The “New Orleans Film Society Gala” began with a Patron Party catered by Chef Susan Spicer. Music was curated by David Torkanowsky of Drumline by X-Factor.
Gala Co-Chairs were Sayde Finkel, Nan and Britt Galloway and Weezie Porter. Honorary Gala Chairs were Paul and Sara Costello, Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis.
Matthew McConaughey, who was in New Orleans shooting The Free State of Jones, a Civil War-era drama directed by Gary Ross, was honored as the 2015 Celluloid Hero. During his acceptance speech, McConaughey offered a poetic homage to New Orleans and Louisiana. After the awards presentation, Ross took the stage and announced McConaughey would be offering his favorite sneakers up for auction. As the bidding progressed, more was added to the package: his custom-made Dolce & Gabbana jacket, an extra role on The Free State of Jones, lunch with the crew and a personal drive to set with Ross.
Bryan Batt, Guest Auctioneer, presented additional items such as a private dinner for eight by Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery; a VIP red carpet New Orleans Film Festival experience with Spa Day at Embodyment Salon & Spa; a curated iPod and coffee with Grammy winner Randall Poster, music supervisor for such films as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Skyfall; a New York City experience including Tribeca Film Festival passes; a one week stay at a private home in Grayton Beach, Florida and more.
All proceeds benefit the New Orleans Film Society’s mission to engage, educate and inspire through the art of film.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “New Orleans Film Society Gala”
When: Saturday, March 28
Where: Home of Paul and Sara Ruffin Costello