Among the Louisiana premieres at this year’s Cinema on the Bayou will be filmmaker Juli Jackson’s 2014 dark comedy, “45RPM,” a road trip movie about a struggling artist’s quest to find a rare vinyl single recorded decades ago by her late father.
The 9th annual Cinema on the Bayou film festival returns to Lafayette Wednesday for a five-day celebration of independent film.
The festival, created by award-winning Acadiana filmmaker Pat Mire, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with the Louisiana premier of Phil Comeau’s Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte. The documentary is kind of a sports travelogue about the legendary Canadian jockey, one of the few in the sport to win America’s Triple Crown of horse racing. Comeau, an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, will be on hand for the premiere and for shmoozing at a post-screening reception. Cinema on the Bayou will also serve as a retrospective of Comeau’s career, with screenings of other Comeau works throughout.
The festival closes on Sunday at the AcA with another Louisiana premiere: This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, a recounting of the story of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, who took the Lomax concept of field recordings and turned it into a commercial archive of American folk music. The premiere will be followed by a performance by Ann Savoy & Friends with Michael Doucet.
Nearly 40 films will be screened throughout the five-day event, with satellite locations at Vermilionville, the Lafayette Public Library’s south branch, Pack & Paddle and Cité des Arts. The screenings at the library and Pack & Paddle are free. Tickets for the events at the other venues can be purchased through the venues or at the door. More than 30 filmmakers from across North America will be in attendance.
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SEP 2 North Carolina's film tax incentive is about to expire, and Louisiana is getting the first benefit, this story on the Wilmington NC newspaper's website tells us. 'Banshee,' a Cinemax series from the same guy who created 'True Blood,' is moving production to New Orleans, the story says.
SEP 2 The Washington Post calls Bobby Jindal on his latest effort to get his name in the national media. In this editorial, the newspaper says Jindal's Common Core lawsuits are just aimed at "burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run." The paper, of course, reminds its readers that Jindal was a staunch supporter of the curriculum back when he first brought it to Louisiana.
SEP 2 Huff Post takes a look at a project by a California university which mapped hate speech on Twitter. The project counted derogatory words for homosexuals, people of different races and people with disabilities, then used colors to show where the tweets using these words originated. Spoiler alert: We don't look too good.
SEP 2 Blogger Lamar White Jr. offers this commentary on Bobby Jindal's recent comments about the current US policy toward ISIS. Jindal's sudden, shrill interest in the subject can only be attributed to his desperate desire to be president, Lamar opines. All this begs the question: Do we really want someone in the White House who is willing to say anything to get what he wants?
SEP 2 St. Mary Parish homegirl Julie Hébert lets us in on the next step in her career in this blog post. The writer/director, who has worked on shows like ER, West Wing, Numb3rs and Third Watch, has teamed up with John Ridley, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, for a new ABC series that will be filmed in Austin.
SEP 2 Here's another round of crazy on the Scott Rogers shooting from the Advocate. The Baton Rouge television personality was killed last week by his son-in-law (and alleged sexual abuse victim) who then turned the gun on himself. The story gets worse and worse.
SEP 2 This post on Deadline Hollywood outlines the massive tax incentive package passed by the California legislature last week. As one California solon put it, the move is a response to years of seeing movie and TV work "cannibalized by states and other countries poaching tens of thousands of good California jobs." Hey -- is he talking about us?
SEP 2 This photo essay on the NOLA Femmes blog examines homelessness in New Orleans. There are pictures of familiar intersections which look very different during tourist events than they do no a normal day in the city, and an account of the issue since Katrina. The post makes a good point: When the city rousts homeless people the day before a tourist event but calls it a "health issue," the claim rings false, doesn't it?
AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
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