The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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Always for Pleasure

December 2019 / New Orleans, Louisiana / alwaysforpleasure.org

Les Blank and Dr. John are gone, but there’s still crawfish to eat and culture oozing from every corner in New Orleans. One shining example is the work of Court 13 Arts, a Big Easy-based multidisciplinary art making collective and production company known for their team having co-produced 2012’s dreamlike ode to bayou life Beasts of the Southern Wild. More recently they inaugurated a moviemaker-curated showcase fest, Always for Pleasure, and its reputation has only grown. Five raucous days of movies, music, art, and performance partially contained in the historic Orpheum Theater (a stage for vaudeville and silent movies back in the day) it serves as an outlet for local talent and showcase for Court 13’s artist-in-residence installations. As one panelist notes, the festival is “a DIY art explosion” and “a filmmaker-spawned fest based out of a compound arts warehouse that includes parades and game shows—fun and sort of lawless.” If that isn’t wild enough, they’re offering something this year described as “the world’s first karaoke flotilla.”

Illustration by Wenjia Tang

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1 Comment

  1. Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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