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 Brody and Jordana Brewster. Saban Films also recently made a deal at TIFF for The Forger, starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.

American Heist, which shot in New Orleans over four weeks in summer 2013, is about two brothers with checkered pasts who become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery.

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‘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…


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May 14, 2014


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…

John Goodman Supports the New Orleans Film Festival


John Goodman Supports the New Orleans Film Festival

Veteran screen actor John Goodman appeared Tuesday, May 6th, at the Hotel Modern in New Orleans to support the New Orleans Film Society. His appearance coincided with the 25th anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival and the Greater New Orleans …Read more…

LIFF Expands into Music Video, Animation, Interactive and New Media

In its sophomore year, The Louisiana International Film Festival is set to screen over 50 films, including major award-winners, documentaries related to Louisiana and southern history and Louisiana premieres. The festival expands its programming into music video, animation, interactive and new media.

Keynotes and workshops presented by filmmakers from the following Louisiana productions: American …Read more…