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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.

Holbrook Multi-Media Tapped to Test New HD Camera

Having invested millions in production development, The Canon Corporation’s hopes were high for a successful launch of their new C-300 – HD Cinema Camera. With only a few fully functional prototypes available, Canon chose Holbrook Multi-Media of Lafayette as one of the video production firms to test the technology.

Among other marketing and advertising projects, Holbrook utilized Canon’s new experimental Beyond HD technology during production of “The Cajun Coast,” a tourism video for St. Mary’s Parish. So impressed was Canon by the extraordinary footage, which captured the culture of the rustic bayou region and its extraordinary environment, that they featured it at their exhibit during the NAB Convention.

Holbrook Founder and CEO, Bob Holbrook, describes the response to his firm’s work at the show: “Over 100,000 broadcasting executive and production artists from around the world gather at this, the largest exhibit in the industry. It takes quite a show to stop show-making professionals in their tracks. Footage captured by us, using the new C-300, did just that.

“I was quite proud of the entire Holbrook Team and the end result. It not only demonstrated the extraordinary capabilities of the Canon technology, but it delivered a clear message to the industry that Louisiana is a valid global contender when it comes to deciding where to shoot projects and who to shoot them with.” View the Canon NAB reel below.

In return for its contribution in the successful launch of the new C-300 Camera, Canon has offered Holbrook ‘first dibs’ to take delivery on the new technology for full-time use. Holbrook and his team took little time in accepting the offer.

“The new C-300 HD Camera gives Holbrook a clear edge in our ability to provide a higher standard of quality for our clients,” said Holbrook. “At the same time, we can expand our own personal and professional horizons and deliver an end video product we and all of Louisiana can be more proud of to represent just how far we’ve come as a state to position ourselves as a major player for significant marketing and production projects.”

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Homelicide (short film) raffle tickets AVAILABLE NOW for $2 each. If you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, you have an opportunity to support a socially groundbreaking film, PLUS get a chance to win some great prizes including a spa package from Atlantis Spa in New Orleans.

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Office of Louisiana Entertainment Launches New Site

Louisiana Entertainment recently announced the launch of its new Web site,, which introduces many new features and a modern design that showcases Louisiana’s film, interactive, live performance, and music incentive programs. The new site is a bold new step to showcase Louisiana’s burgeoning entertainment industry that has benefited from the State’s comprehensive suite of incentives.

The site is committed to providing a unique experience for industry professionals and novices, and includes a new production and location directory, educational resources, and the latest entertainment news. A picture gallery highlights Louisiana-made films, records, plays and performances, video games and software. Users can find links to Louisiana Entertainment’s social media outlets or sign up for the newsletter.

For questions or comments, send e-mail to

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