THANKS TO ALL THE FILMMAKERS WHO APPLIED!  After initial applications, a shortlisted group of filmmaking teams created live pitches about their projects, and after consideration, we are happy to announce the five selected film projects that will be participating in the Tricentennial Story Incubator! 

These projects will receive a custom consultation from Kickstarter as they develop and launch a crowdfunding campaign for their film.  Once they raise $5k, their film funding will be matched with a $5,000 grant.  Kickstarter's Elise McCave will also be talking strategy with the fundraising films present on October 14 at 2:30pm at the Ace Three Keys as part of #NOFF17.  Shortlisted projects that were not selected were each paired with a producing mentor who will work with them on developing those projects further.

Incubated campaigns will launch in October, and will depend on your support!  Thanks to our partners Film New Orleans, Kickstarter, The New Orleans Film Society and #CreateLouisiana for funding, resources, assisting with the selection process, and providing these filmmakers with the guidance and platform to support their projects.
dir. Zandashe Brown, prod. Lauren Domino
Blood Runs Down is an Afro-futuristic, Southern Gothic horror film, focused on a toxic mother-daughter relationship. With rich Catholic New Orleans art direction and a one shotgun house location, the film ratchets up the tension between the two women as they face down family dynamics, intergenerational trauma and religious fervor.

dir. Julia Evans, prod. Weenta Girmay
Discount Market is the story of one New Orleans corner store. This mostly verité documentary will alternate between ethnography and narration, highlighting the personal stories behind a neighborhood institution, and showcasing how New Orleans' corner stores are linchpins of community.  As the mid-city neighborhood where Discount Market is located is threatened by flooding and gentrification, what will happen to its community corner store?
dir. David White, prod. Todd Voltz
For 29 hours every March, Albinis and Manon Prizgintas put their heart, an organ, into continuous performances of classical music at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans.  There are families in sleeping bags in the balcony, musicians from NOLA and around the world, a constant supply of cookies and juice, and the creation, at the expense of health and sanity, of one of the most original musical performance events in the world. 
dir. Jason Foster, prod. Kiyoko McCrae
Sunni Patterson’s story of her return to New Orleans after being displaced for twelve years following Katrina is told through a primarily observational documentary-style as she struggles to come to terms with her hometown that has been much altered. The film culminates with a poetry film of her latest poem, that expresses concerns for her city and its culture being lost to gentrification, set in the Desire neighborhood where Sunni grew up.
dir. Austin Alward prod. Win Riley
Faced with not being allowed back in if she leaves the US, a young African teacher at a French immersion school in New Orleans drowns her sorrows in dance to a soundtrack by a teenage Vietnamese-American DJ. At then 20th anniversary of their school, the 50th anniversary of CODOFIL (Council Of French In Louisiana), and the tricentennial of La Nouvelle-Orléans, real-life New Orleans French immersion educators, parents, and students chime into the musical crescendo.
All Tricentennial Story Incubator participants are going to receive all-access passes to the New Orleans Film Festival, so we will see them there! Don't forget to check out NOVAC at the festival and enjoy the 60+ made in Louisiana films at #NOFF2017:
  • THURSDAY OCT 12 8pm: NOVAC Filmmaker welcome party at the Lighthouse in the CBD - open to NOVAC members, NOFF All Access Passholders and filmmakers!
  • SATURDAY OCT 14, 2:30pm: Kickstarter Panel w/ Elise McCave
  • SATURDAY OCT 14, 5pm: REFUGE world premiere at the Prytania
  • WEDNESDAY OCT 18, 8:30 pm: WATERWAYS at the Advocate HQ. Check out four films about water made by local filmmakers, including KEEPERS OF THE MOUNDS, a NOVAC production, in the LEH's Waterways screening.
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