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Come join us for the World Premiere screenings of three Louisiana films today, February 1st, beginning at 5:00 pm at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette, LA 70501.  The film screenings will be followed by a reception for the filmmakers with a Catfish Courtbouillon "tasting" and music by Jane and John Vidrine and Les Babalous.  There will be a cash bar. 
Tickets are $5.00 per film or $10.00 for the evening and can be purchased at the door or online at:  https://cinemaonthebayou2022.eventive.org/schedule


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SOMEWHERE SOMETHING'S BURNING (24 min) is a narrative short film by Pineville, Louisiana native Graham Holt, and tells the story of a family struggling with the loss of their patriarch.  The film screens at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

MR. ASHLEY LIVED HERE (27 min) is a documentary short film by New Orleans native Hannah Timmons.  The film, which screens at 5:45 p.m., relies on interviews and hand-drawn animation to reflect on the lives of six former sharecroppers who grew up on the filmmaker's family farm and former plantation in the heart of central Louisiana.  The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

ZYDECO HERITAGE (58 min) is a documentary feature by Emma Hernandez Sangaré, originally from Lafayette, and Toumani Sangaré, filmmakers based in Senegal.  Over the course of 10 years, they visited Louisiana and worked on this film, an ode to the Zydeco history and culture of Southwest Louisiana.  Emma and Toumani introduce the film from Senegal.  It will screen at 6:45 p.m.

The film screenings will end with a special surprise tribute to Cajun musician Ray Abshire with the screening of raw film footage (6 min) of him by filmmaker Pat Mire.  A reception with a Catfish Courtbouillon "tasting" and music by Les Babalous will follow the film screenings at 8:30 p.m.




The eight-day Festival will close on Wednesday, February, 2, 2022, with the World Premiere of the documentary feature film BIG OLD GOOFY WORLD - THE STORY OF OH BOY RECORDS (51 min), a film from two COTB alums, Nashville-based musicians and filmmakers Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard. The film tells the story of Oh Boy Records, co-founded over 40 years ago by the great John Prine, through interviews of him and his family, along with interviews of other music world professionals and vintage film footage. The screening will be followed by a sampling of John Prine music from some of Nashville's and Lafayette's finest musicians and a reception for the filmmakers at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette, LA 70501.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the film screens at 7:00 pm. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the door and  online at:  https://cinemaonthebayou2022.eventive.org/schedule



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Last year's Festival, as with so many arts events during the Pandemic, was virtual, with all films screening online along with discussions with filmmakers, judges and Festival alums, as well as the Festival's award ceremony.  Our distinguished judges awarded our coveted "goujon caille" (spotted catfish) awards as follows:



Lumen / Canada / Dir. Sarah Seené – Best Experimental Short

Digits of Pi / U.S.A. / Dir. Tom Bessoir, Joshua Pines – Special Jury Award

Matin Ecchymose / Canada / Dir. Emilie Peltier

Boomerang / Canada / Dir. Nayla Dabaji

Organ Failure / United Kingdom / Dir. Alex Sultoon

Drink Some Darkness / U.S.A. / Dir. Trevor Mowchun

8x8 / Canada / Dir. Maiza Dubhé

Wave Form / Canada / Dir. Daniel Tysdal

Lairs / U.S.A. / Dir. Emma Penaz Eisner

Salvage / U.S.A. / Dir. Christopher Boulton




The Bear Hunter / Japan / Dir. Sayaka Hara – Best Animated Short

Yuan Yuan and the Hollow Monster / U.S.A. / Dir. Catherine Chen – Special Jury Award

Home? / U.S.A. / Dir. Helena Giersz

Überfrog / Finland / Dir. Tuomas Kurtakko

Mex and the Animals / Canada / Dir. Elisa Gleize

Lèvres bleues / Canada / Dir. Philippe Hamelin

52 – A Tale of Loneliness / U.S.A. / Dir. Johnny DePalma




Stefanos Rokos:  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ No More Shall We Part, 14 Paintings 17 Year Later / Greece / Dir. Rinio Dragasaki, Araceli Lemos – Best Documentary Short

Our Roots Weave the Land / Canada / Dir. Guillaume Baillargeon – Special Jury Award

Koppmoll / U.S.A. / Dir. Charles M. Pepiton – Special Jury Award

Une façon d’etre ensemble (A Way of Being Together) / Canada / Dir. Francine Hébert 

Hyphen / Canada / Dir. Laura Kamugisha

Pitoc e icinakosian / Canada / Dir. Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé and Gerry Ottawa

Guardians of the Gulf / Canada / Dir. Cait Martin Newnham, Ulla Laidlow

Blue Arvida / Canada / Dir. David D.D.




