THE 9TH CINEMA ON THE BAYOU FILM FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
As evidenced by the incredible press coverage that has gone viral across Canada, the 9th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival was a huge success this year despite the unprecedented icy weather on Day Three of the annual five-day film festival.
A capacity crowd filled the Acadiana Center for the Arts for the Louisiana Premiere of the opening night film, SECRETARIAT'S JOCKEY, RON TURCOTTE, with veteran Montréal-based filmmaker Phil Comeau. On Day Two, the Festival moved to Vermilionville where the Vue du Bayou French Language Film Series was presented with a special reception for visiting French filmmaker Stephanie Assimacopoulo. On Day Three, in the midst of a monumental winter ice storm, the Festival continued at Vermilionville and Pack and Paddle. By Day Four, the sun was out again, and hundreds attended a full day of films, including World, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres, at AcA, as well as at the South Regional Library and Cité des Arts, Day Four ended with a rockin' performance by the legnedary BAS CLAS with special guests MICHAEL DOUCET, JONNO FRISHBERG, LESLIE SMITH and DICKIE LANDRY. After another full day of films, Day Five closed with the Louisiana Premiere of THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC followed by music by ANN SAVOY, WILSON SAVOY and MICHAEL DOUCET.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the films and meet with many wonderful filmmakers who were able to attend, despite the weather, including Paris and Geneva-based filmmaker Stephanie Assimacopoulo; Montréal-based filmmakers Phil Comeau (and his brother Lucien), Maxime-Claude L’Écuyer, Félix Lamarche (and composer Jean-Philippe Marchand), John Blouin and Martin Legault; Moncton, New Brunswick-based filmmakers Jean-Marc Goguen and Gilles Doiron (and editor Martin Goguen and Kleo Richard); New York-based filmmaker Sarah Knight (and her mother, Sharon); San Francisco-based filmmaker Maureen Gosling; Salt Lake City-based filmmaker Chris Simon; Dallas-based filmmaker Jake Glenn (and the Blues Conundrum Band and friends); Georgia-based filmmaker Brian Campbell; Little Rock-based filmmaker Will Scott; Shreveport-based filmmakers Wendell Riley and Thomas Woodruff (and his parents and aunt); New Orleans-based filmmakers Kathleen Ledet (and family); Royd Anderson and Paul Dale (and cast members and friends); Miami-based actor and filmmaker Michael Bienvenu, and Lafayette-based filmmaker Drew Landry.
Winners of the "goujon caille" (spotted catfish) award (designed this year by Lafayette artist Pat Juneau and son) are:
Director's Choice Special Jury Award: SECRETARIAT'S JOCKEY, RON TURCOTTE (Canada); Honorable Mention: THE NUMBERLYS (U.S.A./Louisiana).
Best Documentary Feature: THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC (U.S.A.); Honorable Mention: NIGHT LABOR (U.S.A.) and THE BLUES CONUNDRUM (U.S.A./Texas).
Best Documentary Short: CAN'T STOP THE WATER (U.S.A./Louisiana); Honorable Mention: DES HOMMES A LA MER (Canada/Quebec).
Best Narrative Feature: VINO VERITAS (U.S.A.); Honorable Mention: 45RPM (U.S.A./Arkansas).
Best Narrative Short: FILMSTRIPE (Canada/Quebec); Honorable Mention: LE TRAIN BLEU (France) and L'ETAT DES LIEUX (Canada/Quebec).
Inspiration Award: ALLER-RETOUR (Canada/New Brunswick); Honorable Mention: SUKI (Canada/Quebec).
Audience Award: THE NATURE OF FREDERIC BACK (Canada).
Major Sponsors for the 2014 Festival include IATSE Local 478 - Motion Picture Studio Mechanics of Louisiana and Southern Mississippi and the French Embassy Office of Cultural Services in New York City and the Office of Consul General of France in New Orleans.
"Fun, great peeps, great films, great food, great, great, great . . . and warmer than Moncton."
--Danny Thébeau, Filmmaker, Moncton, New Brunswick
"This is a first-class festival offering home-cooked Cajun hospitality
in the epicentre of Cajun culture."
--Marca Hagenstad, Filmmaker, Denver
"Cinema on the Bayou was one of the best festival experiences of my
documentary filmmaking career and a world class event."
--Dennis Mohr, Filmmaker, Toronto