Posted by Kurt on April 19, 2012
Festival season continues with two festivals that are close to home….well for me anyway.
If you have been paying attention to media news lately, you should know that the south Louisiana area has become a mecca for the movie and media industries. I’m proud to live and work in a parish (St. Charles) that had the foresight to include new media in their curriculum. The school board has invested in the future by building a Satellite Center to serve as a place for high school students to receive intensive instruction in Health Sciences, Engineering, Education, as well as other classes. The Digital and Interactive Media as well as the Advanced TV departments of the Satellite Center have come together to create the http://www.scvaf.org/”>Satellite Center Video and Animation Festival. The festival will be held this Friday, April 20 from 4-8 at the Professional Learning Center in Luling, LA.
Starting out just locally, the festival now includes numerous schools from the region. Students work on animation (2d and 3d) as well as film projects such as PSAs and documentaries. Trust me, if you can afford the $1 admission and the time, you will be impressed. I always am. Besides being a showcase for student work, this truly is a film festival. Judges are professionals from the business from around the world. The keynote speaker this year will be from the Academy Awarding winning Moonbot Studios.
If you are looking for a more traditional fair, this weekend my hometown of Lockport is throwing it’s annual “swamp pop extravaganza.” While the food is very good, I tend to always get the grillades. The fair is very laid back and features a lot of local music. In other words, it’s a great way to pass a good time.
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Posted by Kurt on April 19, 2011
Saturday morning, I headed to the German Coast Farmer’s Market at the Ormond Plantation to get my vegetables for the week. I came home with some fresh green beans, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots and some spicy hog’s head cheese. All for better prices than I would have paid at Winn Dixie. I also came home with a new obsession: Mama Mary’s Apple Cinnamon Pepper Jelly.
The jelly is the perfect amount of sweet and heat. I made sure we have had something to spread it on at every meal since. Biscuits for supper and dinner, just on plain bread for a snack, or with some fresh ground peanut butter from Whole Foods for lunch. My only problem with is that I bought a small jar, and I will be out-of-town this Saturday.
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Posted by Kurt on April 5, 2011
Satellite Center Video & Animation Festival (Image via SCVAF.org)
Looking for something to do Friday? Well there is the Strawberry Festival and the French Quarter Festival which are always to great events. However, if you are looking for something more low key yet still showcasing some great art then take a chance on the Satellite Center Video and Animation Festival.
The Satellite Center Video and Animation Festival (SCVAF) has been around for six years now. The festival, the brain child of the St. Charles Parish Satellite Center teachers Brian Gough, Rhitt Growl, and Albert Dupont, showcases student films. The festival has grown from just represent St. Charles Parish students to having schools from all over Louisiana. It is now one of the largest high school film festivals in the country.
Having had students enter in the completion in the past, I can definitely say how amazing it is to see some of the work that comes from these young people. The judges are all people who work in the industry and from all over the world. Dr. Stacey Simmons, founder of Red Stick International Animation Festival & BRADIC, will be the guest speaker.
And money shouldn’t be an issue, since the cost is only a dollar. The Festival will be held at the Professional Learning Center in Luling on Friday, April 8, 2011. The general showings will be from 4-7 with the awards ceremony being held from 7:15-8 pm.
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