By Vicki Mayer
Early within the twenty-first century, Louisiana, one of many poorest states within the usa, redirected hundreds of thousands in tax money from the general public coffers for you to develop into the head place website globally for the creation of Hollywood movies and tv sequence. Why could lawmakers aid the sort of coverage? Why could voters settle for the policy’s uncomfortable results on their economic climate and culture? Almost Hollywood, approximately New Orleans addresses those questions via a learn of the neighborhood and daily studies of the movie financial system in New Orleans, Louisiana—a urban that has two times pursued the aim of turning into a film construction capital. From the silent period to today’s Hollywood South, Vicki Mayer explains that the charisma of a movie economic climate is inseparable from a winning feel of domestic, while it alterations that position irrevocably.
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Org/licenses. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Mayer, Vicki, 1971- author. Title: Almost Hollywood, nearly New Orleans : the lure of the local film economy / Vicki Mayer. Description: Oakland, California : University of California Press,  | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016046883 (print) | LCCN 2016048419 (ebook) | ISBN 9780520293816 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780520967175 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: Motion picture industry—Louisiana—New Orleans.
Both owe a debt to Hollywood and its modus operandi, which, in turn, owes a debt to a city that inspired an imaginative essayist by way of Cincinnati. Lafcadio Hearn, fan of occult and fable alike, came to New Orleans in 1876 seeking good stories and national audiences. He found both through his creative depictions of voodoo, a hybrid of various black religious rituals with colorful tropes born straight from the writer’s desire for a place that was unlike all others. 33 Along with George Washington Cable, Hearn, and other professional romantics of the place, the late-nineteenth-century chroniclers of New Orleans created the basis for a cultural economy built on the labors of authors and artists, playwrights and performers, as well as the industrial organization of publishers, printers, and publicists.
Supreme Court’s 1948 decision to break up the vertical integration of the industry, combined with the growth of state-regulated national cinemas abroad and an upstart new broadcast medium, pushed Hollywood film production to new locales. Popularly called the Paramount decision, the ruling meant Hollywood’s investors could no longer bank on guaranteed screenings at home or abroad, and instead they made distribution king across all entertainment media. 25 Meanwhile, the rebuilding of national cinemas in postwar locations, regulated public-service broadcasting, and new state financing models at least challenged Hollywood’s colonization of all global screens.
Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy by Vicki Mayer