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Southern Louisiana Art + Culture Magazine

The LA Edit


Editor In Chief

Laney Velazquez

Copy Editor

Kailey Broussard

Lafayette Representive

Dominique Castille

Lake Charles Representive

Anna Buller

Special Thanks To:

Brittany Racca, Aimee Cormier, Sloane Labiche,

Nina Velazquez



COPYRIGHT The LA Edit 2017

No content is to be used without written,

explicit permission from the editor

in chief.

Editor’s Note

For the longest time, I complained that we didn’t

have a magazine for the younger crowd. I was always

taught that at some point you have to stop

complaining and start creating solutions. I felt

like Southern Louisiana needed. An outlet to showcase

our boundless talent and culture; to share with the world

and each other. My goal is to bring all the great artists I

know of (and ones I am continuously meeting) together

for a common good. Money, or even recognition on my

part, was not my driving factor, but it is a start of something

great, I believe. During this journey, I stopped to

think about why this project was so important to me. My

boyfriend at the time told me that my art [photography]

was pointless. That I was just pressing a button. It hurt at

first...Then, I was angry. Anyone who creates knows that

what you choose as a creative outlet isn’t an arbitrary notion;

it’s a need that is never satisfied. All expression of

one’s inner-self is precious and time-worthy. Art is what

makes us introspective and thoughtful. In the end, I’m

glad he said what he did. It inspired me to push my personal

boundaries and create this meaningful outlet for

me personally, as well as other young people with the

hunger for all things beautiful.

Laney Mae Velazquez

The LA Edit, IG: @itslaneymae













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Frederika Sullivan

Surrealist and Impressionist Art


Three Little Birds Spring Inspiration

Photographed by Dominique Castille




Sara Crochet / The Cro’s Nest

Solid Perfume




Elliot Wade

Poetry + Visual Art



Julian Primeaux

Rock ‘n’ Roll artist hailing from the heart of


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“Forgotten Bayou” by Victoria Greene

Feature Documentary Film: Forgotten Bayou

A riveting documentary on the Bayou Corne industrial

diaster. Interview with director, Victoria


“My main goal in art is to make people see things

(perhaps in themselves) that they wouldn’t see

in any other piece of art. I want to

capture raw human emotion in all my face

and figure paintings. ”


Frederika Sullivan is an artist

from New Iberia, Louisiana who

focuses on surrealism elements and

impressionistic aspects in paintings

on various mediums.


Q: When did you realize creating was

something you had to do?

A: I’ve been drawing since I could

hold a pencil. I knew how to draw a

face before I could sign my name.

Which creative medium would you

love to pursue but you haven’t yet?

Earth Art, as in rock gardens or crop


In your opinion, do you need a

degree to be an artist?

No, it doesn’t make money.

What role does an artist have in


The artist provides a way for people

to learn how to think out the box.

What is your defintion of an artistic

outlook on life?

I think the defintion of having an

artistic outlook on life is being your

own person, not being just another

average person.

What memorable reaction have you

had to your work?

My dad never fails to tell me how

happy my paintings make him. It

makes me happy that a person could

feel that way about my art.

What food, drink or song inspires


I always find myself eating takeout

while I’m painting something at

home. When I’m feeling really good

I’ll blast The Beach Boys.

What is your dream project?

Body Art! I’ve wanted to be an artist

in a nude art walk for such a long

time now.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve

been given?

“When you’re not liking how your

painting looks and you think it’s no

good, take a nap, go for a jog, get

out of the studio. In the time you’re

away from the painting you’ll gain a

different perspective on it or maybe

even learn to appreciate it as is.”

Spring Inspiration

Shop Three Little Birds

Photographed By Dominique Castille


hree Little Birds located in a Lafayette, Louisiana is a boutique catering to all fashion

needs of those seeking garments that make a “uniquely you” style statement.

There are countless pieces that effortlessly reflect artistic inspiration. With spring

in full swing, these looks were inspired by a mix of eye catching colors and bold patterns.

Lace and florals bring a feminine flair. Crop tops, delicate slits and carefully coordinated

jewelry lend these ensembles a punch of edge. Skirts and dresses dominate the shoot

giving ultimate fashion freedom for all upcoming festivals and outdoor events.

