Hollywood South

Zak Moses

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with playwright Jim Fitzmorris and actor A.J. Allegra about The NOLA Project’s latest productionA Truckload of Ink. It is an original work exploring massive changes at a New Orleans newspaper.

Plus, you’ll find out why a 20-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island calls New Orleans their sister city.  And then, we’ll tour what is now the largest recording studio in the state. 

Take Five: Inside Esplanade Studios

Aug 12, 2013
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

While local film production has exploded and Hollywood has infiltrated the city, post-production, specifically sound production, has lagged. But there's a new facility in town, which is now the largest recording studio in the state. This may change the game when it comes to audio for big time film projects.

While working at a Recovery School District after-school program five years ago, filmmaker John Ritchie noticed a disturbing connection between all of the kids.

Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

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.”

Take Five: Studio Artists Enter Hollywood Studios

May 28, 2013

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. 

A Food Stylist Goes to Hollywood

Mar 25, 2013

Brian Friedman chats with Kendall Gensler, a New Orleanian who’s become the go-to woman in her field of food styling, on the third installment of Take Five, a look inside the growing local film industry through the eyes of those who are shaping it.

Gensler has some of the biggest names in Hollywood licking their lips in excitement… or at least, pretending to. To read more from Brian Friedman, visit Nolavie.com.