Member Spotlight

Jul 6, 2017 |


What do you do for a living?

I am an indie filmmaker based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Rocky (1976) written by Sylvester Stallone. I remember sitting in the theater and watching it twice! The story is simple and shows Rocky’s heart, sincerity, and resiliency. I love it when the underdog wins, and both Stallone and Rocky were underdogs. I have probably seen Rocky 25 times throughout the years and still love it.

What is your favorite NOFF movie?

I’ve seen so many great movies at the fest, [so] it was difficult to make a decision. I love short films and documentaries! However, A Quiet Storm (2016), a Louisiana-made film written and directed by Jason Affolder truly effected and moved me. It looks at the violence in New Orleans, while at the same time showing the tenderness, courage, and integrity of hard-working families. A young girl has to make a gut-wrenching decision that would forever effect her life as well as the lives of her family.

Why are you a member of NOFS?

I became a member of the New Orleans Film Society to support the Louisiana film industry, attend screenings, festivals and events throughout the year including the Gala, watch wonderful films and enjoy the NOFF experience! I also give back by volunteering and mentoring.

What is your favorite film-going memory?

My favorite and most memorable film-going experience was when my documentary, my first feature film, Forgotten Bayou premiered during the 2016 festival. It was an honor and so humbling to be included amongst such great filmmakers. The thrill of seeing my movie shown on this huge screen was beyond comprehension. My team joined me at the premier along with individuals featured in the film. Peers from the Louisiana film industry and friends who came from all over Southern Louisiana. The volunteers and staff were most gracious as the Q&A session lasted nearly 45 minutes.

The actual premiere was at the Entergy Giant Theatre and the encore screening was at The Broad; both well attended. It was my goal from day one to premier in New Orleans, and I will always be grateful to the New Orleans Film Society for fulfilling my dream.