MUA - Cait Pierce / Hair - Mia Grissom from Five Elements / Styled by Bri Sanford /

Production by Krisan Rowland

Models left to right: Sara Crochet, Emily Day, Bri Hunter, Emily Kelley, Farrah Graham,

Jessi Segura

Shop Three Little Birds:

1019 Auburn Ave, Lafayette, LA 70503

Phone: (337) 456-3092


IG: shopthreelittlebirds

FB: ShopThreeLittleBirds


Dominique Castille

IG: dominiquecastille



Sara Crochet of The Cro’s Nest / Solid Perfumes

The Cro’s Nest: handcrafted solid

perfumes & colognes for the Southern

Belle or Swamp Boy in all of us.

Each tin is filled with a special concoction

created by Lafayette’s local

busy bee Sara Crochet.

Not only do they smell really good,

its takes moisturizing to a whole

new level. The Cro’s Nest jam packs

every tin with a specialized blend

of essential oils, along with coconut

and jojoba oil; giving customers

really happy skin! All perfumes and

colognes are from a beeswax base

and then incorporated with other ingredients

to give each tin a unique,

handcrafted purpose. You can find

more information by going online to


Southern Belle - Floral notes with a

hint of Cedarwood

Feelin’ Jazzy- Jasmine of course!

Hunny Do- When floral met citrus.

Swamp Boy- Pine and floral notes

with their buddy Vetiver.

Woody- Just imagine all the pine in

the world.

Bugg Off- A blend of Citronella,

Lavender, and Lemongrass essential

oils. Bugs hate all these smells!!!

NEW: Caravan- Patchouli and some

other rosy goodies!

How did I get into making my products?

Last summer, I had a friend come

visit from France. She had spent

about a year in South America

traveling and picked up the art

of macrame while there. During

her stay in Lafayette, she learned

about the possibility of vending for

Art Walk but did not want to vend

alone. I had been very interested in

solid perfumes since I was a little

girl, as I once had a locket with a

solid perfume in it, and I found this

a perfect opportunity to finally take

upon this craft. I spent almost a solid

24hrs playing apothecary to get

some products out for that particular

upcoming Art Walk and haven’t

stopped making them since.

How do you go about formulating

new and different scents?

It’s all trial and error. I have about 5

essential oils in each perfume. The

blends are extensive, so it takes a lot

of letting the beeswax dry, smelling

the concoction, and either being

satisfied or starting over again!

We live in such a mass produced

“buy-it-now” society where everything

is click or short drive away.

Why should people continue to

make things by hand?

I believe that making and buying

handcrafted items builds a community

connection between the creator

and the customer. I love being an

artisan because I get to know my

clients personally. They come back,

they make me smell their wrists in

public, they are happy and satisfied

with their purchase. This makes me

strive to create even more! It’s a

circular flow of good energy. This is

important in a small town like ours,

buy leauxcal y’all!



BY Blake Bumpus / Depouille

Depouille--the moniker of Blake Bumpus--is the unpronounceable,

unspellable, and perhaps entirely fictional

Cajun French phrase for “one who is a mess”. He’s a multi-disciplinary

artist who focuses on photography, music, and

science fiction literature. Whatever the method, he uses art and

the scientific method to ask questions and make statements

about the world, and he has far more questions than he does

answers. He’s fascinated by Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism,

chance and control, improvisation, phenomenology, and finds

beauty in everyday life.

A Short Interview:

When and why did you start photography?

I started photographing when I was 16 years old in 2008. I first

experimented with long exposures on a point and shoot camera,

and made my first light paintings. It broke my previous

assumption that the camera sees as we do--but really, with a

camera, with the right settings, you can see in a way the human

eye could not and I was fascinated with that concept and I’ve

never turned back.

What is your favorite thing to capture in your photographs?

My favorite things to capture, by far, are reflections and multi-exposures

of trees and buildings. It sounds a bit silly and

mundane, but with reflections, we don’t really notice how

beautifully it bends and distorts light until you photograph it,

and with multi-exposures, I’m fascinated by the way one is able

to rearrange and re-imagine the world without the use of any

photo-manipulation software, and how it challenges the assumption

that we sometimes have that photographers are the

observers who are looking at subjects, when really we’re both

simultaneously--but that’s an essay for another time.

