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Every November in Lafayette, the Southern Screen Film Festival presents four days of film screenings, panels, red carpet events, parties and workshops for every unique individual to enjoy. Southern Screen moves beyond traditional film festivals and works to expose the community to the widespread possibilities of storytelling. The festival offers a hands-on experience. The creativity in filmmaking mixes with a landscape of the local Louisiana culture, inspiring and igniting the local community and visiting filmmakers.

The Southern Screen Film Festival begins November 19-22. The budding film festival was founded in 2011 and has been showcasing local filmmakers and films each November. It is located in the heart of Cajun Country in Lafayette, Louisiana. Their goal is to encourage community enrichment and sharing local projects with a local audience. The Southern Screen Film Festival also has a mission to provide education of filmmaking in the Acadiana area.

The deadline for film submissions is August 1. Film submissions from Southern filmmakers will be accepted for all types of films including:

  • Narrative Features
  • Documentaries
  • Short Films
  • Animations
  • Student Films
  • Music Videos

If you’re interested and an aspiring filmmaker, you should visit Southern Screen’s official website here. Fill out their submission form and pay a mere $20 entry fee to get your film seen! Student submissions are free!

For more information visit Southern Screen’s submission page here. Send them an email at submit@southernscreen.org. And finally visit their Facebook page here.

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Royal Teeth Signs with Elektra Records

by Jordan McGuire on April 22, 2015

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Royal Teeth has signed with a major label, Elektra Records, which is owned by Warner Music Group.The decision to sign with a major label is big for any band. It signals a big vote of confidence in their commercial talent. Royal Teeth is an American indie group from Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They formed in 2010. Band-mates include sing/guitarist Gary Larsen, singer Nora Patterson, guitarist Thomas Onebane, bassist Josh Wells and drummer Josh Hefner.

In a statement released by the band, “We’re very excited to announce our signing to Elektra Records! We have been pouring our hearts into writing new music. We are growing and changing and lovin the process.” This up-and-coming indie band released their tour dates for the latter part of the year and make a pivotal stop at the Jazz & Heritage Festival this Friday April 24.

Their songs sound similar to indie pop music that has been licensed for hip Heineken and Apple commercials. Catchy, poppy and ultimately fun music to hear. They have whistles, percussion, sticks and shakers and their true strength is their ability to harmonize their vocals. Royal Teeth is a blithe cross between Passion Pit and MIKA. The group released their EP Act Naturally in 2012. Visit the band’s official website here. Watch their single “Wild” below:

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Legendary folk singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez is coming to Louisiana to perform in three different cities on her Baez on the Bayou Tour. Baez will begin her three-day tour this Friday, November 22 at The Feed and Seed community arts venue in Lafayette. On Saturday, November 23, she will perform at Baton Rouge’s Red Dragon Listening Room, and she will conclude her Bayou tour Sunday, November 24 at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans.

After her fifty-five-year career as an iconic singer and songwriter, Baez rarely performs in such small and intimate venues. Inspiring other renowned folk artists like Bob Dylan, Baez has also catered other genres in both English and Spanish, including gospel, pop, rock and country. She has been honored by the War Resisters League and is currently being honored with Amnesty International’s Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights.

For more information and tickets to the the Baez on the Bayou Tour, visit www.baezonthebayou.com.

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Louisiana native Zack Godshall’s new film Lord Byron premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Below is Godshall’s unabridged “director’s manifesto” for the film. While many such manifestos are exercises in pretention, Revolution and Apocalypse provides insight into Godshall’s decision to make a $1000 dollar film.

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Lafayette native, Zack Godshall, will premiere his new feature film Lord Byron at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this coming January. It is his second film to be accepted. Lord Byron is the first film with an all-Louisiana cast and crew to be accepted into the festival.

Godshall wrote and produced the film with fellow Lafayette native Ross Brupbacher, completing it for less than $1,000. The entire film was cast with actors from South Louisiana, many of whom had never acted before.

In order to allow cast members to travel to Sundance to support the film, some of the cast have organized a fundraiser in Lafayette on Jan. 8 at the Schilling Shack (244 Refinery St.). The event will feature live music.

To find out more information about the event or to donate online, go to the film’s website www.lordbyronfilm.com.

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‘Inventing Adam’ screens at the Acadiana Film Fest

by Arthur Vandelay

Directed by Baton Rouge native Richie Adams, Inventing Adam is the fictional story of another Baton Rouge native, Adam Stephenson. A patent attorney with a girl, a career and the American dream in San Francisco, Adam finds himself settling. But when he returns home for Louisiana for his thirtieth birthday, he reconnects with his roots. […]

Lafayette-shot “Secretariat” set to open Abu Dhabi Film Festival

by Danielle Tabary

The fourth annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 14-23, will kick off its festivities with Randall Wallace’s “Secretariat.” Shot in Lafayette, the Disney film starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich will be one of 70 films shown throughout the festival. The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (formerly the Middle East International Film Festival) […]

Behind-the-Scene images from SyFy’s “Swamp Shark”

by Danielle Tabary

If you didn’t get enough bloody terror from Scene’s exclusive first look at SyFy’s “Swamp Shark”, here’s some behind-the-scene images of the creature feature premiering next summer. When the U.S. government bio-terrorism research facility spills radioactive chemicals into the ocean, a great white shark mutates and wreaks havoc in a small town in the Atchafalaya Basin. “Swamp […]

SCENE EXCLUSIVE: First trailer for SyFy’s “Swamp Shark”

by Arthur Vandelay

Scene Magazine presents an exclusive first look at the bayou creature feature “Swamp Shark”, starring Kristy Swanson, DB Sweeney and Robert Davi.  The “Jaws” tribute also stars Sophie Sinise, the daughter of “CSI:NY”‘s Gary Sinise. In a small Louisiana town on the Atchafalaya Basin, a local drunk is found mangled to bits, his death blamed […]