Commercial Casting Notice

by Gretchen Erickson on July 7, 2016

Seeking individuals to be featured in a commercial.

We will feature Louisianans with skilled jobs who attended a two-year university or certification program or taken a career and technical educational pathway and who are now planning to surprise their family or loved one(s) with an amazing gift or experience. For example, surprising their partner with the honeymoon they never had, paying off someone’s student debt or loan, or buying a service dog for a person in need.

This is a paid commercial and will film possibly in July, or August, 2016 with some flexibility dependent on the candidate.

The candidate must meet the following criteria.

  • Be able to complete the surprise in July or August 2016.
  • Have a job they love.
  • Have attended a two-year college, earned a certification or credential, a NCCER or AWS approved program, or taken a career and technical educational pathway to attain their current job and career pathway.
  • Be willing to let us film their special surprise moment to air on TV.

This is for real people with real stories. You and your story have the chance to be the example that will inspire fellow Louisianans to achieve their life’s calling.

Example careers that the candidate could include the following: paramedic, welder, process technician, med tech/ physical therapy assistant, employees in oil, gas, plastic, healthcare, technical or other skilled trade.

Production will come to you and film in your Louisiana town.

Open casting sessions will occur at

Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm
Second Line Stages Film Studio
800 Richard Street, New Orleans LA 70130

Monday, July 18, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm
Fletcher Technical College in the BP Integrated Production Technologies Building
Room 101 (1st floor)
224 Weatherford Drive, Schriever, LA 70395

Tuesday, July 19 2016 from 4:30-7:00
The Arts and Humanities Building
Room 144
3820 Senator J Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles LA 70615

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm
Baton Rouge Community College-Acadian Campus
2nd Floor
3250 North Acadian Thruway
Baton Rouge, LA 70805

Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm
Northwest Louisiana Technical College
Building A-2nd Floor
2010 N Market Street
Shreveport, LA 71107

To participate, please contact Naomi at



Best of Boston Calling Music Festival

by Alx Bear on June 1, 2016

In the past music festivals were sporadically strewn throughout the spring and summer. Events like New Orleans Jazz Fest, SXSW, and Lollapalooza were mainstays and people rarely traveled from their locals to attend. Now it seems like there is a festival each weekend and more and more are being created. In such a saturated environment, the independent Boston Calling Music Festival stood out as a uniquely curated showcase featuring artists from all genres.
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The seventh festival, which will be relocated to the larger Harvard University athletic fields in 2017, brought thousands of guests to the three stages in City Hall Plaza. While headliners like Sia, Robyn, Disclosure and HAIM garnered attendees, it was the midday acts that drew on their cult followings to pack the plaza. When interviewing the crowd, many in the front row stated they had been there since the gates opened so they could see The Vaccines, Courtney Barnett, BØRNS and Janelle Monáe. One guest bought a three-day pass just to see Christine and The Queens.

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Preview: Boston Calling Music Festival

by Alx Bear on May 23, 2016

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This weekend marks the beginning of summer and we have the perfect kick-off event if you want to escape the Big Easy. Boston’s City Hall Plaza will host the seventh annual Boston Calling Music Festival from Friday, May 27th to Sunday, May 29th.  The festival will feature acts from musicians and comedians like Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, and Lamont Price.
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It is not only the headliners that should draw you to this festival. The real gems will take the stage during the day and early evening. The soulful and sassy Lizzo is guaranteed to destroy her 1:30 PM Saturday set. The R&B singer and rapper gained increased recognition after touring with Clean Bandit and Sleater-Kinney and has proven that she can both sonically compliment different acts and bring a distinct attitude that is all her own.  After Lizzo’s performance, City and Colour will help ease you into your Saturday evening.
 Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires add an interesting funk mix to the festival’s lineup. Since releasing his first album at the age of 62, Bradley has brought his raspy voice backed by a strong horn section to stages across the world. On Sunday afternoon, pray that he plays his soulful rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” It is unclear if Elle King should be on the list of comedians or musicians this weekend. King plays up her bad girl persona by ragging on people in the crowd, making crass jokes and downing whiskey. But she’s also a killer blues and rock musician. (Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” has over 100 million listens on Spotify.) Close the night out with the Los Angeles based sister trio, Haim. They sound and perform a little differently live than when in a studio. Their performances are more rock than pop and there is guaranteed to be some witty banter between the musicians.

