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Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 is harmonizing well with audiences debuting at #1 and bringing over $69 million in box office sales for its opening weekend. The musical dramedy shot in Baton Rouge was directed by Elizabeth Banks who also co-stars in the film. Local producer Scott Niemeyer also worked on the project. Sequels can often be a tough sell, but Pitch Perfect 2 is a fun, fresh story with some great laughs and some wonderful music. Check it out in theaters now!


For more on the making of Pitch Perfect 2 check out these stories out:

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2015 NOFS Gala

Recently, the New Orleans Film Society honored actor Matthew McConaughey at a gala in his honor.


The most exciting event of the evening was the Gala auction. A picture is indeed better than a 1000 words as Matthew McConaughey auctioned off his shoes and his jacket.

To learn more about the gala, auction and Matthew’s award check out our story in the latest issue of Louisiana Film and Video Magazine:

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LIFF HOSTS MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE AT SUNDANCE

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PRESS RELEASE
February 9, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Megan Hebert
megan@lifilmfest.org
Cell: (504) 799-8678
Louisiana International Film Festival
Louisiana International Film Festival hosts Midnight Masquerade, a Louisiana Party at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
PARK CITY, UT-  JANUARY 26, 2015 – Over 1,200 elated guests attended the anticipated third annual Louisiana Film Party at Sundance Film Festival themed MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE on January 26th at the newly renovated OP Rockwellin Park City, Utah. The hosts prepared a sultry masquerade of authentic Louisiana culture with hot, dark, swamp rock & roll performed by the legendary CC Adcock (True Blood) & the Lafayette Marquis brought to you by Lafayette Entertainment Initiative (LEI). Industry and local guests warmed up with savory cuisine and scrumptious deserts prepared by the “King and Queen of Louisiana Seafood,” Chefs Samantha and Cody Carrol from the soon to open Sac-A-Lait restaurant in New Orleans. Classic cocktails from the heart of Thibodeaux, Louisiana sponsored by distilled Oryza vodka & RougaRoux Rum were served to an impressively costumed crowd of festival goers. A runway of Midnight Masquerade fashion from beguiled to brazen strutted the red carpet. Party goers included actor David Lipper, actor Jordan Hodges of Sand Castles, jewelry designer Merideth Marks, and celebrity fashion stylist Derek Warburton.

The Louisiana International Film Festival (LIFF) launched the popular themed celebrations for the State with “Mardi Gras” lead by a second line parade up Main Street with Jon Batiste & Stay Human Band and festival revelers in 2013, “Voodoo Love” with CC Adcock in 2014 and the most recent “Midnight Masquerade”. This spectacle of culture has become known as one of the best parties at Sundance where you can mingle with some of the State’s most notable talent from film, music, food and fashion. Louisiana has the most competitive tax incentives in the country for films such as Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, and Zipper starring Lena Headey and Dianna Agron, both which premiered at Sundance 2015. Both films selected the beautiful bayou state of Louisiana for filming locations.

LIFF is a non-profit organization created to provide access to education and opportunity for Louisiana’s talent in film, music and innovation industries. The Mentorship Program was launched in 2014 with a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. If you would like to sign up to become a Mentor, Guest Speaker, Industry Partner or Sponsor please visit www.lifilmfest.org.

Presenting Sponsors for Midnight Masquerade included: Cineverse, Louisiana Film & Video, Lafayette Entertainment Initiative, Southern Screen Film Festival, Louisiana’s Pick Your Passion (www.louisianatravel.com), Cinemark, The Advocate and the Louisiana Technology Park, LSU School of Digital Media Arts & Engineering.

Supporting Event sponsors included: Haydel’s Bakery, Carl Mac Presents, Southern Costume Company, Bonjour Lingerie, Maskerville, Liz Blaz Masks, Rougaroux Rum, Oryza Vodka & Gin, Sac-A-Lait Restaurant, Pro Sound, Wrapture, All Star Printing, & Blue Cube Promotions.

For Press or Media Inquiries, Please contact press@lifilmfest.org

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR LIFF 2015 THIS MAY 7 – 10, 2015 IN BATON ROUGE, LA


                                                 www.lifilmfest.org

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FORGOTTEN BAYOU: LIFE ON THE SINKHOLE

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Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Greene
Phone: 504.933.4435
Email: victoria@forgottenbayou.com
Website: forgottenbayou.com

RED CARPET GALA SUPPORTING THE DOCUMENTARY
‘FORGOTTEN BAYOU: LIFE ON THE SINKHOLE’

New Orleans, LA – The Red Carpet Gala in support of ‘FORGOTTEN BAYOU: LIFE ON THE SINKHOLE’
will be held January 29th at The French Quarter Film House located at 807 Esplanade Avenue. All
proceeds will benefit this feature length documentary that tells the story of a giant sinkhole located
deep in the Southern Louisiana Swamps, and how the local community, has been dealing with this
on-going man-made environmental disaster.

Hosted by NOVAC and ‘FORGOTTEN BAYOU’ Director and Executive Producer, Victoria Greene,
Patron Level tickets are $150.00 and in addition to the Red Carpet Gala provide access to the VIP
Pre-Party from 5:30-6:30pm, a special ‘Thank You’ in the event program and in the film credits.
Regular Level tickets are $75.00.

The Red Carpet Gala is from 6:30-9:30pm featuring hors d’oeurvres, cocktails, live entertainment and
a silent auction. Valet parking is available. Attendees will be able to speak with the filmmakers of
‘FORGOTTEN BAYOU’ and residents of the local community affected by the ever-growing Bayou
Corne sinkhole.

Tickets: forgottenbayougala.eventbrite.com

‘FORGOTTEN BAYOU: LIFE ON THE SINKHOLE’ offers a view into the sinkhole, now over forty acres
in diameter and still growing. This sinkhole formed on August 3, 2012 and the mandatory evacuation
order issued that day remains in effect. By February 2015 only twelve families, of the original three
hundred and fifty residents, will remain, and this community will become a ghost town. ‘FORGOTTEN
BAYOU: LIFE ON THE SINKHOLE’ brings to light the fact that there are no winners in this scenario.
Not Louisiana, not The Texas Brine Company and certainly not the residents whose lives are forever
changed. Despite this situation however, we see the triumphs of the human spirit and the resiliency
of the Bayou Corne community.

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