Eclectic fest offers smorgasbord of film, music, theater and storytelling

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:18:33 AM. The documentary filmmaker Les Blank, who died in 2013, left behind a body of work celebrating American roots culture, food and music.
The documentary filmmaker Les Blank, who died in 2013, left behind a body of work celebrating American roots culture, food and music. Many of Tulane alumnus's best-loved works train the lens on south Louisiana — such as "Hot Pepper," a 1973 portrait of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and "Dry Wood," from the same year, which explores rural Cajun country to the soundtrack of Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot. Court 13 Arts, a nonprofit arts incubator founded by the New Orleans-based collective that made the Oscar-nominated 2012 film "Beasts of the Southern Wild," adopted the name of Blank’s 1978 film "Always for Pleasure," a dizzy, joyful romp through New Orleans' Carnival, second-line parades and music, for its new annual festival — as well as its charming, eccentric spirit. The third iteration of the Always For Pleasure Festival, which includes film screenings, music, theater, storytelling, art installations and karaoke, kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 16. The minifest closes out on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20-21, at the Orpheum Theater. At 7 p.m. Monday, along with "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin, acclaimed filmmaker John Singleton presents and discusses a series of films that inspired his work, followed by a screening of his classic 1991 debut "Boyz N the Hood." At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orpheum, Court 13 member Viktor Jakolevski presents the New Orleans premiere of "Brimstone & Glory," a documentary about a small Mexican town where the dominant industry (and...Read more
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