Manship Theatre and local filmmaker Zack Godshall present The Southern Indie Film Series

Date: September 01, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM–8:00 PM

100 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

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Manship Theatre and local filmmaker Zack Godshall present

 The Southern Indie Film Series

Beginning in September at the Manship Theatre, filmmaker Zack Godshall will host a monthly screening of locally-made films that avoid the Hollywood stereotypes of Louisiana, and in some cases confront exploitation head on. The first in the series is Godshall's own award winning film LOW AND BEHOLD. Each screening will feature a post-show discussion with Godshall and guest filmmakers.

About Zack:
Louisiana native Zack Godshall makes films about unsung people and places that exist along the fringes of culture. His subjects range from claim adjusters working in post-Katrina New Orleans to divinely inspired folk architects. His first two narrative films, Low and Behold and Lord Byron, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and his documentaries have played on The Documentary Channel and garnered awards at film festivals around the country. Zack's written work has appeared inThe Southern Review, The Louisiana Field Guide published by LSU Press, and the film journal Hammer To Nail. He is currently an assistant professor of screenwriting in the Department of English at LSU.


The Films

September 1st, 2015 at 7pm

Directed by Zack Godshall
Written by Zack Godshall, Barlow Jacobs
Starring Eddie Rouse, Julia Adams, Jude Cambise

Based on real events, Low and Behold tells the story of Turner Stull, a young insurance claims adjuster in post-Katrina New Orleans who risks his job to help a local man, Nixon, find his lost dog. As this unlikely pair traverses the city, Turner comes to discover that some damage is immeasurable. Filmed on location in New Orleans only months after Hurricane Katrina, Low and Behold blurs the line between reality and fiction, creating a mosaic of images, faces, and voices that together make for a unique cinematic experience.


September 15th at 7pm

Directed by Robert J. Flaherty
Written by Robert J. Flaherty, Frances H. Flaherty
Starring Joseph Boudreaux, Lionel Le Blanc, E. Bienvenu

Nominated for an Oscar® and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for its musical score, Robert J. Flaherty’s last masterpiece is a visually stunning, lyrical tribute to a land and its people. Flaherty’s poetic vision of nature and the human spirit fills every frame of this amazing film. Through the eyes of a young Cajun boy living on the Bayou, Flaherty tells a story of disruption and change when an oil rig brings industry into his pristine world.


October 13th, 2015 at 7pm

Directed by Robert Alan Parker
Written by Robert William Hjortsberg (novel), Alan Parker (screenplay) 
Starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet

Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a private detective contracted by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to track down the iconic singer Johnny Favorite. However, everybody that Angel questions about Favorite seems to meet a tragic demise. Eventually the trail leads Angel to New Orleans where he learns that Favorite had dabbled in the black arts. As Favorite's whereabouts and true identity become clear, Angel learns that being hired by Cyphre was not a random choice.


November 9th, 2015 at 7pm


Directed by Elia Kazan (Academy Award Winning director ofGentlemen's Agreement, On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire)
Written by Richard Murphy (screenplay), Daniel Fuchs (adaptation)
Starring Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, and Jack Palance

After Dr. Clint Reed is called in to supervise an autopsy of a unknown man, he discovers that the John Doe died of pneumonic plague. Revealing his discovery to the mayor and city officials, Reed is informed that he has 48 hours before the public will be told about a potential outbreak. Joined by Captain Tom Warren and his wife, Nancy, Reed must race against time to find out where the unknown man came from.


December 1st, 2015 at 7pm

LOUISIANA SHORTS: Two Award-Winning Short Films

Glory at Sea (2008)
Film Length: 25 Minutes
Directed by Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Written by Benh Zeitlin
Starring Geremy Jasper, Henry D. Coleman, and Chloe Tillis

A group of mourners and a man spat from the depths of Hades build a boat from the debris of New Orleans to rescue their lost loved ones trapped beneath the sea. Winner Best Short Film, New Orleans Film Festival 2008; winner of the Wholphin Award, SXSW Film Festival 2008.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)
Film Length: 15 Minutes
Directed by William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Written by William Joyce

Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, "Morris Lessmore" is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. "Morris Lessmore" is old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
Winner of the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in the 84th Academy Awards®.


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