Bossier filmmaker wins NOLA press club award

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Bossier City native Al Bohl recently won the first prize award at the New Orleans Press Club’s “Excellence in Journalism Awards.”

The New Orleans Press Club presented Bossier City author, artist and filmmaker Al Bohl with the first prize award at their recent “Excellence in Journalism Awards” ceremony on July 20  for his Best Entertainment Feature article “Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle.”

New Orleans designer Toan Nguyen also won first place the layout and design of the article.

ohl was present in New Orleans to receive the award which was judged by press clubs from Los Angeles, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, Cleveland, Syracuse and Utah.

The Press Club judges commented on the combined excellence of the piece: “Incredibly informative, very well written and filled with facts many people don’t know about the film and its early relationship to Louisiana.”

he article tells the story about the filming of the original Tarzan movie in 1917 in the Atchafalaya Basin swamps near Morgan City, Louisiana.

In 2012, Bohl, in partnership with his daughter Allison Bohl DeHart, released their award-winning documentary about the making of the silent movie “Tarzan of the Apes” which was based upon the popular novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

ohl has been a working author and artist for 40 years.  Currently, he is an instructor for the Talented Arts Program of Bossier Parish Schools.  He teaches stop-motion animation.

The article appeared in the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Fall 2012 issue of “Cultural Vistas” magazine.

For more information about the documentary visit www.tarzanlordlajungle.com and to read the article go to: http://www.nxtbook.com/leh/lcvfall2012/lcvfall2012/index.php#/76.