New Orleans Film Festival and FotoKem Present a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of BLACK AND WHITE

BURBANK, CA (October 9, 2014) – FotoKem, a returning sponsor of the New Orleans Film Festival, will present a free panel black-and-white-festivaldiscussion with the production team behind the making of Black and White, starring Academy Award® winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film, making its U.S. premiere, opens the festival on October 16.
               The conversation, “A Case Study: Black and White,” will take place October 18, at 4:45 p.m., in the Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (2nd Floor). Panelists are expected to include Producer Todd Lewis, Co-producers Jasa McCall and Gbenga Idowu, Production Supervisor Will Greenfield, Location Manager Elston Howard, and Project Manager David Hall, who oversees operations at FotoKem New Orleans. Carroll Morton, manager of entertainment industry development for the City of New Orleans, will moderate.
                  “Working with the Black and White team on this meaningful and timely project was a distinct honor,” says Peter Santoro, Vice President of Sales at FotoKem. “We look forward to sharing that experience with the audience at the festival as well. Our team here in New Orleans works closely with filmmakers to provide the most advanced services possible to support their creative vision. We’re delighted to be part of the community and to support the New Orleans Film Festival’s 25th anniversary.”
                Produced entirely in New Orleans, Black and White tells the moving story of the custody battle for a young girl. Costner plays a grieving widower who has helped raise his bi-racial, parentless, granddaughter (Jillian Estell) since the death of his daughter in childbirth. When he assumes legal guardianship, the child’s paternal grandmother (Spencer) wants the child returned to her son, who may be an improbable choice. The emotional drama that ensues raises thought-provoking and difficult questions about life, death and race. Black and White was directed by Mike Binder and shot by Russ Alsobrook, ASC.
                 The New Orleans Film Festival—now in its 25th year—has firmly established itself as one of the most recognized regional film festivals in the country. Over 22,000 filmmakers and fans attend the screenings and sessions that celebrate the city now known as “Hollywood South.”

 

FILM INDUSTRY EXPO HAS BEEN CANCELED

A message from Shanda Quintal of the LA Film Industry EXPO:

 

Hello all,

On behalf of the Film Industry Expo, we regret to inform you that the 2014 Film Industry Expo to be held on October 11, 2014 has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you have pre-registered, your payment will be refunded …Read more…

NOLA-shot Film Picked Up at TIFF

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American Heist, a New Orleans-shot crime drama, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month and came away with a distribution deal.

Saban Films has closed a $2 million deal for U.S. distribution rights to the film, which was directed by Sarik Andreasayan and stars Hayden Christensen, Adrien …Read more…

‘Maze Runner’ Opens Big Internationally

The Maze Runner, shot in and around Baton Rouge last year, doesn’t hit U.S. theaters until this Friday, but it is already performing well in the international market. Check out this Variety article for more info!

Directed by first-time director Wes Ball from a script by Noah Oppenheim, The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya …Read more…

Lake Charles Film & Music Festival Seeking Submissions

The third annual Lake Charles Film & Music Festival will take place October 10-12 with independent film screenings, live music, seminars and workshops in downtown Lake Charles. The festival is currently seeking entries for films that have been completed after January 1, 2012.

There are submission categories for Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, Foreign Film, …Read more…

Bright Lights On the Bayou

Check out this article on Free Enterprise that talks about how Louisiana became the go-to location for filmmaking. The article talks about how the state’s tax incentives have lured major films to the area and helped grow an indigenous industry. Click here to read it!

Hollywood Trucks Unveils the World’s First Clean Energy Powered Talent Trailer

New Orleans -based Hollywood Trucks has announced the launch of Ecoluxe, the world’s first line of luxury talent trailers fueled by 100 percent clean power. Designed under the direction of Hollywood Trucks CEO Andre Champagne and a team of industry professionals, Ecoluxe incorporates contemporary design with cutting-edge technology to create the most ecologically friendly talent …Read more…

Coming Soon to New Orleans: ‘Directing Motion’ Workshop

One of the most important skills directors and DPs are required to master is moving the camera in a dynamic and engaging way. DGA & ICG Director, Vincent Laforet, is teaching his Directing Motion workshop in New Orleans on June 26. Directing Motion will teach all levels of filmmakers the precise cinematic language of motion, …Read more…

John Schneider’s SMOTHERED ”Lets the Dogs Out”

John Schneider’s SMOTHERED ”Lets the Dogs Out”

John Schneider’s feature film SMOTHERED screened at an “Invitation Only Premiere” in New Orleans Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street to a crowd of several hundred people that included local dignitaries and celebrities, as well as many of the film’s …Read more…

JUST IN: VER CREATES CINEVERSE

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2014

VER CREATES CINEVERSE

Further strengthening their strategic commitment to the film and television industry, VER announces the addition of cutting edge motion imaging and production tools innovator, PACE to VER’s global platform. This move complements VER’s recent acquisition of Fletcher Camera & Lenses by …Read more…