In front of a standing room only crowd of filmmakers, film industry and an incredibly enthusiastic audience, Louisiana Film Prize’s Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg and his team announced the Grand Prize Winner for the inaugural Louisiana Film Prize. “The Legend of Luther Anderson,” directed by Thomas Woodruff, Noah Scruggs, Chris Armand was awarded a $50,000 cash grand prize, one of the world’s largest cash prizes for a short film at yesterday’s awards ceremony. The film was one of twenty finalists competing at the The Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend (www.LAFilmPrize.com) this past weekend in Shreveport, LA. The Louisiana Film Prize invited filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a short film under one condition – it must have been shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area.
Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg commented on the weekend, “I’m a filmmaker, have gone to many festivals, and I’ve never seen energy and spirit like I saw at the Louisiana Film Prize Fest. The competing filmmakers really took over the entire city and embraced an audience that came from all over the US to be a part of this. The result was an uniquely creative and wonderfully frenetic atmosphere. It was like Sundance met up with Lollapalooza and went to Burning Man’s house.”’
The Grand Prize-winning film “The Legend of Luther Anderson” is a Western comedy about a set of boots that transforms Luther Anderson, a meek cowboy, into a hero and a legend. As Luther blazes a trail across the frontier, his evil nemesis is in hot pursuit after the magical cowboy boots. In the end, the two men stand tall in a showdown to the death.
Throughout history there have been many stories of legendary men and events from the old west. Most are well known, but there are a few that have fallen through the cracks of time. Legend speaks of such events that folks say are just a myth or absolute crap. Believers say the one responsible is a man who could not be killed, and no woman could satisfy his lustful appetite. This is the Legend of Luther Anderson.
The grand prize winner was determined by an incredibly unique system based on the votes of a panel of expert judges from all over the country and the festival audience. This year’s jury included journalist/author Hank Stuever (Washington Post), journalist James Hibberd (Entertainment Weekly), journalist Alison Bailes (More) journalist Kim Voynar (MovieCityNews), Tara McPherson (USC School of Cinematic Arts), Brandon Oldenberg, (Academy Award Winning producer of the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) and Brandon Oldenberg (Academy Award- winning producer of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”).
Announced in March 2012, The Louisiana Film Prize had over 80 registrations from all over the nation. The participating films utilized over 650 people in cast and crew and injected over $2 million into the area (the payment of cast, crew, food, lodging and equipment).
“We are already gearing up for next year. We have raised the prize money and are planning our rollout. With such an incredible first year, we are hoping that we might possibly be on our way to becoming one of the most important film events in the country. Viva LA Film Prize!” said Kallenberg.
The film community in Shreveport-Bossier in Northwest Louisiana has rapidly expanded, with more than 100 films and television shows shooting on location in the past 5 years. Recent shoots have included The Guardian, Battle Los Angeles, The Mist, Leaves of Grass, Drive Angry, Super and Straw Dogs to name a few. Shreveport-Bossier provides great locations at low cost, as well as four sound stages, full grip/electric rental facilities, local camera rentals, experienced crew, and a wide base of talent. Shreveport is also home to Moonbot Studios, who recently won their first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”