Peggy Sweeney-McDonald Named as Managing Director of the Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program

Baton Rouge, LA – September:

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald recently moved back to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana after living in Los Angeles for 18 years. She was the Owner of Superstar Events-L.A., a meeting and event company producing unique and memorable red carpet, non-profit and corporate events across the country. She is the creator/producer of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories about Food, the hit festive live food monologue show and the author of the best-selling coffee table book by Pelican Publishing. Peggy has been a presenter at The Louisiana Book Festival, The Faulkner Society Words & Music Conference, The California Culinary Historians, The Louisiana Restaurant Association, Women of Infinite Possibilities, Passions of the Palate and the Chili Pepper Extravaganza. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and has worked in film, television and commercials. She has written two Louisiana based television pilots and one is a semi-finalist in Randy Becker’s NexTV Entertainment Screenwriting Contest. 

“After attending the 2017 Louisiana International Film Festival in April, I was pleasantly surprised to discover “Hollywood” right here in my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am thrilled to bring my enthusiasm and experience to the festival!” says Sweeney-McDonald.

Chesley Heymsfield, Founder and Executive Director of LIFF, says: “It’s an exciting time at LIFF and Peggy is the perfect match for our continued growth. Her experience and dynamic personality are an asset to be sure we always continue to out do ourselves and never rest on our laurels. She is a great bridge between Los Angeles and Louisiana.”

The Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2011 dedicated to the development of Louisiana’s film, music and innovation talent and representation of that talent to the world via the annual Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF), Louisiana Film Society and Special Events. LIFF aims to provide a platform where talent can foster ideas, skills and relationships that enable them to fulfill their full potential as artists and innovators.

LIFF has hosted luminaries in the industry, such as: Acadent Award-Winning Actress Renee Zellweger (JERRY MAGUIRE, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD), Vincent D’Onofrio (FULL METAL JACKET, BROKEN HORSES), Academy Award-Nominated Actress Sally Kirkland (ANNA), Christy Turlington Burns (GIVING BIRTH IN AMERICA), Kelsey Grammer (FRASIER, BREAKING THE BANK), Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer Maro Fiore (AVATAR, TRAINING DAY), Princess Shaw (PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW), Bernard Rose (CANDYMAN, IMMORTAL BELOVED, FRANKENSTEIN, THE DEVIL’S VIOLINIST), Xavier Samuel (THE TWILIGHT SAGA, FRANKENSTEIN), Leslie Zemeckis (BOUND BY FLESH) , Academy Award-Winning Documentary Short Team Jeff Consiglio (LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM, INOCENTE), Library of Congress Photographer Bob Adelman (1963 Retrospective Exhibit), Emily Best (CEO, Seed & Spark), Chris Garrity (Head of Innovation for Superbowl), Iman Sadeghi (Google), Scout Raskin (Comedy Central) and many more.

LIFF 2018 is scheduled to host a showcase of world class film, music and educational programming April 12 – 15, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

For more information www.lifilmfest.org or call 225-612-2193

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