Friday, May 29, 2009
Made in New Orleans. Directed by Werner Herzog. Probably not going to get PG-13. "Shoot him again. His soul is still dancing." I'm speechless. Luckily, the L.A. Times has spoken for me.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Also, it looks like "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde" is setting up shop in Alexandria, according to the city's mayor. I previously reported the movie will begin its shoot in late July by filming an ambush scene at the original site near Gibsland.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The hearing begins at 3 p.m. and should last until 5:30 p.m. You can learn more here.
I don't know if I'll be able to follow the meeting on Twitter (a la Friday), so I urge you to follow www.twitter.com/louisianafilmTV. The state film office's Patrick Mulhearn did a great job of following last week's session, and he'll be there again today ... as long as his battery holds out!
Friday, May 22, 2009
The state House's Ways and Means Committee met today to discuss 20 or so bills about the entertainment industry. A little less than half of the 5.5-hr. meeting was spend on HB862, which would increase the motion picture production credits from 25 to 30 percent and eliminate the sunset provision. The committee heard a bunch of testimony, and you can read a piece by bureau reporter Mike Hasten here (good stuff).
All of the bills have essentially been tabled for tweaking, and it will be a few weeks before we know what's what. If you watched the hearing online, you probably noticed that the discussion about them was pretty robust and pointed.
I just got off the horn with producer Lampton Enochs, who's driving back home from Baton Rouge with business partner Alissa Kantrow. (They cofounded Louisiana Production Consultants, which has lured umpteen projects to The Shreve.)
"Most of the time was spent HB 862. That's the bill everybody is concentrating on," Enochs said.
He's cautiously optimistic about the reception he and others received from state reps. The committee appears to be pretty proactive about recapturing the business that's been lost in recent months to states like Georgia. At this point, though, it's all about finding the money to pay for the incentives. The state's in the middle of a big budget crisis, Gov. Bobby Jindal favors keeping the production incentive at 25 percent, but there is a lot of pressure on lawmakers to push it higher.
"Mostly the legislators … are supportive," Enochs added. "They understand that we need this or the industry is in danger of going away."
I also caught up with Arlena Acree, the City of Shreveport's film industry liaison. She noted a room full of Teamsters, IATSE members, vendors, extras and actors, and was very please by the turnout. She also said Studio Operations president Diego Martinez (Nu Image/Millennium), producer Carsten Lorenz, and line producer Todd Lewis showed and piped up (all have connections to The Shreve), and IATSE's Mike McHugh made a solid pitch.
Rick Seaton, assistant to Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, chimed in to say the city supports HB862.
"I think it went really well," Acree said. "We had a lot of good discussion" and the reps who attended asked some good questions.
The Shreveport contingent will likely return to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, when a Senate committee will have its hearing at 3 p.m.
If you have something to add to this discussion, please leave a comment or call me at 318.459.3256.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The petition reads: "By signing this petition you are showing your support for the continued success of the film industry in Louisiana. We are asking our State Legislators to support House Bill no 862 and Senate Bill no 245 which increase the Production Tax Credit from the current 25% to 30% and eliminates all reductions and sunsets. You signature indicates your support for these bills."
There are just two of the many bills.
If you want to bend lawmakers' ears about the industry -- for good or bad -- you can find there contact info here.
Local producer Lampton Enochs also pulled together this chart for members of the House Ways and Means Committee. Click on their names to contact them.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
What do you think? As a source noted, it has The Shreve "all up in it." (Including our newspaper.) Coming Sept. 2009.
The only reason I post this trailer for "The Road" is that the world's biggest fan of Cormac McCarthy lives in The Shreve. To be released Oct. 16. Merry pre-Christmas.
Looks to me like they're going for the "Children of Men" aesthetic.
Incidentally, what's your favorite apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story? Mine aren't films (yet): Mary Shelley's "The Last Man" and Paul Auster's "In the Country of Last Things."
Today’s guest is feature film director Jeffrey Goodman (“The Last Lullaby”). Thursday’s guest is comedian David Raibon. Yesterday’s guests were Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Chris Brassard and Quade Lightbody.
People are welcome to watch the taping for free but must be age 18 or older.
Episodes will be posted on the Web next week, said Jabari in an email. He hopes to sell them for broadcast. For more information, visit cristalclearpictures.com.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The movie debuted May 1 at the Louisiana Boardwalk’s Regal Cinemas, where it played for a week before moving to theaters in Iowa.
After local screenings on Friday and Saturday, director Jeffrey Goodman will participate in Q&A sessions and sign free movie posters.
The Robinson Film Center is located at 617 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Shreveport film industry also announced another project for its summer production calendar. “Straw Dogs,” a Sony/Screen Gems remake of the 1971 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, should begin filming in early July. No stars have been announced. It will join the previously announced “The Mechanic,” a movie starring Jason Statham and produced by Nu Image/Millennium Films.
