Wednesday, May 09, 2007

NWLFA meeting today at 2 p.m.

The Northwest Louisiana Film Alliance will meet today at 2 p.m. at the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce (400 Edwards Street).

Today's agenda includes discussion about lobbying legislators; an overview of promotional efforts; an update from Arlena Acree and the mayor's office; a review of current and upcoming productions; an update on CERT and workforce training; an update about the push to establish a direct flight from L.A.; and other stuff.

I'll be there taking notes. Say hi (or throw something) if you have a free moment.

I'm currently writing a series of stories on the industry. One intriguing line of questions has to do with promotion. We're noticing a lot of regional organizations within Louisiana making their pitches to the industry. They are:

* Northwest Louisiana Film Alliance (website)
* Northeast Louisiana Film and Video Association, (318) 324-1644 (Monroe, La.)
* Film Baton Rouge (website)
* New Orleans Film Office (website)
* Lafayette Conventions and Visitors Commission (website)
* Shreveport-Bossier Film Office (website)
* Southwest Louisiana Film Commission (website)
* Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau (website)

And I'm sure there are more. While regional competitiveness is a natural development for the industry, there are some interesting questions to be asked.

* Are the organizations working in concert? Should they?
* Is this a sign of healthy competition?
* Can competition within the state be counterproductive to an industry where national and international competitiveness are the bigger issues?

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