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Mardi Gras celebrations continue with 'Cajun Country' screening

Posted: Feb 18, 2014 12:22 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Updated: Feb 18, 2014 12:23 PM

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The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville for their free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month (except for holidays) at 6:30 p.m. in their Performance Center.

The free film series is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will center around the curator's interest and can range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the movie and how it applies on a local level.

February's screening will be held on Monday, February 24th, at 6:30 p.m. and will be curated by John Sharp, the Assistant Director for Research at the Center for Louisiana Studies. Sharp will be showing outtakes from the 1991 film ‘Cajun Country', which follows famed folklorist Alan Lomax and features footage from several local Mardi Gras courirs.

Admission to the film series is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go towards screening and curating costs. Refreshments will be made available for this all ages free film series, including king cake samples from Poupart's Bakery and a special Mardi Gras cocktail. To find out more about upcoming films, view trailers or for more details visit or call (337) 233-4077.

In 1991 the film ‘Cajun Country' was released as part of the American Patchwork Series. Filmed from 1982 to 1985, it follows famed folklorist Alan Lomax as he explores the landscape and culture of South Louisiana. Over 30 hours of footage were shot on this project but the public has rarely seen any of the unused outtakes. This screening will feature footage from several Mardi Gras courirs, Dennis McGee, Calvin Carrier and Delton Broussard, the Hackberry Ramblers, Felix Richard, Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot Lulu Landry, Dewey Balfa and Robert Jardell, as well as many others.

These materials are part of the John and Alan Lomax collection at the Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


John Sharp is the Assistant Director for Research at the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a documentary filmmaker and folklorist. His current project is "Dancehalls of South Louisiana," for which he won the 2012 Louisiana Filmmaker award from Louisiana Economic Development.


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