In celebration of Tarzan of the Apes turning 100 years old and the making of the Tarzan of the Apes movie in Morgan City, Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed Friday, April 13 as “Tarzan Day in Louisiana.”
This event is in conjunction with the release of a new documentary, Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle, and the reissue of the original film, Tarzan of the Apes, at the first ever Tarzan Festival in Morgan City on April 13 – 14 at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
The documentary by Al Bohl of Bossier City and his daughter Allison Bohl of Lafayette has been four years in the making.
“I was told that the filmmakers left apes and monkeys behind in the swamp when they finished production on the first Tarzan film in Morgan City in 1917. After research I found many incredibly interesting events connected with the making of the film,” said Bohl.
The Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival begins Friday evening, April 13, with the premiere of the documentary at 7:30. There will be fun events for the entire family all day Saturday, starting with a 5K run, a Tarzan yell contest, a Tarzan and Jane look-a-like contest, a rock wall, jungle jump, Tarzan tug-a-war and other athletic events. Tarzan movies will play all day. On Saturday evening at 7:30 the original silent motion picture Tarzan of the Apes will be shown, accompanied by the West Edge String Quartet as they play a new orchestral score written by Kermit Poling.
Tickets for the films are available at the Municipal Auditorium for $10 or both films for $15 per person for cash or check made payable to the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau. The festival is free.
For more information about the documentary and the festival, visit www.TarzanLordLAJungle.com.