<![CDATA[ - BLOG]]>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:42:30 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Interview with Wesley Eure (Will Marshall from "Land of the Lost")]]>Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:30:36 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/interview-with-wesley-eure-will-marshall-from-land-of-the-lostPicture
When I was a kid my favorite breakfast cereal was “Crazy Cow,” the cereal that turned your milk into chocolate milk while you ate it. I can remember getting up on Saturday mornings in my Spider-Man Underoos and fixing a big bowl of Crazy Cow. I would sit on the floor in front of our big black & white console TV and watch the test pattern on the screen until the broadcast day would begin. Who remembers the test pattern? Yep… TV wasn’t on 24/7 like it is today.
I would watch a lot of cartoons like “Hong Kong Phooey,” “Speed Buggy,” “The Jetsons,” and “Wheelie and the Chooper Bunch.” Then, later in the day there would be live action shows that I looked forward to the most like “Shazam,” “Run Joe Run,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,” and “Land of the Lost.”
That was 40 years ago. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of “Land of the Lost” which was created by the duo of Sid & Marty Krofft. The Krofft’s were known for a slew of hit Saturday morning live action shows including “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “The Bugaloos,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,” “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” and “Wonderbug.”
“Land of the Lost” was about a family (father, son, and daughter) that gets trapped in a strange world where time periods collide. This happens while they are on a rafting/camping trip and an earthquake causes the ground to open up and swallow them. The strange world they end up in is much like prehistoric times with dinosaurs roaming around, but in addition there are vicious lizard people called the Sleestak, a tribe of monkey people called the Pakuni, and other people lost in time… like a Civil War soldier. The land is filled with danger and mystery at every turn. The family (the Marshalls) must search for a way to get back to their own land and time… but until that day comes they must make the best of it and find a way to live in their new world.


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I can remember watching this show each week and then going outside to meet up with my friends and play like we were trapped in the Land of the Lost. We came up with a game of chase where some of us were the Marshalls and the others were the Sleestak. The Sleestak would chase us all around the yard and we had to make it back to the carport (our cave) to be safe. If a Sleestak would get one of us we immediately became a Sleestak and would join in the chase. Fun times. It’s hard to believe that it was 40 years ago.
The series ran for three years. It was so popular that in 1991 it was remade as a Saturday morning series and in 2009 a big budget movie was made starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, and Anna Friel. In addition there were board games, lunch boxes, Halloween costumes, and other merchandise produced. Today merchandise is still being produced… like… posters, bobble heads, and DVDs… and I hear that another remake or sequel might be in the works.
I recently visited with actor Wesley Eure who played the boy (Will Marshall) in the original series. I was able to talk with him about the show and here is what he had to say…


PATRICK: Wesley, how did you get the role of Will on “Land of the Lost?”

WESLEY: I met Sid Krofft and knew him and I was on “Days of Our Lives” and had mutual friends. Sid called me and said he had a show he was casting and that I’d be perfect for it and he wanted me to audition. They wanted me to play sixteen and I was like twenty something. I didn’t think I wanted to play sixteen. Anyway, I said yes and I got the part.

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PATRICK: What did you think about the rest of the cast and do you stay in touch with any of them?

WESLEY: We had a blast! We really liked each other. Kathy and I remained close and Phil and I became very close. We just saw Spencer Milligan for the first time in 30 years. A documentary is coming out about it. We were like family. Spencer was like our dad, Kathy was the Sister, and Philip was our pet. (Laughs.) Kathy and Phillip already knew each other. They were both kids and had worked in commercials together. It was felt when Spencer left the show. I felt it a lot. Then Harper came in. I was working with his wife on “Days of Our Lives” during the day and then with Ron on “Land of the Lost” at night. NBC let me do both shows and accommodated me for the three years. They would let me shoot my scenes first so that I could leave. Some of the other actors on “Days of Our Lives” were getting jealous because I got special treatment. (Jokingly laughs.)

PATRICK: What was it like to work with Sid & Marty Krofft?

WESLEY:  They were great! They were legends. Saturday mornings was their domain. They had all the shows. “Land of the Lost” was the longest running of their shows. They were tight on their budgets. We were all at a premiere party for the Land of the Lost movie in 2001 and every celebrity imaginable was there. I looked around at all the ice sculptures and the food and I said… you know, this party cost more than the entire three seasons of “Land of the Lost.” (laughs.)

