A scene from the postwar drama 'Mudbound,' shot in Louisiana


“Mudbound,” a Louisiana-filmed drama set in Mississippi during the 1940s, is the centerpiece film for the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival, festival officials announced Tuesday.

The 28th annual festival will take place Oct. 11 through Oct. 19 at venues throughout the city.

“Mudbound,” directed by Dee Rees (“Pariah,” “Bessie”), is set in the years just after World War II. The drama film stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Garrett Hedlund and New Orleans native Jason Mitchell.

“Mudbound is an epic film that feels like an instant American classic,” New Orleans Film Society artistic director Clint Bowie said. The film’s story, an adaptation of a novel by Hillary Jordan, is “timeless yet strikingly relevant to issues our country is facing today,” Bowie added.

Fallon Young, the film’s society executive director, said “Mudbound” testifies to the strength of Louisiana’s film industry.

“Not only was the film shot in and around New Orleans,” Young said, “it also relied on local resources like FotoKem, and featured local talent like Kerry Cahill and Lucy Faust in strong supporting roles.”

After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, “Mudbound” was acquired by Netflix.

“Mudbound,” in addition to being directed by a woman, features women in the leading roles as producer, writer, cinematographer, editor, sound mixer and makeup supervisor.

The New Orleans Film Festival also announced its 2017 competition lineup. It’s the most diverse lineup in the festival’s history, officials said. Fifty-percent percent of the films are by female directors, 45 percent by directors of color.

The festival received a record-breaking 5,000 entries for the 2017. That’s an increase of more than 20 percent over last year. Entries were submitted from 109 different countries. Louisiana-produced films represent 29 percent of the 2017 lineup.

The feature competition lineup includes 10 narrative feature films, 10 documentary feature films and 10 feature films shot in Louisiana. The complete line-up can be seen at All-access passes for the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival are on sale at

A list of this year’s short films can be found at Additional details about the festival will be released in the coming weeks.