleep and wakes up. One day he goes out to find his mother.
 
Fragile - Canada
Written & Directed by Eric Maran
Out of options, Kathleen, an estranged wife suffering from kidney failure, descends into the gritty underworld of black market human organ trafficking. After recovering from the operation, she searches for the identity of the mysterious donor who saved her life.
 
Hard Silence - USA
Written & Directed by Ozzy Villazon
In a rundown Latino neighborhood, angry and foul mouthed Karla desperately wants to leave the only life she knows. Though afraid of her formidable mother, Karla attempts to join her long distance boyfriend in Phoenix, no matter the consequences.

 
Comedy Program #1 (Odd-Ball Comedies)
 
Off-Line - USA
Written & Directed by Tom Gasek
A short animated film that tells about what can happen inside a microwave oven when it is abused. It features a rather curious orange capacitor named ?IZ.?

The Buck Johnson Story - USA
Written & Directed by Blake McCray
Pork Pen employee and aspiring writer, Dave, struggles with his social distractions, mainly his party-animal best-friend Fred and his feelings for his longtime crush Stella. He finds inspiration during his wild night out that he uses to write the crazed story of the nutty redneck Buck Johnson.
 
Falling Apart - USA
Written & Directed by Christopher Valori
Have you ever loved someone so much that when you lost them you fell apart? When Audrey breaks up with Alex, he begins falling apart... literally. But can Alex see her one last time before it?s too late?
 
Nightmare Works - Louisiana
Directed by Shannon Kitchens
Written by Shannon Kitchens & Robert Stonicher
Johnny Miler has his work cut out for him with trying to find the next big nightmare in this quirky short.

The Eater - USA
Directed by Niko Hronopoulos
Written by Jeremy Engel
A competitive eating champ well past his glory days must recapture the taste of victory by mentoring a brash young upstart.
 
Cell Phone Psycho - Louisiana
Written & Directed by David S. White
Have you ever been to the movies where a person answers a call on his cell phone? Have you ever hoped that there would be some kind of karmic restitution that would befall that person? Now there is... turn off your phone or else...
 
The Revengers - Louisiana
Directed by Duncan Pace
Written by Stephen Hoover
An animated parody on Marvel's ?The Avengers?... What the super heroes really talking about when they meet up at headquarters?

 
Comedy Program #2 (Relationship Comedies)
 
Communication - Louisiana
Written & Directed by Robert Crosby
Mark, a man who is physically unable to speak, has to overcome his insecurity to communicate with a girl in a park.
 
Take My Wife - USA
Written & Directed by Brett Carlson
A married couple intending to hire a gigolo to save their stale sex life mistakenly hires a hitman in this dangerous comedy of errors.

Withstand One Night - USA
Directed by Ryan Sage
Written by Anna Bocci
Fresh out of a loooong term relationship, Sara wants nothing more than to fulfill a secret life-long fantasy... a ONE NIGHT STAND! A night of pure, unadulterated, clothes-ripping, movie-style SEX! With best friends in tow, what could possibly go wrong?!
 
The Archangel Larry - Louisiana
Written & Directed by Hunter McGregor
A fallen angel, Larry, is so incompetent that he actually gets kicked out of Hell. When even God doesn't want to give Larry a job, the clutzy Larry sulks away only to do a good deed and earn a chance at redemption.

 
Comedy Program #3 (Dramedies)
 
Wid Winner & the Slipstream - USA
Written & Directed by Alex Gaynor
Wid Winner, an autoparts store worker whose life never lived up to his own expectations until the day his store is robbed by a traveling scientist named Kenneth who is convinced he can build a time machine. Together, the two lonesome men embark on a cross-country road-trip in search of glory, redemption, and a chance to not be forgotten.
 
Kosher Pig - USA
Directed by Eric Patton
Written by Moon Cho, Maurice Poplar, & Eric Patton
When an insecure 23-year-old Joy Cohen seeks out her biological parents to feel complete, her life turns "unkosher" when she struggles to bring her two dysfunctional--Chinese and Jewish--families together.
 
