The Louisiana film and entertainment leaders recently went through a strategic planning process and have refocused their efforts. During that process the industry leaders voted to change the name of the organization from the Louisiana Industry for Film and Entertainment (LIFE) to the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association (LFEA). The new name reflects the organization’s mission to ensure continued long-term growth of an industry that now helps employ thousands throughout the state of Louisiana.
Currently, Louisiana ranks third in film and television production nationwide behind only California and New York. According to Louisiana’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development, in 2011 alone, more than 100 productions in the state wrapped with more than 50 percent of all productions made by companies based in Louisiana.
In addition to its impressive quantity of productions, Louisiana is developing a reputation for quality. Produced entirely in Louisiana by Moonbot Studios of Shreveport, the animated Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was nominated for an Academy Award in January. The Academy also nominated New Orleans’ mainstay Brad Pitt for Best Actor for his role in the feature film Moneyball. And on January 28th, Louisiana filmmaker Benh Zeitlin’s independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which shot mostly in Terrebone Parish, won the top prize at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The Association will continue as a focal point of industry activity in the State of Louisiana. LFEA will help bring together all aspects of the entertainment industry. The association provides a wide variety of services to its members including industry updates, legislative and regulatory monitoring and reporting, and a variety of networking and communication services. The organization offers a range of membership levels to accommodate all businesses and individuals involved or in support of the entertainment industry.
David Tatman serves as the Executive Director and lobbyist for LFEA. Board representatives from across the state include Blade Studios, Cast & Crew OnSet, Celtic Media Centre, Cineworks, LA, Digital FX, Entertainment Partners, Film Production Capital, Hollywood Trucks, IATSE Local 600, Millennium Studios, Moonbot Studios, Second Line Stages, Stageworks, and Swelltone Labs.
For more information about LFEA and membership, visit www.lfea.org.