Local Filmmakers Vie for Coveted Spot in National Competition
NEW ORLEANS: The local production Lost Bayou, a project of Construct Films, vies for a coveted spot in the Hometown Heroes Rally, a national competition presented by New Orleans' very own Mark and Jay Duplass.
The competition champions the next generation of filmmakers making movies with their local community and resources. Lost Bayou, set in the Atchafalaya Basin, boasts a team that is not only from Louisiana, but also many of whom grew up on the bayou themselves. Breaux Bridge's Brian Richard will direct, Broussard's Hunter Burke & Lafayette's Nick Lavin penned the script, Arnaudville's Teri Wyble will star, and New Iberia's Natalie Kingston will shoot. These South Louisiana natives have teamed up with producer Alicia Davis Johnson of New Orleans.

Lost Bayou is a story that is inspired by the people and folklore of Acadiana. It is a tale of faith, hope, and healing. "We're so excited to share a piece of our Cajun culture with the world," says Kingston. "It's a side that maybe the world hasn't seen before."

The top ten projects that reach the green light and have the most followers on the crowd funding website, Seed & Spark, by October 13, 2017 will qualify for the finals and get to pitch The Duplass Brothers their project.

Of those ten finalists, up to five will win the Grand Prize: a matching grant, and Mark and Jay Duplass boarding the project as Executive Producers. Both offers are incredible opportunities for Indie filmmakers and have the community buzzing with excitement.

Since Hometown Heroes launched on September 13th, Lost Bayou has maintained its position in the top ten. With almost three weeks left and over seventy projects competing, there's a lot of competition left for the NOLA-grown film.

"This is a story that needs and deserves to be told," says Richard. "This film can cement another chapter in preserving our Cajun heritage through cinema."

"South Louisiana is an area that we are passionate about telling stories from," says Burke, and "we need your help and support to bring this Louisiana folktale to life."

"We will be shooting in and using south Louisiana resources so any money we raise will essentially be pumped right back into the community," Johnson says.

(Posted on 26 September 2017, 1675559464 3O236O138O35)