Is there something you always ask to yourself/think just before

you push the button ? How do you feel about the onslaught of

visual mediums we consume daily has an effect on your art (as

in not doing anything “new”)?

Before I press the button, I try to get into that “flow” state of

mind where I’m shooting intuitively. It’s interesting to me--I

spend all of this time outside of a shoot learning about composition

and exposure and all of the logic behind those things, but

at the heart of it, when it comes to the moment before the actual

photo, I almost go into it blind, acting on whims and what

my heart is feeling.

As far as trying to make anything “new”, well, I think that’s an unrealistic

way of looking at art. The first few postmodern novels

was actually written in the enlightenment era in the mid

1700s and the dadaist in the early 1900s subverted all notions

of what is art even by today’s standards. So the question

becomes, not “what can I do that hasn’t been done before?”

and more like “what kind of art can I make that only

I could make?”, and that comes from practice, asking the

right questions, and knowing a bit about yourself.

What is it that interests you most about the concept and

philosophy of photography? what rules do you live by while

shooting? what rules do you think are meant to be broken?

I look at all art as just another form of language--music has

it’s own grammar and vocabulary, sculptor has it’s own language

and vocabulary, photography has it’s own language

and vocabulary--you get the idea. In this sense, it’s less

about following or not following rules, and more like asking

“what do I want to say, and how will people understand it?”.

But there are certain, objective rules when it comes to composition

that will only confuse a viewer if you break them-

-but at the same time, a perfectly composed exposure can

also be boring. My favorite art is the kind where the artist

does something that you normally shouldn’t do but actually

pulls it off because of his or her greater understanding of

visual grammar and vocabulary, making me wonder “how

did they pull that off?” So, what’s interests me most about

photography is that I talk about things that are beyond verbal

language--I can show the outside world where we all

live in from my very personal point of view.

You can only take 5 more images your entire life: what do

you photograph?

Oh, that’s a hard one, but I’ll give it a go.

1) A self portrait of myself after I’ve done something

particularly impulsive or foolish.

2) A certain beach in the Pacific Northwest that is meaningful

to me.

3) A portrait of a certain someone who knows me, in a way,

more than I know myself.

4) The stars from atop Mount Rainier.

5) My 1984 rotary powered RX-7 (sport car), if I’m ever fated

to have a working one gain.

His work can be found at:

Facebook: Depouille Art

IG: depouilleart

Models: Paxton Brown,

Sara Crochet, Cayla

Zeek, Mat thew McElveen,

Gretchen Grant, Rene

Reed, Johnny Trosclair &

Fiona Cook.



Julian Primeaux hails

from Lafayette, Louisiana.

He is a fouth

generation musician,

bred out of rock ‘n’ roll and

southern gospel roots.

He has toured across the

United States as well as Europe.

When & why did you start


I was 8 when I started playing

guitar. Basically, my

mom had me take lessons.

I did that for 2 years, then

when I was 11 was when the

bug really hit me of being

really into it. Falling sleeping

with the guitar on me. Now,

If I don’t play I feel weird.

Which famous musicians do

you admireand why?

There’s a big list in a lot of

ways and a lot of underground

ones. Two of the biggest,

ebb and flow through

my life, some various reasons,

Van Morrison, since I

was little; also, Sam Cook.

For me, both are insanely

talented. Great singers and

great songwriters. Their

interaction with the band

and how others are inspired

by them is great. There are

some deeper truths. That’s

like a more broad general

source. Other inspire me

in other way, in pieces.

What are you working on


Right now, I’m working on

the next record for 2017,

which is all written and recorded.

It’s part of a trilogy

about the human heart

and the feelings you have.

The first is about living and

life and second and religion,

god and death. All

were recorded at the same

time. The latter is a little bit

more stripped down than

the previous.

Are you religious?

No, I just like the stylistic

approach of the gospel

music. I don’t like to be

preachy in telling people

what to believe.

Favorite venue you’ve ever

played at?

So I have a few, but three

that come of mind: Hard

Rock Café in Prague. Its

4 stories and 2 underground.

Europe is so different

as opposed to America

because of the age and

history there. That particular

show promoter took

us backstage, originally

made for a king hundreds

of years ago or so, and

as the city flooded, they

raised a level. It looks most

like a dungeon of a castle.

