Schedule

The 6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival

Nov. 3-4, 2017

Mandeville Trailhead Depot, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, LA

 

 

Friday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Opening Night

“Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table”

Before the food business was show business, Miss Ella led the way.

An award-winning documentary about hospitality pioneer Ella Brennan of Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace. 

Tickets $5 and available in advance at www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com/tickets

 

Saturday, Nov. 4, Tickets are $5 for all day

2 p.m. PFF Student Short Film Showcase: Louisiana High school & College competition

Cast your ballots for the Best High School Film and College Film

Ballots will be distributed at 2 p.m., winners announced at 5 p.m.

 

4 p.m. Louisiana Made Short Films: A curated selection of new works by regional filmmakers

 

7 p.m. Louisiana Film Prize winners

What does it take to win the $50,000 Louisiana Film Prize?

Come find out when the PFF screens the Top 5 winners and - 

the grand-prize winner of 2017.

 

For information, email info@pontchartrainfilmfestival.com

 


 

 

vappie

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour partners with Friends of the Dew Drop to present first music film screening, ‘American Creole: New Orleans Reunion”

 

Mandeville, LA - Local musician Don Vappie, bandleader of the Creole Jazz Serenaders, is the subject of the film “American Creole: New Orleans Reunion,” by the award-winning team of Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit. It will screen at 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 27 at the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St. in Mandeville.

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour has partnered with the Friends of the Dew Drop and the City of Mandeville to screen the documentary as the first music film at the historic Dew Drop. Vappie will be in attendance for a question and answer session. Admission is $10.

 

The film follows Vappie in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when he finds his family’s homes flooded and band members scattered. As Vappie tries to keep his band together and bring musicians back to the city, he decides to host a Rent Party and a musical family reunion. It is an occasion that is reminiscent of the social benevolence that for decades was accomplished at legendary Jazz and Social Halls like the Dew Drop. 

 

Vappie said he gathered the cream of the local jazz scene and his scattered musician-relatives, because, “When the music comes back, everybody’s gonna come back.” Through his journey, Vappie begins to question what makes a community, and whether the culture he grew up in can survive the storm.

 

Glen Pitre was honored as a Louisiana Filmmaker at the inaugural Pontchartrain Film Festival in 2011, on the anniversary of the debut of his independent film “Belizaire the Cajun.” Film critic Roger Ebert acclaimed Pitre “a legendary American regional director.”

 

The PFF Film Tour brings documentary films into settings where there can be discussion of the films and the filmmaking process. The tour leads up to the Sixth Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival to be held Friday Nov. 3 and Saturday Nov. 4, 2017 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot Museum. 

 

For information, visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com or email info@pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.

 

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forgotten bayou 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour announces the north shore premier of ‘Forgotten Bayou’

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour will present the north shore premier of the award-winning film “Forgotten Bayou,” a feature-length documentary about the Bayou Corne Louisiana Sinkhole.

 

The Honey Island Sierra Club and Abita Ready for 100 will host the free screening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at Abita Town Hall, 22161 Level St. in Abita Springs. Director Victoria Greene will be in attendance for a question and answer session about the film. 

 

The Bayou Corne Sinkhole formed five years ago and forever changed the lives of 350 Assumption Parish residents. A mandatory evacuation was ordered, and residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks. 

 

Greene dedicated four years to documenting the disaster, and a community coping with its aftermath. Featuring interviews from current and former community members, Texas Brine employees, scientists and government officials, Forgotten Bayou chronicles the events leading up to the tragedy and the ways the sinkhole, created by mining of an underground salt dome, continues to change the landscape of the area's wetlands.

 

“The tragedy of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole is significant not just to Louisiana, but to the entire world,” Greene said. “We put a face on this disaster, humanize it, by sharing stories and experiences from the very people who lived through it.”

 

The screening is free, and doors open at 1:30 p.m. A reception follows, with environmental scientist Wilma Subra and residents from Bayou Corne joining to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival brings award-winning documentary films on tour through October, leading up to the sixth annual festival Nov. 3-4, 2017. The tour continues with the Louisiana festival premier of “Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save Our Sees and Stories" directed by Christina Melton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Covington Trailhead. 

 

The PFF Film Tour is an opportunity to bring documentary films and filmmakers into settings where there can be interaction with their audience and discussions about the films and the filmmaking process.

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival is a project of the nonprofit Olde Town Arts Center. For information, visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com or email info@pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.

 

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2017

Announcing the first Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour, with stops in four cities beginning this Saturday.

Join us in Madisonville, Abita Springs, Covington and Mandeville for award-winning documentaries,

leading up to the festival Nov. 3-4 at the Mandeville Trailhead.

