A trio of filmmakers from Lafayette — Conni Castille, Zach Godshall and John Sharp — are among eight statewide to receive filmmaking grants recently awarded by Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development. The Louisiana Filmmakers Grant Program is designed to support indigenous, independent filmmakers. More than $140,000 was awarded to the eight filmmakers in this first round of grants. Roughly 50 applied for the program.
Castille is the award-winning director/producer behind such Louisiana-themed documentaries as I Always Do My Collars First, King Crawfish and Raised on Rice & Gravy. Her upcoming project, Horseplay, is a documentary on Acadiana’s equine culture.
Godshall’s credits include Low and Behold, God’s Architects and the recent Sundance Film Festival fave Lord Byron. His is currently casting and developing his next feature, The Preacher and the Salesman.
Sharp was awarded a LFGP grant for his project Acadian Club to Wild Cherry: Dancehalls of South Louisiana.
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.