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The 33rd New Orleans Film Festival to Close with Music Pictures: New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) will close in-person screenings for it’s 33rd annual, Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) with Music Pictures: New Orleans, the documentary from Ben Chace, on Tuesday, November 8, 8:15 PM at the New Orleans Jazz Market, with director Ben Chace in attendance, as well as Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”, who is featured in the film that tells the story of four New Orleans music legends. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled to come back to New Orleans and screen the film with all the artists, crew members and community members who supported this project,” said director Ben Chace. “It was a labor of love made during a particularly intense period of my life, and the world. I can’t wait to bring it all back full circle and celebrate this work with the people who made it happen in the city which inspired us. To follow the screening with performances from the subjects will be an incredible culmination of all the work we put into it. Many thanks to NOFF and NOFS for the opportunity!”

In celebrating the closing of NOFF2022’s in-person screening with Music Pictures, NOFS invites All Access passholders to the closing night celebration at the Jazz Market following the screening, with special performances from the Tremé Brass Band, Little Freddie King, and Marley Marsalis, granddaughter of the late Ellis Marsalis, who will perform a piano tribute to her grandfather. 

The NOFF2022 Closing Night events are supported by The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Recording Academy, Dan Lucas Memorial Foundation, Positive Vibrations Foundation, ABS Production, New Orleans Jazz Museum, and Fisher Foundation in honor of these New Orleans music legends.  


Music Pictures: New Orleans | Dir. Ben Chace | 2022 | USA | 72 min.

Music Pictures gives us four legacy portraits of New Orleans music figures Irma Thomas, Little Freddie King, Benny Jones of the Tremé Brass Band, and the late Ellis Marsalis. In their 80s, we see these local masters continue their love of music in the city that made them who they are.


The NOFF screening schedule and film guide are now available at In-person screenings will take place between November 3-8 at The Prytania Theatre, Jazz Market New Orleans, The Broad Theater 1, The Broad Theater 4 presented by Gilead Sciences Inc., The Broadside, and Second Line Stages.

Festivalgoers can purchase an All Access Pass, good for admission and priority entry to in-person screenings and the NOFF Virtual Cinema, parties and receptions, panels, and events; or purchase individual tickets for each screening. Individual tickets for in-person and the Virtual Cinema go on sale to NOFS members on October 14, and to the public on October 21 at

The NOFF Virtual Cinema will run from November 3-13 and offer nearly all 130+ films in the festival lineup! Film lovers can buy a Virtual Pass For One or a Virtual Household Pass to watch all films in the lineup throughout the festival; a Six Film Pass to watch any six films virtually or in-person or buy individual tickets for each virtual screening. Heavily discounted Student and Teacher Passes are also available.

New Orleans Film Society members receive $50 off All Access passes, $3 off in-person screening tickets, and $2 off NOFF Virtual Cinema tickets. Now is the perfect time to become a NOFS member and save with these great benefits! Sign up for membership here.

All festival transactions will be contactless; cash or check payments will not be accepted–– acceptable forms of payment include credit and debit cards, and Apple and Google Pay. Click here for more details.


 The 33rd New Orleans Film Festival’s Marquee sponsors include Second Line Stages, the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund, Warner Bros Discovery, Film New Orleans and City of New Orleans, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Louisiana Entertainment.

Producing sponsors include The Helis Foundation, Keslow Camera, Andscape, Impetus, MBS Group, Panavision New Orleans, and Amazon Music. 

Premiere sponsors include The Ranch Studios, Restore The Mississippi River Delta, Basecraft, Quixote Studios, FotoKem, Pelican Events, and ABS Production. Premiere trade sponsors include Da Empire.

Feature sponsors include IATSE, HFPA, Crafty Apes, The Dan Lucas Memorial Fund, the International Documentary Association, Original Voices Fellowship presented by NBCU Academy, Gamechanger Films, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Positive Vibrations Foundation, Mississippi Film Office, Lifetime, and the St.Petersburg Film Commission. 

Supporting sponsors include Hancock Whitney, Firelight Media, The Domain Companies, SAGindie, Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Exposure Labs, Black Public Media, the Recording Academy, ITVS, Jones Walker, Louisiana Film Entertainment Association, World Channel, Fable House, South Arts, New Orleans Business Alliance, and Reel South. Supporting trade sponsors include Storyville, Reel Security, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Sound Hard, Vivid Ink, True Value, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Kodak, and Lakehouse.

 The New Orleans Advocate – Times-Picayune is the festival’s Signature Media SponsorMedia partners include the Gambit, New Orleans Magazine, Burnaway Magazine, Antigravity, Offbeat, 4WWL TV, WWNO, WYES, and WGSO.

The New Orleans Film Society and the 33rd New Orleans Film Festival is supported by grants from Ford Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Perspective Fund; the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts, and administered by Arts Council New Orleans; Greater New Orleans Foundation LGBTQ Fund; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation; the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Culture Fund. Funding for Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants has been administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.


The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. Founded in 1989, NOFS produces the Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival annually and invests year-round in building a vibrant film culture in the South to share transformative cinematic experiences with audiences, and connect dynamic filmmakers to career-advancing resources. Year-round programming includes free and low-cost screenings for members and the broader community of cinephiles in New Orleans, a 20-year running French Film Festival featuring contemporary and classic French cinema, and filmmaker professional development programs created to nurture diverse voices in filmmaking in the American South. NOFS is a 501(c)(3) organization.


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