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Coming Soon: Louisiana Film History Presentation

With the influx of film production going on around the state, it is more important than ever that we recognize the contributions that Louisiana has made to the global production industry.

It is with this in mind that Ed and Susan Poole invite you to a presentation on Louisiana’s film history on Wednesday, February 15, at 7pm. The FREE one-hour PowerPoint presentation, to be held at the West Bank Regional Library in Jefferson Parish, will be followed by an exhibit and Q&A session.

The presentation is based on the Pooles’ latest reference book, Hollywood on the Bayou. The book documents 1,170 films made in or about Louisiana, with the intent to help bring more attention to Louisiana films and the need for film and accessory preservation. The presentation is open to the public.

Ed and Susan Poole are film accessory researchers who preserve and document film history through the accessories before they are lost forever. You can see some of their work at,, and

Doc Workshop – Register Now!

Fernanda Rossi

Does your doc have a trailer that is not bringing you money, or worse, no demo at all? Are you stuck with hours of footage and no idea where to start? Do you have a rough-cut that puts everybody to sleep? Have no fear, the doctor is in. With two full days of documentary story structure lectures and an evening screening and Q&A complete with handouts, “Doing Your Doc” is not to be missed.

The workshop, sponsored by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), New Orleans Film Society (NOFS), and NOVAC, will be led by Fernanda Rossi, an internationally renowned speaker and story consultant who has doctored over 300 films, including 2 Academy Award nominees.

DAY 1: Friday, Feb 10, 6:30 – 9pm
Orientation, Documentary Case Study and Screening, Q&A, Open to the Public

DAY 2: Saturday, Feb 11, 9am – 7:30pm
Doctoring Your Doc: How to Structure Your Documentary, Lunch Presentation, Private Consultations with the Doc Doctor, Lunch Provided

DAY 3: Sunday, Feb 12, 9am – 6pm
Trailer Mechanics, Lunch Provided

The workshop will be held at Second Line Stages in New Orleans. For more info and to register, click here.

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