Panels are generously supported by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, City of New Orleans

Into the Maze: Understanding the Juvenile Justice System

The criminal justice system in Louisiana contains a slew of complex issues, particularly with regard to the conviction and incarceration of juveniles. With the recent passing of SB 324, how has the state’s justice system changed for children, and what are the next steps to protecting children within it? This panel will highlight the work that’s being done in Louisiana to fight for children’s rights, and the storytellers highlighting these issues.

Moderator Maya Lau, crime and criminal justice reporter, The Advocate Baton Rouge

Panelists Eve Abrams, Unprisoned producer; Meg Garvey, Managing Direcor of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, ┬ámore TBA

Saturday, September 10 at 3:30pm


The Story is Not Enough: Prespectives on Funding Nonfiction Work

You have a nonfiction project lined up, and your budget is set: now, how do you fund it? With the documentary funding landscape shifting to accomodate social justice-focused work, how do you make your project stand out? Or, what happens when your story isn’t a social justice project? This panel will explore diverse methods of raising money and navigating the ever-changing fundraising world, featuring directors and producers who have successfully funded their work.

Moderator Jolene Pinder, Executive Director, New Orleans Film Society

Panelists John Richie, director of 91%; Tina Antolini, Gravy podcast producer; Nailah Jefferson, director of Vanishing Pearls

Sunday, September 11 at 4:15pm