Join us at our Kickstarter campaign launch party for THE LOT, a narrative short film based on a true story of a man who tried to build a park on an abandoned lot for kids in Algiers.
$10 (suggested donation) buys you access to food, drinks and raffle prizes from 12-4pm at Warren's Corner in Algiers Point (It's across the street from Old Point Bar -
601 Patterson Street), a historic old New Orleans bar that is being opened up exclusively for this event!
Brunch and libations for all, and funky sounds by LC Smoove, the amazing house band at MyBar on Bourbon Street fronted by one of our lead actors, Leroy Marshall!
No car, no problem! By taking the Algiers-Canal St. ferry (www.nolaferries.com) you can walk to or bike to our event from Uptown, Mid-City, the French Quarter, Marigny or Bywater!
Details about our film and mission:
New Orleans based film collective LOCOFilm, is proud to announce that our newest short film begins production in Algiers Point in mid July, using an all-New Orleans cast and crew. LOCOFilm was founded in 2010 right here in New Orleans by Russell Blanchard, our film's director and co-writer, to connect artists with projects that have a social impact.
Our crew is the driving engine behind our success!
Our name, LOCOFilm, reflects the power of a locomotive. As in, once something so powerful gets rolling, it is near impossible to stop. That is just how we also see the momentum we are building for the abandoned construction of park so desperately needed in the still blighted Algiers Point neighborhood depicted in our story.
THE LOT is based on a true story that transpired in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans during the summer of 2007. Mr. Baakir Tyehimba saw an opportunity to teach the children in his neighborhood building skills and create a park built for, and in part by, them; helping to fill a still-present void in these children's lives. That is, a safe place to learn and play outside of the hours spent in school.
He attempted to take the abandoned lot across the street from his cafe, Blackstar; and turn it into an after school workshop to teach them not only how to hold a hammer, but how to shape their own destiny. While the park and building program gained quick momentum, its long term success was ultimately forced to be put on hold due to a number of circumstances, including insurance red tape and historical district building codes.
As time passed, while waiting for continued approval, what was already built continued to be taken off the lot or torn down. Over time, the park and children’s playhouses gradually disappeared and the lot is now left almost empty, save for the original fence posts set in place seven years ago.
Our intent is to not only create a beautiful and powerful short film in its own right, but also to re-ignite the passion once ablaze in this neighborhood for providing safe and constructive enrichment for this neighborhood's under-served youth. Ultimately, we want to leave a lasting impact on the young lives of those stricken by poverty and other disadvantages beyond their control. We want to see this park built, and we don't want it to take another seven years for it to happen.