Try This: Film Festing

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As the flurry of summer sequels and remakes draws to a close, we approach the season for Oscar hopefuls and more deliberative cinema. Here are some opportunities to get in on the busiest month for film in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Film Society presents New Orleans Film Festival 2011, Oct. 14-20. There will be an “I Love Louisiana” party at loa and a “Best of the Fest” Awards Ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center, both on Sunday, Oct. 16. For information on screenings and venues visit NewOrleansFilmSociety.org or call 309-6633.

The Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center is part of the festival, but also offers its own screenings throughout October, including Mark Street’s “Tales of Urban Fascination” series on Oct. 7, Beware the Gonzo from Oct. 8 through 12, The Whistleblower (starring Rachel Weisz) from Oct. 21 through 27 and Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (narrated by Laurence Fishburne) beginning Oct. 28.

Other films opening in October include The Ides of March (Oct. 7), a political-sausage-making thriller; another rendition of The Three Musketeers (Oct. 21), this time with zeppelins and a 3D presentation; Anonymous (Oct. 28), a dramatization of the life of William Shakespeare; In Time (Oct. 28), in which humanity has eradicated aging but lifetimes have become currency; and The Rum Diary (Oct. 28), based on Hunter S. Thompson’s only published novel, with Johnny Depp once again playing Dr. Gonzo’s protagonist.

Living it Up in Seaside
Seeing Red Wine Festival, SeeingRedWineFestival.com.

Next month, bon vivants will flock to Seaside, Fla., for the Seeing Red Wine Festival, held on Nov. 3-6. Highlights of the festival include Al Fresco Reserve Wine Tasting held at Seaside’s Ruskin Place Park on Nov. 4, featuring culinary delights from Chef Jim Shirley, live music and education about food pairings and components of various wines. Another event is the Grand Tasting on Nov. 5, where participants will dine and drink from various vineyards and restaurants.

Caring for the Gift of Sight
Eyecare 20/20, 2 Sanctuary Blvd., Suite 303, Mandeville, (985) 624-5058; 105 Medical Center Drive, Suite 202, Clinic 2, Slidell, (985) 641-2252; 1939 Hickory Avenue Suite 101, Harahan, 737-3456.

EyeCare 20/20 is one of Louisiana’s premier eye care facilities and is headed by Drs. Neil Notaroberto, Arley Jaramillo and Lisa Pradillo. They specialize in retinal disease and surgery, diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, ocular inflammatory disease, unexplained vision loss, complex eye disease and traumatic vision loss. Patients are treated with the upmost care and cutting-edge technology. EyeCare 20/20 is located in Harahan, Mandeville and Slidell.

 – Minh Dang