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."
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