2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
In 2005, fair Dillard University in New Orleans, LA was almost wiped off the map by Hurricane Katrina. Now, in 2017, bolstered by tax incentives that made Louisiana the number one state for film production and a new University President that named the Dillard Film Program one of two Signature Programs at Dillard in 2015, we have become THE destination location for young filmmakers entering the entertainment business.
Edward Buckles worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Spike Lee making OLDBOY.
Ernest Robertson learned directly from department heads. A Key Grip on a million dollar feature taught him how to use all our grip equipment the right way.
Christine Maiden got the Denzel Washington free ride to go to Dillard and, like many students, got paid to learn while working on film sets while in school.
MAKING FEATURE FILMS IS BUILT INTO THE PROGRAM.
DILLARDFILM supports movies big and small. Whether it’s putting 43 Dillard students as interns
on Spike Lee’s Oldboy or 5 students on Lee Daniel’s The Butler, DillardFilm helps filmmakers make films.
Case studies below.
Keith Alan Morris is a practicing filmmaker and professor. He helped Spike Lee make OLDBOY and directed and shot "Runaway Hearts" starring John Schneider and Wendell Pierce, which screened at the Cannes market. He consulted and placed film students on a
whopping 12 films in 2015, including The Magnificent Seven, Elvis & Nixon, and Mr. Right, and wrote and directed the upcoming action thriller "MOTOR"--in post, Fall 2017; He is seeking post-production funds for a TV pilot about a
robot named "K.A.R.L," his CG/live action epic shot in New Orleans. He also works
as a cinematographer and producer on numerous films, including Marvista's family western
Rodeo and Juliet, starring living legend Buck Taylor and Krista Allen.
Morris' furthest reach was as the writer/director/producer of “Gutter King” – recently ranked #159 on IMDB. Distributed by Multivisionnaire and Metrodome (Donnie Darko, Monster), 2010-2014, the film is distributed in over 25 countries, including the U.S., China, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Malaysia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, etc., with some territories still available.
He is also the tenured Associate Professor of Film at Dillard University in New Orleans, an HBCU, where he runs the film program as the Program Coordinator. In 2015, the Film program was named one of two Signature Programs at Dillard. He won the 2012 Media Educator of the Year Award by the Social Change Film Fest and Institute and helps 3 to 9 features get made per semester.
Morris is sought out by his peers for his ability to take smaller budgets and make epic creations. All of his features screened at the Cannes Film Festival Market sold for far above what their budgets should allow.
Please only contact Keith if you are a student, a producer who is partially financed and needs consultation, or are a past crew member looking to reconnect.
@KeithAlanMorris on Twitter
Morris on set (above)
R. Todd Campbell grew up in The Shoals area of Alabama, and is a New Orleans filmmaker through and through. Since 2004, Mr. Campbell has written and directed several films, including the award-winning short documentary Torch (2010), and the award-winning feature film The Mourning Hills (2014). He is also the producer of Shepherd (2017), a dramatic television pilot featuring Lance Nichols and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Mr. Campbell received his MFA in Film Production from The University of New Orleans in 2009, where he also taught as an adjunct professor. Mr. Campbell is currently developing several features, documentaries, and shorts, with production of a short horror film titled Ghost Bridge slated to begin in November of 2017, and production of a feature-length documentary titled Ordo Procinctus currently in production. He is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Dillard family, and loves being able to mentor young people in the business of making movies. He lives in the city with his wife, and has a passion for local music, good BBQ, and good cigars.
Robert "Todd" Campbell (left)
Cortheal Clark is a Production Designer in film, the head of the Theatre Program at Dillard University, and the Chair of Humanities. His background is in live performance, where he worked with everyone from Garth Brooks to Amy Grant. In film, he built unbelievably detailed sets for Morris’ Runaway Hearts (2014) and K.A.R.L. (2015). His theatre program consistently ranks as a top program and won The Big Easy Award for Best University Production in 2013 and 2017.
Clark on set.
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2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122