As I am enjoying my break from college, I have also been catching up on my movie watching. Some of my favorite movies are small, low-budget films that take a lot of heart instead of a lot of Hollywood (aka money). These kinds of movies are known as independent, or “indie” films.
In 2014, I had the pleasure of being cast in a film created by Shreveport filmmakers Moviesauce. I played the part of Susan in The Paranormals, directed by Evan Falbaum. I have been friends with some of the people who worked on the film for several years, which helped me want to be involved. I knew their work and had been following these kids online. I watched their films and trailers on YouTube and at the Robinson Film Center in Downtown Shreveport. I knew these guys were good, but most of all, I knew it was going to be fun. And it most certainly was. “It’s not all about the money,” Adam says in the movie, played by Daniel Lachman. I think that just about sums it up. Movie making can be daunting, but it sure can be fun. Go to The Paranormals to watch the full movie on YouTube. I will tell you that there is a little bit of a twist at the end, but no spoilers coming from me! Also, I should note that it was an official selection of the Kansas City Film Festival 2015….that’s a pretty big deal in the movie-making biz. Oh and one last thing…watch for the scene during the credits!
This leads me to my next subject, the Louisiana Film Prize 2016. According to the description on their Facebook page:
“The Louisiana Film Prize is quite simply the coolest (and one of the richest) indie film competitions on the planet. We are now heading toward the Film Prize Fest Weekend where the public will help decide who wins our $50,000 cash prize.”
You can find out more about this annual movie-making contest at LAFilmPrize.com. It’s a fun film fest that happens in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana for one big weekend in the fall and is incredibly well-attended. They are gearing up now with an official kick-off party for Louisiana Film Prize 2016 on Tuesday, January 12, 6 pm-8 pm at Artspace in Downtown Shreveport. You can check out the event and RSVP here.
One thing I would like to note is that up until recently, Shreveport and North Louisiana was considered the “Hollywood of the South.” Yes, we had some pretty big-budget films and TV shows made right here in our town. The Hollywood trend may have slowed down around here, but we still have so many talented filmmakers, locally and all over the state. Louisiana is already full of talented people, not just “swamp people” or bearded duck lovers. Yes we have them too and they can be very entertaining, I suppose. There is some truly original talent here in my home state. We should support our indie filmmakers because they are the ones still here, still making great movies!