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Take Five
5:35 am
Mon June 9, 2014

An Independent Filmmaker In Hollywood South Makes 'Below Dreams'

The character Jamaine, in Below Dreams.
Credit Below Dreams

A few years ago, Garrett Bradley began taking Greyhound bus trips from her home in New York down to New Orleans.

 “I sort of was drawn here for some reason that I don’t think at the time I was really fully cognizant of,” said Bradley. “There was no kind of concrete reason.”

On these cross-country trips, Bradley would talk to her fellow passengers, asking them about “what it is they wanted in life and where they were going and how they planned on getting what they wanted.”

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NolaVie
5:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Actor Yolonda Ross Talks 'Go For Sisters' And 'Treme'

Yolonda Ross as Fontaine in the John Sayles film Go For Sisters.
Credit Kevin Long

Along with Jazz Fest comes the Sync Up Conference, several days of workshops and discussions on the business of entertainment, at New Orleans Museum of Art.

This year’s Sync Up Cinema event features John Sayles newest film, Go For Sisters, screening tomorrow afternoon. It stars actor Yolanda Ross, who also appeared in HBO's Treme. She started with how she got the role in John Sayles' new movie.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson: What was your connection to John Sayles before this film?

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Talking Cinema With Filmmaker Henry Griffin

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Henry Griffin is an Artist in Residence in film at the University of New Orleans. He joins us each month to discuss an aspect of the movie scene in and around New Orleans. This installment? Revival houses, pop-ups, outdoor spaces and other places to see movies besides the major multiplex.

Henry's suggestions for a few places to catch an old film the way it was meant to be seen: in a group audience.

Classic theaters:

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Education
8:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Trumpeters: 'Gritty City' Triumphs With Child-Centered Perspective

A scene from The Whole Gritty City, a new documentary on New Orleans school marching bands.
CBS

A new documentary called The Whole Gritty City zeroes in on New Orleans’ youngest musicians, many of whom haven’t yet lost all of their baby teeth. The film follows three school marching bands as they prepare to perform during Mardi Gras.

In this commentary, education writer Sarah Carr argues that The Whole Gritty City offers us a different kind of look at New Orleans schoolchildren.

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Inside the Arts
1:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

'Rebel' Loreta Velazquez: Confederate Soldier Turned Union Spy

REBEL: Loreta Velazquez

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with filmmaker Maria Agui Carter. Her documentary Rebel tells the story of a Cuban woman, raised in New Orleans, who became a Confederate soldier — and a Union spy.

Rebel, presented by Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies, screens Friday, January 17, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 7 p.m.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Out To Lunch: Tinsel Town

Lenny Alsfeld and Susan Brennan, with Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term "Hollywood South" is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Part of the reason for the growth is financial — state tax credits — and the other part is the crew and facilities now available here.

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Take Five
5:25 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hollywood South Casting Finds Local Talent, Anywhere

A 'casting composite'.
Credit Allen Murabayashi

Thanks to today’s technology, we can now do many things without leaving the comfort of our homes.  That now includes becoming a movie star. Casting director James Bearb, founder and CEO of Hollywood South Casting discusses this evolving facet of the film industry.  

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Take Five
12:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Take Five: James Franco's 'Sal' Reveals True Sal Mineo

Val Lauren as Sal Mineo
Credit Tribeca Film

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Rebel Without a Cause. At the height of his fame, he needed bodyguards to help him get through mobs of adoring fans. And, in the prime of his life, he died tragically. Not James Dean — Sal Mineo. James Franco’s recently released biopic follows the last day of Mineo's brief life.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
8:51 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Lights! Camera! Music!

Without music, most movie would be downright drab. No one would be singing in the rain. The guys in "Chariots of Fire" would be running INEXPLICABLY IN SLOW MOTION. And in "Casablanca," Sam would have nothing to play... much less play again.

This week, we're talking about movie music with three great guests: NPR film critic Bob Mondello, jazz great Terence Blanchard, and director Benh Zeitlin, whose "Beasts of the Southern Wild" earned him awards the world over.

So, as they say, save us the aisle seat and we'll share our popcorn.

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Inside the Arts
3:30 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Inside The Arts: Bayou Maharajah James Booker; Boo Carré Halloween; Stevie Wonder Opera

James Booker
Credit Norbert Hess

 

This week on Inside the Arts, the mystique of New Orleans piano wizard James Booker is creating a buzz at the New Orleans Film Festival. We talk with filmmaker Lily Keber about her in-depth documentary Bayou Maharajah.

A spooky weekend is in store for the younger set as the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival kicks off in the French Quarter. And Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder opera, is in final performances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

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