Shreveport will collect some hardware for helping film and TV productions relocate to north Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged south Louisiana. On Wednesday at an awards banquet in Baton Rouge, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and the Louisiana Division of the Arts will honor the city with a Governor’s Arts Award for helping develop the state’s cultural economy.
The statement singled out Shreveport and north Louisiana for “(stepping) forward to aid productions in relocating to the Shreveport area. ... As new feature films are announced, the Shreveport-Bossier City region looks forward to playing a leading role in the continuing growth of Louisiana’s film industry.”
Arlena Acree with the city’s Economic Development office said the award was a good sign. “It provides another example of what Shreveport can do to lure the business here,” Acree said. “We make it easier for them to make movies here, and the word is really getting out.”
Budgets budgets for all 13 productions shot in northwest Louisiana from October 2005 to present total an estimated $207.7 million. Most industry experts commonly estimate that as much as one-third of this figure has been spent in Louisiana. Three additional features — “Blonde Ambition,” “The Cleaner” and “Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam” — are scheduled to begin production soon.
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