FILM GROUP GIVES BACK: Members of what has come to be referred to as ‘Hollywood South,’ locals who work in the growing film industry, recently hosted the seventh annual Film Industry Christmas Party at the Bei Tempi Ristorante in New Orleans. Guests were asked to bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to Children’s Hospital.

Bill Rainey, of The Holding Tent; Guy Fernandez, of NOLA Film Industry Events; and Johnny Rock, of Gulf South Actors, hosted this year’s party.

On Christmas Eve, the organizers gave back to the community. Accompanied by Rock, Rainey helped deliver the gifts to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

“They were overjoyed, very happy to see us,” Rainer said.

As the number of film productions has grown steadily over the last 10 years, the New Orleans area now attracts filmmakers from across the country. According to organizers, productions in the area include “The Long Night,” “When the Bough Breaks,” Astronaut Wives Club,” and the TV series “Quarry” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

WIFT-LOUISIANA: Women in Film and Television will host an Alice Evening of social networking from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Sector Restaurant at the National World War II Museum. Speakers will include costume designer and stylist Liz Staub; and producer director Victoria Greene. WIFT-LA board member and producer Sandy Parker will show clips from a recent WIFT-LA sponsored production “Eden House: Keeping the Promise.” Alice Evening events are free to members. Potential WIFT members can attend as guests. For membership information, email or visit

FORGOTTEN BAYOU GALA: A fundraising gala for “Forgotten Bayou, Life on the Sinkhole” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at 807 Esplanade Ave. The film documents the sinkhole formed at Bayou Corne and the nearby bayou community that struggles to cope with this ongoing disaster. Tickets are $75.

For information, email Victoria Greene, producer-director, at For tickets and to view a trailer for the documentary, visit sponsorship/forgotten-bayou.html.