Shot in Breaux Bridge, I Always Do My Collars First: A Film About Ironing, follows four women ' Rookie LeBlanc, Gay Castille, Aunt Be Guidry and Georgie Blanchard ' as they talk about why they iron. And they iron everything: shirts, pants, underwear, sheets, pillowcases, handkerchiefs, even dish towels. "Many Cajun women grew up poor," Castille says. "It was a source of pride at a time they were growing up, in the 1930s and '40s, to keep your family clean and neat. These women take note of whose husband and children were allowed to go to church in wrinkled clothes." Quietly competitive, the women's stories are often humorous digs at their neighbors as well as fond remembrances of family occasions.
The film is the first release from UL Lafayette's new Cinematic Arts Workshop. Workshop Director Charles Richard oversees the interdisciplinary program, which offers courses and a hands-on learning opportunity to UL students who want to learn filmmaking.
Castille and Bohl were able to collaborate because of the special nature of the workshop, which encourages students from all departments to experiment with digital media projects. Castille is in the master's degree program in folklore, and Bohl just graduated from UL with a bachelor's degree in visual arts. Neither woman had any training in documentary filmmaking before they began working on this project. Usually, a master's degree thesis is a scholarly paper. "By making a film, it let the women see themselves," Castille says. "They never would have read my paper."
Ironing as folklore will reach a much broader audience at the film's local premiere this week. It's only the beginning, Castille says. "Dishwashing's next, baby."
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
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Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
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A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.