Shotgun Cinema

Shotgun Cinema reinvigorates cinema through the filmgoing experience.

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Category: Arts & Culture
Parish: Orleans
Shotgun Cinema is a nonprofit film exhibitor formed in 2013 by Angela Catalano and Travis Bird. Our vision is to operate our own cinema to show a diverse slate of new independent and repertory films with excellent presentation in New Orleans, engaging audiences year-round with world cinema culture and history. In the meantime, we create pop-up screening spaces around New Orleans to share the best films we can find. We provide digital cinema resources and equipment for filmmakers and film festivals, and we train emerging projectionists to work with film and digital content.

With our own professional-grade film and digital equipment, we began a well-received monthly screening series at the Marigny Opera House in 2014. We launched TRUE ORLEANS, our documentary film and nonfiction storytelling festival in 2015 to investigate intersections between journalism and art. In early 2016, we introduced our restored 16mm film projector with a sold-out screening of the classic silent film THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC with live music accompaniment. In addition, we present an experimental and avant-garde series called FULL APERTURE, focusing on 16mm and Super 8 film projection. We're currently one of 37 exhibitors nationwide (one of two exhibitors in the Gulf South) to participate in SCIENCE ON SCREEN, a STEM-focused film series administered by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. We've also provided projection for many presenting organizations in New Orleans, including the New Orleans Film Society, Sync Up Cinema, Court 13 Arts, Essence, and the Tennessee Williams Festival. We also really love Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert documentary STOP MAKING SENSE, so we host an annual dance party screening of the film.
"Bless Shotgun Cinema's sweet hearts for this!!" - The late, great filmmaker Jonathan Demme in response to our STOP MAKING SENSE screenings.