Louisiana International Film Festival kicks off at Cinemark Perkins Rowe

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - More than 20 films from all over the country will be played at the Perkins Rowe movie theater from Thursday night through Sunday.

Crews were out early, setting up for Thursday night's kick off for the Louisiana Film Festival. Festival spokeswoman Jency Hogan said this year's festival will be different from last year. Instead of having films playing in theaters all over the state, they will just be playing at Cinemark Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge.

"The reason why it's in one place this year, is so we can feel the energy, and have a lot of fun all together as a big group. Last year, we felt like we lost a bit of that," said Hogan.

Some films were made here in Louisiana, like "We Won't Bow Down." The film explores the New Orleans culture of making hand-beaded Indian costumes.

Dan Ireland, a director of another film in the lineup, said this year's festival theme is about equality. Meaning, some films will touch on gender, sexual orientation, and race.

"If you look at the films that we got, we've got a lot this year that are very provocative and entertaining," said Ireland.

As Louisiana continues to rise as a star in the film industry, Hogan said hopefully the festival will land itself a lead role.

We're looking to create something that looks like The Sundance Film Festival. And we want there to be lots of industry here and want lots of people to come and bring their businesses," said Hogan.

There is a $10 admission. For the festival schedule, passes and tickets, go to http://www.lifilmfest.org/.

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