Arlena Acree, the City of Shreveport’s film industry liaison, hopes today's announcements will be welcomed by local film professionals who’ve endured a slow 2009.
“It definitely gives everybody a great gleam of hope that we have something to offer locally,” Acree said.
The Caddo Commission economic development committee plans to take up a proposal similar to Shreveport’s new rebate at its meeting Monday.
Locally connected films coming to RFC: 'The Last Lullaby' opens May 22; 'Weather Girl' opens July 17
- "Weather Girl" opens July 17 at the Robinson Film Center. It's written and directed by Blayne Weaver, and executive produced by Brandon Barrera. Both are Bossier City natives living and working in Los Angeles, where "Weather Girl" was made. It stars Mark Harmon and debuted at Slamdance. Above is ET interview with Harmon and another "Weather Girl" starrer, Ryan Devlin. (Apparently, the reporter got stuck in traffic.) Hopefully this movie will get some strong audience support when it makes its local debut. Join the Facebook group here.
- Also, if you haven't heard, Jeffrey Goodman's "The Last Lullaby" opens May 22 at RFC for a second local run. (It played at the Boardwalk May 1-7; and the crime drama in the midst of a two-week run at Iowa theaters.) Goodman, a Shreveport director, shot the film here. Join the Facebook group here.
ATTENTION ACTORS! Several Cameras will be running for possible special features, future trailers, blog/podcast, etc. Stand out in crowd by wearing/characterizing:
1. College age partier type [jerseys, jock wear, nerd, stoner, yuppie, etc.]
2. Very slick/chic fashinable clothes/ensemble indicating your are a respectable REAL CALL-GIRL PIMP
1. College age partier type [sportswear, retro nerd, hippie, yuppie, ivy league, etc.]
2. GROUPIE [have fun with this]
3. Very Sexy, fashionable, tight outfit a CALL-GIRL [well part-time student, part-time call-girl] would wear
4. Cheerleader outfit or some ensemble.
School colors to wear: red, black, white; or sepia
Backstory: This is a small community college town of "Marion" - the college is putting on a "battle of the bands"; there are a few part-time student girls who make extra money by being escorts/call-girls. Girls are going missing, and our main character Mia wants to find killer and get revenge at all costs. This is just previous to where our movie begins.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Shreveport City Council has approved sales tax rebates for local movie productions.
The move, which was approved unanimously, will refund revenue from sales taxes paid by companies that produce films, TV shows and commercials and music videos here.
Scroll down a bit if you want to see the incentive.
Monday, May 11, 2009
They came up with "Never Left the Building," which is, according to a release, "an eerie story about Paul (Josh Davis) who visits his grandfather’s grave for guidance while down on his luck. At the grave, Paul meets a homeless man who takes him into the Municipal Auditorium where he quickly finds he can interact with the deceased. Supporting actors include McIver Williams, Jevon Miller, Chelsea David, Casey Varner and Andrei Constantinescu. The movie was written by Amber Hanel of Sculpted Entertainment and was entirely filmed at the Municipal Auditorium and the graveyard across the street. The title of the film "Never Left the Building" refers to the building’s history of Elvis Presley and how his spirit along with those in the film have never really left."
The finished project will debut at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St., in Shreveport. Admission is free. Cast and crew will be on hand to field questions.
Other cities where the duo made community films include Greensboro, N.C., Austin, Texas, Fargo, N.D., and Albuquerque, N.M.
For more information about the project, log on to www.filmblazer.com/T3.
PHOTO CREDIT: A scene from "Never Left the Building." (Mani K. Trump)
The makers of "The Hurting Kind" are hosting a "Battle of the Bands" concert to raise money for their independent horror movie project. The concert will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday at Mojo's, 203 Texas St., in Shreveport. Cover is $5.
The band that wins the battle will earn a chance to be featured on the movie's soundtrack. Participating bands are currently competing against one another on an online contest at www.thkbattle.com, where listeners can vote on their favorite song.
For more information about the movie and concert, contact producer/director Glen Grefe at email@example.com.
Friday, May 08, 2009
The script by Karl Gajdusek will be directed by Simon West ("Con Air," "When a Stranger Calls"). Producers are Irwin Winkler and William Chartoff.
Says Nu Image/Millenniums' Avi Lerner in a press release, "We have wanted to do this film for quite some time. Having Jason in the lead, Irwin who will keep it true to the original genre and a killer script, it’s certain to be one powerful film."
PHOTO: Jason Statham in "Death Race."
