Panels

Panels

All panels are free and open to the public. Panels will be held in the auditorium at:
The International High School of New Orleans
727 Carondelet St

THE DOC DOCTOR IS IN: FEEDBACK LOOP LIVE
Saturday, Oct 15 | 12:00PM-1:00PM
Got a great subject for a documentary but unsure where to start? Applying for labs and fellowships and hitting nothing but walls? On your ninth “first cut” and losing your grip on reality? At organizations like Tribeca Film Institute and IFP, Iyabo Boyd has made a career of shepherding filmmakers through all these crises and more. Her new venture Feedback Loop supports documentary films through the pipeline from concept to execution to festivals to marketing, clearing out the chatter clogging the channels between the gatekeepers and the next generation of worthy docs. Here, she’ll administer a healthy dose of documentary first aid, live and in person.
With support from the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy

Iyabo Boyd is an independent film producer and the founder of Feedback Loop.

VIRTUAL REALITY CINEMA: TEACHING A NEW DOG OLD TRICKS
Saturday, Oct 15 | 1:30PM-2:30PM
Virtual Reality has come along way, from 90s kitsch (Lawnmower Man, anyone?) to killer tech. What was once unbelievably futuristic is now on the shelf at your local mall, and VR is supporting everything from video games to war games to medical training to online shopping. But can it handle movies? Our panelists are among the first wave of filmmakers to jump into the breach, bringing the arthouse straight to your retinas. The results are more than just a promising proof of concept.
With support from the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy

Rachel Lin Weaver (moderator) is Creative Technology faculty at Virginia Tech and co-director of Cinema Reset.
Janicza Bravo is lead artist of the VR project Hard World For Small Things.
Jessica Kantor is an LA-based director & producer focusing on 360 & VR Storytelling.

LONG LIVES FOR SHORT FILMS: ONLINE DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS
Saturday, Oct 15 | 3:00PM-4:00PM
Some of the most vital and forward-thinking work in cinema happens in short forms, yet many of these miniature masterpieces remain criminally under-seen. After the festival fog clears, the glowing reviews are buried in the news feed, and the tastemakers all go home, how does a great short film make its way to that big, untapped audience in the cloud? Listen in as programmers from some of the internet’s most prominent screening channels trade visions of a short-form utopia.
With support from the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy

Christina Humphrey (moderator) is Programming Director of the Atlanta Film Society, presenting organization of the Atlanta Film Festival.
Penelope Bartlett is a programmer for The Criterion Channel and curates for Short of the Week.
Jeffrey Bowers is Senior Curator at Vimeo, and a programmer at VICE Shorts.
Amanda Salazar has worked in programming and acquisitions at Newport Beach Film Festival and Fandor.
Farihah Zaman is production manager for Field of Vision.

LOUISIANA IS THE BEST PLACE TO FILM. PERIOD.
Saturday, Oct 15 | 4:30PM-5:30PM

This panel convenes a collection of informed voices representing various aspects of the business of film, from stages to labor to independent producing, and the call-lines are open. They’re ready to take questions about, and dispel myths around, the current state of our incentive program, bringing to the table not just the latest whispers from Baton Rouge but real talk about how changes to incentives impact the industries that make up The Industry, on the ground and in real time. If you’re committed to film in Louisiana, you’re going to want to hear what this group has to say.
With support from the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy

Carroll Morton (moderator) is Manager of Entertainment Industry Development for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy.
Amy Mitchell-Smith is director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission and an independent producer.
Trey Burvant is Director of Operations at Second Line Stages
Cory Parker is Business Agent of IATSE Local 478.
Robert Vosbein is President of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association.

DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD: A NOLA INDIE SURVIVAL KIT
Sunday, Oct 16 | 4:00PM-5:00PM
Each year NOFF showcases the best independent filmmaking from inside the city and around the state. But before a locally-made micro-budget film is ready to sparkle at its premiere, it has to weave an often tortuous path through a production landscape that’s half-minefield, half-marathon. How do local filmmakers equip for this journey, and how do they persevere against the headwinds that face any independent production from day one? Join us as three collaborative pairs of New Orleans’ most promising emerging filmmakers – each with a major project at a different stage of production – share war stories, reflect on challenges faced, problems solved, and lessons learned.
With support from Women in Film & Television-LA

Natalie Kingston + Brian Miller Richard are co-founders of Construct Films and are currently in pre-production on the narrative feature film Easy Lies the Head.
Kenna J. Moore + Laurel McGehee are the writer/director and production manager, respectively, of the narrative feature film She Was Famous, which premieres at NOFF 2016.
Sasha Solodukhina + Emily MacKenzie are New Orleans-based filmmakers currently in production for the documentary feature film Scar Story.