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Independent film showings excite fans, further business

Published: Jul. 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM CDT
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The first indie film to premier is "A Cat in Paris."
The first indie film to premier is "A Cat in Paris."

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge film buffs have reason to celebration. A deal between Manship Theatre and the digital independent film distributor Emerging Cinema means the theatre will have first run of a variety of independent flicks.

"This was the best news to come out in a long time for the youth of our city and for the young, up and coming film components because they want to get involved and they want to see what's being made in Baton Rouge," said local film fanatic Kristen Maurel.

Amy Mitchell-Smtih, the film curator for Manship says this was a natural step for the growing film culture in the capital city.

"This is part of the film culture of which we're apart. We're bringing these films in here, why not come together as a community and watch some of the best independent cinema the world has to offer," said Mitchell-Smith, who formerly served on the Baton Rouge Film Commission.

While film production continues to grow in Louisiana, residents are embracing the culture of the movies and making Baton Rouge a film viewing destination. The local film fanatics couldn't be happier to know local theatres will feature their slice of Hollywood.

"We're a smaller market, but the fact that people are recognizing our city as this fast pace new market where there is an audience for this kind of thing, it just really shows how far we've come as a city and how far we've come as a community and how we rally around the arts and really want something to happen," said Maurel.

Mitchell-Smith says the addition of first run indies can only further the film industry in the state.  She says it opens yet another door into the entertainment industry, catering directly to the audience.

She also believes it will help bring more attention and inspiration to productions rooted in Louisiana culture.

"You can speak to anyone across the state and we've got to be thinking about our indigenous film makers," said Mitchell-Smith. "If we want this to be sustainable, that's where it is. We've got to focus on writers, directors, producers, growing them from the ground up here."

The first indie film to premier is "A Cat in Paris." There are two matinee showings on Friday afternoon.  

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