Feb 13, 2012 9:46 AM by News

The Louisiana International Film Festival Announces Launch Event

Baton Rouge, LA - February 13, 2012- The Louisiana International Film Festival (LIFF) announces its launch fundraising event with a special screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, followed by a movie character themed after-party. Honored guest Jeff "the Dude" Dowd will be in attendance for Q&A and OPEN FORUM discussion about the possibilities and future of the Louisiana International Film Festival.

-Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts March 3, 2012 at 7:00PM

-Pre-show drinks and Nintendo Wii bowling championship start at 5:30PM.

-After-party will begin at 9:30PM

In Joel and Ethan Coen's cult classic movie THE BIG LEBOWSKI, the lead character referred to as "the Dude" played by Jeff Bridges is inspired by the real Jeff "the Dude" Dowd. Mr. Dowd was involved in the planning stages and creation of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival. "A film festival is really about building bridges between artists and audiences while actively involving local and international communities, social networks and the media." says Dowd, who will emcee an open forum discussion about the foundation of a Louisiana film festival. He will help explore ideas for future programming and ways to attract potential filmmakers and share observations about previous and current film festivals and discuss what those involved have done to attract and harness talent in their region.

"We are excited to have Jeff here in our early stages of LIFF since he has been influential in the development of Sundance, Seattle, Toronto and other film festivals. Not only is he „the Dude?, but also a marketing guru and a natural at bringing lots of people and communities together", said Chesley Heymsfield, Executive Director of LIFF. Heymsfield has served as producer on films, music videos and commercials in New York and Los Angeles throughout her career. She plans to have the red carpet meet the Louisiana bayou at the state's inaugural international film festival in April 2013.
The collective vision of LIFF is to contribute to the economic and artistic vitality of the film industry in Louisiana. LIFF was created to help promote Louisiana's budding film industry while nurturing the state's international reputation as an artistic and financial force in the global film market.

"Our aim is to provide an open forum of discussion and education where residents of Louisiana may build relationships and develop skills that enable them to play a central role in the industry", said Heymsfield. Louisa Percudani, the festival's managing director, states "We are excited about the response we have received from both the public and private sectors in Louisiana. We are very appreciative of the support from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Louisiana Technology Park, the Manship Theatre and others who make this all possible."

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