PATRICK: Were you a fan of their previous work?

WESLEY: Yea. I had watched a little bit. I was in my twenties. I had seen some and I thought that they were fun and a little goofy. When I started “Land of the Lost” I met Deidre Hall who played Electra Woman in one of their shows. She told me she wanted to audition for “Days of Our Lives” and I helped her prepare for that. She got on the show and is still there today. She plays Dr. Marlena Evansne, one of the longest running characters on that show.

PATRICK: What did you think about the scripts?

WESLEY:  “Land of the Lost” was going to be like Swiss Family Robinson… a dad and his kids lost in a wilderness having to survive. David Georlld… he wrote “Star Trek” episodes… he was the head writer and took it and turned it into science fiction. He hired all “Star Trek” writers including Walter Koenig, who played Checkov on “Star Trek.” Walter was the one who created the character Enik. The show had some of the best Sci-Fi writers ever.

PATRICK: Do you have a favorite episode?

WESLEY: I liked “The Circle” with time doorways and the time continuum. “Land of the Lost didn’t talk down to kids… it talked up to them. We walked through the portal and left. We got to return to our time and home… but our doppelgangers came though. We were told that if three leave… three must come back through. It was great.

Patrick: How many Sleestak costumes were there? My guess would be three because you never saw more than three Sleestak at a time.

WESLEY: You’re right. It was three. They were made by Mike Westmore who now has that show “Face Off.” David Georlld created the Sleestak characters. Mike made the costumes in his garage. He used wet suits and added scales and stuff to them. The actors were all UCLA basketball players over 6 feet tall… and then they used stilts… then the pointed heads… after all that they ended up like eight feet tall. They couldn’t stay in the wet suits for long because it was too hot. When they would take them off water would come pouring out from sweat.


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PATRICK: How did it come about that you got to perform the opening and closing theme to the show?

WESLEY: I was with a group from Motown… white boys from Motown… you know how that went. (Jokingly laughs.) The studio wanted me to do the theme song because of my popularity at the time. I was on the cover of Tiger Beat magazine and other teen magazines… so they had me do it. Then for season three when Spencer left and Harper came in I went back and recorded the new song about Uncle Jack.

PATRICK: What were the sets like?

WESLEY: There were two full soundstages. They were huge and were like giant barns. One had the lagoon, the jungle, and the cave. The other one had the interior of the cave and the side of the building was painted blue. Chromakey is what it was called back then. It was cutting edge and had never been done yet… the mixing of video and film. The dinosaur animation was already shot on film and then they would put us in front of the blue screen and shrink us down to scale with the dinosaurs. It was a lot of fun.

PATRICK: What was the shooting schedule like each season?

WESLEY: It was the fastest. We shot two episodes a week… every two and a half days was one episode. The animation was already done when we came in. It was quick.

PATRICK: Did you keep any souvenirs from the show?

WESLEY: I did. I got the old red backpack that I had all three seasons and my knife. The backpack is signed by everyone now.

PATRICK: Did you buy any of the merchandise?

WESLEY: Some lunch boxes… I see more of that stuff on e-bay. That’s one of the reasons Spencer left the show… we weren’t getting anything from the merchandise.

PATRICK: I know you attend Comicons and conventions. What’s it like to be at a table and sign autographs for “Land of the Lost” fans?

WESLEY: Oh… I love it. Especially when all three of us are together. There’s a chance that Spencer will join us for one signing next year in Chicago… and if the documentary comes out that will be a plus too. It’s been 40 years. We’re so old. (Laughs.) People come up to us and tell us amazing stories. The show was about a dad and his kids who lost their mom. He was a single dad. So a lot of fans that were growing up with a single parent or came from broken homes or who had lost a parent would tell us how they could relate to the show. The fans are great. The show meant a lot to so many people. It’s amazing how many celebrities love the show. “Land of the Lost” started a lot of kids into Sci-fi.

PATRICK: What do you think the future hold for “Land of the Lost?”

WESLEY: David’s half way through with his novel. He announced it three years ago at Comicon. The Kroffts say that they’re gonna do it. The story is that Will and Holly had a brother that couldn’t go on the expedition with them. Forty years later he goes looking for his brother and sister and he ends up in the Land of the Lost.

