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Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival closed its eight-day run with the Louisiana Premiere of THIS SIDE OF THE DIRT, followed by a music performance by YVETTE LANDRY, RODDIE ROMERO, BEAU THOMAS AND ERIC ADCOCK on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Acadiana Center for the Arts.  Like opening night with Mary Gauthier, closing night with Yvette Landry featured songs from her upcoming album.  The film screening and music performance was followed by a closing reception with complimentary Tito's Vodka.  THIS SIDE OF THE DIRT, a narrative feature film, is a South Texas family drama steeped in satire and humor written by Tito Beveridge of Tito’s Vodka fame.  

The 2018 Festival lineup of nearly 180 films was chosen from a total pool of more than 1,200 submissions. The majority of the films are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  Included within the official selections are films from across the United States, Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Denmark, Cuba, Peru, Turkey, and Qater.  Filmmakers have been in attendance at the Festival from across the United States, Canada and France.

This year’s “goujon caille” award winners are:

Director’s Choice Award – PATH OF DREAMS / Japan / Dir. Tamara Ruppart (in attendance)

Director's Choice Award - CIRCUIT / Canada, U.S.A. / Dir. Sarah Baril Gaudet (in attendance)

Le Train Bleu Award – ENTRE LE MER ET L’ÉCORCE (BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE    BARK) / Canada / Dir. Mathieu Cyr (in attendance)

Inspiration Award – RIFLES AND ROSARY BEADS / U.S.A. / Dir. Joshua Britt, Neilson Hubbard (in attendance)

Outstanding Acting Award – Miranda Wilson in AN AMERICAN ATTORNEY IN LONDON

Best Narrative Feature – AFTER HOURS TRADING / U.S.A. / Dir. Fredrick Johnson (in attendance)

Best Documentary Feature – GENTLEMEN OF VISION / U.S.A. / Dir. Jim Kirchherr, Frank Popper (in attendance)

Documentary Feature Special Jury Award – MANIC / Canada / Dir. Kalina Bertin

Documentary Feature Special Jury Award – HERMÉNÉGILDE CHIASSON, CONTRAINTS AND BREAK-OFFS / Canada / Dir. Ginette Pellerin (in attendance)

Best Narrative Short – ASYLUM / U.S.A. / Dir. Melinda Raebyne (in attendance)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – AN AMERICAN ATTORNEY IN LONDON / U.K. / Dir. Darrell Alden (with Actress Miranda Wilson in attendance)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – SAUCE À SPAG (SPAGHETTI SAUCE / Canada / Dir. Fanny Lefort (in attendance)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – SEND US SMOKES / Canada / Dir. Michelle Kee (in attendance with Jon Warne and Shane Day)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – PEARLS / Canada / Dir. Shelley Thompson (in attendance)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – LE BAISER (THE KISS) / Canada / Dir. Louise Lamarre (in attendance)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – TIL THE END OF THE WORLD / Japan / Dir. Keishi Suenaga

Narrative Short Special Jury Award – THE GOOD FROM THE BAD / U.S.A. / Dir. Edward Tyndall (in attendance)

Narrative Short Special Jury Award - DRIFTERS:  "WHERE YOU HEADED?" / U.S.A. / Dir. Matthew Dunehoo (in attendance)

Best Documentary Short – LESPOUÈRE (HOPE) / Canada / Dir. Moïse Marcoux-Chabot (in attendance)

Documentary Short Special Jury Award – CHEMINES DE GLACES (ICE PATHS) / Canada / Dir. Claudia Kedney-Bolduc (in attendance)

Documentary Short Special Jury Award – TABLEAU DE PARKTON / Canada / Dir. Julie Frigault (in attendance)

Documentary Short Special Jury Award – LES OUTILES DE MON PÈRE (MY FATHER’S TOOLS) / Canada / Dir. Heather Condo (in attendance with Stephen Jerome)

Best Animated Short – ELIZABETH SEES / Canada / Dir. Val Magarian

Animated Short Special Jury Award – LILY AND THE BABY / Canada / Dir. The Bum Family

Best Experimental Short Robert J. Russett Award – VIRGINITY AND BEYOND / U.S.A. / Dir. Teddy Chang (in attendance)

Experimental Short Special Jury Award – THE BEANING / U.S.A. / Dir. Sean McCoy (in attendance)

Audience Award – LE CHOIX DE THEO (THEO’S CHOICE) / U.S.A. / Dir. Mi KL, Thomas Cauvin (in attendance).

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The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival selected 180 films, including World, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres, from around the world to be screened at venues in and around Lafayette, Louisiana during the annual eight-day Festival held on January 24-31, 2018.  

The Festival opened on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Acadiana Center for the Arts with the World Premiere screening of "Rifles & Rosary Beads," a short documentary about the power of turning trauma into art.  The film chronicles the making of an album by folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier and combat veterans and their spouses at SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreats.  

Following the film, Ms. Gauthier, a Louisiana native based in Nashville, performed songs from the album, which includes eleven deeply personal songs revealing the untold stories and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home.  The album debuted on January 26, 2018.  The Los Angeles Times has said about Ms. Gauthier:  ". . . her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prin and yes, Bob Dylan."  

A gala reception followed. Nashville-based filmmakers (also musicians), Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, who are Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival alums ("The Orphan Brigade") were also in attendance and performed with Ms. Gauthier.  The film was awarded the Festival's Inspiration Award. 

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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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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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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:



Tatara Samurai / Japan / U.S. Premiere

Director:  Tokyo-based Yoshinari Nishikori (in attendance)



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


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

Director:  Montreal-based Phil Comeau (in attendance)


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

Director:  Montreal-based Sara Bourdeau (in attendance)



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

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



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

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



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



Balkan Roots / Australia / World Premiere

Director:  Australia-based Chris Rabbitt (in attendance)



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)



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

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



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)



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

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



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)



Agrinoui / Cyprus / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Alexis Chaviaras



Moon of Sleepless Night / Japan / Louisiana Premiere

Director:  Takeshi Yahsiro



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)



Montreal-based Louise Lamarre (in attendance)

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