How to Survive as an Independent Filmmaker with the Legendary Glen Pitre: 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Rice Media Center
Join the Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP) for an extraordinary filmmaking workshop 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, with the legendary filmmaker Glen Pitre of the SWAMP sponsored, Sundance Institute Lab project, cinema classic BELIZAIRE THE CAJUN!
LOCATION: RICE MEDIA CENTER, Entrance 8, University Blvd. at Stockton
1-3PM WORKSHOP: HOW TO SURVIVE AS AN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER
Legendary filmmaker Glen Pitre shares his secrets on how to make a living as an independent filmmaker without leaving your home town!
4PM SCREENING: BELIZAIRE THE CAJUN, 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
A romantic adventure set in 1859 antebellum Louisiana frontier where a wily herb doctor (the title character played by Armand Assante) must save his cousin's life, defeat murderous vigilantes, win a woman's heart, rescue an orphan's inheritance and escape the gallows.
6-9PM AFTER PARTY: RAGIN' CAJUN 4302 RICHMOND AVE, HOUSTON 77027
Food and drink specials for everyone with a ticket stub.
COST: WORKSHOP + SCREENING = $30
SCREENING ONLY = $10
For tickets go to http://swamp-belizaire.
Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) is a 34-year-old nonprofit media arts organization. SWAMP brings artists and audiences together through a variety of programs which include professional development workshops, the annual Business of Film conference, digital filmmaking classes for youth, a Media Literacy Institute for educators, filmmaker screenings, and THE TERRITORY, the longest running showcase series of independent film on public television in the country, now in its 34th season (www.theterritory.tv).
SWAMP evolved from programs originally organized at St. Thomas University and later at Rice University Media Center in the early 1970s through the vision of the internationally acclaimed filmmaker and educator James Blue. Houston philanthropist John de Menil lent initial financial support to the program that became an independent nonprofit organization in 1977. Today SWAMP is supported in part by grants from The Houston Endowment, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Film Commission and many other individuals and contributing organizations.
BIO: GLEN PITRE
Born in Cut Off, Louisiana, Glen Pitre worked his way through Harvard by fishing shrimp each summer. After graduating with honors he returned to Cut Off to found Côte Blanche Productions. By age 25, American Film magazine dubbed him “father of the Cajun cinema” as his low-budget, French dialect “gumbo westerns” broke house records in bayou country theaters. With the help of the Sundance Institute, his internationally-lauded 1986 BELIZAIRE THE CAJUN became his first English-language production. Since then Pitre’s works in a variety of media, frequently in collaboration with wife Michelle Benoit, often about life in his native Louisiana wetlands, have earned him numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate and a knighthood from France. In 2006, America’s most famous film critic, Roger Ebert, acclaimed Pitre “a legendary American regional director.”
BIO: MICHELLE BENOIT
A Scots-Irish-Cajun from the southwestern Louisiana prairies, Benoit earned degrees from the American University in Paris, France and the University of New Orleans. She has written, produced and directed films, documentaries, books, articles, museum exhibits and videos often in conjunction with her writing partner and husband Glen Pitre. Most recently she was Artist-In-Residence at the University of New Orleans, teaching screenwriting and film directing in the MFA Film Program.