POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 7:01pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — As Louisiana has steadily become the “Hollywood of the South,” LSU students, faculty and alumni have become a major part film industry’s grow in the state. From acting to directing to editing and everything in between, LSU graduates are involved in all aspects of the film industry and that will prominently be on display during the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival, taking place Oct. 10-17.
During the festival, three films with LSU ties will be shown:
· “Water Like Stone: A Portrait of a Louisiana Fishing Village,” a film by Zack Godshall, filmmaker-in-residence at LSU, and Michael Pasquier, assistant professor of religious studies at LSU, premieres on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:45 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center and again on Monday, Oct. 14, at noon at the Prytania Theatre.
· “A Man Without Words,” a short film by Godshall and scored by Shane Monds, a graduate of LSU’s School of Music, will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the Prytania Theatre.
· “Father-Like Son,” a film written by LSU graduates Mac Alsfeld and Andrew Megison and includes an LSU cast and crew, premieres on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10:15 p.m. in the Prytania Theatre.
“Water Like Stone” is an impressionistic portrait of Leeville, La., a fishing village in Coastal Louisiana. It is a story about the people who live in Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands. Through encounters with fishermen, shrimpers and lifelong residents, Godshall and Pasquier profile the cultural consequences of environmental decay due to coastal erosion and the human spirit necessary to live in a dying landscape. “Residents of coastal Louisiana, more than anyone else in the United States, understand the environmental challenges of coastal erosion, sea-level rise, and wetlands loss,” Pasquier said. “‘Water Like Stone’ is our attempt to listen to the voices and see the faces of those with an intimate knowledge of loss.” Excited to show the film at the New Orleans Film Festival, Godshall said, “Premiering this film in New Orleans is ideal. Besides the fact that it’s set in Louisiana and made by folks who live here, the film is 100 percent Louisiana-financed.”
Godshall’s short film, “A Man Without Words,” is based on Susan Schaller’s book, “A Man Without Words.” The film re-tells the non-fiction account of Susan Schaller’s encounter with Ildefonso, a languageless deaf man to whom she introduced language some 30 years ago. The film brings Ildefonso and Schaller back to the classroom where they met, where he learned that he and everything has a name, and she learned what it is to be human. The entire film is subtitled in English.
“Father-Like Son” is a raunchy comedy about Clark, a 24-year-old aspiring writer, who upon the death of his father is suddenly faced with a new and overbearing stepdad, Dan, who is hell-bent on raising Clark. The problem is that Dan is 24 years old, as well. The film was written, directed and produced by LSU graduates that have gone through the Film and Media Arts program in the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Alsfeld served as the film’s writer/director/actor, alongside Megison, writer/actor; Grayson Ward, actor/producer; Lauren Claret, producer; and Samuel “Beau” Bebeau, assistant director. Other LSU cast and crew includes Molly Conarro, Will Vocke, Michael Mentz, Chad Zibilich, Chad Naremore and Lauren Gros. Most of these young professionals with varied degrees have focused their careers in film industry and have been successful post-graduation. The film is a coming-of-age comedy with a lot of heart, along the lines of “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” “Having my first film world premiere at the New Orleans Film Fest is very emotional for me,” Alsfeld said. “This cast and crew prides itself on being homegrown talent and the NOFF’s recognition of us is one of the greatest feelings in the world.”