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Three Yells for Tarzan Day in Louisiana

In celebration of Tarzan of the Apes turning 100 years old and the making of the Tarzan of the Apes movie in Morgan City, Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed Friday, April 13 as “Tarzan Day in Louisiana.”

This event is in conjunction with the release of a new documentary, Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle, and the reissue of the original film, Tarzan of the Apes, at the first ever Tarzan Festival in Morgan City on April 13 – 14 at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.

The documentary by Al Bohl of Bossier City and his daughter Allison Bohl of Lafayette has been four years in the making.

“I was told that the filmmakers left apes and monkeys behind in the swamp when they finished production on the first Tarzan film in Morgan City in 1917. After research I found many incredibly interesting events connected with the making of the film,” said Bohl.

The Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival begins Friday evening, April 13, with the premiere of the documentary at 7:30.  There will be fun events for the entire family all day Saturday, starting with a 5K run, a Tarzan yell contest, a Tarzan and Jane look-a-like contest, a rock wall, jungle jump, Tarzan tug-a-war and other athletic events. Tarzan movies will play all day. On Saturday evening at 7:30 the original silent motion picture Tarzan of the Apes will be shown, accompanied by the West Edge String Quartet as they play a new orchestral score written by Kermit Poling.

Tickets for the films are available at the Municipal Auditorium for $10 or both films for $15 per person for cash or check made payable to the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau. The festival is free.

For more information about the documentary and the festival, visit www.TarzanLordLAJungle.com.

An Invitation to “Producing Films in Louisiana”

You are invited to attend a reception and seminar presented by Louisiana Film Resources & Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

The seminar, “Producing Films in Louisiana: Legal and Financial Issues,” will be held Monday, April 2, at 6pm. Join Baker Donelson attorneys Rob Wollfarth and Stacey Davis for an in-depth look at legal and financial issues in the Louisiana film industry.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Why do you need a lawyer?
  • When should you engage a lawyer?
  • How do you find a lawyer?
  • What should you expect from your lawyer?
  • Beyond lawyers – local industry relationships for producers
  • Louisiana entertainment incentives
  • Financing sources
  • Louisiana as a right to work state
  • Production legal

Cocktails and light hors d’ oeuvres will be provided. The event will be held at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, located at 201 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 3600, in New Orleans. This is a complimentary event.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 28, to rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

Tomorrow Night! NOVAC Presents 3rd Thursdays

NOVAC is bringing back social networking…in person. Kicking off tomorrow, March 15, 3rd Thursdays is a monthly networking event designed to connect NOVAC friends and members to other local filmmakers, future collaborators, likeminded artists, potential mentors and maybe even your next gig. So hold the FB updates, Twit Pics and LinkedIn updates for two hours and join us for some old fashion face-to-face time.

WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 6pm – 8pm

WHERE: 12 Bar, 608 Fulton Street, New Orleans

MEMBER SPECIAL: $2 domestic, $3 well drinks

See you tomorrow at 12 Bar for drink specials and a great networking opportunity! And don’t forget to check in! The 3rd NOVAC member to arrive will take home a special gift!

Click here to become a member.

R-Squared Offers Free Movie Studio Tours

Monroe-based R-Squared Productions—the makers of New Hope, Flag of My Father, We Call Them Heroes and Desires of the Heart—is offering their next opportunity for area students: Free movie studio tours.

Students will get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the only studio in Northeast Louisiana that performs all three phases of the moviemaking process—pre-production, production and post-production. Students will tour sets and learn about their design, observe the use of movie equipment, participate in an editing session and contribute to sound design.  They will meet the director and/or production manager and be involved in a question and answer session about movie making. Students of all ages will enjoy the tour.

R-Squared Productions has a history of service to students, offering workshops, youth-oriented film festivals, and crew/actor positions on New Hope.

“We love our community and our students,” says film director and owner of R-Squared Productions, Rodney Ray. “One of our goals is to showcase our beautiful region, while developing a homegrown film workforce by allowing students to be involved.”

Space is limited for the movie studio tours, which are planned for April and May. For more information, call 318-323-6900 or e-mail info@r2films.net.

Coming Soon: Free Incentive/Budget Seminar for Filmmakers

Rob Wollfarth

Rob Wollfarth of Baker Donelson, Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz will host a free seminar in March at his New Orleans office for local filmmakers. Topics will include budgeting, utilizing the Louisiana tax credit incentives, choosing an entertainment attorney and more.

Interested parties should e-mail their Name, Company Name, Position, E-mail and Telephone Number to info@lafilmresources.com to receive event details as soon as they are available. Spaces are limited, and registration is required.

Robert “Rob” Wollfarth practices in the firm’s New Orleans office representing private and publicly-held companies across the country. Rob was instrumental in defining and refining Louisiana’s Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit program.