Rex New ('05) and David Lee ('05) have a documentary titled "Shrimp and Petroleum" that will screen as part of the New Orleans Film Festival. The documentary is listed under "Louisiana Documentary Shorts" and will screen twice - Sunday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 18. Rex New graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts. David Lee graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "Shrimp and Petroleum" follows townspeople as they organize and participate in the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, an annual celebration of the oil industry that, for the 75th Anniversary, took place mere months after the BP oil spill.
David Beier ('02) is also featured at the film festival with his short film titled "The Silver Baron". David's film is listed under "Louisiana Narrative Shorts 2" and will screen on Sunday, October 16 and Thursday, October 20. David graduated from UNO and is currently seeking a graduate degree at USC School of Cinematic Arts. In "The Silver Baron", Howard is an elderly former fighter pilot bound to a wheelchair. Seeking to recreate the thrill of soaring through the air, Howard attempts to ride his wheelchair down the side of Mount Washington, while his daughter, Mildred, tries to stop him.
Josh Tickell ('93) co-directed a documentary about the Gulf oil spill with his wife Rebecca. The documentary, called "The Big Fix", was screened in May at the Cannes Film Festival in France and will make its North American premiere during the New Orleans Film Festival on Friday, October 14 and show again on Wednesday, October 19. The documentary explores the government's use of a chemical dispersant, Corexit, after BP PLC's blown-out well triggered a deadly rig explosion and spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year. Actors Tim Robbins and Peter Fonda are credited as executive producers. Fonda also appears in the film.
Each year, the New Orleans Film Festival holds a competition to show different films. This year it received near 1,000 submissions, of which less than 15 percent were accepted to the festival.
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