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Lights, Camera, Louisiana! (2011)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-05-25

Duration: 00:57:33

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Film Industry | Tax credits | Economy


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Smith, Patricia Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Ledford, Paul Interviewee
  • Kornhauser, Mari Interviewee
  • Landry, Troy Interviewee
  • Kantrou, Alissa Interviewee
  • Stelly, Chris Interviewee
  • Richardson, Jim Interviewee
  • Martinez, Diego Interviewee
  • Courtney, Erica Speaker
  • Koren, William Speaker
  • Schwendimann, Robert Speaker
  • Whitley, Yvonne Speaker
  • Brumfield, Wendell Speaker
  • Fontenot, John Speaker
  • Benit, Melanie Speaker
  • Jarreau, Ronald Speaker
  • Adams, Lindsey Speaker
  • Koch, C.J. Speaker
  • Cannon, Brenda Speaker
  • Pitre, Glen Panelist
  • McConnell, Sherri Panelist
  • Richardson, Jim Panelist
  • Mulhearn, Patrick Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 25, 2011, features Patricia Smith leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the state’s film industry tax credit program. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Paul Ledford, a production sound mixer; Mari Kornhauser, a “Treme” script writer; Troy Landry, a “Swamp People” cast member; Alissa Kantrou of Louisiana Production Consultants; Chris Stelly of Louisiana Entertainment; Dr. Jim Richardson, an economist; and Diego Martinez, the president of Millennium Studios in Shreveport. The audience members then discuss their thoughts on the film industry tax credit program. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Glen Pitre, a Louisiana filmmaker; Sherri McConnell, the executive director of Louisiana Entertainment; Dr. Jim Richardson, an economist at LSU; and Patrick Mulhearn, the director of studio operations at the Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge. They discuss: whether the program benefits the state; the competition with other states; the growth of the film industry in Louisiana; and how to find a job in the film industry.