| New Orleans Film Fest: Six Flags, zydeco and coronavirus changes highlight first week of screening

“Closed for Storm” (dir. Jake Williams | 57 mins)

A concise history of the shuttered Jazzland/Six Flags New Orleans theme park, which never reopened after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Archival footage and interviews with people who worked and/or played there.

Outdoor screening: Noon Monday, Nov. 9 on the Lafitte Greenway.

Virtual cinema: Available beginning 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8

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WHEN: Friday through Nov. 22 

Tickets: $8 to $10 per screening for New Orleans Film Society members ($10 to $15 for nonmembers). Multi-screening passes available.



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City of New Orleans: Lincoln Beach Status Update for October 2020

October 1, 2020. Department of Public Works’ contractors have completed planned field visits to Lincoln Beach as part of the Site Assessment which began in May 2020 and is scheduled to be completed and available for review in the spring of 2021. The project team is currently assessing the information collected during field work. Continue reading “City of New Orleans: Lincoln Beach Status Update for October 2020”

The Forming of New Orleans East

From Lake Pontchartrain to Lakes Catherine and Borgne; Bayou Sauvage and Little Woods, or as it was originally known — Petit Bois — New Orleans East evolved from a land inhabited by the Tchefuncte people at Big Oak and Little Oak Islands.

In the process, Forts Pike and Macomb became integral in the system of protection for the area in the 1800’s. In the popular recreational area, hunters, trappers, fishermen and oystermen took advantage of the bounty that still exists today, in the form of ducks, deer, hogs, numerous types of fish, crabs and small game. The area was also home to orange groves at one point.

Impacted by several storms, including the Great Storm of 1915, Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the population has fluctuated from as many as 95,000 in 2000 to 65,000 in 2010, rebounding to, by some accounts, as many as 80,000 currently, in several socially diverse neighborhoods.

Richard Campanella’s article, Searching for the lost coastal communities of eastern N.O., in the Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, details the transformation of New Orleans East from the 1700’s to today.

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