Sync Up Cinema Workshop

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Admission: Free, but RSVP is requested.
Location: The Jazz & Heriitage Center
1225 N. Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone: (504) 308-1420

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Thursday, May 23, at the Jazz & Heritage Center. Free admission.

Two successful women in film – writer/director Samantha Aldana and costume designer Megan Coates – will be the guest speakers at the next Sync Up Cinema workshop, which will be held Thursday, May 23, at the Jazz & Heritage Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

Admission is free but seating is limited. RSVP to attend here.

The evening begins with an update from the Alliance for Louisiana Filmmakers, and screenings of music videos from local artists produced by the NOVAC Music Video Production Project with funding from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Then Megan Coates will talk about her approach to costume design. There will be screenings of excerpts from films for which she has designed wardrobe, and she’ll discuss upcoming projects.

Finally, Samantha Aldana will discuss her first feature film, “Shapeless,” which is filming in New Orleans this year. She’ll also screen a selection of her previous work in short films.

The evening culminates with a cocktail reception.

Megan Coates has been the assistant costume designer on “Oldboy,” “Ravenswood” and “Roots.” She’s a creative director, stylist, costume designer, set decorator and visual artist, and a 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Award Nominee for “Roots.” She is passionate about the duality of melding psychology and design in the storytelling process.

Samantha Aldana is a Belizean-American award winning director and writer. Her work is rooted in the storytelling traditions of the American South and the folklore of Belize. Aldana is an alum of the NBC/Universal Diversity Director Program, through which she shadowed director Salli Richardson-Whitfield on an episode of SYFY’s “The Magicians,” well as an episode of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” She is the recipient of the Belize Film Commissioner’s Emerging Storyteller Feature Film Award for her narrative feature “Lying Little Wild.” That film was selected to participate in the Tribeca Film Institute Network in 2018. Aldana was also a 2018 mentee in the New Orleans Film Society’s Emerging Voices Mentorship Program.

Sync Up Cinema is a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, produced by NOVAC, the New Orleans Video Access Center.

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