NEW ORLEANS — "Green Book" may have won the actual Academy Award on Sunday, but the Oscar was also a huge win for Hollywood South.
The segregation-era road trip drama was filmed in New Orleans and nearby locations in southeast Louisiana. It featured many local scenes and musicians.
Jay Weigel composed and scored much of the music in "Green Book" from his studio in Mid-City. Weigel said he tuned into the Oscar Awards just as the "Best Picture" honor was announced.
"It feels fantastic on every level," Weigel said. "To see a film that you work on get that kind of recognition makes you feel proud that you got a call in to do something like that."
Weigel also teaches students film scoring in the Music Department at Loyola University. A handful of Loyola music students and instructors appear as band members in "Green Book".
"It just helps," Weigel said. "I think for the program to be in the front edge of an opportunity is wonderful, wonderful for the program."
Green Book's win is also big for the local film industry.
Louisiana Film Entertainment Association President Trey Burvant said it showcases the artists and crew here and the diversity of locations across Louisiana.
"The film alone shot Hammond, Louisiana for New York City, shot Amite, Louisiana for upstate New York, shot a road house at the lakefront in Mandeville as a New Jersey nightclub," Burvant said.
He said business is picking up at Second Line Stages in New Orleans, where Burvant is studio director.
"We're finding that the phones are kind of ringing off he hook right now," Burvant said. "It's about good paying jobs for residents. It's about local vendors getting their businesses enhanced by unexpected spending. It's about creating new residents."
Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson released a statement on Green Book's win.
"Green Book joins a long line of Academy Award-winning movies that have been produced and filmed in Louisiana since the advent of Louisiana's motion picture incentive program," LED Secretary Don Pierson said. "Joining Ray, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave and others, once again we find critically acclaimed motion pictures are very successfully created in Louisiana. We congratulate the creative talent and the Louisiana cast and crew behind this Academy Award-winning best picture."
There are at least 15 shows filming right now or in pre-producton around Louisiana. (see list below)
New Orleans designer Hannah Beachler also took home the Oscar for Best Production Design for her work on Marvel Films' "Black Panther."
Here’s the list of productions currently in the State as of February 22, 2019 from Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development
Television series Filthy Rich will shoot March 7th through March 27th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Television series The Quarry will film March 18th to April 17th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
HOT DATE SEASON 2
Television series Hot Date Season 2 will film April 1st for 20 days in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature film The Lovebirds starring Anna Camp is filming through March 8th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
JAY AND SILENT BOB GET A REBOOT
Feature film Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot starring Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes and Donnell Rawlings will film February 25th through March 28th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
QUEEN SUGAR SEASON 4
Television series Queen Sugar Season 4 will film March 11th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
LOOKING FOR ALASKA
Television series Looking for Alaska starring Charlie Plummer will shoot March 25th for 78 days in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
PURGE SEASON 2
Television series Purge Season 2 will shoot April 23rd through August 25th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
QUEEN AND SLIM
Feature film Queen and Slim, is filming through March 22nd in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Television series Claws Season 3 starring Niecy Nash is filming through May 1st in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH SEASON 4
Television series Queen of the South Season 4 is filming through June 25th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature film Tall Girl starring Steve Zahn is filming January 22nd through March 1st in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
NCIS NEW ORLEANS SEASON 5
Television series NCIS New Orleans starting Scott Bakula is filming until April 29th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature film The Hunt is filming through April 5th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to email@example.com
BLACK AND BLUE
Feature film Black And Blue starring Naomie Harris and Frank Grillo is filming through March 7th in New Orleans. Please send resumes to UPPthemovie@gmail.com
For more information about the film and television industry in Louisiana please visit us online at www.louisianaentertainment.gov