Are We Not Cats | Xander Robin
Are We Not Cats | Xander Robin

The 27th New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), taking place October 12 to 20, 2016, unveiled the documentary, narrative and Louisiana feature competition lineup and official program artwork.

“The incredible growth the New Orleans Film Festival continues to experience translates into a more dynamic and diverse lineup each year,” says New Orleans Film Society Executive Director Jolene Pinder. “This year, we are excited to introduce new venues that will create a walkable downtown campus for the festival, giving our audiences the chance to see even more films.”

2016 New Orleans Film Festival Poster

The official program artwork, designed by local artist Kayla Wroblewski, displays a portrait of Mexican actress Dolores del Río, who starred in the 1929 Louisiana-based film Evangeline, an image from which was used as part of the poster for the First Annual New Orleans Film Festival in 1989. The art selection highlights Louisiana’s rich history as a site for film production.

“This year’s lineup typifies the festival’s strong commitment to supporting new cinematic voices,” says New Orleans Film Society Director of Programming Clint Bowie. “Film is an art, and this year’s selections make that hard to deny. Festivalgoers should be prepared to be challenged, moved, and awed by the bold and confident storytelling in this year’s lineup.”

New Orleans Film Festival 2016 Documentary, Narrative and Louisiana features in competition:

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

Farmer/Veteran | dir. Alix Blair, Jeremy M. Lange
One veteran’s mission to find healing through farming is haunted by the wounds of a family lost and the soldier he still yearns to be.

Jackson | dir. Maisie Crow
Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson captures the hard truth of the lives at the center of the debate over reproductive healthcare in America.

Jonas and the Backyard Circus
Jonas and the Backyard Circus

Jonas and the Backyard Circus (Jonas e o Circo sem Lona) | dir. Paula Gomes
U.S. PREMIERE. Jonas is 13 and his passion is running a neighborhood circus he created in his backyard—but as adolescence sets in, what will become of Jonas’s childhood circus dreams?

The Nine | dir. Katy Grannan
Modesto California’s notorious South Ninth Street—the Nine—is a no-man’s-land where the rules of polite society do not apply, a ravaged micro-community whose Darwinian existence is a day-to-day hustle.

Painted Nails | dir. Erica Jordan, Dianne Griffin
Follows a Vietnamese immigrant’s life-changing journey from her vibrant nail salon to the steps of Congress, becoming the first person to testify for safe cosmetics in over 30 years.

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes | dir. Brett Story
A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration through a series of places across the U.S. where prisons do work and affect lives.

Shelter | dir. Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud
WORLD PREMIERE. Filmed over the course of a full year, the film tells the raw and emotional stories of the incredible kids who seek shelter at the Covenant House, located on the outskirts of the New Orleans French Quarter, and the staff struggling to work miracles everyday on their behalf.

The Shelter (Panahgah) | dir. Abbas Sendi
Against a backdrop of desolation along the outskirts of Rasht, Iran, one woman exudes compassion and hope as she establishes a shelter to care for injured animals.

You and Me (Tú y Yo) | dir. Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
A 70-year-old widow and her young maid live in isolation in a house in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The minutiae of their daily lives is captured, speaking volumes about race, class, and culture.

NARRATIVE FEATURES

72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?
72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?

72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? | dir. Raafi Rivero
A bright, charismatic Brooklyn teenager has a ticket out of the projects and 72 hours to decide if he’s up to the challenge,all while fending off a rival who’s after his girl.

Are We Not Cats | Xander Robin
Fired, dumped, evicted Eli leaps at the chance to escape the city on an errand upstate. Plagued by strange illness, his sojourn culminates in an affair with a woman who shares his habit of eating hair.

Daddy’s Boy | dir. Daniel Armando
Led by its lush black-and-white photography and a frank portrayal of male sexuality, this lyrical film tells the interlockingstories of four men on the fringes of the gay porn industry.

Fugue | dir. Jorge Torres-Torres
WORLD PREMIERE. A woman takes flight to a tiny island, where she chases after wild horses and carouses with drunken revelers. As memories of her past close in, the line between freedom and madness becomes blurred.

