We were pleased to receive an abundance of high quality films to choose from this year for our screenings

on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Pictured at left, screenings under the stars at Haik Park  are always a popular part of the Ozone Film Fest.  Right, Steven Esteb speaks with guests arriving at the Fuhrmann Auditorium to see his film, “Dirty Politics”. The raunchy political satire drew an audience of over 150 on Saturday night.


Film Screenings

Workshops, Lectures & Panels

The content and turnout for workshops this year reached an all time high.  Nearly 20 film industry professionals

from Louisiana and California covered topics including acting, writing, film editing, and financing. Thanks to all our speakers and guests for taking this year’s programming to a new level.

We were lucky to have the beautiful Brunner Gallery as the setting for most of our workshops this year.

It was also fortunate for us that members of the “Dirty Politics” crew were able to make time to participate as speakers in various sessions.

John Valdetero (Jimmy Breaux) and Dirty Politics writer/director Steven Esteb

Above: Director of Photography, John McDougall,

and set director, Sandy McDougall.

Left, actor Jerry Katz (Dick Weinstein)

Other OFF 2008 speakers included:

Ted Baldwin of 3rd Coast Digital Films

Filmmaker Steve Scaffidi (Forgotten on the Bayou, Execution)

Actor Armando Leduc

Acting coach, Veleka Gray

Over at Sound Landing Recording Studios, an attentive crowd turned out to hear Danny

Retz, John Anderson, Blake Palmintier, and Ted Baldwin discuss post production procedures.

Left to right, Danny Retz, John Anderson, and Blake Palmintier

On Sunday, October 4, “The Business of Film Production in Louisiana” closed OFF 2008’s

workshop programming with a bang, bringing together 8 professionals from various aspects of the Louisiana film industry for a rare group discussion. The panel included (from left to right) John Anderson (Andertainment Group), Chris Stelly (La. Dept. of Economic Development), Blaine McManus (Maxxim), Veleka Gray (moderator), David Crais (Celtic Studios financial management), Kevin Barraco (La. Film & Video Magazine), John McDougall (Film Design), Liz Dunnebacke (NOVAC), and Susan Brunner (Chamber of Commerce Cultural Economy Committee.

Click HERE for more on the topics covered and audio excerpts.

Music & Art

This year’s live music line-up did not disappoint. Thanks to Bonerama, Jimmy Robinson, LivingTree,

John Saavedra, Clint Maedgen, Phil DeGruy, The Ted Long Trio, Space Trumpet, and DJ Name for performing!

The Ted Long Trio at the Covington Trailhead

Thursday, October 2.

Bonerama packed the Green Room on Friday night, October 3.

Thanks also to Wayne Douglas Morgan, not pictured.

On Saturday afternoon, numerous professional artists including (left to right) Becky Burt, Steve Hasslock, and Nick Usner

set up shop in Haik Park

photography by Nick Pechon, Mark St. James, & Rebecca O’Brien