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.

Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based transportation service iShuttle will launch a new shuttle route to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday. The van will pick up people from their homes and deliver them to their gates on a regular Friday and Sunday round-trip schedule. This type of shuttle between Shreveport and DFW has been tried before, but iShuttle manager Philip Maxfield thinks there’s an unmet need and the timing is right.

Kate Archer Kent

Dozens of young dancers in Shreveport/Bossier will audition Thursday to perform with the Moscow Ballet in its "Great Russian Nutcracker," at the Strand Theatre in downtown Shreveport. Christy Holden, owner of Power and Grace Dance Studio, said this year the Moscow Ballet will select 60 local dancers to be part of the production.

The Baton Rouge newspaperman who covered LSU football and basketball for 35 years is coming to Shreveport. From Sam King’s beginnings in the mid-50s at the "State-Times" before it merged with "The Advocate," he’d spend night and day hammering out stories. His signature cigar in his mouth. He’s the author of  "Tiger Beat." It’s an illustrated history of LSU’s football and basketball programs through King’s eyes.

Twenty filmmakers have advanced in the Louisiana Film Prize contest vying for a $50,000 prize that will be handed out in October. It is the second year of the short film contest that is expected to draw 3,000 movie buffs to downtown Shreveport for the festival weekend.