Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Orleans Film Festival documentary entries blogged by Alexandyr Kent at the Times' online Louisiana Movies

Alexandyr Kent & Kate Archer
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Recently there's more than droll coverage of Hollywood schlock at Louisiana Movies, Alex Kent's blog (see links) at The Times. Last week he blogged from the New Orleans Film Fest and focused on the documentaries.

In one digest Kent wrote about director Bertrand Tavernier, who recently filmed “In the Electric Mist” in New Iberia and St. Martinville.

Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Neil Schneider's "Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington, "a send-up of campaign financing, lobbyists, and political influence," won plaudits from the Times reporter.

Filmmakers Vince Morelli and Jason Berry presented a documentary called "Left Behind: The Story of the New Orleans Public Schools."
Kent calls it "stellar" and explains, "The investigative work charts the lives of three students during a two-year period. They all graduate and pass the LEAP test, but not without some serious struggles. One student in particular was shot five times and passed the LEAP on his fifth and final time."

Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley have a new concert documentary, "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Tour: 30 Cities in 30 Days - Hollywood to the Heartland." Kent says, "The documentary is long on both title and laughs."

He also chronicled the adventures of Louisiana documentarians Allison Bohl and Connie Castille, whose award-winning film is "I Always Do My Collars First."

1 comment:

Alexandyr Kent said...

Thanks for the nod, Robert.