The Butler

Windy Hill is excited to announce that Buddy Patrick will be a producer of "The Butler," a film chronicling the life of White House head butler Eugene Allen. The film is a powerful story about Allen's role in the White House and his struggles to maintain a relationship with his son during the changing tides and civil unrest that swept through our nation in the 1960's.

Over the course of his career, Allen served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986 and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made, from the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Watergate scandal, the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

The role of the butler will be played by Academy Award Winning Best Actor, Forest Whitaker. Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey will star as his wife. Other cast members include Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Mariah Carey, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, Vanessa Redgrave, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Liev Schrieber, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, and David Oyelowo.

The film will be directed by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels. The film began principal photography on July 23, 2012 in New Orleans and will premiere August 16, 2013 nationwide. To view the trailer click here.

Hateship, Friendship

Executive Producer of the upcoming comedy, "Hateship, Friendship." Based on the short stories by Alice Munro "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," the film centers on a nanny hired by an elderly man and his granddaughter.

The nanny falls for a callous prank by the wild teenage girl, which unintentionally orchestrates a romance between her new caretaker and her troubled widowed father. While the father is quite surprised by the unraveling of events, ultimately, it is a prank that the teenage girl does not regret.

The film begins principal photography on October 22, 2012 in New Orleans.

The role of the nanny will star Kristen Wiig, a breakout performer of the blockbuster comedy 'Bridesmaids' and Saturday Night Live. The film will mark the first production for Wiig in New Orleans, LA. The father will be played by Guy Pearce, who has appeared in over 50 movies, including 'Iron Man 3', 'The King's Speech' and 'Momento'.

The daughter will be played by Hailee Steinfield, the Academy Award nominee in 'True Grit'. Hailee will also star in the much anticipated 'Ender's Game'. Three-time Academy Award nominee, Nick Nolte, who has appeared in over 90 movies, including 'The Thin Red Line', 'Warrior' and 'Cape Fear' will star as the grandfather.

Reach Me

Producer of "Reach Me," an uplifting ensemble story of about a dozen featured characters, where lives intertwine and eventually collide as a result of a self-published motivational book and its anonymous author.

The characters affected by the story come from all walks of life, including hitmen, a rapper, mobsters, a priest and an undercover agent. When the characters attend a speaking event by the revealed author, there is no shortage of fireworks.

The project is written and directed by John Herzfield. The dynamic cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Kelsey Grammer, Nelly, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Berenger, Thomas Jane, Danny Aiello, Terry Crews, David O'Hara, Omari Hardwick, Lauren Cohan, Elizabeth Henstridge, Cary Elwes and Ryan Kwante. The soundtrack will include the debut of Nelly's new collaboration with Nelly Furtado.

The film will also be produced by Rebekah Chaney and Cassian Elwes. The film begins principal photography November 5, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Term Life

Executive producer of "Term Life." If Nick Barrow can stay alive for 21 days, he'll die happy. Everyone Nick knows wants him dead; Mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops. Performing the last act of a desperate man, Nick takes out a million dollar insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter. The problem? The policy doesn't take effect for 21 days. Nick knows they'll be lucky to be alive for twenty-one hours.

The screenplay is written by AJ Lieberman based on the novel by Nick Thornborrow. The film will be directed by Peter Billingsley (Couples Retreat). The film begins principal photography in April in Atlanta.

The film will star Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. A Hollywood veteran, Vaughn has starred in favorites like Wedding Crashers, Dodgeball, Swingers and The Internship. Steinfeld recently appeared in Ender's Game and True Grit. Term Life marks the first time Steinfeld and Vaughn have worked together.

The project will be produced by Bill Block, Kevin Scott Frakes, Vince Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn. Production credits include Palmstar Entertainment, Worldview Entertainment, and Wild West Picture Show Productions. Universal will release the movie nationwide in 2015.

American Ultra

Executive producer of "American Ultra," a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down.

Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

The film will star Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenburg. Stewart was the break-out star in the Twilight series and recently appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman. Jesse Eisenburg recently appeared in Now You See Me and Zombieland. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Social Network.

The project will be produced by Anthony Bregman and Kevin Scott Frakes. The screenplay is written by Max Landis and will be directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). The film begins principal photography on April 14, 2014 in New Orleans. Lionsgate will release the movie nationwide in 2015.

