AAFF Executive Director Leslie Raymond attended the 26th annual New Orleans Film Festival as a member of the jury. Raymond, along with multidisciplinary artist Jane Cassidy, whose exhibition “Fits of Easy Reflexion” was installed at the 53rd AAFF last year and Netherlands-based artist and video-art curator Joris Lindhout, juried the NOFF experimental shorts selections.
Several films in consideration were part of the recent 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival, including Many Thousands Gone by Ephraim Asili (recipient of the 53rd AAFF Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker), Inkjet 3056A by Karissa Hahn, and The Peacock by Andrew Kim (recipient of a 53rd AAFF Jury Award).
The 26th NOFF Award for Best Experimental Short went to Ted Kennedy for his film Something About Which Nothing Can Be Said. Kennedy’s film has also won a Jury Award at the 2015 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, was included in the Iowa City Docs Festival, and Brooklyn Film Festival, and played last week at the Antimatter Festival in Victoria BC.
photo - (L to R): NOFF Associate Programmer Danielle Calle and filmmakers Tyler Betschart, Karissa Hahn, Josh Lewis, MM Serra, Betsey Brown at the Experimental Shorts post-screening Q&A