NOVAC: Baton Rouge will premiere BetteR, a locally made documentary series at The Manship Theatre on Thursday, February 9th, 2017.
Online PR News – 26-January-2017 – Baton Rouge, LA – BetteR, a documentary series produced by NOVAC:BR with support from the
Foundation for Louisiana and the Office of Community Development of Baton Rouge,
highlights groups and individuals in the Baton Rouge community that are promoting healing
and unity in the aftermath of the events of the summer of 2016. The documentary shorts focus
on the community organizing efforts and political and artistic responses to the violence that
culminated in the shooting of Alton Sterling and ambush of law enforcement officers. BetteR
also documented those struggling to clean up and rebuild an already devastated community in
the wake of summer flooding on an unheard of scale.
The documentaries were produced via a community-engagement model, where NOVAC: BR
produced four short docs in partnership with local filmmakers and creative industry trainees,
and then awarded five $500 micro-grants to local filmmakers, who are all Baton Rouge
residents, mostly natives, and for whom the grant represents not only a chance to create
media about their hometown, but an economic boost to media professionals who were
adversely affected by this summer’s flooding. These filmmakers created their own short
documentaries which make up part of the series. Films include:
● ‘ The Devil is in the Details’: a NOVAC:BR produced documentary about the organizing efforts of
Together: Baton Rouge, an interfaith community group, facing, after this summer’s events, the
election of a new council and mayor.
● ‘Just a House’: a portrait of a young woman seeing her grandmother’s flood-devastated house
for the first time, by Margo Clark & Anthony Cox
● ‘The Badge’: produced by NOVAC:BR, a look at the National Organization of Black Law
Enforcement Executives’ efforts to build community with African American students
● ‘Untowed Story’: by Pamela Turner & Chasidy Morris, follows a local tow-truck driver, who lost
her truck and almost lost her life in the summer floods, as she reclaims her truck and her
● ‘The Newsroom’: by Marcus Brown focuses on how intense, newsworthy moments like the
shooting of Alton Sterling and subsequent protests, affect and challenge a local newsroom.
● ‘I Just Draw Pictures’: NOVAC:BR follows Jo Hines, the artist who painted the Alton Sterling
mural as he shows us that art is healing for both the artist and the viewer and can bring
positivity to tragic situations.
● ‘Off the Sidewalks, Into the Streets’: by Zandashe Brown highlights those involved in the
protests this summer and asks that their motives not be forgotten as we move forward together.
● ‘Flooded with You’: by Evan Kidd reveals the inspiring, strong family bond of the Davis family
whose homes were flooded and who now live all together in one small apartment.
● ‘Morning will Rise’: produced by NOVAC: BR and Jess Kantor as part of a Virtual Reality
production workshop, this 360 dance video takes dancer, Meagan Delatte, through flood
ravaged Baton Rouge, and will be available to be experienced in VR headsets at the premiere
The premiere screening event for BetteR will be on Thursday, February 9, at the
Manship Theater. The opening reception will begin at 6pm, and feature music, live art, a VR
presentation of a Baton Rouge created dance video, and a meet and greet with local
filmmakers. The screening will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $6, and available at
For more information about the project, please visit www.novacvideo.org/better or contact
NOVAC:Baton Rouge Programs Manager Jillian Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org