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International Film Club: Glen Pitre & Michelle Benoit Film Festival 2016

University Film Club sponsored by the Student Programming Association

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Glen Pitre & Michelle Benoit Film Festival

February 16, 17 & 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by the Center of Bayou Studies, the International Film Club, and the Student Programming Association.

Filmmakers Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit will give presentations on Tuesday, February 16 for a film study class.

Glen Pitre & Michelle Benoit Film Festival

Belizaire the Cajun (1986)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Le Bijou Theater

The Scoundrel’s Wife (2002)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Le Bijou Theater

American Creole: New Orleans Reunion & Good for What Ails You (Documentaries)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Le Bijou Theater

American Creole: New Orleans Reunion

American Creole: New Orleans Reunion (2006)

New Orleans jazz man Don Vappie finds his sidemen scattered by Katrina, his flooded-out Mom sleeping on his couch, and his 8 year-old grandson clamoring to join the band. Tour the front lines of a devastated city’s cultural rebirth: offstage, where race is infinitely more nuanced than black or white; backstage, where which instrument you play can be a political statement; and joyously onstage, where the only thing that matters is music, and local legends make it cook for a benefit concert. American Creole was produced and directed by the award-winning husband-wife team of Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit.

Belizaire the Cajun

Belizaire the Cajun (1986)

Belizaire the Cajun is an award-winning romantic adventure set in 1859 Louisiana. Written, produced, and directed by Glen Pitre, it played to critical acclaim in theaters around the world. Along with The Big Easy, released a few months later, Belizaire helped inspire the late 1980s craze for all things Cajun.

In the movie, Belizaire Breaux (played by Armand Assante, in what many say is his best performance) must save a friend’s life, win a woman’s heart, outfox a crooked sheriff, stop marauding vigilantes, expose an evil villain, and rescue the inheritance of three orphaned children in a picture that blends suspense and humor. Called “a wonderful movie, two thumbs up” by Siskel and Ebert and credited with “the looniest hanging scene ever” by the Hollywood Reporter. 35mm, 103 minutes.

Good for What Ails You

Good for What Ails You (1998)

On the Louisiana bayous, even today, alligator grease relieves asthma, a buried potato cures warts, and “smoking a baby” eases the pains of colic. To pull back the curtain from this distinctive tradition of faith healing, herbal remedy, and ritual magic, Good For What Ails You follows respected “treaters” as they gather wild teas, brew home-made cough syrup, invoke the saints at their home altars, and most of all, heal the sick.

The Scoundrel’s Wife (2002)

The Scoundrel’s Wife (2002)

A woman finds love during World War II, but is also faced with suspicion and a number of unanswered questions in this period drama. Camille Picou (Tatum O'Neal) is a widow raising two children on her own in a fishing community along Louisiana's Gulf Coast. Camille's late husband had a violent past on the wrong side of the law, and since his passing she and her teenaged children - Florida (Lacey Chabert) and Blue (Patrick McCullough) - have been the subject of a great amount of uncharitable local gossip. The Scoundrel's Wife also stars Tim Curry as Father Antoine, the parish priest; the film was directed by Glen Pitre.