Nicholls Student Film Screening at the New Orleans Film Festival

On Saturday, Nov. 7th, Film Studies student, Andrew Liang had his big screen debut as a filmmaker at the 31st annual New Orleans Film Festival. His documentary short, Under the Knife: Overcoming Boundaries, screened at the massive outdoor cinema on the Lafitte Greenway in a shorts program called “Small Town Louisiana.”

Liang’s film is about Nicholls’ Culinary student, Blake Bowdin, who has unique challenges. Living with cystic fibrosis and a double lung transplant, Bowdin also thrives as a budding chef while legally blind. It’s truly an inspiring story and a calling card for the John Folse Culinary Institute, the Film Studies concentration, and Nicholls State University.

New Orleans Film FestivalLiang created his film as part of Assistant Melissa Remark’s ENGL 446: Documentary Film Production class. The film was screened as part of the 2020 Undergraduate Humanities Symposium @ Scholars Expeaux.

Film students, Owen Callais, Amanda Eschete, Kacie Fields, and Hannah Guillot, and Assistant Professor Melissa Remark participated in a Service Learning project, volunteering at the film festival, which overlapped with Liang’s screening. The film debut and the volunteer day were a huge success. 

Under the Knife: Overcoming New Orleans Film FestivalBoundaries screens twice more at the New Orleans Film Festival – Wed. Nov. 11 & Sat. Nov. 14. 

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