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Business Buzz: What you should know about Morgan Freeman's '57 Seconds' movie in Lafayette

William Taylor Potter
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

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A movie starring Morgan Freeman and Josh Hutcherson is set to be filmed in Lafayette beginning in April, bringing millions of dollars to the city.

The movie, a time-travel thriller called "57 Seconds," is expected to bring $8.5 million to the city's economy and create 500 jobs, according to the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. Filming will begin April 11 and is expected to last five weeks with 20 weeks of post-production work.

57 Seconds:Morgan Freeman movie being shot in Lafayette, could bring $8.5 million to the city

The production is hiring 80 temporary, full-time positions, such as office assistant, accounting clerk, production assistants (PAs) and more. For information, go to www.lafayette.org/jobs. Resumes should be sent to 57secondssubmissions@gmail.com.

“We are thrilled to welcome the production team for '57 Seconds' to Lafayette,” said Mandi D. Mitchell, president and CEO of LEDA. “Again, Lafayette has demonstrated that our community is a competitive location to do business, particularly for creative economy industries such as film production. I am especially excited about the impact to our local economy during filming and post-production and the potential to grow our local talent pool for future production opportunities.” 

UL working to help establish the 'hydrogen hub'

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is partnering with universities across Louisiana and other states to establish a hub for development, production and the use of hydrogen as fuel, the university said in a release.

The partnership will allow Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas to work together to compete for federal funding. Interest in hydrogen as fuel has grown in recent years, as it could reduce carbon emissions. 

UL joins other universities in Louisiana such as LSU, Xavier and Southern.

“The university’s numerous sustainable energy capabilities include a hydrogen research program across several departments and centers equipped with both state-of-the-art laboratories and for field-scale research," said Ramesh Kolluru, UL's vice president of research, innovation and economic development.

"We have the infrastructure and expertise to build upon our longstanding success in training engineers, scientists, and other professionals to influence and bolster hydrogen production, utilization and storage,” he said. 

Parlor Salon Studios moving into former downtown grocery store

Parlor Salon Studios, a business that provides luxury salon studios for stylists, will be moving into the former Handy Stop building in Downtown Lafayette.

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The business shared a post on Facebook saying it would have 17 more studios in Downtown Lafayette. Parlor has two other locations, one on Ambassador Caffery Parkway and one in Broussard.

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