Quality Time - USA
Written & Directed by James Redford
The story of a father of four who decides he's had it with the chaos of the morning routine. Getting the kids up earlier, he finds the inevitable delays no longer have the same sting. His confidence, however, begins to wane as he confronts the stubborn realities of quality time with the kids.
 
 
Sci-Fi / Thriller / Horror Program
 
Apocalypse Story - USA
Written & Directed by Jeffrey P. Nesker
Not long after the end of the world, a chance meeting in the wasteland. Two adolescents. A pragmatic Nomad, Claire has spent the better part of her life alone, simply surviving. Andrew hides away in a re purposed Store-All. Surrounded by foodstuffs and collected relics he only half understands. The encounter draws surprising new emotions, and powerful, animal urges they?ve never experienced.
 
Clemency - USA
Directed by Joseph Albanese
Written by Charlie Frazier, Chris Frazier, & Joseph Albanese
A reporter confronts a sadistic killer who takes her on a terrifying thrill ride she will never forget.
 
Banshee - United Kingdom
Directed by Michael Elkin & Cathrine Laine
Written by Michael Elkin
Four friends on a weekend trip to Ireland quickly realize that the Banshee is not just an urban myth!"
 
Unrepentant - Australia
Written & Directed by Jason Kempnich
Recently graduated psychologist Julie must face personal demons when she is left in charge of a pedophile's release from prison.

The Absence - USA
Written & Directed by Alex DeMille
A corporate bureaucrat is sent on a mission to a  mysterious and barren rural town, where he confronts the truth behind his company's work and must choose whether to continue to obey his messianic boss.

 
Documentary Program

Forget Me Nots - USA
Directed by Dempsey Rice
A film about remembering. The act of remembering is so intrinsic to our experience that we usually don?t even notice it, but remembering is the key to our identity ? it opens doors through which we access the stories and experiences that make up our lives.

Return ? USA
Written & Directed by Cyd Chartier Cohn
Fred Sondermann was fifteen when he and his parents narrowly escaped Nazi Germany just before the outbreak of WWII. Thirty years later, he is offered the opportunity to travel and teach in his native Germany. Though the American political science professor is afraid of what he will find, he is also strangely attracted to this place of horror.
 
Sand Mountain - New Zealand
Directed by Kathryn McCool
Setting off with a borrowed video camera Kathryn McCool begins a solo journey through the American South to meet reclusive musician Cast King and attempts to find the America she had, as a youth, re-created and photographed in her own backyard in rural New Zealand.
 
What's Up? - USA
Written & Directed by Kim Sheridan
Tackles one of the more controversial issues in today's world, and it does so not by preaching or making demands but by asking questions and suggesting actions. Looking up at the sky and contemplating what's really going on with our environment. The goal is to inspire viewers to learn more, pay attention, take responsibility, and get involved.

 
SCHEDULE
 
Friday, Dec. 10th
7:00 PM Banjo & Whistle
9:00 PM OPENING NIGHT PARTY!
 
Saturday, Dec. 11th
2:00 PM Drama Program #1
4:30 PM Comedy Program #1
7:00 PM Transpose
9:30 PM Lunopolis
 
Sunday, Dec. 12th
2:00 PM Documentary Program
4:30 PM Out for the Long Run
7:00 PM Sci-Fi/Thriller/Horror Program
9:30 PM Dynamite Swine
 
Monday, Dec. 13th
7:00 PM Comedy Program #2
9:30 PM Flag of My Father
 
Tuesday, Dec. 14th
7:00 PM China: Rebirth of an Empire
9:30 PM Drama Program #2
 
Wednesday, Dec. 15th
7:00 PM Flags, Feather, and Lies
9:30 PM Grey Skies
 
Thursday, Dec. 16th
7:00 PM Comedy Program #3
9:30 PM Katrina Cop in the Superdome
11:30 PM AWARDS CEREMONY

 
 

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