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Cinema on the Bayou Film Society is pleased to present the world premiere of COTON JAUNE - ACADIAN BROWN COTTON, a documentary film by Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Chaillot Breaux on the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and hand woven Acadian brown cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them.  

The film screens on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Vermilionville as part of a film program from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the first Acadians in Louisiana. The program will begin with an introduction and short film presentation by filmmaker Pat Mire on the arrival  of the first Acadians to Louisiana and the significant role that women played in keeping the culture alive.    

COTON JAUNE - ACADIAN BROWN COTTON is an important cultural documentary film that tells the story of the women who struggled daily with the rigors of rural life yet found time and energy to create heirloom treasures for their families.  The filmmakers and Dr. Ray Brassieur will participate in a Q&A with the audience after the screening.

A gala reception for the filmmakers will follow with music by the amazing duo of Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux.       


Admission is $5.00 at the door.  There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase from Vermilionville.

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"One of the best weekends of my life.  Thank you so much for letting the orphan brigade be a part of this amazing festival.  Your hospitality, vibe, and true soul are an inspiration.  From Joshua Britt, James DeMain and I, we send our absolute thanks your way." 
     -- Neilson Hubbard, Nashville, Tennessee / The Orphas Brigade:  Sountrack to a Ghost Story / World Premiere / Documentary Feature Special Jury Mention Award 
"Thank you so much for everything!!!!!!!! Long live to cinema on the bayou!" 
     -- Maxime-Claude L'Écuyer / Montréal, Québec / Zsofika / U.S. Premiere / Narrative Short Special Jury Mention Award
"Great festival run by super awesome folks.  I'd almost say we ate too much gumbo, but no . . . there is never enough gumbo!" 
     -- Jay Pennington / Jacksonville, Florida / Ocean Pond / Louisiana Premiere / Audience Award
"Just a little word to tell you how much David and I enjoyed the festival.  Its been a feast of movies:  tapas, starters, entrees and deserts.  You really fed us well.  You are responsible for bringing a community together and for this too, I thank you.  I'm still floating on a cloud." 
     -- Christian Fleury, Montréal, Québec / Everybody Wants To Be A Cajun / World Premiere / Documentary Short Special Jury Mention Award
"Cinema on the Bayou was the nicest festival I ever went to.  Warm and cheerful!  There is no better place than Louisiana for a first award!" 
     Éléonore Goldberg, Montréal / Québec / Errance (Wandering) / U.S. Premiere / Animated Short Special Jury Mention Award Winner 

The 10th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, which will present more than 100 films from around the world, is pleased to announce that this year's Festival will open on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Acadiana Center for the Arts with the Louisiana Premiere of the mulit-award winning narrative short film ONE ARMED MAN.  


The film is based on a play by Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter of To Kill a Mockingbird.  It was directed by Tim Guinee, and stars Charles Haid, Terry Kinney and John Magaro.


The film tells the story of a wealthy cotton gin executive who is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of his arm lost in the gin's machinery.  It has received much praise:


     "I have been in many of Horton Foote's films, including Tender Mercies, 

        and this film is as well made as any of them."  -- Robert Duvall


"Beautifully written, beautifully acted.  It's a stellar piece of work

and people should see it."  -- Matt Damon


A GALA PARTY will follow the film at 8:00 p.m., with our visiting filmmakers from around the world. Music will be provided by SWEET CECILIA and food by JOHNSON'S BOUCANIERE.  There will be a cash bar.


Tickets are $10.00 PER PERSON and can be purchased IN ADVANCE through EVENTBRITE (see below) or at the door on the night of the event.



FESTIVAL PASSES ($40.00 for Jan. 22-25, includes all events at Vermilionville and Acadiana Center for the Arts on those dates) can be purchased IN ADVANCE through EVENTBRITE (see below) or at the door of the venue on the date of the events.


DAY PASSES ($10.00, includes all events at VERMILIONVILLE on either Jan. 22 or Jan. 23; $20.00, includes all events at AcA on either Jan. 24 or Jan. 25) can be purchased IN ADVANCE through EVENTBRITE (see below) or at the door of the venue on the date of the events.


Individual tickets can be purchased at the door of the venue on the day of the film screening or music event.  Film screenings at Pack and Paddle and the Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch are FREE.  Tickets for film screenings at Celebrity Theater Broussard must be purchased through the theater.  


