June 24, 2010

King Crawfish: Culture Committed to Film Yet Again

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , — Tim Landry @ 5:53 pm

As a lifelong Louisiana resident, I have this unfortunate tendency to gaze right through the inherently amazing. Festivals come and go while Cajun and Zydeco music echoes through my neighborhood on a near daily basis. I’m not immune to it all. Heck, I’m a great dancer. It’s just that I just don’t stop to consider its role in my community all that often.

The truth is ours is a culture worth celebrating — because ours is a culture of celebration. In any other region, our routines would be considered anything but routine. And I’m thankful for every passing reminder of that.

Take, for example, the latest documentary from locals Conni Castille and Allison Bohl. You can view the trailer below.

King Crawfish – Official Trailer from Allison Bohl on Vimeo.

From the film’s official release: In King Crawfish the Cajun spirit gets poured out on a communal table, even as the wild harvest is diminishing. At the [Breaux Bridge Crawfish] Festival, everything Cajuns value takes to the stage — their language, their music, their food, their dance, and their crawfish. Thousands of pounds of crawfish get served up at the festival, much of it coming from their natural habitat, the Atchafalaya Basin. But, as the film traces the crustacean from festival to Basin, it finds fishermen fighting to retain their way of life in one small fishing community.

Produced by UL Lafayette’s Cinematic Arts Workshop, King Crawfish marks Castille and Bohl’s third Acadiana-centric documentary released since 2007. Previous, well-received offerings included the award-winning I Always Do My Collars First and Raised on Rice & Gravy. Each painted an endearing portrait of the people, places and practices that we all could stand to stop, if only for a moment, to simply admire.

King Crawfish, with a special introduction by National Geographic Explorer Jon Bowermaster, will debut 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Bayou Bijou Theater in the UL Lafayette Student Union, 600 McKinley St. Admission is free. For more information, call (337) 277-5292, or e-mail connicastille@gmail.com. Check this space for updates to future showings.

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One response to “King Crawfish: Culture Committed to Film Yet Again”

  1. Stu Law says:

    Hello Yall,
    I revisited your documentary, “King Crawfish” this weekend and I was moved to tears! Unlike the first time I viewed it last year, I was a changed person somehow. It must be because my one and only sister lives in Breaux Bridge, (has for 30+ years) and my folks still live in Baton Rouge. While I left home (BRLA), in 1984 and have lived in California ever since. As I get older I realize how much I gave up when I left. And documentaries like yours really reminds me of what is really important in life. And that is my family and friends back home. Oh Yeah, not to even mention the food and the music! I have travelled all over the place, but I have never found anything as genuiene as Louisianna. The people are so warm and inviting. They truely give-a-rats- you know what about their neighbors. And that is something I have not found in abundance throughout my travels!
    I just wanted to sat thank you, thank you for putting it all together! I am in my 50’s now, and I am making plans to return to LA. as soon as I can.
    With Sincere Regards,
    Stu Law

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