PFF tour


 

The 6th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival

Nov. 3-4, 20167 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot

675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, La.

Submission for the Louisiana Made Short Films and Student Short FIlm Showcase open March 20, 2017 at:

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581

 

 


The 5th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival

Nov. 4-5, 2016 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot

675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, La.

 

FULL 2016 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED:

 

PFF.5’s FEATURED LOUISIANA FILM

Opening Night, Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. $5 admission

BELOW DREAMS, written and directed by Garrett Bradley

A poetic journey that follows three young adults who navigate the streets of New Orleans in pursuit of employment, stardom, and unconditional love.

 

"With each of her films, Garrett Bradley continues to challenge and deepen our ideas of what a film and a film performance can be. Her work carries in it all the excitement of watching a high-wire performer working without a net." - Mike Miley 

Professor Mike Miley who teaches Global Cinema at Loyola New Orleans, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A following the screening.

 

USA / Narrative / 71 Minutes

 

 

PFF.5’s FEATURED INSPIRATIONAL ANIMATION

Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. $5 admission

Academy Award-winning MOONBOT STUDIOS of Shreveport brings storytelling and the power of imagination alive with four animated short films.

 

THE BOY WHO LEARNED TO FLY: about the fastest man alive, Jamaican runner Usain Bolt

 

TAKING FLIGHT: a small boy’s boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe while on his Dad's Radio Flyer wagon

 

THE NUMBERLEYS: five friends who work together to make a lasting, joyful impact on their structured and regimented world

 

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE: the Academy Award Winning "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," a story about people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.

 

PFF.5’s FEATURED SHORT FILMS

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-9 p.m. $5 admission for any or all three afternoon screenings

 

PFF.5 Student Short Film Showcase: 2 p.m.

View finalists in the high school and college competition and cast your vote for the Audience Favorite Award!

Ballots will be given out at 2 p.m. and collected at the end of the showcase.

Q+A with filmmakers in attendance.

 

     High School films in competition

 

STATIC by Crawford Lemoine 2:10

This short film explores aspects of paranoia and how it can affect those who have it.         

 

RELIANCE by Peyton Finch 1:28 

This film is inspired by the European Black Death period. The overall theme is how humans rely on other humans to survive. 

 

MOMENTARY GOLD by Dane Bachman 6:43

An aging teenager must decide between keeping his childhood toys or throwing them away.

 

     College films in competition

 

FEED MY PEOPLE by Nicholas Vessell, (Delgado, 7:38)

A group of friends go out to feed the homeless of New Orleans every Saturday.

 

RELEASING EURYDICE by Tracy Norwood  (UNO, 11:08)

A sultry singer becomes caught in the depths of the music business’s underworld.

 

HERITAGE by Langston Williams (UNO, 10:58)   

After 13 years of incarceration, a father wants to reconnect with his son until a robbery at a convenience store may deprive him of the opportunity.

 

A MIND LIKE THIS by Marco Colosimo (Loyola, 2:49)

A closer look at creativity and Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

A SWARM COME APRIL by Mary McDade Casteel (UNO, 11:57)

A small religious community prepares for a series of insect swarms that terrorize them every spring.

 

RACHEL’S MADCAP THEATER by Joey Laura (UNO, 11:58) 

An eccentric puppeteer’s obnoxious boyfriend crosses the line, and her family of puppets plan a comical mutiny.     

 

SPLITTING MAUL by Trenton Mynatt (UNO, 13:00)     

When a group of outlaws arrive at his doorstep, Red is left to confront family history and make a choice to be the hero to his son or to be a craven. 

 

Louisiana Made Short Films: 4 p.m.

A curated selection of films by emerging Louisiana filmmakers.

Q+A with filmmakers in attendance. Student winners announced.

 

Music Video / New Media / Experimental

 

GOOD GIRLS SWEAT by Michele Seippel 2:55 (An experimental film by a graduate of St. Scholastica Academy in Covington)

A homage to the women who sweated through their limitations, and raised daughters who, with every passing generation, worked towards equality.

 

FEUFOLLET by Katy Hobgood Ray 3:55 (Director of the childrens' vocal group, the Confetti Players, Ray's animated music video premiered at this year's New Orleans Film Festival.)

Animated music video by Gustavo Wenzel and Santiago Germano, captures the haunting nature of the mysterious spirit called the feufollet,  that lives in the dark swamps of Louisiana.

 

Documentary

 

MR. JOE LIVES ALONE by Daneeta Jackson 6:00 (Jackson was born in Big Branch and traveled the world. Her extended family lives throughout St. Tammany)

Born in Vacherie, Louisiana, 96-year old Joe Ockman shares his memories.