PATRICK: Do you have any final comments about the show?

WESLEY: It was an honor. Who knew? Who knew that it would be a part of my life forty years later. Who knew that forty years later people would want to come up and talk about it. It has a whole new crowd watching it. Kids are watching it. The stories still hold up because it’s good Sci-fi. It’s truly an honor to be a part of the Sid and Marty Krofft legend.


You will have a chance to meet Wesley Eure in person on October 10-12 at the Lake Charles Film & Music Festival where he will be the Guest of Honor. Wesley will also be presented an achievement award at the fest for his work in film and Television. For more information on the festival visit the website at www.lakecharlesfilmfestival.com .

“Land of the Lost” will always be a great memory from my childhood and I can’t wait to see where the franchise takes us next.


- Patrick Shawn Bennett


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<![CDATA[An Interview with Filmmaker John Schneider]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:56:35 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/an-interview-with-filmmaker-john-schneiderPicture
John Schneider has a new TV series, his own production studio, and a new horror/comedy film that he wrote and directed. He's come a long way since his breakout role as Bo Duke in the hit TV series "Dukes of Hazzard." I recently had the opportunity to do a phone interview with him. Here's what he had to say...

John Schneider Interview September 2014

John, you're probably best known for your roles in "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Smallville." Those were some long running hit TV shows.

(Laughs) Well... there you go.
Of course it depends on your age.  The new show, "The Haves and the Have Nots," is a show that's going great guns. It's funny...people want to talk about the other shows all the time and this one is actually current. (Laughs.)

That's the project you're working on right now with Tyler Perry, right?

Right. Yea. We're doing our third season right now and it's been very very successful on the Oprah Winfrey Network... so I'm excited about it. Looks like it's every bit a hit as these other two shows you mentioned.

A lot of people might not know that besides your acting you're also a filmmaker.

Yes... well... I'm hoping to have more people know that. But yes... it's true.

What aspect of filmmaking do you enjoy the most?

Well everything. Everything from soup to nuts. Write the screenplays.. direct the movies... I have a studio here in Holden, Louisiana that I've been putting together the last couple of months after we did a horror/comedy last year called Smothered, that hopefully people will get to see in theaters before too long. Probably, if you don't know that, then you don't know I wrote and directed the last episodes of "Dukes."  So it's something I've been doing for a long time and I'm finally getting to do it on a more regular basis.

What's your writing process like?

I have a theory about the way a story should be told. Usually a concept will hit me... like a genre will hit me... like... is it a love story... is it a comedy... is it a murder... is it a mystery? I believe there are certain promises that are made in any script... like that they need to include, for example if you're doing a movie about a robbery then there's going to be a car chase in it... if you're doing a movie about some bikers that are part of a reality show, then there's going to be some backstage at the reality show and some action in regards to the motorcycles going down the street and somewhere the good guy and bad guy are going to have to meet... and in my world the good guy has to win by the skin of his teeth. So... it kind of changes with every script that I write. There's one that's been read quite heavily on Facebook called The 29 which is kind of a conspiracy theory movie... so that has some promises innate to that... things have to happen... things have to blow up... certain people have to know where they are and others have to wonder.

Is The 29 your next project?

No. The 29 sadly won't happen for awhile because it's very expensive. There's planes and military bases and lots of people... so probably the next project, the one that we've been trying to do for a couple of months and for some reason we haven't been successful in raising the finances for, is a twisted love story called Anderson Bench. It's about a guy experiencing the best day of his life and trying to figure out how to end it. (Laughs.) A light-hearted comedy.

Will you star in it?

No. I'm not going to be in any of these... writing and directing.



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You mentioned your new film Smothered. Tell me more about it.

