Acadiana filmakers Zack Godshall and Ross Brupbacher spent the last year working on a film entirely shot in Acadiana. They wrote the script, found unknowns to cast as their stars, borrowed funky locations, and made the movie for $700.
Next month, Lord Byron will be screened at the Valhalla of Indy film festivals, Sundance. How subversive is that? “I talked to some of my friends in Los Angeles,” Godshall says. “They were shocked at how inexpensively we were able to make the film.” What the folks in the other LA don’t understand is the generous spirit that imbues everything we do in Acadiana. “Here, everybody is supportive, collaborative and creative,” Godshall says.
Lord Byron is the story of a middle-aged guy who loafs through life. He lives with his ex-wife, her kids, and her new boyfriend. When he’s not pursuing women, Byron is smoking weed and hanging around. But he’s grown restless and feels the need to escape – he just doesn’t know where to go.
Godshall cast Paul Batiste as his star. Batiste is a local painter with a few shows around town, but in his day job he’s a barber at Archie’s on North University. The film also stars Gwendolyn Spradling and Kayla Lemaire. Filming locations included Kenneth Richard’s house in Cankton and Bourque’s Club in Scott.
Godshall’s previous films are Low and Behold, 2007, which was also screened at Sundance, and God’s Architects, 2009, which won the Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year at New Orleans Film Festival.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.