- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - It’s been several years since “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was filmed in Terrebonne Parish.

Sure, Hollywood South certainly brings the latest stars, television shows and films to New Orleans. But there are certain exterior shots or types of houses that can only be found outside the New Orleans area.

So when “Queen Sugar” premiered in September, it was no surprise that most of it was filmed in parishes outside of Orleans. The Oprah Winfrey Network television series is about a trio of estranged siblings who inherit a sugar-cane farm after their father dies

One of the houses inhabited by the siblings’ aunt is right off River Road in Vacherie, about 30 minutes away from Thibodaux.

And with the show being picked up for a second season, it won’t be a surprise if they bring the cameras to Lafourche Parish since sugar is a major part of the series’ plot.

Louisiana native Katrell Dixon found himself in the area quite often as he made a cameo performance in “Queen Sugar” this season.

Not only was he the basketball coach of the team anchored by Davis West, husband to one of the main characters named Charley, he also served as sports coordinator for the premiere episode’s basketball game.

“Ava (Duvernay) ended up giving me a nice little cameo, but the casting company already knew me from previous sports movies like ‘Hurricane Season’ and ‘Glory Road,’ and they know I coach basketball so they got me to be the coordinator,” Dixon said.

In the scene, Charley walks onto the court as the game is going on to confront her husband about rape allegations that pop up all over the internet.

While Dixon’s job involved making the scene look like a real, live NBA game, he was also tasked with helping that dramatic scene come to life.

“In the South, our sisters are very bold. You want to make it look realistic so we wanted to have him with a ball in his hand when his wife confronted him,” he said.

They practiced the scene for about two days before actually filming it.

Dixon, who is originally from Opelousas but lived partly in Houston, has been in the television and film industry for the last 10 years. Specifically, he’s been part of the Hollywood South wave of actors actually from Louisiana.

“I was there when we were struggling in the industry, when ‘Ray’ and ‘Hurricane Season’ hit the market,” Dixon said.

When people first see him in movies or television shows, he said they most often react as if it was his first time filming.

“As a talent, anytime I get picked or cast I always look at it as a blessing,” he said. “Millions of people want to do this. But a lot of times people just see me and think I’m just starting out. I’ve been doing real well in the film and television business for the last decade.”

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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