Filmmakers emphasize individuality at festival


The Louisiana Prize Film Festival is a time for those with an interest in filmmaking and acting to come together and showcase their skills. 

“I stepped on the stage at ten years old and I couldn’t get off,” said actress Elise Birmingham, who starred in the film ‘Death Day’. “It’s so nice to come to this area and have everyone have this collective good vibe around them.” 

People are able to watch 20 films (all up for critique for prizes at the end of the festival) for a reasonable price. The movies are made mostly by local directors and actors. Although being on tv can be profitable by image, the bottom line to one actor is to make money.

“With any business, you have to learn, grow and adapt,” said John Chambers. “If you can make what you love to do a business where you’re making money, then you’re successful.As much as we love ourselves and we’re very selfish. We’re also self-loathing.”

Through tax credits and other roadblocks, Louisiana has fallen behind in the film industry. But, Megan Colvin, who produced the short film ‘Death Day’ says she is seeing an uptick in filmmaking in the area. 

“It’s taken a hit the last couple of years but I think it’s starting to pick up its pace again,” Colvin said. “(But), I think there (are) just some exciting people wanting to come out and really help promote this city.” 

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