Crescent City Film Fest returns to Loyola


Maleigh Crespo

Students wait for a film screening to begin at the Crescent City Film Festival April 22, 2022. This is the fourth year that Loyola’s filmmaking department has put on the festival.

Maleigh Crespo, Op/Ed Editor

The Crescent City Film Festival, an annual film fest hosted by Loyola’s filmmaking program, made its fourth year of production the weekend of April 22. Showrunners Adam Sekuler, Loyola professor and filmmaker, and James Salinas, digital filmmaking sophomore ran the production, which “strives to bridge communication channels between divided areas using a diverse range of voices, creating an inclusive, and welcoming community for creators,” Sekuler said.

The three-day event featured more than 50 films ranging from silent black and white shorts to full-length Westerns that were selected by the film festival programming class taught by Sekuler.

The festival intends to provide a platform for young and emerging filmmakers, according to a festival press release. The event was almost entirely student-led with junior Mia Upshaw serving as the executive director, junior Carmen LeJeune serving as the artistic director, and freshman Camila Capriles serving as the head of publicity for the program. 

Opening on Earth Day, April 22, the program showed environmental shorts, followed by a program centered around social justice, international stories, and horror shorts on day two. The festival concluded its events with films from Louisiana locals and seniors in the digital filmmaking program. 

Many of the programs within the lineup featured Q&A sessions with directors and producers of the showcased films.

Louisiana native Bradley Gueho’s short film “11” was shown in the Louisiana’s Own portion of the festival. 

The eleven-minute film told the story of basketball, friendship, and taking a chance on yourself. It was Gueho’s senior capstone project at LSU and his first-ever short film, which he directed, edited, and produced.

“The people I got to work with were the best,” he said, “There’s a lot of love that goes into it, and I could feel it.” 

The best films were selected by a three-person jury, featuring students Paulette Argeres, Maggie Chreene, and Ver Lumod, who serves as The Maroon’s reviews editor.

Best Narrative Short: “The First 280 Honest Words of my Life”

Best Documentary Short: “Little Moko”

Best International Short: “Salted”

Best Feature Film: “The Sparring Partner”

The festival was live streamed and made available to watch via Facebook.