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. By developing innovative spaces to create and exhibit new work, we strive to build and support a creative community that generates ground-breaking artistic experiences across cultures and mediums.
Building off the the success of our four-time Academy Award nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Court 13 Arts is in the unique position to create community-based art that reaches audiences on a global scale. By investing in artists and makers within our community, we can forge an innovative model for sustainable local art-and filmmaking that is rooted in unique collaborations, recycling materials, and education.
WHO WE ARE
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.
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 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.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a multimedia producer living in New Orleans. She hosts and produces TriPod: New Orleans at 300, NPR station WWNO’s fresh history series leading up the the city’s tricentennial. She runs her own live storytelling event, Bring Your Own, which is also a radio show and podcast. Previously, Laine was a producer for The Moth, The Listening Post, and LandofOpportunity; the managing editor at NolaVie; and the assistant publisher at the NOLA Defender. Some only know Laine as DJ SwimTeam, where she plays parties in one-piece Speedo bathing suits.
Rose Murray is an environmental attorney in New Orleans who has also worked in international criminal and refugee law. The highlights of her practice include working for prisoner civil rights and bringing suit on behalf of the New Orleans area levee boards against 97 oil and gas entities for destruction of wetlands and coastal erosion. She believes that everything is possible and leads with her heart. Rose likes to travel, write, mosaic, and learn new things. She is a bike commuter and biking zealot; she and her bicycle, Squeaks, finished last in a 170-mile ride from New Orleans to Angola prison to raise awareness and funds for loved ones to commune with their imprisoned kin.
Julie Griff is an independent consultant focused on social justice, public health, conflict resolution, and organizational development. Julie currently serves as a mediator with the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program and a facilitator with the Center for Restorative Approaches, both organizations that seek to resolve conflict, repair relationships, and build community in New Orleans. Previously, Julie served for four years as Operations Manager for Breakthrough, a human rights organization that uses art and media to raise awareness about women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, immigrant rights and racial justice in the US and India. Julie received a BA in history and humanistic studies from McGill University in Montreal.
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.