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New Orleans, LA — On Friday, May 6, 2016

The Joy Theater in New Orleans (1200 Canal Street)presents a one night-only opportunity to see performances by 8 of New Orleans’ top comedians. Show organizer and headlining comedian Matt Owens will be joined by a host of up-and-coming and powerhouse New Orleans comics including Cyrus Cooper, Isaac Kozell, Tony Frederick, Mary-Devon Dupuy, Addy Najera and CJ Hunt. Doors open at 7pm, and show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $20 at (504) 208-1180 or A limited number of VIP packages are available.

The Comedians:

In November of 2014, Matt Owens was personally selected to open/feature for Louis CK at a sold out show at New Orleans’ historic Joy Theater. He was featured at Hell Yes Fest in 2014 and 2015. In February 2015, he performed five nights of shows in New York City. Twice in 2015, Matt headlined at the Joy Theater. After receiving a full acting scholarship, Matt studied and performed Theatre at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Matt performs stand-up regularly in New Orleans (House of Blues, Howlin’ Wolf) and throughout the Southeast. He hosts a monthly New Orleans Comedy Showcase at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS, and regularly headlines sold-out shows at the Castle Theater. In 2014 & 2015, he organized and headlined a New Orleans Comedy Road Tour which ended with sold out shows in the resort town of Saint Simon’s Island, GA. Matt has opened for Hannibal Buress, Dave Stone, Louis Katz and has shared the stage with Bill Burr and Darrell Hammond at the House of Blues. Matt was the headliner and co-producer for The Jay Thomas Show Live from New Orleans on Sirius Xm radio. He is booked for 8 shows at the Joy Theater in 2016.

Tony Frederick is an actor, writer and comedian featured in over 40 films, television & commercial productions. He is also a Professional Equity Theater Actor, acting opposite 7 Oscar winners including Halle Berry, Forrest Whitaker, Don Cheadle, Ellen Burstin and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was voted Gulf South’s Funniest Comedian in 2010 and placed second in 2011, 2012 and 2015 as well as second in Louisiana’s Funniest Person competition in 2011. He is a member of The Screen Actors Guild where he serves on the Screen Actors Guild National Comedians Committee. Television credits include the HBO Series Treme’, Dallas, The Young and the Restless & NCIS: New Orleans. Film credits include Monster’sBall, Hurricane Season, Contraband, Fire with Fire, When the Game Stands and Tall and Terminator: Genisys.

CJ Hunt is a writer and comedian living in New Orleans. He is a co-founder of The New Movement and the creator of the original series Sunken City (as seen in Indiewire, Paper Magazine, and Mashable). He travels the country performing with the sketch group Stupid Time Machine. Recent appearances include San Francisco Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Toronto Sketchfest, and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival. He spends most of his time writing and directing short films with Stupid Time Machine. Follow his work at Twitter: @gocjhunt


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Urgent: Support Louisiana Film & Entertainment Industry

by Gretchen Erickson on May 5, 2016

Dear Friends and Members of the Film & Entertainment Industry,

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their on-line testimony!  We’ve heard from crew members, actors, jewelry stores, vintage antique stores, hotels, restaurants, machine shops, lumber yards, gyms, sign companies,  paint stores, homeowners, real estate companies, churches, schools, students, parents  and more from all over the state.

The deadline to submit your online testimony to us for the House Ways and Means Committee is Today May 5th, 8 p.m.  

We need you to reinforce the message that the film industry creates high paying Louisiana jobs, spends millions of dollars with Louisiana  businesses, keeps Louisiana students in state after graduation and attracts new Louisiana residents.

Help us as we attempt to secure a more predictable and stable industry environment for all of us.

Please tell your story by clicking the link below to answer the five quick questions.

Remember to follow the instructions carefully and thank you!

 – The Scene Team
 Click Here to Support


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New Orleans Film Society Gala Photos

by Gretchen Erickson


Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) 2016 Award Winners

by Gretchen Erickson

The 4th Annual Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) announced the audience award-winners for LIFF 2016 on Sunday night at the Closing Night Gala Reception for the 5-day film festival that premiered over 70 films from around the world and included guest appearances by Christy Turlington Burns, Kelsey Grammer and over 30 filmmakers representing films screened […]