There’s tons of memorabilia

too. A place we played

in this past tour, in Hamburg,

Germany, is where

The Beatles got their start,

early on when still very

rockabilly and gritty. We

were running late coming

from Switzerland and we

get there and are told t

set up on the bar. We had

to play and stand on the

bar. No mic stand, just a

mic hanging from a small

rod in the ceiling. That was

really wild. I’ve stood on

bars before but not for the

whole show! Also crazy

to know you’re where The

Beatles got their start. Another

place that was really

cool was Paradiso. There

was a live concert of Nirvana

there, an old church

turned into venue. Beautiful


Describe your first show


I kind of have two, the

first one I did was when I

was 3 at Randol’s. My dad

is a musician; I was three

at the time and I end going

on stage and singing

the song that was on.

First real one though, was

Acadiana Middle School

talent show. I played a

Nirvana song. Very interesting,

still have it on

VHS somewhere. It’s funny,

we weren’t good but

it was the beginning of


When did you realize you

wanted to play for a living?

I was 11 when I really

liked playing and by 12

or 13 it was my passion.

I love this more than anything

else. When you’re a

kid you want to an astronaut

or G.I. Joe, but it’s always

been music for me.

Which means not having

kids or having things get

in the way of that.

What is the best advice

that you have been given?

My uncle used to say

this thing when I was

younger, when we would

have bands, with different

singers at any given

time. He said, “One monkey

don’t stop no show.”

The show must go on.

You gotta make it happen.

That might sound

silly but I’m too stubborn

to give up and I find ways

around these problems.

Once you learn you can

make something happen

regardless, it’s really

empowering. Like I’ve

played shows without


I’ve learned different

things from different

people but: Live life for

you. Find your own truth.

Everyone can tell you

different things about

what you should do

but your life is your

yours and to hell with

what other people say,

they’re not living your

life. No matter what

keep going and never

give up. Even when

people told me I should

just get a real job, well

then I would have never

gone on European

tours. Not every day is

sunshine and rainbows

but you make the most

of it.

How do you manage to

stay both personal and

original in your creative


For me, it’s complicated,

I don’t let what’s

going on around me to

influence, like “oh this

is popular, so I should

do it.” There’s people

I’ve known or seen,

in studying their different

approaches to

business and success,

I guess this sometimes

works, for attention

or success, but I feel

like of the people that

inspire me aren’t into

that [popularity].

I’m into what I’m into and unapologetic

for it. It sets your mind differently.

People think what’s going to sell

and they’re putting walls and boundaries

in their creativity. Sometimes

you’re not actually doing it, you’re

channeling: Like a lightning rod, receiving

and transmitting the signals.

What kind of jobs did you have before

your career took off?

Well, side jobs when I was younger,

first, was selling fireworks. I lied about

my age to sell fireworks on the side

of the highway. Then, a pizza place in

high school. Then, a television station

[KLFY], then I worked in waste water

treatment then the Cajun Dome doing

sound. Then, music for a living. It

was all me, drums with my feet, tambourines

and bells on my feet, while

playing guitar. I would do these made

up tours where I would hit the road

and go into bars and find the places

to play and get a gig and play then go

onto another city another night. Now

I have a bunch of great musicians that

I play with.

What was the biggest opposing force

that you encountered on your creative


Band members quitting. Maybe that’s

more so a Louisiana thing. I pride

myself in being professional and

my word in my bond. So that is that

difficult thing, to live and die for it. I

like being in a band that works like a


like before my day people where in

one group and that’s what you did,

not in 10 side projects. Scheduling

conflicts is something that is difficult.

Especially about money, as its mostly

money driven. If you don’t have

money in this world it’s a lot harder

to make it. I think it used to be financially

different. People made money

from the musician’s music, now it’s

turned into paying out of pocket instead

of others making money off

each other. I know some people are

great but don’t have the money to do

it. I come from a punk rock DIY perspective

about it.

What emotion in the human experience

inspires you the most and why?

This is where I sound like everyone

else but love and everything associated

with love. Everything sort of in a

way revolved around that, if you have

love, all is right, but then the lack of

love is a whole different thing. Perhaps

if someone is racist there is a

lack of love. Love kind of informs everything

we as human beings do and

don’t do. That even influences life

and death. I’m a sucker about ballads.