 

Narrative

 

SLOW DANCE WITH ME by Stella Maris Films 4:48  (Made by the St. Tammany based creative team of David Michael Warren and Walter Schneider)    

On the home front of World War II, a young woman insists on one last dance with her husband.

 

THE ROOT CELLAR by Kyle Kleinecke 14:59 (This year's Louisiana Film Prize entry by the director of THE PICKLE)

A police chief and detective try to get answers from a mysterious man who was found in a cellar after a deadly fire.   

 

THE VERSES by Jency Griffin Hogan 15:08 (This film also won a Founders Circle Award at the Louisiana Film Prize. This Baton Rouge director was at the fest last year with the documentary THE PROMISE) 

A fugitive slave accidentally leads bounty hunters to an Underground Railroad safe house, the home of an Abolitionist pastor and his daughter.

 

HEART BREAK-IN by Max Fisk 10:47   

Two ex-lovers, diamond thieves, unwittingly sneak into the same mansion.   

 

AMONGST STRANGERS by Stephen Pfeil 13:58 (From the director of DOES GOD HEAR ROBOTS PRAY?, this short is also shot on film)

A man who has trouble recognizing familiar faces gets lost in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

 

ARROW OF LIGHT by Christian Walker 19:53  (This director stars in another short film at this year's fest!)

Following the suicide of his best friend, a father takes his two young boys to find closure.

 

Louisiana Film Prize winners: 7 p.m.

See the Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize winners including the $50,000 winner THE MAN FROM MARS.

 

THE STAND directed by Eva Contis 14:08 (This New Orleans director also won a Louisiana Film Prize Founders Circle Award ) 

Christian and Muslim passengers refuse to separate when Islamic extremists ambush a bus in Africa.

 

MEMOIR, directed by Alexander Jeffery 15:00 (From the director of THE BESPOKE TAILORING OF MISTER BELLAMY, last year's $50,000 film prize winner)

In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Theodore Maine is developing research for Alzheimer’s treatment when a mysterious visitor changes his life forever.

 

NATIVE co-directed by Travis Champagne and Stephen Kinigopolous 14:33 (From the director of last year's Top 5 winner, JACK DAW. )

While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

 

YA ALBI (My Heart) directed by Christine Chen 15:00

A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s immigration visa is unexpectedly rejected.

 

THE MAN FROM MARS, directed by Jonnie Stapleton 15:00 (Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 $50,000 Louisiana Film Prize)

A cynical podcast host meets a charming woman who has her entire community believing she’s the second coming of Jesus Christ.

 

PFF.5’s AFTER PARTY at OPAL BASIL

Saturday, Nov. 5: 9 p.m.

690 Lafitte St.  $25 admission

Walk across the street and join PFF.5 filmmakers and fans for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Robert Vasquez and his team at Opal Basil. The fest is not over untill we toast the 5th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival!

 

 

 

 

 


PFF.5  at a glance

 

 

PFF.5's HANDS-ON ANIMATION WORKSHOP

Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $25, includes supplies

“Freaky Halloween Fun with Stop Motion Animation: Fifth through 10th grade students can bring characters to life through the timeless art of stop motion animation with New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts animation instructor Kourtney Keller. Limited to 16 students. Email info@pontchartrainfilmfestival.com or call (504) 475-0257. 

 

PFF.5’s FEATURED LOUISIANA FILM

Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. $5 admission

BELOW DREAMS, written and directed by Garrett Bradley

USA / Narrative / 71 Minutes

A poetic journey following three young adults who navigate the streets of New Orleans in pursuit of employment, stardom, and unconditional love.

 

PFF.5’s FEATURED INSPIRATIONAL ANIMATION

Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. $5 admission

Academy Award-winning MOONBOT STUDIOS of Shreveport brings storytelling and the power of imagination alive with four animated short films.

Two showings, suitable for all ages.

 

PFF.5’s FEATURED SHORT FILMS

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-9 p.m. $5 admission for any or all three afternoon screenings

 

PFF.5 Student Short Film Showcase: 2 p.m.

View finalists in the high school and college competition and cast your vote for the Audience Favorite Award!

Q+A with filmmakers in attendance.

 

Louisiana Made Short Films: 4 p.m.

A curated selection of films, many on the festival circuit, by emerging Louisiana filmmakers.

Q+A with filmmakers in attendance.

 

Louisiana Film Prize winners: 7 p.m.

See the Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize winners including the $50,000 winner THE MAN FROM MARS.

The Top Five are THE MAN FROM MARS, MEMOIR, NATIVE, THE STAND and YA ALBI (My Heart).

