The Battle With Street Mentality and Rap Success

December 1, 2018

Music is culture in New Orleans. People from around the world visit the city to recognize the work of Louis Armstrong and the origination of jazz. New Orleans, however, is also home to southern rap. Major record labels (Cash Money and No Limit) have originated out of New Orleans’ projects. These labels have provided opportunity, bringing fame and fortune to some of New Orleans most impoverished residents.

Yes, We’re Here: An Interview on Chained for Life

December 1, 2018

Last month, the New Orleans Film Festival highlighted Chained for Life, an independent feature about filmmaking that turns the ableist and faux-progressive notions and acts upside down. After reviewing the movie, I was inspired to contact the filmmaker Aaron Schimberg and lead actor Adam Pearson, to see what they had to say about their film, their experiences, the industry, and how much farther we need to go.

New Classic, Newly Restored: An Interview On Cane River

December 1, 2018

Cane River was screened once or twice before director Horace Jenkins’ death, which in turn threw the possibility of distribution into a quagmire. For decades, it sat unnoticed by most and remembered by a few, until a breakthrough came about that allowed restoration and archive experts IndieCollect to clean it up and establish a New Orleans Film Festival screening this year.

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