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The red carpet is rolled out and Hollywood South is glistening bright for the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival.

New Orleans is a powerful film force.  Filmmakers from all over are in The Big Easy through Thursday for World Premieres, Film Screenings, and a whole lot of movie magic.

“I think it says something about southern filmmaking that we are definitely a force to be reckoned with,”  Emily Mishalanie said.

“I think it’s great exposure.  It brings people to our city.  The whole thing is good for our city,”  Emily Kingston said.

Los Angeles based filmmaker, Shaun Kosta’s directorial debut, “The Republic of Two” starring Brent Bailey and Janet Montgomery is showing at this year’s festival.  Kosta wrote and directed the film.

“The Republic of Two” is a comedy/drama.  It’s a super honest portrayal of a couple.  I hope it captures the fly on the wall effect, an artful fly on the wall.  I also hope it’s something that’ll start a conversation.  My goal of this film was to capture the couple honestly,”  Kosta said.

Kosta said it’s an honor to have his film playing at the New Orleans Film Fest.  He said the entire film industry recognizes New Orleans’ “it factor”.

“It’s a diverse place geographically.  New Orleans can double as anywhere, ”  he said.

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