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Cinema on the Bayou 2017 is one for the record books.  Thank you to all who helped kick-off the Festival with the U.S. Premiere of Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart, which played to a standing-room only crowd along with Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau and our own Zachary Richard.  And thanks to all of you who helped close out the Festival with the U.S. Premiere of Tatara Samurai, a full-house Red Carpet event with Japanese director Yoshinari Nishikori and Japanese Superstars Sho Aoyagi and Naoki Kobayashi.

It was a remarkable eight days of over 160 films, including World, U.S. and Lousiana Premieres, from around the world and more than 100 filmmakers in attendance from across the United States and Canada, as well as Japan, Australia, India and Sweden.  We laughed and cried and made new friends and saw old ones again.  We worked hard to foster an environment of warmth and acceptance for our artists friends and, by all accounts from those in attendance, we fully succeeded in our mission.  Already, filmmakers are planning their next submissions to COTB 2018, and our loyal attendees are looking forward to next year's offerings. 

This is a community event, one that requires community support and participation, and we appreciate and thank every sponsor, every Friend of the Festival, every individual donee, all-access pass holders, all attendees, volunteers, everyone.  We are all the big winners in this wonderful, moving event. 

Films and filmmakers are also big winners, with the "goujon caille" awarded as follows:

 

DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD - NARRATIVE FEATURE

Tatara Samurai / Japan / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Tokyo-based Yoshinari Nishikori (in attendance)

 

BEST ACTOR - NARRATIVE FEATURE

Tokyo-based Sho Aoyagi (in attendance), Tatara Samurai / Japan / U.S. Premiere 


DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD - DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart / Canada (Quebec) / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Montreal-based Phil Comeau (in attendance)


LE TRAIN BLEU AWARD

L'odeur apres la pluie (The Scent of Rain) / Canada (Quebec) / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Montreal-based Sara Bourdeau (in attendance)

 

INSPIRATION AWARD and AUDIENCE AWARD

Brother David / U.S.A. / World Premiere

Director:  Ronnie Clifton (David Egan's wife, Rhonda, and son, Reuben, in attendance)

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Railway Spine / U.S.A./ Louisiana Premiere

Director:  L.A.-based Samuel Gonzalez, Jr. (in attendance with actor Emily Trosclair)

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE SPECIAL JURY MENTION AWARDS

Saturn Returns / U.S.A. / World Premiere

Director:  Toronoto-based Shawn Tolleson (in attendance)

 

Khoj (The Lost) / India / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  India-based Arka Ganguly (in attendance)

 

A Quiet Storm / U.S.A. 

Director:  New Orleans-based Jason Affolder (in attendance along with producers Aaron Rushin and Jon Wood and cinematographer Jake Springfield)

 

Far-West / France / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Frederic Radepont

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Balkan Roots / Australia / World Premiere

Director:  Australia-based Chris Rabbitt (in attendance)

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SPECIAL JURY MENTION AWARDS

I am the Blues / Canada / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Montreal-based Daniel Cross (in attendance)

Shepherds in the Cave / Canada (Vancouver) / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Vancouver-based Anthony Grieco (in attendance)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Prisonnier 9157 (Prisoner 9157) / Canada (Quebec) / World Premiere

Directors:  Montreal-based Emmanuele Vandycke and Andre Elias (in attendance) 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SPECIAL JURY MENTION AWARDS

Belle-ile-en-mer, ile Bretonne et Acadienne (Bell-ile-en-mer, A Breaton and Acadian Island) / Canada (Quebec) / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Montreal-based Phil Comeau (in attendance)

 

Soy Cubana / U.S.A., Cuba

Directors:  Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov (producer Robin Miller Ungar in attendance)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Break the Will / U.S.A. / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  L.A.-based Jonathan Siebel (in attendance)

 

NARRATIVE SHORT SPECIAL JURY MENTION AWARDS

After October / U.S.A. / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  L.A.-based Pierre Finn (in attendance)


Formol / Canada (Quebec) / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Montreal-based Mikael Huot (in attendance) 

 

La nouvelle-Franciase (I Want You, Moi Non Plus) / Canada (Quebec) / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Montreal-based Sebastian Messinger (in attendance)

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Agrinoui / Cyprus / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Alexis Chaviaras

 

ANIMATED SHORT SPECIAL JURY MENTION AWARD

Moon of Sleepless Night / Japan / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Takeshi Yahsiro

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

Laura, Or Scenes from A Common World / U.S.A., Norway / North American Premiere

Director:  Charles M. Pepiton (in attendance along with director of cinematography Wes Kline)

 

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD FOR FILM PRODUCTION EDUCATION

Montreal-based Louise Lamarre (in attendance)

 

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Cinema on the Bayou Film Society is pleased to announce the 12th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival’s opening night feature film, Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart, which will make its U.S. Premiere at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a gala reception with honored guests, Canadian filmmaker Phil Comeau and Zachary Richard. 

 

This beautiful, cinematic showcase follows renowned singer Zachary Richard on his quest to understand why Acadians and Cajuns are a resilient people and to assess the status of the Acadian identity today. The film made its world premiere in November at the Festival International du Cinema Francophone en Acadie, where it played to a 700+ sold out crowd at the historic Capitol Theatre in Moncton and won the Festival's Best Documentary and Audience Awards. 



