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WGN AMERICA’S SPELLBINDING DRAMA “SALEM” RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON
– Ten All-New Episodes Remain This Season, Sundays at 10:00 PM ET –
LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2014) – WGN America has picked up a second season of its first original, scripted drama “Salem,” it was announced today by Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. “Salem,” which is being renewed three episodes into its first season, is produced by Fox 21 and co-created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, who also serve as executive producers with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry of Prospect Park and David Von Ancken. The 13-episode second season will begin production later this year for a 2015 debut.
Starring Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg, “Salem” continues for ten episodes, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT.
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Backlot gala goes global, plans festive takeover of downtown!
Fundraiser provides crucial support for nonprofit theater, education programs
SHREVEPORT – The world’s best moviegoers, a.k.a. supporters of the Robinson Film Center (RFC), will toast the world’s best festivals at a gala fundraiser on May 10, 2014.
For its second Backlot fundraiser called Festival of Festivals, RFC will transform the 600 and 700 blocks of Texas Street into a series of vibrant film-themed party stops.
“This is going to be one big, bold and fabulous experience,” said RFC board president Waynette Ballengee. “We had so much fun in 2012 at Millennium Studios. This time, we are bringing this cutting-edge experience to the streets. The night will dazzle everyone. We’re so excited to celebrate RFC with the community!”
The multi-sensory progressive party will journey through Cannes (RFC and grand outdoor tent), Tribeca (Abby Singer’s Bistro at RFC), Sundance, Venice (Southern University) and the Afterglow late-night dance party (artspace). Each stop will showcase food, drinks and entertainment from around the world.
Board members are busy planning the celebration and lining up sponsors.
“Backlot is a chance for us to recognize our supporters and show them what a key role they have played in making the Robinson Film Center thrive in downtown Shreveport,” said RFC board member and gala co-chair Teri Kerr. “We work with so many dedicated staff, community leaders, board members and volunteers. They are committed to the challenge of keeping RFC a vibrant part of our community, and this gala will honor their passion.”
The party will include red carpet arrivals, a multimedia dance party with DJ MTK, food by Chipotle Mexican Grill and other caterers, and some fun perks for sponsors. At $5,000 or more, for instance, a sponsor group will get its own personal assistant for the night.
“Our guests will be treated like celebrities for the entire spectacular event,” said Melva Williams, RFC board member, gala co-chair and executive associate to the chancellor at Southern University at Shreveport. Southern University is donating use of its downtown campus lobby for the gala. “We are thrilled to have the support of our neighbors in the downtown Shreveport area to make Backlot possible.”
Backlot guests can also expect to be entertained through the night:
- RFC will host the red carpet arrivals on the Texas Street French Riviera, where guests can pose for the paparazzi or sip chic cocktails in the Cannes-style guest tent.
- Southern University will soothe the inner Italian by serving fine wines and serving savory foods from Venetian gondoliers.
- One of the venues in the 600 block of Texas will be transformed into a Sundance-style Wild West with beer flights and dance lessons by Sandy’s Dance.
- And Travel Crafter, LLC, is cosponsoring an exclusive Live Auction: World Festivals experience, where guests can bid on extravagant trips to the world’s greatest film festivals!
- Artspace will morph into Afterglow where DJ MTK will host an interactive, high-energy dance party. Yes, there will be breakfast burritos to go.
Sponsorships are available for $1,500 to $15,000 each. RFC’s board aims to net $200,000 from the gala to secure the nonprofit’s future in downtown Shreveport.
“The more who celebrate us, the bigger the benefit,” said Alexandyr Kent, executive director at RFC. “This is our opportunity to offer a delighted, very big thank you to our supporters, and we want everybody to come and help empower RFC to be the best arts nonprofit it can be.”
Tickets for the gala, $150 each, are on sale now.
Mission of the Robinson Film Center
The Robinson Film Center’s mission is to educate, enrich and entertain through the power of film. RFC is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit arts organization located at 617 Texas Street in Shreveport, La.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Angela Cason, RFC Multimedia Designer
(318) 459-4121, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandyr Kent, RFC Executive Director
(318) 459-4123, email@example.com
Teri Kerr, Gala Co-Chair, RFC Board Member(323) 828-2209, firstname.lastname@example.org
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ATTENTION SHREVEPORT – BOSSIER!
