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February 24, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Performance Center
Cinema on the Bayou presents the 50th Anniversary Presentation of Leonard Forest's Documentary: Les Acadians de la Dispersion. The film will be shown in high definition. And, for the first time will include English subtitles.

February 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All roads lead to Vermilionville (dancing shoes in hand) for community-wide discussions, dance demonstrations, art exhibit/sales and celebrations of traditional Cajun, Creole & Native American dance. This FREE event is part of our Local Learning Initiative at Vermilionville and is funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts & Decentralized Arts Funding in Louisiana.
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Les Vues Free Film Series: "Willie Francis Must Die Again"

When: 26-Feb-2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Center

Join us for the free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. 

Following the screenings, there will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about various themes of the film. Admission to the series is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go toward curating and screening costs.


The true story of Willie Francis, a sixteen year-old African American with no prior record, who was sentenced to the electric chair in 1946...and survived the execution. For two years, following this attempt, his experience became national news and his case forced the nation to take a look at capital punishment. Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled against Willie, and he went to the electric chair again in 1948...the execution was successful. 

The film won 'Best Documentary' at the Santa Monica Film Festival, the Memphis Film Festival, the Charlotte Film Festival and captured a Social Justice Documentary award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.


Allan Durand is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LSU Law School and SMU Law School, who resides in St. Martinville, LA and practices law in Lafayette, LA. His screenplay “Willie Francis Must Die Again” won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

As a producer /director, his film career consists of producing five films (so far), most notably (along with Cajun film maker, Glen Pitre) the feature length film “Belizaire the Cajun” (with Armand Assante and Robert Duvall) in 1985. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette  teaching Advanced Documentary Filmmaking.

Since 2012-2013, he has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.