Time Inc. Marks Katrina Anniversary With New Orleans Short Film Series

Time Inc. is set to unveil “New Orleans, Here & Now” as its first major video initiative since partnering with Emiliano Calemzuk’s Rampante banner to ramp up production across its many print brands.

New Orleans” is a series of six short films about the Crescent City, directed by filmmakers with ties to the region. The launch next month across Time Inc. digital properties and other platforms will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the devastation caused in the Gulf Coast region by Hurricane Katrina.

The shorts have been produced for Rampante and Time Inc. by Killer Films and New Orleans-based Film Office Films, an offshoot of Court 13, the banner behind 2012’s indie sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Actress Patricia Clarkson, a native of New Orleans, and Scott Bakula, star of CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans,” are exec producers with Killer’s Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler.

The six helmers on the project are John Maringouin, Darius Clark Monroe, Angela Tucker, Lily Keber, Zach Godshall and Katie Dellamaggiore.

“With our amazingly talented team of independent filmmakers, we were able to unearth unique stories from a beloved city that is rebuilding its identity,” said Vachon, executive producer and founder of Killer Films. “ ‘New Orleans, Here & Now’ is a candid portrayal of life in the city today from several viewpoints.”

Said Clarkson: “They reveal a very different perspective on a city that people think they know, but really don’t.”

The films will be available across Time Inc. digital properties next month, tied to a larger editorial initiative examining Katrina’s destructive legacy. Calemzuk said Rampante is also in the process of setting up an SVOD distribution pact and a TV deal for “New Orleans,” which together run about one hour.

Calemzuk said the scope of “New Orleans” is a good example of what Time Inc. can accomplish by marrying its vast editorial resources with a complementary video production effort.

“It’s the first of a series of projects that are in our pipeline that will be elevated by the auspices of the people participating,” Calemzuk told Variety. “These are projects that go beyond regurgitating what’s in an article to bring a real filmmaker’s approach to telling a story.”


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