This year, Cinema on the Bayou kicks off Wednesday, May 23, with the Louisiana premiere of Little Chenier, directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. Written by the sister-brother team of Lake Charles natives Wolf and Jace Johnson, Little Chenier tells the story of two brothers, Beauxregard and Pemon Dupuis, and their struggles to live the life they choose in the bayous of southwest Louisiana. Little Chenier won Best Film in the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival and Audience Favorite ' Best Impact of Music in a Feature Film in the 2007 Park City Film Music Festival. New Orleans actor Mark Krasnoff, known for his roles in Belizaire the Cajun, The Big Easy, Glory Road and The Thief, played the role of Jim in Little Chenier. Krasnoff committed suicide on Sept. 16, 2006, a tragedy directly related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The screening is dedicated to his memory.
Another showcase of the five-day festival is Willie Francis Must Die Again, directed by Allan Durand. Danny Glover narrates the story of Francis, who survived execution in the electric chair in 1946, only to have the U.S. Supreme Court vote to allow a second execution. Morristown, meanwhile, is a working class perspective on globalization directed by Anne Lewis and scored by Dirk Powell. The final day of the festival is a day-long event, Jazz Sunday, screening 13 documentaries including a seven-minute short called Time for a Change, featuring late New Orleans "Siren of Soul" Timothea and dedicated to filmmaker Stevenson J. Palfi, another Katrina-related suicide. Closing the festival is Jim Gabour's documentary Flow: Living in the Stream of Music, following New Orleans composer/trumpeter Terence Blanchard as he performs on four continents. The film is up for a 2007 Grammy for Best Music Video.
For more info about schedules, venues, ticket sales and detailed descriptions of the films, go to www.cinemaonthebayou.com.
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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
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The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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