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August 4, 2015
Have we been here before in a past life? Suzanne Peyton believes we have and has written the true story, Virginia’s Diary. Backed by legal documents this story reads more like a novel, and offers the reader a front row seat as Peyton unravels lies her family was told about a great grandmother that supposedly abandoned her children in 1904. As the lies unravel, Peyton and her readers are faced with only one conclusion; reincarnation. But how will she tell others her truth and still call herself a Christian?
AUGUST 4, 2015
What would you do if you went to sleep tonight and had a dream that changed your life and your family’s history forever? Peyton awakens from just such a dream on January 3, 1999. Someone in the dream that she doesn’t know has asked her a question. Who died the year you were born? Unable to escape the nagging question, she turns to her estranged mother for help. The journey is one of unexplainable events that will follow Peyton and all that witness it, for the next sixteen years.
Virginia’s Diary describes a family living in wealth, considered the Pioneers of the Garden District of New Orleans. In the late 1800’s a family splits apart and a child is left behind with grandparents. Then, when the young Virginia is nineteen, she is lured to Texas by her estranged parents and sold for her dowry. She will go through hell itself for the next four years as she attempts to find a way to escape.
Virginia’s Diary is also being made into a major motion picture. Peyton is working with Producers and plans for Shreveport, Louisiana to be the primary location for filming beginning sometime in 2016.
Virginia’s Diary (18.99, ISBN 978-1-63363-124-3) a 281-page paperback published by White Bird Publications, is available at all major online book retailers, in bookstores, and directly from the publisher at www.whitebirdpublications.com
SHREVEPORT NATIVE NOMINATED FOR SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD
A local stuntman/actor, Mark Yawn, is a member of a stunt team that has been nominated for this years 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards [SAG-AFTRA].The awards will be televised this Sunday January 25 on TNT and TBS at 7pm Central. The award is for “OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE”. The stunt nomination for the motion picture, “GET ON UP”, is about the life of legendary entertainer and singer James Brown known as the godfather of soul, and was produced by The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, Mick Jagger.
Mr. Yawn was part of a very small group of 11 stuntmen from all over the country, led by stunt coordinator Lex Geddings., who lived and worked in the Shreveport-Bossier area for several years and now resides in Baton Rouge. Yawn states “ I am very honored and humbled to be a small part of a great group and learn from one of the best stunt coordinators the film industry has to offer!”
There were only 5 films nominated in the category which makes it even more impressive.
"This is a great example of how Louisiana's pro-business tax structure creates opportunities for Louisiana citizens. Mark certainly deserves this recognition that was only made possible due to the associations that he has made working on other movies filming throughout Louisiana," said Louisiana State Representative Alan Seabaugh. “The opportunity that I have been afforded is a direct result of the hard work by those legislators such as Representative Seabaugh and local officials, like Arlena Acree and Pam Glorioso in the Shreveport-Bossier Film Office, who have labored tirelessly to create a great environment for the film industry”, added Yawn.
Mark Yawn met Lex in Shreveport around 2007, and eventually hired on a project with him, and has done several films since that time all over Louisiana, as well as other states.
Asked on his chances of winning, Yawn says, “You know, while it would be great to win, I am excited just to be part of the nomination, winning is only secondary and would just be a bonus!”
The nominees were invited to attend the red carpet affair in Los Angeles this weekend.
Another Great Thing For North Louisiana!
is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world
of antique ‘picking’ on the History Channel. This hit show follows two of the most
skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an
epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from
motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.
Hitting the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank earn a living by
scouring the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and
barns. The best part of their journey is meeting the unique characters along the
way, each with a story to tell about the history of their collection and their own
Mike and Frank bring the past to life and recycle America as they go. They use
their determination, expertise and charm to strike the ultimate deals and discover
just what it takes to re-sell a newly founded antique in a competitive market.
AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions. New episodes air
Wednesday nights at 9pm ET.
If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to
Mike and Frank, email us your name, number, city, state and a
description of the collection.
Include photos if possible.
Or call and leave a message at
Indie Feature Film, “One Buck” is currently casting for Main actors, Speaking roles, and Extras!
The production is currently taking online submissions. In person casting will take place in January, 2015. Shooting will take place next March, 2015, in Shreveport-Bossier. All ages and types are encouraged to submit.
Please email your photo, video links, and acting experienceto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Casting Opportunity for the All American Family
Are you the ultimate all-American family? Do you enjoy everything from cheering on your favorite baseball team to exploring the great outdoors? Would you enjoy hosting a family during their first trip to the United States and showing them why we live in the greatest country in the world? If so, here’s your chance!
A major international network is looking for a fun, adventurous, all- American family to host our British neighbors during their first trip to the United States.
They are searching for large outgoing families who aren't afraid to get down and dirty. Whether you hunt, fish, camp, bike, or anything in between- we want to hear from you! The ideal
family will have teenage children and be willing to open up their home, and show the British family the time of their lives. This is an all-expense paid opportunity to show off your hometown, family and friends, and what makes America so great!
Please respond to: FamilyFirstCasting@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this opportunity.
The FEATURE FILM, “I Saw the Light”,
is holding an OPEN CALL for ACTORS, EXTRAS and AUTOS!
OPEN CALL will be held on Sunday, September 14 from 11 AM until 4 PM at 6901 W. 70th Street
Shreveport, LA 71129.
The film, “I Saw the Light” is the story of Hank Williams, starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.
Casting directors are seeking actors for speaking roles.
Also we are looking for extras of all ages (mostly adults) and anyone who has any “western outfits” should attend the open call wearing those outfits.
We are also seeking period vehicles from 1930 – 1950. It is not necessary to bring the vehicle, but please bring good photographs of the vehicles.
Everyone should bring non-returnable current photos of themselves for us to keep.
We can’t wait to see you there!
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, email@example.com
Alexandyr Kent, RFC Executive Director
(318) 459-4123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teri Kerr, Gala Co-Chair, RFC Board Member(323) 828-2209, email@example.com
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!