Local crawfishermen ‘star’ in film festival

Lafayette — Several St. Martin Parish crawfishermen are featured in a documentary film, “Angels of the Basin,” which premiered Thursday, March 27, in conjunction with the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival.

“Angels,” by Leslye Abbey of Snowflake Video Productions, deals with the threatened way of life and environmental concerns of people who live and work in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Among those interviewed for the film were Mike Bienvenu of Catahoula and Jody Meche of Henderson, both activists for continued access to the high waters of the Basin.

The film was screened at Pack & Paddle, a sponsor of the film festival.

Also shown at Pack & Paddle March 27 was Abbey’s “Bayou Landfall: The Houma Nation vs The Hurricanes.” This brief (17 minutes) film addresses the plight of the Houma Indians in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival 2007 screened 45 films, including three world premieres, two U.S. premieres and several Louisiana premieres.

On Sunday, several films with music themes were screened at the Teche Theater in St. Martinville, which has been converted to a recording studio and sound stage.

The festival is committed to advancing the understanding of Cajun and Creole cultures through film and other cultural exchanges between French Louisiana, the rest of the United States and the French-speaking countries of the world.

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