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'Quiet and Clear' garners award

The New Orleans Film Society announced the Jury Award winners of the 30th-annual Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival.
Awards in 12 competition categories were presented to filmmakers at the awards ceremony held Oct. 20 at the New Orleans Jazz Market.
The Cinematography Award – Louisiana Short was Alex H Payne for his work on Quiet and Clear. The winner of this award will receive a $10,000 camera package from PRG Paskal of New Orleans.
The New Orleans Film Festival is Oscar®-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: narrative shorts, documentary shorts, and animated shorts. Jury Award-winning films in these categories automatically qualify for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
Andre Verdun Jones of Franklin is known by many in the Franklin community because of his family’s business Jones Funeral Home. Jones teamed up with Andre Rangiah, a South African-born native he met in previous short film experiences, and together, a 22-member crew shot the film Quiet and Clear in Verdunville and parts of Franklin.
Both Jones and Rangiah were both drawn to the project that would give life to a perspective on black feminism. Both filmmakers are members of the LGBTQ community. Jones has found an expression for the gay culture as cofounder of the black LGBTQ publication “The Tenth Magazine” and has had a previous film credit for his award-winning short film titled “Mr. Okra.”
Anyone interested in seeing the trailer for the film can visit


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