Smothered is a movie about a group of horror icons that are having a bad trade show... a bad weekend... who get hired to haunt a RV Park for the weekend and they accept that challenge because they can make more money at the RV Park than they ever could at this really bad trade show. Of course this is a horror film so what ends up happening to them is they get killed... in horror film fashion... while trying to haunt an RV park that's actually filled with RV's that are filled with mannequins... so it's a bizarre sort of a comedy.
Now the people that star in it are horror icons... we've got Kane Hodder who was Jason... R.A. Mihailoff who was Leatherface... Don Shanks who was Michael Myers.. Michael Berryman from The Hills Have Eyes... John Kassir who was the voice of the Cryptkeeper.. and on and on... so all these folks are in this film and it's been very well received in the couple of horror conventions that I've shown it. I've done screenings of the film a couple of times and people have really enjoyed it. I'm happy with it except it doesn't have distribution yet.
It's really a mystery to me, Patrick, because I've had so many horror fans see the film and so many people have reviewed it online and said "this is a love letter to horror fans everywhere..."You've got to see this movie when it comes out..." "You've got to buy the DVD when it comes out..." "This is truly a unique horror film. Must See!"  ...and I don't have a distributor. It's a mystery. I'm not sure honestly why someone hasn't smelled money and wanted to run with this film.

How did you come up with the idea for Smothered?

Oh Hell... I don't know. How do you come up with inspiration? It just hits you. Although, I was at a horror convention in Dusseldorf Germany and I had not been there before but with the power of "Dukes of Hazzard" and the power of "Smallville..." I was having a great weekend and my horror icon friends who had been there several years in a row were having a terrible weekend and that's when it kind of dawned on me.

What advice can you offer to aspiring filmmakers?

Well... get yourself a fundamental knowledge of editing... and you do this best by watching your favorite films with the sound off so you can see exactly where the cuts are. Go to Best Buy and get yourself a nice low to middle range consumer camera. I have one here that fits in your pocket and it's better than a $20,000 camera from ten years ago. (Laughs.) Go out and make your movies. Go do it. Do it and do it over and over again and get your stories told.
I believe in just going out and hitting the streets and making your film. You can write your stories down and make sue you have a good script and good blueprint to go by and just go do it. Put it up on Youtube if you want and maybe people will notice you. It happens all the time... it's the strangest thing... people who have hundreds of thousands or millions of hits on a film they did on Youtube all of a sudden wind up directing hundred million dollar films for Universal... solely based on the number of hits they had on Youtube. So there's a route you can try. It's crazy. (Laughs.)

John, thank you very much for taking the time to talk with me. I appreciate it.

I appreciate your questions, Patrick. I'm delighted always to talk about movies and what's going on at the studio here in Holden, so thank you for the time.

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Here's a promo for Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots."

Here's the trailer for John Schneider's new Horror / Comedy film Smothered...

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<![CDATA[Shooting "East Stackton" in Southwest Louisiana... an Interview with John Veron.]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:57:57 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/shooting-east-stackton-in-southwest-louisiana-an-interview-with-john-veronRecently I had a chance to to interview John Veron, the producer & co-writer of the short film "East Stackton" which was shot this year in Lake Charles and other places in Southwest Louisiana. I know a lot of people were very excited about this film and a lot of locals helped fund the project by donating money on the Kickstarter campaign. I was fortunate to attend a special screening of "East Stackton" this month in Lake Charles where I was able to visit John in person.
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(Right) producer/co-writer John Veron gets ready for his cameo appearance in his film "East Stackton." (Below) John at the special screening in Lake Charles of "East Stackton."
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Here's the interview...


What made you decide to become a filmmaker?
I've always wanted to tell stories and work in the arts, I guess.  I wrote a couple of short screenplays and stories in college, but never thought much of it.  After college, I moved to Austin, TX and worked in marketing for a while while I played in bands at night.  Then my writing partner (and Stackton director) Sean Farina called me one day.  He'd been working as an assistant on Lost and wanted me to come out so we could write some stuff and get things made.  

What is your filmmaking background? (education, experience)
I am a total rank amateur, but a voracious consumer of film and a big film nerd.  I went to college for philosophy and took one class on film while I was there.  Throughout college, though, I would always seek out the good stuff of the film canon: The Big Sleep, Metropolis, Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate, stuff like that.  Part of that was rooming with Sean - his encyclopedic knowledge of film rubbed off on me and made me start seeking out things on my own.  I think watching all those movies and many others helped me form a better idea of what worked and what didn't and why.

When the time came to make East Stackton, Sean and I surrounded ourselves with more experienced, knowledgeable people than ourselves.  The whole idea behind the movie was to test our theories about filmmaking and learn the mechanics behind getting a film produced professionally.  It was cheaper than film school, and we got a movie at the end!