 Purchase Tickets Through Eventbrite 




The 10th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival ended its five-day run in a big way on Sunday with a full day of films at Acadiana Center for the Arts, Celebrity Theaters Broussard and the Lafayette Parish Library South Regional Branch.  An awards ceremony followed the film screenings at AcA along with music by Michael Doucet, Billy Ware and Mitch Reed of the famed, Grammy award-winning band, Beausoleil.  The following winners, all of whom were awarded the coveted "goujon caille" awards by local artist Pat Juneau and his son Andre, were announced at the close of this year's Festival:


Director's Choice Special Jury Award - FLUTTER / Austin, Texas / Louisiana Premiere

Le Train Bleu Award - NOMAD'S LAND / Paris, France / Southern U.S. Premiere

Best Narrative Feature - NOCTURNE / Toronoto, Canada / Louisiana Premiere

Narrative Feature Special Jury Mention - SING THE BLUES / Nashville, Tennessee / Louisiana Premiere

Best Documentary Feature - SAMBA & JAZZ / Rio de Janerio, Brazil / Louisiana Premiere

Documentary Feature Special Jury Mention - THE ORPHAN BRIGADE / Nashville, Tennessee / World Premiere and N'KISI CONCORDE / Detroit, Michigan / U.S. Premiere

Best Narrative Short - LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT / United Kingdom / Louisiana Premiere

Narrative Short Special Jury Mention - DU BON USAGE DE L’AMITIÉ (ON THE PROPER USE OF FRIENDSHIP) / Québec, Canada / U.S. Premiere; ZSOFIKA / Québec, Canada / U.S. Premiere; and A CHESS PLAYER / Charlotte, North Carolina / Louisiana Premiere

Best Documentary Short - DONALD, SUCRIER / Québec, Canada / U.S. Premiere

Documentary Short Special Jury Mention - EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A CAJUN / Québec, Canada / World Premiere 

Inspiration Award - BREAKING IN /  Brooklyn, New York / Louisiana Premiere and VERSUS, UN PROJECT COLLECTIF DE SPIRAFILM (A PROJECT OF THE SPIRAFILM COLLECTIVE) / Québec, Canada / U.S. Premiere 

Best Animated Short - LE PUITS (THE WELL) / Québec, Canada / U.S. Premiere

Animated Short Special Jury Mention - ERRANCE (WANDERING) / Québec, Canada / U.S. Premiere

Audience Award - ONE ARMED MAN / Stone Ridge, New York / Louisiana Premiere and OCEAN POND / Jacksonville, Florida / Louisiana Premiere.


Congratulations to everyone and thanks to all of the filmmakers, actors, producers, musicians and guests who traveled to Lafayette to attend the festival from Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Moncton, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Washington, D.C., California, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Shreveport and New Orleans.


Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, announces its official program selections for COTB 2015, including more than 100 films from around the world.  


In addition to the film screenings, the Festival will present workshops, expert panels, nightly parties, and live music performances, including Bas Clas, Isle Dernière, Michael Doucet and Friends and a host of other musicians from Nashville, Austin, Acadiana and New Orleans. More than 100 filmmakers and actors are expected to attend from Montreal, Toronto, Moncton, London, Italy, Brazil, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Nashville, Chicago, Shreveport and New Orleans.  Information on films, events and ticket purchases will be posted in early January. 


Official Program selections include:


Catalyst, U.S.A. / 82 min, Louisiana Premiere

Tasmanian Tiger, U.S.A. / 81 min, Louisiana Premiere

Know How, U.S.A. / 106 min, Louisiana Premiere

The Age Of Reason, U.S.A, / 93 min, Louisiana Premiere

Our Life In Make Believe, U.S.A. / 96 min, Louisiana Premiere

A Standing Still, U.S.A. / 80 min, Louisiana Premiere

Last Spring Break, U.S.A, / 81 min.

Nocturne, Canada / 117 min, Louisiana Premiere

Sing The Blues, U.S.A. / 61 min, Louisiana Premiere

Flutter , U.S.A. (Texas) / 96 min, Louisiana Premiere



Samba & Jazz, Brazil / 90 min, Louisiana Premiere

N’Kisi Concorde, U.S.A. / 68 min, U.S. Premiere

Coming Back To The Hoop, U.S.A. / 84 min, Louisiana Premiere

Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying, U.S.A. / 100 min, Louisiana Premiere

Blood, Sweat and Beer, U.S.A. / 71 min, Louisiana Premiere

The Orphan Brigade - Soundtrack To A Ghost Story, U.S.A. / 77 min, World Premiere

We Won’t Bow Down, U.S.A. / 95 min

Nomad’s Land, France / 53 min, Southern U.S. Premiere

Zack and Addie, U.S.A. (Louisiana) / 75 min.

