First film from partnership between Time and Rampante, New Orleans, Here & Now, to premiere in August
The release of ‘New Orleans, Here & Now’ is timed to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 15, 2015 — Producing on behalf of Time Inc., Rampante, a next-generation strategic advisory, production and distribution company, brings together Academy Award-winning Killer Films (Still Alice, Boys Don’t Cry) and Field Office Films, a newly formed New Orleans-based company (from the producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild) for the production of New Orleans, Here & Now.The new docu-series, which features real stories from real people living in post-Katrina New Orleans, is directed by award-winning filmmakers connected to the city. Emmy Award-winning actress and New Orleans-born actress Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Six Feet Under) and Golden Globe Award winner Scott Bakula (NCIS: New Orleans) are onboard as executive producers. New Orleans, Here & Now, the first release by Time Inc. stemming from the partnership with Rampante, will be available in August across Time Inc. digital properties. Its release is timed to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
A collection of six provocative short films from directors whose work has been recognized by the Sundance Film Festival, Film Independent’s Independent Spirit Awards and SXSW, among others, New Orleans, Here & Now offers an inspiring reflection of the city’s resurgence through gripping personal stories spanning multiple generations. From Tiffany Junot’s path to becoming the World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion of the World to the musical talents of the TBC Brass Band to the family history of a beloved Vietnamese restaurant, New Orleans, Here & Now offers a unique perspective of life in the city.
“Rampante’s first series, New Orleans, Here & Now, is a reflection of our commitment to collaborating with companies that share our vision for bringing great stories to audiences via multiple platforms. We could not have asked for better partners than Time Inc., Killer Films and Field Office Films for this project,” said Emiliano Calemzuk, founder and CEO of Rampante.“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 Christine 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,” Vachon said.
New Orleans-born Academy Award-nominated actress and executive producer Patricia Clarkson added, “New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart and I am so proud of the remarkable stories shared in New Orleans, Here & Now. They reveal a very different perspective on a city that people think they know, but really don’t.”
New Orleans, Here & Now is produced in partnership with Killer Films, Field Office Films, Time Inc. and Rampante. The docu-series is directed by John Maringouin (Sundance Cinematography Award winner and Independent Spirit Award nominee), Darius Clark Monroe (International Documentary Association-Emerging Documentary Filmmaker winner and Independent Spirit Award nominee), Angela Tucker (producer of the award-winning documentary Pushing the Elephant), Lily Keber (SXSW Audience Award nominee), Zach Godshall (New Orleans Film Festival’s Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year Award winner) and Katie Dellamaggiore (SXSW Audience Award winner). Christine Vachon, Patricia Clarkson, Scott Bakula and Pamela Koffler are executive producers.