Lake Charles Film and Music Extravaganza
A festival is to Louisiana, like peanut butter is to jelly. And last year’s Lake Charles Film Festival is expanding this year to include more films, more fun and a music festival too! It may have a new name now as the Lake Charles Film and Music Festival, but it still offers movies made by up and coming local filmmakers, workshops and now an entire day of music. And it makes perfect sense, really. Many famous filmmakers got their start with music videos. Spike Jonze and Michael Bay anyone? And many a recording artist had a song take off after being featured in a movie soundtrack. Remember Don’t You Forget About Me from Simple Minds in the Breakfast Club or Eye of the Tiger by Survivor in Rocky III? You could probably list hundreds.
The Festival Kick-Off Party strives to offer a perfect blend between the two mediums with short film screenings, celebrities and live music by New Orleans rockabilly band “Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue.” So get your retro on or just come as you are ready to enjoy a night of films you won’t see anywhere else and rock n’ roll served up with red lipstick and a lot of sass.
The Kick Off Party is only the beginning of the weekend. The entertainment starts October 10, from 7 p.m. to midnight at My Place American Pub on 630 W. Prien Lake Road.
So, you can do just about anything related to film you want to do at this fest. Want to meet a celebrity? Wesley Eure who starred in the TV series “Land of the Lost” and was on “Days of Our Lives” for nine years will be there to answer any questions you may have about Hollywood.
Want to learn how to make your own TV series? Or what about a web series on YouTube? Dennis O’Neill wrote, directed and stars in “Bail Out.” And he’ll be there to show you what it takes to create a series of episodes from the ground up.
Want to learn how to make a bloody eyeball fall out of its socket? Well, maybe we can’t do that but we can make it look like it did. Just sit in on our special effects makeup seminar to learn some gruesome new tips. And if you don’t make movies, that’s okay. You’ll have the coolest Halloween makeup on the block!
Are you a fan of the kind of animation used in movies like Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas or the Corpse Bride? Learn stop motion animation from award-winning Louisiana animator Al Bohl! It’s a fun way to jump into filmmaking, as last year’s workshop project was finished in time to show later in the festival.
Want to learn how to make a movie on a budget of Ramen noodles and still look good? Film director Jim DeVault doesn’t just teach from his head, he’s been there, done that and he’s sharing his secrets! Just like actor, writer, director Larry Wade Carrell, who returns this year to talk about his experiences making and promoting his film and what his next steps are.
Want to know what it takes to be stared at on a 70-foot-wide screen? Acting coach Dean West can tell you what that feels like and how different it is from acting on stage. Bring your imagination and get an insider’s peek at bringing a character to life onscreen.
Or maybe you’re a scribbler? There will be a screenwriting workshop. Or a history buff? Historians Ed and Susan Poole know Louisiana’s tie to the first theater in the United States and a whole lot more. Do you love print art? There will be workshops on poster collecting and horror art by Felix Matos.
Or maybe you don’t want to make films, you just want to watch films. The lineup includes tons of movies by filmmakers on the rise! Horror films, comedy films, long films, short films, local films and international films–they’re all screening all day! Some of them were made by Southwest Louisiana natives, too. See all the films you want, shake those celebrity hands and learn filmmaker tips at the workshops on October 11 at Central School on 809 Kirby Street from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Inspired by the success of last year’s festival, Executive Director Patrick Bennett took the next logical step in expanding it to include a Music Festival too! Some folks calls motion pictures “emotion” pictures and music is one of the swiftest arrows to the heart. Not only do the kick-off parties and wrap parties feature live bands, but you’ll be able to feed your soul all day Saturday with five live bands jamming throughout the day followed by more live music at the Sunday costume party.
Kick back with some beignets and coffee and listen to this newest addition at the festival all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside Stellar Beans Coffee Shop located at 319 Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles.
Film & Music Festival Awards Ceremony
The only thing more fun than discovering an unknown movie that tickles your fancy is to see it win a Scallywag award! Those shiny trophies will be given out starting at 6 p.m. inside Central School.
Festival Wrap Party
And once the awards are all given out, you can party with the winners and chat with fellow workshop-goers and filmmakers at the Festival Wrap Party. The fun continues into the night with live music from “Tempura Cool” from 9 p.m. to midnight at Stellar Beans Coffee Shop. And they’re holding the kitchen open all night just for us.
Movie Character Costume Party
If all the movies, workshops and interesting personalities sparked your creative juices, you can share that inspiration with everyone at the first annual Movie Character Costume Party. Use those acting exercises and/or special effects makeup tips to party as your favorite movie character with more live music too! Get extra use out of this year’s Halloween costume from 1-4 p.m. at Stellar Beans Coffee Shop.