The long-awaited results of a new film and entertainment economic impact study, funded by LFEA’s “Here’s My Two Bucks” Kickstarter campaign, are finally in. Yesterday, the new study conducted by HR&A Advisors were made public and the results are impressive, including the economic impact of international tourism induced by film and television shows like Focus and American Horror Story that are set in Louisiana (although because the most recent data was from 2013, it excludes the impact of NCIS: New Orleans, the new show which is now one of the most popular worldwide).

You can read the report in its entirety here.

Here is the joint press release from LFEA and the MPAA. More to come as we closely review the study.


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a new statewide economic and fiscal impact analysis by HR&A Advisors, Inc. (“HR&A”) reveals that the Louisiana State Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit supported up to 33,520 jobs, generating up to $1.2 billion in personal income, and up to $4 billion in economic output in 2013.

These figures include both production spending and visitor spending attributable to motion picture- and- television- induced tourism.

Since the inception of the credit in Louisiana in 2002, Louisiana’s motion picture and television industry has flourished, attracting major productions to the state and creating long-lasting ancillary benefits. From 2002 to 2013, total Louisiana motion picture and television production employment increased by over 5,000 jobs, with estimated full credit/calendar year 2013 production spending topping $1 billion. Significant infrastructure investment has supported the growth of the industry, with three large purpose-built studios—Second Line Stages (New Orleans), Celtic Media Centre (Baton Rouge), and Millennium Studios (Shreveport) — established across the state.

In 2013, production spending associated with the Credit significantly benefited the Louisiana economy, supporting 10,800 jobs, generating $471.2 million in personal income and $1.6 billion in economic output. This high-level of production introduces Louisiana to audiences across the nation and around the world, increasing tourism that benefits local businesses and workers. In fact, based on a survey of 1,381 recent visitors to Louisiana, the HR&A study finds that 14.5% of domestic, out-of-state, leisure visitors can be considered motion picture- and/or television- induced tourists. In 2013, visitor spending attributable to motion picture- and television- induced tourism in the state supported up to 22,720 jobs in Louisiana, generating up to $766.6 million in personal income and up to $2.4 billion in economic output. These figures come on the heels of an announcement from Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne that 2014 was another record year for Louisiana tourism.
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Scene Magazine editor Micah Haley and Mac Alsfeld, the writer/director of Father-Like Son, review Get Hard, the new film directed by Etan Cohen that stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.The SceneCast is the official podcast of Scene Magazine, the entertainment magazine. Find out more at Email us at


0:50 – Intro
1:46 – Father-Like Son’s distribution plans and release strategy
5:01 – Get Hard review
11:55 – Spoilers for Get Hard

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PHOTOS: ‘Fantastic Four’

by Jordan McGuire on February 26, 2015


The new Fantastic Four reboot will stray far away from the cartoonish films that precedes it. Chronicle director Josh Trank says that his new film will own the tone of a “dark Amblin movie.” Both Trank and writer/ producer Simon Kinberg say that they want to take the silliness out of the narrative and contextualize everything in a real world.

Trank and his team have done a good job of slowly but surely releasing small tidbits of the new film. We have learned about the cast a while ago. We saw their matching uniforms. We saw the trailer. And now, Empire has provided us with four new awesome stills.

These four stills don’t reveal too much, which is exactly what we want. The new four are young, seemingly naive, attractive and have so much to prove. Let’s see if they can succeed in a world where their powers aren’t necessarily overwhelming and completely dominant. No photos of the villain Victor Domachev yet, but I sense there are some on the horizon. Fantastic Four opens August 7, 2015.

Source: /Film


Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch)


Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)


Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman)


Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing)



After announcing its 2015 competition lineup a few days ago, the Sundance Film Festival has revealed more of the films set to screen, including films premiering out of competition and some highly anticipated documentaries. Among them are two films shot in Louisiana, Zipper and Mississippi Grind.

Directed by Mora Stephens from a script she co-wrote with Joel Viertel, Zipper stars Patrick Wilson as a federal prosecutor with a bright future in politics just on the horizon. Among the films producers are The Butler producer R. Bryan Wright and Amy Mitchell-Smith. Mississippi Grind was shot partially in New Orleans and follows an aging professional poker player (Ben Mendelsohn) who takes an up-and-comer played by Ryan Reynolds under his wing on a road trip. That film is directed by the writer/direct team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Here’s the full list of additions to Sundance 2015:

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Zipper / U.S.A. (Director: Mora Stephens, Screenwriters: Mora Stephens, Joel Viertel) — Sam Ellis is a man on the rise — a hot-shot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction — a new demon threatening to destroy his life, family, and career. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, Dianna Agron.

Mississippi Grind / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden) — Gerry is a talented poker player whose habit is getting the best of him. He convinces younger player Curtis to join him on a road trip, and they begin gambling their way towards a high-stakes game in New Orleans. During their journey, true motivations are revealed, and the two bond. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert.

Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.

Digging for Fire / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Swanberg, Screenwriters: Jake Johnson, Joe Swanberg) — The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. Cast: Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick.


Don Verdean / U.S.A. (Director: Jared Hess, Screenwriters: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess) — Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean is hired by a local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. But after a fruitless expedition he is forced to get creative in this comedy of faith and fraud. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte.

End of the Tour / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriter: Donald Margulies) — This story of the five-day 1996 interview betweenRolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace explores the tenuous yet intense relationship that develops between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave, sharing laughs and also concealing and revealing their hidden vulnerabilities.Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Ron Livingston.

Experimenter / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Almereyda) — Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans’ willingness to obey authority by using electric shock. We follow Milgram from meeting his wife through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry. Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Taryn Manning, John Leguizamo.

Grandma / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Paul Weitz) — Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future. Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott.

I Am Michael / U.S.A. (Director: Justin Kelly, Screenwriters: Justin Kelly, Stacey Miller) — The controversial true story of a gay activist who rejects his homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor. Cast: James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts.

I’ll See You in My Dreams / U.S.A. (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch) — A sudden loss disrupts Carol’s orderly life, propelling her into the dating world for the first time in 20 years. Finally living in the present tense, she finds herself swept up in not one, but two unexpected relationships that challenge her assumptions about what it means to grow old. Cast: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman.

Last Days in the Desert / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Rodrigo Garcia) — Ewan McGregor is Jesus — and the Devil — in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting himself up for a dramatic test. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, Tye Sheridan.

Lila & Eve / U.S.A. (Director: Charles Stone III, Screenwriter: Patrick Gilfillan) — Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers. They soon embark on a journey of revenge, but also recovery. Cast: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Ron Caldwell, Aml Ameen.

Mistress America / U.S.A. (Director: Noah Baumbach, Screenwriters: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig) — Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing. Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke.

Seoul Searching / U.S.A., Korea (Director and screenwriter: Benson Lee) — Seoul Searching is a comedy set in the ’80s about a group of foreign-born Korean teenagers who meet at a Seoul summer camp to learn what it means to be Korean. The three boys, from the U.S., Mexico, and Germany, then meet three girls who rock their world. Cast: Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, Esteban Ahn, Byul Kang.

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Sleeping With Other People / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Leslye Headland) — Jake and Lainey impulsively lose their virginity to each other in college. When their paths cross twelve years later in NYC, they realize they both have become serial cheaters. Bonding over their chronic infidelity, they form a platonic friendship to support each other in their quests for healthy romantic relationships. Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne.

Ten Thousand Saints / U.S.A. (Directors: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman, Screenwriters: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini) — Based on the acclaimed novel, Ten Thousand Saints follows three lost kids and their equally lost parents as they come of age in New York’s East Village in the era of CBGB, yuppies, and the tinderbox of gentrification that exploded into the Tompkins Square Park Riot of 1988. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch.

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Trailer: New Orleans-Shot ‘Terminator: Genisys’

by Jordan McGuire on December 5, 2014

Yesterday we finally got our first glimpse of Terminator: Genisys. The New Orleans-shot film began production in April of 2014. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, and we finally get some idea of how the sixty-seven year old actor will reprise a role he created when he was only thirty-six. As an audience, we also get an understanding of the love story at the center of the time-traversing plot.

The film stars Jai Courtney, who is currently in New Orleans filming Man Down. In this trailer, we also get a quick look at actress Teri Wyble’s character. Check out Scene‘s exclusive interview with her here.

Scene Magazine‘s own Aaron Williamson is cast to play a T-800 in the upcoming film. You can read more about the work Aaron does as a celebrity fitness trainer in his column, Health Scene.

The War Against The Machines ensues as Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) volunteers to travel back in time to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). As Judgement Day approaches, the terminator himself (Arnold Schwarzenegger) returns.

Terminator: Genisys opens July 2015. Until then, check out the film’s official website at

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Sundance Film Festival

by Jordan McGuire

Sundance is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts twenty-four residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year. The Festival will begin January 22 and will come to an end February 1. It will play host to Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and […]

The Expo: Louisiana Actors and Film Industry Conference

by Jenny Bravo

On the weekend of September 28 and 29, New Orleans will host its fourth annual Louisiana Actors and Film Industry Conference, the largest film industry conference in the Gulf South. The Expo takes place at the Pan American Life Building Conference Center, on 601 Poydras Street, 11th floor, and will will feature two full days […]

Film composer Philip Glass performs at LSU

by Arthur Vandelay

Legendary film composer and minimalist, Philip Glass, performed at LSU’s Shaver Theatre in Baton Rouge this week. Glass long career includes three Oscar nominations along with another 10 wins and 15 nominations. Glass composed for popular films including: “The Truman Show,” “The Illusionist,” and “The Others.” He has written works for the Philip Glass Ensemble […]