New Orleans, La. 70124
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Nationally recognized documentary film producer Kevin McCaffrey is winner of the 2012 Louisiana Humanities Documentary of the Year Award, a 2014 national Telly Award, a James Beard Award finalist in broadcast media, and a writer, editor, oral historian, publisher, reviewer and consultant, with a long history of both commercial and volunteer service and collaboration.
McCaffrey is owner of e/Prime Media LLC, specializing in research and media products relating to culture, history, environment and design in Louisiana and around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico. e/Prime has done research work for the State of Louisiana, produced video for such disparate clients as The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University, Galatoire’s Restaurant and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Along with co-producer Dr. Bob Thomas, the Director of the Loyola University Center for Environmental Communications, he produced a documentary film in 2013 entitled “MRGOing, Going, Gone?” on environmental discourse and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet shipping channel. This documentary was awarded a national 2014 Telly Award for editing, judged by professional TV peers. They also produced together an online video report of interviews with scientists studying the effects of the BP Oil Spill on the northern Gulf of Mexico habitat. Among his current projects are another environmental documentary, funded in part by LSU Sea Grant, with Dr. Thomas on traditional ecological knowledge and better environmental communication with scientists and policy makers. He has also been researching and developing a documentary tracing the social history of the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans, with a corresponding app, while teamed with composer and clarinetist Dr. Michael White of Xavier University and the Louisiana State Museum and Hogan Jazz Archive.
Kevin produced an award-winning documentary in 2011 for public television on Cajun Food Traditions, No One Ever Went Hungry, partially funded by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service in collaboration with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Named Louisiana Humanities Documentary of the Year for 2012, it was also a finalist in two categories for national 2012 Taste Awards given by media peers. Presented in Paris, France in 2014, it has appeared on regional PBS and screened at the New Orleans Film Festival, Wood’s Hole Film Festival and the Louisiana Book Festival and Po’Boy Festival. Among other food culture shows, McCaffrey produced a documentary for television: “A Common Pot: Creole Cooking on Cane River”, a study of Creole Cuisine funded by the Creole Heritage Center and Cane River Federal Management Area, which appeared in three film festivals.
His 2009 documentary television program, “We Live To Eat: New Orleans’ Love Affair With Food,” produced for The Historic New Orleans Collection, was a finalist for a national James Beard Award in broadcast media after airing on WYES and Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
That film was also re-edited as an exhibit film for the Collection. He has done other several other films to complement exhibits for that organization, Newcomb College and the New Orleans Museum of Art. His oral history collection work resides at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival archive and Tulane University.
Before Hurricane Katrina in 2005 he produced an educational environmental film entitled “The Future Is Now” with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as client. It discussed government plans to save the coast negated by the events of the flooding of New Orleans.
Kevin was guest editor along with his wife, Jan Gilbert, of the winter 2013 edition of TDR, an international scholarly publication on performance theory, which deals with performance culture in New Orleans since hurricane Katrina. In 2005 he edited and co-authored The Incomplete, Selectively Quirky, Year-By-Year Prime Facts Edition of the History of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He is currently under contract with University Press of Mississippi to write a book on the meat culture of Acadiana. He continues, in his research efforts, to collect hundreds of hours of oral history dealing with food culture, history, music and folklife in Louisiana.
He was appointed by the Governor to join the Louisiana Folklife Commission in 2014. A 2013 Fellow of the Institute for Environmental Communication at Loyola University, Kevin also received a 2013 Monroe Fellowship from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University for his research on early jazz. He has given presentations on Cajun resiliency in Paris, France and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, at conferences of the World Psychiatric Association. He was named the first male visiting scholar for 2009-2010 at the Newcomb Center for Research on Women at Tulane University, mentoring in the Sophielab Media program and researching food culture issues.