Court 13 Arts' mission is to grow and sustain the cinema culture of New Orleans, Louisiana, and to celebrate radical art-making across disciplines.
By seeking out original voices and supporting artists in developing their craft, we envision a dynamic film community that spurs groundbreaking new works of art.
In 2015, Court 13 Arts* incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a vision of becoming a creative hub where the boundaries of art and film can be explored. The decision to evolve from a small film collective to a film/arts organization is providing hundreds of brave artists and community members the opportunity to continue making boundary-breaking work and take creative risks in a supportive environment. After Beasts received widespread acclaim, the organization launched a major Capital Campaign which raised significant funds for the purchase of a 10,000 sq. ft. building plus a 10,000 sq. ft. adjacent yard on Franklin Avenue in the 8th Ward. Court 13 Arts is proud to own its headquarters which serves as a raw creative environment and incubator for new stories to be told and artistic creations to be made. The organization is committed to empowering artists to make courageous art and continues to galvanize the local cinema culture with engaging arts programs and live events.
Today, Court 13 Arts is a nationally recognized organization that engages local creatives and artists from across the country through its Production Design Residency program and Always for Pleasure Festival. Through these two core initiatives and several local seasonal partnerships, the organization provides audiences with exciting opportunities to experience art and film including screenings, showcases and lives multidisciplinary events, some in unconventional spaces. The organization also provides artists and non-artists with opportunities to explore visual storytelling, workshop ideas, build immersive environments, design film sets, develop compelling narratives and engage in intensive Film Labs for aspiring producers, directors, set designers and screenwriters. Court 13 Arts rents space to the New Orleans Print Shop which is accessible to local community members and residents. Finally, Court 13 Arts’ wood and fabrication shop is available to craftspeople, artisans, film art department crews and local residents.
*Producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild and several Court 13 film collective members now operate the for-profit production company, The Department of Motion Pictures, fondly considered a sister organization to Court 13 Arts.
Authenticity: We value honesty, integrity and trust as central ingredients to building community, personal empowerment and being seen/heard in the world
Celebration: We believe in the power of celebration as a uniting force
Collaboration: We value working with artists across disciplines and the liminal spaces that transform us
Courage: We value the courage it takes to break traditional boundaries and to create dynamic, daring new works of art
Discovery: We value artistic practice as a time for exploration, experimentation and new perspectives
Inclusivity: We value our individual and collective efforts to actively resist and subvert oppressive systems that perpetuate inequalities and access to opportunities
Diversity: We value marginalized, underrepresented and unheard stories that inform our cultural understanding and strengthen our capacity for empathy
Storytelling: We value stories and creative expression as being integral to our deep connection to place, culture and spirit
Court 13 Arts does not discriminate against race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender or religion. We nurture a respectful environment that is built on compassion, empathy and in celebration of our differences.