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Jul 16, 2013 12:11 PM by MELISSA CANONE(PHOTO COURTESY OF Photo cou: Paul Kieu

Vermilionville continues free cultural film series

LAFAYETTE, La. - 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 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 range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the themes of the movie and how they apply to that culture as well as ours.

March's screening will be held on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. and will be curated by John Sharp who will be showing never before seen footage that was not used in the final film of Alan Lomax's Cajun Country. More details about the clips below.

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. To find out more about upcoming films, view trailers or for more details visit Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.

ABOUT THE CURATOR
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.

ABOUT THE CLIPS
In 1991 the film Cajun Country was released as part of the American Patchwork Series. Filmed from1982 to1985, it follows famed folklorist Alan Lomax as he explores the landscape and culture of South Louisiana. Cajun Country features Festival Acadiens, Barry Ancelet, Bois Sec Ardoin, Dewey Balfa, BeauSoleil, Sady Courville, Cush Cush, John & Geno Delafose, Canray Fontenot, Hackberry Ramblers, Dennis McGee, Walter Mouton, and Revon Reed. Over 30 hours of footage were shot on this project but the public has rarely seen any of the unused outtakes. Come join us as we explore some of the never before seen, incredibly rich material that was not used in the final film.

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. This special screening is brought to you by the Association for Cultural Equity, Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore, and Vermilionville.

SYNOPSIS
Heading west out of New Orleans through the Atchafalaya Basin and across Whiskey Bay, one enters the Cajun country of Southwest Louisiana. Viewers explore the unique cultural traditions and music of the French Arcadian descendants known as Cajuns. Whether it is a crawfish boil, a fais do do, or the Courir de Mardi Gras, Cajun people do things in a special way -- and always to the accompaniment of food and music. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter.

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