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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – CALVIN O’NEAL JR.
Good news everyone!
Today is the day where we showcase our first artist spotlight with Calvin O’Neal Jr. He has been super excited to be a part of the Louisiana Film Prize since it’s inception. At of the time of this video, he has submitted his project Secret Agent Jones Takes a Lover. Originally born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Calvin is now a local here in the Shreveport-Bossier area. He plans on shooting his short very soon and we are more than excited to see his film.
For more artist spotlights, keep checking our facebook, twitter and of course www.lafilmprize.com. If you would like to be our next artist in the spotlight, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, your film, when you plan on shooting and something incredibly unique. We will do our best to get you in the spotlight!
Yes that’s right folks, IndieWire has put us in the Spotlight this past month. Their compliments are so genuine! They even stated that we are going to “Spark an indie revolution!”
Louisiana is launching its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 2012 and will feature short films by anyone in the world – but shot within Louisiana’s Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival and compete for the $50,000.
Founder and exec director Gregory Kallenberg (director of the 2009 doc “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future”) gushes:
“This is the coolest film contest on the planet; It has been created to energize the filmmaking community to create the best work they can in an environment that is incredibly supportive of their endeavors. We hope that the Louisiana Film Prize will help spark a revolution in indie filmmaking in the area.”
More details and this year’s jury members (including Brandon Oldenberg, the producer of the Oscar winning animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) are below:
Each filmmaker will be provided with an ambassador, to guide them to find the appropriate resources and aids to help with production, housing, promotional events and other needs during their stay. Finalists are encouraged to heavily promote their film and enlist support from friends, family and the public to heighten their chances of winning.
This year’s jury includes journalist/author Hank Stuever (Washington Post), journalist James Hibberd (Entertainment Weekly), Steve Beckman (Cinetic), Brandon Oldenberg, (Academy Award Winning producer of the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) and Jason Neulander (founder, the Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin TX, award-winning producer of the stage play “Intergalactic Nemesis”), with additional jurors to be announced.
“This is a substantial prize that could really change a filmmaker’s life,” said Chris Lyon, the LAFP’s Festival Director. “This $50,000 could help someone create more short films or help fund a feature film. It’s a really amazing opportunity for the filmmaker.”
The film community in Shreveport-Bossier in Northwest Louisiana has rapidly expanded, with more than 100 films and television shows shooting on location in the past 5 years. Recent shoots have included The Guardian, Battle Los Angeles, The Mist, Leaves of Grass, Drive Angry, Super and Straw Dogs to name a few. Shreveport-Bossier provides great locations at low cost, as well as four sound stages, full grip/electric rental facilities, local camera rentals, experienced crew, and a wide base of talent. Shreveport is also home to Moonbot Studios, who recently won their first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
Oh, hello! Hi. How ya doing? Is that a new shirt? It looks good on you.
Yes, that’s right this is the first ever blog post for the Louisiana Film Prize. Being such a hectic time and all, I have finally taken the time to sit down and begin this blog.
Now, what should I talk about? Do they know about the $50,000? Of course they do, I mean who wouldn’t right? Oh, I know! Did you see our video? No? Of course you haven’t! Because it’s right hereà http://youtu.be/iUSjRL15JzA (I’ll make sure to post just the video)
Now, here is the cool part. We know grindhouse stuff is awesome, it was fun, but did you know it was created by no other than the OSCAR WINNING MOONBOT STUDIOS? What!? OMGz! With Gorilla Design Studio and Moonbot, we were able to make a kickin’ promo! I love that logo.
On a related/not related note, we have had our fair share of registrations come our way. That means that these wonderful contestants are one step closer to winning $50k. But you already knew that, “would he shut up about registering! I know I haven’t done it yet and I’m being lazy.” I just think it’s so great and wonderful that that people are truly taking up on this offer. It’s just…. we are so excited to see such great people come to the Shreveport-Bossier area and support with creativity in film. It fills our hearts with joy! Hearts? Joy? Cazes, you are so cheesy.
One of the things we want for S.B. is for it to prosper. I know I have said it a bunch, but it’s true! With great stuff that is coming from places like Moonbot, it reminds me how much the community here is so wonderful. S.B. becomes a better place to be every single day. I’m so very proud to be a part of this community and a part of the Louisiana Film Prize.
Well I think that’s enough for my first blog post. I can’t wait to see all the film submissions, it’s going to be so much fun. In the meantime, please check our Facebook and Twitter for updates and the like. We always are posting and responding!