Natchitoches local Charles Richardson’s latest screenplay entitled “The Hayride” was chosen among 700 hopeful screenplays as a Top 20 finalist for the prestigious New Orleans Film Festival’s annual screenplay competition. Richardson and 19 other eager screenwriters have been invited to attend the festival and meet with industry professionals about their work.
Charles said of getting picked as a finalist, “It is an honor to have been selected as a finalist in the competition. I can only hope that ‘THE HAYRIDE’ will bring some much deserved and overdue recognition to the beloved Saturday night radio show that was brave enough to believe in its own artists.”
“The Hayride” is a short screenplay about the prominent, star-studded Louisiana Hayride. The tagline of the script is, “Rock-n-roll may have been conceived on the streets of Memphis, but it was born on the hardwood stage of the Louisiana Hayride.”
The Louisiana Hayride was a weekly music show that took place every Saturday night from April 1948 to August 1960 in the art deco treasured Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was broadcast as a syndicated radio show, as well. Many country and rock-n-roll greats got their start at the Hayride including Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Horton, and so many more. The famous words, “Elvis has left the building,” were first uttered in the Municipal Auditorium during the Hayride.
The winner of the competition will be announced on October 19 at the New Orleans Film Festival. Charles Richardson’s other works can be purchased on Amazon.