Hearts of Palm | dir. Monica Peña
An intimate documentary-style portrait of a collapsing relationship opens up deep questions about the space between languages, the nature of artist-muse pairs, and the pain and fecundity of romantic loss.

Hara Kiri | dir. Henry Alberto
WORLD PREMIERE. August and Beto, two hard-up skate punks, decide to prove their love by following in the steps of Romeo and Juliet, wandering across LA as they celebrate their last day on earth.

A Morning Light | dir. Ian Clark
After they reconnect by chance, Zach and Ellyn’s peaceful summer of camping is gradually distorted by a foreign presence that vibrates through the woods around them.

My First Kiss and the People Involved | dir. Luigi Campi
Sam, a non-verbal young woman living in a remote group home, becomes obsessed with the mystery of her missing caretaker Lydia.

No Light and No Land Anywhere | dir. Amber Sealey
Leaving her own family on a moment’s notice, an enigmatic British woman embarks on a journey through a strange and shadowy Los Angeles with hopes of finding her long-lost father.

The Other Kids | dir. Chris Brown
The struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation, told in a doc/fiction hybrid style in which real teenagers collaborated with the filmmakers to tell their own personal stories.

LOUISIANA FEATURES

Back Story | dir. Iman Shervington
WORLD PREMIERE. Five young black men from different backgrounds and areas of New Orleans filmed their lives for six months, sharing their personal views on everything from education to criminal justice.

Before the West Coast | dir. Oyd Craddock
WORLD PREMIERE. The story of Coach Otis Washington’s St. Augustine High football team during the years after the court
ruling admitting them into Louisiana’s all-white high school sports association.

Bookie | dir. Michael Yusko
WORLD PREMIERE. A New Orleans man attempts to make a feature film to satisfy the Kickstarter backers who invested in
him.

Forgotten Bayou | dir. Victoria Greene
WORLD PREMIERE. Follows five families from the quaint Cajun community of Bayou Corne, whose survival was thrown into question four years ago by the 24-acre sinkhole that opened up on its outskirts.

One Note at a Time | dir. Renee Edwards
WORLD PREMIERE. An homage to the musicians who returned to their hometown after the devastation following Hurricane Katrina, told through the prism of the heroic New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

My Father Die
My Father, Die

My Father, Die | dir. Sean Brosnan
Deaf and mute since the age of 12, Asher has been training for almost two decades to avenge himself on the man that killed his older brother, who also happens to be his father.

People | dir. Shane McGoey
A pitch-black comedy composed of six intertwined vignettes and an ensemble of characters grappling with each other in a vain attempt to gain control over their lives.

A Quiet Storm | dir. Jason Affolder
WORLD PREMIERE. A musically gifted teenage girl from New Orleans’ 9th Ward is torn between family loyalty and doing what she knows is right after discovering her older cousin has become a violent criminal.

She Was Famous | dir. Kenna J. Moore
A widowed college dropout finds herself going down a rabbit hole inspired by her recent discovery of Karl Marx and the German language, only to learn that things have become a bit mental.
Additional festival announcements, including spotlight films, honorees, and panels will be announced in the weeks to come.

