Local filmmaker Steve Wise’s celebrated action short“Sur’vi” is in the running as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Los Angeles Cinefest. The film
has also appeared at prior film festivals in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Atlanta,
and is slated to appear next at the Central Florida Film Fest at Epic Theatres
in Mt. Dora, on Sept. 7-9th. The short tells the tale of a lone
female warrior who befriends a lost girl and protects her from fierce marauders,
on a quest to return the child to her people. (Blu-Ray release pending,
according to Wise, after its whirlwind film fest tour.) Meanwhile cast videos, trailer, and link to
music score sales
Atlanta composer A.J. Caruso, can all be found on their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/survifilm/videos/677476015772606/.
I reported last month that Dylan Gill’s“Spriggan” is a fantasy short filming in Brewton, Alabama. I stand corrected. It is not a short, but actually a
full-length feature film, centering around a conflict between a swarthy
barbarian warrior, a masked hooded archer, and a spunky wood nymph. Produced through Red Cloud Consort, the film has
an estimated $5,000 budget, 3 teaser trailers posted on YouTube, and is slated
for a TBA Gulf Coast premiere sometime this winter 2018-2019 season. For more about “Spriggan” and RCC, visit: https://www.facebook.com/redcloudconsort/.
a look back at more recent Southeastern US film history. Six Flags New Orleans (originally
“New Orleans Jazzland”) the once prominent Southern Louisiana Gulf Coast amusement
early 2000’s, was flooded & devastated by Hurricane Katrina on August 28th,
2005. It has since
closed to the public, and facing an uncertain future. Closed, yes.
But not abandoned.
way the half-submerged entertainment property seems to have kept afloat
to rent itself out to filmmakers as a pre-existing ravaged film set. For 20th Century Fox’s
“Percy Jackson: Sea of
2013, it was the derelict “Circeland” island carnival park;
for the title hero’s climactic battle with monster cyclops Polyphemus. Then for Fox’s
“Dawn of the Planet of the
2014, it served as set location for the makeshift treehouse
of Ceasar and his newly liberated ape tribe. And for Summit Entertainment‘s “Deepwater
Horizon” in 2016, the empty parking
lot was the location for the constructed reenactment set, of the
offshore drilling rig which exploded & spilt crude oil into the Gulf of
Mexico on April 10th,
Other recent films to shoot there
include “Killer Joe, Stolen, Jurassic
World,” and even in
form in the 2016 video game “Mafia III.”
now…talk about making the best of a bad situation. Whatever economic boon the
place could not be in life as an
actively open theme park, it has managed to become in ghostly limbo, by casting
its mired foot in Hollywood cement, and thus purchasing a firm foothold in
cinema history. For more about the
history and film credits of Six Flags New Orleans, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Flags_New_Orleans.
it for September. I had 2 more stories
developing, but details were still pending at press time.
I’ll just save those tricks & treats for October. Later, gators!
Yours Sincerely, KENNETH L. MANNING
LaChateau Apartments, #101
East Langley Avenue