FOOD NETWORKS FOOD COURT WARS TASTING WILL BE SHOOTING at The Pierre Bossier Mall on Saturday, January 25th, 2014!
COME ON DOW TO PIERRE BOSSIER MALL ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH AND BE A PART OF THE FOOD COURT WARS, HOSTED BY TYLER FLORENCE.
WE NEED FOR YOU TO:
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:00 PM.
there will be light blue signs at every mall entrance directing you to our check-in location. You may show up after 5:00 PM but please keep in mind it is first come, first serve.
PLEASE REPORT TO OUR HOLDING ROOM LOCATED IN THE DILLARD’S WING. IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT DILLARD’S IT WILL BE THE EMPTY STORE FRONT TO THE RIGHT OF DILLARD’S.
Follow the signs to check in with production.
YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN A PERSONAL RELEASE TO BE ON CAMERA
It gives us permission to film you and use the footage we shoot on the show. You will sign this release upon arrival to the holding area.
*** If you are UNDER 18 years old, you will need to bring your parent/legal guardian to sign for you. Otherwise you cannot participate.
PLEASE REFRAIN FROM WEARING LOGOS
We do not have the right to show sport teams and clothing brand names on camera. This includes college logos, band shirts, etc. Please think solid colors and no crazy patterns.
BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
This event is open and free to everyone and we will serve as many of you as our schedule allows.
PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SPEND A FEW HOURS WITH US
Making a TV episode takes time. Bring a book or something to entertain yourself!
CHIPOTLE AND MOONBOT STUDIOS LAUNCH “THE SCARECROW” FOR IPHONE, IPAD & IPOD TOUCH AND ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“THE SCARECROW” MIRRORS CHIPOTLE’S OWN JOURNEY TO CULTIVATE A BETTER WORLD
DENVER, September 13, 2013 – Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today launched “The Scarecrow,” an arcade-style adventure game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, along with a companion animated short film of the same name. Both the game and the film depict a scarecrow’s journey to bring wholesome food back to the people by providing an alternative to the processed food that dominates his world. The game and the film were created in partnership with Academy Award® winning Moonbot Studios, and CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency. The game is available for free download in the Apple App Store and the short film can be viewed at scarecrowgame.com.
“The Scarecrow” film and game are designed to help educate people about the world of industrial food production that supplies much of what they eat. The film is set in a dystopian fantasy world where all food production is controlled by fictional industrial giant Crow Foods. The Crow Foods factory is staffed by scarecrows who have been displaced from their traditional jobs on the farm and are now relegated to working for the crows by helping them maintain their unsustainable processed food system. The short film is set to a remake of the song “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 film classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” performed by Grammy Award® winning artist, Fiona Apple.
The game allows users to visit the animated world and correct the wrongs committed by Crow Foods. Designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the game allows players to fly through the city of Plenty to transport confined animals to open pastures, fill fields with diverse crops at Scarecrow Farms, and serve wholesome food to the citizens at PlentyFull Plaza, all while avoiding menacing Crowbots. With each level, the city of Plenty becomes more and more beautiful, just how the scarecrow remembers it to be.
“The more people learn about where their food comes from and how it is prepared, the more likely they are to seek out high-quality, classically prepared food like we serve in our restaurants,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer at Chipotle. “We created 'The Scarecrow' game and film as an entertaining and engaging way to help people better understand the difference between processed food and the real thing.”
As an incentive for players to complete the game, Chipotle is providing food rewards redeemable at any of its 1,500-plus U.S., Canada and UK locations. The rewards are distributed electronically to players who earn at least three stars out of five in each world and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Our companies are a great fit because we both care deeply about what we do and doing it right,” said Brandon Oldenburg, creative partner at Moonbot Studios. “At Moonbot, we must have meaning in what we create. ‘The Scarecrow’ story has it: imagination, heart and a sense of play.”
