What We Do

We value creative freedom and the highly imaginative process that occurs when filmmakers, artisans, craftspeople and non-artists alike are able to develop stories in unconventional ways. It is our core belief that film should be experienced, created, and in communication with all types of art forms and artists.

Fundamentally, we celebrate the collaborative nature of filmmaking and acknowledge that story challenges us to imagine what is possible for ourselves and the world.


We provide storytellers with access to tools, training, and an inspiring community of mentors and peers.  We connect local artists to audiences and creative voices within New Orleans and beyond.


Court 13 Arts' Production Design Residency is a singular program, structured to provide time and space for artists and filmmakers to create wholly new worlds, and for emerging artists to get hands-on experience in this groundbreaking process.

Over an eight week period, the residency is open for two mid-career designers or artists (or group of artists) who will create two built environments/film sets that explore visual narrative as inspiration for new film narratives. In addition to this main cohort, six two-week residencies will be offered for emerging artists and filmmakers. These residencies will provide studio space and tools, with service requirements built in. Emerging resident artists will be required to participate as art department crew on the main cohort's set.

Always for Pleasure Festival

The Always for Pleasure Festival is a singular celebration combining elements of film, music, performing and visual arts in the bacchanalian spirit of New Orleans' Carnival. Always for Pleasure is a primary vehicle for bringing artists together in collaborative modes of audience engagement that has broad local and regional appeal.

The festival also serves as Court 13 Arts' annual showcase featuring a final exhibition of work created through our Artist-in-Residence program. Reflective of our core values, festival production is a community wide effort that is designed to engage the local neighborhood, program participants and local artists alike. Alongside the Court 13 Arts community, Always for Pleasure offers new and non-traditional platforms that raise visibility for local artists and is inclusive of diverse visions/voices. The festival is offered at a discounted admission price or free-of-charge to those in need.

The People Present

The People Present is our monthly screening series, featuring films selected by an eclectic group of extraordinary individuals who impact our lives in New Orleans in large and small ways. The program will bring people together around their love of movies and inspire meaningful conversations about how cinema affects our lives, guides our paths, and helps us understand the world.

By shifting the concept of curator or film selector to an egalitarian focus, we aim to create a film-going experience that is accessible and celebratory. Our programmers will be community leaders, local heroes, extraordinary eccentrics-people who are able to connect a special experience at the movies to their remarkable lives and powerful work in the world. We bring new audiences in contact with cinema in ways they've never experienced before and expand the dialogue around how movies affect the culture of our city. The People Present will be launching in Summer 2019.

Artist Services

These services range from a wood-working and film set fabrication shop with access to free tools and equipment, interior & exterior exhibition space, professional development workshops for people at various stages of their careers, master classes with visiting speakers, community film screenings, panel discussions, Q & A's, and artist studio space offered at a discounted rate.

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Upcoming Programs

Cinema Lab

Court 13 Arts' Cinema Lab will be a project-specific lab that pairs professional mentors / instructors with talented screenwriters, producers, directors and production designers. The Lab is intended to nurture emerging filmmakers and film projects through a formal Request for Proposal process, encouraging only those whom are serious about having their films produced under the guidance of Court 13 Arts. Following Sundance Institute's lab model, Court 13 Arts aims to support independent filmmakers in developing their craft and talent. As result, Court 13 Arts builds a pipeline that grows and sustains our local creative economy and film community within New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf South. Program enrollment dates to be announced.

Court 13 Arts' first Production Design Artist Residency supported New Orleans Artist Jacques Duffourc in his creation of the original set "Carousel in Heavy Swell".

Jacques creates sculptures, puppets, and immersive environments using recycled cardboard and other found or repurposed materials. Using a playful, forced-perspective lens and a lo-fi aesthetic, his distorted renderings of local architecture and landscape take on the colorful attitude of their inhabitants. He is a co-founder of The Hoot-n-Holler Inn, a kid-centered art haus in New Orleans, and is involved in ongoing collaboratiions with Leroy's Place and the Louisiana Children's Museum.

Photo of Artsumex by Jess Pinkham

Always for Pleasure IV is coming for you, December 2019. Featuring original film sets from our artists-in-residence, film screenings, parties, and the possibly the world's first and only functioning karaoke flotilla.

Previous festivals have featured karaoke parades, original installation art by Abigail Smithson, Artsumex, Read More, Rontherin Ratliff, and the Krewe of Interrobang, film screenings at The Music Box Village and The Orpheum, musical performances by Showtime Goma, Rusty Lazer, Delish Da Goddess, The Lost Bayou Ramblers, original theatre, a fake wedding, and a lot of fun. 

The People Present, Coming in June 2019. Featuring film selectors DJ Soul Sister, Maurice Ruffin, Sophie Woodruff & Elespee Eloheem. Stay tuned for more details.