Lake Charles to hold first film festival Oct. 6

By Special to the American Press

The inaugural Lake Charles Film Festival — featuring film screenings, filmmaking and acting workshops and the chance to meet a Hollywood celebrity

— will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St.

A kickoff party will precede the festival 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 5 at Stellar Beans Coffee House, 319 Broad St.

Some highlights:

Meet veteran Hollywood film and TV actor Burton Gilliam (“Blazing Saddles,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Fletch”). He will give a special panel on acting.

Producer-director Daniel Millican will be giving a four-hour “Greenlight Yourself” professional filmmaking workshop. He has

made five feature films, starring such actors as Lou Diamond Phillips, Mimi Rogers, Adam Baldwin and Sean Patrick Flanery.

Louisiana film historians Ed and Sue Poole, authors of “Hollywood on the Bayou,” will give a presentation on films made in

Louisiana from the silent era to the present day.

Writer-director Jim DeVault will give a panel on low-budget filmmaking. He has made two films, each for under $10,000, and

has had them distributed.

Producer Al Bohl will screen his film “Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle,” which documents the making of the first Tarzan

film, “Tarzan of the Apes,” starring Elmo Lincoln. It was shot in the swamps of Morgan City in 1917.

A screening of the horror film “Zydeco,” shot primarily in Leesville and the surrounding area by David Noble, a major in the Army, while he was stationed at Fort Polk.

A screening of the short film “East Stackton,” shot in and around Lake Charles, Sulphur and DeRidder.

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