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'Ripe Figs' directed by Preeshl selected for screening at the Greater New Orleans Film Fete

“Ripe Figs” directed by Preeshl selected for screening at the Greater New Orleans Film Fete.

The Greater New Orleans Film Fete selected "Ripe Figs," directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Artemis Preeshl, for screening on April 15, 2018.

In "Ripe Figs,” Maman Nanaine grants Babette wish to visit her cousin at Bayou Lafourche. "Ripe Figs" stars Keota Geaux Picou, Donna Duplantier, and Rosha Washington. Grissom penned the screenplay that features music by Eric Laws and cinematography by Patrick McGinley. Duplantier has played ADA Renee Dufossat on "Treme," Vera in "Bad Moms," Blanche Devereux in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Jane Trahan on "NCIS: New Orleans." This story is particularly meaningful to Preeshl because her father, F. Warren Preeshl, assisted in financing of Bayou Lafourche’s installation of its first plumbing system. Preeshl served as dialect coach for the Creole accent in “Ripe Figs”.

Ripe Figs LLC first adapted Kate Chopin’s "Respectable Woman," entitled “Inachevé” directed by Preeshl. This coming of age story is the signature film of Ripe Figs LLC comprised of Barbara Ewell, Kate Chopin’s first biographer, Rachel Grissom, writer and director of 2012 New Orleans Film Festival entry, "The Somnambulist," and Preeshl. The Ripe Figs LLC is devoted to bringing female Louisiana writers to the screen. 

Ripe Figs LLC explores race, gender, and class issues in Kate Chopin’s works that persisted for decades after Reconstruction. underlie the struggles that wracked the post-war decades, the era when.

Prior to joining Elon University, Preeshl coached a Creole accent for Ripe Figs, and New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Philadelphia, Boston and Ashkenazim accents for Hannah Pepper-Cunningham in Mondo Bizarro’s "Way at Midnight," an original multidisciplinary play that confronts loss and being lost from the colonial period to the digital age, that premiered at New Orleans’s Contemporary Art Center in 2017. In 2018, she teaches performance as a Fulbright Senior Theatre Specialist in Pakistan and movement and long-form improvisation and coaches dialects and verse for "Twelfth Night" at Elon University.

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4/15/2018 1:30 PM