Holi festival 2013. Photo by Olivia Drake MALS ’08.

Zeitlin ’04 to speak at LSU on March 15

[Benh Zeitlin’04] Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin ’04 is scheduled to speak at Louisiana State University on March 15th. The event, “From Belizaire to Beasts: Louisiana Folklife and Filmmaking,” will focus on discussions of native folk culture in Louisiana.

BATON ROUGE – On Friday, March 15, two award-winning independent filmmakers will talk about their work and its roots in Louisiana folk culture. As part of its Distinguished Lecturer Series, the LSU Department of English will host ‘From Belizaire to Beasts: Louisiana Folklife and Filmmaking,’ a conversation with Glen Pitre and Benh Zeitlin, from 7-9 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, Room 1001, of LSU’s Energy, Coast, and Environment Building. The event is free and open to the public.

In their films, Pitre, known for ‘Belizaire the Cajun,’ ‘Haunted Waters,’ ‘Fragile Lands’ and ‘The Scoundrel’s Wife,’ and Academy Award-nominee Zeitlin, known for ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ and ‘Glory at Sea,’ both depict wetlands communities whose  traditional ways of life are threatened by coastal erosion and other forces. Their informal lecture is sponsored by the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, LSU Department of English, the Program for the Study of Film and Media Arts, LSU School of the Coast and Environment and the Louisiana Folklore Society.

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