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Finding Common Ground
The struggle to restore Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta has resulted in a new Master Plan that embraces new advances in scientific knowledge – new tools for rebuilding the coast. Local, traditional ecological knowledge can also be a tool for cost saving planning. Finding Common Ground uses documentary film techniques to show how all those impacted by coastal erosion can cross over out of their silos, overcome long term psychological barriers, and achieve new understanding that may fast track restoration projects to build much needed ground.
MRGO ing, Going, Gone?
Award winning filmmaker Kevin McCaffrey’s latest documentary, MRGO ing, Going, Gone explores the evolution of environmental awareness in Louisiana through the fifty year history of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet navigation channel. The MRGO was an ill conceived contributor to the environmental disaster and subsequent post hurricane flooding in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish in 1965 and 2005. Dr. Bob Thomas of The Loyola University Center for Environmental Communications conceived and developed the ten year project and brought Kevin onto the team in 2006. Funded by several grants, the film is appearing on public television station WYES, Channel 12.
No One Ever Went Hungry: Acadian Food Traditions Then and Now
This program is an intimate look into how Cajun culture sustains itself through food traditions, social spaces, mentoring, family values and an appreciation for Louisiana’s abundance of food ingredients and dishes. We’ve tracked everything from andouille to chaudin, oyster fricasse to boiled shrimp and crawfish bisque. We’ve traveled field to bayou to deep in the Atchafalaya Basin. We can tell you where specialty meats are to be found and who’s got the best (commercial) boudin.
We Live To Eat: New Orleans’ Love Affair with Food
After Hurricane Katrina, this documentary was produced in combination with an exhibit exploring New Orleans food history and traditions and whether they would live on. With a soundtrack of food related songs by New Orleans musicians, It discusses the culture of the markets, the influences of African, French, Spanish and Italian food influences in New Orleans and the cultural history of Creole culinary and social traditions that live on today. Will they survive displacement and Americanization?
A Common Pot: Creole Cooking on Cane River
Cane River in Northern Louisiana is a seemingly timeless place where a close-knit community of Creole people have maintained their cultural and familial ties uninterrupted since colonial days. Food has always meant much to Louisianians whether they be French, Cajun, American, Indian or African, and so it is with the Creoles, whose foodways serve as a window into the past and present. Come with us to sample Gumbo, Turtle Etouffee, Macque Choux, Teacakes, and lots of other great dishes as the Cane River Creoles share their recipes and stories of the world.
Celebrating Tradition: 100 Years of Galatoire’s Restaurant
Come inside the doors and kitchen of Galatoire’s, one of the best and oldest family owned restaurants in America. This video explores the unique great food/good times culture of the Bourbon Street bistro, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant of 2005.
The Incomplete, Year-by-Year, Selectively Quirky, Prime Facts Edition of the History of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The History of Jazz Fest is the only book that extensively covers the 35-year history of this world-famous event. In 416 pages, the year-by-year, full-color trade paperback format provides ample detail to delight the millions who have attended the Jazz Fest, and yet is laid out with such a rich selection of images and quirky details that the book will appeal to readers who have not yet made the pilgrimage to New Orleans. At $20.00, this is the perfect house gift for Jazz Fest hosts!
30 Years / 30 Blocks
a retrospective installation of place and public art works
30 Years / 30 Blocks is an introduction to thirty works by nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, and native New Orleanian, Jan Gilbert. Her works are commemorative itineraries of experience that mine memory, loss, and transition. These projects run the gamut from idiosyncratic, personal meanderings to commissioned, large-scale installations and international public art exchanges.
This book accompanies an exhibition held at The Front in the St. Claude Arts District of New Orleans, between June 9 and July 8, 2012. The Front, an artist-run collective and gallery, becomes host and microcosm to the body of public art works by Gilbert. Through a new collection of photographs, architectural details and elements of The Front’s interior and exterior act as formal and conceptual partners for each project. The new photographs are presented alongside archival documentation of her 30 years of public art works. For more information visit jangilbertart.com.