True Orleans

Our annual documentary film festival, celebrating innovative, creative nonfiction storytelling in film, radio, and other avenues. The third annual True Orleans Film Festival will take place in 2017.

Full Aperture

An ongoing series of personal films that intersect the worlds of avant-garde art, photography, and performance, expanding our ideas of the function 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. Beginning in 2017, we are working 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 coordinates screening tech needs, training, and development, among other duties. He works widely in film exhibition as a projectionist and technician. He has projected films on 70mm, 35mm, 16mm, and digital formats at several major film festivals around the U.S. and Canada, including Telluride, Sundance, Milwaukee, True/False, Ebertfest, Palm Springs, Media City, and, of course, New Orleans.

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)