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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Orleans' COURT 13 film collective presents Revelry in the Face of Certain Destruction

Watchin people sashay past my steps by my porch In front of my door
  • Court 13
  • Watchin' people sashay past my steps by my porch In front of my door

This Sunday, July 24 at 6:00pm at The Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb Street SE, BurnAway and Public Acts of Art present a screening of four short films and artist talk from New Orleans' Court 13 film collective.

Never before screened in Atlanta, the 50-minute program offers a unique look into the vital role of community-based art in New Orleans' ever-continuing rebuilding process post-Katrina. The program highlight includes a screening of festival smash Glory At Sea a stunning, poetic film which won prizes at a slew of festivals including SXSW, Cinevegas, IFFBoston, Cinequest, Sidewalk, Florida IFF, and New Orleans, to name a few.

Court 13, is a self-described filmmaking collective: "Borne of a fire hazard, redeemed by a raft bound for Hades, and fueled by the music of Sam Cooke, Court 13 is a community-based, grass roots, independent film collective out of New Orleans."

Their Facebook group is here:

The artists' collective explores what it takes to maintain and even dare celebrate one's identity in the face of insurmountable disaster - namely, community, faith, and recklessness.

As their work is an important voice for truly independent, grassroots filmmaking, Court 13 offers a hopeful model for Atlanta's a fractured film and arts community.

Following the screening, as part of the ongoing dialogue in Atlanta about the south's vision of itself and the spread of art amongst its cities, GSU film professor and Peripheral Visions director Niklas Vollmer will lead a discussion with Court 13 member Josh Ente about the films and their fit into a larger picture of independent filmmaking in Atlanta and the south. "By facilitating this latest exchange of neighboring art and artists, we can further define our own artistic identities in Atlanta and share them thoughtfully across the region and beyond."

Admission is $5, food and beer from community sponsors Six Feet Under, Sweet Auburn BBQ, and Pabst Blue Ribbon is available as well.

Watch Glory At Sea after the jump, but know that streaming the film online pales to the experience of watching it with an audience:

Glory At Sea! from Court 13 on Vimeo.

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