Moviemaker wants to bring films to Paradis

In a request entitled, “Paranoid to travel to personal property,” Conrad Adams asked the St. Charles Parish Council for help with protecting his Paradis property in anticipation of making his latest film there.

Purchased in 1983, the Westwego resident acquired the land for filmmaking, particularly to store materials there for productions as part of what he considered pursuing the American dream. But he told the council that’s far from how it has worked out for him.

“That is an American nightmare,” he said. “I’ve had vandalism on top of vandalism.”

Adams said it’s coming from a neighboring trailer park.

“I feel like I have been promoting St. Charles Parish because I’ve already done 15 assignments on my property,” he said. “But people go on my property like they own my property, but they never offer to pay the taxes. I’m promoting St. Charles Parish, but I just don’t feel the parish in the past has been supporting me.”

Conrad Adams

Adams, owner of SA & MA Enterprises in Westwego, plans on using his 12.6 acres on Cajun Paradise Road to film his latest project.

He’s been invited to participate in New Orleans’ “The 48-hour Film Festival.”

Once Adams gets his assignment on July 26, he literally has 48 hours to write the script, get a crew and film it.

Adams has been a filmmaker for five years, but he’s also an actor and performance stunt driver for the movie industry. He’s done stunts in the movies “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Dukes of Hazzard.”

“I’ve had the fortune to be at the right place at the right time,” he said. “I’ve been in about 100 movies. I absolutely enjoy it.”

“I feel like I have been promoting St. Charles Parish because I’ve already done 15 assignments on my property.”    — Conrad Adams

As for St. Charles Parish, Adams added, “I may sleep in Westwego, but my heart is in St. Charles Parish.”

Conrad Adams’ major movies

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Déjà Vu
  • Dukes of Hazzard
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