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Partnering with New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, Spike Lee's ad agency has created a new campaign that seeks to reduce the city's black on black murder rate. In the Flip the Script TV spot, viewers are directed to the NOLA for Life website, where various programs, volunteer opportunities, and other measures are detailed.
Says Lee, "We have to get to a point where we convince our young black men that they should expect to live past 18 years old. Black men are killing other young black men, and I think it's a form of genocide,"
Adds Mayor Landrieu," The idea here is to try to find a way to get outraged about that, for them and for us."
The 23rd annual New Orleans Film Festival kicks off next week. Tim Cawley, whose day job is being an ad guy at Hill Holiday in Boston, will be here to share his film, From Nothing, Something: A Documentary On The Creative Process. A free screening at the Prytania Theater will take place Friday, October 12 at 3:45pm.
Beginning this week, The Times-Picayune began its reduced publishing schedule, with print editions limited to Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The T-P says it plans to concentrate on beefing up its digital offering (nola.com) instead. Into the breach steps Baton Rouge's The Advocate, whose New Orleans Edition began publication last week. An advertising campaign to promote the introduction has been launched, and we hope to share it here as soon as we can.
Printed newspapers fighting for readership in the digital age—very strange.
Quixote Studios began phase one construction of four state-of-the-art sound stages in St. Rose, a mere five-minute drive from the Louis Armstrong airport. The first phase, scheduled to be completed in early 2013 will add two new stages (21,000 and 9,000 square feet) to New Orleans' burgeoning film and production capacity. Phase two construction, slated for completion in early 2014, will add two 30,000 square foot stages.
Said Quixote CEO, Mikel Elliot, "We are extremely excited to take this step into the great city of New Orleans. We are confident in the continued growth of the entertainment industry in this vibrant and iconic city. With so many high-profile film and television projects coming into the city, Quixote will provide Hollywood-style experience and expertise in the Big Easy. Their location in the expansive and welcoming area of St. Rose, and close proximity to the international airport, should be particularly attractive to future film and television projects."
It's great to see the continued growth of Hollywood South!