Rhéal Cormier-Toujours plus haut (Always Reach High), Canada (New Brunswick) / 51 min, U.S. Premiere

Québékoisie, Canada (Québec) / 80 min., Louisiana Premiere

Inseguire il vento (Chasing The Wind), Italy / 57 min, U.S. Premiere



One Armed Man, U.S.A. / 27:04 min, Louisiana Premiere

Cassandra, France / 14:17min

Room 618, U.S.A. (Louisiana) / 15:14 min

A Madárevö (The Birdeatress), Hungary / 10 min, Louisiana Premiere

Four Brothers, Or Three. Wait . . . Three, U.S.A. / 5 min, Louisiana Premiere

A Chess Player, U.S.A. /  23 min, Louisiana Premiere

Cairo Year Zero, Egypt/Greece /  22 min, Louisiana Premiere

The Space Station, U.S.A. (Arkansas)  /  29 min, World Premiere

Righteous, Canada /  11 min, Louisiana Premiere

Destiny Jones, U.S.A. / 16 min, Louisiana Premiere

Sponge, U.S.A. / 8:08 min, Louisiana Premiere

Somebody’s Darling, U.S.A. / 15 min, World Premiere

Ocean Pond, U.S.A. / 24 min, Louisiana Premiere

Breaking In, U.S.A. / 5 min, Louisiana Premiere

Rendez-Vous, U.S.A. (Louisiana) / 12:18 min

The Old Man And the Mountain Lion, U.S.A. / 29 min, Louisiana Premiere

Pigeon, New Zealand / 8 min, U.S. Premiere

Jimmy, Canada (Moncton) / 10 min, U.S. Premiere

Tumble Dry Low, U.S.A. (Texas)  / 7 min, Louisiana Premiere

Showtime, U.S.A. / 6 min, Louisiana Premiere

Lapsus, France / 30 min, Louisiana Premiere

The Pitch, U.S.A. / 24 min, Louisiana Premiere

Jachère (Fallow), Canada (Québec) / 17 min, U.S. Premiere              

Gate, Canada (Québec) / 10 min, U.S. Premiere

Tala, Canada (Québec) / 13 min, Louisiana Premiere

On The Proper Use Of Friendship, Canada(Québec) / 15 min, U.S. Premiere

I Am Not A Great Actor, Canada (Québec) / 20 min, U.S. Premiere

Condominium, Canada (Québec) / 7 min, U.S. Premiere

Swallowed, Canada (Québec) / 18 min, U.S. Premiere

Edges, Canada (Québec) / 16 min, U.S. Premiere

Epicentres, Canada (Québec) / 15 min, U.S. Premiere           

Zsofika, Canada (Québec) / 14:55 min, U.S. Premiere

Secret Agent Jones Takes A Lover, U.S.A. (Louisiana) / 15 min.

Loin (Away), Canada (Québec)  / 10:16 min, U.S. Premiere

Beneath Water, U.S.A. / 15 min, Louisiana Premiere

Love At First Sight, U.K. / 14 min, Louisiana Premiere

A Mile In These Hooves, Canada / 15:12 min, Louisiana Premiere

Gun, U.S.A. / 6:11 min, Louisiana Premiere

Home, U.S.A. / 11 min, Louisiana Premiere



The Curse and the Symphony, U.S.A. (Texas) / 19 min, Louisiana Premiere             

They Asked Nobody, Canada (Québec) / 10 min., U.S. Premiere

Close, Africa / 13 min, Louisiana Premiere

Dockery & Son, U.S.A. / 13 min, Louisiana Premiere

Everybody Wants To Be A Cajun, Canada (Québec)/U.S.A.  /  23 min.

Herd, Canada/U.S.A. / 11:47 min, Louisiana Premiere

The Soldier’s Journey, Canada (Québec) / 8 min, U.S. Premiere

The First Time, Canada (Québec) / 8 min, U.S. Premiere

Donald, Sucrier, Canada (Québec) / 22 min, U.S. Premiere

Pier (Le), Canada (Québec) / 30 min, U.S. Premiere

Textiles de Cordes, Canada (Québec) / 2 min, U.S. Premiere

Parallel North, Canada (Québec) / 7 min, U.S. Premiere

Sing Pedestrian Sing, Canada (Québec) / 5 min, U.S. Premiere

(Re)Trace, Canada (Québec) / 9 min., U.S. Premiere

Blockbusted, U.S.A. / 5:36 min, Louisiana Premiere



Esbark et le Roi Hot-Dog, Canada (Québec) / 5 min, U.S. Premiere

Lilly’s Big Day, Canada / 5 min, Louisiana Premiere

Coffee And A Bagel, U.S.A. / 5 min, Louisiana Premiere

Wandering, Canada (Québec) / 7 min, U.S. Premiere

Filmmaker (The), Canada (Québec) / 1 min, U.S. Premiere

Blue Marble (The), Canada (Québec) / 7 min, U.S. Premiere

Tiger, Canada (Québec) / 3 min, U.S. Premiere

1000 Plateaus, Canada (Québec) / 4 min, U.S. Premiere

The Well, Canada (Québec) / 12 min, U.S. Premiere.


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