After a year off, the New Orleans Film Festival asked everyone to “Make a Scene” at its kick-off gala on Oct. 12. And those who made the scene at Rosy’s Jazz Hall had much to grab their attention. Patrons had their own VIP lounge—complete with a bouncer—and got early peeks at the celebrity silent auction featuring film canisters autographed by George Clooney, Anthony Hopkins and others. A jazz trio from NOCCA entertained those VIPs, who also wore film rosette corsages made by Heather Macfarlane and Mark Kirk of UP/Unique Products. The duo also did the venue’s décor. Elsewhere in Rosy’s there was much dining and libations to be had, and music from the Plowboys and Johnny J and the Hitmen hit all the right notes. Upstairs there was a photo booth for guests to commemorate the night. Costume accessories from Jillian Kreiner’s Wardrobe Wenches & LIFT added a bit of movie magic to the photos,
if needed.

The film festival, Oct. 13 to 19, showcased a number of films such as “Babel,” “The Queen” and “Little Children,” and after the showings,
dedicated—and social—movie buffs could go to after-parties at bars
around town. Now, that’s really making the scene.

A Smash Hit!Alex Schott, NOFF executive director Ali Duffey and John Desplas

A Smash Hit!Gala co-chairs Virginia Saussy Bairnsfather and Christopher Bairnsfather

A Smash Hit!Sonny Schneidau, Wayne Troyer, Teresa Cole and Echo Olander

A Smash Hit!Karen Wood with Terry and Henri Hall

A Smash Hit!Morris Bart with Becky and Warren Gottsegen

A Smash Hit!Christy Parker and Kelli Bingham

A Smash Hit!Ellen Johnson and Amy Weiskopf

A Smash Hit!Carolina Gallop, Alexa Georges, Virginia Miller and Greg Beuermann

A Smash Hit!Mark Bercier and Sallee Benjamin