The B.P. spill, Katrina and Isaac be damned — Louisiana has some good news for a change. New Orleans-born R&B singer Frank Ocean was just nominated for six Grammys, revenue-generating monster Super Bowl XLVII is coming to the Big Easy in February, the inaugural Louisiana International Film Festival launches in April, and the state is the third most popular shooting location in the country for film and television projects, according to Louisiana Economic Development.
The Bayou State also has an ever-growing presence on the awards circuit. Shreveport-based Moonbot Studios produced this year’s animated short film Oscar winner, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” and Fox Searchlight’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is leading the way for homegrown productions this awards cycle. Add in the well-reviewed new doc “Tchoupitoulas,” and upcoming hits-in-the-making “Django Unchained” and “Ender’s Game,” and one can sense the good times rolling throughout the state’s booming film industry, which provided the backdrop to these five indie awards contenders.
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