• St Martinville, Acadian Memorial, April 21, at 6:30PM
• Lafayette, Vermillionville, April 22, at 6:30PM
• Lafeyette, Festival International, April 23 – 27 Continuous Showings @ Chevron Scene/ St. John St.
• Opelousas, Delta Grand Theater, April 24th at 6:00PM
• Ville Platte, Ville Platte High School Auditorium, April 26th at 2:00PM and 4:00PM
David Greely is a well loved
Cajun fiddle player. He is
narrator of the film and his
music is featured on the
sound track too!
From the land of Longfellow a Cajun film, seven years in the making, will premier in Louisiana this month in New Orleans and throughout Acadiana.
Film makers Brenda Jepson and Dr. Francoise Paradis, who hail from Maine, home state of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, began their epic documentary in April of 2007.
In "The Story Of The Cajuns – Part I" they interview Cajuns from all walks of life - from a shrimp fisherman to a college professor and from a cowboy to an Acadian artist.
These stories are woven together with narrative links from a well-loved Cajun musician and storyteller, David Greely, whose lyrical fiddle tunes also grace the sound track of the film. His ancestor, Olivier Theriot, was instrumental in bringing a large contingency of Acadians from France to Louisiana in 1785.
"We could never have made this film without the tremendous help we had from Cajuns from start to finish," said Jepson, who has been making films for PBS for more than thirty years.
Velma Johnson, of
St Martinville (right), holds
the microphone as Brenda
Jepson (left)adjusts the
camera at Café Des Amis
in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
"We stayed with them throughout the film making in Louisiana, and they not only took us into their homes, but they took us into their hearts. This has made all the difference in capturing the authenticity of their story."
The film tells the story of how Acadians expelled during the Deportation made the arduous journey, some of them via France, to their new home in Louisiana. It explores the hardships they faced and reveals how they survived and thrived in a climate so different from their ancestral Acadie.
Footage was shot in Canada, France and Louisiana by award winning filmmaker, Brenda Jepson and her husband Alan in collaboration with Dr. Francoise Paradis, who coaxed amazing stories from Cajuns.
Cajun Artist, Mary Anne
Pecot de Boisblanc, with
filmakers Dr. Francoise Paradis
and Brenda Jepson
(l to r) in New Orleans, Louisiana
The world premiere of "The Story Of The Cajuns Part I", which is one hour long, will be held on April 19th at an assisted living residence, Vista Shores, in New Orleans. Cajun Artist, Mary Anne Pecot de Boisblanc, appears in the film and is now at the home.
The Jepsons, and Dr Francoise Paradis will be presenting the film during their tour. For more information please contact:
http://blog.LafayetteTravel.com/has information on the Lafayette, Louisiana area and Cajun culture.
Learn about the filmakers and watch for availablility of Story of the Cajuns DVDs to purchase on the DVD page.
Brenda Nasberg Jepson graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Maine (UMO) in 1974 before emigrating to Europe where she lived for fourteen years. There she learned the craft of television production, training under a BBC producer/director for four years, and then owned and ran her own award winning production company in London for five years
Productions Jepson has directed and produced for PBS include "The Copper Kettle, A Maine Chance For Scotland, Homecoming, A Bowdoin Expedition, Stans A Jewel In The Crown Of Maine, The Coming Of The Swedes, Dont Fence Me In, and Tater Raisin Folk
Alan Jepson has a degree in entomology from UMO, and he worked in forestry for eleven years before training and joining his wife in the production of television programs for Maine PBS, which he has done since 2000.
Their company, Crown Of Maine Productions, Inc., also produces commercials, training videos and promotional videos on digital formats for a variety of clients such as the Institute for Global Ethics, Maine International Trade Center, Aroostook Medical Center and Aroostook Tourism.
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