Each and every year, the film industry continues to grow exponentially here in New Orleans. A true testament to the growth is the explosion and expansion of our own international film fest...The New orleans Film Festival. 2012 is no different. The New orleans Film Society has played a huge role in making New Orleans one of the top 3 destinations for filmmaking. Here's out top 12 films for 2012.
"This bold debut film by author Stephen Elliott, a visual love letter to San Francisco, is the story of high school student Angelina (a mesmerizing Ashley Hinshaw), whose choices lead her from a depressing home life and dead-end job in Los Angeles to the fetish-filled Bay Area adult film world. A stepfather with dark motives lurks in the background, as Angelina watches over her younger sister and questions her options. In memorable supporting roles are Festival favorite Lili Taylor as Angelina’s manic and opportunistic mother, Jonny Weston as her sexy but sleazy boyfriend and Dev Patel as best friend and much-needed nonsexual support. The vibrant cast also includes James Franco as a coke-addicted attorney who spots Angelina in a strip club, and Heather Graham as a female porn director who launches “Cherry’s” adult film career with mixed feelings. A gritty and defiantly voyeuristic look at the life of a youth who never loses her innocence, even as she gyrates for the camera, Cherry captures a rare point of view, urging us to consider the delicate tension between body and self by focusing on society’s most sought after objects of desire."
A.K.A. DOC POMUS
"Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey."
"Jane Fonda returns to the French screen after four decades in this film about an experiment in alternative living."
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
"Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago – feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal “perfectly adapted to the music hall?” FEVER YEAR is the first to capture Bird’s precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater with collaborators Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Michael Lewis, and Annie Clark of St. Vincent."
"Brooklyn Boheme looks at back at the 1980s and ’90s in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods where a community of young black and Latino creatives thrived. Spike Lee, Chris Rick, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Mos Def, Vernon Reid and Toure are among the many artists profiled in the film."
"When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right?
Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd (Garden State) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (newcomer Dreama Walker) has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. As we watch, we ask ourselves two questions: “Why don’t they just say no?” and the more troubling, “Am I certain I wouldn’t do the same?”
"Academy Award winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away others and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world."
"Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer’s block and can’t get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? “Gayby” is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you chose."
IT’S A DISASTER
"What’s the worst that could happen at a couples brunch you’re attending? The quiche is overcooked? Someone forgets to bring orange juice for the mimosas? There’s a cataclysmic disaster in your city and you and the other guests, all wildly unprepared for such an event, are forced to duct tape up the windows and wait out what could be apocalyptic doom – all the while working out relationship issues?
IT’S A DISASTER tells the story of how eight people face the most trying and potentially horrible day of their lives in a very unconventional way – with witty dialogue, snappy jokes, and laugh-out loud set pieces. Who will lose their cool? Whose relationship will last? What the hell is going to happen to these people? You’ll just have to watch and find out."
"After a nationwide search, 27 of the most innovative minds from across the country arrive in New Orleans. With just five days to experience the city, the 27 discover a version of New Orleans they never knew existed. This eye-opening 50-minute documentary follows their journey through a city undergoing one of the greatest economic transformations in American history."
"John Hawkes plays Mark O’Brien, a paralyzed man who hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) so that he can finally lose his virginity. Winner of the Audience Award for US Dramatic Feature at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival."
SIDE BY SIDE
"For almost one hundred years there was only one way to make a movie — with film. Movies were shot, edited and projected using photochemical film. But over the last two decades a digital process has emerged to challenge photochemical filmmaking. SIDE BY SIDE, a new documentary produced by Keanu Reeves, takes an in-depth look at this revolution. Through interviews with directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologists, editors, and exhibitors, SIDE BY SIDE examines all aspects of filmmaking — from capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to archive. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, SIDE BY SIDE explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring."