“Shreveport Son” wins top honors in 2021 Louisiana Film Prize competition

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Shreveport native took home the $25,000 grand prize in the 2021 Louisiana Film Prize.

Mark Bonner, who produced and directed “Shreveport Son” also took home the “Best Director” and Best Actor” awards for the movie.

Bonner’s film was among the following finalists: “Bamboo,” directed by Jency Hogan; “MOMento,” directed by Melissa Moore; “Nana Ki Dum,” directed by Jaya and Jacob McSharma; and “Pictures of the Sky,”
directed by Reece Roark.

“Shreveport Son,” is a story about two men who were friends forming a bond that began when they were children and continued through their high school years reunite as adults.

Bonner said it is his hope the movie’s message will touch people, change lives for the better.  

Bonner said he plans to continue with film making, but declined to answer questions about what his plans are. “I can’t really tell the details of the next project,” adding he plans to continue to speak for those who don’t have a voice. “That’s the main mission,” he said.

In addition to winning the grand prize, taking best actor and director honors, “Shreveport Son,” was one of the five selected for the 2021 Founders Circle Grant winners. The other films selected were: “Bamboo House”; “Nana Ki Dum”; “Stakeout”; and “We got your six.”

“Aname’ Rose Walt was selected Best Actress for her role in “Moonlight Dancer.”

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