The groups are holding a commercial exhibition of the film January 7-8 in Slidell

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SLIDELL – The Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and the Town of Slidell present “The Art of Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo” on Saturday January 8 at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Free entry. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The presenters’ lineup includes Ed and Sue Poole from Hollywood on the Bayou; author Linda Thurman; composer, songwriter and singer Greg Barnhill; Reid Wick of the Recording Academy; composer, producer and conductor Jay Weigel; Christopher Stelly of Louisiana Economic Development; Trey Burvant of the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association; Katherine Brooks, Emmy-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and director; Carroll Morton, director of New Orleans Film, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy; Jason Waggenspack, The Ranch Movie Studios; Bill Rainey, the Tents casting liaison; actor / stuntman Austin Naulty; and actress Nicole Ferrier.

Presentations will cover career opportunities; musical placement; industry incentives; and women in the film industry. The event will also feature the winners of the “Make Your Own Movie” high school poster contest.

Additional information about the exhibition is available through the Art of the Film Expo tab at The 2021 economic impact study, carried out by Camoin 310, is available on

The Art of the Film Expo is sponsored by Louisiana Northshore / St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, Movie Poster Archives, Northshore Collaborative, St. Tammany Corporation, Slidell Magazine and Northshore Media Group / The Lake WYLK 94.7 FM. The event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Business cultural. Funding was also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition, founded in 2009, is to facilitate growth, development and increased awareness of the cultural economy and its impact by focusing on coalition building, public policies, support for business, awareness, advocacy and arts education. Membership is free and open to all workers, organizations and businesses in the cultural economy.

Study commissioned by Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development, says the state’s film industry generated more than $ 800 million in annual economic activity in 2020 alone, despite pandemic shutdowns .

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