Category Archives: Film/Motion Pictures

Lake Charles-shot Thriller Now Available on VOD

Good Boy, a thriller directed by former McNeese State film professor Patrick Roddy, written by Moss Bluff native Ken Henderson, and starring Louisiana born and raised actor Josh Marcantel and scream queen Tiffany Shepis, is now available on Video On Demand.

Most of the cast and crew are from Southwest Louisiana. Lead actor Marcantel is a DeQuincy native who recently appeared in Law & Order: SVU.

Good Boy is the story of a young man who steals money from his work and starts heading to California in order to escape his monotone life. But it doesn’t take long before he runs into a not so good boy who drags him into a depraved and sadistic world of crime.

Good Boy is a stunning film … couldn’t take my eyes off the screen!” –

Good Boy is a riveting thriller” –

“4 out of 4 cigars, it’s well written, the acting is great” –

The film won a prestigious Award of Excellence from the Accolade Competition. Marcantel, who plays the lead, Max, also won an Award of Merit for his performance. Roddy won an Award of Merit for direction. The film was an official selection at the Arizona International Film Festival, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and the Santiago (Chile) International Film Festival.

You can watch the film at any of these links:

The original score is by Tom Walbank, and Amy Rude contributed songs from her Heartbeast album. The soundtrack is available here.

Homelicide Finishes Filming, Releases First Trailer

Official film still from Homelicide. (C)2012 Nijme Rinaldi Nun, all rights reserved

New Orleans has become the second-most populated city for homeless citizens in the United States. The topic of homelessness isn’t for the faint of heart, but the story of Homelicide presents this difficult social concern in a way that few filmed narratives have. Homelicide pushes the issue of homelessness to the forefront of the audience’s mind as a topic of conversation, which the filmmakers hope will lead to an opportunity for real solutions.

In addition to the poignancy of its storyline, the production of Homelicide is unique because it was supported by a mostly female cast and crew. Louisiana Film Resources has assembled top-line female talent from the New Orleans area to collaborate on this short-film project.

Official film still from Homelicide. (C)2012 Nijme Rinaldi Nun, all rights reserved

New Guy Films’ David Kirtland was drawn to direct the story of Homelicide because of its shrewd observation of the otherwise unseen plight of the homeless. Said Kirtland: “Maybe this film can offer a voice to the homeless people of New Orleans and the rest of these unfortunate people.”

Homelicide was shot the first week of May and is scheduled for fall 2012 competition within the film-festival circuit. The film will have a private Louisiana screening this summer, and is slated to begin production as a feature film in 2012 or 2013.

Check out the trailer below.

Benefit Screening for Musician Healthcare

The Threadhead Cultural Foundation presents Flood Streets, a film screening and benefit concert for musicians’ healthcare, featuring performances by Panorama Jazz Band and the Russian mafia band Debauche.

The event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th, at 7pm at the Republic in New Orleans. $20 tickets gets you two bands, the movie, a raffle ticket, and the premiere screening of a very funny short by local filmmakers. Tickets available at the door the day of the event starting at 6:30pm or in advance here.

Flood Streets, a grassroots New Orleans indie feature from executive producer Harry Shearer, has been an audience and critical hit on the festival circuit, winning many awards including best Louisiana narrative feature at the New Orleans Film Festival. Shearer will make an appearance at the benefit tomorrow night, giving a special introduction to the movie.

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

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.