HOLLYWOOD SOUTH FILM TOUR
Your tour starts on the Mississippi River, where F. S. Armitage shot films for the Biograph Company as early as 1898, and which serves as the setting of unforgettable scenes from many movies, including Elia Kazan’s PANIC IN THE STREETS and Tony Scott’s DEJA VU, a film which was instrumental to New Orleans’ post-Hurricane Katrina rebirth.
Delve further into the roots of film at the site where movies found their earliest audience,
Vitascope Hall, the world’s first permanent, purpose-built movie theater.
Visit the majestic old movie palaces along Canal Street such as the Saenger which hosted the premiers of THE BUCCANEER (1938) and THE CINCINNATI (1965), as well as The Orpheum which premiered Marlena Dietrich’s THE FLAME OF NEW ORLEANS (1941).
Proceed to St. Louis Cemetery #1, site of a notorious scene from EASY RIDER, and on to the French Quarter, home to multiple film sites, including JEZEBEL, KING CREOLE, THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, LIVE AND LET DIE, WILD AT HEART, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, RUNAWAY JURY, THE PELICAN BRIEF, JFK, and INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.
Learn about South Louisiana’s currently thriving film industry and which movies are in production at the moment.
Aside from being a published author and produced playwright, tour guide Rob Florence is also an award-winning filmmaker. His documentary ZACK AND ADDIE’s honors include: Best Documentary Feature / Amsterdam Film Festival (Van Gogh Award); Royal Reel Winner / Canada International Film Festival Documentary Feature Competition; Best Documentary Feature / U.K. Film Festival; Best Editing of a Documentary / Madrid International Film Festival; and Best Director of a Documentary Feature / St. Tropez International Film Festival. Rob is also an actor who, among other roles, had a speaking part in the Academy-Award nominated THE BIG SHORT, and shot two scenes with Sean Penn in ALL THE KINGS MEN. Rob is currently working on a documentary about Cosimo Matassa’s recording studios.