Shotgun Cinema, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exhibiting new independent films and repertory films, is presenting its inaugural True Orleans Film Festival.

Running Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16, the festival will screen documentary films and feature panels and nonfiction radio stories. All screenings and events will take place at the Robert E. Nims Theatre in the Performing Arts Center at the University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive.

“There’s a lot of great nonfiction work happening in New Orleans right now, both in film and radio,” festival co-founder Angela Catalano said. “We envision this festival to bring in prominent films that are currently running the festival circuit and contextualize their significance to our city through Q&As, panels and conversations.”

“We’re excited to highlight a few of the many sides of nonfiction, getting people to talk about them and enjoy the work,” festival co-founder Travis Bird said.

Sundance Film Festival favorite “(T)error,” one of the True Orleans Festival’s Louisiana premieres, will open the festival at 7 p.m. Friday. Filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe are scheduled to attend.

The festival will close with “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion documentary to the Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing.”


Tickets are $9; festival passes are $35. Tickets and passes are available online at Tickets will be available at the door beginning Friday. Student discount tickets for $7 will be available at the door only. Panels and Sunday’s “Bring Your Own” storytelling pop-up event are free.


“(T)error”: 7 p.m. Friday

Filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe secretly follow a Black Panther-turned-FBI informant. Billed as the first film to place filmmakers in the midst of an FBI counterterrorism operation.

“King Georges”: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Georges Perrier, a renowned French chef, has been operating his Philadelphia-based restaurant Le Bec-Fin for more than 40 years. But as tastes change, Perrier’s restaurant starts to lose customers.

“Finders Keepers”: 7 p.m. Saturday

After winning a storage unit auction, Shannon Whisnant finds a severed foot in a barbecue grill. The bizarre find brings Whisnant local notoriety and the foot’s owner comes forward to claim it.

“Land of Opportunity”: Noon Sunday

In post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, “Land of Opportunity” traces the often contentious process of redevelopment. Filmmaker Luisa Dantas balances many voices and visions for rebuilding.

“Big Stories, Short Films”: 4:15 p.m. Sunday

Seventy-five minutes of short film, ranging from 10 minutes to 24 minutes in length.

“The Look of Silence”: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

This companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about Indonesian genocide, focuses on an optometrist who confronts the men who killed his brother.


A Guy Calls from a Phone Booth … Legal and Ethical Issues in Nonfiction: 12:45 p.m. Saturday

A discussion about how can filmmakers and journalists can protect both themselves and their sources when dealing with sensitive information and images. Featuring the visiting filmmakers of “(T)error.”

“(No) Jacket Required: Evolving Food and Culture in New Orleans”: 5 p.m. Saturday

A panel of culinary experts and enthusiasts share their experiences and insight into the ever-changing world of food.

“Bring Your Own: Too Good to be True”: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Since 2012, radio producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson has led a local storytelling series and podcast that happens in backyards, storefronts and unconventional spots throughout New Orleans. Documentary filmmakers and other storytellers will take the “True Orleans” festival stage and three judges will pick a winning story to air on NPR member station WWNO.

“Aftermath: Piecing Together Stories of Disaster”: 2:30 p.m. Sunday

This panel will consider the choices that shape compelling narratives from tragedy.