“In many ways, ‘The Scarecrow,’ represents what we aspire to accomplish through our vision of Food With Integrity,” said Crumpacker. “In a system that is so heavily dominated by industrial agriculture and factory farms, we are committed to finding better, more sustainable sources for all of the ingredients we use and to helping build a better food system, much the same as the character in ‘The Scarecrow’ is taking important steps to fix what he perceives as being broken in his world.”
Fiona Apple’s cover of “Pure Imagination” will be available for download at the iTunes Store with proceeds ($.60 per download) benefiting the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which provides funding to support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.
The Scarecrow App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/scarecrow.
To learn more about The Scarecrow visit: scarecrowgame.com.
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and responsibly raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,500 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.
ABOUT MOONBOT STUDIOS
Moonbot Studios is a secret, zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings in Shreveport, La. Their mission is to create the best books, films, apps, games, and entertainment in the galaxy. Award-winning artists and filmmakers William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, and Lampton Enochs cofounded Moonbot Studios in 2009. Since then, Moonbot has produced an Academy Award®-winning short film and two bestselling iPad apps, The Numberlys and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. For more information, visit Moonbotstudios.com.
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August 26, 2013
Phenom Film Fest 2013
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA – The Phenom Film Fest returns for its second year, with 141 films from around the world! Joining DIGIFEST SOUTH, this September 19-22, the festival continues to highlight films from all corners of the world with a spotlight on local films and industry speakers.
Exhibiting feature films and shorts, in the genres of drama, comedy, documentary, animated, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, GLBT, and action/adventure, the Phenom Film Fest (PFF) offers a variety of films for all tastes and interests. Phenom After Dark will showcase our horror films, introduced by Gentleman Death's Shocktale.
This year's films include an exciting assortment of celebrity stars including Scott Wolf (PARTY OF FIVE, V), Michael Richards (SEINFELD's Kramer), Priscilla Barnes (THREE'S COMPANY), Lauren Holly (DUMB & DUMBER, PICKET FENCES ), Wilford Brimley (COCOON, THE FIRM ), Peter Mayhew (STAR WAR's Chewbacca ), screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination) and Christine Elise (ER, CHINA BEACH).
Our 141 films hail from 29 countries, including Iran, Israel, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Russia. Numerous filmmakers will be in attendance for question and answer sessions after their films, as well as several talk panels over the weekend. Additional guest talk panels include Derek Wayne Johnson, director of BROKEN BLOOD and SCRAPE, both filmed locally, and Eric Tuxen, visual effects supervisor and editor with WORLDWIDE FX/NU IMAGE/MILLENNIUM FILMS presenting a VFX reel of films such as OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D.
The festival kicks off on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19th with opening night films at the EAST BANK THEATRE. Other venues include our host hotel, the COURTYARD MARRIOTT at the LOUSIANA BOARDWALK, and THE BOSSIER CIVIC CENTER, site of the 2013 DIGIFEST SOUTH. Juried Awards will be given in categories from Best Picture to Audience Awards, closing out the festival with an Awards Ceremony on September 22..
Visit www.phenomfilmfest.org for more information regarding scheduling and ticketing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 4, 2013
11 films, Shorts, Panels, Q & A’s at the 5th N LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Sept. 6-12
Shreveport, LA – September 4, 2013
The 5th North LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented by PACE, opens this Friday, Sept. 6th and runs through Sept. 12th at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. More films than ever will be shown: 11 feature films and an evening of shorts. For more information about the festival go here: nlglff.org. For a schedule of the films along with trailers go here: http://nlglff.org/films.
Many special events are scheduled:
“First Period” with a Q & A, 7 pm, Fri., Sept. 6th: Opening night will feature special guest Shreveport native Dudley Beene who produced and has a leading role in “First Period”. FilmMonthly.com says “First Period” is “gut-bustingly funny” with intelligence and charm all over the place. PACE is thrilled that Dudley Beene will be returning to his hometown, along with the film’s director, to discuss his film. He has spent the past seven years being the go-to promo and joke writer for daytime talk shows, working daily for Kelly Ripa, Ellen Degeneres, and the ladies of The Talk. Dudley is now VP at the nation’s #1 broadcast marketing agency for television, Studio City.