SHORTS AND OUT-OF-COMPETITION FEATURE FILMS

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

After Spring | dir. Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching | USA, Jordan | 101 min.
And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead: Bob Kaufman, Poet | dir. Billy Woodberry | USA, Portugal | 90 min.
Boone | dir. Christopher LaMarca | USA | 75 min.
Check It | dir. Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer | USA | 89 min.
Death by a Thousand Cuts | dir. Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel | Dominican Republic, USA | 73 min.
Farmer/Veteran | dir. Alix Blair, Jeremy M. Lange | USA | 68 min.
Growing Up Coy | dir. Eric Juhola | USA | 86 min.
I Am Haiti | dir. Raul de la Fuente | Haiti, Spain | 61 min.
Jackson | dir. Maisie Crow | USA | 93 min.
Jonas and the Backyard Circus | dir. Paula Gomes | Brazil | 81 min.
Memories of a Penitent Heart | dir. Cecilia Aldarondo | USA, Puerto Rico | 74 min.
Mr. Gaga | dir. Tomer Heymann | Israel | 100 min.
The Nine | dir. Katy Grannan | USA | 98 min.
Ovarian Psycos | dir. Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle | USA | 72 min.
Painted Nails | dir. Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin | United States | 57 min.
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes | dir. Brett Story | Canada, USA | 87 min.
Shelter | dir. Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud | USA | 100 min.
The Shelter | dir. Abbas Sendi | Iran | 75 min.
Sicily Jass, The World’s First Man in Jazz | dir. Michele Cinque | Italy | 74 min.
Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA | dir. Zeinabu irene Davis | USA | 101 min.
Two Trains Runnin’ | dir. Sam Pollard | USA | 82 min.
Untouchable | dir. David Feige | USA | 105 min.
Waiting for B. | dir. Paulo Cesar Toledo, Abigail Spindel | Brazil | 71 min.
You and Me | dir. Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada | Dominican Republic | 85 min.

NARRATIVE FEATURES

72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? | dir. RAAFI RIVERO | USA | 83 min.
Are We Not Cats | dir. Xander Robin | USA | 78 min.
Cheerleader | dir. Irving Franco | USA | 70 min.
Colby | dir. Alex Markman, Jake Fuller | USA | 79 min.
Daddy’s Boy | dir. Daniel Armando | USA | 78 min.
Excursions | dir. Daniel Martinico | USA | 80 min.
Fugue | dir. Jorge Torres-Torres | USA, Puerto Rico | 72 min.
Hara Kiri | dir. Henry Alberto | USA | 82 min.
Hearts of Palm | dir. Monica Peña | USA | 74 min.
Hunter Gatherer | dir. Josh Locy | USA | 88 min.
A Morning Light | dir. Ian Clark | United States | 82 min.
My First Kiss and the People Involved | dir. Luigi Campi | USA | 81 min.
No Light and No Land Anywhere | dir. Amber Sealey | USA | 73 min.
The Other Kids | dir. Chris Brown | USA | 92 min.

LOUISIANA FEATURES

Back Story | dir. Iman Shervington | USA | 95 min.
Before the West Coast | dir. Oyd Craddock | USA | 66 min.
Da Parish | dir. Lila French, Lizzie Prestel | USA | 30 min.
Five Awake | dir. Susan Willis, Donna Dees | USA | 36 min.
Forgotten Bayou | dir. Victoria Greene | United States | 73 min.
My Father Die | dir. Sean Brosnan | USA | 90 min.
People | dir. Shane McGoey | USA | 84 min.
A Quiet Storm | dir. Jason Affolder | USA | 96 min.
She Was Famous | dir. Kenna J. Moore | USA | 93 min.

