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New Orleans Film Society

Working In the Louisiana Film Industry

Sunday, October 17, 2:30 P.M.
Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel Patron Room III

Louisiana is quickly developing a reputation as the “Hollywood of the South,” the “Other LA.” Film Industry Insiders Katherine Gunnell (City of New Orleans Office of Film and Video), Liz Coulon (Casting Director Coulon Casting), Phil Locicero (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), Christopher Stelly (Director of Film & Television for the Office of Entertainment Industry Development within Louisiana Economic Development) Jason Tomlinson (Screen Actor’s Guild), and Kevin Murphy (President/CEO Secondline Stages) will be dispensing advice on how to break into the industry, and start a career.

LIZ COULON Casting director Elizabeth Coulon has been casting Louisiana projects since 2003. She is the owner and executive of Coulon Casting, Inc., Louisiana’s premiere full-service casting company providing both Actors and Extras for Feature Films, Television Movies and Commercial Productions. Her recent local casting credits include Jeff Who Lives at Home, a comedy co-directed by Mark and Jay Duplass, On The Road, directed by Walter Salles and based on the novel by Jack Kerouac, and Welcome to the Rileys directed by Jake Scott and starring Kristen Stewart.

JASON TOMLINSON Jason Tomlinson is the South Region Executive for Screen Actors Guild. As South Region Executive, Jason’s responsibilities include the visitation of SAG signatory productions to monitor compliance and assistance to SAG members regarding contractual and union issues. He is based in New Orleans and his coverage area consists of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

KATHERINE GUNNELL Katherine Gunnell, oversees the City of New Orleans’ Office of Film & Video alongside Carroll Morton. Her office is the primary liaison between film and television productions and the City of New Orleans. The OFV is responsible for marketing and attracting film and television related business for the purpose of economic development, for assisting productions with the permitting process and in connecting with local Crew and Resources, and for facilitating good communication between productions and the local community to strike a balance between film activity and quality of life.

PHIL LOCICERO Phil LoCicero graduated from Prytania Private High School in New Orleans in 1975. Phil began his career in the film business as a set painter in 1988 and became a member of IATSE Local 478 in 1989. Since being elected as President of IATSE Local 478 in 1994, he has seen the local’s membership grow from 160 to 830 members and an office staff of 0 expand to 5 employees today.

CHRIS STELLY Chris Stelly is the Director of Film & Television for the Office of Entertainment Industry Development within Louisiana Economic Development. He has played a pivotal and leading role in the tremendous growth of the film industry in Louisiana. In addition to administering Louisiana’s progressive and innovative tax credit program, he has been an integral part in providing technical assistance to entertainment companies looking to film and establish a nexus in Louisiana.

KEVIN MURPHY Kevin Murphy is the President and CEO of Second Line Stages, the first independent, green film studio in the United States. A studio operations veteran, he has also worked on the restoration of Hollywood Center Studios and Los Angeles Center Studios. Second Line Stages recently worked on the upcoming Warner Bros. film Green Lantern.