The New Orleans Film Society has announced the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival will open with Robert Budreau’s “Born to Be Blue,” which will screen at the newly-restored Orpheum Theatre on October 14. Closing the festival on October 22 will be “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan in a role that has already garnered awards attention since the film premiered at Sundance in January. Additional announcements include the feature Centerpiece film, the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light,” and the eight Spotlight films, which includdes “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Carol,” “Legend,” “Miss You Already,” “New Orleans,” “Here & Now,” “The Reflektor Tapes,” “Room” and “Youth.”
“This year is a monumental year for the New Orleans Film festival,” said Jolene Pinder, Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society. “Not only are we now an Oscar-qualifying festival in our documentary category, but we’re also continuing to spotlight local talent and grow our support for Louisiana filmmakers. Even as the festival becomes more of a destination event, we always want to stay true to our roots and showcase the amazing growth both our event and the film industry continue to experience here at home.”
The New Orleans Film Society has also partnered with Deep South Studios and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to create the 2016 Create Louisiana Filmmakers Grant. It will be awarded to one local filmmaker at this year’s Festival before the closing night film on October 22. The Festival will run from October 14-22. More information can be found at the Festival’s website.