SHORT FILMS

349 | dir. Kristen Lauth Shaeffer | United States | 4 min.
(I)FRAME | dir. Karissa Hahn & Andrew Kim | USA | 11 min.
4 Pounds of Flowers | dir. Rob Richert | USA | 15 min.
Amongst Strangers | dir. Stephen Pfeil | USA | 14 min.
The Ants | dir. Elisha Yaffe | USA | 15 min.
Arceneaux: Melpomene’s Song Episode 1 | dir. Jason D. Buch | USA | 29 min.
Bajo Tierra | dir. Biliana & Marina Grozdanova | Spain, USA | 14 min.
The Benefits of Gusbandry | dir. Alicia J. Rose | USA | 35 min.
The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy | dir. Alexander Jeffery | USA | 17 min.
Birdie | dir. Alex Wiltz and Kenny Lass | USA | 3 min.
Bixby | dir. Ahmed Siddiqui | USA | 17 min.
Black Head Cow | dir. Elizabeth Nichols | Tanzania | 12 min.
Black Majick | dir. Terrence Jones | USA | 15 min.
Blackout | dir. Jordan Baseman | USA, United Kingdom | 13 min.
The Bloop | dir. Cara Cusumano | USA | 7 min.
Booked For Safekeeping | dir. Bradly Dever Treadaway | USA | 8 min.
Boy | dir. Brian Hollars | USA | 7 min.
The Brother | dir. Léa Triboulet | France | 9 min.
Brothers | dir. Emmett Jack Lundberg | USA | 10 min.
Cecil & Carl | dir. Elvis León & Gastòn Yvorra | USA | 14:35 min.
Chameleon | dir. Christina Lande | Norway | 15 min.
Circles | dir. Uri Lotan and Yoav Shtibelman | Israel | 4 min.
Clouds | dir. Diego Maclean | Canada | 12 min.
Color Code, Memories | dir. William Sabourin O’Reilly | Cuba, USA | 30 min.
Comedy Rising | dir. Paul Punzo | USA | 26 min.
The Conjure Woman | dir. Zandashe Brown | USA | 6 min.
Creatures of God | dir. Sandy Parker | USA | 15 min.
Dance Square | dir. Harry Bartle | USA | 4 min.
Dangerous Curves | dir. Merete Mueller | USA | 12 min.
Dew Drop | dir. Rachel Weinberg and Palmer Morse | USA | 15 min.
Dim Blood | dir. David Zonana | México | 15 min.
DINA | dir. Alan Jensen | United States | 18 min.
Disambiguation | dir. Phoebe Tooke | USA | 7 min.
Do You Care | dir. Natalie Kingston | USA | 4 min.
Dove | dir. Jacob Krupnick | Colombia | 5 min.
Dreams | dir. Bear Damen | The Netherlands | 4 min.
Dry Days | dir. Will Welles | United States | 12 min.
An Ecstatic Experience | dir. Ja’Tovia Gary | USA | 6 min.
The Egg | dir. Nadav Direktor | Israel | 20 min.
El Perro Del Mar – “In The Woods” | dir. Connor Hurley | USA | 5 min.
Elnora | dir. Kira Akerman | USA | 13 min.
The Emily & Ariel Show | dir. Emily Hoffman and Ariel Noltimier Strauss | USA | 3 min.
The Executioner | dir. Laci Dent | USA | 12 min.
Feufollet | dir. Santiago Germano | USA, Uruguay | 4 min.
A Fierce Breed | dir. Ivan Bonilla, Karisa Cruz | Puerto Rico | 18 min.
Filip | dir. Nathalie Álvarez Mesén | Sweden | 11 min.
The Flag | dir. Tyler Parker | USA | 17 min.
Flowers | dir. Nikyatu Jusu & Yvonne Michelle Shirley | USA | 19 min.
Forged From the Love of Liberty | dir. Vashti Harrison | USA, Trinidad and Tobago | 5 min.
Frame 394 | dir. Rich Williamson | Canada | 29 min.
From North To South Korea | dir. James Page | North Korea, South Korea, China, UK | 27 min.
Frost | dir. Jo Roy | USA | 4 min.
Girls and Boys | dir. Tomasz Gubernat | USA | 13 min.
Golden Ears – Can’t Last | dir. Evan Bourque, Dwight Jantzi | Canada, Iceland | 5 min.
Goodbye | dir. Xiaolu Hu | China, USA | 27 min.
The Grand Theater | dir. Slawomir Batyra | Poland | 30 min.
