George Clooney In Conversation + Garrett Bradley Keynote at NOFF2020
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – At the 31st New Orleans Film Festival, George Clooney joins Elisabeth Sereda in a live-streamed conversation about his illustrious career and his new film The Midnight Sky, that he directed, produced, and starred in, coming to Netflix in December 2020. This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel “Good Morning, Midnight,” co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, and Tiffany Boone.
The New Orleans Film Festival officially launches its 31st annual edition with a keynote address from New Orleans-based filmmaker Garrett Bradley, whose much-lauded new feature documentary TIME is now streaming on Amazon. Garrett’s keynote address is designed to set the tone for this year’s festival: provide a context for experiencing this year’s lineup and inspire audiences and filmmakers to embrace cinema as an art form that challenges, enriches, and affirms. The keynote is co-presented by Sundance Institute and New Orleans Film Society with introductions from Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Clint Bowie, Artistic Director of New Orleans Film Society.
Bradley was born and raised in New York City. She works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States. In January of 2020, Bradley became the first Black woman to win the Best Director Award in the US Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival for her feature-length documentary “TIME”. New Orleans audiences are familiar with Bradley’s work from the previous editions of New Orleans Film Festival where she has won multiple awards. Her film “AMERICA” (2019) was a special presentation at #NOFF2019 and a multichannel video installation of the film was exhibited in the New Orleans Museum of Art, after its exhibition in The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and the Studio Museum in Harlem.