Mar 6, 2014 6:25 PM by UL PRESS RELEASE
Filmmakers Jerry Sanson, Scott Caro and Bill Robison will screen their films McCrea 1971 and Louisiana During World War II twice on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The Center for Louisiana Studies is hosting a screening and roundtable discussion on documentary filmmaking in the Oliver Hall Auditorium, room 112, UL campus at 3pm. A second screening will be held that evening at 6pm at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston Street, in Lafayette. Both events are free and open to the public.
McCrea 1971: The Story of Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival (33:17 mins)
The 1971 Celebration of Life Music Festival in McCrea, Louisiana ended in tragedy with two dead among the tens of thousands that flocked to see rock gods like Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys. Through archival footage and interviews with performers and attendees, McCrea 1971 documents the legal battles, and living misery that plagued the nearly forgotten festival.
Louisiana During World War II (70 mins)
Jerry Sanson of Louisiana State University at Alexandria, author of "Louisiana During World War II: Politics and Society 1939-1945," wrote the screenplay for the film. The film looks at Louisiana's many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected the state. It examines the military maneuvers which took place at installations such as Camps Beauregard, Claiborne, Livingston and more. In addition, the film examines the contributions of Higgins Industries, Standard Oil and other Louisiana manufacturers toward the war effort along with the war's impact on state politics, economy, culture, race and gender.