Bouncing back from our canceled 2020 lineup, the Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series will begin again May 2021. Entering our fourth year, we’ve been hard at work selecting 4 top-notch films for this year’s series. Once again, we’ll take over Flying Tiger Brewery on the third Wednesdays of May, June, July, and August for these screenings. Admission is free for Arts Council members or $5 for non-members. Partnering non-profits share the admission proceeds. Attendees must be 21+.
Produced by two veteran journalists, Lube Job uncovers the oil and gas industries' role in what could be one of the greatest environmental catastrophes in modern times, an ecological tragedy that threatens to eradicate much of southern Louisiana, including its revered fishing trade and age-old way of life. Louisiana supplies 30% of America’s oil and gas, extracted largely from the state's coastal freshwater marshes, home for over 200 years to the region’s unique Cajun culture and the source of 30% of the nation’s seafood. More than 15,000 miles of pipeline canals dredged by the oil and gas giants now crisscross that landscape, enabling destructive salt water to wash in and erode up to a football field of land every hour -- taking with it wetlands vital to helping protect Louisiana from the ravages of major storms like Hurricane Katrina and to sustaining Cajun fishermen and their way of life. With archival footage and expert commentary, Lube Job explores the industry's beginnings in 1901 through the unregulated oil boom of the 1930’s, to the decades of corruption that followed. The film presents proof of the industry's knowledge of the consequences of its actions and corrupt intent, disclosing internal memos and dramatic photographs. Stunning aerial footage shows the extent of wetlands destruction. Featuring leading historians, scientists, authors, politicians, oil industry executives and the Cajun people who know the area best, Lube Job also looks at legal efforts to make the oil industry accountable, and what it will take to restore the wetlands and protect the threatened Louisiana coast, including New Orleans, before it vanishes altogether.
Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats. Known as "nutria", these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.
a documentary by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer
narrated by Wendell Pierce
music by Lost Bayou Ramblers
A story of innovation, education, exploration, modern architecture, and a love of Shreveport. Samuel G. Wiener and William B. Wiener were Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, brothers from different mothers, and residents of Shreveport, Louisiana. Following a 1931 voyage of discovery to Europe’s most prestigious design school, the Bauhaus, they became the most innovative and prolific modern architects in the American South and transformed our community in the process.
Buckjumping takes the pulse of present day New Orleans by turning to its dancers, the men and women who embody the rhythm of the city and prove it on the streets every chance they get. This 70 minute documentary film follows six different New Orleans communities as they exalt in their distinct form of dance. Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club guide us through preparations for their annual second line. Golden Sioux Gang guides us through their Mardi Gras Indian practice at Handa Wanda. Mourners grieve a family member at a funeral, followed by celebrations for the deceased in the street. Edna Karr High School’s dance troupe hits St Charles Avenue for Muses Parade. Hasizzle The Voice emcees a bounce night. Hustler introduces us to the world of drag in backstreet clubs. Prominent local culture bearers and musicians introduce each section, including DJ Jubilee, Ausettua AmorAmenkum, Mia X, Mannie Fresh, and Nicholas Payton.