Director Robert Flaherty’s 1948 docudrama ‘Louisiana Story’ earned a 1949 Oscar nomination in the now-defunct ‘best story’ category. It would mark the first time that a film
shot substantially in New Orleans would earn a nomination.
Mardi Gras might be over, but there’s no rest for local film fans, as a raft of local events are on tap this weekend, starting with Indywood’s screening of the 1948 Oscar-nominated “Louisiana Story.” It tops this week’s listing of upcoming off-the-beaten-path film events for New Orleans-area movie fans.
Indywood screening series 620 Elysian Fields. The Bywater-based film organization continues its local screening series with director Robert Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated docudrama “Louisiana Story” (7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6 to 8; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9), shot in Iberia Parish. Also: director Giulio Petroni’s 1967 spaghetti Western “Death Rides a Horse” (9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6 to 8; and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9), starring Lee Van Cleef and John Philip Law; and a late-night screening of Roger Corman’s 1967 horror-thriller “Swamp Women” (midnight Friday, March 7), which was shot largely on the north shore. All tickets are $5. BYOB. For details and to recommend films to screen at the theater visit the Indywood website.
Coen brothers screening series Canal Place. The local theater extends its ongoing retrospective of the works of the Oscar-winning Coen brothers, with screenings set for 8 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday night. Next up:the Coens’ 2007 Oscar-winning drama “No Country For Old Men” (8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, March 6 and 9), starring Josh Brolin as a man who gets in over his head when he stumbles upon $2 million in blood money. Next week: an encore engagement of the Coens’ 1998 crime comedy “The Big Lebowski” (8 p.m. Sunday and Thursday, March 13 and 16), starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in the story of a professional slacker known as The Dude whose attempts to get restitution for his ruined living room rug thrusts viewers into a bizarre world of bowling alleys, a porn tycoon and a severed toe. Tickets are $10. For details, visit the Canal Place website.
Works of Wes Anderson screening series 5339 Prytania St., 504.891.2787. The local theater launches a weekly screening series featuring the works of filmmaker Wes Anderson. First up: the Oscar-nominated 2001 comedy “The Royal Tenenbaums” (10 p.m. Sunday, March 9), starring Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Anjelica Huston in the story of the estranged patriarch of an offbeat family who tries to reconcile with his now-grown children. Tickets are $10 and available at the box office or the Prytania website. Find a full schedule of the Wes Anderson screening series here.
Shotgun Cinema Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St. The local nonprofit continues its monthly screening series to raise money in the hopes of building out a year-round, indie-minded theater inside New Orleans city limits. This month: French director Agnes Varda’s 2001 documentary “The Gleaners and I” (7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12), which uses the “gleaners” who scour fields after harvest as a springboard into a larger examination of the various ways people find uses for that which has been abandoned by French society. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door on the night of the screening. Doors open at 6:30. For details, visit the Shotgun Cinema website.
48 Hour Film Project ‘Filmapalooza’ event and launch party Joy Theatre. The organization’s Filmapalooza event comes to New Orleans, starting with a “Welcome to NOLA” celebration (7 p.m. Thursday, March 6), featuring screenings of past award winners and followed by a free afterparty for attendees at the nearby Little Gem Saloon; and continuing with Filmapalooza screenings of international short films all weekend (noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Friday, March 7; noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8; and 1 p.m. Sunday). Tickets to the launch party are $15, and tickets to the daily Filmapalooza screenings are $17.50. All are available at the Joy Theatre website. For details, visit the 48 Hour Film Festival website.
Prytania Theatre Classic Movie Series 5339 Prytania St., 504.891.2787. The theater continues its ongoing screening series focusing on Hollywood classics. This week: the 1947 Shirley Temple screwball comedy “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (10 a.m. Sunday and Wednesday, March 9 and 12), co-starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Tickets are $5.75. For details visit the Prytania Theatre website.
Prytania Theatre Late Night screening series 5339 Prytania St., 504.891.2787. The theater continues its weekly BYOB screening series of fan favorites. This week: writer-director-actor Tommy Wiseau’s modern cult film “The Room” (midnight Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8), starring Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Tickets for all seats are $10. BYOB for those 21 and older. For details visit the Prytania Theatre.
Classic Movie Series Elmwood Palace, Perkins Rowe (Baton Rouge). The local theaters continue their series of digitally restored Hollywood classics. Up next: director Rob Marshall’s Oscar-winning 2002 musical crime comedy “Chicago” (2 p.m. Sunday, March 9; and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah and Richard Gere. Tickets are $5 to $11.50 and are available at the box office or online through the Perkins Rowe website and the Elmwood Palace website.
‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Canal Place. The New Orleans Film Society and the local theater team up for a screening of the award-winning documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” (7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 12), narrated by Penn Gillette and directed by Teller, and telling the story of Texas inventor Tim Jenison, who sets out to uncover how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer managed to create such astonishingly photo-realistic paintings fully 150 years before the invention of photography. Tickets are $12.50 ($10 for film society members). For details, visit the New Orleans Film Society website.
Entergy IMAX Theatre Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St. The home of the largest IMAX screen in the Gulf South hosts regular screenings, with an emphasis on nature documentaries. Playing daily through April 3 (closed Mondays): “Great White Shark 3D” (10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.); “Penguins 3D” (11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.); and “Hurricane on the Bayou” (1 p.m.). Tickets are $10.50 ($8 for children under 12, $9.50 for seniors over 65, and $5 for Audubon members). For details, including showtimes, visit the Entergy IMAX website.
Gathr Preview SeriesZeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504.827.5858. The indie film distributor teams with the local Zeitgeist arts center for a series of limited-run independent films. Next up: director Frank V. Ross’ drama “Tiger Tail in Blue” (7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10), about a struggling writer and part-time waiter whose already-troubled marriage becomes further imperiled by his relationship with a new co-worker. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members). For details, including screening times, visit the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center or Gathr Films websites.
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504.827.5858. The local alternative movie house continues its screenings of off-the-beaten-path films. This week: director Robert May’s documentary “Kids for Cash” (7:30 Friday, March 7; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9; 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 10; and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, March 11 and 13), a “real-life thriller” focusing on the judicial scandal involving a judge who was found to have locked kids away — without counsel or being advised for their rights — in exchange for kickbacks from a juvenile detention center. The 4 p.m. screening on Saturday will be followed by a discussion featuring May and a panel of local lawyers and activists. Also new this week: director Steph Green’s 2013 Irish drama “Run & Jump” (opening Friday, March 7); and a collection of short films, music videos and documentaries by SOLUS Collective members (5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11), presented by visiting filmmaker Moira Tierney. Tickets are $8 ($7 for students and seniors; $6 for members and children under 16). For details, including screening times, visit the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center website.
‘Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz’ Loyola University, Bobet Hall, Room 223. The university’s College of Music and Fine Arts teams with the Women’s Studies interdisciplinary minor and the Women’s Resource Center to present a free screening and discussion of the feature-length documentary “Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz” (7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13). The event will be preceded by a 7 p.m. reception and followed by a discussion featuring local jazz musicians Banu Gibson, Cindy Mayes, Jenna McSwain, Cindy Scott and Amy Sharpe. For details, visit the Loyola University website.
(Courtesy of nola.com)