Here Lies Love

Windy Hill is excited to announce its first theatrical production, "Here Lies Love." The show recounts the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos'. From her humble origins, Imelda began her career as a local singer and beauty queen in Manila. She was courted by President Ferdinand Marcos and the couple wed 10 days later. Imelda held political positions that allowed her to travel the world and accumulate a vast fortune of riches while her country remained in extreme poverty.

President Marcos was accused of the assassination of Benigno Aquino, which led to the People Power Revolution and ultimately, forced the Marcoses out of office and into exile.

Here Lies Love was conceived by David Byrne, and features lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.

Within a pulsating dance club atmosphere, Here Lies Love is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical, but an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to celebrate Imelda's meteoric rise to political prominence and subsequent tragic consequences of her well-documented abuse of power. To see a preview click here

The Whole Truth

Executive Producer of "The Whole Truth," a courtroom drama surrounding the murder of an affluent, philandering businessman, Boone Lassiter. Richard Ramsey, a defense attorney, is hired by the Lassiter family to defend Boone’s son, Mike, who was found at the scene of the crime. It appears to be a closed case – Mike is guilty. His fingerprints were found on the murder weapon and he has confessed to the crime.

The case seems hopeless for Ramsey; his client is very difficult to work with. Ultimately, Mike takes the stand and reveals some eye-opening facts. The screenplay is written by Nicholas Kazan and the film will be directed by Courtney Hunt.

The film will star Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger. Reeves is the star of several blockbuster films, including The Matrix series and Speed. Zellweger won the Academy Award in Cold Mountain for her supporting role as Ruby. She has also starred in Chicago, Jerry McGuire, and Cinderella Man. The Whole Truth will be her first feature film in five years.

The project will be produced by Anthony Bregman, Kevin Scott Frakes, and Raj Brinder Singh. Production credits include Palmstar Entertainment and Likely Story. The movie begins principal photography July 7, 2014 in New Orleans. The film will be released in 2015.

Sing Street

Inspired by John Carney's childhood and love of music, "Sing Street" is set in 1980's Dublin and follows a teenage boy named Cosmo as he's forced out of his comfortable private-school bubble and into a rough-and-tumble public school, where he forms a ragtag band, starts shooting scrappy music videos, and falls in love.

John Carney (Once) is the writer and director. Bono and The Edge of U2 will be involved in the film's music as well as the film itself.

Anthony Bregman and Carney are producing in partnership with Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass. FilmNation is handling international sales, while the Weinstein Company will release domestically in 2015.

Daughter Of God

Executive Producer of "Daughter of God." After Isabel (de Armas) watches a man step into think air on the subway platform, she is certain that she has witnessed a miracle. The next day, Detective Joey Harper is found dead in her neighborhood with one of her shoes nearby. His partner, Detective Scott Galban (Reeves), is assigned to the case.

As he investigates further, he begins to unravel secrets about Joey that the police would rather remain hidden.

The film is written and Directed by Gee Malik Linton, who is making his directorial debut. The film will be produced by Keanu Reeves, Robin Gurland, Katie Mustard, and Daniel Grodnik. Fortitude International is handling international rights and Lionsgate/Grindstone will release the film in 2015.

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Our mission is to encourage filmmakers to utilize the nation’s premiere filming location, Louisiana, by providing production services and the capital necessary to complete motion pictures.

Joint production of a motion picture by several production companies is a widely used method in the film industry. Windy Hill Pictures has a team of experienced professionals and advisers that control the business-side of a motion picture production. Negotiations and decisions may include budgeting, distribution, financing, marketing, the production itself, or post-production.

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Why Film in Louisiana?

Louisiana's reputation as "Hollywood South" is largely the result of the state's tax credit incentive program for motion picture productions shot in Louisiana. A motion picture project includes a feature-length film, video, television series, or commercial.

Louisiana offers a 30% transferable incentive for total “qualified” in-state expenditures related to the production of a motion picture. An additional 5% labor incentive may be earned on the payroll of Louisiana residents that are employed by a motion picture production. A project must spend at least $300,000 to qualify for Louisiana’s tax credit incentive program.

The tax credits are fully transferable and Louisiana has no limit to the amount of incentives that can be earned by a single production. However, the credits cannot be applied or transferred until the expenditures are certified by the LED Office of Entertainment Industry Development.

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