January 29

Louisiana International Film Festival@Baton Rouge, LA – Sunday,January 28, 2018

It’s A Wrap! Louisiana International Film Festival Brings Mummery, Music, Food and Drink to 6th Annual Main Street Park City Celebration
BLAZE Star and Sundance Award Winner Ben Dickey Performs Along with Eddie Baytos & Friends, John Dardenne, DJ Shields, Jamie Ray and More
Patrick Mulhearn Presents Honor to BLAZE Director Ethan Hawke
Baton Rouge, LA – January 28, 2018—Frigid temperatures and snow showers didn’t keep the members of the rollicking 6th Annual Louisiana Film, Music & Cuisine celebration MARDI GRAS MUSES from bringing warm feelings and energy, hot music and torrid celebration to the streets of Park City and Park City Live Friday evening, bringing to a close one of the most beloved events of the Festival.
Free photos credit Erica Rascon and Tia Horito here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2mkwn9ytnpg3663/AADXv0lPrq9_X-yUVStenHHpa?dl=0
For a link to the WHOLE TAKE visit here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JFwytLgBanA46t27jrwoAl5-_uzdh74X?usp=sharing
The afternoon started with a brass, washboard, drum and parasol celebration outside the venue on Main Street by Eddie Baytos and Friends: Roderick Jackson and Cizzle Williams from Baton Rouge on trombone and alto sax, respectively, Lynn Coulter on drums and Baytos on washboard. The band then led the first hundred or so guests inside, where Food Network Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll of Cajun Aces (and their restaurants Hot Tails and Sac-a-Lait) served over 1000 portions of Chilled Sweet Potato Bisque with Tabasco® oil, Crawfish Tarts, Shrimp Remoulade, and 800 hurricane cocktails to more than 1000 revelers who came to the event through the night. And of course, there were king cakes—about 30 of them, leaving guests wiping green, gold and purple sugar from their mouths to match their Mardi Gras masks.
The Mardi Gras Muses performers celebrated Louisiana (and nearby Arkansas). Sundance entry BLAZE, filmed in part in Baton Rouge, drew great notices at Sundance. The story of cult singer/songwriter and Arkansas native Blaze Foley, its star and Little Rock native Ben Dickey performed at the event. Dickey just won the best actor award at Sundance for BLAZE. Other performances included: Mayzer Thayne, Aerialympics gold medalist in 2016, performing pole acrobatics; Pianist singer Serabee (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serabee rocking the house with her rendition of House of the Rising Sun; and Jamie Ray from Airseekers performing her aerialist act hanging from the rafters of the building. Comedian and last year’s Mardi Gras King John Dardenne served as host.
Celebrity guests included composer Mark Isham; two-time Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Ondi Timoner; MONSTER screenwriter Colen C. Wiley, and UNREST director Jennifer Brea.
Patrick Mulhearn of Louisiana Economic Development Department (“LED”) presented BLAZE Director Ethan Hawke with the Secretary’s Award for Creative Independence on behalf of the State of Louisiana, Louisiana Economic Development and Louisiana Entertainment. The State has Awards for THE TALE and ASSASSINATION NATION as well; all three Sundance entries were shot in Louisiana. Mulhearn and Katie Pryor, the Baton Rouge Film Commissioner, also announced highlights from the newly minted Louisiana Tax Incentive Program for filmmakers shooting in Louisiana.
At the conclusion of the evening, Eddie Baytos and the entire company led the audience in a spirited rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
LIFF 2018 is scheduled to host a showcase of world-class film, music, and educational programming April 19- 22, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For more information visit http://www.lifilmfest.org or call 225-612-2193. To get a Pass to LIFF 2018, become a mentor or sponsor visit: http://www.lifilmfest.org.