Cinema on The Bayou announces Open Night


The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Jan. 24-31, 2018, will open with the World Premiere screening of the documentary film RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion, Lafayette, LA, 70501. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the film screens at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion with Nashville-based filmmakers Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard and singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, who will perform songs from her upcoming album of the same name.  The evening will end with a gala reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased, along with Festival passes, at or at the door on the night of the event.  A description of the films and the schedule of film screenings can also be found on the web site.

Mary Gauthier, who is originally from Louisiana and is now based in Nashville, has been included in a class of such greats as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Bob Dylan for “her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection” in her songs.  This commitment is reflected in her latest work with wounded veterans as part of the Songwriting With Soldiers program that led to her tenth album, RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS, scheduled to be released on January 26, 2018.  The Opening Night film tells the story of Mary’s experience in songwriting with these veterans and their spouses – a life-changing experience for them and for Mary.

“Action Louisiana-Gaspésie” partnership

The Québec Government has funded an “Action Louisiana-Gaspésie” partnership between Cinema on the Bayou and Festival Les Percéides, a film festival based in the city of Percé near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula along the Saint Lawrence River in Québec, Canada.  The Festival Les Percéides will send a delegation of 11 people, including the Festival director, filmmakers and other artists and contributors to this year’s Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival where they will present films from Gaspesian filmmakers and participate in roundtable discussions about francophone cinema worldwide.  In August 2018, Cinema on the Bayou will attend Festival Les Percéides along with Louisiana filmmakers, and present films from Louisiana.

“Échange cinématographique Québec-Louisiane”

The Québec Government has also funded an “Échange cinématographique Québec-Louisiane” between Cinema on the Bayou and Spira, a Québec City film distribution cooperative.  Through this exchange, Cinema on the Bayou Artistic Director Pat Mire travelled to Québec City in September of 2017 to produce a film on the important cultural ties between Québec and Louisiana. Spira is sending a team of filmmakers to produce a cultural counterpart about Cinema on the Bayou and Lafayette during Cinema on the Bayou 2018.  Both of these films will screen this year in Louisiana and across Canada.

8 Days/ 180 Films

The eight-day Festival will take place from Wednesday, January 24th through Wednesday, January 31st at venues in and around Lafayette and will screen nearly 180 films, the majority of which are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  Included within the official selections are films from across the United States, Canada, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Denmark, Cuba, Peru, Turkey, and Qater.  Over 200 directors, producers, cinematographers, distributors, actors, grant sources and other industry professionals are expected to attend the Festival and participate in expert panels, post-film discussions and nightly social gatherings.