The Monster Trucks and drivers are coming to Jones Creek Regional Library! This coming Friday, March 7, the first 100 people, ages birth to 17 years old who bring two new books to donate to literacy programs will receive two tickets to the Monster Truck Jam held March 8-9 downtown at the River Center. Patrons are invited to have their picture taken with the monster truck and its driver from 3-6 p.m. on Friday.
If you can’t make it to Jones Creek on Friday, you still have a chance to win tickets – simply fill out a “Read and Win” flyer at any Adult Services or Circulation desk or email a picture of you and/or your kids reading a book about trucks to email@example.com to be entered for a chance to win!
See you in the library parking lot! For more information, call (225) 756-1150.
In partnership with Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden, the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, and the Baton Rouge Film Commission, the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) will provide two days of free in-depth film industry training for Production Assistants to locals looking to enter Louisiana’s booming film industry.
Through an $80,000 grant from the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, this training will be offered free to residents of East Baton Rouge Parish, selected through a competitive application process.
These intensive classes will take place March 22 – 23 at Celtic Media Centre, where participants will gain the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for their first job on a feature film, television, or commercial set. Topics will include production paperwork, terminology, and protocol as well as hands-on short radio training, crew departments, and how and where to find work upon class completion.
Seasoned instructors from Quixote Studios’s renowned film-industry training academy, P.A. Bootcamp, include professionals ranging from executive and line producers to First and Second Assistant Directors.
“As we continue to grow the film industry in Baton Rouge, it is important that we provide a trained workforce,” said Mayor Holden. ”These jobs require expertise that can only be gained by training with industry professionals, and we are excited to offer this program at no cost to East Baton Rouge Parish residents.”
Any resident of Baton Rouge Parish is welcome to apply for the program produced by NOVAC, the South’s oldest film and media arts nonprofit.
“For years NOVAC has and continues to offer Production Assistant Training and job placement in New Orleans because it is the entry point for many wishing to begin careers in the film industry,” says NOVAC Director of Programs, Ashley Charbonnet. “Growing the workforce from the ground up is one of the ways that that we will continue to cultivate a local film industry that is a sustainable part of our cultural economy.”
The P.A. Boot Camp training is the launch of a series of film industry trainings that NOVAC will be bringing to Baton Rouge in 2014, signifying a commitment from the parish, city, and the nonprofit to extend job opportunities in the film industry across the state. Residents should look for additional training in film industry trades, including production accounting, grip & electric and more to be announced in the upcoming months.
“For seven years, NOVAC has been providing leading-edge film industry training to residents of the Greater New Orleans area, and we are looking forward to NOVAC adding “BROVAC” to its programmatic offerings,” said NOVAC Executive Director Darcy McKinnon.
The March P.A. Training will be open to 30 participants. Interested applicants should email résumés and cover letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the training, visit novacvideo.org/brovac or call (504) 940-5780.
ABOUT NOVAC: The oldest media-arts nonprofit in the south, NOVAC has a mission to cultivate a sustainable film community by providing access to resources education and locally generated content. NOVAC fulfills this mission through film industry training, filmmaker services, special events and in house productions.
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by Louise Hilton
It’s that time of year again! The 86th Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Check out the official website for all things Oscar: recipe ideas for your very own Oscar viewing party, behind-the-scenes videos, red carpet galleries, an Oscar app for your smartphone, and more.
Don’t miss the official site of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the governing body behind the awards) for the history behind Hollywood’s most legendary night.
All of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees are available in our catalog (or will be available shortly): American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Library also offers a great selection of titles about the Academy Awards, including the newly updated 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards by Robert Osborne, Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy by Debra Ann Pawlak, Oscar Fever: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards by Emanuel Levy, Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards by Bronwyn Cosgrave, and Behind the Oscar: The Secret History of the Academy Awards by Anthony Holden.
For fun fictional takes on the frenzy of Oscar season, try Best Murder of the Year by Jon P. Bloch, Murder at the Academy Awards by Joan Rivers, Oscar Season by Mary McNamara, and Celebutantes by Amanda Goldberg.
Don’t forget to tune in Sunday night!
The River Center Branch Library is hosting a Harry Potter book club this year. This six-part series kicks off this Wednesday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m. with a discussion of the first two books in J. K. Rowling’s magical series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
We’re also planning fun Harry Potter-themed crafts to go along with each meeting. For more information, call (225) 389-4967. Muggles welcome!
All meetings are at 5:30 p.m. The schedule for the upcoming months is:
Wednesday, March 26: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Wednesday, April 23: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Wednesday, May 28:Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Wednesday, June 25:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Thursday, July 31: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) **This meeting is on Thursday instead of our regular Wednesday to celebrate Harry’s birthday on July 31st. Costumes encouraged.