Film crew visits Crowley, gets taste of parish
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – The culture of Acadia parish was on display Friday morning as a film crew that is making a video to help promote Louisiana tourism was in Crowley to get a taste of what Acadia parish has to offer.
“What we specialize in is helping states promote themselves through video,” said Janna Graber of GoWorld Publishing and Production. “And I have to say that we have had the best time in Louisiana. The last state we did was Kansas and, while they are friendly, they are for the most part they very stoic. Down here people are very outgoing and the culture is amazing. And you guys have some of the best story tellers we’ve ever come across.”
If it was a story teller she was looking for, Graber, along with her camera man Ben Rader, met one of Acadia parish’s finest on Friday as the first stop they made was to Kelly Hundley’s farm.
After spending several minutes amazed at the countless number of John Deere equipment, antiques, and collectibles that Hundley is known for owning. The crew took a ride out to Hundley’s crawfish pond and watched as he took his boat around the pond and emptied several traps.
“Oh, they look like little insects,” said Graber, a Colorado native who apparently wasn’t used seeing the crustaceans that are a delicacy to those of us in south Louisiana.
Graber and Rader were the guest of Crowley Tourism Coordinator Charlotte Jeffers who also had a planned visit to the Grand Opera House of the South scheduled for the afternoon.
“We want these people to see what we already know,” said Jeffers. “That we have some of the best unknown treasures in the state and that people need to know that Crowley and Acadia parish is a place with a rich history and culture that we take great pride in.”
Graber, who doesn’t only spotlight states, has been to 21 different countries during her career. They will be soon be traveling to Ghana and Aruba to do future projects.
“Yeah, we were all fighting to get that Aruba trip,” she joked.
However, on Friday, they were still enthralled with their present trip to Louisiana.
“It’s been amazing to see how many different types of cultures there are in Louisiana,” said Graber. “And the food . . . . wow!!”
“We love learning about the history of different states and what has makes a place what it is,” she continued. “Louisiana has one of the more unique histories of any state we’ve done.”
“The only regret is that we can’t stay here longer.”
After their trip to the crawfish ponds the two were treated to a plate of Hundley’s famous gumbo and crawfish etoufee.