NCLAC is excited to be a part of the 2017-18 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a program of South Arts.
NCLAC is presenting six independent films at the historic Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N Vienna in downtown Ruston.
What’s even more special is that the filmmakers will be here, too, offering Q&A sessions after the films!
Here are our dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 19
Tickets for each film are $5 general admission, $3 for students, NCLAC members attend free! Tickets available at the door.
Each film begins at 7pm.
Up next is DEEJ on February 22 at 7pm.
Here is the trailer.
A pre-film party will be held at FoxHunt Creative (109 West Mississippi in downtown Ruston) from 5:30-6:45. Bethany Raybourn will treat us to her music, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission to the pre-party is free. Then join us as we walk over to the Dixie Center for the screening.
Check out a short synopsis for each of the films below:
Pushing Dead, September 21: When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped form his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy of come up with $3000 a month to buy meds on his own? Pushing Dead is a painful comedy. Thanks to Sundown Tavern for their sponsorship of this film. Local filmmaker Matthew Ramsaur will moderate the Q&A with Pushing Dead director Tom E Brown.
Score: a Film Music Documentary, October 26: This documentary brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s widest known music genre: the film score. Score will be amazing with the DCA’s soundsystem—a must see on the big screen! Thanks to Ponchatoula’s and Catherine & Winston McVea for their sponsorship of this film. Musician Greg Lyons will moderate the Q&A with Score’s director Matt Schrader.
Romeo is Bleeding, November 9: Donte’ Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. The featured artist from the film, Poet Donte’ Clark, will offer a special matinee viewing and conversation with local high school students in addition to the regular evening screening. Thanks to Sundown Tavern and Tom & Cathi Cox-Boniol for their sponsorship of this film. Poet and author Nan McJamerson will moderate a panel discussion with Veronica Schuder, Mionne Destiny, Mary Fran Crook and Donte Clark.
Deej, February 22: Inclusion shouldn’t be a lottery. A non-speaking austistic child, DJ was born into poverty and abandoned by his birth parents. Only through the miracle of adoption and his new parents’ insistence that he be included in mainstream classes was he able to be included. To claim a place in mainstream society should be everyone’s right, and access must begin with education. Deej follows DJ’s journey as a high school senior and young college student. Thanks to First National Bank and Tom & Cathi Cox-Boniol for their sponsorship of this film.
A panel discussion will follow the screening. This will include the film’s director Robert Rooy, as well as a local author and autism specialists.
Purple Dreams, March 22: Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in the feature documentary film Purple Dreams. A two and a half year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education. Purple Dreams is incredibly inspiring—don’t miss this one! Thanks to Kathy and Chris Stone and First National Bank for their sponsorship of this film.
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, April 19: A portrait of the world as lensed through the works of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry, this film revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. Look & See is beautiful and informative, giving an interesting look into the history of farming in our country. Thanks to First National Bank for their sponsorship of this film.
This is so exciting to bring award-winning, internationally recognized independent films to Ruston again this year! Each of the films begins at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door, or via presale linked here. General admission is $5, student admission is $3, and NCLAC members can attend free! For more information contact the NCLAC office at (318)255-1450.
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