“Heterosexual Jill”, 7:15 pm, Mon., Sept. 9th: following this comedy, counselors will discuss the serious matter of “ex-gay” therapy and difficulties some LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people have in accepting themselves.
“Submerge”, 7:15 pm, Tues., Sept. 10th : following this drama/romance, a panel discussion on how challenges that LGBT people face from both external and internal homophobia can lead to problems with addiction.
“Bridegroom”, 7:45 pm, Thurs., Sept. 12th: this film based on a viral video will be followed by a discussion of what legal protections same-sex couples in LA can secure in the absence of the over 1,000 protections that legal marriage confers, and the current state of marriage equality in the U.S. and in Louisiana.
Documentaries from recent headlines
“Valentine Road” about the 2008 shooting of gay 8th grader Larry King by a fellow student at school; Newsweek magazine described the shooting as "the most prominent gay-bias crime since the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard.” (9/6 at 1 pm; 9/8 at 1:15 pm)
“God Loves Uganda” about the role of American evangelicals in Uganda that promoted a wave of anti-gay hysteria leading to the introduction in parliament of the “Kill the Gays” bill. (9/7 at 1 pm; 9/9 at 5:15 pm)
10 shorts, 86 minutes, 9/11 at 7:30 pm
Sold Out Events
Celebrity Reception, 5:30 – 7 pm, Sat., Sept. 7th: (SOLD OUT) Lavish reception with “Sordid Lives” and “Southern Baptist Sissies” writer/producer Del Shores and “Sissies” actors Emerson Collins and Willam Belli.
“Southern Baptist Sissies” with a Q & A, 7:15 pm, Sat., Sept. 7th: (SOLD OUT) Shores’ comedic drama is very much his own story about four gay young men growing up in Dallas in the church. Despite all the heartbreak, there is a message of hope, and quite a few laughs, along the way. Another showing of the film (without a Q & A) will be 5 pm, Thurs., Sept. 12th.
For more information about the film festival go to www.nlglff.org. For movie tickets, go to the RFC web site at: www.robinsonfilmcenter.org. For information about PACE, go to www.pacelouisiana.org or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pacelouisiana .
Jeremy Abbott, Film Festival Chair
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CONTACT: Mary Thoma
318 465 5374
TASA’S SUMMER FOUNDATION ONE INTENSIVE begins August 19, 2013. REGISTRATION is now open for TASA STUDIO'S SUMMER FOUNDATION ONE INTENSIVE. The Sanford Meisner Foundation One 12- week class condensed to 6 weeks!
The Foundation One Class Intensive meets twice weekly for 3-hours every Monday and Wednesday night for 6 weeks beginning August 19, 2013. We have condensed our popular 12- week course into 6 weeks for the summer; similar to the way it is often taught in LA/ NYC, in order to assist actors who are serious about their training to jumpstart their progress.
Actors are introduced to the foundational steps of the Meisner Technique taught by Certified Meisner Instructor and professional actress, Mary Thoma. This technique is one of the top three acting techniques used by professional actors internationally. Training in Sanford Meisner’s authentic, truthful and highly responsive process is a mark of professionalism that strengthens the serious actor’s resume.
Students need no previous experience as this technique builds a solid foundation from the beginning. Experienced actors also encouraged to attend and will gain tremendous insight into their work regardless of other techniques already employed. Audition flexibility, responsiveness, aliveness, emotional truth and specificity are some of the key words professional actors in Shreveport have attributed to their Meisner training at TASA.
Visit our classes page at TASAstudio.com and register with your PAYPAL payment here:http://www.tasastudio.com/TASA_Studio/TASA_Classes.html
Use the PayPal button for the 12-week class. The fee, class process and material are exactly the same. The only difference is a twice weekly class meeting.
Once your payment is made, you will contacted by email with more specific class details and your first homework assignments.
Questions about this Intensive: email Mary@marythoma.com or call 318.465.5374. We are happy to discuss this exciting and powerful acting process with you!
SUMMER FOUNDATION ONE INTENSIVE
Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 9:30pm
Location: The Deaf Action Center 601 Jordan, Shreveport LA 71105
Dates: August 19 - September 25.