Greener Grass | dir. Paul Briganti | USA | 15 min.
Hard Broads | dir. Mindy Bledsoe | USA | 10 min.
Hasizzle – Shakedown | dir. Vincent Chaney, Cameron Bordelon | USA | 3 min.
Heart Break-In | dir. Max Fisk | USA | 11 min.
Hellhole | dir. Mobeen Ansari | Pakistan, England | 10 min.
Henry | dir. Sean Muiris O’Grady | USA | 9 min.
Her Friend Adam | dir. Ben Petrie | Canada | 17 min.
Her Story | dir. Sydney Freeland | USA | 54 min.
Hi How Are You Daniel Johnston? | dir. Gabriel Sunday | USA | 17 min.
High Chaparral | dir. David Freid | USA | 9 min.
Historia Naturalis | dir. Alaina Boyett | USA | 15 min.
Hollis Treasures | dir. R. Todd Campbell | USA | 11 min.
The Honeys and Bears | dir. Veena Rao | USA | 4 min.
Hot Air Balloon Animals | dir. Ben Johnson, Serene Bacigalupi, Jacques Duffourc | USA | 8 min.
Hounds | dir. Omer Tobi | Israel | 30 min.
How to Disappear Completely | dir. Sasha Solodukhina | USA | 16 min.
How We Are Now | dir. Andrea Niada | United Kingdom | 33 min.
Hunter | dir. Jane Geisler | USA | 4 min.
Immaculate | dir. Sienna Pinderhughes | USA | 13 min.
In The Waves | dir. Ying-Fang Shen | USA, Taiwan | 6 min.
In This World | dir. Kelly Creedon | USA | 15 min.
Instababy | dir. Rosie Haber; co-creators: Rosie Haber + Lauren Cioffi | USA | 12 min.
Irregulars | dir. Fabio Palmieri | Italy | 9 min.
Isla Traena | dir. Freddy Syborn | England, Scotland | 13 min.
The Itching | dir. Dianne Bellino | USA | 15 min.
J’ouvert | dir. Philip Bell | USA | 15 min.
JoAnn Clevenger: A Girl Scout with Gumption | dir. Tyler Jones | USA | 9 min.
Johannes Moser plays Dvořák | dir. Zoe D’Amaro and Marco Della Coletta | The Netherlands | 3 min.
Jonah Stands Up | dir. Hannah Engelson | USA | 21 min.
Jus Soli | dir. somebody nobody | UK | 15 min.
Last Meal | dir. Courtney Eck, Jordan Firstman | USA | 12 min.
Last Will & Testicle | dir. Byron Lane | USA | 13 min.
Lewis | dir. Fantavious Fritz | Canada | 15 min.
Lightningface | dir. Brian Petsos | USA | 20 min.
Little Shimajiro | dir. Isamu Hirabayashi | Japan | 9 min.
LostFound | dir. Shakti Bhagchandani | USA | 12 min.
LOVE | dir. Réka Bucsi | Hungary, France | 14 min.
A Love Story | dir. Anushka Naanayakkara | United Kingdom | 7 min.
Lucas Camry Alex | dir. Yamil Rodriguez, Michael Arcos, and Maja Holziger | USA | 16 min.
Magic Archway | dir. Luisa Dantas | USA | 6 min.
Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito | dir. Arisleyda Dilone | Dominican Republic, USA | 16 min.
Manoman | dir. Simon Cartwright | UK | 11 min.
Mercedes: Portrait of a Street Sweeper | dir. Amie Williams and Meena Nanji | Cuba | 8 min.
Mercury Rising | dir. Colm Dillane | USA | 5 min.
MEST’ | dir. Morgan Roberts | USA | 15 min.
Metropolis | dir. Hugues Hariche | France | 25 min.
Miriam Fond: Performance Coach | dir. Nicholas Colia | USA | 7 min.
Missio – Can I Exist | dir. Jeff Ray | USA | 5 min.
Moom | dir. Robert Kondo & Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi | Japan, USA | 14 min.
Mosquito: The Bite of Passage | dir. Brian Vincent Rhodes, Eric Cheng | USA | 7 min.
Muscle to Bone | dir. Will Addison | USA | 4 min.
Must See | dir. Nellie Kluz | USA | 13 min.
My Aleppo | dir. Melissa Langer | USA | 18 min.
My Queen | dir. Tim Verhaegen | Belgium | 8 min.
The New Che of Havana | dir. Alex Mallis, Bryan Chang | Cuba | 7 min.