Facebook: Julian Primeaux - Music


Spotify: Julian Primeaux

Though, even the biggest artists

make less than artist 20 years ago,


Lagniappe Records is a

music lover’s gem located

in downtown Lafayette.

They specialize in

new and used vinyls, such as

rare LA 45’s and 78’s, as well as

turntables and speakers. The

store is dedicated to enriching

the community around them

with listening events, art walk

participation and music lessons.

It also doubles as a independent

music label for artists,

expanding their reach to Euclid

Records in NOLA, T-Bone in MS,

End of All Music in MS, End of

An Ear in & Waterloo Records

in TX, The Groove in TN & Capital

City Records in BR, LA. Two

birds named Agnes and Milton

also inhabit the shop and greet

customers. Right of the store

entrance is a map where vistors

can mark where they are

from with a pin. Below is an interview

with the co-owner, Tes


When & why did you start your


June 27th, 2013. We had the

idea to open a store a few years

before we actually did. We

started online for the first couple

of years. Patrick and I were

on the road a lot playing music.

At one point I was on the road

9 months out of the year, so it

was important to me to dig our

roots somewhere.

Why Lafayette, as opposed to

another city?

were living in New Orleans

(and Nashville) and felt like

New Orleans didn’t need another

​record store.





& S***

What were your favorite record stores growing

up and how did they influence your decision

to open up your own record store?

Patrick and I were both touring musicians for

a decade. And if you’re into records record

stores is where you end up when you’re on

the road.​I personally love Euclid and Domino

Sound in Nola, but End Of an Ear in Austin, TX

and End Of All Music in Oxford, MS are some

of my favorites too, but there are many others

as well... Also, I worked at 3 record stores in

Austin, Los Angeles and Athens between being

on the road.

In your opinion, what makes shopping at an

independent record store like Lagniappe different

from shopping at a big box retailer like

Best Buy,etc?

Well, the fact that we’re NOT a big box store

and our music knowledge and selection is better.

What was the first record you ever bought

and where did you buy it?

​Prince 1999 at Sound Shop in Southland Mall

in Houma, LA

Can you tell us about some of your most

cherished records, either in the store or in

your personal collection?

Too many to mention.

What is your personal “holy grail”? (i.e. the

one rarity you’ve been looking for forever.)

A Carole King​ 45 with Road To Nowhere

What is the most frustrating &/or frequent

question you get from customers?

The most frequent: They still make vinyl records?

Lagniappe can be found at:

313 Jefferson St.

Lafayette, LA 70501

Website: lagniapperecords.com

Facebook: Lagniappe Records

Instagram: lagniapperecords

Fromage: More Than Just

Grilled Cheese

Fromage is a quaint

little eatery located off

New Iberia’s historic

downtown area. A flurry

of customers order and

wait for a sandwich and

soup experience that goes

beyond the traditional

definition for these

comfort foods. From

classics like Monte Cristo

to the French inspired

Jambon et Fromage, there

is something to tickle

the taste-buds of all self

proclaimed sandwich

connoisseurs. Whether

it’s a table for one or a

group of hungry foodies,

there is a place at Fromage

for everyone. While you

wait, you can peruse the

art decorating the walls,

showcasing local artist. A

vision brought to life by

Karl Boudreaux, owner

and manager of the

restaurant. Each month

features a new artist,

with pieces for sale to its

patrons. His passion for

food began in working

at a local family-owned

restaurant Jane’s Seafood

(where he continues to

work at to this day.) When

asked about his philosophy

on food he states, “I like

simplicity. Simple food

done well.” Fromage’s

menu undergoes changes

every few months to keep

things fresh and give

customers opportunity to

find new favorites. New

soups are often featured

as the “Soup of the Day.”

His goal is to develop the

restaurant into a chain.

145B W Main St,

New Iberia, LA 70560

Phone: (337) 321-9543



Jambon et Fromage

With French inspiration comes forth the

name for this sandwich, consisting of

white bread topped with black forest ham,

fine gruyere, creole mustard and tarragon.

Gouda Supreme + Tomato Basil Soup

A personal favorite of the editor. White bread

layered with roasted mushrooms topped with

gouda cheese. Paired with a savory homemade

tomato basil soup, perfect for colder

Chicken Caesar Sandwich

As the name suggests, in the vein of a

chicken caesar salad. Includes spinach.

