The stars are coming in droves to Baton Rouge for the fifth annual Louisiana International Film Festival.
The event is slated for April 20-23 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge. Celebrities such as Renee Zellweger (“Jerry Maguire,” “Cold Mountain,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) are scheduled to appear at the event.
Zellweger is attending to launch the inaugural Dan Ireland Awarx for New Voices/New Visions, which highlights feature films that are distinguished by their singular points of view.
Ireland served as the artistic director for the film festival until his untimely death in 2016. The award was created to commemorate his dedication to new talent, storytellers and visionaries.
Zellweger starred in Ireland’s 1990s feature film “The Whole Wide World,” which will be screened at the festival at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23. A post-screening discussion with Zellweger and the film’s screenwriter, Michael Scott Myers, is also scheduled.
“There was no better human,” Zellweger said of Ireland in a press release. “Your plans to honor him at the festival make my heart dance.”
Other guests scheduled to attend the event include Leslie Iwerks, an Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary director and producer. Iwerks directed the documentary, “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table,” about the legendary New Orleans restaurateur.
Two screenings of “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table” will take place at the festival — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 and 3:50 p.m. Sunday, April 23.
Clarence Fountain, one of the legendary founders of the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Louisiana filmmaker Paul Catalanotto are also scheduled to appear.
Fountain and his group are the subject of the documentary, “The Book of Clarence,” to be screened at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Catalanotto’s “When the Rivers Rise,” a documentary about the Great Flood of 2016 will screen at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22.
More information and tickets are available now at lifilmfest.org.