MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guest Post: AEI CLIENT GLEN PITRE HAS WRAPAROUND MOVIES


Here’s where you can see the work of Glen Pitre & Michelle Benoit over the next couple of months.

ON STATEWIDE TV IN LOUISIANA: Good For What Ails You, written, produced, & directed by Glen Pitre, co-produced by Michelle Benoit. “Alligator grease relieves asthma, a buried potato cures warts, and "smoking a baby" eases the pains of colic as respected Cajun, Creole, and Houma Indian "treaters" gather wild teas, brew home-made cough syrup, invoke the saints at home altars, and most of all, heal the sick.” Over the LPB network, Saturday, March 14 at 1PM.

SCREENING IN NEW ORLEANS: Belizaire the Cajun, written, produced, & directed by Glen Pitre. “Rich, often explosive… superbly paced and brimming with period detail” Hollywood Reporter. “delightful, often irresistible… a tangy, spicy movie” Dallas Morning News. “one of the looniest hanging scenes ever committed to film” Variety. Sunday, March 22nd, 2pm, at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St. Free, but reservations recommended: 504-523-4662 or email wrc@hnoc.org

NOW ON DVD: The Man Who Came Back, written & directed by Glen Pitre, co-produced by Michelle Benoit. Starring Emmy winner Eric Braeden, Billy Zane, Armand Assante, Sean Young, Carol Alt, Ken Norton, and Oscar winner George Kennedy. “Glen Pitre has helped to reclaim the American western” Home Theater Info. Christmas week, we charted as America’s best-selling direct-to-DVD title! Available nationwide (and in many foreign countries) at all the normal outlets.

NOW ON BLUE-RAY: Hurricane on the Bayou, written, co-directed, and line produced by Glen Pitre. Produced & directed by Greg MacGillivray for the Audubon Nature Institute. Narrated by Meryl Streep. Filmed in giant screen IMAX, winner of international awards, takes you through the flooded streets of post Katrina New Orleans as if you were there yourself, while it also explains the ongoing coastal crisis that contributed so much to the storm’s destruction. Featuring musical performances by Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw, Allen Toussaint, Marva Wright and others. Available through all the usual outlets.

SHOWING DAILY AT THE LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM, PATTERSON, Air Racers, written, produced, & directed by Michelle Benoit & Glen Pitre. Wraparound screens and wind effects put you in the cockpit at the 1932 air races. We’ve done lots of films for lots of museums, but this is our most recent & certainly one of the most fun. Continuous showings 9-5 Tues–Sat on US 90 adjacent to Patterson Civic Center. Admission $3 adults; $2 students, seniors & military; free to kids under 12.

A PLAY COMING IN MAY, Floating Palace, written by Michelle Benoit & Glen Pitre, a comedic murder mystery aboard a 1920 vaudeville showboat, will world premiere at the Bayou Playhouse, a new regional theater on the waterfront in old Lockport, LA, under the direction of Perry Martin and produced by Karissa Kary. During the play’s run, the theater will also host a festival of some of our films, including rarely seen early works like La Fievre Jaune and Huit Piastres Et Demie. For details, visit the website.

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