Homework is assigned and students are given multiple handouts and Larry Silverberg’s book, The Sanford Meisner Approach, Work Book One.
Brock/Allen Casting & Richard Robichaux present an auditioning workshop for
Film and Television
Sunday, July 28, 2013
10:00am-2:00pm (all ages) & 3:00pm-7:00pm (all ages)
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The class will cover on-camera scene
work./ auditioning techniques. Actors attending will be sent a scene to prepare for the workshop.
In addition to the prepared scene, each actor will be given a script during the workshop to cold
read. All work will be on-camera with playbacks and notes/direction. The last 15-30 minutes will be
saved for Q&A. This is a great opportunity to learn what works and doesn’t work in the audition
Landrum Arts LA to host Film/TV workshop in
TO RESERVE A SPACE:
Please call: (512)-992-1956
We will need name, age (if minor), ph#, and which workshop you plan on attending.
TO SECURE A SPACE:
Please mail a check, money order, or cashier’s check in
the amount of $150.00 made out to KRD Media.
Checks should be mailed to:
78 San Marcos St., Austin, TX 78702
ADDRESS OF WORKSHOP:
Landrum Arts LA
712 Milam Street, suite 103
Shreveport, LA 71101
Sara Hebert email@example.com (318) 213-0770
MOONBOT STUDIOS' BRANDON OLDENBURG INVITED TO JOIN THE ACADEMY
SHREVEPORT, LA. – JULY 2, 2013 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS®) has
invited 276 artists and executives to join their organization, based on their distinguished
contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Moonbot Studios creative partner Brandon Oldenburg
will be among those to accept the honor in 2013.
"To all those concerned about my academics, this is what comes out of staring out the window in
Algebra class dreaming about making movies, " said Oldenburg.
Oldenburg joins Moonbot Studios creative partner, William Joyce to represent the film and
entertainment industry in Louisiana within AMPAS®. "I didn't know Brandon when he was in school
staring out of that window, but it's nice to have him in the club, " said Joyce.
Both Joyce and Oldenburg are now members of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch whose
members determine the finalists for awards in the same categories. Both will fulfill Academy member
responsibilities including voting on the winners of Oscars® in all fields and providing input on
Academy rules and procedures.
For a full list of new invitees, visit the AMPAS® website:
John Gaskin, Film Production Accountant/Auditor of 30 years (still working in film)
returns to help train film accounting/payroll crew for NOLA
Venue: Days Inn New Orleans Airport Hotel, 1021 Airline Drive, Kenner. (Across the road from the airport)
Film Accounting 101 - May 18 & 19, 2013
This is the defining course for the fundamentals of Film Accounting. It’s a practical hands-on workshop followed by a series of 6 Live On-Line training webinars. We start from the ground up, practicing all activities, gaining a thorough understanding of the entertainment general ledger software. The training webinars bring you into a senior level through managing the Film Budget and Cost Report (the financial statements of film productions).
The classes are small allowing attendee's questions and what-if scenarios.
You will understand and have practiced the duties of an assistant film accountant with the confidence that you can not only perform the tasks expected of you without extensive training, but also with an understanding of the cost control points of any film or television production. (Line Producers and Public Accountants will understand the background to their duties in controlling or auditing production costs.)
US Film Payroll Workshop - June 1 & 2, 2013
Understanding Film Payroll Is Key: Film Production Payroll, on average, is about 60% of any film productions local costs. Understanding the union and guild payroll, referenced to the appropriate Agreements, is not only vital to any film budget, it's also vital to managing the film accounting & auditing of any film production.
Local Film Payroll Accountantsare in high demand.
Any production arriving from Los Angeles or New York are begging for local Payroll Accountants. ..
Please pass this on to your media groups.
We cannot send unsolicited emails and word of mouth is the best way to get the word out.
Any questions please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details, agenda and portfolio on John Gaskin is available at: http://www.talkfilm.biz
Liggins Productions, LLC
CONTACT: Adreanne Liggins FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YOUR DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE ENTERTAINMENT HEARTBEAT OF THE NATION
We would like to announce the Atlanta based Film Company Liggins Productions, LLC is in Louisiana to participate in the LA FILM PRIZE. We will begin production in May 2013 on our latest project “Passé Blanc” the short film is a 1950’s timepiece based in Dallas, Texas. It’s a historical story written by Adreanne Liggins and will feature local actors from the Northeast area.
