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‘Trailer Park Jesus’ wins Audience Award at 2012 New Orleans Film Festival

The New Orleans Film Festival audience has spoken. Putting a ribbon on their recently concluded 2012 edition, festival organizers have announced the winners of the festival’s four audience awards.

Among the big winners are the cataclysm comedy “It’s a Disaster,” written and directed by New Orleans native Todd Berger, which won the Narrative Feature Audience Award; and the documentary “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington,” directed by S. Leo Chiang, which won the Documentary Feature Audience Award. Both filmmakers win a Lomokino 35mm movie camera, provided by Lomography.

In the Louisiana categories, director Sean Gerowin’s comedy “Trailer Park Jesus” won the Louisiana Feature Audience Award, and director Ashely Brett Chipman’s “A Most Complex Form of Ventriloquism” won the Louisiana Short Audience Award. Each of those awards comes with a $10,000 post-production package from Digital FX.

The festival Audience Awards are based on audience voting conducted throughout the festival. The winners this year join the previously announced in-competition winners, which are:

‘Trailer Park Jesus’ to get encore screening at 2012 New Orleans Film Festival

“Trailer Park Jesus” will get a second coming, it appears. Writer-director Sean Gerowin’s indie drug comedy — a finalist for the Louisiana Filmmaker Award at the about-to-conclude 2012 New Orleans Film Festival — will fill the final “TBD” slot on tonight’s closing-night schedule, festival organizers have announced.

Gerowin’s film will screen at 8 p.m. Thursday night (Oct. 18) at the Contemporary Arts Center. It joins “Silver Linings Playbook,” which fills the other TBD slot, screening at 8:15 p.m. at the Theatres at Canal Place.

“Trailer Park Jesus,” shot in New Orleans and Port Allen, and based on “a true misadventure,” tells the story of a New Orleans college student who, heading home to Missouri, finds himself stranded by engine failure in a small Mississippi town populated by colorful characters. Hitting on the idea to barter hits of acid for safe passage to the bus station, he ends up turning on, tuning in and dropping out with a whole trailer park.

On Sunday (Oct. 14), the film got its first festival screening, at the Prytania Theatre — and “it packed the place,” according to festival artistic director John Desplas. That led to the decision to play Gerowin’s film once again.

The 2012 New Orleans Film Festival concludes its eight-day run Thursday (Oct. 18) following a full day’s worth of screenings. Click here for today’s full schedule. Watch the “Trailer Park Jesus” trailer in the embedded video below.


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Gregor Fox and Sean Gerowin
Chief Financial Officer and Writer/Director, Backyard Shed Films, LLC
Sometimes the hardest part can be finding the right location. Gregor Fox and Sean Gerowin of Backyard Shed Films, LLC, know this from experience. Locating a trailer park for their newest film Trailer Park Jesus, meant scouting “over 60” locations until they “were led to Dude’s Trailer Park in Port Allen,” says Gerowin.

“Filmmaking is a team sport,” says Gerowin, who serves as writer and director. Not only that, but, “filmmaking, for me, is an artistic outlet (and) I feel very lucky to patronize and be a part,” says Fox, who serves as CFO of the company. Fox and Gerowin work closely together to create low-budget films, such as Let’s Rob the Cheese Shop, which received a Silver Medal at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in 2009, though they also have other professions. They do “for-hire” work through Backyard Shed Films, LLC, and hope to begin producing high-budget pictures in the future.