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Mark Your Calendars: New Orleans Screenwriting Workshop

Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (Love Liza, A Coat of Snow) and founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, will lead a screenwriting workshop in New Orleans this March. Space is limited to 7 attendees, so act fast!

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 9am to 6 pm
Location: 1914 Magazine St. in New Orleans

For more information and to register, visit

Local Filmmaker to Screen Award-Winning Documentary

The filmmaker and one of her subjects.

This January, New Orleans filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West and the New Orleans Film Society will screen Hadleigh-West’s award-winning Player Hating: A Love Story, a documentary about Brooklyn “thug” culture.

Player Hating follows hip-hop artist Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew, the Godfia Criminals, as they struggle to escape poverty and violence through music in the Albany Housing Projects. In raw, uncensored form, Player Hating delves intimately into the lives of young “thugs,” and reveals the core of human poverty.

Player Hating brings audiences into a world they might otherwise ignore, or be too frightened to enter,” says Hadleigh-West. “People watch this film and they see and feel the incredible humanity that is at risk daily of being lost to violence.”

The film will screen at 7pm and 9:30pm on January 14 at Café Istanbul (3272 St. Claude Ave in New Orleans). Hadleigh-West will be in attendance for the 7pm showing, with a discussion to follow. The film will also screen on Sunday, January 15, at 6pm, and on Monday, January 16, at noon. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For the rest of the screening schedule (through February 26), visit

FREE Presentation on Louisiana Film History

Ed and Susan Poole, authors of reference book Hollywood on the Bayou, will be giving a free one-hour presentation tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13, at Chalmette Movies (8700 Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette). The presentation begins at 7:30pm.

Based on Hollywood on the Bayou, which documents 1,170 films made in or about Louisiana, the presentation will cover the state’s film history from 1896 until 2010 with a Q&A afterwards.

Come learn about the rich film history of our state! With so much new film production around Louisiana, we CAN’T forget our film history.

For more information, visit

R-Squared Productions Commissions Local Artist

Monroe-based R-Squared Productions has commissioned local artist Lissy Sanders Compton to design the New Hope movie poster.

New Hope is R-Squared Productions’ latest feature-length film, which addresses teen issues, including suicide. The painting will be auctioned off with 50 percent of the proceeds being donated to The Children’s Coalition. The Children’s Coalition is a non-profit children’s advocacy group and a coordinator for Teen Screen, a mental health screening that benefits over 1,500 students in Ouachita Parish for issues like depression and suicide.

Rodney Ray, owner of R-Squared Productions, said, “We selected The Children’s Coalition because of their involvement with area teens.  We believe their mission and our movie go hand in hand. We’re also very excited to have Lissy working with us and look forward to seeing her finished work.”

The painting will be auctioned off at an event preceding the premiere of New Hope, which will be held on February 10, 2012.

In correlation with the painting, R-Squared Productions is encouraging all area students to submit their personal rendition of a New Hope movie poster.  As many paintings as possible will be displayed when the movie premieres at First Baptist Church in West Monroe. Additionally, students that submit a painting will be in the running to win three different prizes of $100 each. The winning artists will also be VIP guests at the premiere showing of New Hope.

For official rules, visit and click on the New Hope Poster Contest.

Fear Fête Horror Film Festival Calls For 2012 Film Entries

The 2nd annual Fear Fête Horror Film Festival has announced that it is now accepting horror film submissions for the 2012 festival. Fear Fête is Louisiana’s premier independent film festival for horror submissions. Baton Rouge will host this three-day festival, accepting short, feature, and full-length horror films. The event is open to the public and submissions are FREE during the Early Bird Registration Period.

“We are thrilled to bring back Fear Fête in 2012 and are once again offering free film submissions during the Early Bird Period and of course free submissions for all Louisiana resident filmmakers throughout the entire film submission period,” stated Derek Morris, executive director of Fear Fête.

The 2012 festival will take place in October and dates will be announced soon. Ticket prices and film schedules will be made available at a later date.

Guidelines and the official entry form can be accessed here.

Film submissions must include the online entry form to be eligible for consideration and all materials must be postmarked by February 3, 2012 to receive free film submission. The deadline for all film submissions is June 15, 2012.