Liggins Productions, LLC has two projects currently in post-production. “Envy Or Greed” a TV Pilot starring Rockmond Dunbar from the hit show “Sons Of Anarchy” and “Tyler Perry’s A Family That Preys”. Additional cast members includes Lisa Wu from the original “Housewives of Atlanta” and Dennis LA White from the hit film “Notorious”. Our second pilot “The 822” stars Gary Hayes. The syndicated radio personality from “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”!
The South is a growing platform for aspiring production companies and your city has amazing talent and locations. Not to mention The LA FILM PRIZE has numerous opportunities for filmmakers across the country. It’s an honor to be filming in Shreveport, Louisiana!
For the best of the best in entertainment, stay tuned to Liggins Productions.
OPEN CASTING CALL
Liggins Productions, LLC
The Atlanta Based Production Company Liggins Productions, LLC is participating in the LA FILM Prize. We will begin Production in May. We will shoot for 4 days. The short film will be sent to the LA FILM PRIZE!!
Casting Details are as follows:
WHEN: Saturday May 4, 2013
WHERE: 424 Texas St, Shreveport, LA 71101
TIME: 10am - 5:30pm
Thursday, March 28th through
Thursday, April 4th
Cinemark Tinseltown Theater –
With all the picturesque glamour of the 1940s, The Pardon captures the spirit
of the universal need to be loved and forgiven, yet with a surprising twist. Recounting the unlikely but true story of Toni Jo Henry (Jaime King), a woman tried for murder in 1942 Louisiana, this compelling drama unveils the profound inner struggle of a tormented soul as she pleads her innocence to a skeptical jury.
Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo briefly discovers love and happiness when she meets and marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry (Jason Lewis). Cowboy is soon after sent to prison for murder, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to follow in the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde as she embarks on an ill-fated mission with accomplice Arkie (John Hawkes). A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials instantly make the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity. At the same time, she meets a man who will finally help her free herself. But will she find true
redemption in the face of the crimes for which she is accused?
Movie Filmed in Louisiana Tells Story
of One of State’s Sensational Murder Cases
‘The Pardon,’ Set in 1940s, to Debut in Theaters in March
SHREVEPORT, La., Feb. 27, 2013 – “The Pardon,” a movie based on a sensational murder case that attracted national headlines, tells a timeless story of love, forgiveness and redemption that is just as relevant today as it was when a Louisiana jury convicted Toni Jo Henry and sentenced her to death in the early 1940s.
The film, shot in the Shreveport area with most of the action set there and in Lake Charles, will hold a special premiere in New Orleans on March 13 before debuting in theaters in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette and Lake Charles on March 22.
“Because Toni Jo was beautiful, she instantly became a notorious celebrity, drawing almost unparalleled media attention,” said Tom Anton, who directed the film and co-wrote the script with his wife, Sandi Russell. “Only the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II grabbed more headlines.”
Newspaper articles and transcripts from Henry’s trials formed the basis of the script.
After being abused as a child, Henry left home and turned to a life of drugs and prostitution. While working in a brothel in Shreveport, she met the love of her life, Claude “Cowboy” Henry, a handsome boxer. With his help, she kicked her drug habit and quit working as a prostitute. Soon after they married, and just as his boxing career started to take off, he was arrested during a trip to Texas for killing a police officer years earlier and sentenced to life in prison.
In desperate need of money for her husband’s appeal, Henry and an accomplice, Finnon “Arkie” Burks, conceived an ill-fated plan to rob a bank. Needing a car, they abducted, shot and killed J.P. Calloway, who had picked them up hitchhiking, on Valentine’s Day 1940. Who actually fired the shot remains a mystery.
Against the backdrop of this action at the start of the film, the real drama begins to unfold during Henry’s trial as she is transformed from a hardened criminal into a woman who accepts God’s love and forgiveness.