Garden Salad + Butternut Squash

Apple Soup

A blend of garden greens, cheddar cheese,

purple onions, carrots and tomatos. Paired

with a fresh blend of squash and apples.

Monte Cristo

A blend of apple dipped in egg then

grilled atop white bread in honey

mustard, brie and prosciutto.


Victoria Greene +


ward winning director and founder of Greene Bayou Films, Victoria has produced several short

films, some of which have been official selections of New Orleans and Baton Rouge film festivals.

Most recently her short film, “Monster in the Bayou” won the WIFT International Short

Film shortcase in the documentary category and also screened at the UNO Film Festival in

New Orleans. Victoria volunteers for numerous film organizations and for over twenty years

was involved with LPB (Louisiana Public Broadcasting) as an anchor/host during pledge drives. A member

of WIFT Louisiana (Women in Film and Television) and NOVAC (New Orleans Video & Access Center) Victoria

is a graduate of Louisiana State University, loves the Saints and Tigers, and lives in New Orleans with

her two pups, Lena and Reggie. Forgotten Bayou is her first feature film.

Forgotten Bayou

Bayou Corne, Louisiana, located seventy miles from New Orleans and forty-five miles from Baton Rouge

is just down the road from Pierre Part, a place where the top-rated television show, “Swamp People” is

filmed. However, few have ever heard of this bayou and the thirty-five acre sinkhole that dramatically

changed the area’s landscape. Once a thriving community of three hundred-fifty residents full of culture

and pure southern hospitality, it is now a shell of what it once was. Only fifteen families remain. Forgotten

Bayou chronicles the journey of those individuals whose homes and lives fell victim to this industrial and

environmental disaster. Featuring interviews from current and former community members, Texas Brine

employees, scientists, and government officials, this documentary conveys the nature of the conditions,

while giving audiences the room to make their own conclusions.

!st: Victoria Greene

2nd:Left to right: Victoria, Paul & Former resident

Johnny Mabile

3rd: “Drift wood Man” Adam Morales featured in



Where are you from and

what is your film/educational


Originally from Los Angeles, I’ve

lived in Louisiana for over thirty

years and am finally feeling like

a native. In 1992, I couldn’t wait

to leave New Orleans after being

transferred to Baton Rouge, and

three years ago I couldn’t move

back quickly enough, primarily

because of the film industry.

During my time in Baton Rouge,

I attended Louisiana State

University at night, for seven years,

worked full-time in marketing

and sales while simultaneously

volunteering as a host/anchor

during PBS pledge drives on

WYES and LPB (Louisiana Public

Broadcasting). It was during those

twenty plus years that enabled me

to interview various documentary

filmmakers. That’s when I fell in

love with this style of storytelling.

a documentary. Fast forward

fifteen years and I did just that

with Forgotten Bayou. Filmmaking

is my second career and it is

something I’ve worked very hard

to achieve with many challenges.

Of course if it were easy,

everyone would do it.

Who are your biggest influences

in film and why?

I love all different kinds of films.

From intense dramas, romantic

comedies often called “chick

flicks”, to documentaries. I watch a

lot of television and attend lots of

screenings at film festivals. Some

of my favorite documentaries

include those produced and

shown on public television, many

of which those focus on Louisiana

culture and its landscape.

Was there a particular event or time

that you recognized that filmmaking

was not just a hobby, but that it

would be your life and your living?

My first attempt at creating a

documentary occurred in the late

1990s when I assembled a team

of friends who worked for free

(and food) over the course of

several weekends. Unfortunately,

I never got beyond the editing

stage, so instead, wrote an article,

which was published, However, I

never lost the dream of creating

After losing my job in April of 2011, I

answered a cattle call in November

of that same year to be an extra

for the film “Pitch Perfect “, filming

in Baton Rouge. One day on that

film’s set turned into a half of a

dozen days followed by working

on another fifty or so films and

television shows. I never thought

of this being a hobby. Working

“Of course if it were easy, everyone would do it.”

as a background actor led to speaking

roles, all of which was was just a step

closer to forming my own production

company. Fortunately, the climate in

Louisiana was perfect for an aspiring

filmmaker and Greene Bayou Films

was conceived in 2012. I produced my

first short film in January 2013 and

started working on Forgotten Bayou

a few months later. I did whatever

it took to make my dream a reality.

