Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

Pat Mire has an eye for film and a zest for Louisiana life. Born in Eunice, the award-winning documentary and narrative fiction filmmaker shares his love of both local and international cultures illustrated through quality films through his Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival.

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Now in its tenth year, Cinema on the Bayou kicks off on Wednesday, January 21st, with the Louisiana premiere of One Armed Man, a chilling drama from Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote. Following the film is the Opening Night Gala Party featuring music from local band Sweet Cecilia.

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Each year, Mire and staff carefully curate a vast selection of independent films of diverse genres— feature length dramas, cultural documentaries, animated shorts—all accented by Louisiana food, music and fun.

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Attendees are in for five full days of movie madness, with film premieres and events continuing daily throughout Sunday, January 25th. The festival closes with the Louisiana premiere of Scott Ballard’s award-winning narrative film A Standing Still at Celebrity Theaters in Broussard and Closing Award Ceremonies at Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette.

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When the New Orleans Film Festival was canceled in 2006 due to effects from Hurricane Katrina, The National Film Board of Canada sought out Mire to bring André Gladu’s film Maroon to Louisiana audiences.

“The debut of a brand new film festival in Lafayette was really exciting and successful,” Mire says. Following this momentum, the festival continued annually and grows bigger each year.

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“Cinema on the Bayou offers me an opportunity to bring veteran and emerging filmmakers together to share ideas in the wonderful cultural gumbo that I grew up in and have documented on film for years,” Mire continues. “But, nothing delights me more than seeing our audiences interact with these filmmakers first hand. It’s ultimately about storytelling, and here in Acadiana, we have a growing base of film-hungry audiences.”

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This year’s lineup offers over 100 world, United States, and Louisiana premieres from independent filmmakers around the globe. Featured filmmakers and actors hailing from Montreal, London, Brazil and various cities in the States will be in attendance at the film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and nightly parties.

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Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival begins at 7:00pm on January 21st. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CinemaOnTheBayou.com.

Wednesday, January 21st,, 2015
7:00pm Opening Night Film: Louisiana Premiere of One Armed Man, Acadiana Center for the Arts
8:00pm Opening Night Gala Party with Music by Sweet Cecelia

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
1:00pm Inseguire il vento (Chasing The Wind), Vermilionville
2:15pm Narrative Shorts Program I, Vermilionville
4:15pm Narrative Shorts Program 2, Vermilionville
6:00pm VERSUS – A Project of the SPIRAFILM Collective, Vermilionville
6:30pm QUÉBÉKOISIE, Pack and Paddle
8:30pm El Paysan! (The Peasant), Vermilionville

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
12:00pm French Language Art Film Program, Vermilionville
1:30pm French Language Narrative Shorts Program 1, Vermilionville
2:45pm Rhéal Cormier – Toujours plus haut (Always Reach High) – Vermilionville
3:00pm Catalyst, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
4:00pm French Language Documentary Shorts Program, Vermilionville
5:15pm French Language Narrative Shorts Program 2, Vermilionville
6:00pm Tasmanian Tiger, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
6:45pm Nomad’s Land, Vermilionville
8:15pm Music by Isle Dernière, Vermilionville
9:00pm Last Spring Break, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
9:30pm Music by Bas Clas, Vermilionville

Saturday, January, 24th 2015
8:30am Narrative Shorts Program 3, Acadiana Center for the Arts
10:00am Rhéal Cormier – Toujours plus haut (Always Reach High) – Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
10:45am Zach and Addie, Acadiana Center for the Arts
11:30am Coming Back to the Hoop, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
12:15pm Animated Shorts Program, Acadiana Center for the Arts
1:00pm Tasmanian Tiger, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
1:15pm Narrative Shorts Program 4, Acadiana Center for the Arts
1:30pm Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
3:00pm Catalyst, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
3:30pm HERD, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
3:45pm Narrative Shorts Program 5, Acadiana Center for the Arts
4:00pm Blockbusted, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
4:15pm Dockery and Son, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
6:00pm Flutter, Acadiana Center for the Arts
6:00pm Age of Reason, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
8:00pm Nocturne, Acadiana Center for the Arts
9:00pm Last Spring Break, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
10:15pm Our Life in Make Believe, Acadiana Center for the Arts

Sunday, January 25, 2015
8:45am Documentary Shorts Program, Acadiana Center for the Arts
10:30am N’Kisi Concorde, Acadiana Center for the Arts
11:30am Actors Workshop at the Art House, Acadiana Center for the Arts
11:55am We Won’t Bow Down, Acadiana Center for the Arts
1:00pm Age of Reason, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
1:15pm Narrative Shorts Program 2, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
1:45pm Everybody Wants To Be Cajun, Acadiana Center for the Arts
2:30pm Sing the Blues, Acadiana Center for the Arts
3:00pm Know How, Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch
3:00pm Flutter, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
3:45pm Samba & Jazz, Acadiana Center for the Arts
5:30pm The Orphan Brigade – Soundtrack to a Ghost Story, Acadiana Center for the Arts
6:00pm A Standing Still, Celebrity Theaters, Broussard
7:00pm Closing Awards Ceremonies, Acadiana Center for the Arts

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