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Court 13 began as a small crew of friends – filmmakers, artists, craftspeople, and builders – who were drawn to Louisiana. We had a goal to make a new kind of movie, one crafted from collaboration. The four-time Academy Award nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild was the result of those labors. Beasts was successful because we met new people (a baker, musicians, fishermen, children) and together worked to create something beautiful. Court 13 Arts is our big effort to expand this process, to include ever more and different people.

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In 2015, we founded Court 13 Arts—a New Orleans-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization—to serve as an incubator for art and filmmaking rooted in unique collaborations, social inclusion, recycling materials, and education. In June of 2016, we purchased a headquarters to house all future activities. By providing shop and exhibition space, recycled materials and supportive capital, we will address the practical and creative needs of community-based art year-round.

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Executive Directorcaseycoleman

Casey Coleman is a film- and art-event producer, and Executive Director of Court 13 Arts. As a freelance filmmaker, his credits include: Associate Producer on Beasts of the Southern Wild, supervising locations and casting; Speciality Casting for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave; and Producer for Big Freedia’s Y’all Get Back Now music video. Casey has been working with Court 13 since 2006 and believes enormously in the power of celebration and collaboration as uniting forces. He lives in New Orleans where he plays music and is Uncle Awesome to 5 children.


Benh Zeitlin is a writer, director, composer, animator, and founding member of Court 13. His award-winning shorts include Egg, Origins of Electricity, I Get Wet, and Glory at Sea. Benh’s first feature Beasts of the Southern Wild won 74 awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, the Camera D’Or at Cannes, and four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a pack of wild animals.

Board ChairJenRainin_sm

Jen Rainin is the President and CEO of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, a private foundation working to enhance quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. Jen operates on the belief that innovation, inquiry, creativity and connection make life better for everyone.


Dimitri ApessosBoard Member

Dimitri Apessos is a fundraising professional working for a marketing firm that currently counts the Special Olympics, ACLU, and NAACP as clients. Previously, he was the Membership Director for WWOZ, New Orleans’ jazz and blues radio station, where he still hosts a weekly show. If Dimitri had known when he was 12 years old that in his late 30s he would be living in New Orleans, getting paid to write, and spinning records for fun, he would have been very impressed. Personal heroes include his father, Woody Guthrie, Snooks Eaglin, and Tintin.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1490672775184{margin-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]


Board Member

Philipp Engelhorn founded Cinereach, a not-for-profit film production company and foundation, in 2006 with the goal of stimulating global unity and cross-cultural dialogue through supporting and creating socially conscious films. Originally from Germany, Phil comes from a diverse background of social innovators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He is a member of the boards of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), Cinema Conservancy, and the Founders Board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich. He executive produced Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cameron Yates’ The Canal Street Madam, and Ryan Wong’s The Road Ahead: The First Green Long March. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.



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Court 13 Arts is a New Orleans-based nonprofit arts engine whose mission is to support the creation of adventurous art that inspires the public.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We have and will continue to support community-based art and artists by:

  • Identifying artists and creatives through programming and providing the resources and opportunities needed to pursue ambitious work.
  • Fostering collaboration between artists—we have a track record of nourishing and inspiring unpredictable work that is generated from the collective energy of creative people — across disciplines — working together.
  • Providing space for artists to produce work and a space for artists to show work.
  • Building a communal workshop of raw materials recycled from past projects, found objects, and existing artistic creations—a Materials Library that will offer access to supplies and dramatically reduce waste
  • Developing dynamic and unconventional venues for folks like YOU to enjoy and experience art, music, film, festivals, performances, and more.
  • Creating a headquarters that is, in its own right, a work of art—not just a functioning workshop for artists, but also a creative landmark.