Shreveport film industry continues to grow

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Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 3:36 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 3:37 PM CDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The growing film industry is booming in the Shreveport area due to Hurricane Ida. Initially set to film down south, severe weather forced production to move to northwest Louisiana.

A similar occurrence happened years ago due to Hurricane Katrina. Big box office movies like The Guardian with Kevin Costner, got moved to right here in Shreveport.

Shreveport Director of Economic Development Brew Mouton said the film industry hasn’t quite resurrected yet.

“I think we’re on the upswing,” he said.

Casting is currently taking place for two film productions in the ArkLaTex: an untitled mystery set on Caddo Lake and a biopic on George Foreman.

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The casting team for M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming production, Untitled Caddo Lake Film, is searching for extras to play roles of neighbors, police officers, grocery store employees, nurses and more. This project is set to begin in Oct. 2021.

Sony Pictures has also announced they are looking for extras to participate in a biopic about Marshall, Texas native and boxing legend George Foreman. This project is in the preproduction phase and casting information is forthcoming.

Mouton said film production brings in a lot of money for the city. Sony alone anticipates spending 5 million dollars.

“Production companies spend their money locally. That means that they hire locally, that means they hire local staff. And in fact, even when you bring someone in from outside and pay them locally, they pay local taxes but you get a bonus for hiring locally established crew. So over time we very likely could have tens, hundreds maybe even thousands of crew based here,” he said.

Along with the movies being made in the ArkLaTex, there is also an organization in the area that focuses on talented independent filmmakers.

The Louisiana Film Prize is holding this year’s Prize Fest on Sept. 24-25 and Sept. 20-Oct. 2 in downtown Shreveport.

Out of project submissions from across the globe, 20 short films are selected to compete for a prize of $25,000. The upcoming festival will be celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary. Click here for tickets.

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