‘The Big Beat’ documentary brings out the stars _lowres

Photo provided by DAVID JULIAN LEONARD -- Fats Domino, left, made a rare public appearance Oct. 23. Domino was joined Dr. John, right, as well as Dave Bartholomew, his longtime producer, at the premiere of 'The Big Beat,' a documentary about Domino and Bartholomew.

The 25th anniversary New Orleans Film Festival broke attendance records, festival officials announced Tuesday. More than 25,000 festival-goers participated in the festival, which screened 237 films in 12 venues.

New Orleans music stars Fats Domino, Dr. John and Dave Bartholomew attended the weeklong festival’s closing night film, “The Big Beat,” on Oct. 23. The documentary chronicles the Domino-Bartholomew partnership that sold 60 million records.

More than 450 filmmakers attended the festival this year, another record. The filmmaker and cast attendance for the 2014 festival breaks down to 256 directors and producers and 264 cast members and crew members attached to festival selections.

New Orleans Film Festival executive director Jolene Pinder called the 2014 festival a watershed year.

“These past 25 years,” Pinder said, “have established NOFF’s position in the film festival landscape, as a premier destination to exhibit work, connect with filmmakers and industry leaders and experience a city like no other.”

The festival’s award winners are narrative feature: “Imperial Dreams” and “Love Land” in a tie; documentary feature: “Out in the Night”; Louisiana feature: “Big Charity.”