What is your favorite movie of all time and why do you like it so much?
Oh, Jesus, don't make me pick just one!  Right now, it's Blade Runner (the Director's Cut of course, not the one with the stupid voice-over and tacked-on happy ending).  First off, the world-building is just stellar.  There's a short text crawl at the top laying things out, but other than that, there's very little of the "as you know..." exposition-y writing that drives me up the wall.  The world is shown rather than told for the most part.  

Secondly, it's an ambitious, meditative piece of idea-driven science fiction, of the kind that never gets produced on that scale anymore.  Smaller pictures like Timecrimes or Sound of my Voice might tackle heady themes on a smaller scale, but larger movies today can't resist the urge to throw in a ton of whiz-bang action, which would make telling a patient, noir-ish story like that impossible.  Do you seriously think today's Hollywood would put those cool flying cars in a movie without having them engage in at least one chase scene?

Third, the villains are incredible.  As savage and unreal as he is, who doesn't sympathize with Roy Batty and his desire for a life beyond the four years his creator's allotted him?  We watch the replicants in the film engage in calculatedly brutal behavior, but the film never lets us completely lose sight of why they're acting the way they are.  By the time Roy's final "tears in rain" monologue comes along at the end, you're positively rooting for him.

I could write you a book about all the allusions and themes in that movie, but it starts with those things: a world that feels lived-in, ideas worth considering and a tone that services them rather than the need for a stellar opening weekend, and, most of all, characters that feel like people and do things for believable reasons.

Give us the premise of your short - "East Stackton."
Carrol Whitfield is an empty suit working for the House and Home hardware store chain. His latest assignment is to check up on the company's latest branch, out in the tiny town of East Stackton. He knows the locals aren't big fans of city-folk, but they're acting even stranger than he expected. And what's this "dedication" coming up that everyone keeps talking about, and why do they keep acting like they don't want him to find out about it?  As Carroll finds out the answers, he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy to invoke and enslave an ancient evil and must escape the clutches of those who would use his sacrifice to their own nefarious ends.

How did you and your filmmaking partner meet?
Freshman year of college, Sean and I had a Psychology class together.  One day, I saw him drawing Wolverine instead of listening to the lecture.  This piqued my interest, and after class I told him that I had just found out about a comic shop that was walking distance from campus and was heading over there after class.  That became a routine every Thursday after class, and we pretty soon figured out that we loved all the same nerdy stuff.  Eventually we were hanging out in his dorm room most days, playing Zelda and drinking White Russians (we were very into The Big Lebowski at the time).

How did y'all get the idea for the story?
Right after I moved to LA, we wrote this feature-length buddy movie about some musicians, based on a short story I'd written in college.  Character-driven writing like that is a huge slog, though, and when we were done we just wanted to write something fun.  we were watching a LOT of Twilight Zone at the time, and started dreaming up short ideas.  I don't really know which one of us came up with the basic idea, but we ran with it and wrote it in about four weeks, in between our day jobs.

What made you want to shoot it in and around Calcasieu Parish?
I'm from here!  We wrote the movie to shoot down here, knowing we could get better locations and more background down here than in LA for the same price.  This part of the process succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

I read somewhere that your budget was around $50K. In what area was the bulk of the budget spent?
Paying and feeding our crew, and lighting the gigantic torchlit pagan ceremony that forms the climax of the film.

I see you ran a successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com. What was that experience like and what have you learned from it?
It was good, but required a ton of work every day for the duration of each campaign.  I recommend it to first-time filmmakers, but I don't ever want to have to do it again.  

What would you say was the most difficult part of the production process while you were shooting in Louisiana?
Fitting everything we wanted to get into a 10-day shooting schedule, which was all we could afford.  There were plenty of days when Sean had to turn eight shots into one, and do it on the fly.  Luckily, we made our days and ended up with a film we could put together into our story.

Did you run into any problems in post that required any reshoots or story changes?
Nope.  But we did during production.  The scene on the porch originally took place n a local diner, but the diner we had as our location decided at the 11th hour that they didn't want us to shoot there because it would disrupt their lunch rush.  On the way home from scouting another diner (which also wouldn't work, we decided), Sean rewrote the Diner scene to become the Porch scene, and it worked better than the Diner scene did.

How long did it take from the time you decided you were going to make this film until it was ready to screen to an audience?
About a year and a half, working part-time in between our day jobs.

