Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, now in its eighth year in Lafayette, has announced that its opening night film will be a sneak preview screening of Sushi and Sauce Piquante. The film will screen as part of the festival’s opening night fundraiser event, held on Wednesday, January 23, at 6:30pm at Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette.
The film, by Pat Mire, is a feature-length documentary on the life and times of legendary guitarist and Eunice native Gerry McGee. Filmed in the U.S. and Japan with the likes of Edward James Olmos and Kris Kristofferson, the film beautifully captures a piece of rock and roll history that has not been explored until now.
The festival also announced new major sponsors for this year’s five-day festival: the French Embassy Office of Cultural Services in New York City, the Consulate General of France in New Orleans, and IATSE Local 478. In addition, beginning this year, the festival will partner with Vidéographe, a film distribution company based in Montréal (Québec), Canada, to not only bring to Lafayette major cutting-edge U.S. and Louisiana premieres, but also to pick up some of COTB’s best English-language offerings.
The mission of Cinema on the Bayou, Louisiana’s second oldest film festival, is to advance the understanding of Cajun and Creole cultures and other roots cultures through film screenings, film panels and cultural exchanges among French Louisiana, the United States and Francophone countries of the world, and to present nationally and internationally acclaimed documentary and narrative fiction films and filmmakers with truly original voices.
A complete final schedule of events, including film screenings, panel discussions, and receptions and parties, will be posted soon at www.cinemaonthebayou.com.