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In collaboration with founding partner Deep South Studios, along with support from new film industry sponsor ARRI Rental, #CreateLouisiana launched its first narrative feature grant in August 2017.

This unprecedented opportunity for the Louisiana film community provides a $35,000 grant package to one narrative feature director-producer-cinematographer team comprised of Louisiana residents. The team receives a $10,000 cash grant, with support from Deep South Studios, along with a $25,000 camera rental package from ARRI Rental.


From an open call for applications, five finalists were selected and pitched their projects before the grant review committee on November 30. We are thrilled to announce the grant recipient, the finalist projects, and the talented teams behind them. 

Read on to learn more about the 2017 #CreateLouisiana Narrative Feature Film Grant recipient and this year's finalists.



Lost Bayou received the 2017 #CreateLouisiana Narrative Feature Film Grant. The film comes from a dynamic team of

Louisiana filmmakers: 

Director:  Brian Richard

Director of Photography:  Natalie Kingston

Writers:  Hunter Burke + Brian Richard

Producers:  Alicia Davis Johnson, Brian Richard, Hunter Burke, 

Murray Roth, Kenny Reynolds + Lorraine Caffery

SYNOPSIS:  Lost Bayou is the story of a struggling addict who ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret. Together, as they set out on an adventure across the Atchafalaya Basin, the two must come to terms with their own sins, learn to forgive, restore the faith in each other and finally heal from their own personal tragedies. Steeped in Cajun cultural and spiritual traditions, the film’s dialogue is a dynamic mix of English and Cajun French.



Dir. Phillip Youmans  |  Prods. Tyger Williams + Benh Zeitlin  |  DP. Reyna Hope

September 14th, 1970. A retelling of the day before the New Orleans Police Department shot up the Headquarters of the New Orleans Chapter of the Black Panther Party.



Dir. Artemis Preeshl  |  Prod. Rachel Grissom

DP. Craig Carter

When a wealthy young planter and his foundling wife have a "black" son, he blames her, only to learn that his mother had been enslaved. 


Dir. J.C. Doler  |  Prod. Christopher Evans

DP. Rich Hansil

After a failed attempt at suicide, Nicholas tries to fight the dark thoughts that drive him toward insanity before the hangman he's created within his mind returns to finish what it started.


Dir. Todd Voltz  |  Prod. Laura Singleterry

DP. David White

Two sisters return home to sort through their missing parents' belongings only to discover that their family history has roots that run through hell.

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