The party never ends in New Orleans! Films and festivals roll on through the summer.
Andre Champagne's massive fleet of Hollywood Trucks keeps the Hollywood South industry rolling, and A.J.Niland's New Orleans-based HUKA Entertainment stages some of the nation's biggest and brightest music festivals.
It’s summertime, the kids are out of school, and Hollywood is, once again, following the money.
“Right now you can literally go see Fast and Furious 6 at practically any theater in the city, said John Desplas, artistic director for the New Orleans Film Society, “and it’s starting in 20 minutes on one of the 20 screens.”
Brian Friedman talks to local artist Luis Colmenares on working in Hollywood South's film industry.
New Orleanians are well-schooled in the concept of lagniappe — a little something extra or unexpected. And thanks to artist and prop maker Luis Colmenares, that notion now extends into the local film industry.
On one of the first films he worked on, Colmenares noticed how hard everyone was working, particularly the crew. “The actors are great and everything else, but you see the Best Boy and the makeup girl and the lighting guy and all these different people, and you get to meet them and they’re real,” he said.