Kim Carbo

Former New Orleans film commissioner

Former New Orleans film commissioner Kim Carbo died of cancer July 24 in Louisiana. She was 43.

A New Orleans native, Carbo graduated from the U. of New Orleans, where she later pursued her MBA.

Carbo was appointed to head the New Orleans Film Commission in 1986. She directed the group’s efforts in marketing the city as a location for film, television and video shooting and managed the permitting process for film companies on location.

During her tenure as commissioner, Carbo brought an estimated $2 billion to the city’s economy, coordinating productions including “Dead Man Walking,” “Interview With the Vampire,” “The Pelican Brief” and “The Client.”

Carbo also worked with record labels in managing the production of musicvideos in New Orleans and oversaw commercials that used the city as backdrops.

In fall 2003, Carbo retired from her position with the city of New Orleans to become an adjunct professor at Dillard U.

Upon leaving her position as film commissioner, Carbo also became veep of her own public relations, events production and marketing firm.

Carbo is survived by her parents.

Memorial services will be held July 31 at Blessed Xavier Seelos Parish at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 2317 Burgundy St., New Orleans, La. Visitation will be 8-10 a.m., followed by a mass of Christian burial.

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