Louisiana filmmakers Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit screen their 2006 film on New Orleans jazz man Don Vappie. Vappie’s sidemen are scattered by Hurricane Katrina, his flooded-out mom is sleeping on his couch, and his 8-year-old grandson is clamoring to join the band. Tour the front lines of a devastated city’s cultural rebirth offstage, where race is infinitely more nuanced than black or white, backstage, where which instrument you play can be a political statement, and joyously onstage, where the only thing that matters is music.

Prior to the showing of American Creole will be the debut of a brand new, locally produced animated music video, “St. James Infirmary,” presented by Preservation Hall Recordings. Directed by Lafayette-based teacher and animator James Tancill, the music video for the Preservation Hall / King Britt remix of “St. James Infirmary,” by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is an animated romp in the style of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop) that plays out like a storybook caper set against a backdrop of beloved New Orleans characters and institutions both old and new.

The free film series, Film @ the Center, is presented by the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, and the Media Arts Workshop at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.   

American Creole and "St. James Infirmary" screen on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. For more information on Film @ the Center visit AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org/At-The-Center or call 233-7060.

The 2010 Film @ the Center schedule is:

March 21 – American Creole (2006)
April 18 - Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival
May 16 – UL Lafayette Media Arts Workshop Student Showcase
June 20 – All The King’s Men (1949)
July 18 – Spend It All (1971)
August 15 – Against the Tide: The Story of the Cajun People of Louisiana (2000)
September 19 – Low and Behold (2007)
October 17 – The Blob (1988)
November 21 - 48th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival (Film program to be announced in March 2010)
December 19 – Louisiana Story and Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle (1948)

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