New Orleans Film Festival seeking volunteers

September 24, 2013 11:00 AM

Mary Ann Travis

Cowen Service BannerIf you love movies and want to learn more about film, media and visual storytelling while meeting fun, smart, cool people from New Orleans and around the world, you might want to volunteer for the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans Film Festival

Exciting work in film and visual storytelling at the local, national and international level is being presented at the New Orleans Film Festival, Oct. 10–17. (Photo illustration by Paula Burch-Celentano)

The festival, held at five venues around the city, kicks off Thursday, Oct. 10, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 17.  Volunteer for a 4-hour shift, and you’ll receive one free movie voucher and a New Orleans Film Society T-shirt.

Film festival volunteers can sign up for duties such as membership sales for the New Orleans Film Society, merchandise sales, festival promotion, office work, ticket sales, ticket taking and assisting in the FilmMakers VIP Lounge. For more information, email the festival volunteer coordinator.

The New Orleans Film Society is host to the festival and a Tulane Center for Public Service community partner. Hours volunteered at the festival can be counted toward the Cowen Service Challenge. Volunteers must register and log in to have their hours included in the Cowen Service Challenge count.

“The New Orleans Film Festival is one of the premiere cultural events in New Orleans,” says Luisa Dantas, Tulane University English instructor and documentary filmmaker. “It showcases the best and brightest filmmakers working across genres and formats from documentary to experimental to indie fiction.”

Dantas will participate at the festival in a panel discussion about her documentary Land of Opportunity.

Among the festival films is the short documentary Growing in the Desert, created by Dantas’ students, Clare Tuck, Jake Hart, Halle Lucas and Gabriel Choi. The documentary explores how New Orleans residents are reinventing food culture in neighborhoods with little or no access to affordable healthy food.

The film Lillian, written, directed and produced by Tulane student Amanda Pennington, also will be screened at the festival.

In addition to volunteer opportunities, students may obtain “rush tickets” for $5 with their student ID. These tickets will be available for screenings that have open seats at the start of a film. They cannot be purchased in advance and are subject to availability.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu