Lunopolis, the independently produced sci-fi adventure movie filmed in and around Lafayette starring local actors, has been awarded the Best Screenplay prize from the Maverick Movie Awards. It was one of dozens of indie films from North America and Europe entered in the annual contest. Formerly known as the New Haven Underground Film Festival, the MMA honors films made without financing from Hollywood studios.
Directed by Lafayette filmmaker Matthew Avant, who also stars in the film along with co-producer Sonny Maynor, the premise of Lunopolis is simple in its way: Humans from the future live on the moon and are in control of earthly events.
The movie was also a finalist in the Best Picture and Best Director categories at this year’s MMA; Dave Potter was a finalist for Best Supporting Actor; Lunopolis also got nods in the Best Sound Design and Soundtrack categories. Watch the trailer at the movie’s Web site.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.