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Sixth annual Pontchartrain Film Festival kicks off the
PFF Film Tour to multiple locations in St. Tammany
The Sixth Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival will kick off with a film tour, bringing award-winning documentary films on the road August, September and October, 2017.
Special screenings are planned in Madisonville, Abita Springs, Covington and Mandeville. The tour concludes with the festival to be held Nov. 3-4 at the Mandeville Trailhead.
The first film on the tour, “Mind of the Maker” by director C.E. Richard, will screen Saturday, Aug. 19, 4:30 p.m. at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum,133 Mabel Drive, across from the Madisonville Library. The screening is free, and doors open as the museum closes at 4 p.m., for popcorn and a reception with the director, C.E. Richard.
Richard is a professor of creative writing and film studies and the Joseph P. Montiel Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The film will show in the museum theater at 4:30, followed by a question and answers session.
The short film, 17 minutes, is about a family tradition of boat building. Edward Couvillier enlists his sons Justin, Larry and Kevin Couvillier to help hand-build a cypress skiff that he remembers "in his mind."
Couvillier was born in 1929 and grew up in a community of boatbuilders near Hog Island in the Atchafalaya Basin. It was a time when those who used boats, built boats. He remembers the skiff that people stood up on and paddled using a joug and long oars. It is sometimes called a push skiff, because the configuration of the joug allowed the pilot to stand and pull the long oars.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival is a project of the nonprofit Olde Town Arts Center which in 2010 created the oral history documentary and exhibit “Waterways to Railways,” which is on view at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Guests are encouraged to come early and tour the museum, and stay for the film. Museum hours on Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. LPBMM admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth, and free for children 5 and under.
The PFF Film Tour is an opportunity to bring documentary films and filmmakers into settings where there can be interaction with their audience and discussions about the films' subject, and the filmmaking process.
The tour continues with the north shore premier of “Forgotten Bayou,” a feature length documentary about the Bayou Corne sink hole by director Victoria Greene, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Abita Town Hall, 22161 Level St.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival
PFF6 is Nov. 3-4, 2017
Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St.