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Forgotten Bayou

A documentary by Victoria Greene

Bayou Corne, Louisiana was once a thriving Cajun community. On August 3, 2012 a sinkhole swallowed a swath of nearby swamps and after a mandatory evacuation ordered, residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks. Featuring interviews from current and former community members, Texas Brine employees, scientists and government officials, Forgotten Bayou chronicles the events leading up to the tragedy as well as the continuing ways it has altered their lives. The sinkhole, now 35-acres in diameter continues to grow, very slowly while changing the landscape of what was once beautiful wetlands.

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Hail to the Queens

a documentary by Brian Nelson

 

Hail to the Queens is inspired by a museum exhibit “Queens Rule” that my mom and grandmother curated back in 2009. The museum exhibit was the first of its kind that explored the lives of Black Indian Queens of NOLA.

Directed by local filmmaker Brian Nelson, the work-in-progress film examines the lives and community presence of six Mardi Gras Indian Queens in New Orleans. Nelson is a participant in the Film Society’s Emerging Voices mentorship program, which provide opportunities to African American filmmakers in Louisiana.

 

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Tourist

a short film by Paavo Hanninen

 

‘Tourist’ is a short film that tells the story of Martha, A British woman who travels to New Orleans to escape mounting family pressure back home in the wake of her mother’s recent passing. While searching for human connection, she takes on an assumed identity and finds herself wrapped up in a romantic encounter that quickly spirals out of control.

The story is about the encounters that happen in New Orleans, where people travel to escape, to become the person they never knew they wanted to be. here, where the mystical dances with the profane, where the dead convene with the living, and where the human clashes with the cosmic, Martha will attempt to understand if and how everything is connected. ‘Tourist’ is written/directed by Paavo Hanninen and produced by Lauren Cargo. It’s the first short film in a series of vignettes about visitors and tourists in New Orleans. Thank you for your support!

 

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Battlefield: Home

Battlefield: Home is a feature-length documentary about the issues that impact our veterans and families when the call to duty ends. As our country learns the cost of war through IEDs, TBIs, and PTSD, the story of the individual’s struggle can often become lost in a world of acronyms. Battlefield: Home introduces us to real veterans and their real struggles.

 

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