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Les Acadiens de la Dispersion

Cinema on the Bayou will present the World Premiere of LES ACADIENS DE LA DISPERSION with English subtitles in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the film by Acadian filmmaker Léonard Forest on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Vermilionville Performance Center.  General admission is Free.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film screens at 7:00 p.m.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Vermilionville.  

A Pre-Screening Dinner will be held at Vermilionville's La Cuisine de Maman beginning at 5:30 p.m., and is available for a donation to Cinema on the Bayou Film Society of $75 per person. This event includes dinner, drinks (wine or beer), dessert and VIP seating at the film screening.  A Pre-Screening Backstage Social will be held behind the stage at the Vermilionville Performance Center and is available for a donation of $25 per person.  This social includes heavy hors d'oeuvres in the backstage room from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and two complimentary drinks from the bar.  Advance tickets for the two pre-screening events are required and are available at Eventbrite.

LES ACADIENS DE LA DISPERSION premiered in August of 1968 in Moncton, New Brunswick at the Paramount Theater and then screened later that fall in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Filmmaker Léonard Forest filmed on location in 1966 and 1967 in France, Louisiana and the French Canadian provinces.  He utilized knowledgeable historians of each region as well as subjects of Acadian ancestry to tell the story of the Acadians from the earliest days of colonization.  The film was a production of the National Film Board of Canada, and though it has been widely available since its release, it has only been available in French.  

In marking the 50th Anniversary of the original release of the film, Cinema on the Bayou has joined forces with Alan and Brenda Broussard and family and friends to add English subtitles to the film in order to make it available to a wider audience.  This project was undertaken with the assistance of the National Film Board of Canada and under the guidance of Mr. Forest and his daughter Violaine Forest.

Yvette Landry

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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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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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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