New Orleans may still remain a long way from recovering from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but a record number of movies and television pilots are being shot there this year -- 55 so far, according to the Louisiana film and television development office and reported in today's (Wednesday) USA Today . "In a recovery economy, it's amazing to see what this industry has done for us," Jennifer Day, director of the New Orleans film and video office, told the newspaper pointing out that this year's productions represent an estimated $100 million influx into the local economy. Noting that film production accounted for $400 million in spending in the state of Louisiana last year, Amber Havens of the Louisiana film and television development office, told USA Today : "If there ever was a silver lining to Katrina, this has been it."

16/07/2008