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The New Orleans Film Society is looking to purchase our own outdoor screening equipment to bring cinema to every pocket of the city.

New Orleans has music clubs on every corner, galleries galore, and renowned restaurants aplenty. Once upon a time, neighborhood movie theaters were everywhere in the Crescent City, too. In fact, New Orleans was home to 50 of these community cinemas by 1945. Today, only one of these original theaters remains.

The New Orleans Film Society hopes to bridge that gap--by marrying community with cinema & bringing film to every pocket of the city with the launch of its 2012 Movies To Geaux Series.

For the first time, in 2011, NOFS decided to offer movies al fresco and hosted the largest outdoor film events the city had ever seen (nearly 1,000 people gathered for our first event at NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden!). In 2012, we're expanding in this arena and are eager to purchase equipment so we can essentially be "on the geaux" with our very own mobile cinema system. We want to bring together audiences for exciting free and low-cost film events in neighborhoods around the city. We see the potential to show a wide range of films as part of Movies To Geaux: classics, cult films, Louisiana favorites and more.

We immediately realized there was a hearty appetite for outdoor screenings after our first few events last year. We applied for and received a generous grant from the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation to help us buy this equipment but we still need $4500 to invest in the whole system. Your donation will help us purchase a 25-foot outdoor inflatable screen, projector, and sound equipment which will allow us to bring the joy of outdoor cinema to more communities in the Greater New Orleans area. 

In 2011 alone, we teamed up with NOMA for two film screenings; we partnered with NOLA Drive-In for a series of films on abandoned rooftops; we collaborated with the American Italian Cultural Center to show a film at the Piazza d'Italia; we worked with YLC to show a film as part of their One Book One New Orleans project; and we screened two films in Coliseum Square park, working in conjunction with the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association.

In 2012, we already have four films scheduled this spring at NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Wizard of Oz. We want to continue to line up more outdoor screenings, with both existing and new partners but we need your help! We have an ambitious schedule of outdoor screening events for spring and fall but we can only make it happen if we buy our own equipment. We're especially excited to cap the 2012 Movies To Geaux season off with a special outdoor film event during the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival.

Please help us make this happen by contributing to this campaign and by spreading the word! If you came out to one of last year's events, you know the magic of Movies To Geaux--whether it's sitting in a crowd of 1,000, watching Fay Wray scramble to escape King Kong or gathering with hundreds of 80's film lovers to watch Ferris Bueller perfect the art of playing hooky.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

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    Hand-printed New Orleans Film Society postcard by local artist Lee Kyle, sent to you in the mail with a film recommendation written by an NOFS staff member, in addition to a thank you on the NOFS website.

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    Delve into the annals of New Orleans Film Festival poster history and select one poster from our archives (excludes 2011) OR choose a New Orleans Film Festival t-shirt. You will also be profusely thanked on the NOFS website.

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    A new Moviegoer membership (or renewal) to the Film Society (a $60 value). That gets you into 60+ free movies per year and a host of other NOFS benefits. What goes nicely with a Moviegoer membership? A thank you on the NOFS website.

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    An NOFS tote bag filled with a vintage NOFF t-shirt and a custom pair of film earrings (for the true cinephile in your life--earrings are made out of 35mm film from recent Hollywood flicks). You'll also get two tickets for a film of your choice at FILM-O-RAMA, along with a 'thank you' on the NOFS website!

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    A new Take Two membership (or renewal) to the Film Society--good for two people (a $100 value)! And don't forget about being thanked on the NOFS website.

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    Enjoy lunch on us with our Artistic Director John Desplas (John has been with the New Orleans Film Festival since the very beginning 23+ years ago!). Enjoy great conversation about film and get some recommendations for your Netflix queue! John will thank you in person--but you'll also be thanked on the NOFS website!

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    Two All-Access Passes to FILM-O-RAMA (our annual spring showcase of new foreign & independent film) OR to the FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL in July. And of course, your name will be in lights--on the NOFS website.

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    One All-Access pass to the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival! You can experience every moment of NOFF with a pass that grants you admission to ALL films (must make advance reservations online--includes advance seating), the VIP Lounge, all panels, workshops and parties. And you don't have to wait 'til October to see your 'thank you' on the NOFS website!

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    Your chance to help curate one of the films as part of the "Movies to Geaux" series and an opportunity to introduce your selection at the screening. And naturally, you'll be thanked on the NOFS website.

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    Movie Mogul membership, which offers free access and reserved seating to all NOFS-sponsored screenings and events year-round, including FILM-O-RAMA, the FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, and the NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL. And what Movies To Geaux Kickstarter reward would be complete without a 'thank you' on the NOFS website?

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