NOTE TO J.S.: Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway. Noon July 4. Me Go Kart. You sneakers. Bring it!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
RESOLUTION NO. ___ of 2009
A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE CITY OF
By: Councilman Lester
WHEREAS, the film industry represents a tremendous opportunity for economic development in the City of
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of
SECTION 1. That the following film industry incentive policy is hereby adopted, to read as follows:
FILM INDUSTRY INCENTIVES
a. The City of
b. For the purposes of this resolution, the term “film industry” shall include film and television productions, television commercials, and music videos.
c. Incentives are subject to the production company entering into a contract with the City of
2. Incentive Funding Caps:
a. Basic Cap- $150,000.00 total to any individual project or production for new productions by a production company which has not previously received any City of
b. Subsequent Productions- $165,000.00 for a production company which brings a subsequent production to the City of
c. The funding cap shall be increased by $10,000 for productions which both have a production office in Caddo Parish and lease premises to be used as a soundstage in Caddo Parish.
3. Requirements for Rebate:
a. Production must either:
1. Have its production office located within Caddo Parish, or
2. Utilize a soundstage located within Caddo Parish, and;
b. Have acceptable expenditures of the type listed in paragraph 4, paid within Caddo Parish, amounting to at least $300,000.00.
c. In order to qualify for the enhanced subsequent production cap, both the original and the subsequent production must meet the criteria listed in 3.a. and 3.b.
4. a. Productions meeting the above requirements will be eligible for incentive payments equal to the City of
1. LODGING for cast and crew incurred in the City of
2. LEASE OR RENTAL EXPENSES, including all lease or rental expenses for equipment, automobiles, sound stage, location or production offices paid for a site in the City of
3. OTHER PRODUCTION AND POST PRODUCTION EXPENSES, including purchases of materials and supplies, related to the production of the project and post production.
b. For the purposes of this section, the term “City of
c. Payment and eligibility for incentives shall be subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as determined by the City of
5. Application process
a. Upon executing a lease or rental agreement, applicant should contact the City of
b. The application shall include all information required by the City of
1. Total projected budget,
2. Estimated total of expenditures eligible for the sales tax rebate,
3. Estimated room nights,
4. List of vendors and services likely to be utilized.
c. If the application is approved by the City of
d. When the production efforts in the City of
e. Payment of incentives is subject to funding as follows. The City of
f. This incentive program applies to expenditures in the City of
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall become effective after a budget ordinance has been adopted appropriating the funds for the incentive payments, and a resolution has been adopted authorizing the Mayor to execute agreements for the incentive payments.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if any provision of this resolution or the application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions, items or applications of this resolution which can be given effect without the invalid provisions, items or applications and to this end the provisions of this resolution are hereby declared severable.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all resolutions or parts thereof in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
Approved as to legal form:
City Attorney’s Office
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Showing on one screening, the box office total – reported by indieWIRE – was good enough to earn “The Last Lullaby” the second highest per-screen average among independent and specialty films showing in North America.
Jeffrey Goodman, the movie’s Shreveport-based director, termed the opening weekend an “amazing success.” Goodman is self-releasing the film and touring it from city to city during the coming weeks.
“It’s a really good start for the roll out of this film,” said Goodman, who employed an aggressive grassroots marketing campaign to promote his first feature film to hometown moviegoers. “I feel like we did everything we could.”
Goodman had aimed for the highest per-screen average among independent films but was content to come in second to “The Limits of Control,” a film directed by indie stalwart Jim Jarmusch and backed by the distributor Focus Features. It earned $18,607 per screen (and a total $55,820 from three sites).
Coming in third in per-screen averages, according to indieWIRE, was the boxing documentary “Tyson” with $5,757 ($74,835 total). The weekend's highest grossing independent film was “Battle for Terra,” which earned about $1.1 million from 1,160 sites, or an average of $933.
“The Last Lullaby” plays through Thursday at the Louisiana Boardwalk’s Regal Cinemas. It opens Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Louisiana Boardwalk’s Regal Cinemas has extended the run of “The Last Lullaby” through Thursday. The locally made movie, directed by Shreveporter Jeffrey Goodman, had been scheduled to close a three-day premiere weekend today.
As of 2 p.m., the movie had sold out 13 of its 15 available screenings.
“It was really amazing,” Goodman said. “I’ve seen several people come back for a second time.”
The crime drama will screen daily at 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
For tickets or information, log on to www.thelastlullaby.com.
Check out photographer Douglas Collier's photo gallery of the premiere here.
Friday, May 01, 2009
If you want them, just ring me at (318) 459-3256. First come, first serve. You must pick them up at The Times lobby by 5:30 p.m. tonight. (I'd make it by 5:20 if I were you.)
"'The Last Lullaby' presents a view of vigilante violence that is unsettling but never corrupting, dark but ever illuminating," I wrote in a review republished in today's Preview section.
I'm thinking about popcorn for lunch today if I can steal a couple hours. If you get a chance, let us know what you think of the movie.