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|Photo by Dawn Jones, ©2007 Electric Mist Joint Venture LLC|
(UPDATE: In the Electric Mist has been held over again at New Iberia's Grand Theatre 10 through March 13.)
What sort of man sees the ghosts of the dead walking among us? Is his mind fueled by alcohol, drugs, or the overwhelming burden of trying to rescue the innocents of society from men who have become monsters? New Iberia’s Edgar Award-winning novelist, James Lee Burke, has created, in detective Dave Robicheaux, a character who cannot rest while evil haunts the swamps of south Louisiana. In novel after novel, Dave’s moral compass guides him through the tangled landscapes and shadowy psyches of those who “hunt on the reservation,” criminals who would exploit the people and the land of Robicheaux’s birth.
No other novel is as explicit in depicting the sins of the past and how they haunt the present as In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead. French director Bertrand Tavernier brings the novel to life in his newly released film, In the Electric Mist. After a red carpet preview on Feb. 18 in New Iberia, where the film was shot, it was supposed to run for one week, Feb. 19-26. But the response by theatergoers has been so positive that the film, headed straight for DVD, has been held over through Thursday, March 5.
There’s a lot to like about In the Electric Mist. Tavernier spent four months shooting on location in Iberia and St. Martin parishes, and it’s evident he was entranced by the Basin and its surrounding levee roads. The swamps hold secrets for decades and only reveal them when the right person comes along. Clearly Robicheaux, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is that rare person, willing to suspend disbelief, when the ghost of a Confederate general appears to guide him. Gen. John Bell Hood, played by Levon Helm, steadies Robicheaux when the confusion of the mystery he is trying to unravel threatens to overwhelm him. It’s a nice psychological center to a film that at times erupts into gratuitous violence, embodying the nihilism Robicheaux struggles against. Kudos to Tavernier, who gets Burke at his deepest levels, and who, with his light hand and respect for Cajun culture, has made a film to make the locals proud. Not an easy task when it comes to movies made in Louisiana.
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
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The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
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.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
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.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
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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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
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.