The Southern Screen Film Festival runs Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18, in Lafayette.
The festival, in its second year, opens with Sleepwalk With Me, writer-director Mike Birbiglia’s comedy-drama about an aspiring comic’s struggles with show business and sleepwalking. Ira Glass, host of National Public Radio’s This American Life, co-wrote and co-produced the film.
Compliance, a drama shown at numerous festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Sundance, screens Friday, Nov. 16. Based-in-fact, the film’s plot builds upon a prank caller who convinces a manager at a fast-food restaurant to interrogate a young employee.
Also on the festival schedule is Beasts of the Southern Wild, a made-in-Louisiana film that won awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.
Released earlier this year to widespread acclaim, Beasts of the Southern Wild stars first-time Louisiana actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, respectively, as 6-year-old Hushpuppy and her father, Wink. Hushpuppy, Wink and their small community struggle to survive after a hurricane devastates their coastal Louisiana community.
Screening Sunday, T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story is a documentary about Creole cowboys, Cajun jockeys and rural Mardi Gras revelers. The film is directed by Conni Castille, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor whose previous documentaries include 2010’s King Crawfish and 2008’s Raised on Rice and Gravy.