Film Industry Reacts to "Party Down South" Controversy

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Updated: 6/05/2014 11:03 pm
Some Ocean Springs residents want “Party Down South” to take their party elsewhere.
It’s behavior featured on promos from “Party Down South” that prompted the Ocean Springs Board of Alderman to pass a symbolic resolution urging C.M.T.’s reality show to party somewhere else.

Francisco Gonzalez of Gonzaflex Productions is a familiar face in the South Mississippi TV and Film Making world. He is the cinematographer behind scenes recently shot in Ocean Springs for the feature film Artists Die Best in Black. Gonzalez sees the pros and cons of this controversial issue.

Gonzalez says, “It’s okay to talk about the concerns of the community and what aren’t the concerns of the community. What I can tell you is this, the movie and film industry and the media industry is a great form of stimulating the economy.”

Fayr Barkley is a TV and film industry expert. Barkley has worked on big budget TV and film productions across the nation, including some in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Barkley says, “I have been in the position as a producer more than once in Los Angeles. I can see both sides of the issue. Both sides want what they want. The bottom line is always the same: either a project will film in a community of it won’t. Sadly, what leads up to that resolution isn’t always pretty.”

Local TV and filmmakers News 25 spoke with say any production can bring more money to our local economy, from that of a location manager to craft services.

Gonzalez says, “The economic impact of these productions to the coast are going to bring in huge—millions of dollars.”

Whether “Party Down South” will be one of those to make the cut in Ocean Springs remains to be seen. The producers of “Party Down South” also produced the reality TV show, “Jersey Shore.” They have offered to put on a fireworks display on Independence Day for the city of Ocean Springs if they film there.
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