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Twenty years ago, on December 4, 1997,  "Dirty Rice" had its World Premiere in Lafayette at the United Artist Theatre on Kaliste Saloom before an audience of over 1200 people. This debut narrative feature film by acclaimed Cajun filmmaker Pat Mire was released on United Artist screens throughout Louisiana. To this day, "Dirty Rice" holds the record for the longest-running film to play in a Lafayatte movie theatre -- it was booked for a two-week engagement and was held over for five months.

On December 4, 2017, Cinema on the Bayou, in conjunction with Acadiana Center for the Arts, presents "Dirty Rice" at a Red Carpet community celebration of the 20th anniversary of its World Premiere along with Mire and those who starred in, worked on and supported the film. The film screening, which begins at 7:30 pm, will be followed by a  gala reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

An official selection at the 42nd London Film Festival, "Dirty Rice" captures the raw essence of the rural Cajun community in South Louisiana in a tale of a man rediscovering his roots and reclaiming his heritage. As renowned movie critic Neil Norman of the London Evening Standard put it, “While The Big Easy, No Mercy and most recently, Eve’s Bayou, have flirted with the Cajun world, this is the real deal, 100% proof.”

This 20th anniversary screening is a fundraiser for Cinema on the Bayou Film Society, a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit which presents the 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival on January 24-31, 2018.  Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA, at Acadianacenterforthearts.org, or by calling 337-233-7060.  

Film Synopsis (85 min.): Returning from the city of New Orleans, where he works as an architect, to his parents’ farm following the death of his father, Louis Daigle (Benjamin Mouton) is drawn back into thelife of farming and a relationship with an old flame (Myriam Cyr). But times are hard and the falling value of rice is threatening the farmers’ livelihood. Featuring the beautifully shot Cajun prairie landscape and a sound track driven by the haunting music of this unique culture, the film tells the story of a man who, like the people from whom he is descended, manages to survive with passion and grace.

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Filmmakers and film lovers:  come join us in the heart of Cajun country for the 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Louisiana's second oldest film festival, to be held January 24-31, 2018, at venues in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.  Each year, the eight-day Festival presents World, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres of high quality narrative, documentary, animated and experiemental films and the filmmakers who make them in one of the friendliest and most unique cultures in the world.  The regular deadline for films submissions for COTB 2018 is July 21, 2017, through FilmFreeway and WtihoutABox.

In 2017, the Festival lineup of 158 films included 22 narrative features and 20 documentary features, 81 narrative shorts, 17 documentary shorts, and 18 animated shorts. The vast majority of the films were World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres. Included within the official selections were more than 25 French-language films and 22 films from Japan, including the U.S. Premiere of the narrative feature TATARA SAMURAI with director Yoshinari Nishikori and actors Sho Aoyagi and Naoki Kobayashi in attendance from Tokyo. In addition to screening films from across the United States, the Festival also screened films from Canada, France, India, Australia, the U.K., Sweden, Spain, Austria, Cyprus, Mauritius, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 200 filmmakers, actors, musicians and other industry professionals attended from around the United States and the world, including from Canada, Japan, India, Sweden and Australia.  Our coveted "goujon caille" spotted catfish awards by artists Pat and Andre Juneau were awarded in 18 different categories.

Over the years, the Festival also has earned the respect of its many loyal filmmaker alums who come from around the world to share in the joie de vivre that defines the culture here. It says a lot about the festival that these highly talented independent filmmakers not only make repeat visits to Cinema on the Bayou, but also recommend the Festival to their filmmaker colleagues.  In 2018, we look forward to welcoming old friends, making new friends and promoting both establish and emerging filmmakers and the relationship-buiding that is crucial to their continued work. 

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