The movie Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fairy tale of a film. It might not seem to have much in common with documentaries about evangelical Christians in Uganda or the billionaire Koch brothers. But these films were all funded by a not-for-profit group called Cinereach. It was started by a couple of film school graduates who are still in their 20s. And now, with Beasts, it has a nomination for Best Picture at this year's Oscars.
Quvenzhane Wallis was just 5 years old when she auditioned for a role in the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, and 6 when she shot the movie. Now, at age 9, she is the youngest ever to receive a best actress Oscar nomination.
In the film, Quvenzhane plays a wild child named Hushpuppy, who lives with her sick father in a ramshackle, isolated community called the Bathtub, on the fringes of the Louisiana coast.
Just inside a room on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere, there's a large baby doll dress, big enough for a woman to wear. And one did.
The costume and the baby bottle next to it belonged to 85-year-old Miriam Batiste Reed, who was known as a baby doll and one of the first women to parade in Mardi Gras. The bottle and the dress are part of a new exhibition, They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition.
We go Inside the Arts for conversation with Dr. Nancy Dawson, artistic director of the Tennessee based Music is Spirit theater group. She leads her African American historical theater group in Stories From Da Dirt this weekend in New Orleans.
Performances combine stories from the Underground Railroad, women in the Civil War, and the performance of African American spirituals.
We go Inside the Arts for conversation with Harry Connick, Jr. The award winning singer, pianist, composer, actor and native son celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus — which he co-founded in 1993 — with a new CD, Smokey Mary.
Longtime Tulane art professor Pat Trivigno died January 30. He was 90.
An accomplished painter, with work in the Whitney, Guggenheim, Ogden and other important collections, Trivigno also left a significant legacy as a teacher. He exerted a gentle but profound influence on thousands of students at Tulane, including such prominent New Orleans artists as Adrian Deckbar and Dona Lief, and Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash.
Another of his former students, artist Jacqueline Bishop, has this remembrance.