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New Orleans Own Mr. Okra Goes to Sundance Film Fest: You Can Vote!

When Hollywood comes a-calling how can you possibly refuse? Well, tinseltown came a-calling Mr. Okra, aka Arthur Robinson, who usually is the one doing the callin’ “I have oranges and bananas, I have pears and apples, I have tangerine, I have collard greens, I have okra!” as he ride his beat up old, painted up truck through the streets of the city.

I sometimes hear him a-comin down the street here in the Maple Street area. In fact I did a post about him while ago, Okra Man. And now he’s the star of his own 12 minute documentary set to screen several times at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah.

The film is directed by T.G. Herrington, part owner of locally-based Nom de Guerre Films, and is one of 70 short films selected by the festival. There were over 6000 films submitted. Mr. Okra is one of only 12 documentary shorts that were accepted. So that’s pretty amazing and shows that this film must’ve impressed the judges handily.

And guess what? You can vote on the film even though you’re not going to Sundance. All you have to do is register at the Sundance site and add it to your Sundance calendar. OK it might not be totally on the up and up, but there’s nothing on the site that says you can’t do it. So if you are interested in this project please go to this link Sundance, register and put it on your festival calendar. It’s showing five times, I marked off four.

The film in it’s entirety will be available for a time on YouTube but we don’t know when that will be yet. You can see portions of it in the You Tube video at the top of this post.

Producer George Hutchinson says, “The beauty of New Orleans is there are characters Like Mr. Okra everywhere. That’s the reason Tennessee Williams and Faulkner and all the others kind of moved to New Orleans…He’s just one of the many characters that kind of make New Orleans the way it is, as unique as it is. We love New Orleans so much, and this is the way for us to preserve that.”

So go on over to Sundance, and vote. Just register, enter Mr. Okra in the search bar, and add the film to your calendar.

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