ON VA CONTINUER! to Have World Premiere at the 2019 French Film Festival
The documentary feature film On Va Continuer!, recipient of the 2018 #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant, will have its world premiere Sunday, February 17thduring the 2019 French Film Festival taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On Va Continuer! is a story of passionate dedication to the preservation of Louisiana Cajun French culture and ancestral knowledge through the tale of Louis Michot, a man whose life revolves around the culture he loves so deeply. From his lively on-stage presence in his Cajun rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers, through his life on the bayous and prairies of Louisiana, to the home he built with his own hands, Louis is a modern-day champion set on breathing life into a culture's "dying" language using THE ONE form of communication understood by all: music.
On Va Continuer! was the winner of the TV5MONDE USA-sponsored French Culture Film Grant program, designed to support groundbreaking new films that showcase both Francophone culture and the talents of Louisiana filmmakers. The documentary received a $30,000 grant after being chosen by the French Culture Film Grant Committee from mulitple finalists.
"At TV5MONDE USA, we are committed to showcasing unique stories about francophone culture in Louisiana. Our continued support for #CreateLouisiana's French Culture Film Grant allows us to see first-hand the pipeline of innovative cultural content taking root right in the state," said Patrice Courtaban, Chief Operating Officer of TV5MONDE USA.
Finalists pitched their projects and fielded questions from the full grant review committee, comprised of representatives from the partnering organizations. The selected winner, On Va Continuer!, received the honor of premiering during the 2019 French Film Festival at the Prytania Theatre in New Orleans.