T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story by Breaux Bridge filmmaker Conni Castille has been accepted into the New Orleans Film Festival. Written, directed and produced by Castille, 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.

Upon receiving notice of T-Galop's acceptance to the festival, Castille shared the news with her crew — Misty Tally, Brian Richard, Allison Bohl, Kristi Guillory. "I knew that they too would be excited about getting their creative work into the festival. After all, you don't make a movie by yourself." Castille was also informed that T-Galop has been placed in the pool of nominations for an award, competing with other Louisiana filmmakers.

Castille is no stranger to either the NOLA Film Fest or awards. Her 2009 documentary Raised on Rice and Gravy, produced with Bohl, her longtime partner at the UL Cinematic Arts Workshop, won the Documentary Short Award at the festival. The team’s 2007 doc, I Always Do My Collars First, was a Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year winner.

T-Galop will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Manship Theater in Baton Rouge.

 

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