True Orleans

Our annual documentary film festival, celebrating innovative, creative nonfiction storytelling in film, radio, and other avenues. 2015-2017.

Full Aperture

An ongoing series of personal films that intersect the worlds of avant-garde art, photography, and performance, expanding the importance and artistry of cinema.

Special screenings

Nontraditional, unique, and unforgettable presentations of films that demand more than a conventional screening room to resonate.


With our regular blog, newsletter highlighting film news and local screenings, and programming notes for all films, we work to build film literacy and encourage local filmgoing habits. In 2017, we worked with Bard Early College New Orleans to host screenings for their students in conjunction with their current curriculum.


We offer our equipment and experience to local, regional, and national presenters, in order to increase access to high-quality film exhibition.

Our Vision


Travis Bird, Executive Director

Co-founder Travis Bird has projected films on 70mm, 35mm, 16mm, and digital media at several major film festivals around the U.S. and Canada. He is currently Technical Director of the Ragtag Film Society in Columbia, MO, encompassing Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest.

Angela Catalano, Programming Director

Angela Catalano oversees programming, development, and marketing (or, whatever needs to be done at the time) for Shotgun Cinema. Angela moonlights as a projectionist at festivals across the U.S., and produces events at True/False. She received her Master of Arts in Cinema, Media, and Digital Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011, and currently teaches at the University of New Orleans.


Ivy Wang
Southern Poverty Law Center
Michael Gottwald
Department of Motion Pictures
Blake Bertuccelli
Sergio Padilla
Larry Blake
Swelltone Labs
Darcy McKinnon
NOVAC (New Orleans Video Access Center)