New Orleans Lives | dir. Yoruba Richen | USA | 3 min.
The New Orleans Sazerac | dir. James Martin | USA | 21 min.
The New Orleans Tribune | dir. Maya Annik Bedward & Sean Liliani | Canada, USA | 10 min.
Nutcracker | dir. Michael Aronson | USA | 22 min.
Oh What a Wonderful Feeling | dir. François Jaros | Canada | 15 min.
One Note at a Time | dir. Renee Edwards | United Kingdom (production office) United States of America (filming) | 95 min.
Out | dir. Alex Aaron, A. Davis | USA | 9 min.
Painting a Normal Life | dir. Paul Catalanotto | USA | 16 min.
Partners | dir. Joey Ally | USA | 6 min.
Pensacola Prophet: The Story of Pecan Pinwheelie | dir. Owen Legendre, Nick Friend | USA | 39 min.
Pigskin | dir. Jake Hammond | USA | 13 min.
Plaquemines | dir. Nailah Jefferson | USA | 28 min.
Pontchartrain | dir. Adam Sekuler, Shannon Stewart, Angelle Hebert | USA | 4 min.
Pudding | dir. Ryan Betschart | USA | 1 min.
Rabbit Blood | dir. Yagmur Altan | USA, Turkey | 5 min.
REGAL | dir. Karissa Hahn | USA | 2 min.
Reluctantly Queer | dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu | Ghana, USA | 8 min.
Rocket Wars | dir. Salomon Ligthelm | Greece, USA | 6 min.
Rougarou | dir. Catherine Taylor | USA | 15 min.
Salesmanship | dir. Bruce Bundy & Helen Rogers | USA | 11 min.
SAMO* (Same Ol S***) | dir. Jonathan Isaac Jackson | USA | 13 min.
Scent of Geranium | dir. Naghmeh Farzaneh | USA | 5 min.
Sea Breeze | dir. Chun-Yi Li | UK, Taiwan | 30 min.
Semele | dir. Myrsini Aristidou | Cyprus | 13 min.
Shepherd | dir. Aaron Inman | USA | 10 min.
Sixteen | dir. Vashti Harrison | USA, Trinidad and Tobago | 7 min.
The Sleep of the Amazons | dir. Berangere McNeese | Belgium | 25 min.
SMUK Triptych | dir. Michael Arcos | USA | 16 min.
Soy Cubana | dir. Jeremy Ungar, Co Director; Ivaylo Getov, Co Director | Cuba, USA | 17 min.
Speech of Foxes | dir. Ben Phillippo | USA | 4 min.
Splitting Maul | dir. Trenton Mynatt | USA | 13 min.
Stickin To My Guns | dir. Allendra “Cinemadona” Freeman | USA | 4 min.
Submarine | dir. Mounia Akl | Lebanon | 21 min.
Sunshine and Rain | dir. Vish Vallabhaneni | USA | 12 min.
The Surf Report | dir. Courtney Faye Powell | USA | 15 min.
A Tale of Crows | dir. Roy Taylor | USA | 7 min.
The Tale of Elisha Bowman | dir. Eric Gremillion | USA | 5 min.
Tempo of Tomorrow Revisited | dir. Josh Gibson, Annie Gibson | Cuba, USA | 13 min.
There’s Too Many Of These Crows | dir. Morgan Miller | USA | 4 min.
These Wild Things | dir. Samantha Smith | USA | 10 min.
This Idea of us | dir. Geej Ower | United Kingdom | 5 min.
This is Yates | dir. Josh Yates | USA | 12 min.
A Thousand Midnights | dir. Carlos Javier Ortiz | USA | 13 min.
Three Point Dynamics | dir. Keaton Smith | USA | 15 min.
To Build a Fire | dir. Fx Goby | France, England | 13 min.
The Tricks List | dir. Brian Bolster | USA | 19 min.
Vessels | dir. Arkasha Stevenson | USA | 15 min.
The Wait | dir. Juan Pablo González | USA | 19 min.
The Wedding of the Trees | dir. Melanie Kindl, Clemens Wolfart | Italy, Germany | 18 min.
Western Women | dir. Alexander Yan | USA | 14 min.
Woman in Deep | dir. Janicza Bravo | USA | 15 min.
Woman Without Mandolin | dir. Fabiano Mixo | Germany, Brazil | 5 min.
You’re So Talented | dir. Sam Bailey | USA | 9 min.

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