Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Zeitgeist right here in New Orleans-again.

Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113

(504) 352-1150 cell (504) 522-0309 office (504) 827-5858

We are pushing the 2nd Annual New Orleans Middle East Film Festival back yet again. But that's a good thing, cause when we do it, we want to do it up big and right! See new festival dates below.

In the meantime, you can help us publicize the following:

After over 21 years of serving the city of New Orleans (and a 3 and a half month hiatus), Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center will officially open it's beautiful, new 4000 sq. ft venue in the Saturn Screen Printing building at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. on Saturday, March 15, 2008

We are putting together a powerful line-up of award-winning new films from Tunisia, Iceland, Brazil. Sweden, France, Mexico, and the U.S. along with visiting filmmakers, guest curators and concerts for our March 15 through April 9, 2008 calendar.

Expect the complete schedule sometime next week along with film stills, movie posters and film trailers posted on our website.

Highlights will include:

Saturday, March 15 @ 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 14 & 15 @ 10:00 p.m.

LUKAS MOODYSSON's (Lilya-4-ever, Show Me Love) experimental feature CONTAINER starring JENA MALONE with the French short film CINDY, THE DOLL IS MINE by Bertrand Bonello starring ASIA ARGENTO (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things) as famed photographer CINDY SHERMAN.

Sunday, March 16 @ 8:30 p.m.

JAMES SINGLETON STRING QUARTET. The quartet is a who's who of string players brought together by James Singleton to play his compositions. Each is a master of various classical styles and various improvisational traditions. violinist Matt Rhody, violist Dave Rebeck, cellist Helen Gillet and bassist/composer James Singleton. $10.



A traveling writer and teller of fables, multi-award winning Tunisian filmmaker Nacer Khemir applies his age-old skills to craft his highly-regarded, visually stunning DESERT TRILOGY that includes WANDERERS OF THE DESERT, THE DOVE’S LOST NECKLACE and BAB’AZIZ - THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL, which is playing to rave reviews in select theatre across the U.S.

Monday & Tuesday, March 17 & 18 @ 7:30 p.m.

WANDERERS OF THE DESERT by Nacer Khemir. Winner of both the Special Jury Prize, Carthage Film Festival and the International Critics Prize, Valencia Film Festival. Special Family Matinee (Children 16 and under admitted free) on Saturday, March 22 @ 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday, March 19 & 20 @ 7:30 p.m.

THE DOVE’S LOST NECKLACE by Nacer Khemir. Special Jury Prize, Locarno International Film Festival. Special Family Matinee (Children 16 and under admitted free) on Sunday, March 23 @ 3:30 p.m.

Friday through Thursday, March 21 through 27 @ 7:30 p.m.

BAB’AZIZ: THE PRINCE WHO CONTEMPLATED HIS SOUL by Nacer Khemir. Winner Best Picture at the Muscat Film Festival and the Fajr Film Festival. The script was written by Nacer Khemir with the participation of screenwriter Tonino Guerra (Amarcord, Night of the Shooting Stars, Blowup and L’Avventura). Special Family Matinee (Children 16 and under admitted free) on Sunday, March 23 @ 5:30 p.m.


Monday, March 17 @ 9:30 p.m.

SCREAMING MASTERPIECE a documentary on the indie music scene in Iceland’s cool capital city of Reykjavik featuring Björk, the Sugarcubes, Sigur Rós, Múm, Bang Gang, Mugison, Minus, Slowblow, etc.

Tuesday, March 18 @ 9:30 p.m.

HEIMA an experimental music documentary on the controversial Icelandic band Sigur Ros.

Wednesday, March 19 @ 9:30 p.m.

MORO NO BRASIL. Mika Kaurismäki’s musical journey throughout Brazil featuring over 40 musical acts, including interviews and performances by Walter Alfaiate & Seu Jorge, Antônio Nôbrega, Darue Malungo, Silverio Pessoa, Margareth Menezes, Ivo Meirelles and much more.

Thursday, March 20 @ 9:30 p.m.

THE SOUND OF RIO: BRASILEIRINHO. Mika Kaurismäki’s musical documentary film about CHORO, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music featuring Trio Madeira Brasil, comprised of Ronaldo do Bandolim, Marcello Gonçalves and Zé Paulo Becker conducting a workshop with over 450 Choro musicians from throughout Brazil.


Friday through Tuesday, March 21 through 25 @ 9:30 p.m.

MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET). Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography Awards at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Brazil is known for its lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and vibrant culture, but in recent years, the country has developed more of a reputation for corrupt politicians, kidnapping, plastic surgery. This brilliant documentary connects all of these elements together by beginning with a look at a money laundering frog farm.

Wednesday, March 26 @ 9:30 p.m.

COLD HEARTS REVISITED: SHORT FILM & VIDEOS FROM ICELAND guest curated by Kelly Shindler (in-person) from Package Deals in New York. From irreverent faux pop songs and edible instruments to escapist fantasies and unorthodox quests, the program of twelve rarely-seen films (many of which have never screened before in the U.S.) encapsulates all that is enchanting and inventive about this small island nation.

Thursday, March 27 @ 9:30 p.m.

DAYDREAM NATION: ANIMATED FILMS FROM SWEDEN guest curated by Kelly Shindler (in-person) from Package Deals in New York. A far cry from the beloved Saturday cartoons of mornings past, Daydream Nation’s roster of animated video offers a vision of Sweden all grown-up, bringing unorthodox and often unsettling imagery to life. Taboo intimacies, couples on the brink, lonely mopers, and more than a few decapitation and dismemberment scenes find themselves juxtaposed against the nicer things in life: colorful origami, toy cars, dancing ladies with parasols, horses, and pretty blonde party girls. This is the first in a series of guest curated programs of experimental animations from across the world that Zeitgeist will be presenting in memory of the filmmaker Helen Hill.


Friday through Thursday, March 28 through April 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

THE VIOLIN. This remarkable film about a one armed violinist and his grandson who roam the countryside smuggling ammunitions for the resistance movement has surpassed Amores Perros for the most awards won on the international film festival circuit in the history of Mexican cinema with 46 international awards. Screens with the multi-award winning French short film UN BISOU POUR LE MONDE.


Friday through Thursday, March 28 through April 3 @ 9:30 p.m.

ALICE’S HOUSE (CASA DE ALICE). A multi-award winning feature film from Brazil, starring the remarkable Carla Ribas, which dramatically shows that in every house you never know what secrets lie behind the front door.


Friday through Tuesday, April 4 through 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

THE UNFORESEEN. From producers Robert Redford and Terence Mallick, this acclaimed environmental documentary will be presented by visiting Academy Award winning director LAURA DUNN (Green) and sound editor LARRY BLAKE, winner of the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. A documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas, and nature's unexpected response to being threatened by human interference. Director present opening night only.


Zeitgeist will be the main venue for the 5th Annual NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL April 10 through 20.

Following the Human Rights Film Festival, we have already booked several theatrical film releases and a drag fashion show for the first two weeks of May.

Zeitgeist will then from the Middle of May to the Middle of July, be presenting a weekly "ZEITGEIST CREATIVE MUSIC CONCERT SERIES"; a weekly series of new films & videos from Latin America curated by Brian McKnighten of the local film distribution company LAS AMERICAS as well as an 8 week touring series from Arteeast in New York of French/Arab Films called BEUR IS BEAUTIFUL: A RETROSPECTIVE OF MAGHREBI-FRENCH CINEMA (presented by the New Orleans Consulat De France).

Also, later this Summer, August 1 through 10, 2008, Zeitgeist will host the long awaited 2nd Annual NEW ORLEANS MIDDLE EAST FILM FESTIVAL with the added addition of Middle Eastern music, visual art and of course food. This time we mean it!

for complete schedules and updates please go to

As you can see, our programming is extremely ambitious as always,

but we need your help to make it happen.

If you are willing or interested in volunteering or making a donation or sponsorship please contact Rene Broussard at 504 352-1150 (cell) or

Donations can be sent to:

Zeitgeist inc.

1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113


Turner Publishing said...

Sorry to leave this on your comments section. I failed to find an email address.

I’m going around to all the NOLA area bloggers/freelancers to let them know about our new book by a local author, the Historic Photos of New Orleans by Melissa Lee Smith. We’d love to send you a complimentary copy for possible review consideration on your blog of this book. This title is done in a large 10x10 format and all images used are culled from several archives that represent rare or never before seen photos of the Crescent City. We’re trying to get the word out to local folks, so I hope you don’t mind me dropping you a line to let you know about our books!

You can find the author locally on a panel at the French Quarter Fest on April 12th and at Jazz Fest on May 2nd from 2-3pm in the Jazz Fest Book Tent.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Rachel Joiner
Marketing Manager

darnola said...

Thanks for writing, and would be happy to "review" a copy. My email is