New Orleans has many nicknames – Big Easy, Crescent City, N’awlins – but most recently we have been dubbed “Hollywood of the South.” If you live here I’m sure you’ve noticed the constant flow of movie trucks all around the city. It is incredible; they drive around with an entire movie set in a truck! There are many reasons movies are being filmed here today, the most enticing being the tax incentives, but having recently visited Hollywood I’ve noticed several differences between us and Tinseltown.
First of all, movies here aren’t filmed on studio lots; they’re filmed smack-dab in the middle of busy areas of our city. What is so funny to me is that, at any given moment, you can be walking down the street and walk onto a movie set. What is also funny is that New Orleanians are so used to the pageantry and chaos Mardi Gras brings that no one really skips a beat. I work downtown next to an alley that’s a very popular spot for filming. Last week I was leaving dinner, and a movie was being filmed in front of my garage. The film crew kindly paused filming so I could move my car. As I drove off the set, I looked up and saw Denzel Washington standing there waiting patiently to resume filming. That is the other difference between here and Hollywood: the actors, for the most part, are very respectful of our city and the people who live in it.
As I have said many times before, our city welcomes people with open arms – even actors. I have seen a few famous faces around town, and although everyone in the room knows that they are there, no one bothers them. I think that’s why filming here has been so successful: People who visit feel comfortable here. And when you’re here to work, comfort goes a long way. Look out for 12 Guns, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters and Empire State on your local theater’s marquee and catch a glimpse of your fair city!
2012 Debutantes get together at Commander’s Palace to celebrate their upcoming year.
Liz Sloss joins Andrew and SuSu Stall at a Commander’s Palace Debutante Dinner.
This year the “Iberia Bank Victory Ball” was held to “Celebrate our Freedom” as they prepared to open the United States Freedom Pavilion. It is an interactive exhibit that pays homage to the 16 million men and women who served on land, sea and air. A patron party for the event was held at the American Sector and Stage Door Canteen followed by a seated dinner and Otto Candies, LLC’s “How Sweet It Is!” dancing and dessert soirée. John Besh created a delicious dinner menu, and everyone was entertained by the music of The Rat Pack Now. For more information about the National World War II Museum please visit NationalWW2Museum.org.
James Westervelt and Bill and Mary Hines pose before dinner.
Brandon and Daphne Berger snap a picture with James Carville.
The Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Brothers got together for their annual DKE Luncheon Club, hosted by club President Charles Custer.
Rusty Barkerding (LSU 1963), C.G. Melville (LSU ’62), Luncheon Club president Charles Custer (LSU ’61) and Billy Treadway (LSU ’74).
Paul Masinter (LSU ’83), Carl Hoefer (LSU ’80), Rick Blum (LSU ’78), Cliff Sutter (LSU ’59) and Tommy Lind (Tulane ’59).
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