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Fifth Annual PBS Online Film Festival Features Two Independent Films from
Louisiana Public Broadcasting

The Festival Returns July 11-29

PBS announced the 25 films that will be part of the fifth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on July 11-29, 2016. Filmmakers Jonathan Isaac Jackson and Jessy Cale Williamson, both from New Orleans, LA, are among those featured in this year’s Festival for their films “Greenlight” and “Room 618.”

Beginning July 11, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

Viewers are encouraged to watch, vote and share their favorite film by going to The film with most votes will receive the “PBS People’s Choice” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, viewers can vote for their favorite film by logging onto their Facebook or Twitter account and sharing their favorite film titles using the #PBSolff. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

The two films from Louisiana Public Broadcasting are:

This film captures an actor’s conversation with his agent about the lack of diversity in filmmaking, amid the backdrop of potential prejudices in Hollywood South. After being joined by another fellow actor, the trio figures out that the solution is to take charge of their own destiny.

Jonathan Isaac Jackson (Writer & Director) is a filmmaker based in New Orleans. Jackson has directed music videos for several well-known artists. He was selected for the “Emerging Voices” program in 2014, and mentored by Emmy Award nominated director/producer Dawn Porter. He was also selected into HBO’s “Project Greenlight” 2014 Top 200.

“Room 618”
After a young businessman concludes a new deal that seemingly brings bright hope to the future, he crosses path with an unknown woman who gains his trust. Perhaps neither of them are quite who they seem to be.

Jessy Cale Williamson was born in New Orleans and grew up on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. His passion for film and photography was evident at an early age. His directorial debut, A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas, had its world premiere to a sold out crowd at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival and was accepted to the Pontchartrain Film Fest, Asheville Cinema Fest, Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, and French Quarter Fest.

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The festival has become a popular annual online event, attracting more than 1.5 million video streams over the first four years, as well as nominations in the Webby Awards.

This year’s lineup features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Independent Lens, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, StoryCorps and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local member stations Alaska Public Media, CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton), KLRU-TV (Austin), KQED (San Francisco), KTTZ (Texas Tech), Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television, UNC-TV and WPBT (South Florida).

“LPB is excited, for the third straight year, to be a part of PBS Online Film Festival. The ability to spotlight local filmmakers is a credit to the wonderful talent we have in Louisiana,” said Jason Viso, Director of Programming and Content at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. “Through the PBS Online Film Festival, a national audience will have the opportunity to watch 25 engrossing, high-quality independent films on-demand and vote for their favorite film, and our two films, Greenlight and Room 618, are sure to be standouts!”

Margaret Schlaudecker, LPB, 225-767-4276, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Katherine Scherer, LPB, 225-767-4274, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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