A pop-up exhibit of Louisiana Movie Posters will present graphic images that have allowed the world to imagine Louisiana through film. The exhibit will be on view during regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 21 and with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington. Admission is free.
The two-day exhibit will feature original posters from movies that filmed in St. Tammany, ranging from the 1956 film “Swamp Women,” to the 2018 Academy Award winning “Green Book.” The posters, stills and trailers are from authors Ed and Susan Poole.
Ed Poole will use these images, which are known as film accessories, to give a presentation on Louisiana Film History from 3-4 p.m., Saturday, June 22 at the STAA.
The public is invited to see the exhibit and presentation and take pictures on the red carpet in front of the Louisiana Movie Wall. The gallery will remain open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during the Kokomo Stroll throughout downtown Covington.
There will be international renditions, such as the German poster for the James Bond 1973 classic “Live and Let Die” and the Japanese poster for the 1982 horror film “Cat People,” which both filmed in Slidell; and the
British posters for the 2012 indie hit “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and the 1997 film “Eve’s Bayou” which both filmed in Madisonville.
The Pooles are international collectors and film accessory researchers who have archived more than 1,000 movie posters of films made in Louisiana. They have helped preserve the history of the America’s first movie theater, Vitascope Hall, built in 1896 in New Orleans, and helped in the development of the first stage of the Louisiana Film Trail for the state Department of Tourism. Their books include Crescent City Movie Posters and Louisiana Film History and they maintain a repository of images and information at www.hollywoodonthebayou.com. The program marks the beginning of a new partnership between the nonprofit St. Tammany Art Association and the Pontchartrain Film Festival to bring media arts programming to all ages. More than 80 prints of the Louisiana’s iconic movie posters will be on sale with proceeds to benefit the new partnership.
The pop-up exhibit will be followed by a new series in July titled Film Talks, that will bring noted film professors to the STAA Art House Gallery for informal conversations on film. Imagine film school, without the tests. The Film Talks will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and opens July 10 with Angela Catalano, UNO professor of Film & Theater at the University of New Orleans; July 17, Mari Kornhauser, LSU Professor of Screenwriting; July 24, Mike Miley, Professor of Film Studies, Loyola and July 31, Dylan Mininger, film editing instructor, UNO.
For information, call the STAA at (985) 892-8650 or visit www.PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.
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