Bayou Film Fest begins Thursday in area venues

The 4th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, which will include film screenings, panel discussions and nightly parties, will be held at various venues in Lafayette, as well as in St. Martinville, beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2009, through Sunday, March 29, 2009.  According to filmmaker Pat Mire, the Festival’s founder and Artistic Director, “this year’s festival will showcase Louisiana premieres of some very classy, high-quality films on Southern roots culture.”  As Mire explained, “the number of films screened this year will be limited, but the films are substantial.  The Festival will then move in 2010 to a higher-profile position in January, at which time the Festival will join forces with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Shadow Distribution and several universities in the South.  Entry in the festival will be both competitive and non-competitive, with an emphasis on quality films arising from or about the South and Southern roots cultures, as well as international French-language films and film panels.”  

The screening of films at this year’s Festival begins on Thursday evening, March 26, 2009, at Pack and Paddle on Pinhook.  “Anything I Catch:  The Handfishing Story” will be screened at 6:00 pm.  This will be followed at 7:00 pm. with the screening of “The Buffalo Flows,” a film by Larry Foley of the University of Arkansas, about how the Buffalo River in the Ozarks was preserved as a national river with federal protection.  A reception will follow the film screenings.  The evening is sponsored by Pack and Paddle.  Admission is free.  

On Friday evening, March 27, 2009, the Festival moves to LITE, with the introduction of the films to be screened and the filmmakers in attendance beginning at 6:00 pm.  The first film of the evening, a short entitled “West Nickel Mines Massacre,” by Glenn Stewart of Kansas City, Missouri, will be screened at 6:30 pm.., followed by a Q & A with Stewart.  At 6:30 p.m., there will be a screening of filmmaker Sarah Knight’s documentary, “Hot Flash,” the story of a trio of talented middle-aged women who formed a blues band called Saffire, which produced eight Cd’s and earned six W.C. Handy Blues Awards.  Knight, who is from New York, will be present to introduce the film and discuss it afterwards.  A reception for the two filmmakers will follow the film screenings.  The evening is sponsored by LITE and the Lafayette Travel and Visitors Commission.  Admission is free.   

On Saturday, March 28, 2009, a full day of films will be screened at Cite des Arts in downtown Lafayette.  The morning begins with the 10:30 a.m. screening of “Evangeline,” by local filmmaker Hilary Joseph Castille, who will be in attendance.  At 11:45, filmmaker Sarah Knight and the Festival Director, attorney Rebecca Hudsmith, will present a panel discussion on fair use rights for filmmakers.  The Southern Roots Culture Documentary Film Series begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and continues into the evening.  The Series consists of the screening of a number of new and classic Southern roots culture documentary films with commentary by the filmmakers and folklorists John Laudun and Carl Lindahl.  The films include “Salt Dreams” by JT Nesbitt of New Orleans; “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus,” a Louisiana premiere from Shadow Distribution; “The Rouge South of Larry Brown,” another Louisiana premiere, by Gary Hawkins, a filmmaker and professor at the Center for Documentary Film Studies at Duke University; “Dancing Outlaw,” also a Louisiana premiere, by Jacob Young with West Virginia public television; and “Invisible Girlfriend”, a Louisiana premiere by New York filmmakers Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, who will be in attendance.  Admission is $3 per film or $10 for a day pass.

The final day of the Festival, Sunday, March 29, 2009, will take place at The Teche Theater, Recording Studio and Music Hall in St. Martinville.  The day begins with the screening of the experimental narrative short film, “Tsunami Escape,” by New Orleans filmmaker Ian Wood, who will attend the 12:00 noon screening of the film and take questions afterward.  At 12:30 p.m., “Hot Flash” will be screened again.  At 1:30 p.m., “M for Mississippi,” a Louisiana premiere, will screen with Mississippi filmmakers Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel in attendance.  At 3:30 p.m., Terry Dupuy, sound designer and owner of The Teche Theater, will give a presentation on audio for film and video.  This will be followed by a panel discussion with guitarists/songwriters Gerry McGee and Sam Broussard on music in film.  The day will end at 5:00 pm. with a closing reception and awards ceremony with live music.   Admission is free. 

A complete schedule of films and events is posted on the Festival web site at

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