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After filming in Louisiana for a couple weeks, Allen will be on his way back to Lancaster in just a few days. He is coming back from Acadiana with some great footage for We Are Cajun. A Documtary Film. While visiting his homeland, Allen gathered handfuls of successful interviews which are going to make the film much easier to piece together. On the trip he spoke with Trent Angers of Acadian House Publishing who authored The Truth About The Cajuns. He captured the process of crawfishing as presented by master fishermans of their craft. In Lafayette, he attended Festival International where he filmed the French Mass and performers of Cajun music. These preservers of the Cajun culture are sure to hilight and shape the film’s message.
Allen and the rest of us at Postage are excited for the next steps ahead towards making the film a possibility.
Today I embark for a trip to Louisiana. It’s not my first… oh no. In fact, I grew up there. Upon the completion of The Chameleon Club, I decided that my next film was to be an important one. I wanted to capture the essence of my heritage in a feature length documentary. This film is likely to be called “We Are Cajun” and is, as of today, underway.
Along the way I honed my mission to include several goals:
- Create a new inspiration for preserving the Cajun culture for generations to come.
- Define Cajun and educate the world on it’s meaning.
- Explain the differences between Cajun and other cultures in terms of language, tradition, cuisine, and the arts and celebrate these differences.
- Debunk cultural stereotypes where they exist.
- Achieve the above with the highest of quality as an archive in HD. A snapshot of the next two years in Cajun history.
While admittedly this seems like a lot, I know it can be accomplished with a handful of select, concise interviews, and a lot of hard work developing and putting the story together.
On this first trip I’ll be speaking to several people who are part of and familiar with the culture, as well as visiting some archives and other resources for cultural information. I’ll be speaking to some people who are preserving Cajun culture by teaching the history at Vermilionville… and even spend a day with purveyors of Cajun foods and fisheries. I look forward to sharing what I know and what I discover with all of you throughout the journey and next year when the film is released. Keep it right here… and “like” http://www.facebook.com/wearecajun on Facebook.
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This weekend, The Southern Screen Film Festival will commence in Lafayette, Louisiana, The heart of Cajun Country. The festival will be held in the downtown/university area of the city at multiple venues. Lafayette, LA happens to be the birthplace of Postage Principal/Documentary Director Allen Clements so it’s an especially sweet area screening for Clements.
Also interesting is the fact that Chubby Carrier of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band is interviewed as part of the Documentary film as Chubby played at the club throughout the years as part of his regular Zydeco touring circuit. (Sidenote: Chubby Carrier recently received what may be the last Grammy in the Zydeco category of the awards.)
In addition to that local Zydeco favorite, the film also features interviews with acts that were made or nurtured by the venue including August Burns Red, The Innocense Mission, LIVE, and Joan Osborne.
The Chameleon Club Documentary was recently submitted to Austin’s SXSW film festival for consideration and plans are being made for a local Lancaster, PA screening as well as eventual DVD/digital distribution.
Find out more about the Southern Screen Film Festival, the screening and it’s venues at: southernscreen.org
- The Chameleon Club Documentary Facebook Fan Page
- The Chameleon Club Documentary IMDB Page
- The Official Site of The Chameleon Club (is not an endorser of the historical film)
I’ve been hesitant to post this draft for fear of sounding like some kind of a kool-aid drinking fruit worshiper… but let’s face it, there’s one thing for which we can all agree to thank Apple Computer Corp. We should thank the teams of dreamers at Apple for pushing the margin and creating a new norm.
Think of the reaction the advent of the iPhone and iPad induced. I imagine the people in development and financing at competing firms thought “aww man, now we have to try and make this too.” The only reason that we hadn’t received that technology as consumers was because in their minds we didn’t “need” it… (that’s marketing speak for “want.”) Once Apple opens the proverbial curtain, we do indeed need this stuff.
That’s the attitude that Apple has always had. Shouldn’t cool technology be available to everyone? They spend the money on research and development and aside from a few slips, do a smashing job of keeping it under wraps and working gorgeous marketing campaigns around it… and what’s more, they make it look as effortless as it is to compute on their platforms.
Another great example is of course the iTunes store and the App Store. They jumped on the opportunity to be the first to actually motivate music lovers to exclusively buy online and they made the experience easy (1 click) and fun (cover flow, genius, ping, etc.). Thanks Apple! Now we have an array of fun to use and visually stimulating media players and stores!
Chris Allain of Vidox Motion Imagery (then: Vidox Image & Data) was an employer of mine from years ago. He may have been more influential than he realizes. He used to tell me in the “way” that Mac-people do “You’ll realize one day that Mac is the better computer and platform. I mean, just look at how elegant it is.” It is. That’s the initial appeal, the reason that people will be the first to try a product at a premium, and the reason that graphic designers and people in the media industry love using Apple products.
So I just wanted to take a blogging moment to say, “Thanks Apple!” Even if someone is a PC user in general or have android phones, I’m sure we all realize that they wouldn’t be here without your innovation and demand for future technology, now.
Just a quick update to congratulate Postage Principal Allen Clements’ Alma Mater, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. UL Lafayette’s BI Moody III College of Business Administration from which Clements received a degree in Marketing / Business Administration has been featured in Princeton Review’s Best 300 Business Schools from about 1500 colleges offering business programs in the country. Congratulations! Don’t forget to make this and all of our experience work for your business through multimedia marketing communications.