Why did you get involved in this issue?

I was very curious about the sinkhole,

although not very knowledgeable

about its impact on the Bayou Corne

or our environment. It was not until I

learned that environmental advocate

Erin Brokovich would be attending a

community meeting that I decided to

take a ride out to Pierre Part and attend

that meeting, held on March 9, 2013.

The homeowners discussed their

fears, frustration and how after

seven months of being under

a mandatory evacuation, they

didn’t know when or if they could

return home. I immediately felt

a tremendous connection to the

residents and just knew that this

story needed to be told, and by me.

What was your biggest lesson you had to

learn and how did that lesson happen?

Sure there have been a few hiccups

along this journey, but due to my

business background, I realized how

important it is to be surrounded by

great people. I hired an experienced,

collaborative and talented team.

From our creative producers, John

Darling Haynes and Paul LeDoux

(also editor and cinematographer)

to composer, Mike Esneault and

Bradley Greer, our colorist, we

made it work. In 2016, consulting

producer, Diana Zollicoffer and associate

producer Gabrielle Gatto joined the team,

and the results are a beautiful and significant

documentary that I am very proud of.

Generally speaking, when we want to learn

about a film we talk talk to the director.

But collaboration is important. How

makes a fruitful collaboration?

For me, working with people I like and

respect ultimately results in a better

project. Yes, I am the director/producer

and leader of the team, but I think we were

successful because everyone understood

my vision and were passionate about the

project. To be a good leader means to recognize

the strengths and value of every team member.

Was there ever a time during this

project that you thought you might quit

and what were your biggest obtacles?

I often tell people that ignorance is bliss.

Had I known how hard this journey would be,

not sure I would have ever started. Obtaining

funding was the toughest challenge; assumed

that it would be easy to raise money. Now that

was a big lesson! Ran a successful Kickstarter

campaign, hosted five fundraising events, yet

I still contributed my own money to the project.

Quitting was never an option or ever

considered. The Bayou Corne community

residents put their faith in me and

shared their stories about their lives and

struggles. It was my responsibility to

make Forgotten Bayou happen, at all costs.

What role have film festivals played in the

life of Forgotten Bayou so far? Why are they

necessary? How do you get the most out of them?

I really wanted Forgotten Bayou to premier

at the New Orleans Film Festival in October

2016 and was honored and thrilled when

this happened with two showings. How

many filmmakers get to premier at the

Entergy Giant Theatre (formerly I-Max)

and see your film for the first time on

this huge screen? It was amazing! Most

of the individuals featured in the film

attended along with my friends and peers.

Since New Orleans, Forgotten Bayou has

screened at the Santa Fe Film Festival,

Cinema on the Bayou Fest (Lafayette, LA),

Retroperspective Documentary Film Festival

hosted by New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

Film Foundation and April 7th, will be seen

during Crossroads Film Festival held in

Jackson, MS. We anxiously await hearing

from other festivals throughout the world.

Attending film festivals is inspirin. Plus the

panels and classes teach us about many

aspects of the industry including distribution

and getting out film out to the masses. I’ve

made lots of new friends and it’s humbling for

my film to be seen amongst those created by

such talented filmmakers. Film festivals are

an excellent means of gaining a following and

giving film enthusiast the opportunity to see it!

There was not one woman director

nominated during this year’s Academy

Awards and only 28% of indie filmmakers are

women. What are your feelings about this?

It’s tough finding jobs in this business,

regardless of your sex. I’m competing with

talented, young film school graduates and

others with more experience than myself, the

major reasons for forming my own production

company. I’ve been the only woman on a

team in my previous career and had to work

harder than the guys to gain their respect,

but I did. So I have the mentality that you

must earn respect and then will be rewarded.

I am not naïve and realize that only about

25% of independent filmmakers are women,

and it is an uphill battle every day to obtain

financing, top crew, etc. That just makes

me work harder and that includes lots of

networking. I attend film events, panels,

support local film festivals and am active in

WIFT. It’s important for women to support

other women and work together as often as

possible. I am fortunate to have a mentor and

mentee and will continue to nurture women

in the industry. As for the future, I hope to

see the major studios hire more women and

individuals of color, sooner rather than later!

