Public Lecture: Hollywood South and the Decades of Magical Thinking

Early in the 21st century, Louisiana, one of the poorest states in the United States, redirected millions in tax dollars from the public coffers in an effort to become the top location site globally for the production of Hollywood films and tv series

Vicki Mayer Photo: Tulane University, Department of Communications
Evenemang – JMK Onsdag 2 maj 2018. 15:00-17:00

Why would lawmakers support such a policy? Why would citizens accept the policy’s uncomfortable effects on their economy and culture? Vicki Mayer addresses these questions through a study of the local and everyday experiences of the film economy in New Orleans, Louisiana — a city that has twice pursued the goal of becoming a movie production capital. From the silent era to today’s Hollywood South, she explains that the aura of a film economy is inseparable from a prevailing sense of home, even as it changes that place irrevocably.


Vicki Mayer is Professor of Communication at Tulane University and Bonnier Guest Professor at Stockholm University. She writes on media production, the political economies of media and communications industries, and the cultures of media producers and consumers. She is author of three books, including Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017) and Below the Line: Television Producers and Production Studies in the New Economy (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011).

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