If you could start over from day one of shooting, is there anything you would do differently?
Hell yes!  I don't think there's ever been a production where everyone walked away totally satisfied with the experience.  If it were up to me, I'd make a slightly smaller movie.  Like I said, a big part of this exercise for Sean and I was to learn the ins and outs of production, including just how much movie a given amount of money would buy us.  If we'd written something that took place in a house, or had a cast of four or five, we could have shaved off money and maybe afforded more than 10 days of shooting.  Don't get me wrong - we ended up with a great movie.  But we walked right up to the line of not being able to afford the movie we were trying to make without crossing it.

Overall, are you satisfied with the final product?
Hell yes!  The movie's awesome, and I think it's going to do what we wanted it to do: get us some notice in the film world, and help us generate funds for a feature.

Is the final product what you originally envisioned?  If no, what more did you want?
That's more of a director question, but for my part I think it was what we were looking for, minor quibbles aside.
 
I heard that you were planning some sequels to East Stacton. Are you? What can you tell us about them?
Yes we are.  They'll be a few other shorts that will be packaged together with Stackton to form an anthology feature.  that's all I can say.

Other than sequels, what's the next project you guys are going to tackle?  Will it be shot in Lake Charles?
We've for four or five features in various stages of development, but I can't really talk about those yet, especially without you buying me a couple of beers first :)

What advice can you offer to a new filmmaker setting out to make their first film?
Scale your story to what's around, but don't cut corners.  If you don't have a lot of money, write something that's short and takes place in one room.  Once you've done that, though, hire experienced crew who will tell you what you need to spend money on to make the movie something you can build a career on.  Spend that money, and if you don't have it, change your story until you've written something you can afford to shoot.  Nothing stands out more than a movie that clearly couldn't afford adequate lighting, or a decent camera, or good on-set sound (and for Chrissakes, DON'T SKIMP ON SOUND).


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<![CDATA[Film Entry Deadline Just Around the Corner!]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2012 02:04:48 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/film-entry-deadline-just-around-the-cornerAugust 15th is the deadline for the film entries in the 2012 Lake Charles Film Festival. We have received numerous entries from all over the country and some international ones too. These films cover all categories, such as: features, shorts, documentaries, and student films. They range in genres from sci-fi, action, horror, comedy and drama. After the 15th, our staff will view the entries and select the best of the best which will become the "Official Selections" of the festival. These official entries will be handed over to our judges and they will select the winners in each category. These winners will be presented trophies and certificates at the Awards Ceremony immediately following the festival screenings. The top winners will be presented the first ever "SCALLYWAG" award. Make plans now to attend! Tickets are available through our online store. Save money by getting them online because they will cost more at the door.



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The "SCALLYWAG!" Who will be the 1st ever winner of such an award?
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<![CDATA["Greenlight Yourself" and get your film off the ground!]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:03:23 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/greenlight-yourself-and-get-your-film-off-the-groundDriector/Producer Daniel Millican will show YOU how it's done! Picture
Producer/Director Daniel Millican confirmed his attendance today and will be bringing with him a unique filmmaking seminar called "green light yourself."  Millican will be teaching his formula for filmmaking success as he brings you from your film's inception to its distribution. Daniel is a veteran filmmaker with 5 feature films under his belt, all with distribution deals from major companies. If you are thinking of making your own film, this is one event you don't want to miss. Space is limited and this class will fill up quickly, so don't delay. More info coming soon on how you can enroll.
-Patrick Shawn Bennett

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<![CDATA[Off and Running!]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:01:16 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/off-and-running Picture
Actor Burton Gilliam
The 1st Annual Lake Charles Film Festival is officially off and running!  We have announced our "Call for Entries" so that we can get some awesome independent films to present to you and we are busy getting some great guests together to bring you fantastic filmmaking and acting workshops. Keep an eye on this website for new and exciting developments.  This is one festival that you won't want to miss.  We will be releasing ticket information soon.
Our Celebrity Guest of Honor is Mr. Burton Gilliam, a veteran Television and Film actor who has been making audiences laugh for many years.  You might not recognize the name, but I know you know the face. What are some of your favorite characters that Burton has played throughout the years?


- Patrick  Shawn Bennett
     Festival Co-Director

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<![CDATA[First Post!]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:57:00 GMThttp://lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/blog/first-post