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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.