Outdoor Movie Spectacular Coming to Donaldsonville

Staff reports

The River Road African American Museum (RRAAM) is pleased toannounce L’applause: The Louisiana Black Film Festival to be held in Donaldsonville between September 2011 and April 2012. The first Louisiana Black Film Festival was held in Baton Rouge in conjunction with the Old State Capital Museum. Awards were given to Wendell Pierce, Lynn Whitfield and Douglas Turner Ward at the blockbuster event during Black History Month in 2007. The Board of Director of the RRAAM decided to bring the event home to Donaldsonville starting with a series of outdoor movie. The first film was a documentary called Zora Neal Hurston: Jump at the Sun. Residents of the Gonzales area and other river parish communities enjoyed the evening at the movies with local residents of Donaldsonville. Visitors from as far away as Lafayette and New Orleans were also in attendance.  

Film number two will be The Princess & the Frogon Halloween night and Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotteat the Avenue Evening Stroll on November 12th. The movies are free to the public thanks to a sponsorship from Valero Energy.

The Princess & the Frogwas selected as an alternative to scary Halloween. The event is recommended for children between the age of 4 years old and 12 years old. Awards will be given in five categories to the child with the Best Frog Voice, Best Croaking Voice, Best Princess Song, Best Cajun Voice and Most Original Princess Costume. Volunteers are needed. Please call 225-206-1225 if you would like to help with this event.

Hush…Hush Sweet Charlottewas selected because Ascension Parish natives Larry Graves, Aline Jackson, and Eloise Graves Foreman were extras in the 1964 movie classic featuring Bette Davis. The movie was filmed at the Houmas House in Burnside; however the Museum wanted to bring the movies to Donaldsonville as a part of the revitalization of the downtown historic district and the Donaldsonville Downtown Development Districts’ Avenue Evening Stroll. The short silent film “Old Donaldsonville” by August Bradford will also be shown.