“The Heart is an Organ,” a new documentary by filmmaker and Livingston Parish native David S. White, will be among the films screened during the 29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival.
After receiving a record number of nearly 6,000 film and screenplay entries for the 2018 competition lineup — an increase of more than 25 percent from 2017 — the festival’s team of programmers curated a slate of 220 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives.
With 60 percent of films by female directors and 54 percent by directors of color, 2018 boasts the most diverse line-up in the festival’s history, according to a press release from the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS).
Submissions came from 120 different countries, and overall, the directors of selected films represent 42 different nationalities.
White, a former resident of Livingston Parish, is among the chosen few.
“The Heart is an Organ” will be screened as part of the festival’s “Louisiana Short” section. The next showing is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Contemporary Arts Center. It screened once on Tuesday at the Prytania Theater.
White’s documentary tells the story of a love triangle between a musical genius, an art lover, and the church organ that binds them to the community.
White was the director of photography on the award-winning “Bayou Maharajah” and has worked on numerous reality television shows as the DP. He has also produced and created several short docs for Innocence Project New Orleans.