Les Derniers Vilains (The Last Villains), Mad Dog & the Butcher / Canada / Dir. Thomas Rinfret – Best Documentary Feature

The Falconer / U.S.A. / Dir. Annie Kaempfer – Special Jury Award

Sapelo / Switzerland / Dir. Nick Brandestini – Special Jury Award

Jazz Club Owner / Canada / Dir. Guylaine Dionne

Ale / Switzerland / Dir. O’Neil Bügi 

Passage / Canada / Dir. Sarah Baril Gaudet




L’Âge D’or (The Golden Age) / Canada / Dir. Emmanuelle Lacombe – Best Narrative Short

Roseline comme dans les films (Roseline Like in the Movies) / Canada / Dir. Sara Bourdeau – Special Jury Award

Je suis amoureaux de mes souvenirs (I’m in Love with My Memories) / Canada / Dir. Étienne Galloy – Special Jury Award

Rembobine (Rewind) / Canada / Dir. Hugo Chetelat

Idol / Japan / Dir. Ryushi Lindsay

Old Hen / U.S.A. / Dir. Todd I. Gordon

Brothers / U.S.A. / Julia Coulter

Biche & Louve (Doe & She-Wolf)/ Canada / Dir. Sandrine Béchade

What’s This Country Called Now? / U.S.A. / Dir. Joseph Pierson

Padmavyuha / U.S.A. / Dir. Raj Krishna




Small Town Wisconsin / U.S.A. / Dir. Niels Mueller – Best Narrative Feature

Love / Albania / Dir. Dionis Papadhimitri – Special Jury Award

Monkey Beach / Canada / Loretta Todd—Special Jury Award

Bone Cage / Canada / Dir. Taylor Olson

Electric Jesus / U.S.A. / Dir. Chris White


Best Louisiana Film:

Broken Down / U.S.A. / Jessy Cale Williamson


Inspiration Award:

Red Balloon / Canada / Dir. Avi Federgreen


Cinematography Award:

Je finirai en prison (I’ll End Up in Jail) / Canada / Dir. Alexandre Dostie


Le Train Bleu Award:

Old Hen / U.S.A. / Dir. Todd I. Gordon


Audience Award:

Theatrics of Space:  Colleagues and Students Remember George Loli / U.S.A. / Dir. Miguel Lasala


Director’s Choice Award:

Vidéographe 50th Anniversary Program: The Vidéographes – Behind the Frames



The Narrative Feature Films Jury is made up of Olivier “Bill” Bilodeau, founder of and long-timer programmer for the Festival de cinema de la ville de Québec (the Québec City Film Festival), world film-festival traveler and a long-time partner with Cinema on the Bayou; and Andy Cope, a film producer based in Austin, Texas, whose films, including the COTB-award-winning “Flutter,” have screened at Cinema on the Bayou.

The Documentary Feature Films Jury includes the award-winning, internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaking team of Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins of MÕ Films, and Cinema on the Bayou alums, based in Québec City, where Ms. Carrier also serves on the Board of Directors of the Québec City Film Festival; Helgi Piccinin, a Québec independent documentary filmmaker and Cinema on the Bayou alum, who is based primarily in Montréal.

The Narrative Short Films Jury includes Louise Lamarre, an independent filmmaker-researcher who is a professor of film production at Concordia University in Montréal and has been involved in more than 40 film productions; Shaan Couture, a French-American film director and producer based in New York and Paris, who has directed award-winning documentary and narrative films; John Blouin, based in Québec, is an award-winning director and writer of narrative and documentary films and the creator of LUX, a cinemographic installation and his most recent touring work.  All three are COTB alums.

The Documentary Short Films Jury includes Edward Tyndall, who is an independent filmmaker, writer and producer of both documentary and narrative films and who serves as assistant professor of film and television at the University of Colorado in Denver; Bonnie Friedman, who is a documentary filmmaker who has worked in the film industry nearly 30 years and is based in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. 

The Cinematography Jury includes Greg Milneck of Baton Rouge, founder of Digital FX, and filmmaker and cinematography Jimmy Ferguson of JWJ Films in Brooklyn, N.Y.  

The Animiated Short Judge is Wendell Riley, who is based in Shreveport, Louisiana, is an Emmy-nomiated producer, production manager and former member of the Academy Award winning Mootbot Studios.  

The Experimental Short Judge is Bruce Allen, an artist and filmmaker who is also based in Shreveport, and who is a retired professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Centenary College of Louisiana. 

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