The seventh annual Big Easy International Film Festival returns this weekend, April 4-6, with a slate of 33 independent films — five features and 28 shorts — that have never been shown publicly in New Orleans. This year the festival expands into a second venue with the participation of the Indywood Theater, 630 Elysian Fields Avenue, in addition to The Kerry Irish Pub, 331 Decatur Street. The short films are organized into themed programs such as "Dark Comedy" and "Horror/Thriller." Tickets for Indywood screenings are $5 and all Kerry Irish Pub screenings are free and open to the public.
Feature presentations include The Joe Show, a documentary about media hound and self-described "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio; political thriller The Algerian by first-time feature director Giovanni Zelko; and comedy Confessions of a Womanizer, which stars Gary Busey and C. Thomas Howell. Complete film descriptions are available here. The day-by-day schedule is here.