The Louisiana Film Prize kicked off today. It's the film festival's maiden weekend, and it's generated a lot of buzz. Several independent movies will be highlighted. However, the Shreveport-Bossier area is also in the spotlight. Filmmakers from around the country are getting a good look at the local film industry. Arlena Acree with the local film office says some filmmakers have already decided to return and shoot their next projects in the area.
"Some of the guys that have already come here to shoot for LA Film Prize, they're already talking about coming back, not even next year but between LA Film Prize, to shoot other projects," Acree said. "So, the buzz is out there."
Bryan and Claira McManus are two creators of that buzz. The husband and wife film making team will show the Adventures of Captain Oliver at the film festival. The film was made in Shreveport, and the couple says their next project will, as well.
"We're definitely looking to film some more things here in the future," Bryan McManus said.
The couple says Shreveport offers a hassle free and friendly environment, which allows their creativity to flourish. They live in Kansas, but Claira has Shreveport roots. She says after living in different places, it's great to return and see the industry thriving.
"It's really been kind of fun to come back and explore what's new here and revisit what's old here," she said. "Shreveport just has a funky creative side that I, that we hope to embrace a lot more, be able to use in our films."
Arlena Acree says a tier two film will be shot in the area soon. Her office will officially announce the film in the coming days.