“‘The Pardon’ is a story about love and forgiveness and compassion … about a woman who has never loved or been loved. When she is loved, it changes her life,” said Jaime King (“Pearl Harbor” and “Hart of Dixie”), who plays Henry. “This woman’s life actually became better after she was put in jail where she was finally surrounded by people who cared for her and truly loved her. God works in strange ways.”
Featuring a dynamic performance from King, “The Pardon” also includes Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone” and “The Sessions”) as Henry’s murder accomplice, Jason Lewis (“Sex and the City” and “Mr. Brooks”) as her husband, M.C. Gainey (“Lost,” “Wild Hogs,” “Sideways” and “Con Air”) as the jailer and T. J. Thyne (“Bones”) as the priest.
“I hope that audiences will see this movie and have compassion for those less fortunate in their upbringing -- be not so quick to judge what they don’t understand,” Anton said. Russell added, “My dream for this movie is that the audience will leave a little more forgiving and grateful for a forgiving God.”
For more information, please visit http://www.thepardonmovie.com/
Note to Editors: To arrange an interview with one of the filmmakers, please contact Steve Yount of A. Larry Ross Communications at 972.267.1111 or email@example.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2013
Robinson Film Center to shine spotlight on local stars at the Oscar® Experience: Shreveport on February 24
RFC fundraiser to celebrate eight new Sidewalk Superstar honorees
SHREVEPORT – The Robinson Film Center (RFC) will roll out the red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards® on February 24, 2013. Ticketholders to this fundraiser will be treated to Hollywood-style tent party where they can enjoy great food, complimentary beer and wine, and the company of RFC’s most passionate movie-goers and boosters. Everyone will get a chance to watch the live broadcast in the theater or throughout the building.
The Oscar Experience: Shreveport begins at 5 p.m. and ends when the final Oscar is awarded to best picture. As part of this Oscar watch party and black-tie fundraiser, RFC will announce and celebrate eight new honorees of its Sidewalk Superstars program. The addition of eight new stars exceeds the goal of five set by the RFC board for 2013!
This year’s class includes Zama Dexter; Sylvia K. Goodman; O. Delton Harrison, Jr.; Bobbie Hicks; Elizabeth Baucum Joyce; Maggie McElroy; and two additional anonymous honorees.
“We are delighted to add eight more stars,” RFC board president Waynette Ballengee said. “We have exceeded our goal for star sponsorships! These donors overwhelmed us with their support. We thank them so very, very kindly.”
The Sidewalk Superstars program recognizes donors and honorees by installing large Hollywood-style sidewalk stars outside RFC’s front doors. Each represents a $15,000 donation or $15,000 raised by a group of supporters to honor a specific person.
The 2012 Sidewalk Superstar honorees included Anderson Feazel Management, Inc.; Ballengee; Boomtown Casino-Hotel; Nancy McCullough Humphrey; Moonbot Studios; Sam and Sally Norton; William A. Robinson; and Willis-Knighton Health System.
“This is shaping up to be a wonderful night for the Robinson Film Center,” executive director Alexandyr Kent said. “We’re not only thrilled by these stars, who are tremendous leaders in our community, but we are grateful for every ticket buyer, every member, every movie-goer, and every Oscar-lover. Our community makes us stronger every day.”
Tickets for Oscar Experience: Shreveport are $75 each and still available. They can be purchased by calling (318) 459-4122 or visiting the RFC box office at 617 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport. Sidewalk Superstar sponsorships of RFC are $15,000 each. Call Kent at (318) 459-4123 for details.
Billy The Exterminator: SEASON 5
Filming will be in the northwest Louisiana
area, beginning in June.
Looking for wild and crazy infestations of all kinds! rats, roaches, spiders, snakes, cougars, bees, bears, wasps, gators, birds, possum, turtles, beavers, termites, skunks or any
creepy crawler! Also seeking big personalities! Nothing is too big, small, dangerous or
scary for VEXCON!
If you are interested in being on the show, please email your name/contact number/description of pest control issues firstname.lastname@example.org,
318-965-0503 if selected, we will contact you and come out to your home/business to investigate. If you pass all screening processes, Vexcon will take care of
your pest issue in exchange for appearing on camera. www.aetv.com/billy-t he-exterminator