Sean Donnelly Animation Showcase and Q&A (80
7:30 p.m., March 26
Guest filmmaker Sean Donnelly will screen an
overview of his work as a professional animator and discuss his techniques
as well as the ins-and-outs of life as an animator. This showcase is
family-friendly and is absolutely free to attend. No ticket required
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade (24 minutes)
9:30 a.m., March 27 Fried Night by Michael and Sammy McCrary, Shreveport, La. A midnight
French fry addiction turns into a condiment nightmare.
Communication Arts High School
by Nicholas O’Malley, San Antonio, Tex. A young filmmaker crafts a video
essay using stop-motion animation.
Wesley's Worlds by Wesley
Ruby, Temecula, Calif. A young boy’s fascination with books transports him
to imaginative worlds.
Sparks in the Night by Ben
Kadie, Bellevue, Wash. This homage to 1940s film noir follows Detective Leon
Sparks into a black-and-white-and-neon underworld of undersized lawbreakers.
High School Documentary and Music Video (68
minutes) 10 a.m.,
March 27 Go Hard or Go Home by Paul
Schoen, New Orleans, La. The documentary explores how two New Orleans
graffiti artists got involved in the art form.
The Maze by Jack LeBien,
Graham Hamaker, Mandeville, La. Members from A Living Soundtrack, a New
Orleans-based band, discuss their experimental and collaborative approach to
ADHD by Nora Klein,
Seaford, N.Y. One family steps in front of the lens to discuss the
challenges a 12-year-old faces in managing attention-deficit hyperactivity
A War Story, A Love Story
by Matthew J. Evans. A married couple celebrating their 60th anniversary
revisits memories of the Korean War.
Ron Geffen: Music Producer
by Tyler Silver, New York, N.Y. An entrepreneurial music producer tours his
professional music studiod.
Shawn Harris: Personal Trainer
by Tyler Silver, New York, N.Y. Fitness gets a full workout in this
profile of a 26-year-old personal trainer.
Skateboy of New Orleans East
by Justin Lain, New Orleans, La. A young skateboarder discusses his
passion for a sport that’s changed his attitude about post-Katrina New
As the Blade Drops by Sarah
Devlin, New Orleans, La. This music video uses animation to showcase the
talents of the band Smiley with a Knife.
Untitled 2 by Chris Breault,
Metairie, La. A boy ponders his many connections to his surroundings in this
short experimental work.
Doctor Dog by Jessica
Farizo, Braithwaite, La. This short documentary profiles an animal clinic
owner who works closely with his community and cares for stray animals.
Text in a World of Written
Words by Erin Newson, Mandeville, La. The short experimental film uses
found images and digital text to provoke a response to New Orleans’ Marigny
Patience by Erin Levins,
New Orleans, La. This music video for Eva Frishberg’s original song
“Patience” explores sadness and personal hardship. Life at 8 Frames per Second by Jesse Haycraft. This experiment in
motion extracts the emotion and energy from a high-school celebration for
the New Orleans Saints.
Robinson Film Center’s
Educational Programs Showcase 11:15 a.m., March 27
This out-of-competition program
highlights some of the short work produced through the Robinson Film
Center’s summer camps and the Lights! Camera! Learning! education
initiatives in Bossier and Webster parish schools.
Workshop with Sean Donnelly (50 minutes)
12:30 p.m., March 27
Guest artist and animator Sean
Donnelly demonstrates how to create an animated film using stop-motion
techniques. The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited
High School Narrative
Films, Program 1 (46 minutes) 1:30 p.m.,
March 27 The Complex by Alex Fjellberg Swerdlowe, Weston, Conn. In the
aftermath of the Great Depression, a man’s life and business affairs are
thrown into turmoil by a factory fire and an unresolved murder.
In Dreams by Daniel Bogran,
Metairie, La. Reality blurs when a young man attempts to recall a past
dream. Hidden by Sheldon Walker,
Greenwich, R.I. A brother tries to prove his dead sibling’s innocence in a
Subconscious Crimes by
Chris Beacham, Ponchatoula, La. A young man sets up a video camera at night
to investigate whether or not he commits crimes in his sleep.
School Narrative Films, Program 2(38 minutes)
2:30 p.m., March 27
The Reaper's Yarn by
Russell "Landon" Skipper, Carriere, Miss. A wandering stranger challenges
three teenagers to seek out and destroy Death in this martial arts showcase.
The Weirdest Thanksgiving
by Rachael Weinstein, Jefferson, Tex. Part comedy and part puppetry, this
short transforms the holiday bird into something fruity and funny.
Dance for Your Life by Ryan
Dents, New Orleans, La. Drawing from the mood and colors of German
Expressionism, this short is part drama, part murder mystery. Reality by Jesse Haycraft, New Orleans, La. In this exercise in
suspense, a man returns to his woodland cabin to discover a mysterious
stranger lying outside.
The Avatar v. The Vegeta by
Russell "Landon" Skipper, Carriere, Miss. This special effects-driven work
parodies a host of anime characters, all played by the filmmaker.
Showcase and Awards Presentation
3:15 p.m., March 27
This showcase will replay the
festival’s prize-winning entries and distribute cash prizes for awards in
the following categories: Best in Festival, Special Jury Award, Best
Drama/Narrative Film, Best Actor and Best Actress.