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What movies are filming in New Orleans right now?

Blake Pontchartrain

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Hey Blake,

What movies are filming in New Orleans right now?

Dear reader,

  Take a drive through the city, and you're sure to spot a fleet of white Hollywood trucks or a crew in full production. You may have even bumped into a Hollywood celeb at a local restaurant or bar. Some recent movies that were filmed here and in other parts of Louisiana include Focus with Will Smith, the sequel 22 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. In addition, the Fox television series American Horror Story: Coven, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, has been filming since July 23 and will continue until January 2014.

  Upcoming productions include 99 Homes with Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, Jan. 6-12; sci-fi adventure Midnight Special with Kirsten Dunst and Michael Shannon, January 2014; Cat Run 2 with Paz Vega, Jan. 13; Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Jan. 29-March 6, 2014 and Wraith, a thriller, Feb. 3-28, 2014 in Kenner

  It's no surprise that production companies want to work here. Our food, culture, and music contribute to a unique sense of place. New Orleans and its surrounding cities also offer a wide variety of settings, including swamps, lakes, rivers, plantations, city streets, rural landscapes and the French Quarter.

  One reason for an increase in filming is the Louisiana Entertainment Industry Tax Credit Program, established to attract movie industry and related businesses. The program began in 2002 and has been revised a few times. For production companies, it currently provides tax credits between 10 percent and 25 percent for certified Louisiana expenditures. In 2012, the program supported more than 15,000 jobs, showing why New Orleans was given the nickname "Hollywood South."

  To stay current with local filming, you can contact Film New Orleans, a division of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy at www.filmneworleans.org.

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