Roundup: Calling Louisiana filmmakers / New LSU Press director / Oil train comeback

Action!: Louisiana Public Broadcasting is accepting short film entries from local filmmakers for possible inclusion in the eighth annual PBS Online Film Festival. The festival showcases stories from filmmakers across the country, and will take place this summer. To enter, filmmakers should send a link of their film—which can be fiction or nonfiction, and can range from 3 to 15 minutes—to filmfest@lpb.org for review. Entries should also include the filmmakers’ contact information and a two to three sentence description of the film. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 18. Get more details.

Pressing on: Alisa Plant has been named director of LSU Press and publisher of The Southern Review, effective March 4. Plant returns to LSU Press from the University of Nebraska Press, where she served as editor-in-chief since 2015. She previously worked in acquisitions at LSU Press for nearly a decade. Founded in 1935, LSU Press is a nonprofit book publisher dedicated to the publication of scholarly, general interest, and regional books. LSU has more details on Plant’s hire.

Down the tracks: The use of trains to carry crude oil is surging after dropping in recent years amid concerns about safety, as drillers in parts of North America produce more oil than area pipelines can accommodate. The Wall Street Journal reports an average of 718,000 barrels of crude a day traversed America’s railways as of October, the latest data available, an 88% increase from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That compares with a peak average of about 1.1 million barrels in October 2014. Read the full story.

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