Arts

9:00am

Thu October 3, 2013
Arts

Filmmaker emotions run high on eve of LA Film Prize

Filmmakers in the running for the Louisiana Film Prize are beginning to assemble in Shreveport to promote their films during the weekend festival. Twenty short films are vying for the $50,000 cash prize. Memphis filmmakers Christopher Raines and Candace McGowen caravanned to Shreveport with a crew in June to shoot their film “5ive Courses.”  Now in the finals, McGowen said, she’s feeling a gamut of emotions.

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12:15pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Arts

Millard's Crossing in Nacogdoches seeks origin of 'TJR' trunk

If the TJR trunk is at least 160 years old, it could have belonged to Thomas J. Rusk, an early political figure in Texas who died in Nacogdoches in 1857.
Credit KTRE

Researchers at Stephen F. Austin State University are tracing the roots of a cowhide trunk that could have belonged to Thomas J. Rusk, an early political and military figure in Texas. The trunk’s lid bears the initials TJR. It’s one item in a massive collection at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village. Executive director David Young said the trunk was purchased by Nacogdoches native Lera Millard Thomas who was a compulsive collector and an early preservationist. She created a living history village on her family’s land called Millard’s Crossing in the 1970s.

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9:35am

Mon September 23, 2013
Arts

Rodrigue Foundation set to create more art-infused schools in Louisiana

Jacques Rodrigue, executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation, stands in front of his father's famous Blue Dog painted on a Steinway Piano.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The New Orleans-based George Rodrigue Foundation will open a grant application period in November for Louisiana schools that seek to join the A+ Schools Program and infuse the arts into every aspect of their curriculum. Foundation director Jacques Rodrigue spoke Friday in Bossier City as part of a TEDx event. Currently, seven schools in Louisiana are in the network. Rodrigue said his foundation couldn’t wait for the state to embrace this educational model. So his father, the artist known for the famous Blue Dog paintings, George Rodrigue, took the lead.

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9:16am

Fri September 20, 2013
Arts

'Cane River Murals' music suite picked up by London label

Northwestern State University director of bands will conduct the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra for a studio recording of "Cane River Murals."

Northwestern State University's director of bands Jeff Mathews will go to Manchester, England, Monday to conduct the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra in a studio recording of "Cane River Murals."

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9:00am

Wed September 18, 2013
Arts

Shreveport's Moonbot Studios boosts Chipotle's profile

Moonbot's "The Scarecrow" co-directors Brandon Oldenburg and Limbert Fabian bookend the miniature model built for Chipotle's animated short film project.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The new online animated short commercial for Chipotle Mexican Grill has gone viral -- more than 5 million YouTube views and counting. It has Shreveport creative firm Moonbot Studios to thank. Moonbot partner Brandon Oldenburg is surprised by how many people have checked it out.

“We’re abashed. We’re amazed by watching these numbers go up as far as the amount of views," Oldenburg said, during an interview at Moonbot's Shreveport office.

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