LC Film Festival holds 25 screenings - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LC Film Festival holds 25 screenings

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The first-ever Lake Charles Film Festival welcomed a host of established film makers this weekend. Groups were able to sit in on workshops and screenings of 25 films and documentaries.

Louisiana currently ranks 3rd in the United States for film making. Film makers said sharing their work and stories to a captive audience is what they live for.

Larry Wade Carrell debuted his film "Jacob" to a Louisiana audience at this weekend's festival.

"I always say if W was smart I'd get a job, but I'm passionate about making films and acting ... And that's what I do. And my most fulfilling thing for me is to have an audience and watch them enjoy the film," said Carrell.

Al Bohl did a documentary film about the 1918 silent motion picture "Tarzan of the Apes," made in Morgan City, Louisiana.

"We're showing the documentary, 'Tarzan Lord of the Louisiana Jungle.'  In 1917, they made the first location film in the United States in Morgan City, La., and it was 'Tarzan of the Apes,' which was a best selling book at the time. And it became one of the top 10 silent films or top 10 movies to make a million dollars at the box office first," said Bohl.

Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Louisiana since and movie buff and author Ed Poole said Louisiana also made history in showing films.

"Louisiana had the very first seated indoor theater, like the theaters we go to today. The very first one in the United States was on Canal Street in New Orleans. It opened July 18, 1896. So the first seated theater in the United States," said Poole.

Poole also said with all of the new films being made it is important to go back and document the past films and process in Louisiana. For the past 30 years, he has been preserving Louisiana's rich film history through books, film prints, lectures and research.

At the end of the day awards were given out to the best films in each category.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

    SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-05-29 01:14:52 GMT
    Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 1:00 AMSevere Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 1:00 AM
    A severe thunderstorms watch is in effect for southwest Louisiana.  Parishes included are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, and Vernon. In a severe thunderstorm watch, strong to severe storms are likely. Storms may produce strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and possibly tornadoes. The watch expires at 1:00 am CDT tonight. More >>
    A severe thunderstorms watch is in effect for southwest Louisiana.  Parishes included are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, and Vernon. In a severe thunderstorm watch, strong to severe storms are likely. Storms may produce strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and possibly tornadoes. The watch expires at 1:00 am CDT tonight. More >>
  • A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    Sunday, May 28 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-05-28 23:54:49 GMT

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout this week

    Sunday, May 28 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-05-28 21:25:05 GMT
    Rain likely on Memorial DayRain likely on Memorial Day

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. At times we could see heavy rainfall. The rain will make its way out by sunrise on Memorial Day. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Unfortunately, the rain chances are still high for Memorial Day and through next week. 

    More >>

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. At times we could see heavy rainfall. The rain will make its way out by sunrise on Memorial Day. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Unfortunately, the rain chances are still high for Memorial Day and through next week. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly