Acadiana folklorist/filmmaker Conni Castille’s new documentary, T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story, is set to begin its rounds of public screenings ahead of this year’s film festivals. Written, directed and produced by Castille, a Breaux Bridge native, T-Galop traces the history of equine culture in Louisiana from colonial times through the modern era, emphasizing the culture’s deep roots within the Cajun and Creole communities. The film documents such aspects of equine culture as bush tracks, zydeco cowboys and the Mardi Gras courir.
The film’s premiere will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center in Lake Charles during the Louisiana Folklore Society’s annual meeting. Other screenings in the Lafayette area will follow.
Castille’s other award-winning documentaries include I Always Do My Collars First (2007), Raised on Rice and Gravy (2009), and King Crawfish (2010).
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.