The annual eight-day international film festival will close on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at Acadiana Center for the Arts with the U.S. Premiere of the feature film Tatara Samurai. The evening will end with a closing gala reception with honored guests, Japanese director Yoshinari Nishikori, executive producer Eugene Nomura and actors in the film, as well as a Japanese TV and press crew.  

 
Set in 16th century Japan, this visually stunning film tells the story of a young master blacksmith who inherited an ancient steel-making technique, known as Tatara, for creating the purest form of steel used to craft samurai swords, but decides he can best defend his village by leaving to become a samurai and then returns to see his village embrace guns for defense with devastating results.  The film made its world premiere in August at the Montreal World Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Artistic Contribution.

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Pat Mire, founder and artistic director of the Festival said, “Our opening and closing night films, both U.S. Premieres, will be two of our most exciting red carpet events since the second year of the festival, when we sold out more than 800 seats at a local movie theater for our opening night film.  We are extremely proud to open this year with a documentary film featuring our own, beloved Zachary Richard and our friend and COTB alum, the award-winning director Phil Comeau, and then to close out this truly international festival with a narrative film featuring an all-star Japanese cast and the award-winning director, Yoshinari Nishikori, as our guest.” 


The Festival will screen 163 official selections from COTB’s open call for submissions from independent filmmakers around the world along with panels discussions, workshops, music and parties.  Over 200 directors, producers, cinematographers, distributors, actors, grant sources and other industry professionals are expected to attend the festival from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Japan, Australia, India, the U.K. and France.  Film screenings will take place at Acadiana Center for the Arts, Cité des Arts, the Vermilionville Performance Center, and the Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch. 

 
The 2017 festival lineup was chosen from a total pool of more than 1,200 submissions, and includes 106 narrative films, of which 22 are features and 84 are shorts; 40 documentary films, of which 23 are features and 17 are shorts, and 17 animated short films. The majority of the films are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres. Included within the official selections are more than 32 French-language films and 23 films from Japan, as well as films from Cuba, Spain, the U.K., India, Australia, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria, China, Mauritius, Cyprus, the United Republic of Tanzania, Canada, France and across the United States.  Of the 163 official selections, 43 are directed by women, the highest percentage of women directors to date at the festival.  Films in competition will be eligible to win our coveted “goujon caille” award created by local artist Pat Juneau and his son Andre.


Rebecca Hudsmith, who acts as the festival director, said “Once again, independent filmmakers new to the Cinema on the Bayou community, as well as many of our loyal alums, who continue to spread the word about what a great time is had at our festival, have given us the privilege of presenting their precious films to our audiences here in Acadiana.  We look forward to providing them the nurturing environment, for which COTB is so well-known, within which they can thrive and be inspired to create their next great moving image.”

 

Goujon Caille RLH HoldingPhoto Courtesy of Lee CelanoCinema on the Bayou Film Society announces the feature film official selections for the 11th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, taking place January 20-27, 2016, at venues across the city.  The festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 20th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with the opening night film and gala party.  The festival has expanded from five to eight-days and will feature nearly 200 official selections from COTB’s open call for submissions from independent filmmakers around the world.

“The word is out among independent filmmakers that we have a top notch film festival that is very competitive and super fun with great food and music,” says Cinema on the Bayou Film Society President and Creative Director Pat Mire, “and that means we bring really good films and the filmmakers who make them here to Acadiana each January for the benefit of the community, the culture and the film industry in Louisiana.”

The 2016 festival lineup was chosen from a total pool of more than 1,000 submissions, a record number for the festival, and includes 27 narrative features and 25 documentary features, the majority of which are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  The festival lineup will also include 30 documentary short films, 98 narrative short films and 18 animated short films, the majority of which are also World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  Included within the official selections are more than 30 French-language films and 20 films from Japan, as well as films from Nepal, India, Australia, the Dominican Republic, the U.K., Algeria, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Argentina, Canada and France.

 Over 200 directors, producers, distributors, actors and other industry professionals will attend the festival from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Australia, India, the U.K. and France.     

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On Tuesday evening, October 13, 2015, Cinema on the Bayou Film Society will present the world premiere screening of the highly anticipated "ZYDECO CROSSROADS:  A Tale of Two Cities," by veteran filmmaker Robert Mugge.  The 87-minute film documents Philadelphia public radio station WXPN's exploration of the Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana through its yearlong Zydeco Crossroads project.  It features performances by Buckwheat Zydeco, C.J. Chenier, Chubby Carrier, Nathan Williams, Major Handy, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Rosie Ledet, Creole United, Soul Creole, Chris Ardoin, Lil' Nate Williams, Corey Arceneaux and Vasti Jackson.  Featured on National Public Radio, the film also includes interviews by World Cafe host David Dye with many of these musicians, as well as interviews with Zydeco club owner Sid Williams and Zydeco music experts Herman Fuselier and Michael Tisserand.

 

The film screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA, as a fall fundraising event for Cinema on the Bayou Film Society, the Section 501(c)(3) non-profit that presents the annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival.  

 

Admission for the film screening is $10.00 per person, and tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-world-premiere-of-zydeco-crossroads-a-tale-of-two-cities-with-filmmaker-robert-mugge-tickets-18388149450.

 

After the film screening, Robert Mugge and producer Diana Zelman will participate in a Q&A with the audience, followed by a reception.  There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase from Vermilionville.

 

The 11th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 20-27, 2016, expanding from 5 to 8 days to accommodate the screening of at least 15-20% of the hundreds of film submissions the festival has received to date through its international partners.

 

 

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