This was one of my favorite haunts in NOLA – they are mostly known for screening independent/international/controversial films, but they host visual art exhibitions, festivals, and other events as well. In researching them, I learned that Zeitgeist has no paid staff, nor do they receive public funds. More interesting yet, they started as a theater production company. They are funded by admissions and membership fees. Since Hurricane Katrina, the film industry has settled into the local economy and so it will be interesting to see how that presence shifts or influences the focus of Zeitgeist. Notably, their only corporate sponsor to date has been IATSE Local 478 – Motion Picture Studio Mechanics of Louisiana & Mississippi.