For Immediate Release:
Media Contacts:

Gretchen Hirt, Gambel Communications
(o) 504.324.4242 (c) 504.338.8460

Sarah Chambless Federer
(o) 504.324.4242 (c) 985.373.5271

WHO: FilmWorks New Orleans; Councilmember James Gray; Will French, co-founder and president of Film Production Capital; Michael Hecht, president & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc.; and Bryan Batt, native New Orleanian actor, designer and author.

WHAT: Celebrate the opening of FilmWorks New Orleans - a new motion picture production facility in New Orleans East. The studio, located just minutes from the French Quarter, offers 37 acres of flexible space, including a 20,000 square-foot stage, a 406,000 square-foot backlot, and two floors of 92,000 square feet of mill/work space each.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 11:00 AM

WHERE: FilmWorks New Orleans, 3501 Jourdan Road, New Orleans, LA 70126

WHY: The studio was once the main headquarters and distribution center of MacFrugal's, a discount outlet chain, which burned down in 1996. Several years later, the property was purchased, restored and utilized as a warehouse. Since October 2014, managing partner George Steiner has led the transformation of the space into one of New Orleans' largest motion picture production facilities.

About FilmWorks New Orleans:
FilmWorks New Orleans is a motion picture production facility offering 37 acres of flexible mill, stage, backlot and other shooting space. FilmWorks New Orleans opened its doors to the movie industry in October 2014 and is currently housing its fourth movie project. For more information about FilmWorks New Orleans, visit