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COOL Cooperative Launch Party

Press Release:

COOL, Cocktails, and Community

The COOL Cooperative, a New Orleans based non-profit engaged in “Youth Development through the
Magic of Film” is excited to be holding it’s official launch party at the Eiffel Society on Wednesday,
December 17, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce will also be on hand for the official “ribbon cutting” to
welcome The COOL Cooperative.

The COOL Cooperative began its pilot of The COOL Creators After-School program in September 2014. The six-year enrichment program starts with 7th graders, and will be adding a grade each year there after ultimately providing a work-force development program for Louisiana. We are thrilled to be sharing this innovative, engaging, fun-filled and inspiring film-based program with the community.

In true New Orleans fashion, the event will feature incredible live music,food, COOL cocktails (cash bar) pictures with Santa and a raffle! “The Ultimate House Band”, who recently opened for Bruno Mars, will be performing and a former NFL Pro Bowl Saints player will be posing with fans as Santa Claus. A festive backdrop is being created for gueststo come out and discover how film education is providing hope and opportunity for today’s youth, meetthe team and network with like-minded individuals.

The Eiffel Society is graciously supporting COOL through it’s “Pay it Forward Happy Hour” with 20% of Eiffel’s bar sales being contributed to the nonprofit. A delicious variety of food is being donated by local restaurants and food trucks and over 30 local businesses have kindly donated fabulous gifts, tickets, art, professional services and more that can be won through an onsite raffle, with all proceeds supporting the COOL Cooperative and the COOL Creators Program.

More about the COOL Cooperative:

The COOL Cooperative believes that all children have tremendous potential -regardless of their backgrounds or environment, every child deserves the opportunity to discover their talents, find their passion and have success.

Help us improve the lives and futures of these high potential individuals by empowering them to overcome their low opportunity environments…visit our website and see how you can make an impact on today’s youth…

Be COOL…join The COOL and Mix-N-Mingle, next Wednesday…

For more information: Dana Toups,, 504-535-0056

PHANTOM LIMB: Artist Chris Roberts-Antieau to Debut New Collection at Antieau Gallery

Contact:  Heidi M. HendrickPhantom Limb

(504) 304-0849

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—-New Orleans artist and gallery-owner Chris Roberts-Antieau is hosting an opening reception on Saturday, November 15, 2014, to unveil her new collection entitled “Phantom Limb.” The Opening will be held at Antieau Gallery located in the French Quarter at 927 Royal Street.  The event will begin at 6 pm.

Self-taught and internationally known, Antieau is most recognized and revered for her fabric appliqué. Her work is featured in museums all over the country, including Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, and in the personal collections of such influential people as Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Identifying as an “outsider artist,” Antieau bridges the complicated gap between fine art and craft.

The title of the collection, “Phantom Limb,” comes from the “phantom limb phenomenon” which exists in the mind of many amputees. Those affected experience “an absolute sensation related to all aspects of the missing appendage, from ‘reaching out’ to hold an object to acute pain,” says Antieau. The pieces included in “Phantom Limb” are all connected by themes of perception and individual reality, as well as loss and permanence. Antieau writes:

I am fascinated by the mind’s ability to create individual perception, and by the self-constructed belief systemthat creates that perception. We are what we believe we are. Therefore, what we believe becomes our reality. This body of work is my attempt to alter your perception of reality, just a little. And to perhaps have you question or reaffirm the things you believe.

The opening reception on November 15th concludes with a performance by New Orleans cellist Helen Gillet at 9pm. “Phantom Limb” will run from November 15th to December 20th, 2014. Antieau Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 927 Royal St.

For more information, please contact Antieau’s Studio Manager, Heidi Hendrick at (504) 304-0849, and visit

New Orleans Film Festival and FotoKem Present a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of BLACK AND WHITE

BURBANK, CA (October 9, 2014) – FotoKem, a returning sponsor of the New Orleans Film Festival, will present a free panel black-and-white-festivaldiscussion with the production team behind the making of Black and White, starring Academy Award® winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film, making its U.S. premiere, opens the festival on October 16.
               The conversation, “A Case Study: Black and White,” will take place October 18, at 4:45 p.m., in the Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (2nd Floor). Panelists are expected to include Producer Todd Lewis, Co-producers Jasa McCall and Gbenga Idowu, Production Supervisor Will Greenfield, Location Manager Elston Howard, and Project Manager David Hall, who oversees operations at FotoKem New Orleans. Carroll Morton, manager of entertainment industry development for the City of New Orleans, will moderate.
                  “Working with the Black and White team on this meaningful and timely project was a distinct honor,” says Peter Santoro, Vice President of Sales at FotoKem. “We look forward to sharing that experience with the audience at the festival as well. Our team here in New Orleans works closely with filmmakers to provide the most advanced services possible to support their creative vision. We’re delighted to be part of the community and to support the New Orleans Film Festival’s 25th anniversary.”
                Produced entirely in New Orleans, Black and White tells the moving story of the custody battle for a young girl. Costner plays a grieving widower who has helped raise his bi-racial, parentless, granddaughter (Jillian Estell) since the death of his daughter in childbirth. When he assumes legal guardianship, the child’s paternal grandmother (Spencer) wants the child returned to her son, who may be an improbable choice. The emotional drama that ensues raises thought-provoking and difficult questions about life, death and race. Black and White was directed by Mike Binder and shot by Russ Alsobrook, ASC.
                 The New Orleans Film Festival—now in its 25th year—has firmly established itself as one of the most recognized regional film festivals in the country. Over 22,000 filmmakers and fans attend the screenings and sessions that celebrate the city now known as “Hollywood South.”



A message from Shanda Quintal of the LA Film Industry EXPO:


Hello all,

On behalf of the Film Industry Expo, we regret to inform you that the 2014 Film Industry Expo to be held on October 11, 2014 has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you have pre-registered, your payment will be refunded to you within 30 days.  We appreciate the support.

Thank you,


Shanda Quintal, founder and director
Film Industry Expo


John Schneider’s SMOTHERED ”Lets the Dogs Out”

John Schneider’s SMOTHERED  ”Lets the Dogs Out”

John Schneider’s feature film SMOTHERED screened at an “Invitation Only Premiere” in New Orleans Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street to a crowd of several hundred people that included local dignitaries and celebrities, as well as many of the film’s cast and crew.

The event featured a red carpet and pre-reception, followed by a screening of the film, and a Q&A with Writer & Director, John Schneider.  The film was shot entirely in south Louisiana, and utilized primarily Louisiana cast and crew.

Many of the film’s local stars were in attendance, including Shanna Forrestall (Trixie), Dane Rhodes (Randy), Wayne Pere (Ranger Moochie), Ray Gaspard (the Gay Zombie), as well as Gigi Bella Perkins (Fritter) the film’s female canine star, and Easy Perkins (Fritter’s Stunt Double) due to the Sheraton’s ‘pet friendly policy.’

Film Trailer:

PRESS PHOTO 2 - Shanna Forrestall_Gigi Perkins _ John Schneider_Easy Perkins - photo by Brandon Willis

PRESS PHOTO 1 - Shanna Forrestall_Easy_Gigi_John Schneider - photo by Brandon Willis

Photos by Brandon Willis – Photos Feature Shanna Forrestall (Trixie) and Gigi Bella Perkins (Fritter), Easy Perkins (Fritter’s Stunt Double) and John Schneider – the Writer and Director of Smothered