What advice would you give to someone

who wanted to have a life creating film?

First of all, don’t get into the business

expecting to make lots of money. Do it

because you love storytelling and that you

can’t see yourself doing anything else. Get a

film degree, training, become an intern and

learn as much as you can from the best in the

best in the business. Follow your dreams. I

did, though it took a few U-turns to get there!

Why is documentary important – why

should we make documentaries?

Documentary filmmaking is important

and very powerful vessels to tell stories

about our environment, social issues, war,

politics and much more. Capturing history

and culture of communities in a time

capsule, documentaries are vehicles of

change, exposing others to new elements

in a way of cinematic form. It is story telling

and captures the heart and soul of the subject.

I’m a story teller and felt a very strong responsibility

with Forgotten Bayou to tell an honest story and

truthfully reflect the thoughts and beliefs of those

featured in the film, and remained neutral in doing so.


Forgotten Bayou continues to consume much

of my time, however; am in in the development

stage with John and Paul of a short documentary

that explores aspects of an indigenous South

Louisiana Cajun culture that is disappearing.

I’ve also written a few narrative short scripts and

hope to shoot sometime in 2018. In the meantime,

enjoying my Forgotten Bayou journey, attending

screenings and looking forward to distribution.

For more information about Forgotten Bayou such as

viewing the extended trailer, learn about upcoming

screenings and events, check out the website and

follow on Facebook and Twitter. Or feel free to contact

Victoria directly at forgottenbayou@gmail.com.


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Creative Writing

Elliot grew up next to a sugarcane field in between Cecilia and Arnaudville,

Louisiana. He says his art has always been inspired by his life and life as a

whole. Stringing along words into harmonious poetry was a passion he’s

had since he was young. Drawing pictures and writing vivid tales were a part

of his life from the start. Though he admits he hasn’t drawn much, except for

what you see in this section. His writing and art having helped him to cope

and understand all that life throws at him. His mentor to continue to pursue

these notions is his older sister, Nia, who is also a writer. “She inspires me

to be the best writer I can be and with that I get better every day.” With all

honesty, he believes without this medium he would’ve quite frankly lost his

mind. A self-described “ever-growing wonder” Elliot aims to enliven those to

find meaning in what he writes not for personal satsifaction, but for the audience’s

awareness of their interconnectedness with the human experiance.

He is majoring in English secondary education at University of Louisiana at


I Insist

I gave my lover

the lighter

because i forgot

how to swim

I’m remembering

my toes

On the shoreline

in may

Forgive me & my

lack of humility

Oh arid sky.

With the narrow

sun edging close

The rain is near

There’s a cavern

beyond there,

A drenched one

black as ciel.

You will taste

the salt again,

Give me gills

when my lungs


I took back the


I remembered how

to swim.

I felt the chill

on my toes

On the shoreline

in December.















































To be & achieve happiness

I must achieve sadness

To fall in love

I must first lose a love

To smile

I must first cry

Which is the reasoning

For my sleepless nights

The early morns I lie awake

I think of you

But in return

My demons haunt me

But darling,

To mend you

I must first

Be terribly broken

Even here

On the salty sun kissed borderline

To be home

I must be far, far


Am I Good?

Golden brown boys come

out ready when the

heat has passed.

Bland at first glance,

you pray for something


I find solace in

strawberry jam.

I’ve never been fond

of the way honey


Hey, how’ve you been


Will you stay sickly

sweet for me?

Honey’s far too hard

to come by anyway.

You’re better off

staying red.

Take me with your

milk, sugar & cream.

Tear me apart, devour


I hope to be sweet

enough for your taste.

I’m yours, you shaped

me. I’m yours, I owe

the world to you

I am not my own.

I am sickly sweet.

L’ Espirit de


Porcelain doll painted

perfect peach

Your glass green eyes

look far beyond my face

Air brushed & queen-ofheart


Beauty marks bespeckle

your face because you were


You were molded with a

thin waist

Thin Face

Made ti make room for

others like you

Quiet porcelain doll with

memorable eyes

What do you dream of at


Your small hands were

made to be held,

Not to be hold

Do you dream of leaving

this place?


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