 

 

PFF.5’s AFTER PARTY at OPAL BASIL

Saturday, Nov. 5: 9 p.m.

690 Lafitte St.  $25 admission

Join PFF.5 filmmakers and fans for wine, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil.

 


 

 

 

 

Northshore film festival reaches 5 year milestone

 

The Pontchartrain Film Festival celebrates a five-year milestone with two special events highlighting animation. In addition to the animation workshop, PFF.5 will have two showings of four animated films from the Academy Award-winning Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. The family-friendly screenings will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot.

 

PFF.5 opens Nov. 4 with a Louisiana-made feature film; and continues Nov. 5 continues with short films including the Student Short Film Showcase competition; Louisiana made short films and winners of the Louisiana Film Prize.

 

The public is invited to meet filmmakers and people working in the industry while enjoying popcorn and movies for two days on the north shore. For details, visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

PAST FESTIVAL SCHEDULES

 

 

 

4th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival

PFF4 Schedule

Friday, Nov. 6-7, 2015

Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St.

 

 

Friday, Nov. 6 - Free Outdoor Move

Mandeville Trailhead Amphitheater

 

7 pm DANCING IN THE WATER directed by Wayne Ewing.

Join PFF4 opening night, for a free movie under the stars - the northshore premier of "Dancing in the Water." The film follows Matt Moseley as he becomes the first person to swim 25 miles non-stop across Lake Pontchartrain with composer musician David Amram and joined by music legends Pappa Mali and Uganda Roberts in tow.

Matt Moseley will be in attendance for a Q&A with John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation following the screening.

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 7

Short Films Saturday

$5 all day pass


1:30 pm – Doors open, ticket sales as space available. Order online at http://www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com/tickets

2 pm – Student Short Film Showcase - come vote for your favorite film; a Q&A session will follow with the student filmmakers.

Films in competition are as follows:

High School:

GREYWOOD NOIR directed by Dane Bachman (NOCCA, 10:17)

DON'T CALL ME ALIEN directed by Tevia Schroder (NOCCA, 7:15)

THE GREAT SNACK CAPER directed by Parker Layman (SPS, 8:19)

University:

ABOUT YOU directed by Brandon Kiem (Delgado, 3:15)

ELEMENTZ directed by Nia Proche (Dillard, 11:45)

FOLLE DE LA CONSERVATION directed by Tracy Norwood (UNO, 15:00)

APPLESAUCE directed by Chris Romagosa (LOYNO, 4:00)

UNREQUITED directed by Matthew Trenchard (ULL, 9:30)

DIRTY BUSINESS directed by Adrian Jordan Jr. (LOYNO, 5:00)
 

4 pm – Short Film Showcase: Curated selection of short films produced in Louisiana, followed by a Filmmaker's Forum. Student Audience Winners announced. Curated films are as follows:

PIG FOOT directed by Stephen Hutchins

ABITA MYSTERY HOUSE directed by Jessy Cale Williamson

THE GOOD GUYS directed by Andrea Kuehnel

BEAUMONT - directed by Colby Doler

JUST WHEN U THOUGHT - directed by Stanley B. Gill

KEEPING THE PROMISE directed by Sandy Parker and Jency Griffin Hogan

DOES GOD HEAR ROBOTS PRAY - directed by Stephen Pfeil

JAMES directed by Kieth Hoffman

HE WHOM EVIL FEARS directed by Christopher Ganucheau

BUMBLE BEE directed by Jessy Cale Williamson

BOWLING SESSION - directed by Shena Mullins

ATCHAFALAYA directed by Brian Richards

 

7 pm – 2015 Louisiana Film Prize with filmmakers in attendence.

The festival concludes with the first New Orleans area showing of winners from the 2015 Louisiana Film Prize, including the $50,000 prize, "The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy."

Showing:

HONEY AND THE HIVE directed by Austin Alward

HUT HUT directed by Michael Allmon

JACKDAW directed by Travis Champagne

AMERICAN VIRGIN directed by Tamzin Merchant

DANDELION directed by Mary Thoma

THE PICKLE directed by Kyle Kleinecke

THE BESPOKE TAILORING OF MISTER BELLAMY directed by Alexander Jeffery

THE PICKLE directed by Kyle Kleinecke

 

9 pmPFF4 AFTER PARTY - Join with PFF4 filmmakers for an after party and support the festival.

Enjoy a tasting station and hors d'ouvres by Chef Robert Vasquez of Opal Basil and Vive Foods. Cash Bar.

Opal Basil, 690 Lafitte St., across from the Mandeville Trailhead. Guest tickets, $20.

 

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Questions? Contact: Caterina Picone at caterinapicone.pff@gmail.com